Blogs

“It’s Always Nice to Have a Boat”

Jen Dudas, the director of the Bahamas Billfish Championship

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.

By Kevin Koenig |

A Happier Hotel

The Iris series of yacht islands from Eramotive

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. 

By Daniel Harding |

It’s a Small World After All

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 Jet Pack - A New Type of Tender

jet pack

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...

By Daniel Harding |

Lines In!

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...

By Kevin Koenig |

I Guana Get to Know Ya

I’m down in Guana Cay in the Abacos for the first leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, which was recently acquired by Power & Motoryacht’s parent company, the Active Interest Media Marine Group. I have no idea what to expect. The participation numbers are up, and there apparently have been some rule changes, but nobody’s been able to tell me exactly what they are yet.

I’m down in Guana Cay in the Abacos for the first leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, which was recently acquired by Power & Motoryacht’s parent company, the Active Interest Media Marine Group. I have no idea what to expect. The participation numbers are up, and there apparently have been some rule changes, but nobody’s been able to tell me exactly what they are yet. All I really know is there a bunch of big, beautiful fishing boats in the marina, and a lot of very serious-looking anglers packed into what feels like every crack and crevice of this little outpost of an island.

By Kevin Koenig |