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The Ghaaata. Photo courtesy Vesconite

Product in Focus: Vesconite Hilube Rudder Bushing

A Vesconite rudder bushing has been an important part of the step-by-step dismantling, parts procurement and reassembly of the rudder of a 30ft Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht known as the Ghaaata.When an annual maintenance inspection revealed significant rudder play caused by the internal structure, Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht owner Jorge Veiga embarked on a full rudder replacement, including everything from the pins, bolts and bushings, through to the actual rudder.For the rudder bushings he chose Vesconite Hilube…

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All-Women Crew Circumnavigating the Globe

Indian vessel INSV Tarini entered Port Stanley, (Falkland islands on January 22, 2018 during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10 September 2017.

Photos: Meike Brunssen/Knierim Yachtbau

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.

Guillaume Delcourt (Photo: ACR Electronics)

ACR Electronics Names Delcourt Sales Manager

ACR Electronics, Inc. manufacturer of maritime safety and survival products, has appointed a new sales manager within its Land and Marine Division for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Guillaume Delcourt will focus on expanding ACR’s international sales footprint in these geographic regions as demand increases for its popular range of 406 MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices, distress lights and other safety products for the recreational and commercial markets. Delcourt brings several years of experience in the marine sector to his new role at ACR…

WSL Champion Mick Fanning Photo World Surf League

Mick Fanning Claims Victory at J-Bay Open

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) has won the J-Bay Open, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), defeating John John Florence (HAW) in an exciting Final in three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Jeffreys Bay. Today’s incredible victory comes a year after a dramatic incident during the 2015 J-Bay Open Final where Fanning was attacked on live television by what is believed to be a Great White Shark. “It’s definitely a very different feeling this win,” said Fanning. “There was a real emotional build up coming back here this year.

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Maverick Yachts: From South Africa to SCIBS

South African yacht builder, Maverick Yachts from Cape Town, has chosen SCIBS to launch down-under. A new exhibitor at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in 2015, and also new to Australia, Maverick Yachts from Cape Town, South Africa will be looking to make an impact with prospective clients and dealers. On show will be the Maverick 440, on its way with its new owners following a circumnavigation of Australia. Co-founder and co-owner with husband Rudi, Deslynn Pretorius explained…

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Young Endeavour Sets Sail on World Voyage

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney today for a 12-month voyage, circumnavigating the globe. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, attended the departure from Fleet Base East, and spoke with members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who will sail the ship on the first leg, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "The navy crew and young Australians who set sail from Sydney today represent every Australian state and territory.

Tag Yachts Choose Victron Energy for Yacht Build

Victron Energy has become the supplier for onboard energy in the newbuild TAG 50, from Tag Yachts, according to Peter Bakker of Bakker Yachting Electronics in South Africa, who is an independent yacht systems designer. TAG Yachts has specified 4 x 4.75 KWh Victron Lithium-ion 24V 180Ah battery systems as standard on the TAG 50 XR. Bakker said, "I have been working with Victron equipment for over 25 years and that in itself is something to celebrate. Bakker explained that Quattros are the energy control center in every boat…

Padhraic O'Connor (Credit: Marine Projects)

Marina Projects Adds O’Connor as Project Manager

Marina Projects Ltd. announced the addition of a new Project Manager, Padhraic O’Connor, to the Hampshire based team. O’Connor is a qualified Port & Coastal Engineer with previous experience in port planning, design and physical modelling. The continued growth of Marina Projects’ Project Management team results from an increase in enquiry levels service demands offered by the company. Mike Ward, Marina Projects’ Director commented, “We are delighted to welcome O’Connor to the team.

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New Leopard 51 Powercat Comfortable in 20-ft Swell

Leopard Catamarans recently launched their all new, spacious, Leopard 51 Powercat (PC), built by Robertson and Caine and designed by Simonis Voogd, who recently went out for a trial run on the new power catamaran in Table Bay, South Africa, during a severe winter storm with swells as high as 7 meters. Drawing upon the success of the Leopard 39 PC and Leopard 47 PC, the company says that this contemporary and economically efficient catamaran uses less fuel than previous models. With standard engines this yacht has enough range to go from Florida to New York without refueling.

Patrick Hemp

ICOMIA Appoints New Technical Manager

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) welcomed its newest member to the Secretariat. Patrick Hemp will with immediate effect take over as Technical Manager - representing ICOMIA on technical legislative and standardization issues covering recreational craft, restricted range superyachts and equipment including marine engines. Patrick, a naval architect with almost 20- years’ project management and design experience, is from Cape Town, South Africa with dual U.K. citizenship.

Places of Refuge

The concept of force majeure has been broadly accepted since mariners initially encountered the perils of the sea. Persons and governments ashore have been obligated, at least by natural law, to accept and succor those in distress at sea. Concomitant with force majeure is the notion of providing a ship in distress with a place or port of refuge. A place of refuge is where a ship could go to avoid or ameliorate the peril and then depart at the earliest opportunity. While the original need for force majeure and a place of refuge was to reduce the risk to the lives of those on board the ship…

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