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A Look Inside A North German Showroom for Superyachts

The Bremen district of Vegesack enjoys an excellent reputation as the North German Superyacht Valley on the banks of the River Weser. A reputation that extends far beyond the world-famous shipyards of Lürssen and Abeking & Rasmussen. In fact, many other well-known companies in the industry are also contributing to the high-profile international standing of the area, including the renowned design studio beiderbeck designs, which has its head office here. This is now undergoing expansion with a new and exclusive showroom for megayacht equipment.

A mussel holds onto a Teflon sheet by a tiny strand. Mussel Polymers Inc. (MPI) – a startup created by Wardenclyffe Chemicals Inc., a technology development company – is ready to take sea-inspired adhesives from Purdue to market. (Image courtesy: https://news.uns.purdue.edu)

Mussel Power: New Adhesives from Chem Start-up are Sea-Inspired

Taking technology from academia to market is a well-worn tradition across the maritime and subsea sectors. In this case the ‘innovative’ adhesive technology is actually born from the sea. There is a new underwater adhesive technology based on a glue used naturally by marine creatures. Mussel Polymers Inc. (MPI) – a startup created by Wardenclyffe Chemicals Inc., a technology development company – licensed this patented adhesive technology from the Purdue Research Foundation. The technology was created by Jonathan Wilker…

Project Phoenix 130 rendering by Lazzara Ombres Architects.

PROJECT PHOENIX. RISING 2020.

Project Phoenix Series is a revolutionary spec build, representing the collaboration of an American design and engineering team and a South Korean shipyard constructing the first superyacht in the world’s leading shipbuilding nation.Lazzara Ombres Architects of Tampa, Fla. partnered with BongChul “BC” Kim of GHI Shipyard to build their 130-foot, aluminum luxury sport superyacht design. With the vessel’s hull and superstructure now complete for the five stateroom vessel, interior and outfitting will commence with the vision of interior designer Alexandre Thiriat. Mr.

Photo: Mercury Marine

‘Assisted Docking’ System for Outboards

A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating will be demonstrated at two upcoming events by Mercury Marine and Raymarine aboard a Boston Whaler Outrage. The first event will take place at Mercury’s famed Lake X test center and another demonstration to take place at the 2019 Miami International Boat Show. Integrating Raymarine DockSense assisted-docking is a natural “next step” for Mercury, which introduced Zeus joystick docking, an advanced joystick system for pod drives, in 2007.

Stuart Halley  (Photo: Mercury Racing

Mercury Racing Names Halley as GM

Mercury Racing has named Stuart Halley as its new general manager to replaces Erik Christiansen who left the company in March.Halley is a 25-year veteran of the marine industry having served most recently as Mercury Marine’s PD&E Director, Program Management & Product Planning, a role he has held since 2011.During that time, Halley and his team were integral to the success of many of Mercury’s outboard platforms including the 150hp FourStroke, the 75-115hp FourStroke and the new 3.4L V-6 platform.Prior to working at Mercury, Halley was employed at General Dynamics and Lockheed in Ft.

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Better Way Products Expands Custom Capabilities

Known in the marine sector for its dock boxes, Better Way Products is a provider of OEM fiberglass parts. From its founding 30 years ago, it has grown to become one of the largest composite manufacturers in the U.S. This accomplishment is due in great part to its continual investment in new technologies. The company routinely builds intricate, multi-piece molds that maximize design intent. Recent examples of its capabilities can be found on Smoker Craft, Manitou and Avalon boats.

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TOPCAT Launches Modern Catamaran Fun for Beginners

TOPCAT is the epitome of multihull sailing fun in Germany. For almost 40 years, sports and beach catamarans made of polyester have been highly regarded around the world by recreational skippers and racing fanatics alike. With the K4X model the company, which is headquartered in Inning am Ammersee close to Munich, has brought a 15-foot boat to market in 2017 that has been optimized using computer simulations. The innovative hull shape of this all-rounder offers greater buoyancy – thanks to its U-frame hull (instead of a V-frame) – and therefore greater safety…

GNSS satellite: File photo

Simrad MX Now GLONASS Compatible

Simrad says that its new MX Series MX521B Smart Antenna, and HS80A and MX575D DGNSS Compasses are compatible with both Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) system in operation — the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian Federation's Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). A space-based satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, GLONASS provides additional satellite coverage to GPS. Enhancing heading and position performance…

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The Landing School to Graduate 78 Students

Founder and President of Michael Peters Yacht Design to Give Keynote Address. On June 21 The Landing School will celebrate its 35th annual commencement, graduating 78 diploma students, a record high. Graduates in the Marine Systems, Yacht Design, Composite Boat Building and Wooden Boat Building programs will hear speaker Michael Peters, Founder and President of Michael Peters Yacht Design. Students and their families will also enjoy the christening of the boats built this year. The Wooden Boat Building program will christen three Flyfisher 22s and three Joel White Pea Pods.

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NISI’s XPRESSO Series Introduced

The first model in NISI’s XPRESSO multihull series—NISI 50 XPRESSO—represents the culmination of decades of development and design in the power multihull market: a high speed multihull purposely designed and developed by people with a unique combination of knowledge and skills. Codenamed “X50,” this XPRESSO is introduced as the fifth NISI model in the company’s collection. The highly anticipated X50 is the first multi-hull to focus on the desires of traditional monohull owners.

Oracle Team Racing Yachts: Photo CCL WPPilot

Boeing Participate in Racing Yacht Recyling Project

Boeing and Oracle Team USA (winner of the 34th America's Cup) are collaborating to recycle 7,000 pounds (about 3,175 kilograms) of carbon fiber of USA-71, a yacht built for the America's Cup campaign in 2003. The hull and mast of the racing yacht will be processed and repurposed, a first-of-its-kind effort for what will likely be the largest carbon structure ever recycled. Boeing and Oracle Team USA, working with research partners, will utilize a technique developed to recycle composite materials from Boeing's 787 Dreamliner…

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Hall Spars Celebrate 33rd Anniversary, Revamp Website

Opening the doors to a small shop on June 9, 1980, in Bristol, Rhode Island, Eric Hall and Phil Garland founded Hall Spars & Rigging with a staff of four mast makers and a receptionist. 33 years on they have grown to have high-performance spar and rigging factories in the US, Holland and New Zealand. Hall pioneered the combination of autoclave curing and seamless carbon construction. Milestones include expansion into multiple state-of-the-art factories on three continents, a hand in three America's Cup victories…

Mast & Spars: Photo courtesy of Hall Spars

Hall Spars Celebrate 33 Years

Hall Spars & Rigging opened a small shop in Bristol, Rhode Island 33 years ago & has expanded since then to manufacture in Holland and New Zealand. Eric Hall and Phil Garland foundedHall Spars & Rigging with a staff of four mast makers and a receptionist. The company is now celebrating 33 years as an industry leader in high-performance spars and rigging. Hall pioneered the combination of autoclave curing and seamless carbon construction. Milestones include expansion into multiple state-of-the-art factories on three continents…

Sail or ‘fly’ ?

From the company that invented the Autohelm, Raymarine  previewed the latest in autopilot technology; Evolution autopilots. The Evolution combines advanced aerospace guidance technology with Raymarine’s marine autopilot expertise to deliver a new level of accurate autopilot control. Tasked with producing an autopilot that has superior performance compared to anything available on the market, has no need of a set-up compass swing or calibration, and does not need to be adjusted to  the boat to which it is fitted, the Raymarine teams have achieved their goal.

Zodiac N-ZO 700: Photo credit Zodiac/Bernard Biancotto

Zodiac Recreational Acquired by OpenGate Capital

OpenGate Capital, LLC, a private investment and acquisition firm, acquires Zodiac Recreational from Zodiac Marine & Pool. Zodiac Recreational designs, manufactures and distributes inflatable and Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). Zodiac is a recognized brand in the nautical industry with an extensive range of products including RIBs, recreational tenders, inflatable boats, jet tenders, life rafts, and related boat accessories as well as two other branded lines of products, Bombard and Avon.

Hats Off to QuickBoats: Photo credit QuickBoats

Fold-up Boat 'QuickBoat' Goes Commercial

Australia's Quickboats Pty Ltd enters commercialization phase for its award-winning folding boat. Just one month after officially commencing operations, Australian company Quickboat Holdings Pty Ltd is now focused on the commercialization of its folding boat that is globally unrivaled in design, quality and price. Quickboats are uniquely designed folding boats that can be assembled in less than one minute. They remove the need for a trailer, as they can be easily carried on a car’s roof racks, or inside caravans and mobile homes, secured in their own carry bags.

 Fig. 5:Computational grid on the surface of a patrol boat.

Virtual Towing Tank State-of-the-Art and Future Trends

The use of computers to solve hydrodynamics problems in shipbuilding started in early days of scientific computing – as early as in aerodynamics and aerospace. Due to limited computing resources at that time, potential flow model was used in both aero- and hydrodynamics. However, while simulations based on Euler equations, Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations (RANSE) and most recently partially resolved Navier-Stokes equations (so-called “large-eddy” – LES – or “detached-eddy” – DES – simulations) have become established tools in aerodynamics…

Boatbuilding Trade School Presents at US Boat Shows

IYRS, a trade school based in Rhode Island, showcases its educational programs at the largest in-water boat shows in America. The school trains students in highly technical and craft-oriented wood and composites construction, as well as in the installation and maintenance of modern systems used on boats. In an era when many college students are graduating with high debt and slim job prospects, IYRS is experiencing record popularity. The school accepted its largest incoming class this fall, and some 30% of the students are military veterans and recent High School grads who are choosing IYRS as their route to sustainable careers.

FAS-T Cee-Lok Connectors Are Available

Pioneering Ceelok FAS-T Connector System Features Field Terminable, Crimp-Snap, 1OGB Ethernet Technology -- System Provides Future- Proof Interface for Aerospace, Defense and Marine Markets. TE Connectivity's new CeeLok FAS-T connector system is a  rugged, small form factor, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, field terminable I/O connector in the Aerospace, Defense and Marine marketplace. The CeeLok FAS-T connector easily meets today’s high speed signal requirements and the expected 10 Gb/s speeds needed in the future.