Tom Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of Oceanlines.biz and the sister website, MarineScienceToday.com.

Tom Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of Oceanlines.biz and the sister website, MarineScienceToday.com.

Nordhavn 75 EYF Launching This Week

First Nordhavn 75 EYF is Rolled Out of Factory Prior to Launch

First Nordhavn 75 EYF is Rolled Out of Factory Prior to Launch

Pacific Asian Enterprises said it is launching its new Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yacht Fisher (EYF) this week at the company’s new factory in Xiamen, China.  Nordhavn 7501 is shown in these photographs moving out of the South Coast Marine facility in preparation for launching.

First Nordhavn 75 EYF is Prepared for Launch

First Nordhavn 75 EYF is Prepared for Launch

Initial launch will be followed by tank testing and sea trials and the company expects both 7501 and 7502 to be on a ship leaving China Dec. 20 for the States.  PAE is determined to get the first 75 EYF ready in time to debut at the Miami Boat Show next February.

You can read more about the 75 EYF here and here.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

Kadey-Krogen to Offer New 64′ Expedition Trawler

Kadey-Krogen is Preparing to Launch New 64' Expedition

Kadey-Krogen is Preparing to Launch New 64

OceanLines has learned that Kadey-Krogen is in discussions with potential launch customers for a new 64′ Expedition Trawler that would become the new queen of the Kadey-Krogen fleet.  Company Vice President Larry Polster showed OceanLines plans for the new long-range cruiser while we were onboard the company’s Krogen 58 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show recently.  The design can accommodate from two to four staterooms with from three to four heads.  This flexibility should appeal to both the solo cruising couple and adventurous families, and while there is room for ample crew quarters, it has been expressly designed for a couple to handle by themselves.

The new 64 Expedition will cruise for 3,000 miles at a speed of 9 knots and when slowed to 8 knots, can comfortably extend that to 4,300 miles.  The boat will feature new common-rail 6.8L diesels from John Deere, although Kadey-Krogen hasn’t yet decided whether to go wtih the M1 or M2 duty ratings.  John Deere has not yet released details of the engines.  Providing electrical power will be dual generators, likely 25kW and 12kW.  The cooling requirements will be handled with at least 5 zones of chilled-water air conditioning.  The engine room will accommodate six-footers handily and the standard outfitting is premium.  Fuel polishing, oil exchange, fire suppresion, stabilizers, hydraulic bow thruster — all are standard. 

The layout will be traditional Kadey-Krogen with the wide saloon and galley co-located on the main deck.  The galley will feature premium appointments, including a four-burner Viking range, full-size Jennair refrigerator, a super-quiet Miele dishwasher, microwave/convection oven and trashcompactor.  One first for Kadey-Krogen will be the separate dining room to starboard, opposite the galley.

Outside, the starboard walkway provides access from the aft deck to the foredeck, which is roomy enough to store a 17-foot Boston Whaler, as depicted in the artist’s rendering above.  The hull of the 64 has three keels like the 55′ Expedition.  Each of the skegs to port and starboard is counter-faired to impart a rotation to the water flowing past it into the propeller but opposite to the prop rotation.  Krogen says this innovation will result in greater fuel efficiency compared to standard skeg designs.

The hull is designed to keep passagemakers safe in the toughest conditions.  Kadey-Krogen is using an aramid fiber knitted into a fabric called Twaron, similar to the familiar Kevlar brand, and the same type used to make body armor.  It will be incorporated in the areas where collision or grounding impact might be of concern.  There is a collision bulkhead forward and watertight bulkheads throughout the length of the hull, characteristic of much bigger, formally classed ocean-going vessels.

Although a firm price hasn’t been set, the first buyers of the new 64′ Expedition will undoubtedly be getting a good deal in return for partnering with Kadey-Krogen on the launch of the new boat.  To illustrate the effect, Polster noted that the first customers for the Krogen 44, launched just 4 years ago, have less invested in their fully outfitted boats than just the base price of the same boat today. 

