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Check These Out at the 2016 Miami Boat Show

If you’re already in South Florida, or headed that way for this weekend, you probably know that The 2016 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® has moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. And now that the dog days of the 2008 recession have more or less faded, there is lots of innovation to explore in recreational boating. So stop by the show and take a look at some cool new boats and gear. Some of my top pics for the show:


Navico, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics, announced several new technology developments that will integrate some key industry systems monitoring capabilities into the company’s equipment.  The company announced it would partner with Naviop, an international leader in monitoring and control systems for yachts and luxury megayachts, to develop state-of-the-art solutions for displaying and managing sophisticated yacht systems. The effort will bring Naviop’s monitoring technology into the broader marketplace for production and high-volume boat building.

Naviop Monitor

Navico also announced that, in partnership with Mercury®, the full line of Simrad® GO, NSS evo2 and NSO evo2 multifunction displays will soon receive a new software upgrade that adds powerful functionality with the recently introduced Mercury VesselView® Link module, providing boaters with fully integrated Mercury engine data combined with their chartplotter, sounder or radar display. Leif Ottosson, Navico CEO, said, “Working together with Mercury, we are able to offer boaters a simplified approach to data management. Now information from radar, sonar, gauges, engine controls, and more, can all be viewed on one screen, minimizing distractions for captains and simplifying the boating experience.”

Navico’s Lowrance® brand announced the release of the Lowrance Precision-9 Compass, which delivers heading and rate-of-turn information with an enhanced level of accuracy to Lowrance Outboard Pilot™, Broadband Radar™ and navigational systems over an NMEA 2000® connection.

Lowrance Precision-9 Compass

The Precision-9 Compass incorporates a sophisticated solid-state sensor array measuring motion on nine separate axes. Data from all nine axes is used to calculate the most accurate heading and rate-of-turn information possible, avoiding common limitations of conventional fluxgate electronic compasses. Once the compass is calibrated, it delivers heading accuracy of ±2 degrees, with a pitch and roll range of ±45 degrees. Lowrance said the compass should be available this month in the U.S. and Canada at a suggested retail price of $645USD.

BRP – Rotax and Evinrude

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) announced that its Rotax Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST) system was recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) with an Innovation Award in the Jet Boat category at the beginning of this year’s show. BRP says the game-changing iST option for Rotax jet propulsion systems brings electronic control to formerly mechanical functions. Now available on nearly all Scarab jet boat models and Chaparral Vortex models, iST allows boaters to optimize low-speed maneuverability in a variety of environmental conditions.

BRP’s Evinrude brand has a very high profile at this year’s show, with some eye-watering demos available with the E-TEC G2 models on several boats at the dock. BRP has also announced that they have approved the use of biobutanol fuel blends in Evinrude engines, and will be offering test rides to show the compatibility. Demonstrations will be held at the Miami International Boat Show for media and consumers at on a Key West 239 equipped with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300HP engine, at Slip #120. Even if you don’t think you will have access to these new bio fuels in the near future, you definitely want to experience a 300HP E-TEC G2. That’s all I’m saying.


GOST® (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year as a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, is highlighting its newest marine products at the Miami show this year at Booth: C368, in the C Tent. You can see the new GOST Nav-Tracker 3.0 SM, with its hardwired interface unit that allows it to be integrated with hardwired sensors you may already have aboard your boat. If you’re just getting started on the search for a serious security system, look at the GOST NT Evolution 2.0 security and tracking system. The pinnacle of marine security solutions, the NT Evolution 2.0 marine-grade, wireless security, monitoring and tracking system provides battery backed-up global arm/disarm and relay control via satellite from anywhere in the world. It is designed to defend oceangoing vessels and any other asset that requires a ruggedized, water resistant security, monitoring and tracking system. Easy to install, the wireless sensors can be monitored and the system can be controlled remotely, no matter where the vessel is located globally, with the exception of the most extreme polar latitudes.

GOST Nav Tracker

And finally, see if they’ll show you their new GOST Tracker App, which allows boat owners to link to vessel data from a corresponding Nav-Tracker device and other GOST tracking systems via a smartphone or tablet with an easy-to-use, secure interface. The intuitive application allows users to log in with the same username and password used to access their account on the GOST website. Users can remotely monitor and control Nav-Tracker devices installed on any number of vessels, while fleet managers can view multiple fleets of vessels, as their needs require.

