Offshore Motoryacht Newsletter - 10/29/2008
Offshore Motoryacht October 29, 2008 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust

Test & Video Reviews

- Carver 44 Sojourn
- Cruisers Yachts 520
- Doral Alegria
- Formula 400 SS
Mainship Pilot 45
- Rampage 34 Express

Also Inside:
- Hargrave Debuts New Design
- Bertram 700 Interior
- New Yanmar 530-hp Diesel
- Stern Drive System from Yanmar
- New Luhrs 37 Open
- Technology: Palm Navigation
- Shipping News
- Silent Killer Takes 4 More
- Nordic Tugs President Dies
- Keep Blower Off While Fueling
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Hargrave Debuts Innovative New “Disappearing Raised Pilothouse” Design

Hargrave 54 Hargrave 84
Hargrave’s new 84 pilothouse design is the first ever open to the salon and galley. The beautiful lines of a raised pilothouse are much admired by yachtsmen.
Photos by Dana Jenkins.

Hargrave Custom Yachts has long sought to drive home to the motoryacht-buying public how far customers can go to “personalize” the boats they build. Nothing dramatizes the point better than this innovative new design concept which looks like a raised deck pilothouse motoryacht on the outside, but on the inside does not waste valuable main deck real estate as do conventional pilothouse configurations. According to Hargrave owner Mike Joyce, “This boat was designed to be handled by a husband and wife,” and is equipped with everything a cruising couple will need. To see more pictures of the world’s first “disappearing raised pilothouse” -- snap this Kodak.

For a VIP Tour of the Hargrave 84’ by founder Mike Joyce at the Ft. Lauderdale Show Oct. 30-Nov. 2, sign up here.

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Boat Tests & Reviews

Carver 44 Sojourn

Carver 44

The 44 Sojourn from Carver is the newest model in their 11-model line. Carver has designed the 44 with space on the bridge deck that can entertain twelve and room below for six to overnight. Carver has included many amenities for comfortable cruising including Volvo’s IPS drive system that not only makes docking this 44’4’’ yacht in busy marinas less stressful, but it also frees up space below to allow for a VIP stateroom. Captain Steve Laviree took a look at hull #1 last month in Connecticut--come aboard the 44 Sojourn.

Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe

Cruisers Yachts 520

The 520 Sports Coupe is the largest of Cruisers Yachts’ coupe designs. You can watch sunsets on the standard transom rumble seat or bring along a crowd to entertain in the spacious and multifunctional cockpit and helm deck. Got a lot more to entertain? The salon is equally impressive both in seating ability and headroom. When you are ready to retire for the evening, retire to your own private full beam master stateroom. See complete test and video of Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe.

Doral Alegria

Doral Alegria

Doral’s 45’ Alegria rests at the top of the line of yachts from this boutique builder. From her standard integrated swim platform to her standard windlass, this yacht is designed for luxurious cruising whether for a night, a weekend, or for weeks at a time. Entertainment features are quite numerous and plush accommodations encourage relaxation for everyone you invite aboard. See complete test and video of the Alegria.

Mainship Pilot 45

Mainship Pilot 45

Mainship introduces its latest generation of trawlers with the introduction of the flagship Pilot 45. Mainship knows the cruising life and how the trawler style and design fits into it. With many years of experience, Mainship knows what customers want and delivers it at a price many would not expect possible. They are the largest builder of these style boats. See Capt. Smith’s video test of Mainship's 45 Pilot--step aboard.

Formula 400 Super Sport

Formula 400 SSThe 400 Super Sport is perhaps the sleekest, and most heart-stopping of all the boats that Formula builds. This year she debuts with an all new Imron Diamond Sapphire graphic and new hull side colors and trim that are classy and elegant. But Formula’s beauty is more than skin deep and the builder has addressed many new details this year. Let’s take a look. See test results and video review of the Formula 400 Super Sport.

Rampage 34 Express

Rampage 34The 34 Express is the perfect size for a fishing boat. It fits into many of the municipal slips easily. It is maneuverable within confined areas, even without joystick drives. It can sleep up to six, but can sleep at least a crew of four for an offshore tournament. For the family, the interior will give them the comforts of the den at home. Come aboard the 34 Express from Rampage.