Here are the preliminary specifications for the Krogen 64′ Expedition:

  • Length on Deck:          64′ – 0″
  • LOA                            67′ – 5″ (including swim platform)
  • LOA                            70′ – 4″ (including swim platform and pulpit)
  • LWL                            62′ – 2″
  • Beam (molded)           20′ – 6″
  • Draft at Keel                5′ – 6″ (half load)
  • Displacement              167,000 lbs (approx.)
  • Fuel                                3,000 gallons
  • Water                                 550 gallons
  • Black Water                        175 gallons
  • Gray Water                         175 gallons
  • Top Speed                           11 knots (est.)
  • Range at 9 knots           3,000 miles (est.)
  • Main Engines                 (2) John Deere
  • Reduction Gears            Twin Disc
  • Ballast                          12,000 lbs. (approx.)

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

Luhrs Marine Group to Consolidate in New Jersey

The Luhrs Marine Group announced today that it will be relocating Mainship Corporation and Luhrs Corporation operations from St. Augustine, Florida, to the group’s existing Millville, New Jersey, production facility, where the Silverton and Ovation brands are built.

The announcement, made by company founders John and Warren Luhrs, incuded notice of the closing of the St. Augustine plant and immediate transfer of tooling to Millville. Production in Millville of the Mainship and Luhrs lines will commence in January of 2009, the company said.

The company also said that design, engineering, manufacturing and support responsibilities for the Power Boat Division will be centralized in Millville.  Hunter Marine, the Group’s fifth company, which manufactures sailboats in Alachua, Florida, as well as Luhrs Marine Limited in the U.K., will continue operations at their current locations.

Warren Luhrs said, “We had been studying the benefits to our product lines, our present and future boat owners, and to our employee ownership by combining production, product support, sales and marketing responsibilities that have, historically, been autonomous.  John [Luhrs] and I – together with Rick Cerami, Chief Executive Officer of Luhrs Marine Group and our General Managers – concluded that our companies will be significantly strengthened by the centralization of design, engineering, manufacturing, parts fabrication, purchasing, and customer service at our Millvilleplant.  The decelerated economy, in combination with our previous planning, has enabled us to implement our relocation and centralization planning and become a stronger group of boat-manufacturing companies.”

In a press statement, the company said it anticipated “enormous efficiencies” as a result of the centralization, “notably in design, engineering and in purchasing,” but did not quantify those in financial terms.

Forty years ago, in December 1969, the Luhrs brothers acquired Silverton Sea Skiffs – a Toms River, NJ, powerboat builder.  The brothers’ “roots,” in actuality, extend much farther back in boatbuilding: to the 1930’s, when their father, Henry Luhrs, began producing wooden sea skiffs in the coastal town of Morgan, New Jersey. 
“We didn’t intend that this first major step in the LuhrsGroup’s ‘Plan for the Future’ would coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Group’s beginnings in New Jersey,” John Luhrs said.  “But we think our father would be pleased.”

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Posted by oceanlines in Industry News

Jim Cress, CEO of Nordic Tugs, Dead at 62

The late Jim Cress, seen here in early 2008 while piloting the N-37

The late Jim Cress, seen here in early 2008 while piloting the N-37

Jim Cress, the affable president and CEO of Nordic Tugs, died Saturday, October 18 of injuries received in a motorcycle accident. His death was announced by the company this week. 

Born on May 13, 1946 in Chicago, Ill., 62-year-old Cress joined Nordic Tugs in 1989 as sales manager. He left the company in 1993 to start SkipperCress Yacht Sales, Nordic Tugs’ northwest dealer. Always passionate about Nordic Tugs, Cress and a small group of investors purchased the company on Dec. 13, 1996, and he has served as the company’s president/CEO for a majority of the past 12 years.

Cress enjoyed boating, motorcycles and sprint cars, but his main passion in life was his family. He leaves behind family members including his wife Stephanie, three sons, Jeff, Allen and Steven, along with three grandchildren, plus many friends and coworkers whose lives he touched.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 25, 2008, at 2:00 pm at Christ the King Community Church in Mount Vernon, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the Cress family requests that memorials be made to a favorite charity in Jim Cress’s name.

“Jim was passionate about Nordic Tugs, and this came through in all aspects of his lengthy career with the company,” stated Nordic Tugs founder Jerry Husted, who retired in Dec. 2007. “He was a lively person – always exuberant, but at the same time showing a great deal of humility, and this combination of traits matured into amazing leadership qualities. Jim was a fun guy to be around, and I’m proud to have been associated with him in the boat business. He will be sorely missed by all of us.”

