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Honda Marine Announces iST Outboard Sale Date

Honda Marine has announced that the refreshed Honda Marine BF200, BF225, BF250 Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST) electronically controlled outboard motors now are on sale at Honda Marine dealers nationwide. The mechanically controlled versions of these models have been available since early 2019.Targeting the heart of the boating market, the refreshed Honda BF200, BF225 and BF250 models mark the newest evolution in the company’s product line, integrating innovative design, a sleek new Progressive V Form style…

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Shipbuilding: Diversity Drives Derecktor

Derecktor is a diverse boatbuilding organization, with a multitude of yards and long experience building  hundreds of yachts, workboats and military craft. Its shipyards today include:• Robert E. Derecktor: The company headquarters located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Mamaroneck, NY, and the original Derecktor yard. Today, the site remains as the company’s new construction base, and it also provides repair services for a variety of yachts and commercial craft.• Derecktor Robinhood: Located in Riggs Cove…

Regal Boats Recognized by NMMA Again

Regal Boats, a family-owned, award-winning manufacturer of sport boats and yachts, announces their recognition as a recipient of the National Marine Manufacturer Associations’ 2018 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award. Regal Boats was recognized in five 2018 CSI Award categories, including deck boats, fiberglass outboard boats, inboard express cruisers, sterndrive bowrider boats and sterndrive cuddy and express boats.National Marine Manufacturer Association’s (NMMA) CSI Award honors boat and engine manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve their customers.

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Four Bertrams at Lauderdale Boat Yard

What possible professional encore exists after being mayor of Fort Lauderdale, the yachting capital of the world, for 18 years? Where do you go from there?For Jim Naugle, the choice was obvious. Nicknamed “Mayor Marine” by insiders who saw the city and its boat show boom during his public service in the city’s executive office from 1991 - 2009, Naugle became a managing partner in Lauderdale Boat Yard (LBY), the former Striker aluminum yacht facility on Marine Mile in Fort Lauderdale.

M/V Coastal Queen courtesy of Northrop & Johnson.

Vintage classics, megayachts wow crowds in Palm Beach

As 700 boat horns blared at 6PM ending the largest Palm Beach International Boat Show ever, this marine journalist's real labor had just begun: choosing which outstanding vessel would be featured in Yachting Journal as belles of the ball.After boarding so many wonderful boats, it is difficult to pick only a few to feature. Many shipyards have built classic cruisers, throwbacks to an earlier time, capturing the hearts of yachting aficionados. If Burger’s Sycara or Kanter’s Bread presses your buttons…

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Gulf Craft Unveils Majesty 175

UAE builder Gulf Craft announced that the 54-metre concept Majesty 175 is currently being constructed by UAE builder Gulf Craft at the company’s Umm Al Quwain facility, with her delivery scheduled to the end of 2019.The completion process of the largest yacht “Made in UAE”, is going at a fast pace, said the manufacturer of luxury yachts and fiberglass boats."Originally introduced to the public during the Monaco Yacht Show in 2016, the 54 metres flagship is being built completely at the advanced facility in Umm Al Quwain.

Fiberglass Boat Design and Technology Center to Open in Fall 2019

Brunswick Boat Group, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced plans for the Brunswick Fiberglass Boat Technology Center (BFBTC), the most extensive recreational boat design and technology center in the United States. Located in Edgewater, Florida, the 45,000 square foot facility will be home to the industry’s most formidable boat product development team, with a mission to design, engineer, and launch innovative, industry-leading products for two of the most iconic brands in the marine industry-- Boston…

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First All-Electric Luxury Fiberglass Pontoon

ELUX Marine Inc. will launch its new ELUX electric luxury fiberglass pontoon at the Minneapolis Boat Show, January 24-27, 2019, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.The ELUX electric luxury pontoon – a 24’ fiberglass pontoon powered by a 72-volt, 420-amp lithium battery pack propelling a direct drive inboard electric motor at speeds up to 14mph. At cruising speed, the ELUX electric pontoon motors for over 10 hours on a single charge and recharges simply by plugging into a standard electrical outlet.

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Polyflake Coatings Protect Against Chemical, Mechanical and Galvanic Corrosion

After several Trinity megayachts experienced degradation of aluminum materials in the sea chest and exhaust piping, Capt. Dirk Sachse looked for a new solution versus cutting out the exhaust and replacing.“There were various theories out there, including galvanic corrosion” said Capt. Sachse, master of M/Y Themis, a 156-Trinity.“We did our own metallurgical tests and it was all 5083, 5086 good quality pipe, just as specified on the drawings. It was verified good stuff, but prone to breaking down under a certain temperature.”Capt.

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Malibu Boats Acquires Pursuit Boats

Malibu Boats, Inc., a global manufacturer of recreational fiberglass boats, has announced that it has closed the acquisition of Pursuit Boats.Total consideration for the transaction is $100 million, which was paid with $50 million of cash on hand and $50 million of borrowings under an incremental revolving credit facility that was added to Malibu’s existing credit facility."As a leader in the saltwater outboard fishing segment, Pursuit is an incredible addition to the Malibu family.