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New Boat

New Bertram 700 Interior Isn’t Fishy

Bertram 700 master
Capt. Smith
admires the
large portlight
in the master
of the 700.
bertram 700 dinette
The Bertram’s dinette seats 4 anglers comfortably and has plenty of light.
Bertram 700 galley
Capt. Smith measures the galley countertop which has plenty of room for plating.
Bertram 700 furniture
Custom-built furniture
(not built-ins) is comfortable
and has storage.

Several weeks ago we showed you the business end of the new Bertram 700, the flying bridge and engine room. Today we’re treating you to a video visit through the interior of this noteworthy convertible. She has four staterooms and all of the amenities one would expect in a 70’ yacht built by a division of the Ferretti Group. Bertram combines the best of two marine traditions – the rugged hull and machinery upon which Bertram built its reputation, and the style and elegance which are the hallmarks of Italian design. See this boat at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and make your own judgment of how the two cultures complement each other.

See Italian plush styling and good interior space utilization.

See what makes her a dreadnaught among battlewagons.

For a VIP tour of the Bertram 700 at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, Oct. 30- Nov 2, sign up here.

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Engine News

New Yanmar 530-hp Diesel
for New-Builds and Repower

Fuel and oil filters are placed on the
front of the engine.
Belts are protected with a plastic
guard for safety.
Yanmar is introducing a new 530-hp, 6 cylinder, 7.4 L common rail diesel engine that is ideal for boats in the 28’ to 40’ range. Not only will this new, compact, high power-to-weight ratio engine be considered for new-build installations, it is also ideal for repower applications. This smoke-free engine meets Tier 2 emission requirements as well as the coming 2012 regulations. Yanmar is the repower diesel brand of choice for powerboaters because of initial cost, compact size, power-to-weight ratio, performance, and dealers who are eager to spend the time with customers that it takes to map-out a proper, and sometimes complicated, repower installation. Join us while Capt. Smith explains the new 6CX530--

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Engine News

Yanmar Introduces
New Stern Drive System

Yanmar’s new lower units are designed for high torque.
The bullet design lower unit is efficient and effective.
Yanmar says it has serious corrosion protection built in.
The lower unit employs counter-rotating dual props.
Yanmar is jumping into the diesel stern drive market in a big way with the global introduction of its new ZT350 stern drive. Yanmar has actually been building stern drives for the Japanese market for over 20 years, so is no stranger to the stresses put on these drive trains in the saltwater environment. Yanmar’s ZT350 has a multi-friction plate clutch, not a cone clutch which is used in some competitive units, and thereby provides smooth, quiet shifting without the “clunk.” The unit is designed so that its mounting transom plate and bolt holes line-up exactly with those of both the Bravo III and Volvo Penta’s DP lower unit. Now Yanmar makes and is responsible for the complete drive train system from ignition to prop. See Capt. Smith’s video of this exciting new entrant into the stern drive field--

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New Boat

New Luhrs 37 Options:
IPS or Outboard Power!

MerCruiser Bravo III
Luhrs says that this boat has the
"first full-size guest stateroom under 40'."

It is not often that a builder offers a boat with either twin 370-hp IPS 500 drives or triple Yamaha F350 outboards, but that is what Luhrs is doing with their new 37 Open. But most exciting, the builder says that it has "the industry’s first ever full-size guest stateroom" in a boat under 40'. Does that mean full standing headroom? If so, that is big news and well worth your stopping by to see the boat at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. Don't be bashful, just walk up and say you want to see the "guest stateroom." (We'll be taking our tape measure, so if you can't make it, we'll let you know.) Luhrs is famous for building affordable boats, so this express may well become an industry benchmark of sorts. Test drives are available in Lauderdale after the show.

To reserve a time for a test drive Nov. 6 or 7 -- Sea Trial

For specifications and more information -- cast lure here.

If you are curious about the headroom in the aft stateroom, we'll measure it and email the height to you after the show. Sign up here--

New Technology

Brave New World
of Palm Navigation

You can have the whole world in your hands right now.