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Posted by oceanlines in People

Stabbert Maritime Completes M/Y Devotion Refit

Photo: Stabbert Maritime     M/Y Devotion After Refit by Stabbert Maritime
Photo: Stabbert Maritime, M/Y Devotion After Refit by Stabbert Maritime

Stabbert Maritime Group recently completed a dramatic refit of the 143-foot M/Y Devotion (ex-Marjorie Morningstar). Late in 2007, a fire in the guest quarters of the ship caused extensive smoke damage to the vessel. Stabbert, which has a business philosophy of developing unrecognized value in yacht and ship projects, bought the yacht and began a complete refit.  Dan Stabbert, president of Stabbert Maritime, said, “We are able to look past current conditions and see what few in the industry are able to:  a vessel’s hidden potential.”

Photo: Stabbert Maritime          Before and After shots of Devotion

Photo: Stabbert Maritime, Before and after photos of M/Y Devotion

The vessel was literally stripped and rebuilt from the keel up.  All systems were either replaced or refurbished and a dramatic new interior was designed for her.  A sixth stateroom and a full-beam sky lounge were added to the layout. The interiors feature Brazilian hardwoods and Italian marble.

Among the new systems installed were electronic lighting controls, zero-speed stabilizers, a sewage treatment plant and new, high-efficiency generators.  A number of regulatory upgrades were accomplished as well, including MCA compliance, U.S. Flag renewal, Loadline determination and the addition of U.S. Coastwise Privileges (good explanation of Coastwise transportation law here). 

Photo:  Stabbert Maritime         M/Y Devotion now sports a sleek, state-of-the-art wheelhouse

Photo: Stabbert Maritime, M/Y Devotion now sports a sleek, state-of-the-art wheelhouse

Devotion, a Fexas and Bannenberg design, also sports a new dark blue hull, which nicely highlights the lines of her white superstructure.  Stabbert has completed several refits and complete conversions over the past 10 years. You can see a piece I wrote about Stabbert for Mad Mariner here.

Photo:  Stabbert Maritime        The warm, inviting new salon aboard the M/Y Devotion

Photo: Stabbert Maritime, Warmly decorated salon aboard M/Y Devotion

Imagine cruising aboard Devotion, enjoying a stunning sunset somewhere along the Inside Passage and retiring to the salon pictured here, with a nice fire in the fireplace and a glass of your favorite single-malt Scotch Whisky. Devotion is in the charter fleet already.  Contact Stabbert directly or your local charter agent for more information about booking her.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats, People

Navagear on PLB vs. SPOT: Differences?

SPOT Satellite Messenger Device

SPOT Satellite Messenger Device

Tim Flanagan, managing editor at my of my favorite blogs, Navagear, has a post today that addresses the question some boaters have about the new SPOT Messenger; namely, whether it’s any different from a personal locator beacon (PLB).  The answer of course, is ‘yes’ it is quite different.

Tim points to a nice piece in the USCG 13th District blog that goes into detail about the differences. There is no question that SPOT is a great new tool for many outdoor folks, including boaters, but please don’t consider it a replacement for a reliable, working PLB.  Yes, it HAS saved lives, but the system has limitations as a PLB-replacement.

You can read Tim’s post here and have a look at the SPOT Messenger service here.

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Posted by oceanlines in Technology

New Grand Banks Aleutian 72 SC Announced

Grand Banks has announced a new version of its 72 pilothouse motoryacht series, to be known as the 72 SC. The main difference between the SC and the original 72 RP is the aft cockpit on the new yacht is all on the main deck level, creating a large single space ahead of the transom for entertaining, dining and outdoor activities.  The 72 RP had a lower cockpit which featured stairs up to the main deck level.

Grand Banks is also offering the new 72 SC with an optional fourth stateroom. The new model also sports a waterline more than two feet longer than the RP — from 64′ – 5″ to 66′ – 11″, with a 19,000-pound increase in displacement, to 120,000 pounds.

The boatdeck extension at the aft of the flybridge means more room for a larger tender, as well as more shade and protection from the elements for folks in the extended cockpit. The changes should be welcome to cruisers. The new model is expected to debut in 2009. The builder also released a small series of 3-D renderings of the helm, salon, VIP and guest staterooms, which are in the galley below.


