Firestorm of Outrage Over Ethanol Fuel Fiasco
Last month we published an article about a California lawyer who has created a class
action suit against the oil companies for putting ethanol in marine fuel that ended
up destroying the fiberglass fuel tank in his old boat. The article hit a raw nerve
among BTC readers who have experienced the problem. Letters poured in from all over
the country recounting how E10 has ruined carburators, fuel tanks and gas engines.
Dozens want to join the class action and add California and the U.S. Congress to
To find out what our readers have to say, and to discover a clever way to replace
your dissolving fiberglass fuel tank...read on.
Boat Tests & Reviews
Cruisers Yachts 447
When it comes to sleeping, a
two cabin boat often means compromise for a cruising
family. With the 447 Sport Sedan from Cruisers Yachts, that’s no longer a problem.
The 447 has flexible accommodations, plenty of storage, and the style and
luxury that Cruisers is known for. Come aboard with Capt. John Wenz...
Formula 37 PC
If you are looking for a cruising boat that has plenty of entertainment
space yet fits in the mid-size marketplace, Formula has the 37 PC. "PC" stands for performance
cruiser and when you read our report you'll see exactly what that means.
Read Capt. Rob's complete report and video...
Regulator 32 FS
The 32 is Regulator Marine’s largest model in their line of offshore capable fishing
machines. The FS or “Forward Seating” version adds family-friendly seating to the
front of the boat, without taking away any of the fishing features of this North
Carolina built boat. See complete test and video...
Tiara 4700 Sovran
Tiara Yachts is probably best known for their versatile Open Series but they also
build cruising yachts such as the 4700 Sovran. This is a rock-solid performer that features
a resin infused hull for superior weight and strength characteristics. See Captain Rob's complete test and video report...
Pat Healey’s Viking
After replacing the old Viking 55 convertible with an all-new 56, the builder then
decided to add an enclosed flybridge model to their lineup. At a boat show last
year we caught up with second-generation boat builder Pat Healey and asked him what
in his mind sets this boat apart from all other yachts in its class. He was not
bashful about his answers. See video on Viking 56 Enclosed Flybridge…
See accommodation plans, specs, BTC’s “High Points”…
Midnight Lace 52
Midnight Lace is boat design that harks back to the 1920s and the days of commuters
rushing daily from the mansions along the north shore of Long Island to Wall
Street. They were a breed for financiers in the Great Gatsby era, and they were
fast, sleek and very much the fashion. This summer the Midnight Lace 52 is coming
to Long Island Sound, NYC and Newport, RI. Today, some people might consider the
Midnight Lace 52 a picnic boat on steroids, but either way you look at her she is
a beautiful boat for the man who wants something different, with a touch of history,
class, and the romance of a bygone world. Editor Jeff Hammond takes a video look...
Learn more about Midnight Lace...
Lazzara LSX Quad 75
It has been nearly 18 months since
the Lazzara LSX Quad 75 was introduced, and no one has come close yet to equaling
the innovations that were promulgated in this futuristic motoryacht. With 5 staterooms,
galley down, and powered by four Volvo Penta diesel IPS drives, the LSX has performance
to spare on either end of the speed spectrum. Third-generation boat builder Joey
Lazzara takes us on a video tour of this trend-setting motoryacht.
Visit Lazzara Yachts website...
The Boating Lifestyle
Why We Love Boating
It is good to remember why we all love boating and these
five video clips capture the essence of what makes this sport unlike any other.
The moments you see captured here are all about living in the present and creating
memories that will live a lifetime. We thank the good folks at Hydra-Sports for
sending us these videos, which were all taken aboard a Hydra-Sport 33 center console
in the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy the Boating LifeStyle! To see our tests of five Hydra-Sports...dive in here
China May Top US in Yacht Sales by 2015!
