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New Baja 335: A Champ in Rough Conditions
Blowing 25 knots with 3-foot seas, we gave the
new 335 a pounding test at speed
We went 68.9 mph WOT in
3-foot seas and expect she’ll go well over 70 mph in flat water. Best news of all
is that she lists for only $169k MSRP with twin 496 mags.
Cruises at 33 mph
With triple 435-hp IPS diesels, the new Tiara is
both fast and very quiet (75 dBa)
cruise” she has a range of 295 nm which means 10 hours between required stops.
Since being introduced in early fall, 33 of the new
$1.5 million 5800 Sovrans have been sold at retail. That’s impressive. The word we get is that women love the “mid-level” galley, down a couple of steps from the
bridge deck, and up a few steps from the settee area below. The 5800 comes in twin
or triple stateroom configurations. Most remarkable of all – 75 dBa at the helm
with IPS three diesels pumping out 1300-hp and 33 mph.
a good video look.
Tiara sales at
The days of cramped, dark, wet and ugly British-built
powerboats is a thing of the distant past. Now UK builders challenge the Italians
styling, the Dutch in construction, and the Americans in functionality. BoatTEST.com
takes a look at six British powerboats by builders which are making waves around
Cruise Ship with “Ice-Hardened Double
Hull” Sinks off Antarctica
38-year-old 246’ MV Explorer
Hits One Iceberg Too Many
The Liberian-registered MV
Explorer listing 21 degrees Nov. 23…morning.
MV Explorer listing 80 degrees
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered about the sinking of
the MV Explorer off Antarctica last Friday. Among them…
*Why was the passenger ship motoring through
an ice field at night?
*Why had the vessel failed two inspections
within the last year?
*How many rated deck officers were on the bridge at the time of the incident?
*Why weren’t the motorized life boats covered?
To learn more about the last voyage of the MV Explorer…and to watch video of Explorer
ramming an iceberg on another cruise...hit
Holland’s 500-year history of yacht building goes on as
strong as ever. We look at two rugged, but beautiful
BoatTEST.com’s Capt. Robert Smith recently went to
Europe in search of the “perfect” 40-something go-(almost)-anywhere-cruiser. He
was looking for a boat that could be easily handled by two couples and be comfortable
in the northern latitudes, places like the Inside Passage to Alaska and the Newfoundland
Coast. It also had to be a boat that could be cruised economically and have good
Two Dutch-built boats caught his eye, and he shares his video impressions with us.
Both boats are semi-custom and both incorporate some good ideas.
Vri-Jon Yachts Contessa 40
This company builds 8-10
steel-hulled yachts per year, all customized to the buyers’ specifications. Workmanship
is old world.
See video and boat details.
This 47 ’x 14’ single engine, twin stateroom cruiser
is built of Kevlar and glass and has an unusual interior with office and large salon.
Capt. Smith says this boat will go anywhere.
See video and boat details.
Can Improve Performance Say Two Industry Veterans
A boat builder and a designer take
issue with Mike Meyer
Phoenix 38 built by Frank Piedra.
Seakeeper Anti-Roll Gyro proves effective without
Sometimes only a little motion can cause mal de
mare and even the most hearty seamen can get it on occasion. Seakeeper’s revolutionary
anti-roll gyro can be used in relatively rough water as well as in calmer seas or
at the dock. It operates in a vacuum which reduces power draw, and can be located
anywhere there is room.
Capt. Robert Smith takes a detailed look.
At 916 Units
Builds Are Up
They are at the top of the boating food chain – and what
does this news mean
to the rest of us?
They are beautiful things
to behold, and they employee thousands of people world-wide, but what does their
increasing popularity mean to the rest of us?
Each year Showboats magazine publishes an article called
the “Global Megayacht Order Book.” Its recent Dec/Jan issue records that there were
new sales of boats 80’ (traditional designation of the “megayacht”) or larger on
the order books at the world’s 147 yards that build such things. This is up an incredible
18% from last year. Even more astounding, it is up 637 annual units from the 279
megayachts ordered ten years ago!
Showboats reports the average size of these new orders is 124’, and if one
figures that such a boat would cost about $15 million, then we are talking about a $14 billion
industry world-wide, but given the fact that some of these boats cost over $100
million, that estimate may be on the low side. It is estimated that there are now about 8,000 megayachts in existence around the globe.
For a look at what this means for owners of boats 79’ and under…peek here
The Carolina Watermen:
Bug Hunters and Boatbuilders by Richard and Barbara Kelly.
Richard and Barbara
Kelly did not want the way of life of the Carolina watermen
to go unchronicled.
This book is a tribute to the hard-working people they have come to admire. $14.95
Hatteras Blues; A
Story from the Edge of America by Tom Carlson.