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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

First Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Launched

Pacific Asian Enterprises reported last week that it has launched hull #1 of the new 56 Motorsailer line at the Ta Shing Yachts shipyard.  Work on the first example of the new model began in late July of 2007. Present at the splashing were Ta Shing President Tim Juan, Nordhavn Chief Designer Jeff Leishman, Project Manager Pete Eunson, and the boat’s prospective owner John Felton.

Sea trials have begun in the An Ping harbor and PAE said it expects the boat will be shipped late this month to Dana Point, California, at which it will receive its sail rig and final outfitting. In the gallery below are the first photos release of the launch of the Nordhavn 56-01 motorsailer.  You can read about the boat’s specifications and design elements here.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

First Photos of the new American Tugs 49 Yacht

New American Tugs 49 During Sea Trials

New American Tugs 49 During Sea Trials

Visitors to the Lake Union (Seattle) Boats Afloat Show, which begins tomorrow and runs through this weekend, will be able to see the brand-new American Tugs 49, which was launched just last week in Anacortes.  OceanLines readers, however, can get a sneak peek at her in the photo gallery below, courtesy of our friends at American Tugs.  The shots you see here were taken during initial sea trials and during the transit from Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island in the San Juans, down to Seattle for the boat show.  The new AT-49 is docked at the northwest corner of Chandler’s Crabhouse for Seattleites attending the show.

If you go, send us some pictures and we’ll get them up here.  We also want to hear from those of you who visit both the new AT-49 and the new Nordic Tugs 49.  Let us know what you think; leave a comment here about those two boats or anything else you see this weekend.

Thanks to American Tugs for the photos.


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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

Couple Celebrates Third Circumnavigation

Heidi and Wolfgang Hass and Nordhavn company employees yesterday celebrated the second circumnavigation in their Nordhavn 46 Kanaloa, and their third overall, in a party at the company’s Dana Point, California headquarters.  The couple arrived in Dana Point last week to complete the latest global tour, a three-year expedition.

Photo Courtesy P.A.E. --  Nordhavn 46 Kanaloa Anchored During Recent Circumnavigation

Photo Courtesy P.A.E. -- Nordhavn 46 Kanaloa Anchored During Recent Circumnavigation

The Hass’s N46 has accumulated 4,839 hours on its Lugger main engine and put 33,567 NM under the keel while visiting favorite destinations like the northern territory of Australia and the Archipelago of Chago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. They had departed from California in 2003, just one year after their first circumnavigation on Kanaloa.  Prior to becoming Nordhavn owners, the Hasses circumnavigated aboard their 38-foot Van Dam sailboat.

The Hasses say the only significant mechanical failure endured while at sea was the failure of the starboard paravane boom, which snapped off while the boat was in Mozambique. Shifting winds, strong currents and choppy waves caused the fish to jump putting undue stress on the paravane. The boom was later repaired “island style”, but still held up fine, said Heidi. “It did a great job all the way to South Africa in an 18-foot swell from the southwest and 12-foot seas from the northwest.”  The couple says the latest voyage was the best because of their dog, named Zulu, who forced them to be more social at their many ports of call.

Photo Courtesy P.A.E. --  Heidi and Wolfgang Hass Complete Third Global Circuit, Second Aboard Their Nordhavn 46 Kanaloa

Photo Courtesy P.A.E. -- Heidi and Wolfgang Hass Complete Third Global Circuit, Second Aboard Their Nordhavn 46 Kanaloa

The couple plans to spend several months in Dana Point, while Kanaloa is given a tune-up and while they visit with friends. But next year they plan to head back to their favorite cruising grounds — the South Pacific.  They say their plans afterward may include stops in Shanhai, China, to visit an old friend.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats, People

Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Ready for Launch

The exquisite torture that is having to wait for something you just know is going to be really good was the inspiration for Carly Simon’s 1971 hit “Anticipation.” That song was also the theme music for an advertisement for a well-loved tomato ketchup brand.  I think we should play it now as Pacific Asian Enterprises puts the finishing touches on its brand new Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.

Credit:  Nordhavn - Rendering of the new Nordhavn 56 MS Under Sail

Credit: PAE- Rendering of the new Nordhavn 56 MS Under Sail

Sources familiar with the schedule say the new boat, a kind of “Back to the Future” design from the builders of the venerated Mason line of bluewater sailboats, will slide down the ways in An Ping Harbor in Taiwan on September 20.  Initial sea trials will follow — powered because the sail rig won’t be installed until the boat arrives by ship in Dana Point, Californaia.  The new boat will then be movied to Kaohsiung for shipping to the States.  The exact shipping date hasn’t been set yet, but is expected to come fairly quickly.  One surmises the boat could be on this side of the Pacific by early to mid-November if all goes well.

