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Now 68 and living in New York City’s West Village, Sven Lindblad hails from Sweden. Early adulthood was in Kenya where he lived until from 1969 to 1977. Nature, wild places and people who understood real survival challenges in Africa shaped his formative years. Photo: David Vargas/Lindblad Expeditions

Explorer Profile: Sven Lindblad

Profiled in the March 2019 cruise edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is Sven Lindblad, intrepid explorer and wildlife photographer Sven Lindblad blazed the trail for environmentally sensitive travelers to Antarctica on Lindblad Expedition’s fleet of cruise ships with National Geographic.You can tell a lot about a man by whom his heroes are, whether famous athletes, virtuoso musicians, brave warriors or movie stars. As we age, we choose our heroes by their moral compass…

Boston Whaler Launches Redesigned Website

On September 21, Boston Whaler launched an entirely new approach to its website, bostonwhaler.com. Designed for a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, the reimagined site provides visitors with engaging lifestyle content and deeper insight into owning a Whaler. Customers can now more easily access detailed information about Boston Whaler’s unsinkable product lineup. “The new bostonwhaler.com demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with an intuitive and enjoyable user experience,” said Jeff Vaughn, Boston Whaler vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.

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Young American Sailors Call for Action on Marine Pollution

Leading offshore sailors Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are sounding the alarm about the danger posed by marine debris and pollution, after recent research from the Ocean Conservancy estimated a staggering eight million tons of plastic trash is entering the ocean every year. The duo spent much of last year in the most remote waters of the globe during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race - and observed an eye-opening amount of debris littering the ocean all over the planet. Enright, 32…

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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.

Capt. Mike Martel

New Yacht Delivery Service: Delivery Passagemakers

Two experienced USCG licensed Captains based in Rhode Island have teamed up to launch a multi-faceted yacht delivery service. Capt. Bill Madison, with more than 30 years’ experience as a licensed Ocean Master with a 1600-ton (GRT) ticket, and Capt. Mike Martel, with a 100GRT near-coastal license, have partnered to form Delivery Passagemakers, combining their experience, sea-knowledge, and compatible approach to serve boat owners, brokers, and anyone needing a vessel moved from Point “A” to Point “B”.

B&G Introduces Vulcan F7 Sailing Chartplotter

Expandable Multi-Touch Display Offers Easy Electronic Navigation With ForwardScanTM Sonar Capabilities. B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, announced today the release of the new enhanced Vulcan 7 FS chartplotter. B&G’s entry-level multi-touch sailing chartplotter now includes ForwardScanTM forward-looking sonar capabilities. The Vulcan 7 FS is equipped with a 7-inch multi-touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capabilities. The unit’s intuitive menus allow sailors to quickly select options for fast and easy navigation.

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Rolex Middle Sea Race: More than 100 Yachts

The 2015 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, will start this Saturday, 17th October, in Grand Harbour, Malta. For the second year in succession, well over 100 yachts will be competing, flying the flags of 22 countries. The 36th edition of the race has a record number of 11 canting keel carbon fibre flyers racing, and weather permitting all of these high performance yachts are capable of breaking the course record, which has stood since George David's Rambler 90 record run of  2007 (47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds).

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B&G Gives Racers New Startline Functionality

Sailing navigation and instrument specialist B&G announced its latest software update for the Zeus2 series of multifunctional displays (MFD) and Glass Helm systems. The software update introduces a new Race Panel menu screen to the Zeus2 display, offering easy access to a selection of powerful sail racing features. Featuring four modes that provide sailors with multiple display choices, Race Panel includes: Race Timer, the “What if?” function, H5000-style Startline data and Deckman-style Startline scaled view.

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Free Digital Charts Now Feature Cruising Guide

Global chart maker NV Charts is adding a new, dynamic dimension to its digital chart products and mobile NV App, all for free. Cruisers who download the free NV App for navigating with tablets or mobile devices will also be able to download NV Chart’s entire U.S. East Coast digital chart sets at zero cost from Maine and the Canadian Border to the southernmost tip of Florida at Key West. In addition, NV Charts has teamed up with the Atlantic Cruising Club (ACC), an independent publishing company that offers guides with information on marinas and their surrounding areas.

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Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview

B&G, official supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race, has teamed up with journalist and author Mark Chisnell to create a series of weekly blogs providing behind the scenes insights into the race’s tactics and results. Starting with a preview of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 from Alicante to Cape Town, the former America’s Cup Navigator, sailing journalist, marine electronics expert and author will provide B&G with exclusive weekly, in-depth technical analysis of the action as it unfolds on the racecourse.