Photo of Emerald Coast Marine Center post Michael by Alex Hensley

Florida’s Panhandle Hammered by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida’s Panhandle on Wednesday, October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, the strongest storm ever recorded. Originally forecast as a Category 2, Michael gained far more strength than originally anticipated, putting Panama City on the western side of the eye. Making landfall at Mexico Beach, Michael wreaked havoc and destruction on homes, boats and marinas in its path.With widespread devastation and grid outages across Florida’s Panhandle…

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Elegance, Testosterone Dominate M/Y Ironman’s interior

Specializing in one of a kind creations, architectural interior designer Alfred Karram Jr, has never replicated the same design in his 32 year career, although he retained the striking, cool color scheme for M/Y Ironman, his second superyacht for the same private owner.A semi-displacement tri-deck motoryacht manufactured by Benetti in fiberglass and carbon fi-ber, Ironman is 140-feet with a 28-foot beam. “We would never repeat a design on any project,” said Alfred Karram Jr. “Upon delivery of the 125’ Ironman…

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Interview: John Canada, President, Ocean5 Naval Architects

John Canada founded Ocean 5 Naval Architects in 2007, arguably the worst time in history to start a maritime company as the industry was just entering the worst downturn in a generation. But more than 10 years later, and with the industry still in recover mode, Canada and his company are still standing. Ocean5 has become synonymous with sportfish, luxury, performance and composite high speed small craft naval architecture, and the company’s international presence is founded on patrol craft…

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Sales Update: 164-ft. Christensen HULL #042

Hull Number 042 by Christensen Yachts offers the unique opportunity to build and personalize a new yacht with full warranties, in time for the fall of 2019. This large-volume yacht features Christensen’s latest design details and engineering unmatched by her predecessors. Her striking contemporary interior will feature accommodations for up to 16 guests in 6 staterooms with a voluminous master suite located on the main deck, complemented by a full-width VIP suite, and 4 equally impressive guest staterooms on the lower deck. Accommodations for up to 16 guests in 6 staterooms incl.

 This stern-quarter view shows the very utilitarian covered after deck with room for crab traps and other cargo. Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins

Meet the Fathom 40 & 43

Contemporary composite cruisers are designed so similarly that finding your boat in a crowded marina can be a challenge. Such will not be a problem for owners of the latest incarnation of the well-regarded Fathom 40 and 43. Long time builder Roy Parkinson of Park Isle Marine Ltd. in Sooke BC bought the 20 molds required to build the boat from a US owner in 2017. Adding his own design touches, to the original Greg Marshall design, he built a demonstration vessel incorporating a lot of improvements and additional quality to the no nonsense look of the boat.

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Palumbo Announced Its First Launch of 2018

Palumbo Superyachts has announced the first launch of 2018: it's EXTRA 76’ the forerunner  of a new range of boats by ISA Yachts that will develop a new cruise concept.EXTRA as “Extra ordinary”, the first born of the range is a yacht with unique features. Unusual lines, smaller dimensions, an innovative ‘concept of use’: EXTRA 76 is designed to meet the needs of those who want to get closer to the world of yachting, enjoying full contact with nature and in a spirit of full conviviality with their guests or family.Designed by Francesco Guida…

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Benetti Launches Second Delfino 95'

Launched in Viareggio Delfino 95’ “Uriamir”. This second model in the Class product line has exteriors by Giorgio M. Cassetta. The second Delfino 95’ unit built, BD102, was successfully launched. “Uriamir” is a 28.95-meter displacement vessel in the Classic category, with a fiberglass hull and a carbon fiber superstructure. This model, which is permeated by the ‘Made in Italy’ ethos, offers exceptional comfort and unbelievably livable spaces. The exteriors are styled by Giorgio M. Cassetta.

M/Y Mr Loui (Photo: Benetti)

Benetti's Mediterraneo 116' Makes World Debut

Benetti is attending the US show once again this year, from February 15 to 19, where it will be exhibiting M/Y Mr Loui, the latest Mediterraneo 116’ unit, with exteriors by Giorgio M. Cassetta and interiors designed by Ezequiel Farca and the Benetti Interior Style Department. Benetti will present the second Mediterraneo 116’ unit in its world debut at the Miami Yacht Show. The exteriors of this 35.5 meter fiberglass and carbon fiber yacht in the Class Product Lines feature big glazed surfaces and sleek…

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ASIS Introduces Flat Foam Push Bow RIB

ASIS Boats once more comes up with an innovation for marina operators, a special rigid inflatable boat with a flat foam push bow and a bow pull post, in order for the marina operators to be able to maneuver mega yachts and big yachts in case of distress or high wind, to assist them to moor safely. This specially customized Marina Operations Rigid Inflatable Boat was delivered to Meeras Holding for their newly developed marina along the shores of the Dubai creek. ASIS Boats was able once again to customize the RIB design to meet the customer’s un-met needs.