While waiting on the docks at this year’s BBC in Guana Cay, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Jen Dudas, the tournament’s director. Jen has been working at the tournament for 23 of its 42 years of existence, and knows it through and through.
There are hotels on the water and then there are hotels on the water. The Iris series of yacht islands from Eramotive falls into the latter category. Available in LOAs of 148, 246, and 410 feet, each features an oblong superstructure with rounded sides.
I was on the docks yesterday in Guana Cay awaiting the return of the boats from the Bahamas Billfish Championship, and I saw a Palm Beach 55. There aren’t very many of them around, and frankly, I just really like that boat. I tested the 55 in Australia a few years back when she launched and was immediately infatuated. So I walked up to the boat and saw a man inside. I knocked on the window and asked if I could come aboard. The owner, Joe Dockery, kindly invited me aboard.
The company, which has successfully taken its prototype to 3,500 feet and—safely—returned the craft and its test pilot back down to earth.
Too tired from a passage to lower your tender into the water, and too impatient to wait for the launch service? Just strap on your jet pack and soar over to shore. According to Martin Jetpack, we’re only a couple of years away from that being a reality...
All 21 boats have shipped out on a beautiful day down here in Guana Cay. None are back to the docks yet, perhaps not surprisingly. As for those rule changes I alluded to in an earlier blog, I got word from tournament organizer and Active Interest’s VP of marketing, Jen Jones. Jones told me that among others, rule changes include: a lower minimum on the dock, dredging is allowed, and one pro angler is now allowed on the boat. There have also been women’s and junior angler divisions added.
All 21 boats have shipped out on a beautiful day down here in Guana Cay. None are back to the docks yet, perhaps not surprisingly...