As far as boats go, we’ll get back to you after the show with a roundup of the best of the new boats. There is some really cool stuff going on now with boat builders. While most companies got hit hard by the recession — and some did not survive — others are making a real comeback, including some names we thought might be gone for good.  I’ll mention just one here, and ironically, they don’t have their new vessel at Miami, in this case the Yachts Miami Beach 2016 show (formerly the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show) on Collins Ave. But I know they’re at the Cocktail Barge and they’re talking about the new Bertram 35.  Yes, the Moppie is coming back! The first hulls are under construction at the Lyman-Morse Shipyard in Thomaston, Maine, and Bertram execs will be in Miami Beach to share some more details about the new boat. Check out the details at Bertram’s website.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Boats, Electronics, Engines, Marine Electronics

Kadey-Krogen Notches 600th Yacht Sale

A new Krogen 44′ AE will start construction next month, the happy result of Kadey-Krogen Yachts’ 600th yacht sale. The customers of Kadey-Krogen sales executive Greg Kaufman were identified only as “two new members” of the KKY family of owners.  The yachts will be built at KKY’s construction partner, Asia Harbor Yacht Builders, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with delivery expected in the fall of 2015.

Kadey-Krogen 44' AE Yacht.  Photo:  Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 44′ AE Yacht. Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

The Krogen 44′ AE is the latest version of the company’s original 42′ design, which was penned by the late Jim Krogen for his business partner Art Kadey.  The “AE” designator was applied to Krogen 44′ yachts delivered as of 2011, which incorporated a set of more than 50 ergonomic and technical changes. The newest iteration includes a redesigned galley and expanded flybridge.

Here are the basic specs for the Krogen 44′ AE

Length Overall (LOA) 49′ 0″
Length On Deck (LOD) 44′ 4″
Length at Waterline (LWL) 40′ 11″
Beam (Molded) 15′ 6″
Beam (Over Rub Rail) 16′ 4″
Draft (Designed Water Line – DWL) 4′ 6″
Displacement (at DWL) 43,140 lb.
Ballast (Encapsulated Lead) 2,500 lb.
Fuel 850 gal.
Water 300 gal.

Range Performance (Approx., with 10% reserve)

6 knots: 4,450 Nautical Miles
7 knots: 3,000 Nautical Miles
8 knots: 1,900 Nautical Miles
9 knots: 1,250 Nautical Miles

All data from Kadey-Krogen Yachts.

For more detailed information and a nice photo gallery, see the KKY website.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Powerboats
Newport International Boat Show Announces 2014 Dates, Prices

Newport International Boat Show Announces 2014 Dates, Prices

Newport International Boat Show, in Newport, Rhode Island.  Photo courtesy of Newport Exhibition Group

Newport International Boat Show, in Newport, Rhode Island. Photo courtesy of Newport Exhibition Group

The Newport Exhibition Group said that the 2014 dates for the Newport International Boat Show, in Newport, RI, are as follows:

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 12: 10am-6pm
  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 13: 10am-6pm
  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 14: 10am-6pm
  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 15: 10am-5pm

Here are the pricing details:

Tickets for Thursday, September 11th, VIP Day, are $30*. If tickets are purchased by Wednesday, September 10th, each order includes a reserved parking space at Easton’s Beach. ($15 value, one parking space per transaction.) Shuttle bus service from Easton’s Beach to the show entrance is included with the parking space. On Friday, Saturday or Sunday, September 12th, 13th or 14th, tickets are $15* through Thursday, September 11th and $18* September 12th through the 14th. Two-day discounted ticket packages are also available. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. On Friday, September 12th only, visitors with a valid Military or Newport County Resident ID receive half price admission at the ticket booth.

*Ticket prices are subject to additional processing fees.
**Discounts, packages and advance pricing can not be combined with other offers.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the show website.

Feeling like a little vacation splurge this year? The Newport Exhibition Group also owns and operates the Newport Charter Yacht Show, which runs from June 23-26 this year.

Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Boats, Brokerage, Charter, Construction & Technical, megayachts
Nordhavn to Expand Coastal Pilot Series with 59CP

Nordhavn to Expand Coastal Pilot Series with 59CP

Two years after it launched the 52CP, Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) has announced a larger addition to the new semi-displacement lineup of Nordhavn yachts — the 59 Coastal Pilot (59CP).  The Coastal Pilot boats are a little more than half the displacement of  a similar full-displacement boat, and sport top speeds up to 20 knots.  PAE says they represent not only a good way for the company to expand the demographics of its high-end customer base, but as transitional boats for people moving into or out of the full-displacement bluewater ocean-crossers that make up the original Nordhavn line.  Jim Leishman, PAE vice president, said, “This is the perfect type of vessel for anyone with dreams of extended cruising that don’t involve ocean crossings — for instance, an Alaska-to-Maine itinerary.”

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot rendering.  Image courtesy of PAE.

Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot rendering. Image courtesy of PAE.


How is the Coastal Pilot series different?

They are lighter. The 59CP has a design displacement of about 71,000 lbs., which compares to the full-displacement Nordhavn 60 at 130,000 lbs. Obviously, the ocean-crossing N60 needs to carry much more in the way of fuel and other consumables.  To be honest, the two yachts are not really that comparable since the N60 is fully 4′ longer and a foot wider in beam.

They are faster.  It’s probably obvious, but with less hull in the water and with two engines standard, cruising and top speeds are going to be higher.  A full-displacement hull is normally limited in top speed mainly by the length of the hull (longer hulls go faster).  The N59CP will reach about 20 knots at top speed, while an N60 is just about 10 knots.

They are designed for coastal cruising.  A number of factors contribute to this quality.  From the captain’s perspective, draft, speed and range all contribute.  The higher cruise speeds mean more destinations within reach during shorter time spans.  The significantly shallower draft — only 4′ 2″ on the 59CP — mean that much more gunkholing and close-in island anchorages are accessible.  The Bahamas, for example, become much more interesting in a luxury yacht with that kind of shallow draft.  The range (at lower cruising speeds) is up to 1,000 miles.

They are sedan and express cruiser designs.  Nordhavn full-displacement yachts are raised pilothouse designs, intended to provide appropriate isolation from the normal distractions of the living spaces, particularly during night time watches on extended passages. In coastal cruising, however, night passagemaking is much less often a requirement and the single-deck design on the main level means the watchstander can be part of the family dinner discussions.  Here’s a link to the Nordhavn 52CP, the first boat announced in this new Coastal Pilot series.

How are the Coastal Pilot Yachts similar to other Nordhavns?

They are the same quality, which is certainly at least equal to the best in the entire industry.  That includes the substantive areas of mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the cosmetics of furnishings, surfaces, cabinetry and household appliances. Nordhavn mechanical and fuel systems are known for their offshore reliability and simple concepts like a sight glass for the fuel tank demonstrates the safety mindset of the designer.

They are as safe.  The N59CP will carry a “CE – Category A” unlimited offshore rating, which ensures the highest levels of seakeeping and strength.  There isn’t a boatbuilder around that knows more (or maybe even as much) about safe cruising as PAE  In fact, 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the famous “Nordhavn Atlantic Rally (NAR),” which saw a fleet of Nordhavns cross the Atlantic non-stop.

General Configuration

The Nordhavn 59CP is an express-style cruiser with a single main deck that includes the raised aft cockpit, salon, galley and helm area. The design features a roomy flybridge with seating for 12 people and plenty of room on the aft portion for a tender.  The lower deck features a VIP guest stateroom forward and a massive master stateroom amidships. There is a three-stateroom option with twin upper and lower bunks that takes a bit of room away from the master.

Also on the lower level, there is a large utility room at the landing of the stairs from above.  It includes the separate Bosch washer and dryer along with a deep freezer chest.  The main stateroom aft of this landing is isolated from the engine room farther aft by two bulkheads, with the fuel tank in between.  There should be no problem of noise and vibration in the master stateroom emanating from the standard twin Cummins QSM11 diesels.

