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Passagemakers Aboard S/V Quest Killed by Pirates

Written by on February 22, 2011 in Cruising Under Sail, People, Sailboats with 0 Comments
Passagemakers Aboard S/V Quest Killed by Pirates

Conflicting news reports this morning have agreed on one sad fact, that the four passagemakers aboard the S/V Quest, hijacked late last week by Somali pirates, are dead.  The CBS report is HERE.  The pirates reportedly told Reuters that they killed the hostages after their two commanders were killed by U.S. military forces shadowing the […]

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Beneteau’s New Sense 50

Written by on December 9, 2010 in Boats, Cruising Under Sail, Sailboats with 0 Comments
Beneteau’s New Sense 50

by Guest Author Zuzana Prochazka Editor’s Note — Zuzana Prochazka is an award-winning writer and editor and currently serves as the president of the Boating Writers International association. Her website, TalkoftheDock, is “the boater resource for gear, boat reviews and other topics related to cruising and general loafing about on the water. ”  Oh yeah, […]

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Northern Lights Shrinks Genny, Adds WaveNet NMEA 2000 Monitoring

Northern Lights Shrinks Genny, Adds WaveNet NMEA 2000 Monitoring

Northern Lights is basking in the southern sunshine this weekend at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) with a new skinny genny and a NMEA 2000-certified digital monitoring system called WaveNet. The newly shrunk generator, the M773LW3, is a 9kW model and is almost 30% smaller than its predecessor.  “The overall size of smaller […]

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Hide-a-Davit Hangs the Dinghy Off the Swim Platform

Hide-a-Davit Hangs the Dinghy Off the Swim Platform

There are lots of options for hanging the dink off the swim platform; some better than others and among all a wide range of cost variation.  The Hide-a-Davit demonstrated in this LaConner Maritime video is one example of a fairly sophisticated system, involving hydraulic rams to raise and lower capture arms. This particular system features stainless […]

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Judging Innovation in the Boat-Building Biz

Written by on September 29, 2010 in Electronics, Gear & Apparel, Powerboats, Sailboats, Technology with 2 Comments
Judging Innovation in the Boat-Building Biz

As I write this, I’m on my way back home from the “IBEX” international Boatbuilders Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky, where I served as one of the judges in a panel that gave out a series of awards to recognize innovation in new products.  IBEX is a unique, trade-only show where the people who make everything […]

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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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Here’s Why You Need an iPad on the Boat

Here’s Why You Need an iPad on the Boat

by Christine Kling     (Editor’s Note — Chris Kling is a sailor with with more than 30 years of experience on the oceans of the world. She’s also an English professor at Broward College, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the published author of the Seychelle Sullivan series of mysteries, including SURFACE TENSION (2002), CROSS […]

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Take the Poll — What’s the Ideal Tender Outboard?

Take the Poll — What’s the Ideal Tender Outboard?

If you could have the perfect outboard for your dinghy or tender, what would it be?  A diesel perhaps, because you’re already carrying hundreds or thousands of gallons of that fuel and because looking for and storing gasoline is such a pain in the neck, not to mention dangerous? I’ve long thought, for example, that […]

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Furuno’s New WS200 Brings NMEA 2000 Ultrasonic Weather to Your Helm

Furuno’s New WS200 Brings NMEA 2000 Ultrasonic Weather to Your Helm

Actually, it brings ultrasonic weather data to your helm. Are we straight with that now?  Okay. The basic ultrasonic instrument has been around for several years — the most recent version, still available, is the PB150, a NMEA 0183-compatible unit —  but the WS200 is a significant upgrade, both in sensors and networking. It’s also a little […]

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Rescue Video – BoatU.S. EPIRB Rental Saves Three

Rescue Video – BoatU.S. EPIRB Rental Saves Three

Renting an EPIRB from BoatU.S. for the occasional offshore passage might just save your life; like it did for these three sailors off the coast of northern California. Check out the video for the dramatic Coast Guard rescue.

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Maxi Speedboat First to Reach Bermuda

Maxi Speedboat First to Reach Bermuda

The 100-footer Maxi Speedbird beats all the other boats to Bermuda in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. We’ve got a nice video tour of Speedboat.

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Newport Bermuda Race Underway

Newport Bermuda Race Underway

The 2010 Newport Bermuda Race is underway and we’ve got some fascinating video and live tracking links for you.

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Newport Bermuda Race Nears Start

Written by on June 14, 2010 in Cruising Under Sail, sailboat racing, Sailboats, seamanship with 0 Comments
Newport Bermuda Race Nears Start

The 47th edition of the Newport to Bermuda race is now three days away from its June 18 start in Newport, Rhode Island. Follow with the iTrack service.

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A Tall Ship Heads to Sea

A Tall Ship Heads to Sea

The sail training barque Picton Castle, a square-rigger registered in the Cook Islands and based in Lunenburg Harbor, Nova Scotia, is about to depart its mooring and head off on its fifth circumnavigation. The 14-month, westbound trip will sail through the tropics under the command of its first and only captain, Daniel Moreland. Some 44 […]

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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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