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Annual Top 10 Boat Names List from BoatUS

Annual Top 10 Boat Names List from BoatUS

BoatUS recently released its annual list of the top 10 boat names in the U.S. Is your boat name on the list?

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2014 Miami International Boat Show Opens Today

2014 Miami International Boat Show Opens Today

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.

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Nordic Tugs Production Re-Starting

Written by on December 9, 2010 in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Powerboats with 0 Comments
Nordic Tugs Production Re-Starting

News this week from Nordic Tugs, Inc., that it has re-started production after a three-month hiatus during which most of the operational employees were laid off.  Bob Shamek, who heads sales and marketing for Nordic Tugs, said workers were being recalled as the production processes ramp up. The company has a number of boats on […]

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A Bigger Motorsailer from Nordhavn?

A Bigger Motorsailer from Nordhavn?

Pacific Asian Enterprises, the company that builds the Nordhavn line of passagemaking boats, has spent some of the less-pressured time of the economic recession to finish work on a couple of new designs.  Among them reportedly are a larger version of the 75 Expedition Yacht Fisher, a megayacht even bigger than the Nordhavn 120 currently […]

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Nordic Tug Brand Could Revive Under Management Buyout

Written by on August 31, 2010 in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Powerboats with 0 Comments
Nordic Tug Brand Could Revive Under Management Buyout

The current management team at Nordic Tugs is looking for investors to help them acquire the brand and production capabilities from the current private owner of the company, according to a source familiar with the search. Late last week, the Washington state boatbuilder announced it was shutting down manufacturing operations. The company recently launched a […]

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BREAKING NEWS – FLIR To Acquire Raymarine

Written by on May 14, 2010 in Electronics, Industry News with 0 Comments

Soundings Trade Only is reporting that FLIR has announced the purchase of Raymarine.  Keep an eye out for Ben Ellison’s take on this development coming soon on Panbo, no doubt. Copyright © 2010 by OceanLines LLC.  All rights reserved.

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ActiveCaptain on the iPad – Wicked Cool

Written by on May 11, 2010 in Destinations, Electronics, Industry News, Technology with 2 Comments
ActiveCaptain on the iPad – Wicked Cool

I’ve been looking for a reason to have to get an iPad and I think now I’ve found it. In his latest on-the-road blog entry, Jeff Siegel of ActiveCaptain demonstrates how well the software works on the new tablet platform from Apple. Regular readers know I’m a big fan of ActiveCaptain — I use it […]

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Writers on the Water

Writers on the Water

Okay, so it’s not quite as memorable (yet?) as “Riders on the Storm,” the 1971 hit by The Doors, but a new blog by writers Christine Kling and Mike Jastrzebski  called Write on the Water, is a place to talk about the intersection of writing and living and working on the water. I was the guest […]

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Garmin Makes Huge Offer for Raymarine

Written by on April 28, 2010 in Electronics, Industry News, Technology with 0 Comments
Garmin Makes Huge Offer for Raymarine

In an announcement made on the London Stock Exchange today, Garmin announced it is offering 15 pence (19.74 cents U.S.) per share for all the shares of Raymarine Plc. Raymarine lately has been discussing the various offers made for its shares but had not specifically mentioned Garmin since talks broke down between the two firms last […]

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USCG Photo Contest Winners for 2009

USCG Photo Contest Winners for 2009

Last month, the U.S. Coast Guard announced the winners of its “People’s Choice” photo contest, which we covered here. This month we have the winners of the in-house photo contest from the Coasties. These are great photos and although we’ve all seen similar photos before, we can’t seem to get enough of them. When you […]

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Marinalife Members Get 20 Percent Discount on Beacon Wi-Fi

Marinalife Members Get 20 Percent Discount on Beacon Wi-Fi

Marinalife, the online concierge and trip-planning service, recently partnered with Beacon Wi-Fi, the largest supplier of wireless Internet to marinas along the East Coast, to provide a 20% discount to its members. The new partnership extends to marinas as well, who will receive a 30% discount off the Beacon Wi-Fi wireless installation fee and 15% […]

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Fugawi Announces NavPlanner 2 and Updated Marine ENC

Fugawi Announces NavPlanner 2 and Updated Marine ENC

Fugawi recently announced the release of Navionics NavPlanner2, powered by Fugawi. The company also said it has released version 4.5.5 of its Fugawi Marine ENC. NavPlanner2 is an atlas of U.S. coastal waters, navigable waterways, and more than 12,000 inland lakes for use on a home computer for map viewing, searching, printing, waypoint planning and […]

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Will Your Liferaft Work When You Need It?

Will Your Liferaft Work When You Need It?

Last year’s “Baja Ha Ha,” the fleet cruise from San Diego to Mexico, provides yet another impetus for all ocean cruisers to reconsider their liferaft situation. You DO have one, right?  And it HAS been maintained, inspected and re-certified, right? And you actually know what’s stored in it and how to use it, right? And […]

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A Closer Look at the New Krogen 52′

A Closer Look at the New Krogen 52′

Kadey-Krogen’s recently announced 52′ is a classic example of a builder filling out a product line in specific response to customer demand. In this case, the company already had on offer its well-established 48′ and the new 55′ Expedition. The 55′ Expedition, however, is not really the “other” boat in this comparison — it’s the […]

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Second Sunreef 70 Expedition Power Cat Launched

Second Sunreef 70 Expedition Power Cat Launched

Sunreef Yachts said today it has launched the second in the expedition series of 70 Power Catamarans; this one named ONDIN and sold to a Chilean couple who plan to explore Patagonia. The long-range yacht will depart the shipyard in Gdansk soon and make a transatlantic passage, followed by a Panama Canal transit and final […]

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