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Hatteras Express Series—Get Excited for the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show!

Hatteras Yachts has announced two versions of a 45-foot Express yacht that will debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

Through the Lens

Jason Y. WoodI’m a photographer. As in, one who takes photographs (notice I didn’t say “I’m a good photographer”). In fact it’s been a boon to my memory, this smartphone-camera revolution. Think about it, today it costs you nothing to snap a picture and have it on hand wherever you go. 

I don’t think it’s an overestimation to say that 99 percent of the photos taken in the world today never see any physical form, and only exist in cyberspace, to be viewed through screens of various sizes on smartphones, tablets, or computer monitors, if at all. Even in the business of putting out a magazine, we print a lot of photos in ink on paper, but we post many more on the Web site and in our iPad edition. And if I could show you the hundreds of outtakes from our photoshoots with minute shifts of angle and F-stop and so on, you’d get an even larger sense of the boats we cover and the days we and our photographers spend on them (if you had lots and lots of time). But back to the snapshot idea as an aid to memory. 

Pale Gray Mornings

Jason Y. WoodOne thing I’ve noticed so far this summer is that the ospreys have been really active where I live. You may see these birds of prey in your neck of the woods too, soaring over waterways on their white- and black-barred wings in search of a fish for dinner. Maybe it’s because we’re often doing the same thing from our boats that makes our shared time within sight of these fish hawks that much more meaningful.

The ornithologists out there may have the science to correct me, but I swear I’ve watched these birds teach their young to fish just like we do. Or maybe I have that backwards, since their fishing technique is more refined than ours, and more successful.

The Viking-Ocean Showdown Takes Cape May by Storm

Day One of the Viking-Ocean Showdown was just drawing to a close last night at the Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey, when we caught up with Bob Glover, director of the tournament for South Jersey Marina.

Garmin Software Update Adds Fishfinder Functionality

Garmin announced that a free software update for select chartplotters expands access to the company’s networked sounder units.

Under 90 But Still HOT: Horizon E88

Four 88-footers sold! Horizon Yacht USA shared some exciting news this month, selling one inventory E88 motoryacht and taking orders for three more in rapid succession. Why would this large semi-custom yacht start popping, you may ask? I caught up with Elise Moffitt, who handles marketing and communications at Horizon Yacht USA, for the lowdown.

Power to the Production Proa: Aspen Takes an Efficiency Challenge

Aspen Power Catamarans is putting one of its groundbreaking boats to the test. The builder of the 32-foot Aspen C100, a single-engine multihull notable for its asymmetrical sponsons, is attempting a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in British Columbia without refueling. The challenge was put to production boatbuilders for their hulls of less than 40 feet by Pacific Yachting magazine, and requires the nearly 700-mile voyage using only the fuel that can be carried onboard.

For the Love of the Game

This time of year in the Northeast where I live always sneaks up on me and then Bam! we’re fishing again. It gets fairly intense as we begin conniving to find some time to chase striped bass.

Fuel for Thought in the Abacos

I know it’s not everyone, but I think plenty of cruisers revisit the same old haunts they like because those places are a known quantity: The same food, the same slips, heck even the same people are there at the same time every year. That sounds like a recipe for “comfort zone” to me. And that’s fine for some folks who don’t want to push it.

But you sometimes have to set a course beyond the comfort zone: Have a look behind the curtain every now and again. Maybe get a taste of what those early explorers felt when they sailed off the edge of the paper chart depicting the Known World…

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Jason Y. Wood