Credit: PAE -  Portside Rendering of Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Sail

Credit: PAE - Portside Rendering of Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Sail

There is extreme interest in the new Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.  I wrote about it here on OceanLines and the story has been one of the top three on this site since it went up.  Clearly, people are interested in whether the new technology motorsailer will be able to satisfy voyagers looking for a less fuel-dependent vessel.  With its diesel propulsion system optimized for fuel efficiency, and the potential to extend range inifinitely by hoisting the sails, the 56MS might be just the boat for the Green Revolution.  It certainly doesn’t forego the luxury interior of the rest of the Nordhavn line and with a well-ballasted, full-displacement hull, travelers won’t have to live their entire life at a ten degree heel angle.

As soon as we have new photos of the boat, we’ll get them posted here.  In the meantime, tell us what you think about the potential of motorsailers.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

Can’t Choose Which Satellite Weather Product to Buy?

Well, I can’t tell you which one to buy, but I can suggest a solution to the hardware dilemma.  Given that the U.S. government has just approved the merger between Sirius and XM,  it’s a fair bet that eventually you won’t have to choose one weather subscription over the other for your passagemaking needs.  After all, rationalization of product lines is one of the hallmarks of corporate mergers.  In the meantime, however, how do you ensure you don’t waste money on the wrong antenna?  The two products use different satellite transmitters and each requires its own optimized antenna.

New Shakespeare SRA-40 Satellite Radio Antenna

New Shakespeare SRA-40 Satellite Radio Antenna

Well, as Shakespeare would say, “buy both.” Shakespeare Electronic Products Group, that is. They announced a new Galaxy SRA-40 satellite radio antenna yesterday that has been approved by the engineering departments of both Sirius and XM. One way to look at the benefit of such a multi-tasking antenna is that no matter which service you already have, this antenna will pull it out of the ether for your chartplotter or radio.  Another way to consider this is that you can pick either Sirius or XM weather and radio now and not worry if the one you didn’t pick turns out to be the corporate surivor.

The antenna is quite small — 3.5″ in diameter and 1.35″ high.  It comes with  a special 25′ low-loss cable featuring a quick-disconnect, gold-plated TNC connector at the antenna’s base.  It requires no separate power cable.  The antenna’s single-cable design fits newer receivers, and a separate SRS-1 adapter retrofits to older, dual input models.  Optional 35′, 50′, 90′ and 135′ cable kits are available.  There are a number of mounting options and adaptors to handle unique situations.

Shakespeare’s Galaxy SRA-40 Satellite Radio Antenna has a limited 1-year warranty and a suggested retail price of just $109.95.  Here’s the contact info for Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Electronic Products Group,
6111 Shakespeare Rd., Columbia, SC  29223 
Tel:  803-227-1590; Fax:  803-419-3099

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Posted by oceanlines in Technology

New Spy Photos of Nordic Tugs 49

Photo: Steve Tripp       Exclusive photo of the first hull of the new Nordic Tugs 49 Series

Exclusive photo of the first hull of the new Nordic Tugs 49 Series. Photo: Fidalgo Falcon

Ok, they’re not really spy photos:  The boat is out in plain view in a public facility, but if you want to see it you’ll have to be at the Seattle Boat Show starting next week because Nordic Tugs hasn’t released any company photos of hull #1.  These shots, exclusive to OceanLines, were taken by our associate in Anacortes, Washington, where the first hull is currently undergoing builder’s sea trials.  We first reported on the launch of hull #1 last month.

The NT-49 exhibits a level of fit and finish, at least on the exterior, that surpasses even its well-made predecessors. The hull finish is impeccably smooth, the stainless all looks heavy and polished, and the graceful, distinct curve of the sheer line is seriously elegant.

Seen from the bow, the NT-49 retains the shippy, workmanline pose of her tugboat ancestry, with a proud stem and substantial wheelhouse.  Notice the significant chine that runs all the way to the bow, creating a sharper and narrower entry for the hull below that level, while also doing spray-control duty.  Hull #1 does not have a flybridge, but I suspect many will be ordered, particularly for owners in southern climes. The centerline transom door is obvious in the stern shots here, as are the stainless-rimmed hawse holes.

