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Deep Cycle Marine Battery Designs: Which is Best for Your Boat?

Traditionally, boat owners have relied on deep cycle batteries to power trolling motors. This specialized marine battery type delivers just what the application needs: energy for a low-power load for many hours. Today, deep cycle batteries are also used to power a range of onboard 12-volt electronics (aka a vessel’s “house load”), including navigation lights, fish finders, aerator pumps and much more. These power draws, combined with the trolling motor, place heavy demands on deep cycle batteries.Fortunately…

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Wärtsilä, Pastrovich Working on Sustainable Boutique Cruise Ship

Finnish marine technology company has teamed up with naval architect and yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich on the design of innovative sustainable superyachts for the boutique cruise sector."A new generation of boutique cruise ships is set to emerge, with the luxury of a superyacht, the construction techniques and passenger experience of a cruise ship, and a close focus on the environment. These cost optimized vessels will serve the charter and luxury hotel sectors in attracting and meeting the demand from millennials and cruise veterans alike…

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Superyacht Design: Are owners shifting to streamlined design and production?

Superyachts have a long history of tailor-made, special-made and unique “to the Himalaya and back” luxury solutions. The question is, will this continue, or will the current market situation make superyacht owners and builders consider streamlining some parts of the design and production in order to achieve cost-efficiency?Superyacht market experts have expressed a worry that the industry is pricing itself out of its own market and some warn that the clients will find other things to invest in if the yachts become too expensive. Personally, I think this worry is legit.

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Why the Meaco Dehumidifier is a Must Have

Year-round productivity in any weather is why Meaco desiccant dehumidifiers are a perfect choice for commercial vessels in North America.Meaco (U.K.) is a premiere manufacturer of desiccant dehumidifiers. Meaco has been successfully operating in Britain since 1991, and they entered the North American market last year. Meaco began producing dehumidifiers in the 1990s primarily for top museums who curate priceless art exhibits and must keep moisture out of the air. Today, Meaco…

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Meaco's Dehumidifer with Daily Run Timer

The Daily Run Timer on the Meaco DD8L Zambezi Dehumidifier makes it an ideal solution for boat and yacht owners.Meaco (U.K.), a manufacturer of dehumidifiers, points out the Meaco DD8L Zambezi is the only desiccant dehumidifier that has a Daily Run Timer so it can be set to switch on and off at set times and will shut down safely each time. This is a popular feature because it allows the boat owner to take advantage of off peak electricity and this coupled with the hose attachment…

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Feadship Launches 99.95-M "Moonrise"

Feadship has launched the 99.95-meter Moonrise, the largest superyacht by waterline length built in the Netherlands to date.Unveiled by the Feadship yard in Makkum, she offers a wide range of elegant details, long hull windows, a grey hull and striking vertical bow add to the elegance of the design by Studio De Voogt.Moonrise has an impressive volume thanks to a 15.5-meter beam, which allows for 16 people in eight staterooms. There are also high-end crew accommodations for up to 32…

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VETUS Introduces New Thursters

The VETUS BOW PRO Boosted Series has been expanded with two new larger VETUS BOW PRO Boosted thruster models – the BOWB180 and BOWB210VETUS is expanding its BOW PRO thruster portfolio, its range combining the latest thruster motor technology with an advanced motor controller  for near silent operation and precision proportional control.Featuring all the technical advantages of the BOW PRO series, the VETUS BOW PRO Boosted Series has been expanded with two new larger VETUS BOW…

“When the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.”
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCC’s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

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Teignbridge Propels Interest at HRV1 Sea Trial

Torbay Harbour and Royal Torbay Yacht Club // Teignbridge Propellers hosted a group of members of the marine community recently to experience the HRV1 research vessel in action. Guests were able to see live-action, first-hand data onboard the  MCA category 4 coded catamaran. Back on shore at the Royal Torquay Yacht Club, Teignbridge explained how data from physical testing on-board HRV1 is coupled with numerical simulation tools in an integrated design workflow to deliver high performance propellers.

