A New Camera Angle
You kick your feet up after a long day and flip on the TV under the guise of decompressing and relaxing. But if you’re like us, your blood pressure spikes as political “experts” analyze the presidential candidate’s tweet of the day, and news of wars and a turbulent economy is thrown in your face for the umpteenth time. It’s enough to make you want to cast off for the serenity of the open ocean or some remote island chain. But before you go canceling your cable subscription like you’ve been promising to do for years, you’ll want to flip to the Discovery Channel’s Destination America Network and tune into Anglers Journal Television, hosted by our very own Editor-at-Large John Brownlee. Running from late June through December (look for a full schedule at www.anglersjournal.com/ajtv), this all-new angling series will transport you from your living room to the turquoise flats and deep blue offshore waters off Islamorada and the Florida Keys, to Guatemala’s ancient city of Antigua, and to the seldom-visited marshlands of Louisiana, all while introducing you to a colorful cast of characters and inspiring your next great angling adventure.
To the Edge of the World ... And Beyond
What do you get when you mix the luxury of a super-yacht with the strength and size of a Platform Supply Vessel? Shackleton Superyachts and Norwegian commercial shipbuilder Vard are hoping the answer is a ready-for-adventure supership that will take 36 guests anywhere on the planet. Currently being built around a brand-new Vard Series-1 PSV envelope, Kilkea will be 268 feet long with a 59-foot beam. Exterior styling from Bannenberg & Rowell will put a superyacht spin on the vessel. The yard predicts that when fully loaded, Kilkea will be able to do 30-day expeditions without land support and that the reinforced steel hull will have no problem breaking light ice. Asking price for this globetrotter is a cool $62 million.
48 Hours In: Sarasota, Florida
The west coast of Florida is among the nation’s most underrated cruising grounds. Sarasota is just one of the many destinations there that we jump at the chance to visit. Its proximity to world-class fishing, numerous dining options, and a wide range of theatre and cultural entertainments are just some of the reasons why you won’t want to skip this port when planning your next cruise. When we’re in town we grab a slip or a mooring at Marina Jack (www.marinajacks.com). The staff there, led by Sam the dockmaster, is the definition of professional. The marina is also pet-friendly and close to the many attractions that make Sarasota so special.
Maine-iacs on the Run
Typically when you think of lobstering in Maine, you think of a saltier-than-an-order-of-fries fisherman pulling traps on a still, foggy morning. What you might not think of is a fleet of lobsterboats blasting across the water at 70 knots to the sounds of blaring horns and cheers. Enter lobsterboat racing, one of the best-kept secrets in a state known for blueberry muffins and small-town charm. Competition is as fierce as it gets. For a schedule of races, visit www.maine-lylobster.com.
Bertram’s New Boss
After two decades spent running EdgeWater Boats, Peter Truslow was recently tapped by Bertram to lead its brand as chief executive officer. We caught up with Truslow during his first week on the job, and he projected a palpable sense of pride for the iconic 56-year-old builder. “This brand,” he said, while running his hand on a mold for the new 35, “holds so much in terms of memories. But what’s most exciting is the unquestionable dedication to doing this right.” Bertram’s new 35 is slated to launch this fall.
Portraits of Pride
Chesapeake Bay has a rich and proud heritage of men, women, and families harvesting the bounty of its waters to make a living. It’s that tradition, as well as the ever-changing struggles of today’s watermen, that photographer Jay Fleming set out to document in his new book, Working the Water ($50). Filled with 200 pages of gripping photographs of faces, seascapes, workboats, and bay bounty, this is one coffee-table book that should be required reading for all those who cruise—and enjoy the seafood from—the hallowed ground of Chesapeake Bay.
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.