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Italian megayacht-builder Benetti has had a busy fortnight with the launch of two megayachts.

Don't Believe the Hype: Ocean Yachts is Open for Business

Some of you may have heard a recent rumor floating around the industry that long-time Jersey boatbuilder Ocean Yachts was closing for business—which is simply not true. I had caught wind of the rumor and went straight to the source, John Leek IV, the company's general manager, to see what was up. Here is what J4 had to say via e-mail:

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In the February 2011 issue, we introduced you to Benetti Sail Division and its new partnership with sailboat designer Luca Brenta.

Together, they developed the Logica line of motoryachts, which drew from Brenta's sailboat-influenced background.

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When cruising from Fort Lauderdale to the PMY Rendezvous in Bimini, our Vicem 72 went right past the 160-foot Major Wager.

This classic Feadship was recently sold by RJC Yacht Sales and will eventually be based in Dubai after a major refit that will include her exterior paint, interior decor, and electronics systems.

It Happened.

It finally happened you guys. I had a dream to fly, and I made it come true. Jetlev was kind enough to get me a test flight on their R200 Jet Pack, and ... It. Was. Suh-weet.

I don't want to give away too much because PMY Tries in our January issue will have all the details, but keep your eyes peeled for a video of my flight coming soon to our Web site.

Favorite Part of the Job

Since I've started here at PMY, there's been an interesting little shift in the forwarded emails I receive and conversations I have with friends and family.

It's slowly starting to shift to all about boats.

There are the spottings, when friends, family, and coworkers send me pictures of boats either to share or to identify it and demand more information.

For example, I received this picture with the simple request to identify it:

Buyers and Sellers Should be Thankful—and Show It

By Jason Y. Wood

While the foibles of the marketplace make it difficult for some of us to feel thankful, all boaters should consider the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity, a time to reflect and consider our good fortune in all aspects of our lives. This holiday above all others can provide a much-needed change in perspective, for both buyers and sellers.

Go Toward the Light


One night in the well-lit rivers and canals of Fort Lauderdale (during the boat show, no less) gave me a sense of what boaters can’t see when they rely on the naked eye. Seems that the docklights, street lamps, and hotel-walkway lights could confuse boaters nearly as much as they help, thanks to the glare and reflections. But I really didn’t know what I was missing until I was able to compare the view through a FLIR thermal-imaging camera. I brought my own video camera along to see what its lens recorded of the view from the bow and what I could see on the thermal-imaging display. See for yourself how they match up here.

The USCG Gets Smart

The United States Coast Guard recently became the first military branch to issue its personnel iPhones and Androids. Why? The agency is looking to build smartphone platforms to increase emergency responsiveness.

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Close Encounters

Steven Spielberg may have riveted moviegoers with his depiction of the storming of Normandy in Saving Private Ryan, but he only irritated beach-goers when he took his own boat ashore while on vacation.

During a Mediterranean cruise in August, the Hollywood mogul anchored his 282-foot Seven Seas—No. 9 on PMY’s America’s Top 100 Yachts list—off northern Sardinia. Spielberg and several friends, including goddaughter Gwyneth Paltrow, reportedly took the tender for a cruise and decided to do some sunbathing near Porto Liscia—apparently missing the signs prohibiting motorboats within 300 meters of the beach. When they beached the boat and disembarked, a tourist phoned police claiming the tender had threatened swimmers. The Italian Coast Guard showed up in short order.