What has happened to us? Paper charts, dead reckoning, and basic navigational methods and skills are fast becoming obsolete due to computerized GPS plotters. Every day I watch boaters attempt to drive a boat looking at a computer screen when visual aids marking a channel are clearly visible 20 feet away.
“For at least two years he wanted to go on grandpa’s ship,” his father explains.
The Coast Guard was happy to oblige, giving the boy a tour and presenting him with one of the unit’s ball caps and other gifts.
His father concludes, “For people who work on a boat it’s not a big deal, but for him it’s a big deal. This is going to stay with him for a long time.”
When we spoke with Moore, the drawings of the tower had just been finalized and the “his” side of the master head was being put in place. “Really design-wise with Viking, it’s tough to come in and ask them to change anything because they’re pretty spot on, on everything,” he says. “I know Frank was big on the galley. Viking had to come up with some cool ways to make that happen and it all came together.”
Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 4, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Don’t panic. Yes, this is the August issue, which means the boating season is winding down for some of our readers in North America. Heck, we’re already working on our fall issues of Power & Motoryacht. One symptom of working two months out is you are often slightly confused about exactly what time of year it is at any given moment.
Key West Race Week in January 2000 was one of the largest keelboat sailing regattas in the world at the time. There were more than 300 racing sailboats on the island for the event. Premier Racing from Marblehead, Massachusetts, was the managing company. Peter Craig, founder and owner of Premier Racing, was also the event director and headed up the race committee for Division 1 of 3 divisions. Sadly, I have just learned that, after 21 years, Premier Racing is stepping aside from the Key West regatta in 2016.
The competition around sonar burns hot on many fronts and the more the merrier, I say.
An Australian company called Carnegie Energy recently introduced a system that might just make everyone happy. It’s called CETO 5, named after the Greek goddess of the sea, and it harnesses the energy of waves.
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 22, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Okay, I’m going to come clean. While cruising, I’m not usually an enthusiastic social animal, skipping down the dock in my flip-flops like the pied piper and asking anyone within sight a bunch of questions. “Where are you from?” “Where are you going?” “How long have you had your boat?” Sure, I’ll help you with your lines when you pull into the dock, and will certainly offer a good morning. Just don’t expect me to drop by your cockpit with homemade muffins for a morning chat.