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Nidec ASI Supplies Power Management for Megayacht

Nidec ASI - head of the Nidec Industrial Solutions platform belonging to the Nidec Group - leaders in the field of solutions for energy management in the nautical sector, has taken another important step forward in support of more sustainable navigation. The company has developed and installed the innovative Power Management System on the mega yacht Wider 165, optimizing power management on the vessel and distributing it between the staterooms, propulsive system and recharging of batteries.Thanks to the advanced solutions installed by Nidec ASI…

AKASOL Intros Lithium-Ion Battery

The German expert for lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL announced that,  its fast-charging battery systems power a range of prototype vessels including the brand new 31.2m Vanadis hybrid superyacht from Italian builder Cerri Cantieri Navali (CCN).The electric-vehicle battery supplier for commercial vehicles said in a press release that Vanadis, the first in CCN’s new ‘E-Prop’ line of hybrid propulsion motor yachts, is powered by traditional diesel engines and an electric engine, which are supported by generators and AKASOL’s AKASystem 15 OEM battery system.The vessel is capable of cruising short distances and anchoring under electric power…

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Nova Luxe Yachts Launches First Boat, Reports Performance

Nova Luxe Yachts recently launched its first boat and conducted sea trials at the Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida. Surrounded by media and prospective yacht buyers and brokers, the all-electric Nova Luxe 44 luxury power catamaran surpassed performance expectations and thoroughly impressed all who stepped aboard.Built using an Aquila hull, the spacious Nova Luxe 44 is powered by proven 50kW 1,400 rpm Torqeedo Deep Blue motors matched with high-capacity BMW i3 lithium batteries, a substantial rooftop solar array and small backup generator.

Baltic Yachts Builds 117ft Custom Classic

Finland-based boatbuilding yard specialized in sailing yachts, Baltic Yachts has been commissioned to build an advanced composite 117ft Custom Classic sloop from the board of renowned Dutch designers Dykstra Naval Architects.A release from the shipyard said that the yacht has distinctive pilot cutter-style features, including a straight stem, bowsprit, counter stern and deep bulwarks, but a very modern approach to emissions and the environment.There will be a notable emphasis on efficiency with features such as ‘smart’ cabins…

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SW/TCH Maritime Funds H2 e-Ferry

SW/TCH Maritime has announced its investment to construct and own the ‘Water Go Round’ e-ferry in collaboration with Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine (GGZEM).SW/TCH Maritime is a New York-based investment platform building the first fleet of zero-emissions maritime vessels in the US. GGZEM is a provider of turn-key hydrogen fuel cell power systems for ships.The 84-passenger e-ferry is currently under construction at the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard in Alameda, CA using private funding…

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Dometic Debuts Titanium VARCX Chiller

Dometic is introducing a new titanium VARCX variable capacity chiller at Seawork International in Southampton, UK. Dometic’s HVAC technology has enabled the development of the new chiller with two significant features - corrosion-resistant titanium and variable capacity technology for energy efficiency.The use of titanium condenser coils is designed to increase chiller longevity, ensuring seawater erosion and corrosion caused by marine organic growth are kept to a minimum.All Dometic VARC chillers adjust capacity output based on the current load demand…

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Tickfaw 200 Powerboat Poker Run

Once more renowned for picking strawberries not royal flushes, Livingston Parish now hosts Louisiana’s largest poker powerboat run, Tickfaw 200, bringing performance powerboaters to the bayou state in springtime. “It’s the Baja 500 and the Iditarod of powerboating,” said Keith Cacioppo, a lifelong boater with a 30-foot cruiser who’s attended The Tickfaw 200 for 11 straight years.Cacioppo has never run the 200, but is one of hundreds of spectator boats charging the event with energy and cheers.“My boat couldn’t handle it,” said Cacioppa. “This is for the big dogs.

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Yacht Club de Monaco and Torqeedo Team Up

The Yacht Club de Monaco has thrown down the gauntlet for the sixth annual Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge, banning all fossil fuels and asking competitors and the Monegasque community to strive for zero emissions during the 5-day event.Torqeedo has partnered with Yacht Club de Monaco to ensure that all boats involved in the organization of the event are 100% electric and will serve as the event’s Technical Sponsor.The Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge aims to inspire technical innovation by matching the creativity of young engineers with experienced manufacturers to design…

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Numarine Delivers Third 32XP Superyacht

Numarine, the European high performance motor yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul, has delivered third superyacht in Numarine’s 32XP series.The 32XP unit no. 3 is a sister ship to the first hull of the series, M/Y Marla (delivered in summer 2017), and has a similar look and layout, the Turkish shipyard said in a press release. The 32.5m yacht was built in 2018 by Numarine. She features an exterior design by Can Yalman and an interior by Can Yalman. She can sleep up to 12…

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White Rabbit Superyacht propelled by Schottel

The 84 x 19.1 m superyacht “White Rabbit” built by Australia's Echo Yachts and designed by Sam Sorgiovanni is equipped with azimuth thrusters from Schottel. White Rabbit maneuverability is provided with two Schottel Pump Jets and one Schottel Rim Thruster. Low-noise and low-vibration azimuth thrusters offer high comfort on the largest yacht ever built in Australia.The maneuvering system of the tri-hulled yacht consists of one electric Schottel Rim Thruster type SRT 800 elastically fitted in the bow and delivering an input power of 200 kW.