The Specifications

These are the preliminary specifications as provided by PAE:

  • Twin Main engines: Cummins QSM11, 715 BHP ZF335 IV with 2.458: 1 reduction x 2
  • Exhaust system by Marine Exhaust
  • Delta T engine room ventilation including moisture eliminators and raised intake and outlets
  • Bow thruster: Side Power 11 hp, 24 volt
  • Trim tabs: Bennett Premium BXT system
  • AC Generator (located in E/R): 21.5kw Onan with sound shield and gensep exhaust
  • Onan 21 KW generator with sound enclosure
  • Hynautic hydraulic steering system
  • Fresh water pressure pump: 120VAC Headhunter Mach 5
  • Grohe fixtures in all sinks and showers
  • Tecma Silence Plus toilets in heads
  • Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Self contained air conditioning units for each area
  • 110/240 60 hz electrical system with 3,500 watt inverter and by pass system
  • 24 volt electrical with 8×255 amp hour Lifeline (AGM) batteries for house and engine starting with separate generator starting batteries
  • 24 volt battery and DC system
  • Deluxe galley appliances including:
    • Bosch 800 Series stainless refrigerator in galley
    • GE Café Series 30″ electric cook top and oven
    • GE Café Series convection microwave with exhaust blower
    • GE Café Series dishwasher
    • Separate U-Line freezer in laundy room
  • Separate Bosch washer and dryer
  • LED lighting throughout
  • Muir “Jaguar” 3500 lb. windlass 24VDC horizontal
  • Deluxe Imtra self parking windshield wipers
  • Kallenburg horn
  • Tempered glass frameless windows
  • Custom fiberglass exterior doors
  • Thirteen opening ports
  • Steelhead Marine WD Series davit, 800 lb. lifting capacity with 8′ reach

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats
Boston Whaler 345 Conquest Wins Award for Innovative Cabin Design

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest Wins Award for Innovative Cabin Design

345 Dauntless.

345 Dauntless. Photo courtesy of Boston Whaler.

Boston Whaler’s 345 Conquest today won the 2014 Innovation Award for its spectacularly designed interior at the Miami Boat Show. There’s a lot more space than might be expected, according to Jeff Vaughn, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, who spoke at a press event here in Miami this afternoon.

What makes the 345 Conquest so appealing is its convertible seating. It starts in the climate-controlled helm with a hard-top where passenger seating can convert into a full lounge. Opposite the cockpit wet bar, the trademark reversible companion seating allows you to enjoy a conversation helmside, but easily converts to face aft. Further aft, there ‘s a roomy bench that folds out of the way to transform the area into a huge platform.

Convertible seating at the helm.

Convertible seating at the helm. Photo courtesy of Boston Whaler.

The convertibility theme continues with the real star of the 345 Conquest — the convertible cabin. This cabin has a full galley with a large dining table big enough for six adults. At the touch of a button, the table converts electronically into a queen-sized berth. When you wake up, just press the button and the cushions retract to make room for your table. Bonus: Because the cushions retract, you don’t have to worry about where to store them when the bed isn’t needed.

Nigel Calder, marine journalist and author, and one of the Innovation Award judges, calls it “the James Bond of beds!”

Convertible table/bed.

Convertible table/bed. Photo courtesy of Boston Whaler.

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Posted by Emily in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

2014 Miami International Boat Show Opens Today


Open Doors of the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

What’s behind this door? The 2014 Miami International Boat Show

We’re in Miami for the opening of the 2014 Progressive® Miami International Boat Show and it’s clear from the exhibits on display, the boats in the water and the news already making headlines that there is a new optimism in the boating industry.

View of the show floor at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

So much to see as you walk into the Convention Center show floor at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

If you’re following our Tweets from the show (@OceanLines), you’ve seen some quick spy shots we got from the show floor last night while all the show employees and company folks were still putting last-minute touches on all the displays. We tweeted photos of the Lehr propane-powered outboard motors; a great solution if you have a diesel boat and don’t want to carry or mess with gasoline for your tender. Actually, it might be a great solution for anything you want to do with a smaller outboard.

We also sent a picture of the great line of Yamaha outboards on display; the cool paint jobs on the Mercury Verado outboards on Deep Impact’s boats; the rocketship-like go-fast boats from Marine Technology and some examples of the new Carver Yachts lineup.

Last night you also saw our Tweet with a photo of Boston Whaler’s innovative fold-down side gate on the 270 Dauntless. We’ll have two more news stories from Boston Whaler today, including one on a brand-new boat being developed by the company.

There is also a lot of news from the marine electronics companies this year and we’ll have all the coverage, including a roundup of the great new technology and content available from the Navico brands — Simrad, Lowrance and B&G.

So, stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Twitter for quick heads-up items and photos from the show floor and the marinas.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Electrical Systems, Electronics, Engines, Gear & Apparel, GPS, Industry News, Marine Electronics, Performance Powerboats, Powerboats, Propulsion, Radar, Radios, Sonar, Technology

OceanLines Has a New Look and Focus homepage screen capture

OceanLines Home Page as of New Year 2014

If this is the first time you’ve been here in a while, you might notice our new look and our new focus.  Since its first post in 2007, OceanLines has focused on the boats we like to live and cruise on, whether for the day or for long, ocean-crossing passages.  Since the Great Recession fully landed on the boating world in 2009, the appearance and sale of new boats gradually diminished, until it almost disappeared.  There has been a small resurgence over the last year, but frankly, new boats and designs in our cruising category are still rather scarce.

One thing that remains true, and which is a field that has continued much more steadily to innovate and produce new products for boaters, is the marine electronics and boating systems industry.  Ok, those are two industries really, but together they represent what we put IN our boats and what helps us to use our boats safely and efficiently.

So here at OceanLines, we’re going to focus on covering the developments in those two industries, bringing you all the latest news on marine electronics, software, and boat systems ranging from propulsion to electrical, hydraulic and sanitary.  If you can buy it to be installed aboard or fitted to your boat, we’ll cover it.

If there are new cruising boats developed and launched, we’ll cover them too, no worries.

There’s a lot of water to cover.  Consider the following:

  • Touch screens are the wave of the present and future.  But how you implement them and how you handle them when seas are rough are the sticky points.  We’ll look into the latest offerings, such as the chartplotters from Garmin, Raymarine, the Navico brands – Simrad, Lowrance and B&G, and Furuno, and any others we can find that we think might deserve your attention.
  • Radios are not the simple units of the past.  Most you’d want to consider are GPS-equipped and include hailing and sometimes a host of other features, including wireless mics, integrated AIS receivers, even constant recording so you can replay the last received communication (now THAT would be handy).
  • Depthfinders and other sonar units are as capable as the military technology of not so long ago.  Multi-frequency transducers adapt to conditions and requirements and many units now often side-scan capabilities.
  • Radars are decidedly more capable than the units of even five years ago.  High definition units make close-in navigation much safer and use significantly less energy and pose almost no radiation risk to boaters or crewmen on deck.
  • The “glass helm” has finally arrived in recreational boating and there’s a long list of new technology and products to consider.  These systems can integrate information from your propulsion, electrical and safety systems and display as much or as little as you want.  Multiple screens can serve to expand information or provide redundancy, although the reliability of today’s displays is much improved, too.
  • Propulsion options have all gained joystick control options, something I actually predicted back in 2007 (eh, I don’t publicize the predictions I get wrong).  Whether you have pod drives, inboards or outboards, they can all be controlled (sometimes requiring a bow thruster) with a joystick via computerized controls.
  • Other boat systems have kept pace (some more so, some less so) with the revolution in marine electronics — some can now be monitored by your helm displays, for example.  Tankage monitoring continues to get ever-so-slowly better.  We have systems now to better charge and maintain our batteries, not to mention the proliferation of new battery technology.  Everything from lighting (LED) and galley appliances (high-efficiency induction) have changed our power requirements.
  • There are new services available, too.  Consider Vessel Vanguard, a company that offers boat owners a comprehensive cloud-based portal to help manage and log maintenance requirements for all of their boat’s onboard systems..  And if you aren’t already a member of the ActiveCaptain crowdsource, you’re missing out on some pretty profound resources for cruising.

So, there’s a lot to review and a lot to discuss with you.  We’d appreciate any heads-up or tips you can send us on new products — and services — that might interest your fellow boaters.  Use our contact form to send us ideas, or email us at info at OceanLines dot biz.

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Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Boats, Electrical Systems, Marine Electronics, Propulsion, Technology, Website news
Nordhavn 86 Still Queen of the Fleet — For Now

Nordhavn 86 Still Queen of the Fleet — For Now


Nordhavn 86 -- Current Queen of the Fleet

Nordhavn 86 -- Current Queen of the Fleet

For a little while longer this year–until the giant Nordhavn 120 is launched–the Nordhavn 86 is still the largest boat from this famous bluewater brand of trawlers. And in many ways, she is already a superyacht. At 400,000 lbs she has as much mass as many in the 120’ to 140’ class, so this 86-footer won’t leave you with a case of three-foot-itis.  I took a look at the N86 at last fall’s Fort Lauderdale show and wrote up a piece that was just published on

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, Powerboats

P.A.E. Introduces New Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot


Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Profile -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Profile -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.


