US Warship Assists Distressed Sailing Vessel
A U.S. Navy warship came to the aid of a sailing vessel drifting about 150 nautical miles east of the Bahamas on Saturday.After the distressed vessel radioed for help on Friday morning, U.S. Coast Guard District 7 coordinated with USS Mitscher (DDG 57) , the closest ship able to render aid. Mitscher rendezvoused with the vessel later that evening and towed it overnight to the closest port of San Salvador, Bahamas.The 51-foot sailing vessel had a damaged steering shaft and was unable to maneuver.
Southern Marinas Acquires Premier Properties
Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC, a partnership between a New York-based private investment firm and Southern Marinas, has announced the purchase of Hi-Lift Marina in Aventura; Hidden Harbor in Pompano Beach; and Palm Harbor in Cape Haze. These premier Florida locations were acquired from Aqua Marine Partners, LLC in a deal that brings the growing Southern Marinas portfolio to ten properties.While the timing of the acquisition comes as people are practicing social distancing, boating provides a fun activity to get outside in a healthy, recreational setting with family and friends.
YachtAid Delivers Relief to the Bahamas
On Sept. 1, as category 5 Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, YachtAid Global’s Operation Topaz prepared to assist.Numerous vessels over 100-ft. LOA deployed swiftly to the Bahamas. They were engaged by YAG in Operation Topaz’ relief effort, using the benevolence of superyacht owners to organize humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the storm ravaged areas of the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands.The vessels were loaded with thousands of pounds of donated emergency provisions to be discharged as directed by the Bahama’s National Emergency Management Agency.
First Deployment of a Kymeta Sat Antenna
FMC GlobalSat has deployed the world’s first use of the Kymeta software-steered satellite antenna aboard a sportfishing yacht, delivering satellite and wireless network access through its 4G/LTSAT service. Through this solution, the award-winning S.Y. Bad Daddy, a 76-foot Spencer, has global access to FMC GlobalSat’s 4G/LTSAT converged communications platform to receive uninterrupted network connectivity in port and at sea. The solution aboard the S.Y. Bad Daddy leverages a Kymeta…
Whirlwind of change: Where’s Trinity Yachts' crew today?
Four key players of the disbanded Trinity Yachts, once the world’s sixth largest custom yacht builder, are working in new roles in yachting since the company’s break-up about four years ago.Billy Smith, Geoffrey van Aller, Jim Berulis and Phil Nuss rolled with the punches, just as they did when this author interviewed them at Trinity’s Cinco de Mayo crayfish boil celebrating their new Gulfport facility in Mississippi in May, 2006. In a region suffering after Hurricane Katrina toppled the Gulf Coast and sank New Orleans on August 29…
Heesen: First Yacht in 5000 Alu Class
Heesen presents the first yacht in the newly designed 5000 Aluminium ClassAquamarine is Heesen's newest fast-cruising, all-aluminium motor yacht that sports a brand new hull designed by our in-house naval architects, who worked closely with renowned hydrodynamicists Van Oossanen Naval Architects.The optimization of the hull design has enabled an efficiency gain of 12%.This important result was achieved by raising the transom and making it sleeker, and in addition, propeller tunnels were incorporated in the hull.
Bradford Marine sold to Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor
Bradford Marine rang in the new year with new ownership closing on January 2, 2019. Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor (FLHY) acquired Bradford Marine's Fort Lauderdale and Bahamas refit-service shipyards and its brokerage division.Paul Engle will continue as Bradford's president; he told YachtingJournal.com. “To fund improvements, the new owners will be injecting additional capital into both yards.”Incorporated in 1969, Bradford aims to be a megayacht destination shipyard, insomuch as it is surrounded by South Florida’s marine industry titans…
Captains, Crew Recoup Lost Wages by Arresting Megayacht
Most yacht crew are compensated every payday, via wire transfer or check. But for some yachties, the only way to get paid is the hard way: by filing a lawsuit in federal court and literally arresting the megayacht for back pay owed.While many captains and crew are reluctant to initiate expensive litigation to arrest the boat they’ve served on, pursuing their seaman’s lien is the best route for compensation. If the legitimate amount due is well over $10,000, crew should stand on their rights and act on their valid claim immediately.
