By admin ~ June 30th, 2011. Filed under: Stem to Stern.
Red, White and Retro
The latest project from this over 80-year-old builder of classic Fairform Flyer yachts is an elegantly retro sportfishing model. Billed as “stealth-inspired”, the Huckins Sportfisherman 44 will have the Jacksonville, Florida, builder’s patented Quadraconic hull, which combines a smooth, dry ride with optimum fuel-efficiency. Top speed is projected to be in excess of 30 knots. Huckins is offering owners the opportunity to extensively customize the boat to suit their taste and needs. huckinsyacht.com
Reel ‘em in
Ever want to kick back and drop a line in the water—just for the fun of it? Penn may have just the rod and reel for you. Its GT Level Wind combo combines a Penn reel with a lightweight graphite Penn Slammer rod. The reel also contributes to the lightness of the set-up. It has a graphite frame, machined and anodized aluminum spool and a high-strength marine grade bronze alloy main gear. Penn’s GT family of Level Wind reels is a popular choice of anglers in just about every location due to their reliability, durability and performance. When matched to the Penn Slammer rods, the Penn GT Combos are well suited to all varieties of fishing. They are factory-balanced, great-looking, and ready for whatever fishing challenges you want to try. The GT Level Wind Combo is available in three lengths: 6.5 feet, 7 feet and 8.5 feet. Catch ‘em while they’re biting. MSRP: $130 pennreels.com
Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and country music star and four-time CMA entertainer of the year Kenny Chesney have partnered up to design the singer’s first line of signature sunglasses. Proceeds generated from the sale of Costa Kenny Chesney Limited Edition Sunglasses will benefit the Coastal Conservation Association, a shared cause for both Kenny and Costa. The five Limited Edition frames, which feature Costa’s patented 580 lens technology—Hammerhead, Caballito, Rincon, Howler and Little Harbor—feature Kenny’s signature and unique hand-drawn artwork etched onto each frame style. The artwork designs on each sunglass style are tied to a piece of Kenny’s life – one style features the song lyric, “No Shoes. No Shirt. No Problems!” while another commemorates the 2011 “Goin’ Coastal” tour. The etched sunglass designs are reminiscent of scrimshaw, an ancient art form practiced by Native Americans and then Yankee whalemen in the 1800s. costadelmar.com
Bayliss Begins its Biggest Boat
Bayliss Boatworks in Wanchese, North Carolina, began construction of the B1-84’ Orion in April, its largest project to date. The sportfisher’s specifications also include many other company firsts and custom features. The design is a collaborative effort between Bayliss and yacht designer Robert Ullberg. The 84-foot Orion will be their first boat to feature a navy blue hull. Her five-stateroom/five-head layout will include Bayliss’ first full-beam master, featuring a six-foot walk-in closet, office desk, L-shaped sofa and king-sized berth. Powered by a pair of MTU M94s producing 2,600 hp each, she will have a top speed of 40 knots. Her 17-foot cockpit will feature a huge mezzanine, stainless refrigeration compartments, an in-deck stainless fishbox and transom box.
Wear the Shark
Long known for its marine footwear, RuggedShark is introducing an apparel line for Spring 2011. Every item of clothing uses fine cotton poplin and moisture wicking, quick-drying fabrics. RuggedShark apparel also is designed to allow unencumbered freedom of movement. Performance features include Shark Shield sun protection; Shark Gill thermo-regulating systems and Shark Repel breathable waterproofing. The line includes long- and short-sleeve technical fishing shirts with mesh-vented back panels, strategic pockets with hook-and-loop closures and button-down collars with Shark Shield in soft cotton poplin or quick-dry nylon, as well as shorts, pants, rain and head gear. ruggedshark.com
Cool on Wheels
Igloo Products Corporation has introduced a new, 110-quart, wheeled cooler featuring a unique, patent-pending telescoping handle. With the handle extended and locked, it provides the mechanical advantage of a rickshaw, allowing the cooler to be pulled and pushed with 50-percent less effort. If you find yourself having to move a load of drinks or fish and ice over sand or cobblestones, consider a cooler from Igloo’s All Terrain series. The Glide is offered in a series of three models: the Glide, Glide Pro and Glide Elite. Depending on the model, they are insulated for up to five to six days ice retention. MSRP: $129.99 to $159.99; igloo.com
Bahamas charter fishing boat Captain Billy Black had the need to retrieve his hook from deep inside the fish he’d caught. He was tired of losing his favorite lures, and they were expensive. So he invented the Dehooker.
Captain Billy Black’s “Pro-Series” Dehooker is the best device made in America for the purpose of removing dangerous fishing hooks from gamefish, according to the captain himself (and many fishermen agree). He designed it to retrieve prized fishing lures while simultaneously removing sharp hooks quickly and safely from the jaws of captured fish without further harming the fish. Field-tested by pro anglers, the Dehooker is fabricated by hand using the finest surgical stainless steel available. MSRP: $69.95; captbillyblackdehooker.com
Not Your Father’s SunglassesCourtesy of Costa Del Mar
With the summer sun at full tilt this time of year, owning a pair of premium polarized sunglasses quickly becomes a necessity. But with so many options available, how do you select the pair that’s right for you?Premium sunglass brands like Costa offer a variety of options for boating enthusiasts. For 2011, Costa features several new metal styles, like its South Point model, upper image. Costa recently introduced a line of sunglasses for women, available with its patented 580™ lens technology. Like the Little Harbor model shown above, Costa sunglasses are hand-assembled in Daytona Beach, Florida, and come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects. To check out the latest styles or find a retailer near you, visit costadelmar.com.
Sun and glare protection: Look for polarized lenses with 100 percent UVA/UVB protection embedded into the lens, so it can’t wipe off no matter how many cleanings it gets. Also, choose a brand that features anti-glare technology. When you’re spending hours scanning the horizon from the bow, you want sunglasses that are going to reduce eye fatigue and prevent eye strain.
Lens colors: Where you are on the water makes a big difference when it comes to choosing a lens color that will work best for you. For inshore or freshwater boating, select a copper, amber or green mirror lens, which allows more light to enter your eye. The resulting contrasts will help you see through the water more clearly. For offshore boating, when you’re faced with miles of blue ocean and a vast horizon, select a gray or blue mirrored lens to cut distortion.
Frame fit: Look for sunglasses with a wrap shape to protect the sensitive skin near your temples from sun exposure. Also, features such as no-slip nose pads and flexible frame arms will provide a comfortable fit. Anti-fogging frame vents and anti-corrosive hinges will come in handy when you’re battling the elements this summer.