One night in the well-lit rivers and canals of Fort Lauderdale (during the boat show, no less) gave me a sense of what boaters can’t see when they rely on the naked eye. Seems that the docklights, street lamps, and hotel-walkway lights could confuse boaters nearly as much as they help, thanks to the glare and reflections. But I really didn’t know what I was missing until I was able to compare the view through a FLIR thermal-imaging camera. I brought my own video camera along to see what its lens recorded of the view from the bow and what I could see on the thermal-imaging display. See for yourself how they match up here.
The United States Coast Guard recently became the first military branch to issue its personnel iPhones and Androids. Why? The agency is looking to build smartphone platforms to increase emergency responsiveness.
Steven Spielberg may have riveted moviegoers with his depiction of the storming of Normandy in Saving Private Ryan, but he only irritated beach-goers when he took his own boat ashore while on vacation.
During a Mediterranean cruise in August, the Hollywood mogul anchored his 282-foot Seven Seas—No. 9 on PMY’s America’s Top 100 Yachts list—off northern Sardinia. Spielberg and several friends, including goddaughter Gwyneth Paltrow, reportedly took the tender for a cruise and decided to do some sunbathing near Porto Liscia—apparently missing the signs prohibiting motorboats within 300 meters of the beach. When they beached the boat and disembarked, a tourist phoned police claiming the tender had threatened swimmers. The Italian Coast Guard showed up in short order.
I was sitting at my favorite local waterfront “conference center” (aka marina pub) late last summer swapping solutions to the world’s problems and spinning boating yarns, truthful and not, with some friends.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Michael Ryan—who co-ran Maestro Yachts in the Americas, and who passed away unexpectedly on November 2nd at the too-young age of 54—on a trip to Bimini last May. It was a trip for work, but Michael’s undeniable affability made it feel very much like I was vacationing with old friends, despite not really knowing any of my travel companions.
Despite rapidly evolving building techniques, boating has a lot of traditions that remain from those early days of yore (also known as the days of yesteryear).
When Italian shipbuilder Tecnomar recently laid the keel for its 40-meter Impero yacht, a good luck coin was included. A coin in the keel has long symbolized good fortune for the yacht through her construction and long after.
Australian boatbuilder Riviera expanded its U.S. dealership network by making Bay Marine of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, its exclusive dealer in the Western Great Lakes. “Their specialized team of experts and marine-industry experience will ensure Riviera’s customers receive the highest quality service that befits our brand,” said Chris McCafferty, Riviera’s U.S. director. Riviera currently offers 20 boat models ranging from 36 to 85 feet in four basic configurations: Flybridge, Sport Yacht, Offshore Express, and Motor Yacht.
John Wayne’s 163-foot motoryacht Wild Goose was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August. The True Grit Oscar-winner bought his all-wood converted minesweeper in 1962 and used her regularly until his death in 1979. Wild Goose earned the special historical status because of its “expression of John Wayne’s personality and outsized image,” according to the agency. Fans of the Hollywood legend can even enjoy the boat for themselves. Hornblower Cruises & Events runs day trips on Wild Goose out of Newport Beach, California.
Prior to FLIBS last week, I was reading a summary of the new Steve Jobs biography in the New York Times, when I came across an interesting little nugget among the general backstory of Jobs's life: