Are all bass boats getting to be the same? Certainly every good new idea gets
copied by all the major builders by the next boat show. Virtually all bass boats
are low, flat, sleek, full of rod and tackle lockers, and with decks covered
with what appears to be the same gray carpet. So what is left to really
differentiate the boats besides the hull graphics? The answer is: the
differentiation is in the details. Bass boat builders actually put as much, if
not more, work into perfecting the fine points of bass boats than any other type
boat, foot-for-foot. These builders hone, polish, and improve everything they
can think of – and many of these details unfortunately can’t be seen. The best
example we can think of is Ranger Boats use of pultrusions. It sounds like a
dirty word, you can’t see them, and they’re as strong as steel. Why does Ranger
use them? What do they do? Read all about it --
There are no gimcracks here, just the solid, functional boat building that we
have all come to expect from Grady-White, and the 290 walk around does not
disappoint. She was introduced this summer and she replaced the 28’ G-W. Owners
said they wanted something a bit larger, but not too big. There has been a
serious downsizing trend this year and we suspect the Grady 290 might just be
the right size for both people moving up and down. She is powered by twin
Yamahas, either 250 or 300-hp.
To find out more about this offshore fishing boat
designed for four people -- cast right here.
Virtually all boats are “hand made” but some parts of the boat are made by hand
more than others. When it comes to upholstery, window treatments, pillows and
fixture coverings every bit of it is done by hand – by somebody somewhere. Doral
does not sub-contract this work to an outside vender, rather it is all done
in-house by a staff that averages 20 years on the job. When we visited the Doral
upholstery shop recently we noted the TLC going into every bit of stitching on
the seat covers and upholstery.
Join us as we go behind the scenes to see how
boats are really made by hand -- stitch in time.
|An increasing number of applications can turn your mobile phone into a chartplotter.|
One of the most useful applications for a mobile phone is software to help with navigation. In this week’s installment the resourceful team from the Active Captain series show us how the addition of a GPS and a navigation program can turn your phone into a small chartplotter, giving you an onboard backup and a mobile navigation aid for the dinghy or on shore. Calling all cartographers –
Anatomy of a Tragedy
|Washington’s Pierce Co. Sheriff's Dept. dive team searches the Nisqually River for survivors.|
Most readers of this newsletter are responsible boaters and the lessons from these types of stories are redundant. Nevertheless, there is something that each one of us can do, in our own small way, to turn a potential tragedy into little more than a dunking. The next time you see trouble brewing on a small boat -- urge all those involved to wear a PFD. If they don’t have them or enough of them, throw them yours. This may sound corny or intrusive, but after reading this story you’ll see what we mean. Captain Steve investigates --
|“He left me and I have his boat -- hmmmm, what to do, what to do????”|
When a boater from Chicago left his girlfriend and moved in with his new squeeze in Arizona, he made the mistake of leaving his 1993 Yamaha boat and trailer behind. And would you believe -- the jilted lady wouldn't make arrangements to ship the boat to Arizona for him? What would you do? What do you think she actually did? To find out what happened in this steamy love quadrangle (the boat is a "she", too) --
Somali Pirates with outboard-powered
boats have effectively closed the Suez Canal to the world’s super powers.
U.S. Pentagon dithers.
On November 19th a spokesman for the Pentagon said that shipping companies should hire “security guards” on ships just as they “do to protect their goods on shore.” The Pentagonese for merchant ship rent-a-cops is “embarked security teams.” (Is their embarked worse than their bite?) What has happened to the once proud and powerful U.S. Navy? To find out read an unabridged press release issued recently and to see pictures of 21st Century pirates --
|Two Brits and an Irishman who work for Anti Piracy Maritime Security Solutions based in Poole, UK were rescued by a German Navy helicopter.|
On November 29th, just 10 days after the U.S. Pentagon told shippers to use “embarked security,” the limitations of such security in protecting shipping from the rise of Somali piracy was cruelly exposed as three British operatives threw themselves overboard into the Gulf of Aden to escape hijackers. They left the Singapore-operated MS Biscaglia, a Liberian-flagged chemical tanker, unable to defend itself despite its "protection" and a distress call to a nearby warship. To find out more about this sad story and what Blackwater is up to these days -- grab a parrot.
|Your seat cushion may be used as a floatation device -- but isn’t there a better way?|
A Sunday afternoon fishing trip turned tragic for two boaters when their 12' skiff capsized five miles off the Gulfport, MS coast. One man clung to a gas can and was saved by a passing boater. The other was last seen clinging to a seat cushion which set off a desperate search of over 1300 square miles of saltwater. How did this happen and how could it have been prevented? You won’t believe the circumstances, but it’s all here --
|Andreas Liveras owned a series of megayachts over the years.|
One of superyachting's best known and most respected owners has become a victim of the Mumbai massacre. The only Briton to date confirmed to have died in the terror attacks, Andreas Liveras, 73, was CEO of Liveras Yachts based in Monaco. Over the years his company has become a specialist in the operation of large charter yachts carrying more than 12 guests. To learn more about Liveras’s rags-to-riches life and his last frightening moments in Mumbai -- read on.
Capt. Steve's Lesson #15
Requirements for Recreational Boaters Part 4: Throwables, Navigation Lights and Fire Extinguishers
Ducky Award Winner
“Only one of us needs to watch the skier. Somebody has to drive this thing.”
“Let’s take this one; it’s got a fish finder!”
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