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Early in April, Grand Banks Yachts Ltd. Announced that the company would make their first acquisition with the purchase of Australian boatbuilder Palm Beach Motor Yacht Co. for a total of $10 million Australia (about $9.4 million U.S. dollars. Once the purchase is complete, Mark Richards, founder and CEO of Palm Beach Yachts, and internationally renowned yachtsman, will be appointed CEO of the new enlarged group.
We caught up with author Nick Voulgaris III, whose new book Hinckley Yachts: An American Icon came out last month, to talk about boats, his book, and the good folks in Maine.
While they’ve been considered things of legend for ages, or the exaggerated tales of mariners, rogue waves (or freak waves, or monster waves, or whatever you’d like to call them) are indeed real and something every mariner should be aware of. In the last few years alone, rogue waves were blamed for the deaths of two American tourists during separate incidents in Cabo san Lucas, as well as the deaths of four fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. And since the turn of the century rogue waves have damaged several cruise ships and caused a number of other fatalities.
Do you like getting access to discounted fuel and dockage; help planning trips and making marina reservations, and top-notch boat insurance and towing service? Well then, lucky for you the AIM Marine Group (publisher of this magazine, along with others such as Soundings and SAIL) has paired up with the cruising-concierge service Marinalife, to announce an exciting new partnership—the Power & Motoryacht Cruising Club.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association announced this fall that starting in April 2014 they will no longer print traditional lithographic paper navigational charts.
A few quick notes about this typhoon
Earlier today, the Philippines were hit by the most powerful typhoon ever recorded, with the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center reporting sustained winds of 195 miles an hour with gusts to 235 miles an hour when the storm made landfall. Those numbers put it just above Hurricane Camille, which had wind speeds of 190 miles and hour when it made landfall in the southeast United States in 1969.
It’s that time of year again, when the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and every shopping mall from Albany to Albuquerque plays the same music. It’s also time for a nautical December tradition, the holiday boat parade. From coast to coast and along rivers and lakes throughout the country boaters will deck the bowrails and take to the water. Check out the list of holiday parades below and find one near you.
A sudden storm, and electronic failure, and the device that saved the day.
I heard this story at ACR Electronics display at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, celebrating the latest members of ACR SurvivorClub. Yeah, you know what that means.
As we were going to press in late September, we caught up with Peter Frederiksen of Viking Yachts to talk about the company’s new, highly anticipated Viking 92, which will make her debut at the 2014 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Here’s what he had to say about the boat, and other happenings at Viking’s New Jersey plant.