BRIG Navigator 700 – Big Boat for Your Buck

Making its debut at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo, the BRIG Navigator 700 is seven meters of versatility and durability, with room for 11 people in comfort – 12 in the twin engine version. Brand new to the Navigator series, the N700 with its Deep-V hull boasts a capacity of 1,800kg, while weighing just 700kg on its own. The Navigator series slots between the Falcon and the Eagle series and is a “cross-over” concept that delivers the pinnacle of stability and safety for all kinds of usage.

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New Color LCD Radar from SI-TEX

SI-TEX Marine Electronics has launched its new-for-2014 T-760 Series Radar. The newest member of the SI-TEX radar family brings advanced features like touch screen control, AIS target tracking and standard MARPA (Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) to a wide audience of cruisers, sailors and fishermen. SI-TEX T-760 Series’ compact, slim case and vertically oriented, 7-inch (800X480 pixel) touchscreen color LCD display allow for versatile mounting options, even on small and/or crowded consoles and helm stations. The T-760 Series case measures only 5.4” W X 8.9” H X 3.5” D.

nv charts Update Puerto Rico Charts for 2014

nv charts announces the release of their newly updated chart set for Region 11.1, Puerto Rico, updated and meticulously surveyed and now available just in time for cruising the Caribbean Sea during the winter months. The set includes the north coast of the Dominican Republic , and is available in a variety of formats – paper, digital, memory cards for chartplotters, and with nv charts’ new iOS App for navigation with mobile devices. nv charts’ Region 11.1 is provided in paper and digital format for sailors, motor boaters, fishermen and professional mariners, and cruising enthusiasts.

NV Charts Debuts New Northeast Regional Chart

One of the most popular boating and cruising areas on the U.S. East Coast, the region from Long Island, New York to Nantucket, is now available in improved format and readability from NV Charts. Region 3.1: Rhode Island to Nantucket Sound, including the waters from Watch Hill, R.I. to Chatham, Mass., on the lower end of Cape Cod, includes Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands and Buzzard’s Bay, Block Island, Block Island Sound and all of Narragansett Bay. The nv charts Region 3.1 set is provided in paper and digital format for sailors…

Gail Taking a Sight: Photo credit Marion Bermuda Race

Sextants Will Swing at Upcoming Seminar

Marion Bermuda Race to host Ocean Navigator’s Celestial Navigation Seminar presented by Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship. This seminar, at the Sippican Women's Club in Marion, MA on May 4 – 5, 2013 is a hands-on course covering basic celestial theory, sight reduction of sun, moon, planets, stars, and specialty sights of certain bodies, like the noon sun sight and latitude by Polaris. The seminar goes hand in hand with the Celestial Navigation Division of the Marion Bermuda Race starting June 14th and is perfect for any sailors contemplating an ocean crossing or a cruising adventure.

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2012 Progress

Race leader 'Wild Oats XI' is set to launch into Bass Strait in  the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. There have been no retirements from the 76 boat racing fleet since it left Sydney on Boxing Day. Wild Oats XI's navigator, Adrienne Cahalan, reported that the crew had had a busy night, constantly changing sails as yesterday's east-south-easterly breeze moved around to the east and softened to 4-5 knots at around midnight. It gradually shifted around to the north-north east, and gradually built in the early hours of the morning.

Vripack Designs Heavy Duty Ribbon Offshore

Naval architect Vripack has designed a 43 ft. supply vessel together with Ribbon Yachts in the Netherlands. And by looking at the proportions between line and surface, one can easily see that the design of the agile and modern Ribbon 45 SC is the foundation for the sturdy Ribbon Offshore. Vripack’s challenge was to fit all their practical knowledge into this design without having to make any concessions. To accomplish this task, close collaboration with Ribbon Yachts tool place. The Ribbon Offshore is designed to be a compact fast supply vessel.

Wavey Line Charts for Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, DR

Leading Online Map Service Now Offers the Most Detailed Cartography of Bahamian and Northern Caribbean Waters. Software manufacturer Northport Systems Inc. announced today that its popular Fugawi X-Traverse online map collection now supports Wavey Line high definition raster charts of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Providing mariners with access to the most accurate and up-to-date charts available for the northern Caribbean waters,…