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KVH Intros Unlimited VSAT Streaming Service for Yachts

KVH Industries, the mobile technology innovator and connectivity provider, has announced that it is introducing KVH Elite, an unlimited VSAT streaming service that delivers HD-quality, dedicated bandwidth to superyachts.The new KVH Elite streaming service is launching in November 2019 from Florida through the Caribbean, including the islands of the eastern Caribbean, with the Mediterranean expected to follow in 2020. This service, which is part of KVH’s fully global mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network…

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Dynamiq Rolls-out Compact Explorer Yacht

Italian shipyard Dynamiq has introduced new G300 model designed to cruise the world. The Dynamiq Global 300 is a bit more compact and comes with a low profile design like other vessels by Dynamiq Yachts, said a press note from the builder.The yacht is designed to reach a top speed of 19 knots and an oceanic range of 4,000 nautical miles. The new G300 has a volume of 200GT, making her a fantastic compact version of sea explorers.The Global 300 is a fully-aluminum vessel built on a 30-metre EPIQ platform…

Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Photo credit: The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Interview: Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

As privately owned, luxury yachts near the size of the average cruise ship, behold a new option, which is anything but commonplace: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. At 624 feet and 11 decks, her exterior profile resembles a sleek superyacht design, not a cruise ship on the horizon. Launched in October 2018 at Hijos de J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, the flagship of the new brand is now in outfitting and interior finishing. The project was co-managed by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Marriott and Tillberg Design of Sweden.

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Baglietto Launches Superyacht Severin°s

The Italian luxury shipbuilder Baglietto has revealed its new 55-meter motor yacht Severin°s, which hit the water for the first time at the La Spezia shipyard.The owner and his family and friends, the yacht crew and the owner’s representative from Edmiston were present and witnessed the launch of hull 10225, which features an exterior design by Francesco Paszkowski Design.Severin°s was showcased for the first time in the warm light of a golden sunset on the Gulf of Poet at the presence of many ultra-high net worth guests…

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Cruise Interior Expo Draws Leaders

Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, a focused event dedicated exclusively to interior design, architecture, and outfitting for the cruise industry,  announced its first conference session to kick off the inaugural two-day event. Professionals at the forefront of the industry will share their expertise in ‘Cruise Industry Outlook: Leaders Debate’, on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.This conference session will focus on the newbuild order book, discussing how shipyards can respond to capacity issues, challenges around recruiting staff, economical concerns, and growth in the expedition market.

“ ... the best expedition vessel ever built ... ” 
Nikolaos Doulis, Senior Vice President, New Buildings, Lindblad Expeditions, and the model of National Geographic Endurance at the tank testing facility, sporting Ulstein’s signature ‘XBox’. Photo: Lindblad Expeditions

"The best expedition cruise ship ever"

A cruise industry veteran of more than 25 years, Nikolaos Doulis, Lindblad Expeditions’ SVP, New Buildings, discusses with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News the build plan for “the best expedition cruise ship ever built.”Born in Greece to a seafaring family, Nikolaos Doulis was destined for a maritime career. His father was a ship captain and eventually a ship owner, and to support the family business he wanted his son to have an engineering education. So at the age of 14, Doulis started spending more time in and around ships…

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Riviera to Premiere 52 Enclosed Flybridge in Caribbean

Australia's luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, in partnership with dedicated Riviera and Belize representative Wally Castro Marine, will  premiere its blue-water 52 Enclosed Flybridge model in a display of four gleaming Riviera motor yachts at the eighth Caribbean International Boat Show in Puerto Rico over three days beginning on March 22.The show is held at Marina Puerto del Ray in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, the home marina of Wally Castro Marine.Dealer principal Wally Castro said…

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Yacht donations, marine charities help children in need.