Enjoy the gallery below.

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

Real Ships Splashes New Expedition 77′

Real Ships Expedition 77′ Just After Launch in Alabama
Real Ships, of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, confirmed this week that it has successfully launched the first Expedition 77′ steel yacht at its shipyard in Bayou La Batre. The new trawler, named Aventura by its owner, is dockside now undergoing final outfitting and decorating, a process which will last a couple of weeks. At that point, sea trials will begin in the Gulf of Mexico with the aim of having the boat ready for its public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October.

The company name says it all when it comes time to describe its yachts. These are serious, solid, steel ships intended to go anywhere and to do it for a long, long time. Virtually all key systems have redundant backups, or alternate sources. The more than 5,400 gallons of fuel will take her transatlantic at 10-11 knots, and easily transpacific at 7-8 knots, all the while in the safety and security of a ship that displaces 115 tons, according to Real Ships President Joe Johnson.

The Expedition 77′ is powered by twin big-block John Deere 6125AFM, Tier Two Powertech diesels, with a continuous duty rating of 341 HP each and a max RPM of 1800. The hull features specially shaped prop keels, with boxed bar skets protecting the propellers and securing the rudders. The vessel can sit upright on three keels if ocean levels drop that low for some reason. Two 32 kW Kohler generators provide electricity to the various systems aboard.

The vessel features an aft-house design with the pilot house on the upper level and a raked electronics mast atop the pilothouse. Amidships on the main deck is the huge hydraulic davit. The hull features 3/8″ steel plate on the bottom and the keel and stem are 1.5″ by 10″ plate.  The house is 1/4″ aluminum plate and the yacht conforms to both ABS and ABYC standards. The hull is finely faired and finished in Awlgrip®.Real Ships New Expedition 77' Dockside After Launch

The interior continues the ship-feel, with 7′ headroom throughout. Four staterooms and 4.5 heads are in the standard plan, with tile and marble in the heads and glorious, old-growth teak throughout the interior.

We will do a full review of the Expedition 77′ during the Fort Lauderdale Show, with a nice, big photo gallery to accompany the full report. In the meantime, call the bankers and get started on the financing for this global mobile home. Base price, including normal allowances for outfitting and decorating, is approximately $4.5 million. Given the state-of-the-art welding and finishing techniques employed, and the nearly limitless lifetime and safety afforded by a steel ship, that may be the lowest price this yacht ever fetches.

Find more pictures in our Image Gallery (here).

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Posted by oceanlines in Boats

New Passagemaker Haven in Newport

Forty 1° North is a new luxury destination in Newport, RI

Forty 1° North Main Dock

Cruisers with Newport, Rhode Island, on the itinerary have a new, luxury-class destination to aim for. Forty 1° North boasts a first-class marina and waterfront dining venue. The owners say Forty 1° North was specially designed  “to meet the needs of the sophisticated systems in today’s superyachts, offering both seasonal and transient dockage for yachts ranging from 45 to 250 feet. Partners in the Forty 1° North venture include Dorrance Hamilton, George Moore and Peter Borden.

The marina features new floating docks and electric service up to 480 volts, a requirement of the biggest superyachts. Forty 1° North also has a full program of services, including onboard cleaning, VIP launch, washdowns and pump-outs.  Private indoor and outdoor dining is available, along with ship-side dining service.

The Grill at Forty 1° North

Dining options deluxe at Forty 1° North

Diners at Forty 1° North have a couple of options.  The Grill at Forty 1° North offers open-air bar and restaurant seating. The restaurant was designed to integrate with a large deck area directly above the pier, so diners can eat al fresco while watching the Newport nautical world.  There is also the more casual Christie’s for breakfast and lunch during the summer, and dinner year-round.

Interestingly, Forty 1° North has four rental suites available for guests, and plans a 24-room luxury boutique hotel for 2009.  Forty 1° North has both seasonal and weekly “Guest Programs” that allow house-charging privileges, dinghy dockage and special events access.  If you’re looking for a little pampering on your Newport stop, have a look at Forty 1° North. Details below.


Lat               41 29.00
Long            71 19.00

General Contact info:

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Posted by oceanlines in Destinations