This is Carlson’s first-person
narrative about the sportfishing trade and its relationship with commercial fishing
operations at Hatteras Islands. It focuses closely on a relatively small group of
people in a village who we get to know quite well and in the process come to
care for and admire. $27.50
Buy this Book
Steps to Successful Boat Docking by Katherine Redmond.
Docking your boat is one of the most difficult tasks any boater faces. This book
is filled with the "how to" knowledge of successfully docking your boat in a
7 step easily understood process. It covers single-engine inboard vessels, power
or sail, twin-engine inboard and outboard vessels, single-engine outboard or sterndrive
vessels. A must have for any boater!!
Our Price: $11.60
Buy this Book
Boater's Checklist. Captain Clay Kelley
has traveled the world's waterways and oceans for many years. During these travels,
he has met people new to boating and others who have been on boats all their lives.
One opinion they all have in common is what should be checked on a boat and when. This book addresses each area of a boat and all the systems onboard.
List Price: $21.95
Our Price: $17.12
Buy this Book.
trying to figure out much more than turning on your GPS makes you feel retarded, you
are not alone. The nerds that make these things must think boaters are rocket scientists.
Well, help is on the way for the layman. Learn to use the special features of your
new electronic GPS device and receive door-to-door directions while staying on top
of weather, traffic and localized information. This video shows you the tricks without
you having to pull an all-nighter with their abstruse manuals.
DVD’s Start at $14.95-- Check 'em out.
New Outboard Powered Boat
Give a step-by-step guide that teaches that special boater how to handle their single/twin
inboard/outboard engine and the effects of using each of the controls.
These DVD’s also teach docking procedures, turning, backing, trim tabs, power tilt
and trim, entering and departing slips and much more.
Prices start at $29.95 -- See
the extensive line of videos available.
A/C Condensation Problem Solved
FINALLY – The A/C drainage mess has been addressed!
For decades A/C units
leaking all over interiors. Dometic to the rescue.
A constant problem since the introduction of A/C in
boats has been the condensation from the units which has dripped, spilled, seeped,
drained or otherwise made a soggy mess and stained carpets, cabin soles, seats,
bedding, hull liners and just about everything else. Only a few of the high-end
builders ever did anything about it. The rest pretended that it was a non-problem.
Now, the world’s largest maker of marine A/C units has solved the problem.
See Capt. Robert Smith’s video report.
New Kohler Diesel Generators
Have Low Emissions
From 4 kw to 65 kw Kohler electronic-controlled diesel
gensets have catalytic converters. 50 HZ and 60 HZ.
Low-Cost EMERGENCY Dewatering
Special Groco seacocks are a low-cost way to maximize
your vessels emergency dewatering capability
Every boat that goes offshore
should have a way to use its main engines for dewatering.
Running over a pile of rocks or hitting a floating
telephone pole or metal container can hole your boat or rip out your running gear
in a heartbeat. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does you need massive bilge
dewatering, quick. Forget your bilge pump or even auxiliary pumps – you need real
power! And there is only one place to get it – from your main engines. Their water
pumps can dewater your engine room or bilge faster than virtually anything else
you can do. Best of all, thanks to some special Groco seacocks, an emergency stem
is low-cost and easy to install. Every boat going offshore should have this system.
Watch Capt. Robert Smith demonstrate three different emergency de-watering systems
made by Groco.
To get parts numbers and see price ranges…plunk the magic twanger
107’ Wooden Yacht Burns
Famous West Coast Yacht Accomplished 40 years of
The fire spread
rapidly and the crew was quickly overwhelmed. She had recently
completed a refit.
Five members of the 107 foot yacht
Dorothea's crew were rescued after the yacht caught on fire off the coast
of Costa Rica on Oct. 25. 2007. Dorothea
is owned by former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore
Steven Green and his wife, Dorothea.
Green was Chairman of Samsonite Luggage Company before retirement. Millions of dollars
were reportedly spent on her exhaustive refit and she was launched in April, 2007.
Dorothea was a hard-working world-traveling
vessel that epitomized the idea of Corinthian yachting.
Floating containers can hole a yacht offshore as effectively
as any uncharted rock
Like Lego cubes, they usually hang together, but there times
that they don’t.
One of the little-discussed obstacles lurking offshore
are floating containers. No one knows how many there are floating on the surface
– or worse – just below. But they are there, just the same. The next time you make
an offshore passage, be aware of what might be out there…and don’t be surprised
if something goes bump in the night.
See pictures that don't need an explanation…
Saves 3 Boaters
Aussie fishermen found
12 hours in the Pacific a sobering experience
Garry Fleming discovered that his Esky beer cooler was more seaworthy than his aluminum
Water Bottle Saves Woman Off Maui Woman looking for “wealthy people” in “yachts” survives
19 hours after kayak dumps
Ruth Simpson, 49, demonstrating how she put her bathing suit top over her head and
held on to a fabric water container for flotation. Seen here in hospital after ordeal.