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When It Rains, It Pours (in the pool)

The Netherlands-based Heesen launched another innovative yacht hot on the tails of Air and Satori. The 55-meter (180-foot) Quinta Essentia is the largest launch by the yard to date.

Viking 42 Open Preview

Keep your eyes peeled for my review of Viking’s new 42 Open in the upcoming May issue of PMY.

Viking 42 helm

The 42’s Palm-Beach-style helm is one of the simplest, most elegant setups I’ve seen on a boat of any size in the past few years. And simple is important, in my opinion—some vessels these days are perhaps overly complicated from the operational standpoint, a foible that Viking’s gracefully avoided with the 42.

John Walker Replaces Reggie Fountain as President, CEO of Fountain Powerboats

Liberty Associates appointed John Walker president and CEO of Fountain Powerboats in December just days after Reggie Fountain, who founded the company more than 30 years ago, resigned.

Volvo Penta, Yamaha Motor to Develop Boat Control Systems

Volvo Penta and Yamaha have signed an agreement to develop control systems for outboard-powered boats, including a remote-control system that would improve maneuverability and ease of docking for larger boats. “We are excited about the opportunity to combine the talents of Yamaha and Volvo Penta engineers to achieve new levels in state-of-the-art marine control design,” said Clint Moore, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.

An American Dream

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.