According to Merrill Lynch, there are now 400,000 millionaires in China, 5,000 of them
with assets of over 30 million USD. China’s version of the Forbes 400,
the Hurun Report, says that there are 106 billionaires there. According to an Ernst
& Young report, China will soon surpass the United States, becoming the second biggest
consumer of luxury goods in the world by 2015 with $11.5 billion in overall spending,
a figure that represents 29% of the world total. Little wonder, then, that Azimut
Yachts has just opened four dealerships in China and plans to take the country’s
yachting market by storm – while at the same time – helping to create it. To find
out what is happening in China and what Azimut is doing there…junk this.
Diesel Engine News
Caterpillar’s C-9 Diesel
About five years ago Caterpillar marinized a small engine in its line, turning it
into a 510-hp marine diesel. Now, thanks to ACERT technology they have been able to boost its horsepower to 575-hp. To see Capt. Smith’s video on the C9…power-up here.
"Safe CO" Generator
Westerbeke is proud of the fact that it was the first company to introduce a “low
CO” generator in 2005, calling it “Safe CO.” As Westerbeke points out in the commercial
video below, it was, “a step in the right direction.” A year later, Kohler took another
step in the right direction by not only making its own “low CO” unit, but by also
ceasing production of their old “high” CO gas generators. Onan has taken no steps
at all, to our knowledge. So, we applaud Westerbeke for being the first, and we’ll
be the first to congratulate them when they take step #2.
In the meantime, take a look at this fine educational/promotional video about Westerbeke’s
“Safe CO” generator…
To visit Westerbeke’s "Safe
SeaCore Anti-Corrosion Update
MerCruiser has developed a SOTA anti-corrosion system for its sterndrive
engines that by all accounts is the best protection since the sterndrive was first introduced
over 45 years ago. MerCruiser is so sure that consumers will be pleased with the
product that it has placed an extended warranty on SeaCore, making it a 4-year limited warranty at no extra cost. We asked Kevin Grodzki, president of MerCruiser, to update
us on SeaCore’s progress…
LED Underwater Lights
LED Lights Ideal for Yachts
The advantages of LED lights over conventional lighting of all types are significant;
for example, they burn cool and last 40,000 hours. OceanLED, maker of underwater lights, is
a leader in marine lighting technology and through its testing with Viking Yachts
the company has discovered that different colored lights attract different species
Learn the important details about LED lighting from Capt. Smith's in-depth video
interview with Zack Savage, Service Manager for OceanLED...
Bertram Yachts Innovations
In the early days of fiberglass boat-building
Bertram Yachts was a leader in innovation. Because the company was located just
a few miles from one of the greatest game fisheries in the world it was not surprising
that its professional captains and engineers were constantly finding new ways to
do things. One of those innovations was the cockpit mounted steering station. Now
the captain could play the fish with unobstructed vision and be handy if he was
needed to help out.
Capt. Smith takes a video look at this Bertram innovation...
Spain to Panama
in 12 Days!
Earthrace is having a relatively easy time of it compared
to their first attempt. The boat arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 8 days from
Spain, and was set back 30 hours because bio-diesel was being made as they waited.
On day 12 the trimaran arrived in Panama and was awaiting its turn through the canal
according to the last message from the vessel. To date, Earthrace has covered 4,970
nautical miles. To see some exciting video clips of Earthrace handling rough seas...submerge
Cabretta, Harris-Kayot, Yamaha Make the List
This is a Cabretta 155 sold by
Boating Sales and Service in Shellman Bluff, GA.
Virtually every month the USCG issues a list of recalls. This list is composed of
marine products that for one reason or another may potentially have a safety issue.
It is always wise to check the list and if it does not
involve any products you own, pass along the information to anyone you know who
may own one of the units recalled.
For this month’s list…recall this.
VIP Member Boat
Newish 37’ Meridian Motoryacht For Sale
A VIP Member of BTC has taken seriously ill and is looking for a quick sale of his
rarely used 368 Meridian Motoryacht. The owner is asking for $395,000 for this 2007
tri-cabin boat which is powered by twin Cummins QSB 330-hp diesels. The owner tells
us the price is “negotiable.” We’ll take the man at his word…find out more.
Ducky Award Winner
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bridge”. – G.Wolf
“I was raised on a boat. My wife was raised in a trailer. It was a clearly brilliant
compromise.” - D. Patterson
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