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New Harbor in the Island of São Miguel (Azores)

On the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, a new harbor has been built by local authorities. The harbor with a capacity of 58 boats is located in Povoação, on the south eastern side of the archipelago’s largest island.The initiative taken by the local Municipal Authority of Povoaçao wascarried out with the objective of promoting nautical tourism in this area of the island as well improving conditions for local boaters. The execution of the design, manufacturing and installation…

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Squid: The All-Electric Dolphin Watcher

Deep in the blue waters of Key West, Honest Eco’s founding captain, Billy Litmer, said its dolphin watching tours help their guests “understand and interact with wildlife from a curious yet courteous proximity.”In creating his eco touring company, Litmer invested in everything he needed to guarantee an unforgettable experience for his guests--knowledge, custom boats, and quality gear.His boat is called Squid, and Billy built it from the hulls up. He asked David Walworth, an MIT educated boat designer and builder, to design the perfect boat for the dolphin watching excursions.

Geoffrey van Aller launched his own marine design firm, van Aller Yacht & Naval Design, in Ocean Springs, MS. Photo courtesy Geoff van Aller.

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…

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ARKUP 75 floating home to debut at Miami Yacht Show

ARKUP is an innovation in marine luxury combining attributes of yachts, floating houses and waterfront villas. Poised to become a pioneer in a new coastal market of floating communities, this rectangular, bi-level, floating luxury home is self-sufficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly with next-to-no footprint.The prototype resembles a chic, Miami-Beach condo, abounding with natural light, abundant space and luxurious appointments. Immersed in tasteful, muted, monochromatic tones…

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This Shore Power Cable Set is Watertight

Water and electricity do not mix. Having a waterproof shore power cable set is of vital importance to the safety of boaters and their watercraft. Hubbell Marine 30A models incorporate a molded design, completely encased in solid PVC material, to ensure reliable waterproofing and superior durability.The 30A Cable Set with LED "Power-ON" Indicator features a high intensity light that glows bright green when power is on. This makes it easy to verify if shore power connections carry live current.

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LED Indicator Enhances Shore Power Convenience

The ability to quickly verify whether shore power connections carry live current is a basic safety benefit to any boater. Hubbell Marine offers 30A cable sets with a high-intensity LED indicator that glows bright green when power is on. The presence of electricity can be confirmed at a glance, even in bright sunlight. In addition to the LED safety feature, Hubbell 30A cable sets include arrows on the cable terminals to indicate locked/unlocked positions and provide easy alignment of the grounded prong.

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With 80 Years Around the World

Never before has someone at the impressive age of 80 sailed around the world non-stop. New Zealand-born Dr Stanley Paris wants to be the first. What's more, the American now residing in St. Augustine, Florida is planning on breaking the course record from Bermuda to Bermuda. The extreme sportsman had an offshore yacht ideally suited to the task built at the Kiel-based Knierim shipyard in Germany, a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN – Superyachts Germany working group. The Finot-Conq FC3 53 is 17.33 metres long, 5.26 metres wide and is very racy.

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A Traditional Ship with a Contemporary Heart

Old photos show mid-nineteenth century sailing ships abandoned in the San Francisco Bay area by crews who caught gold fever. Some of these abandoned hulls lie under the modern day city of San Francisco. Over in Sausalito, just to the north of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, what may well be the spirit of one of those buried vessels has taken shape under the direction of Captain Alan Olson, who has several decades of experience building and restoring and sailing classic wooden ships.

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Miami-Dade’s First Residential Marina Opens

The all-new, full-service marina at Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences has officially opened, marking Miami-Dade County’s first luxury residential marina and yacht club development in over 20 years. The state of the art marina features brand new construction at a prime location on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Miami Beach. The opening of the marina, designed for vessels up to 100 feet in length and the creation of a new private boat club allow residents to experience an unparalleled waterfront lifestyle at one South Florida’s most sought after addresses.

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Volvo Penta to Power Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Penta is the official engine supplier for the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, which is having its North American stopover in Newport, R.I., this week. “The Volvo Ocean Race serves as a crucible for developing and testing new technologies that will benefit the entire marine industry,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. Each of the One-Design Volvo Open 65 sailboats is equipped with a single Volvo Penta D2-75 four-cylinder diesel engine with S-drive. The engines are primarily used to produce electricity for the freshwater maker…

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The Power Behind the Winner's Podium

Banque Populaire VII, winner of the 2014 Route du Rhum transatlantic single-handed yacht race, cam attribute its success to the combined efforts of her designers Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prevost, builders Multiplast and, not least, the skill of her skipper Loïck Peyron in setting the performance of this ocean-racing trimaran against the forces of wind, sea and weather. According to Yanmar, there was another source of power provided unseen and hardly heard below-decks - a Yanmar 4JH4-HTE 110mhp four-cylinder diesel auxiliary engine.

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Dart Realty Relaunches the Cayman Islands Yacht Club

Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. has officially relaunched the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, part of the North Sound boating experience that boasts daily traffic of more than 700 boat owners and passengers. The Yacht Club is the primary gateway from the Seven Mile Beach tourism district to Cayman's top natural attraction, Stingray City, and North Wall diving and snorkeling. With the renovations, the Yacht Club is prepared for the heavy crowds of tourists during high season. To mark the completion of the $7 million marina redevelopment…

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New Device Keeps Marinas, Boats Mussel-free

060Bio, LLC says it has developed a device that repels both Zebra and Quagga mussels. They call the device Dock Disk (which is trade-mark protected). The 7.5" soft foam disk encloses the patented active ingredient and serves as the patent-pending delivery system. 060Bio explains that the mussels-repelling process begins when you get the package from them. Each Dock Disk comes with a hanging kit that includes an eye bolt to attach the device to a dock or slip, a 4' string or lanyard from which the Dock Disk is hung, and a small bag that hangs off the bottom of the disk.

Drydocks to Provide Utility Solution to Heart of Europe

Drydocks World, service provider to shipping, maritime, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, will sign an agreement with Kleindienst Group to provide a complete range of offshore marine and operational management solutions for their The Heart of Europe. The project is comprised of six islands owned by the Group on The World project in Dubai. The Agreement will be signed by His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Drydocks World Chairman and Josef Kleindienst, CEO of Kleindienst Group. Drydocks World will offer high-end technical and operational support to the development of the islands including managing the dredging operations…

Marina Port Vell Commits to Emissions Reduction

Marina Port Vell (MPV), Barcelona announced that it is has formally signed the “Acords Voluntaris” initiative developed by the Climàtic Canvi Catalan Office of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The initiative is designed to reduce greenhouse gases through measuring and taking inventory of emissions, implementing measures to reduce CO2 discharge and to continually monitor the effectiveness of the program. “Marina Port Vell is deeply committed to environmental protection,” said Norma Trease, Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division.

2nd Start-Countdown for Volcanic Fibre Mini Fipofix

Only three days left to the restart of our transatlantic-record attempt  single-handed – nonstop – without any external assistance. The Austrian technology company Fipofix and the Austrian art of engineering set new standards. From continent to continent, "Proof of Principle” stands for the world first attempt to cross the North Atlantic in an only 16 foot (4.90 meters length) sailing boat, which is entirety out of volcanic fibres, single-handed, nonstop and without any external assistance from east to west and subsequently from west to east by the dreadful northern route.

New Start Date: Norbert Sedlacek

The electricity breaks down and the collision with a floating object forced Norbert Sedlacek to stop over! The new start date for Norbert’s world record attempt: 12.01.2014, 12:00 Gijón (SP). "Fortunately, the world record attempts are not in danger on the continent," joked Norbert Sedlacek after heading his boat which had the electrical problems towards the harbor of Gijón in the Spanish Bay of Biscay. As a bonus, the boat had a crash with a floating object brought up by the…

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Mylor Wins Award for Yacht Retrofit

Mylor Yacht Harbor created a combination of old and new, by retro-fitting a brand new hybrid engine into a yacht, winning the team a prestigious award. The work on the yacht, Armorel, was made possible by Mylor’s partnership with HYMAR (Hybrid Marine), a three year £2.3 million EC funded research project. The project enables experts and innovators from across Europe to collaborate in developing a hybrid propulsion system, meaning the yacht uses a combination of different types of power to run.

CAT, FPT Develop Supercharged Diesel Engine

With the specter of increased fuel prices and stringent emissions regulations on the horizon, Caterpillar has joined forces with Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT Industrial, S.p.A.) to deliver a solution for its pleasure craft customers seeking a high performance, fuel efficient marine diesel engine – the Cat C12.9. Expected to be available in 2014, the C12.9 will be available in both 850 mhp @ 2300 rpm and 1000 mhp @ 2300 rpm iterations. The new power plant uses innovative fuel and air management techniques to comply with United States EPA Tier 3…