Italian megayacht-builder Benetti has had a busy fortnight with the launch of two megayachts.
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:
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.
When cruising from Fort Lauderdale to the PMY Rendezvous in Bimini, our Vicem 72 went right past the 160-foot Major Wager.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.