I just finished up sea trialing the Delta 88 in Marstrand, Sweden, and man, that’s a cool boat. There’s a lot to like about her, as well as the grounds we cruised in the Stockholm Archipelago, and I’ll get to it all in a full-length feature coming up in the magazine. But briefly I wanted to talk about the boat’s use of carbon fiber. That’s all she is. Everything onboard, the hull, the superstructure, her staircases—carbon fiber (plus a healthy dose of teak). The effect is, obviously, that the boat is super light, at 90,000 pounds.
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Just like every year, I’ll be fishing the BTB Mako Rodeo this weekend, June 12th and 13th. The tournament, which is held in remembrance of Brett T. Bailey, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 runs out of Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, New Jersey, and raises money for various charities, many of which are military related.
While waiting on the docks at this year’s BBC in Guana Cay, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Jen Dudas, the tournament’s director. Jen has been working at the tournament for 23 of its 42 years of existence, and knows it through and through.
I was on the docks yesterday in Guana Cay awaiting the return of the boats from the Bahamas Billfish Championship, and I saw a Palm Beach 55. There aren’t very many of them around, and frankly, I just really like that boat. I tested the 55 in Australia a few years back when she launched and was immediately infatuated. So I walked up to the boat and saw a man inside. I knocked on the window and asked if I could come aboard. The owner, Joe Dockery, kindly invited me aboard.
All 21 boats have shipped out on a beautiful day down here in Guana Cay. None are back to the docks yet, perhaps not surprisingly. As for those rule changes I alluded to in an earlier blog, I got word from tournament organizer and Active Interest’s VP of marketing, Jen Jones. Jones told me that among others, rule changes include: a lower minimum on the dock, dredging is allowed, and one pro angler is now allowed on the boat. There have also been women’s and junior angler divisions added.
I’m down in Guana Cay in the Abacos for the first leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, which was recently acquired by Power & Motoryacht’s parent company, the Active Interest Media Marine Group. I have no idea what to expect. The participation numbers are up, and there apparently have been some rule changes, but nobody’s been able to tell me exactly what they are yet.
I’m down in Guana Cay in the Abacos for the first leg of the 2015 Bahamas Billfish Championship, which was recently acquired by Power & Motoryacht’s parent company, the Active Interest Media Marine Group. I have no idea what to expect. The participation numbers are up, and there apparently have been some rule changes, but nobody’s been able to tell me exactly what they are yet. All I really know is there a bunch of big, beautiful fishing boats in the marina, and a lot of very serious-looking anglers packed into what feels like every crack and crevice of this little outpost of an island.
For one five-time Azimut owner, there’s never been any other way
Hey, we at Power & Motoryacht know as well as anyone else; sometimes you just want to gawk at a pretty boat in action. And there’s no better way to do that than by watching one move in super-high-definition slow motion.