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Bye-Bye Fly-By Guy

What would you do if a single-engine plane looked like it had lost control and was heading straight for your cruiser? Take evasive action? Jump overboard? Several boaters did both near South Padre Island, Texas—after which the pilot pulled up at the last minute and flew away.

Rodolfo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, a 20-year-old novice pilot, was arrested in September for allegedly buzzing three boats in southern Texas. Police say the Mexico City man flew his small plane very low near Port Mansfield, as if he were going to crash into the boats, and then pulled up before hitting them.

Only in America

This job isn’t all bright sunshine, blue sky, and bodacious boats. There’s another side too, exemplified by the dozen or so boat shows we attend every year. The show locations—Cannes, Genoa, London, Monaco, Sydney—sound glamorous but they have their commercial aspects too. Besides first looks at new models, these foreign exhibitions offer a global business perspective because for builders there, export is such an important part of their livelihoods.

Busy Benetti

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:

Sold!

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.

Sold!

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.