Kevin Koenig's blog
Last night Monte Carlo debuted their all-new MC5 stateside with the help of racecar driver Townsend Bell and a whole lot of champagne. The party was, as expected, populated by all of the beautiful people, as well as a handful of marine journalists. The MC5 is the smallest Monte Carlo yet, with an LOA just under 50 feet. She is the first in a line of smaller Monte Carlos, including her sistership the MC5S (an express version of last night’s boat) and the even smaller MC4.
I tested the all-new Viking 52 Convertible recently off beautiful Cape May, New Jersey. Well, it’s usually beautiful. The day I was there it was raining pretty hard and the wind was gusting off the Atlantic at about 30 knots, give or take. The seas were an outright slop of 5- and 6-foot swells. It was messy, but it was perfect for a test. Especially with a boat like the 52, which is built for that kind of stuff. Her fine entry and high bow cleaved right through the waves like they weren’t even there. We rode comfortably at speeds approaching 30 knots.
Sometimes the fishing is bad. Sometimes the fishing is good. But sometimes the fishing is so good, it’s actually pretty freaking bad.
I’ve fished the BTB Mako Rodeo in Brielle, New Jersey, for the past few years and I gotta be honest, at this point it’s probably like my fourth or fifth favorite day of the year. I have a couple annual dinners and stuff I do with my buddies from high school and college that are probably more fun, but other than those, the BTB might take the cake. Fourth or fifth best, that’s like, 98th percentile. I have it ahead of Christmas. Probably just behind the Fourth of July. Pretty good.
Metal Shark, the Jeanerette, Louisiana-based builder of military, law enforcement, and recreational boats, recently announced it is investing more than $1.5 million dollars to expand its shipyard and hire 88 new employees. What’s more, Louisiana Economic Development estimates that the investment will result in 134 indirect jobs, for a grand total of 222 new jobs created.
The Wider 42 is like no boat I’ve ever seen. Same goes for you too, I bet.
I recently got to test the Wider 42 down in Key Largo. Whew! What a boat. The thing is nearly all carbon fiber, and, of course, has those pontoons hidden away inside its hull.
This recommendation borders on travesty, I know. At all other turns New England clam is the undefeated King Kong of the chowder arena. Manhattan clam chowder has long been the redheaded stepchild of soups: overlooked, underappreciated—even scorned. And often rightly so.
Boaters in New Jersey should be well familiar with the Jet Star, the iconic roller coaster that used to jut out over the Atlantic from off Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. During Hurricane Sandy, the ride was wrenched from its supports and replanted in the water just off the coast. The ruins are a shocking visual testament to the wreckage Sandy left behind.