Sport and music stars lead the parade of African-Americans
into boating. Other minorities are also joining the fun.
Tiger Woods’s 155-ft. Christensen
“Privacy” leads the fleet, Miami Dolphin Jayson Taylor recently sold his 99’ Hargrave,
P. Diddy is partial to Azimut motoryachts.
Last week a BTC reader wrote to say that in 50 years of
reading boating magazines he had only seen two ads with African-Americans in them:
one by Wellcraft and another by Four Winns. He went on to say the only boats he
has ever bought were those brands. The implication of his letter is that the boating
industry has traditionally ignored African-Americans or has not marketed to them.
Perhaps that is about to change.
Production Dominates World for 10th Year
Azimut is the largest importer of motoryachts into the
Style and design trump weak dollars!
Paolo Vitelli, founder of Azimut and CEO of Azimut/Benetti,
has parlayed a sailboat charter business into the world’s largest builder of motoryachts
with annual sales of $1.3 billion. The last five years his company has grown at
26% per annum, and his design team leads the world in stylish innovations that are
copied the world over. In the videos above, meet the driving personality
that made all of this come to pass in just 35
Coming Soon: Vitelli talks about Azimut/Benetti’s Future Plans.
Fountain Powerboat Wins P-1
Last of the Red-Hot Racers from the land of guts and grits,
Reggie Fountain is never at a loss for words.
Reggie Fountain is still going strong 29 years after
he founded Fountain Powerboats. Once a top driver on the Mercury Outboard Racing
Team, Reggie is still beating his competition, and if he can’t do that, surely he’ll
out last them. In this interview, first of a series, Reggie gives us a peek into
what it takes to get a successful offshore racing boat together. It is far more
than the brand of the hull, as even Reggie readily admits. We ask his competitors
not to watch these videos as they may be hazardous to their blood pressure.
Plan your boat's work, then find accommodations to fit.
Cheoy Lee Bravo 68
Lighter & Faster
Yanmar has gobbled up U.S. diesel market share
– find out why.
If you thought diesels were too expensive and heavy
for you, then think again. The last five years Yanmar has been quietly eating Cummins
and Volvo Penta’s diesel lunch in the mid-range. Watch this video and find out why…
Yanmar engines are standard or optional equipment on nearly 50 boats that BTC has
To find out what boats are available with these lightweight
Ocean LED Underwater Lights
See Capt. Smith’s video on how to
install Ocean LED lights.
Not only do they look
cool at night,
but they also raise fish!
But now their competition is jumping on the 350 bandwagon.
The Grady-White 330 Express
comes powered by twin 350 Yamahas. See test.
Why own a $100k boat
with a $29 horn?
Capt. Smith shows you
the new Kahlenberg horn for small boats.
Reader Feedback, Opinions,
Inquiries, Ideas, Suggestions
Check before you buy.
“Blond, Jane Blond."
We received over 400 caption suggestions
for this picture. The coveted “Rubber
Duck” award winner is...
“Blond, Jane Blond."
"That’s right Officer. I was putting on my lipstick and talking to my sister on
the cell phone when this big Bully turned right in front of me.”
Honorable (almost) Mentions
“When the female Houseboatasaurus gives her mating call not even the adolescent
Sportasaurus can resist.”
“And this, son, is where dinghies come from.”
Announces the "Devil Duck Award" for the most provocative printable caption.
Our first award goes to ….
“It was a brief but romantic interlude resulting in four beautiful bouncing baby
boats 9 months later.”
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Bermuda to Azores is a Big Hop
1,818 miles in one hop requires
long distance cruisers
with big tanks and small engines.
The 18 intrepid yachts make the 1818 miles from Bermuda
to the Azores without serious incident. However, there were problems along the
way and it is interesting to see how they were solved. If you missed the first or second
part of this 2004 record-breaking transatlantic passage, click on the links below.
Air Force General
Deactivates Alarm and Dies of CO Poisoning
After a career of “trusting the instruments” ex-pilot
takes batteries out of his alarm and drops dead.
Sometime between Dec. 30, 2007 and Jan. 1, 2008, General
Stephen Vonderheide fell face down on the sole of the salon in his 38’ Chris-Craft
“Lucky Lady” which was tied up in the Village West marina in Stockton, CA. Vonderheide
was described by his boss in the Air Force as a “crackerjack” pilot who flew “every
plane we had.” He was a man trained to trust the instruments on a plane – but, unfortunately,
he evidently did not trust them on his boat. To read a full report on this tragic accident...read on
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