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The Virtues of the Flying Bridge

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.

A car in a watery country

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.

On Assignment

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 Party

Rain Check?

Bertram Yachts' 50th Anniversary Was One Helluva Party, Despite The Weather!

Quick! Take a Kid Boating

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.

Jetpack, NNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!


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. 

Early Bird gets the Slip

Antibes is a megayacht haven and a hub of the crew industry. Close to Monaco and St Tropez, the city attracts a lot of megayacht traffic.

Not surprisingly, the city's limited dock space is very competitive. And sometimes that competition makes more news than others.

Paddle Power

Making the crossing between Florida and the Bahamas is not much of an accomplishment any more, especially in the summer. That's when the wind blows pretty steadily out of the south, a situation that fails to rile the Gulf Stream even a little bit. So during this time of year all manner of craft large and small—sometimes very small—make the roughly 50-mile trip without so much as a spilled Kalik. Of course, for a powerboat, it's especially easy. For a sailboat, not so much. But how about for a human-powered boat? A paddleboat?

Battle of the F45s

It's a question as old as "Would you like fries with that?" It's the eternal struggle between New and Used.

For instance, there's the brand-new! just-launched! Feadship F45, Helix.

The fifth in the series and the first with a nautical interior, she sleeps 10 in 5 cabins. She'll make her debut at this year's Monaco Yacht Show after sea trials.