FYI: April 2001 Page 2

FYI — April 2001
FYI — April 2001
By Brad Dunn

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For decades America's Great Loop, the renowned circular tour of the eastern half of the United States, has attracted cruisers across the country and around the world.

Now in its second year of operation, the America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association (AGLCA) is revving up for another season. The organization, which includes members from 42 states, supplies crucial information on navigating the 6,300-mile adventure also known as the Great Circle Route.

AGLCA's bimonthly newsletter, "The Great Loop Link," contains pertinent updates on everything from anchorages and ports of call to maintenance and cruising tips. If you complete the entire Loop, the group awards you its BaccaLOOPerate degree, of which 53 have been granted to date.

Annual dues are $18. For more information, log on to, or call (865) 856-7888.

The waters near the fertile islands whose exotic species inspired Charles Darwin to pen his theory of evolution were blanketed with more than 160,000 gallons of oil in January.

Days after the stricken Ecuadorean tanker Jessica spilled her cargo of diesel fuel near San Cristobal Island, the easternmost of the Galapagos Islands, hundreds of volunteer groups from around the world arrived to help contain the disaster. Reports of oil-covered birds, iguanas, sea lions, and turtles sent shockwaves through environmental and conservation communities.

Fortunately winds shifted during the days that followed the accident, and the Galapagos were spared what could have been an ecological disaster, according to NOAA. In fact, scientists believe the islands should make a full recovery, though the accident's long-term impact has yet to be assessed.

"The real tragedy here lies with the slow reaction to create and enforce real protections for the islands," charges Abdon Guerrero, director of an Ecuadorean agency that aims to balance development and conservation in the Galapagos. "There was no emergency plan."

Though at presstime Ecuadorean police had not filed charges against the ship's captain or his company, Acotramar, the chief of marine monitoring, Capt. Ramiro Morej-n, said the spill could have been avoided.

"A signal buoy was mistaken for a lighthouse," he explains. "The accident was definitely caused by human error."

In January Yamaha Motor and Ford Motor were reportedly close to a deal to build boat engines. The joint venture, slated to launch this spring, would handle both manufacture and sales and could include stern drive systems as well. ...Bombardier and Genmar will purchase the assets of Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC). Bombardier will get OMC's engine business, mainly the Johnson and Evinrude outboard lines, while Genmar, which owns Carver, Hatteras, and other boat companies, will get OMC's boatbuilding facilities and assets, among them Chris-Craft and Four Winns. ‰Raytheon Marine Company, which recently won a DAME design award for its Pathfinder radar, has been purchased by a management buyout team for $108 million. The new company is being called Raymarine, and no substantive changes are expected for the immediate future.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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