We spoke to three brokers who had Pacific Mariner 65s listed on BoatQuest.com. See what they each had to say about these sought-after three-stateroom cruisers and the boaters looking to buy and sell them.
Feadship is no stranger to building innovative yachts; their very first build debuted at the 1951 New York Boat Show sporting a steel hull, something that was seldom seen on American yachts during this time. Since then, they’ve met the most stringent of demands from a Who’s Who list of owners, including Henry Ford, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, and Mark Cuban. So it should be no surprise that the (self-proclaimed) world’s first hybrid-powered super yacht has emerged from the shed of the company’s De Vries shipyard.
Written by Ben Ellison on Jan 14, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
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.
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.
Sometimes the best navigational aid is in front of you. In 2013, I was asked to take two couples from Stuart, Florida, to New Orleans in a 49-foot Eastbay for Jazz Fest, a route I was very familiar with. During preparation for this trip I met Capt. Stan Morse and his best mate Judy onboard their boat, Folly, in a mooring field on the South Fork of the St. Lucie River in Stuart. They were in the process of returning home to Destin, Florida, after several months of island hopping.
Back in 1969, I served as an infantryman—a combat medic—in Vietnam. My unit operated in what was then called I Corps, just south of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), a stretch of no-man’s land between the northern and southern parts of a country torn apart by a horrible war. A few weeks into my stint with Charlie Company, First Platoon, a cool thing happened—the brass decided we needed a little R&R and sent us all to a spot at the mouth of the Cua Viet River, just a bit south of the DMZ. Cua Viet was home to a Navy base, with a beach, a mess hall—with food that beat the livin’ daylights out of the C-rations we were regularly feasting upon—and movies on most evenings in a sort of outdoor theater.
Hatteras Yachts has announced two versions of a 45-foot Express yacht that will debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
Garmin announced that a free software update for select chartplotters expands access to the company’s networked sounder units.
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.
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.
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…
The Aspen 32 from Aspen Power Catamarans (www.aspenpowercatamarans.com) has got to be one of the coolest, most interesting watercraft I’ve sea trialed in years. She has a very monohull-like appearance despite the fact that she’s got two hulls, not one. And get this: The Aspen is not actually a cat, despite her builder’s catamaranish name.
OK, maybe maelstrom is too strong a word, but when I tested the Viking 42 ST today off of Riviera Beach, it just wasn’t really all that pleasant, weather-wise. The rain was slamming down, the wind was conjuring up whitecaps, and confused four footers made the Atlantic an interesting place to test a boat that easily surpasses 30 knots.
While the Progressive New York Boat Show (running through January 5 at the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan) may evade you due to geography or scheduling or a combination of both in conjunction with an overblown weather forecast, the show serves as a boating beacon hard by the wind-whipped Hudson River. And come they did, the show opened at noon on New Year’s Day and was packed all afternoon. I spoke to salesman who said they were excited to get 2014 started and it seemed there were plenty of serious buyers mixed into the crowd.