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This Ain’t No Sports Bar

My friends refer to me as a hurricane magnet. Consider, for example, the years 2004 and 2005. I was living and working in southwest Florida in 2004 when Charley, Frances, and Jean came to visit. Then I moved to south Alabama to work with another yacht company in the fall of 2004, only to have Ivan partially destroy the marina we were moving into, so plans for the move were postponed. Shortly after opening a temporary office in Orange Beach, Alabama in 2005, Arlene came to town.

New Digs in an Old Locale

Galápagos IslandsPay a visit to the Galápagos Islands and you’re immediately greeted by a combination of geography, waters, and wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world. But it’s not easy to stay overnight on this volcanic archipelago. Enter scientist and marine artist Guy Harvey and the newest locations for not one, but two Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts.

AC34 Mark/VIP vessels, seeking perfection

Written by Dan Corcoran on Mar 7, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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A visit to the America's Cup World Series in Newport, RI in June 2012 provided an opportunity to tour the engineering spaces and helm of this second-generation mark/VIP boat as a follow-up to Ben's visit to hull number one. Before the engineering tour I spent the day on the race course in the vessel's predecessor, observing the racing and learning what drove the design improvements to this latest generation.

Navico's numbers, should you care?

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 5, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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As a privately held corporation Navico doesn't have to reveal anything about its financial state, but last week it issued a proud press release claiming a dramatic 15% sales increase in 2012, which resulted in revenues of 256 million dollars and EBITDA earnings of 41.4 million. And at the Las Palmas B&G event, the mother company added some claims about what their numbers meant versus the competition, as seen in the slide above. Is Navico painting a fair picture of where the recreational marine electronics market is at? Does it matter to consumers anyway?

Samsung Chromebook, your $129 'burner' boat laptop?

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 3, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Before discussing my brief but positive experience with a Samsung Chromebook, I have some important advice. Do not brag about how little financial (or data) risk is involved in boating (or traveling) with this 11.6-inch, 2.4-pound laptop even though it looks and acts something like a precious MacBook Air. There's a fair bit of truth to the brag, but the deities of humility may then make you prove the point by, say, leaving your nice new Chromebook on a airport security belt in the Grand Canary Islands...

Eats: Another Man’s Treasure

Adventurous eaters should look into attending the first-ever Trash Fish Dinner put on by Chefs Collaborative on March 10 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

B&G in Las Palmas: "Products for All Sailors"

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 1, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I know several sailors who have installed Lowrance MFDs as an economical way to gain access to Navico's sailboat-friendly Broadband Radar, and the scheme made sense as there wasn't really all that much difference between the fishing-focused Lowrance systems and even the sailor-centric B&G Zeus versions of the Simrad NSE and NSS displays. But those days may be over soon as one of several stories Navico presented to the boating press in Las Palmas was a simplification of its three-brand strategy. Now B&G intends to serve all sailors, from grand prix racers to weekend cruisers, and from premium to value-oriented budgets. Moreover, B&G demonstrated that it's fast putting together a suite of features that should appeal to every type of sailor...

A Day's Work

Bill Pike working on Betty Jane's engine“While installing new primary fuel filters on the ol’ Lehman recently, I realized I spend more time doing maintenance onboard the Betty Jane than I do actually cruising. But hey, we’re talking an old boat.

(Recommended) Manhattan Clam Chowder

Sandbar restaurantThis recommendation borders on travesty, I know. At all other turns New England clam is the undefeated King Kong of the chowder arena. Manhattan clam chowder has long been the redheaded stepchild of soups: overlooked, underappreciated—even scorned. And often rightly so.

Art and Craft at Mystic Seaport

Low Tide—Sandy Cove by Anthony ThompsonHave a (small) place of honor to fill on a saloon bulkhead? Mystic Seaport is selling art sized to fit on boats of virtually any LOA.