When Tilli Antonelli stepped before the gathered reporters during the Wider breakfast press conference during the Monaco Yacht Show, the lights dimmed and the projector lit up. And Antonelli introduced ...
A 33-foot Wider boat.
The crowd clapped, but it seemed a bit obligatory. It was 8:30 a.m., and yes the 42-foot Wider was a success—but to go smaller? It seemed a bit odd.
But Antonelli kept clicking through slides to introduce where that 33-footer would be kept: the 150-foot Wider megayacht.
The U.S. Coast Guard announced this week that its 2011 National Recreation Boating Survey is underway, and the agency wants the input of boat owners like you. A survey questionnaire is being sent by mail to "select" owners of U.S.-registered recreational powerboats, and the agency's contractor, ICF Macro, is also calling members of the general public, asking them to participate. No details were available on how the agency is selecting participants.
This is is Jeremy Walker, a New Zealand fisherman who hauled in this 671-pound bluefin tuna earlier this week. The fish would have brought in an estimated $80,000 at market, had Mr. Walker and his chums decided to sell it. Instead, they ate it.
ZF Marine, the German manufacturer of marine transmissions and associated running gear, has just taken delivery of a new 50-foot Viking convertible equipped with its POD 4000 propulsion system. The boat, shown below, is powered by a pair of 1,150-hp Caterpillar C18 diesels connected to the pods via carbon fiber jack shafts. ZF states that the ZF 4000 are the highest-rated pods on the market.
Joe Illes, PMY's midatlatic sales rep, just sent us these pictures, which he took at his marina, the Sunset Boating Center in Hampton, Virginia, moments ago. They pretty much speak for themselves.
First the forklift
And now the boat that was on it when it fell into the water
Somebody's not going boating today.
Okay. I'm probably going to create a little controversy with this baby, but what the heck. Over the years, here and there, I've had the opportunity to operate any number of large watercraft, often at night, during bouts of rather snotty weather, and (with what seemed to me like) the highly inconvenient absence of a flying bridge.