It’s always the right season to give to those in need, but the end of the fiscal year correlates with a generosity spike - to make one more contribution for a last-minute, itemized tax deduction.However, most boat owners don’t donate their vessels out of altruism, it’s to stop the bleeding of incessant maintenance costs and expensive repairs for an aged boat that’s hard to sell. The write-off for income taxes is actually a bonus. Donating a boat or yacht is a legal process governed…

Captains, Crew Live Off The Grid With Marine CORE

Marine CORE, an innovative communications hub for yacht captains and crew, may change communication from sea. With four hotspots in one device, Marine CORE has a small footprint and tremendous capabilities, commanding communication in the U.S. and internationally.Distributed by Florida-based EC Ruff Marine for Agile Marine Solutions, Marine CORE deploys high-performance LTE service for HD streaming and Internet for constant communication with a strong connection in the air, on land and sea.

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​​​​After 20,000 NM, Gunboat 66 Still Running With Vesconite

With a downwind sail area of over 4,600 sq. ft. and a top speed well over 20 knots, the Gunboat 66 is a boat where components simply cannot bind. That's why when Slim was refitted in 2015, Vesconite was used as the rudder and daggerboard trunk bearing material. The ultra-low friction polymer has performed flawlessly in over 20,000 ocean nautical miles.Internally lubricated Vesconite is engineered for high compression strength and dimensional stability. This makes it perfect for the extreme loads a 34,000 lb.

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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…

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SeaKing Electrical Announces Superyacht Sector Growth

Maritime engineering company SeaKing Electrical announced its busiest year in a decade for superyacht work ahead of its attendance at the Monaco Boat Show.Liverpool City Region based SeaKing Electrical has sent teams to work on 18 superyacht repair and upgrade projects in the nine months until September beating its previous record of 17 jobs in all of 2017. The company has worked in the Mediterranean in Cadiz, Cartagena, Genoa, La Ciotat and Barcelona as well as Miami in the United…

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A New Twist on a Classic

This time of year is always stimulating for the yachting industry with several high-profile shows to pique our interest. First up is the Southampton Boat Show in mid-September, followed rapidly by the Monaco Yacht Show two weeks later. There are the usual upgrades and technology tweaks around these events, but it is always gratifying to come across something that makes the event worthwhile. With four weeks still to go until the doors open at Southampton, there is one launch that is already inked into my diary…

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MARCOM Opens Florida Service Center

With the recent opening of its new service station in Florida, Trinidad & Tobago based MARCOM says it is ready to expand service assistance and faster coordination of spare parts to customers whose vessels call ports in the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Southeastern U.S.MARCOM was  founded  in 2004 by a team of marine electronic engineers, legal advisers, economists and master mariners who came together to offer sales and services to the marine electronics industry.

Slipstream and Crew Win Yachts de Coeur Humanitarian Prize

Slipstream, a 60-m Burgess motor yacht, and her crew were presented with the annual Yachts de Coeur humanitarian prize in Cannes in June 2018. The award was presented to recognize their efforts to aid the Caribbean islands and people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Autumn 2017. The award was presented on the 11th June by Commandant Oliver Troy of the French Royal Navy, and depicts Ceres, the Roman goddess of nature and charity.The award was presented to Captains Phil Stevens and Steve Osborne and the crew of Slipstream…

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Amsterdam Becomes Destination for Superyachts

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam are making real their ambition to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts. The diversity in berths located in the heart of the city centre, combined with excellent re-fit and maintenance facilities in the port area make Amsterdam a unique destination for superyachts. A quiet transformation has been underway in the superyacht world for some years now. Where the Mediterranean and the Caribbean used to reign supreme in terms of both facilities and interest…

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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.

Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting, Sea Mercy to Bring Caribbean Relief

Following the double blow dealt by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the International Yachting Community have shown their willingness to mobilize a massive relief effort to distribute essential services and goods to Barbuda and Dominica. The humanitarian organization Sea Mercy has teamed up with the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting (ACYM) to enact a first response and long term rebuilding plan. A key portal for yacht tourism in the area, the ACYM connects the international superyacht industry with local economies in these beautiful Caribbean cruising grounds.

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Rolls-Royce to Power Ice Class Super Yacht

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide the propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice classified super yacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi. The King Shark allows the owner the freedom to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean and the freezing conditions of Antarctica in luxury.The vessel is equipped with amenities such as a soundproof cinema room, fully equipped gym, spa and massage room and owner cabin with large private terrace and round pool.