Like it or not, it is coming. In fact, much of it is already here today! Much of what we do today aboard boats with lots of electronic gear can already be done on a cell phone or Palm Pilot/BlackBerry/iPhone device. And more is coming fast! You will be able to navigate, check out restaurants, get tide tables, weather, find a slip, be told where the fish are biting, monitor your boat while you’re gone, and see videos. You’ll even be able to check data on while you’re visiting a boat dealer’s showroom. Whether your boat is small or large, the new technology will be indispensable in time. To help our readers get up to speed on the new technology we will be running a series of articles authored by two young software gurus and powerboat owners – Karen and Jeffrey Siegel. They have created a terrific website for world-wide active cruisers, called Take a look, we think you’ll like it --

To learn about this exciting new technology, start with Chapter #1.


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Shipping News

How Does Lloyd's of London
Stay in Business?

Ship wrecks
Think ship wrecks are a rare event? Watch this.
You think ferries
are safe?
Think again.
Ever wonder how big ships run aground?
Commercial Shipping
Sen. Collins explains why commercial shipping is safe.

We are reminded once again by that prominent Australian official, Senator Collins, how safe commercial shipping is even though ships can be registered in countries such as Panama, Liberia, and Nicaragua. Do you trust in these countries to make sure the ships they register are properly equipped and manned? Well, if you don't trust them, then certainly you can trust in the ship owners to see to it that their ships are properly equipped and manned. Well, if you don't trust them, certainly you can trust the insurance companies that would suffer tremendous losses if the ships weren't properly equipped and manned. It's a wonderful system. Take a look at the videos above and you'll see how well it works.

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Safety Tip

The "Silent Killer" Takes 4 More Boaters

Boehm Family Dale Ryan Jody Ryan
Victims aboard the "Ryans Express Too" houseboat, ( r.)
Rush and Billy Boehm, Dale Ryan and Jody Ryan.

On Sunday Oct. 5th two Elsberry, Illinois couples were found dead in a houseboat owned by one of the pair. The houseboat was built in 1972 and reportedly had a gasoline generator built the same year. The boat had been anchored in the Mississippi River at Tisdel Towhead Island, north of Hamburg, IL. The owner of the boat, Dale Ryan, was a maintenance man and had recently concluded preparing the boat for the overnight outing. To find out how the “silent killer” came aboard and murdered four innocent boaters -- read on.

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Safety Tip Redux

Keep Blower OFF While Fueling

Boat Explosion
A boat does not have to be in the water to have fuel vapors waiting for a spark.

Last week we ran a story about a small boat blowing up in a man’s driveway. Capt. Steve suggested that if one was in a hurry while refueling the blower could be run simultaneously to save time. Several of our eagle-eyed readers took strong issue with this advice – and they are right! We stand corrected. The National Fire Protection Association recommendations say that while fueling, all engines, motors and fans should be shut down. The logic is that if a blower is running while refueling, gas vapors can be sucked into the bilge. The correct procedure: after fueling, open your hatches, use your nose to sniff for gas vapor, then turn the blower on for four minutes before starting your engine. Be patient!

Last Voyage

Nordic Tugs
President Dies

Jim Cress
Jim Cress loved Nordic Tugs.

Jim Cress, President/CEO of Nordic Tugs and owner of Nordic Tugs' largest dealership, SkipperCress Yacht Sales of Anacortes, WA died Saturday, Oct. 18th from injuries suffered as a result of a motorcycle accident. Cress, 62, joined Nordic Tugs in 1989 as Sales Manager and subsequently put together an investment group to buy out the founder, Jerry Husted, in 1996. More --

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence...”

-- Vince Lombardi
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Ducky Award Winner

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First Place

“Let’s see the Big 3 beat this for payload capacity.” – T. Kerns

Second Place

“What exactly did you think the salesman meant when he told you, ‘Your truck can easily haul this boat’?” – D. Kellner

Honorable (almost) Mention
“Toyota hired Bubba to test its trucks. It did not go well.” – B. Bloomingdale

Devil Duck
“In Ireland it’s called ‘makin’ bacon’.” – B. Heffernan

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