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A New International Seakeepers Milestone

A new seakeepers milestone

The International SeaKeepers Society, Asia Educational Outreach program, has reached a key milestone hitting the 500-student participant mark since its commencement in 2016.

On the 31st July 2018, Dr. Martin Gutowski, Sales Director at Kongsberg Maritime Singapore, delivered a presentation about the application of radar and sonar technology used in research and conservation of our marine environment. This was a new International Seakeepers Milestone.

Students from the Changkat Changi Secondary School were given the opportunity to meet an industry expert and to learn how nature has inspired developments of systems that are used to make the underwater world visible. There was also time for lighter moments as the Students were challenged to a quiz with prizes given out.

Students were interested to find out how underwater sound is used by marine mammals for communication and sourcing food as it is by human technology to survey the seafloor. Sonar systems not only produce maps that are used as nautical charts for navigation, but they are also used to study the environment and is also used in major and valuable applications such as when searching for missing aircraft and sunken treasures in the deep.

Changkat Changi Secondary School
Kongsberg Maritime Pte. Ltd

Press contact:
Gail Tay
Director of Operations & Programmes
International SeaKeepers Society, Asia

Interested? Learn more about the International Seakeepers Society.

Formula 400 SSC

The Formula 400 SSC

Taking its cue from the 430 SSC, the 400 SSC combines confident Super Sport performance with Formula’s versatile open bow and cabin Crossover elements.

See the video we made on a sea trial last month.

The Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover puts comfort at a premium. The full-height windshield encloses the entire width of the cockpit, and the layout allows guests to move beyond the confines of a center console’s narrow, pilothouse tradition. The fiberglass hardtop with full-width motorized glass sunroof opens to the sky, while seating zones, from the expansive bow to triple helm seating and U-shaped lounge aft, expand choices for all.

Quad Mercury 350-hp outboard motors respond instantly to electronic shift and throttle, and Mercury’s Joystick Piloting helps make maneuvering easy. Top speed is 61 mph with a cruising speed of 37 mph. The 400 SSC’s cabin accommodations offer amenities that are unprecedented in an open bow design, including a convertible dinette/sleeping berth plus aft stateroom bed, stand-up private head and galley with sink and microwave.

40′ LOA, 12′ beam

Learn more at 

By Erin Brennan, Southern Boating October 2018


Cruise to these coastal breweries

Cruise to these coastal breweries

Take a different kind of booze cruise and cruise to these coastal breweries.

Beer’s not just for frat parties anymore. The rise of craft brewing has created huge opportunities for local watering holes along the coast. Because let’s be real: there is nothing better than drinking a beer and looking at the water. Check out these coastal breweries on your next trip!

Billsburg Brewery

Billsburg Brewery

Jamestown, VA

Mariners traveling on the James River in the lower Chesapeake Bay region can quench their thirst at the Billsburg Brewery just a few steps from the James City County Marina. The brewery is open every day from noon to 9 PM. Serving stout, pilsner, ale, and lager beers, Billsburg rotates its small batch selections using a 10-barrel system to appeal to most everyone’s tastes.

Located close to popular destinations, such as the Jamestown Settlement, Virginia Capital Trail and the Jamestown Beach Event Park, the brewery includes an overlooking deck to relax and take in the waterfront scene, and there’s typically a food truck on site if you get hungry. The boat slips are often fully booked, so if you’re cruising, you may need to drop anchor and dinghy over.

Half Moon Brewing

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Half Moon Bay, CA

This left coast brewery is known waves and waterfront. The crowd at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. a variable mix of surfers, farmers, urban hipsters, and techies. Two of the best brews? The malty Mavericks Princeton-by-the-Sea IPA  and the lighter Harbor Lights Ale. Food is served and reflects the Cali vibe: seafood reigns supreme.

Said California vibe is also reflected in the décor: surfboards dot the walls and the open ceiling shows exposed pipes. The outside patio is pet-friendly.

