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.
Navigating a nation comprised of islands and interrupted by fjords by car requires a bit of extra planning I learned this week. Life along the coast revolves around the water. To drive from Bergen to Stavanger required bridges, tunnels, and two car ferries. over, under, around and through.
Highway E39 wound down the shore and through thick trees and along dark waters. The bridges are all the same—cement suspension bridges stretching across inlets and passes.
Creative Director Aimee Colon and I are out of the office for a feature story for the November issue.
We landed this morning in Bergen, Norway, and are off and running. The yacht that will be profiled is visible in this photo. Can you spot her?
Should be the adventure of a lifetime - as long as we are not captured by vikings or trolls.
Bertram Yachts' 50th Anniversary Was One Helluva Party, Despite The Weather!
As summer winds down, the kids in your life will start thinking about the school lunch program, playing organized sports, and, yes, even classes and books. What does this mean to you? It’s a stark reminder that your opportunities to get out on the water with those young people will be even more limited.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog. As of today, August 24th, 2011, my dreams of flying through the air with a water-powered jetpack strapped to my back have been derailed. Jetlev apparently wasn't ready for me. I'd guess they're making some tweaks after that Jetpack fail video at the San Diego Boat Show went viral. Not a good look for them at all.