Standard Horizon GX1700, finally a fixed VHF w GPS built in

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by .

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This should be a slick fixed VHS when it ships in February…

It’s not slated to go on sale until February, assuming FCC approval, but it’s very likely that the Explorer GX1700, press release here, will be the first fixed VHF radio with a GPS built in. Of course that means that this radio will be easier to install so that the automated distress call under that little protective plate at lower right, and many other DSC features, actually work. […]

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Boating deaths dropped in 2010

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by .

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Great news for boaters and the boating industry…

The recreational boating segment of the marine industry saw 672 deaths in 2010, compared with 736 in 2009, according to a report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board. […]

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Safety of Life At Sea: Your Radio

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by .

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Vin Pica (via the Daily Boater blog) continues helping us understand our VHF radios in an effort to save a life or two.  He explains handheld vs. Fix-Mounted and how to calculate the range of each.

Everyone has stood on their “tippy-toes” to see better… So height matters in getting to the horizon. For the math wizards, the formula to calculate the distance to the “true” horizon (the one you can see on a really clear day) is […]

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Volvo Penta Delivers 4,000th IPS Unit

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by .

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A milestone for Volvo Penta…

Six years after introducing its IPS engine-drive package, Volvo Penta announced that it had shipped its 4,000th unit this summer. The engine manufacturer says its IPS package has replaced shaft-and-strut propulsion on thousands of boats, making them more maneuverable, fuel efficient, quieter, cleaner, and easier to drive. […]

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Command at Sea International Providing Elite Security for Yachts

Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by .

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This is a great primer on things to consider with your crew…

Command at Sea International (CASI) isn’t just another security firm expanding its operations to the megayacht market. Its staff, already working with high-net-worth individuals, emphasizes risk mitigation […]

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Swimming For It: Can You Make It?

Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by .

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This is a good article and a related video that discusses the options of staying with your boat vs. swimming to shore….

If you go overboard for any reason it’s usually safest to stay put, regardless of water temperature.  Hanging on to a capsized boat, a seat cushion, or a day marker or buoy is likely the best idea.  But what about when you’re close, or think you are close, to shore? […]

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Jeppesen C-Maps, Coastal Explorer 2011 & Plan2Nav

Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by .

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A nice review of Jeppesen C-Maps…

It may not matter if you don’t cruise outside the U.S., but Coastal Explorer users who do seem quite excited that the PC charting program will soon support the worldwide portfolio of Jeppesen C-Map Max charts and maybe even the older NT+ format. […]

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Ferretti Group May Sell to Chinese Manufacturing Company

Posted on 16. Dec, 2011 by .

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Ferretti could be owned by a Chinese firm in a few months….

The Ferretti Group, parent company of CRN, Ferretti Custom Line, and more, may soon be owned by Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co., a manufacturer of construction and agricultural machinery. This, according to two financial-news sources. […]

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December 2011 Motoryacht of the Month: Princess 85 Motor Yacht

Posted on 16. Dec, 2011 by .

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From Megayacht News….

The 85-foot (25.9-meter) Princess 85 Motor Yacht draws on many of the features found on her larger sibling, the 95 Motor Yacht. Equipped with a fully open flying bridge, the 85 Motor Yacht is meant to be enjoyed in sunny destinations. Given her sporty handling, plus speeds approaching 30 knots, the megayacht should also make island hopping more than enjoyable. […]

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