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Monte Carlo Yachts Introduces New 70 at Trieste Bash

Photo by Jason Y WoodWe made a quick trip to Trieste over the weekend to join Monte Carlo Yachts in welcoming its new 70. The gleaming yacht was the belle of the ball, making a striking impression on the hard in the main piazza of this northeastern Italian city.

What is the Brokerage Market for a Tiara 4100 Open?

By Jason Y. Wood

Tiara 4100We spoke to three brokers who each had a Tiara 4100 Open listed on BoatQuest.com, and each explained their understanding of the boat and its market. Here are some highlights:

The Old Man and the Online Stop-Motion Video

Old ManThis video posted on PBS’s American Masters Tumblr sent me scurrying to my bookshelf (I know I have a first edition here somewhere…). But if you only have a few minutes, it’s an easy way (and pretty remarkable to watch) to get reacquainted with one of the great stories of our time: Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” One caveat/disclaimer: I didn’t pick the music.

Getting It Ironed Out

Photo courtesy of CCATalk about strange bedfellows, offshore oil rigs now have a vigorous champion in a conservation group, the Coastal Conservation Association. At issue is not the pollution caused by such catastrophes as the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Instead the sticking point is the steel legs of the now-idle drilling platforms, encrusted with coral and teeming with life.

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.