There was a bit of a kerfuffle across the pond recently when (as my colleague Alyssa Haak noted a few weeks back) British Education Minister Michael Gove reportedly proposed that the recession-stricken country build Queen Elizabeth II a brand-new $90 million megayacht to celebrate her 60th anniversary on the throne.
There’s more to after-dark navigation than having high-falutin’ electronics onboard.
In the past two years, I've gotten to see quite a few shipyards where megayachts get built, but most have been in Europe. (I'd name them but fear I'd leave one off.) In the process, I've learned a lot about construction methods and how projects reach completion.
But I can most clearly see the impact of a yard's success in Northeastern Wisconsin for no other reason than I used to live there and I have family that still does. My grandpa knows people who have worked in local yards, the builders and welders and other skilled craftsmen.
You've probably heard about the Seakeeper gyro that's showing up in all kinds of yachts 50 feet and larger. Well, now the company has come out with a less power version that's suitable for boats under 50 feet. It's actually a prototype for a new, small mode; that Seakeeper will introduce at the Miami boat show. Its compact size not only means it doesn't take up a lot of space, but also that it doesn't require a lot of electricity. Does the small unit work as well as the big one? For the answer, check out this video.
In a development that can only be described as disturbing, traditionally water-based sources of nightmare fuel are now trending towards exiting the water in search of new elements to terrorize. Sharks are learning how to fly and lately Somali pirates have been plundering, pillaging, and kidnapping on land.
Does the world really need another high-end, semicustom, mid-30-foot, outboard-powered, fishing boat? Before you say no you might want to take a look at a 32-foot express coming out of OBX Boatworks, a new builder with big plans and an impressive pedigree. OBX Boatworks says that while it has yet to build a boat, it has actually been up and running for a year, designing and building the tooling for the 326XP, as the new boat is officially called.
I'm not going to be unduly negative in the following little dittie I hope, just informative. If you're at all into onboard DIY these days, you've undoubtedly heard of Frogtape, a new product that purports to prevent tape-related bleed-through during painting projects, both big and small. My brother told me about the stuff and, at his behest, I used some on a home-improvement job I had going around the ol' ranchero.
By Jason Y. Wood
Boat buying has become a truly international sport over the last few years, and the foibles of the world financial markets have made for a pitching and rolling playing field. One month may see Australians dropping dollars on merchandise in marinas Southern California and South Florida, while the next may put Koreans in a buying mood, only to be followed by a South American spending spree. Globalization has finally ended the last of the real-estate analogies for boat buyers. Location, location, location is dead, dead, dead.
This summer, London may well be on par with the summer megayacht destination of St Tropez or Portofino.
Not only are megayacht berths being constructed for during the Olympics, but now British Education Secretary Michael Gove suggests that the Queen's Jubilee celebrations should go above and beyond and - perhaps - include a new royal yacht.