Cox Powertrain Adds New Distributor
Boats.net founder and Outdoor Network owner Tom D'Azevedo announced that beginning in October 2018, The Outdoor Network will expand its growing operations to include distribution of Cox Powertrain’s new CXO300 diesel outboard engines. The landmark expansion will be accompanied by a new web presence, www.dieseloutboards.com, and will include CXO300 distribution to Government Service Agencies such, Bahamas, Belize, Colombia, Guatemala and all countries within the Caribbean.The CXO300 diesel outboard engine…
Bahamas Tour Boat Explosion Kills One, Injures Nine
According to a report on time.com a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas this weekend, killing an American woman and injuring nine others. According to the time.com report, 12 people in total were onboard, including 10 Americans and a pair of Bahamians. Accoring to the report, the U.S. Coast Guard received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force “requesting assistance after boaters suffered from various injuries,” on Saturday morning. Four people were reportedly evacuated to Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Five victims were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.
Newport Charter Yacht Show Presented by Helly Hansen Newport
From June 18-21, the Newport Charter Yacht Show provided a four-day window of opportunity for brokers, managers and other industry professionals to acquaint themselves with 24 luxury yachts available for summer charter in the New England area. As well, it gave attendees a chance to network, share information and socialize on the docks and at seminars and special events, mixing business with a good amount of pleasure. “Everyone is ‘on’ and friendly here, like they’ve known you forever,” said Maggie Vale, a local broker with Churchill Yacht Partners who attended the show.
47m Book Ends to Debut in Palm Beach
Book Ends was delivered to her owner upon completion in June 2017. The boat is now making her exclusive, world debut at the Palm Beach Boat Show. With a top speed of 15 knots, and a transatlantic range of 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, Book Ends has proven to be ideal for cruising in the Mediterranean, as well as basking in select areas of the Bahamas; something of a pre-requisite for her highly experienced owners. Book Ends combines Heesen's Dutch quality with volume, state-of-the-art engineering and advanced naval architecture.
Navionics Acquires Wavey Line
Navionics, a content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, has announced the acquisition of Wavey Line Charts. The crystal-clear waters and the white beaches of the Caribbean – from Hispaniola to the northern end of Bahamas – are one of the world’s most sought after destinations for boaters. Bob Gascoine and Jane Minty, Wavey Line owners and founders, have done an outstanding job of charting those waters with their expertise as surveyors, divers and mariners, as well as cartographers.
AvYachts Enters into Partnership with Elite Alliance
AvYachts, the foremost provider of fractional yacht ownership, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Elite Alliance, a leader in exchange services for luxurious vacation homes. With this partnership, AvYachts owners are now also members of Elite Alliance, and can trade a week on their yacht for three weeks at a luxury villa or other Elite Alliance property around the world, with the option of trading additional weeks if they choose. In exchange, Elite Alliance members also have access to AvYachts' vessels.
nv Charts Updates Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean Charts
nv charts has announced the release of their newly updated chart sets for Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean for 2016/17 in paper and digital format. In addition to being updated, the new NV.Atlas format brings a modern, handy design to the charts that’s practical and easy to use. The chart set includes a download of digital charts, including free navigation software, plus the free nv charts Mobile App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The App includes free digital updates for this chart set for 2016/17.
Ferretti Group Debuts Three Yachts at the Miami Yacht Show
The Group to showcase 17 models, including three North American debuts: Custom Line Navetta 33, Riva 56’ Rivale and Ferretti Yachts 920. With a prestigious and impressive fleet punctuated by three North American debuts, Ferretti Group will participate in the 30th annual Miami Yacht Show, February 15th thru the 19th. Miami Beach, a paradise of glamour and luxury, will also set the sparkling stage for U.S. celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Ferretti Yachts, in the wake of recent celebrations at BOOT in Düsseldorf.
Six rescued from Sinking Vessel off Bahamas
A good Samaritan sailing vessel rescued six people from a sinking sailing vessel early Monday 14 miles west north west of Hog Cay, Bahamas. Watchstanders with the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a 406 megahertz personal locator beacon distress alert and the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a report from the sailing vessel Serenity, within the same area as the PLB alert, stating they were taking on water and abandoning ship. The Serenity crew stated they had two adults, four children and two dogs aboard.
Two Rescued from Sinking Vessel near the Bahamas
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from a 35-foot sailing vessel taking on water due to sea conditions Monday in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a call from a good Samaritan who reported three people aboard a sailing vessel in distress due to sea conditions. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted two of the three people and safely transferred them to Freeport, Bahamas.
Marina Reservation App Launched
GPDock, the new community-based online reservation system designed to make the process of reserving a marina slip easier than ever before, announced the launch of its first and free mobile app, available for iOS and Android. For Boaters, the app offers an opportunity to book marinas the same way they book hotel rooms. With the app, they can access a large database of marinas in the U.S. and the Caribbean, compare amenities, read customer reviews, and book directly 24/7. Additionally, they can pay for fuel or any other services at selected marinas.