I have just finished day two of a whirlwind Italian shipyard tour. The week was kicked off by the launch of the Pershing 108 on Monday. (The previous night, the launch was celebrated by an approximately 42-course dinner.)
But Monday was serious boating business. The day began at the Pershing shipyard, where Hull No 2 of the 108 (and of course other boats that were not the star of the event) was under construction.
A Florida boater was ordered to forfeit his boat and serve one year’s probation for killing a manatee near Merritt Island.
In February, Joseph Miata, Jr., 62, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for speeding through the Sykes Creek Manatee Refuge last summer and killing a female manatee who was nursing a ten-month-old calf. The case marks Florida’s first conviction for striking and killing a manatee in the 40 years since the Endangered Species Act was passed.
One thing that makes boatbuilding in the United States unique is its regionality. Many areas have spawned distinctive styles of vessels that are the product of local sea conditions, the work they do, and the personalities of the people who use them.
Some times, while traveling, it's good to take stock of where you are as it can be easy to lose track. It appears that I am now approximately 1,632 miles away from home.
For some time now we've been telling you that Beneteau is targeting the United States in a big way. (We'll be featuring a test of its new Swift Trawler 44 in our June issue.) Now comes word of yet another line coming to America called the Flyer Gran Turismos. It consists of four ranging from 34 to 49 feet, all of which are already popular in Europe.