The builders of the famous Nordhavn brand of ocean-crossing, full-displacement yachts, this week introduced a brand-new design – the 52 Coastal Pilot — that reestablishes a coastal cruising model in the company’s fleet.  The original 35 Coastal Pilot has been discontinued for several years, but Nordhavn admirers continued to clamor for a replacement.

Well, this is a much bigger boat than the 35 CP, but its semi-displacement hull and 8-15 knot cruising speed and lighter weight than a traditional deep-hull Nordhavn may be the sweet spot for potential customers looking for a less ambitious entry into the Nordhavn fleet.


Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.


The new 52 Coastal Pilot has a classic sedan configuration with liveaboard-quality owners’ cabin and a second guest stateroom.  A second head with stall shower will service the guest accommodations and double as a day head.


Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Deck Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.

Nordhavn 52 Coastal Pilot Deck Layout -- Image Courtesy of P.A.E.


The new boat will have a displacement of about 52,000 pounds, which is nearly the same as the Nordhavn 40, currently the smallest boat in the fleet.  It will be barely half the mass of the current full-displacement N52, however.  Range with 800 gallons of fuel powering twin Cummins QSB 5.9 liter, 480 hp diesels should be about 1,000 miles.  Larger engines, with higher top-end speeds, are also available.  Even though it is designed to be a coastal cruiser, the 52 CP will comply with CE Category A certification for unrestricted offshore recreational use.

True to its liveaboard design target, the 52 CP will have eight 255 amp hour AGM batteries for starting and house needs, along with a 3,500 watt inverter/charger and a 20 kW Onan generator with its own starting batteries.

Here’s a full rundown on the features:

  • Designed to comply with CE Category A certification for unrestricted offshore recreational use
  • Twin Cummins QSB 5.9 liter – 480 hp diesel engines with electronic controls on fly bridge and interior helm station
  • Heavily insulated stand up engine room with molded fiberglass floors and highly detailed overhead and walls with three access points.
  • Engine room fitted with Delta T intake and exhaust blowers with Delta T moisture eliminators
  • 2 Molded fiberglass fuel tanks with gravity supply reservoir for absolute reliability in fuel delivery
  • Two Molded fiberglass water tanks
  • Molded fiberglass holding tank
  • Bennett Premium trim tabs
  • Side Power 11 hp, 24 volt bow thruster
  • Eight 255 amp hour AGM batteries for engine starting and house power
  • 3500 watt inverter/charger
  • 20 KW Onan generator with separate starting batteries
  • Cruisair reverse cycle air-conditioning – heating through out
  • Galley appliances including refrigerator freezer with ice maker, electric cook top and convection microwave
  • Bosch Washer and dryer with separate Uline freezer in basement utility area
  • Imtra LED lighting throughout
  • Muir 3500 lb horizontal electric windlass with 110 lb anchor and 400 feet 3/8” chain
  • Flybridge with fixed stainless steel and fiberglass bimini and LED overhead lighting
  • Steelhead 600-lb. tender crane

General Specifications are as follows:


  •        LOA:            52’ 1 ½”
  •        LWL:            48 11 ½”
  •        Draft :           4’ 3 ½”
  •        Beam:          15’ 10”
  •        Displ.            52,000
  •        Water           340 gallons
  •        Fuel              800 gallons
  •        Holding         80 gallons


Lots more information is available at the Nordhavn brand website.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Powerboats

Florida Dealer Delivers the 100th Ranger Tug 29

100th Ranger 29 on Trailer

100th Ranger 29 on Trailer


Wefings Marine, the Apalachicola, Florida-based Ranger Tugs dealer, recently delivered the 100th Ranger Tug 29 to her new owners.  The 100th boat was sold by Marc Grove, who owns the dealership.  Grove also sold the first R29 in 2009.  Wefings Marine has also committed to buying the first of the new R31 series.

Grove said,

“We love having the Ranger Tugs as part of our line-up. The boats are the perfect size for gunkholing around the Intracoastal waterways but their layout and features allow owners to take them offshore or to more inland waters if they prefer. The “trailerable trawler” is an increasingly popular class of boat as people downsize and look for comfortable and economical alternatives to larger and less efficient boats.”

Wefings Marine will have boats available at the Miami, Jacksonville and Baypoint Boat Shows this year.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Ranger Tugs Announces New Ranger 31′

New Ranger Tugs 31' Layout

New Ranger Tugs 31' Layout

New Ranger Tugs 31' Rendering

New Ranger Tugs 31' Rendering

Fluid Motion, LLC, designers and builders of the Ranger Tugs line of trailerable “pocket trawlers” this week announced a new flagship to the fleet — the Ranger 31′.  The new R31 will make its debut at the Seattle Boat Show from January 26 to February 5; followed by an expected East Coast debut at the Miami Boat Show, February 16-20.

I’ll include the text of the company’s press release below because it’s fact-heavy and promotion-moderate, but a few thoughts of my own first.  The R31 extends the fleet logically and will allow current and future Ranger Tugs owners to stay with the brand as their size requirements grow.  This is something of a Holy Grail for boat brands; a model lineup that allows the brand to keep its customers as their needs change.  The R31 includes a flybridge, which is new for the brand and will undoubtedly appeal to buyers in sunnier climes, while retaining the all-weather flexibility of the pilothouse helm station.

Here’s the press copy from Ranger Tugs:

“Kent, WA—Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular line of Ranger Tugs have introduced the newest model in the fleet—the Ranger 31. The new R31 will debut this month at the Seattle Boat Show in the Stadium Exhibition Center, January 26-Feburary 5. Hull #2 is expected to make the East Coast debut at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20 at Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay.

The R31 shares many of the features and qualities of her smaller sisterships but some notable additions to this larger model make her ideal for extended cruising while still being a trailerable trawler. The R31 is the first Ranger Tug to feature a flybridge equipped with electronic controls at both the upper and lower helm. The flybridge also retracts to allow for trailering the 31’. The builders at Ranger Tugs also equipped the foredeck with seating and a table that can be raised or lowered depending on whether the boat is under way or at anchor or dock for entertaining. In addition to the extra seating now available on the flybridge and foredeck the 31’ allows for a larger cockpit area with wraparound seating and extra seating that folds out of the gunwale. When not entertaining, seats are folded leaving the cockpit unencumbered.

The interior layout of the R31 features two staterooms—one large island berth forward with en suite head and a midship berth and day head. Those who are familiar with Ranger Tugs models will recognize the galley layout and lower helm station that maximize interior space. A starboard side door provides easy access from the lower helm to the side decks so crew can get to the bow for line handling.

“We’ve been working on the R31 for the last year,” shares Jeff Messmer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ranger Tugs. “While we do have owners that are eager to upgrade to a larger model, the R31 allows us to introduce Ranger Tugs to a set of boaters who prefer a mid-size cruising trawler. We’ve done well with our trailerable trawlers and we continue to increase sales of the R21, R25SC, R27 and R29. The R31 will help us grow even more.”

Like all Ranger Tugs, the new R31 comes essentially turnkey with standard features and equipment intended to make her owner’s experience hassle-free and allow for ease of handling and comfort under way. Standard equipment includes bow and stern thrusters, an optional aft steering station and a Volvo D4 300hp engine that achieves a 16 knot cruise speed.

Ranger Tugs are built at a dedicated facility in Kent, WA, where the company now also offers a new Factory Delivery program and a Destination Training Cruise for new owners. The first R31 will debut in Seattle Jan. 26-Feb. 5 and will be offered at a base price of $279,937. Ranger Tugs is now taking orders for the first R31s and the first boats will begin to ship to dealers this spring.

For more information, visit or call 253-839-5213.”


Ranger Tugs 31 (R31) Specifications

LOA molded                                          31’

LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)            35’2”

Beam                                                     10’0”

Draft                                                       28”

Fuel Capacity                                        180 U.S. gallons

Water capacity                                       80 U.S. gallons

Holding tank capacity                            40 U.S. gallons

Weight (Dry)                                          10,500              .

