Modern-Day Mayflower Sets Sail Ahead of 400th Anniversary Voyage
Four hundred years after the Mayflower crossed the Atlantic from Britain to the United States, a group of engineers plan to have a crewless-ship also named the Mayflower, navigate itself along the same route.The voyage is due to begin in September and the new Mayflower could become the first full-sized, fully autonomous vessel to cross the Atlantic, organizers IBM and marine research group Promare say.The original Mayflower ship transported 102 British settlers from England to America.
Fire Guts Yacht Under Maintenance in Dubai
A fire broke out on Friday on a yacht under maintenance off the Dubai coast, caused by an engine malfunction, the local authorities said. No casualties were reported.Thick black smoke was visible from the Dubai coastline - including a beach near the ultra-luxurious Burj al-Arab hotel - causing concern that it could be coming from an oil tanker or a passenger ship, as tensions run high between Iran and the United States.According to two Reuters witnesses, the smoke dissipated about an hour after it was first reported in social media postings.The U.S.
Spain Sets Sights on SailGP after China Jumps Ship
China has dropped out of the 2020 series of SailGP, its organizers said on Tuesday, with Spain stepping aboard their vacant F50 foiling catamaran to race for a $1 million prize."We were unfortunately not granted the permissions necessary to continue operating the team within our existing structure," SailGP CEO Russell Coutts said in a statement detailing the change in line-up for the 2020 circuit.SailGP said last week that Denmark would compete in its second series, bringing the total number of entries to seven.
New Online Marine License Insurance Program
Mariners looking for insurance have a new option that is touted as being fast and affordable, cared for immediately in an online format that is designed to be more expedient than ever.360 Coverage Pros launched a new Marine License Insurance Program for mariners that offers an entirely online buying experience combined with low monthly payment options and instant proof of coverage.Until now, the process of securing a marine license insurance policy involved requesting quotes,…
Interview: Davide Breviglieri, CEO of Azimut Yachts do Brasil
With 50 years of history, the Azimut | Benetti Group is recognized as the world’s largest motor yacht builder (global orderbook 2019). For nearly 10 years Azimut has been producing a wide range of luxury motor yachts in Brazil. Maritime Reporter´s correspondent in Brazil interviewed Italian executive Davide Breviglieri, CEO of Azimut Yachts do Brasil.Founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli, still the main shareholder, the group is present in 70 countries and has a network of 138 sales and service offices…
KVH Named Official Supplier of American Magic
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been named an Official Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. KVH has installed advanced satellite-based and cellular-based communications equipment for the team’s chase boats in order to facilitate high-speed data transmissions. In addition, KVH is providing high-performance fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based sensors to aid in performance metrics for the team’s race boats.The connectivity equipment KVH installed on American Magic’s chase boats includes: the TracPhone LTE-1…
Masterpiece Int'l’s Marine Division Upgrades
Masterpiece International’s Marine Division adds an experienced sailing and racing captain, Kurt Sova, to its growing and dedicated yacht team. The addition of Sova as a Director of Strategic Accounts will deliver decades of industry experience, firsthand knowledge, and project management. The Marine Division specializes in international and domestic shipping for yachts, boats, and other watercraft offering consultation, shipping and transport services, Customs brokerage, storage…
New Florida Boat Title Law
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent signing of a recreational boat title bill, the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676), offers recreational boat owners valuable consumer protections and may spur other states to follow suit, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The legislation protects consumers from unwittingly purchasing a stolen or storm-tossed boat that has suffered significant hurricane damage by creating a uniform boat titling system that is recognized nationwide as well by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Canada Cuts Retaliatory Tariffs on Boats
The Canadian government has removed the 10 percent retaliatory tariffs on U.S.-built recreational boats that resulted from President Trump’s 10 percent tariff on aluminum and 25 percent tariff on steel imported from that country to the United States.According industry obersers, removal of retaliatory tariffs seen as a critical first step toward elimination of US section 232 tariffs and ratification of USMCA trade agreement.A joint statement from NMMA Canada and NMMA said this marks the most positive development for the industry since the tariff issues first emerged."As such…
Evinrude Named Official Engine Supplier of American Magic
Evinrude hasannounced that it has been named Official Engine Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a professional sailing team and Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. Evinrude will outfit American Magic’s fleet of chase boats with 300 HP E-TEC G2 engines. In addition, Evinrude will provide the organization’s technical crew with a training course at its Sturtevant facility. Each engine will also be custom wrapped with an American flag-based design.The America’s Cup is the highest prize in sailing, and the oldest event in international sports.
USSA recruits next generation for refits
The sixth annual summit for the United States Superyacht Association (USSA) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. championed more refits in American shipyards, with continuing emphasis on recruiting young adults into trade professions for the marine industry.“The summit is a great way to get together and share info in an obscure, rather private industry,” said Kate Pearson, chairman of USSA and vice president of business development for Safe Harbor Marinas. “We are clearing up misconceptions of the industry.
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.
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…
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…
Sailing-Stars & Stripes Team USA Joins Challengers for America’s Cup
Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted by holders Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the fifth challenger for the 36th America's Cup, which will take place in Auckland in 2021.The team was co-founded by sailors Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield and represents the first all-American team in more than 15 years to compete for the oldest trophy in international sport, Long Beach Yacht Club said in an emailed statement."Our name is a nod to Dennis Conner's ‘Stars & Stripes’ campaigns that defined all-American America's Cup racing for decades.
Feadship Launches Refit and Service Division
Legendary superyacht builder Feadship formed a new entity, Feadship Refit & Services, to implement a new customer support strategy, My Feadship. Aiming to extend the high standard of Feadship quality experienced in the shipyard during the new build process throughout the vessel’s life, every Feadship’s resale value might increase upon becoming a brokerage or preowned vessel with the Dutch builder’s ongoing service certification.Combining all services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards with four other major yards around the world…
Concierge Yacht Repair, Service and Maintenance for Engine Rooms
As vessels increase in size, engine rooms increase in complexity. With superyachts approaching the size of small ships, qualified engineers with commercial and military experience operating larger vessels effectively prevent and troubleshoot problems.FHG Marine Engineering (FHGME) is a niche contractor with a business model providing concierge mobile preventative and routine yacht maintenance with emergency repair to luxury yachts in South Florida, minimizing downtime for vessels with 24-7 operations.
Derecktor to Develop New US Superyacht Hub
St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously chose Derecktor Shipyards to create and manage a facility servicing large yachts in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Nov. 14. Located about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and about 40 miles north of Palm Beach, the shipyard will develop a proposal for a mutually agreeable lease and contract to develop the 290-acre port, with deep water draft, easy land access and no fixed bridges.Derecktor was established in 1947 by the late Bob Derecktor, a competitive sailor in his own right with his personal fleet of “goose” sailboats…
MarineMax Names Langbehn as VP Operations
MarineMax has announced that Kyle Langbehn will now be their national Vice President of Operations.Langbehn has served several positions within MarineMax of increasing responsibility since originally joining the company in 2002. After receiving his undergraduate from the United States Naval Academy and his MBA from George Washington University, Kyle began his professional career with KPMG Consulting before pursuing his boating passion.MarineMax strives to provide an array of opportunities for their team members to truly become the best of the best.