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Man’s New Best Friend

Bottlenose dolphinDogs may have been rounding up sheep and cattle for centuries, but it appears they just got one-upped. Bottlenose dolphins are helping fishermen in Brazil not only by circling schools of fish but also signaling when and where to throw the nets. The dolphins round up mullet, steer them toward the fishing boats, then slap their heads or tails against the surface of the water when it’s time for the catch.

Sunny Side Up

Tûranor PlanetSolarIt may not have shattered any speed records, but the Tûranor PlanetSolar catamaran has become the first boat to circumnavigate the globe using only solar power: no sails, no fuel, no exhaust. Designed and built by an international team of naval architects and engineers, the lightweight-carbon-fiber vessel is covered with 38,000 solar cells that drive a 30-hp electric motor.

Testing the Sealine F48 in England

Sealine F48I just finished testing the Sealine F48 off the Isle of Wight in southern England, and now I'm back in my hotel room in London. Flying back to NYC in the morning. Y'know, just popped across the pond for 24 hours to do some yachting. I feel so cosmopolitan right now it's not even funny.

New Jersey Yacht Explosion Believed to be Hoax

Members of Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, New Jersey, call out directions during a heavy-weather man-overboard drill off the coast of New Jersey on January 8, 2009. Photograph taken by Petty Officer Seth Johnson. A distress call that went out yesterday off Sandy Hook, New Jersey regarding an exploding yacht is now believed to be a hoax.

Broker Insight: What’s the Brokerage Market for a Bertram 46 Convertible?

Bertram 46By Jason Y. Wood

If every boat has a story, there’s a good chance many of the Bertram 46 convertibles out there will tell one that prospective owners may not want to hear. That’s the danger of looking for a sportfisherman and a good sea boat—those captains bought them because they could handle the rough stuff, and keep fishing.

The Main Event

Any boat guy will find plenty to see and do at OpSail 2012 Virginia, to be held at multiple locations along the Virginia coastline from June 1 through 12. Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, this multi-venue event will feature majestic tall ships, warships both foreign and domestic, and plenty of waterfront activities, including concerts, pirate festivals, sporting contests, and more. Best of all, boaters get prime vantage points for the best attractions: the tall ship parades of sail and air shows featuring the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

For good or for bad, sometimes the world works in mysterious ways.

Who’da Thunk?

Illustration by Gil AdamsOkay, I’ll admit it. I’ve become a tad cynical over the years. So when the Deepwater Horizon exploded catastrophically on April 20, 2010,  killing 11 crewmen, I cynically watched developments on TV, day after day, feeling steadily more dismal over the resultant oil spill and what it was gonna do to the Gulf Coast and, more particularly (and selfishly perhaps), Panama City, Florida, the place where my wife and I were keeping our Grand Banks trawler Betty Jane. Having spent several of my youthful years working on oil-field boats in the Gulf, a job that put me cheek-by-jowl with big oil companies like BP, I figured I knew the score. Everybody was gonna lose … except BP! 

Electronics Update: GPS Invasion Slowed—For Now

FCC logoLast week, we discovered a company called LightSquared filed for bankruptcy protection. You may recall from coverage in the May issue of Power & Motoryacht that LightSquared is developing a 4G broadband cellular network that has the unfortunate side effect of interfering with GPS signals.

Good Night Irene

Hurrican IreneThe name Irene has been retired from the World Meteorological Organization’s list of storm names for the Atlantic Basin. Typically, names are recycled every six years—unless the storms they designate cause massive destruction. When Irene struck last August, she cut quite a swath: 48 deaths (40 in the US) and an estimated $15.8 billion in damages, not to mention devastating inland flooding in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont.