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Summer Too Hot? It's Cooler in La Spezia

The summer for boaters on the Adriatic got a little cooler. Baglietto just launched the first MV13 and when you get a closer look at her you’ll see what I mean.

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Seakeeper and Sea Ray: The Math of Gyroscopic Stabilization

Seakeepers

I’ve always been fascinated by the technology in Seakeeper gyro stabilizers. Stabilization in general is part of boating and always has been, since the first shipwrights figured out how to make their boats more stable (using hull design) and therefore more pleasant to be on and safer in all conditions.

Following Dreams: Rossinavi Expedition Yacht

Rossinavi Endurance 50

The Rossinavi will be a fully custom build called Endurance 50, with aluminum hull and superstructure.

Why an Explorer yacht? Why not?

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Plowing a Fallow Field

I’ll never forget it. A few years ago I found myself on a borrowed center console with five people, some of the most knowledgeable boaters I knew. We had spent a full day exploring the sounds, channels, and backwaters of the North Carolina coast, swimming at anchor and topping off the day with a dockside dinner that wound up just around sunset.

Connect and Reconnect

What I Do at the Boat Show

Sure I try to see all the boats that I can. And I could easily get lost among the hulls, standing at various helms and peering into an imagined fog looking for the next channel marker... But I digress, since there’s much to do.

Austin Parker Introduces a New Kind of Hybrid

At the Genoa International Boat Show, Italian boatbuilder Austin Parker announced the beginning of an exciting new project, a 36-footer powered by a hybrid propulsion system developed by Italian industrial-equipment manufacturer Transfluid. The hybrid system is contained within the drivetrain in a unit (shown above) placed between the clutch and transmission.

Check Out the Latest Princess 40M

Princess 40 MHave you seen the M class yachts from Princess International? The British builder’s noteworthy into superyacht development and construction continues with the 40M Solaris, a 131-foot trideck motoryacht with six staterooms.

Coast Guard Foundation Raises the Bar

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Coast Guard Foundation’s 34th Annual Salute to the Coast Guard in New York City, where honors were bestowed and funds were raised at a gala event in a midtown hotel. Before a crowd of nearly 700 comprising numerous U.S. Coast Guard officers, including the newly installed Commandant, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, local dignitaries, commercial-shipping and shipbuilding representatives, and friends and family of the Coast Guard and its members, the foundation honored the heroic acts of the helicopter crew CG-6515 from Point Reyes, California (above), and the crew of Motor Life Boat 47212 (MLB) from Station Humboldt Bay, California (below). Both exhibited exceptional bravery in the line of duty to rescue civilians in dangerous situations, and a video presentation showing interviews with the Coast Guard personnel involved highlighted both their extraordinary poise in some challenging situations as well as their startling youth.