As our September issue went to press the Atlantic hurricane season was just starting off—with gusto. Three named storms had already crept up and dropped down, bringing high winds and heavy rain from Bimini to Bangor. And with the memory of last year’s devastating hurricane season still fresh in the minds of many boaters, NOAA’s 2013 hurricane prediction doesn’t bear good tidings: 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes, with probably three to six major hurricanes—all categories showing increases over the same report in 2012.
I tested the all-new Viking 52 Convertible recently off beautiful Cape May, New Jersey. Well, it’s usually beautiful. The day I was there it was raining pretty hard and the wind was gusting off the Atlantic at about 30 knots, give or take. The seas were an outright slop of 5- and 6-foot swells. It was messy, but it was perfect for a test. Especially with a boat like the 52, which is built for that kind of stuff. Her fine entry and high bow cleaved right through the waves like they weren’t even there. We rode comfortably at speeds approaching 30 knots.
Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 1, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 30, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
On a sweltering July Sunday, the Charles W. Morgan, the last American whaling ship and America’s oldest commercial vessel afloat, slid down the ways and into the water at the Mystic Seaport, to the sounds of cannon fire and cheers from spectators—172 years after she first splashed. During five years and costing nearly $7 million dollars, her restoration saw shipwrights use original construction methods to repair the ship’s hull.
Written by Ben Ellison on Jul 22, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
My client and eventual friend Jim purchased a new Grand Banks 36 from me in the late ’90s. He’d planned his entry into the boating lifestyle for years. He’d joined boating clubs and organizations. He’d read all the coastal boating publications. He’d gone to boat shows. He’d lived his entire life in a landlocked state so he felt it was in his best interest to be loaded with as much coastal cruising knowledge as he could take onboard.