Things are still tough in the boat business. While there are signs of a faltering recovery, no one’s exactly gushing about the future. Most everyone seems resigned that the boat business will be a shadow of its former self, at least for now.
I've viewed a fair number of "virtual boat tours" over the years, and most of them look—well, virtual, as opposed to realistic. Either that or they're so cursory that they don't give you a feeling for what the boat is really like. But the one for Hatteras's new GT63 pretty much blew me away. It's both realistic and comprehensive. Have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9xSZdWz3CU
It seems every week I am getting another announcement of a Heesen launch or contract signed. It's great news.
This past week they launched the 50-meter (164-foot) Satori, which is the enlightenment that is the first step to Nirvana in the Zen Buddhist tradition. At just under 500 gross tons, she has a top speed of 24 knots (27.6 mph), which will make it easy to marina-hop.
A phony Florida boat contractor faced a fateful deadline recently: Either return $90,000 in cash to his victims or spend eight years in state prison.
Even if you aren't, the Russians are. (I know I am focused on making it past 2012.)