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Randy Lanier, Former Speedboater, Released from Prison After Life Sentence for Drug-Smuggling is Lifted

Randy Lanier, who in 1988 was sentenced to life in prison for his role as a “super drug kingpin” smuggling marijuana into the U.S.

Randy Lanier, who in 1988 was sentenced to life in prison for his role as a “super drug kingpin” smuggling marijuana into the U.S. using speedboats, has been released from prison, suddenly and under somewhat mysterious circumstances.

Austin Parker Introduces a New Kind of Hybrid

At the Genoa International Boat Show, Italian boatbuilder Austin Parker announced the beginning of an exciting new project, a 36-footer powered by a hybrid propulsion system developed by Italian industrial-equipment manufacturer Transfluid. The hybrid system is contained within the drivetrain in a unit (shown above) placed between the clutch and transmission.

New Boats Notebook - October 2014

We scoured the industry to find out what builders have on the boards and in the factory. Check out five new projects from Everglades, Bonadeo, Azimut, Sabre, and Viking, plus updates on boats we’ve covered in the past.

We scoured the industry to find out what builders have on the boards and in the factory. Check out five new projects from Everglades, Bonadeo, Azimut, Sabre, and Viking, plus updates on boats we’ve covered in the past.

Check Out the Latest Princess 40M

Princess 40 MHave you seen the M class yachts from Princess International? The British builder’s noteworthy into superyacht development and construction continues with the 40M Solaris, a 131-foot trideck motoryacht with six staterooms.

Nautical Classic Goes Hollywood

 

What's the Brokerage Market for Down East-style Cruisers?

We spoke to three brokers who had a Sabre 38 or similar boat listed on BoatQuest.com.

We did a deep dive on the Sabre 38 Hardtop, including talking to brokers who have listings for the model, to find out everything there is to know about this seaworthy, classically lined boat.

Coast Guard Foundation Raises the Bar

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Coast Guard Foundation’s 34th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard in New York City, where honors were bestowed and funds were raised at a gala event in a midtown hotel. Before a crowd of nearly 700 comprising numerous U.S. Coast Guard officers, including the newly installed Commandant, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, local dignitaries, commercial-shipping and shipbuilding representatives, and friends and family of the Coast Guard and its members, the foundation honored the heroic acts of the helicopter crew CG-6515 from Point Reyes, California (above), and the crew of Motor Life Boat 47212 (MLB) from Station Humboldt Bay, California (below). Both exhibited exceptional bravery in the line of duty to rescue civilians in dangerous situations, and a video presentation showing interviews with the Coast Guard personnel involved highlighted both their extraordinary poise in some challenging situations as well as their startling youth.