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A few quick notes about this typhoon

Photo from EUMETSATEarlier today, the Philippines were hit by the most powerful typhoon ever recorded, with the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center reporting sustained winds of 195 miles an hour with gusts to 235 miles an hour when the storm made landfall. Those numbers put it just above Hurricane Camille, which had wind speeds of 190 miles and hour when it made landfall in the southeast United States in 1969.

Join the Parade

It’s that time of year again, when the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and every shopping mall from Albany to Albuquerque plays the same music. It’s also time for a nautical December tradition, the holiday boat parade. From coast to coast and along rivers and lakes throughout the country boaters will deck the bowrails and take to the water. Check out the list of holiday parades below and find one near you.

Ullberg and Bertram are Ready to Race

I had an interesting conversation onboard a super-posh Bertram 64 yesterday during the company’s dark n’ stormy party. I was standing in the cockpit chatting with the nattily attired yacht designer about his background and where he wants to take Bertram. Ullberg got his start alongside nautical legend Tom Fexas, and eventually made his way into designing serious fishing boats with a concentration on speed. He was talking so much about beating the other guy back to the docks that I asked if he had a racing background.

Love Me Some Princess Tenders

Princess has its hands on a proprietary outboard system for tenders which should offer a nice option to owners that are sick of cleaning gunk out of their jet tenders. The system, which seems fairly simple to me, allows the outboard to tip forward, and tuck into the aft portion of a RIB, allowing it to stow more easily on relatively smaller yachts. A Princess rep who gave me a demonstration of the system assured me that it ain’t cheap, but it might just be worth it. Especially when you factor in ease of maintenance.

Hydra Sports Crushes Fish and Sandbars

I have to be honest with you; I’m not overly familiar with Hydra Sports, the Knoxville-based builder of fast, flashy center consoles. But I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen from them in the Convention Center.

Be Prepared

A sudden storm, and electronic failure, and the device that saved the day.

I heard this story at ACR Electronics display at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, celebrating the latest members of ACR SurvivorClub. Yeah, you know what that means.

Everything Old is New Again

A bit of a theme I’ve noticed after the first day of the show that I hadn’t seen (or maybe noticed) before, is companies trotting out vintage models of their boats at the docks. Hatteras has the very first Hatteras ever built, Knit Wits, floating outside of their display, and Fairline has one of their first builds, a classic-looking little riverboat, at theirs. It’s cool to see the evolution of the boats as well as the companies’ ties to their past in these vessels. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for more.

Monte Carlo Debuts the MC5

Last night Monte Carlo debuted their all-new MC5 stateside with the help of racecar driver Townsend Bell and a whole lot of champagne. The party was, as expected, populated by all of the beautiful people, as well as a handful of marine journalists. The MC5 is the smallest Monte Carlo yet, with an LOA just under 50 feet. She is the first in a line of smaller Monte Carlos, including her sistership the MC5S (an express version of last night’s boat) and the even smaller MC4.