A1A Aleworks

A1A Ale Works

St. Augustine, Florida

A1A Ale Works is one of Florida’s oldest breweries. The brewery is conveniently located right on the Intracoastal Waterway and named for the nearby coastal highway that spans Florida’s east coast. With five flagship beers, you can’t go wrong. Generally, you’ll find two rotating beers on tap as well. Food is served on the second story.

mad beach brewing

Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

Madeira Beach, FL

Mad Beach Craft Brewing Co is based in Madeira Beach, FL (get it?). The full brewpub restaurant specializes in beach-friendly and session-able beers by day. By night, Mad Beach provides some higher ABV beverages and an expansive Caribbean and Southern-inspired menu. Not into beer? They offer a coconut cider and a watermelon sangria. Yum!

Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Brewery

Boston, MA

This Boston-based brewery offers some of the best sightseeing on the list. Harpoon is located in the popular Seaport District’s historic waterfront. Visitors are treated to the best of skyline and waterline views. The décor is a true beer garden: the Bavarian-style beer hall is the spot to snack on a warm pretzel. And to, of course, wash it all down with New England Style IPA.

By Erin Brennan, Southern Boating October 2018

Leaf Peeping

Leaf Peeping by boat

With fall comes the inevitable leaf peeping

There’s urgency in the air for Northeast boaters come October. From Long Island and southern Connecticut to the rocky coast of Maine, the long, luxurious days of summer over. It’s evidenced by the fall foliage colors along most waterways.

While some may take new splashes of red, yellow and orange along tree-lined shores as an indication boating season is approaching its end, serious skippers realize there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy all that is enjoyable out on the water. In fact, it’s with those colors that you might want to start.  The Northeast in October is nothing if not spectacular along corridors where autumnal displays reach their peak.

Northeast landlubbers frequently drive inland to witness breathtaking views of changing fall foliage in mountainous areas. Boaters can simply point their bows toward marvelous views closer to home. By early October, the trees and bushes aligning back-bay areas, river banks and lakes blossom in hues so rich you can practically taste them. From grand channels like the Hudson and Connecticut rivers to the Boston Harbor Islands and numerous small tidal creeks, opportunity to take in fall’s spectacular foliage is in full bloom.

Cruise it

Be sure to cruise slowly as you enjoy the show—to power past the changing scenery is to merely witness a blend of hues. Probe more closely and individualism abounds. Like snowflakes, each tree, each branch, each leaf is different. Some seem to burst forth with color like juice from a freshly bitten piece of fruit. Others turn more slowly, gracefully. Look carefully and you’ll view two primary color camps.

The reds include varieties such as sugar maple, red maple, sweet gum, red oak, scarlet oak, sumac, and sassafras. Among the yellows are beech, birch, hickory, eastern rosebud, and poplar. It all makes for a wonderful mix, and there is no better way to see it than from above deck.

By Tom Schlichter, Southern Boating October 2018

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Apple Crumble Bars

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Apple Crumble Bars

It’s like apple pie without the hassle! These tasty Apple Crumble Bars will not last long. Everyone will want to get their hands on these tasty treats!


4 cups flour
1⅓ cups sugar
2 sticks butter, melted
4 Tbsp. butter
4 cups apples, peeled and chopped
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
½ cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place flour, sugar and melted butter in a large bowl and mix well. Set aside half of the “crumble” mixture. Press the remaining half into the base of an 8×8-inch cake pan lined with foil. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until firm. Remove from the fridge and cook for 20 minutes or until a light golden brown. Set aside.

Place 4 tablespoons butter, apples, sugar, nutmeg and raisins in a saucepan over high heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for 2–3 minutes or until the apples are soft and the liquid has evaporated. Spoon the filling over the cooled baked base in an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture over the apples and cook in the oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, and cut into slices to serve.

By Lori Ross, Southern Boating October 2018

See more fall recipes:

Bourbon Mulled Cider

Fig-Topped Brie

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad


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