Engine                                                   Volvo D4 300hp

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

New Nordhavn 120 Construction Photos

Construction Update photo of new Nordhavn 120 Megayacht

Construction Update photo of new Nordhavn 120 Megayacht

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., today passed along a new collection of informal photos updating the construction progress of the new Nordhavn 120.  The new-design megayacht will become the new queen of the Nordhavn fleet sometime late this year.  According to PAE,

“Work continues on the first hull of the future queenship of the Nordhavn line: the Nordhavn 120. The latest photos released by the South Coast factory last week illustrate progress on various interior sections of the N120. Evident are the glossy build-up coats of varnish on the cherry wood which will serve to prime the satin finish that the owners have chosen for the woodwork. ‘Even in its unfinished state, the boat is so impressive,’ notes Project Manager Trever Smith.”

Check out the updated Nordhavn 120 photo gallery below.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, megayachts, Powerboats

First Photos: The New Kadey-Krogen 52′ Has Arrived

The first Kadey-Krogen 52' shown running at no-wake speed after arrival in Seattle

The first Kadey-Krogen 52' shown running at no-wake speed after arrival in Seattle

The first Kadey-Krogen 52′ arrived in the U.S. in time for the recent Seattle Boat Show and made her public debut there. The timing was so tight that the Kadey-Krogen team hadn’t had a chance to really begin the commissioning process, so in many of these photos you will see a fairly bare interior. I happen to like seeing it like this since I can use my imagination to decorate and outfit to my own taste.

Some things to notice:

  • The fabulous galley, including the Viking range and oven. I need to invite my superyacht chef friend Victoria Allman to come and play in this lovely workspace.
  • The office space below decks, which, in this two-stateroom configuration, really opens up the lower area with a functional, flexible area for work, navigation planning, and normal household management chores.
  • The expansive helm/dash setup. There’s room here for multiple big-screen displays so you can take advantage of all the latest technology, including monitoring, networked navigation and other sensors, and provide redundancy and flexibility. There is also plenty of room for two helm chairs; a feature I really like for longer passages.
  • The engine room has lots of space in which to work, especially with the standard single John Deere 6068AFM75, a continuous duty 231hp engine. Plenty of lighting and sturdy grab rails make those regular engine room checks underway more comfortable and safer.

Check out the photos in the gallery below.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power

First Photos: Krogen 52′ From Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Port Quarter View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Port Quarter View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen has released the first photos of the nearly complete first Krogen 52′, which should be leaving the factory shortly by ship in time (hopefully) to make its debut at Seattle’s Lake Union Boats Afloat Show September 14.  This all-new design shows classic Krogen lines in a raised pilothouse model.  There’s no mistaking what company this yacht is from.  It’s a bluewater passagemaker and liveaboard yacht intended to meet the full-time needs of a couple or family.  Enjoy the photos and if you get to the Boats Afloat Show, let us know what you think!  Failing that, we may see hull #2 at the Fort Lauderdale Trawler Fest in early February next year.

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Port Side Forward View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Port Side Forward View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Pilothouse Helm View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Pilothouse Helm View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Flybridge Helm View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Flybridge Helm View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Side Deck View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Side Deck View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Wing Station View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Wing Station View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Office View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Office View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Office View 2 -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Office View 2 -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Office Bookshelf View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Office Bookshelf View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts


Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Port-Side Bar-Buffet and Pantry View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen 52' First Hull Port-Side Bar-Buffet and Pantry View -- Photo: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

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First Photos of Nordhavn 63 Delivery

Silver Spray, Nordhavn '63, running in Stuart, FL. Photo by Billy Black, courtesy of P.A.E.

Silver Spray, Nordhavn '63, running in Stuart, FL. Photo by Billy Black, courtesy of P.A.E.

We’ve got a great collection of photos of the very first Nordhavn 63, Silver Spray, taken by Billy Black in Stuart, Florida, for P.A.E. last month just before delivery.  There is quite a bit of detail to absorb and the photos leave you with the overwhelming impression of a luxurious, capable bluewater yacht.  I happen to think this might be the perfect size for a couple to handle without crew, although Ken and Roberta Williams demonstrate that the N68 is manageable for a couple, too.  If you haven’t seen the initial performance data, you can view it here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on the yacht’s features and decor.  Let us know in the comments.

Here’s the link to the gallery page:  Nordhavn 63-01 Delivery Photos



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Posted by Tom in Boats