Ribcraft 9.0 is Not Just for Black Ops
Whether island hopping, as a yacht tender or on a secret mission… This boat turns heads.
The first time I saw the new RIBCRAFT 9.0 tied up at the Eastern Yacht Club dock in Marblehead, Massachusetts, I thought to myself, “Now this is one wicked-looking boat.” With its entirely black and dark gray exterior and rows of military-type seats, it looked ready to carry the Navy Seals on their next commando raid. “This is definitely a head-turner,” said RIBCRAFT USA President Brian Gray as we climbed aboard. But this highly customized RIB was not ordered by the Pentagon for use in a war zone. Instead, it was built for a Colorado entrepreneur who will base it at his vacation home in the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.). After only a few turns, I can attest that he’ll not only turn heads in the B.V.I., but he’ll also have a lot of fun driving it.
From my experience there’s no doubt that the new RIBCRAFT does attract attention. Indeed, as we shot out of Marblehead Harbor on a blustery pre-winter day, the few commercial fishermen who were out all paused to take a look—a fast look, as it turned out. Once we were in the Atlantic I nudged the throttles forward, and the twin 300-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards powered the boat up to 59 mph, a particularly impressive performance considering we were in choppy two-to-three-foot seas and a biting wind. (Gray said he’s hit 61 mph on a calmer day.)
Even more impressive than the speed was the ride. In conditions where a traditional boat would be pounding and throwing spray, the ride on the RIBCRAFT was soft and calm. “The rougher the better to test this type of boat,” Gray said. The deep-V fiberglass hull—with a 20-degree deadrise at the transom—cut through the water, while the wide inflatable tubes softened the usual between-wave pounding and deflected the spray. At top speed, the ride was both quiet and dry and fun. Pulling back to only 45 or 50 mph I put the RIBCRAFT into a series of sharp turns, and the boat responded instantaneously and under total control. But the real fun is in the acceleration, and that’s nothing less than spectacular. Nudge the throttles and the boat takes off immediately and without any apparent effort. The full windshield on the custom helm console protects you from the wind, and the Yamahas are quiet, so you don’t fully realize how fast you’re going until you glance at the Garmin GPS on the panel—you can’t say that about a lot of boats. “This boat has the performance of a Ferrari and the strength of a Hummer,” Gray said proudly.
This 9.0 model is the largest RIBCRAFT made in the U.S.—the British factory makes a 42-footer, and the company says it’s for the serious offshore user. All told, RIBCRAFT makes eight models from 15’7″ to this one at 29’7″ in a small factory in rural New Hampshire and then assembles them in its headquarters in an industrial complex in Marblehead. The company makes fast rescue boats for the Navy as well as RIBs for other government and law enforcement agencies, tour operators and commercial users, plus yacht clubs and recreational buyers who use them as tenders, runabouts, dive boats, or their primary ocean-going vessels. “There’s a growing trend to use commercial-grade boats for recreational use,” Gray explained. For example, Secretary of State John Kerry bought a 25-foot RIBCRAFT to use at his summer home in Nantucket, and the company is more than happy to customize a boat for each owner’s wishes.
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Photo credit: Travis Sayre Horse-drawn carriages offer one of the more popular ways to tour historic Savannah. Photo credit: Geoff L Johnson Savannah offers much to see and do on both sides of the Savannah River. Photo credit: Visit Savannah The Tybee Island Light marks the entrance to the Savannah River. The Old Savannah Cotton Exchange, completed in 1887, stands as a reminder of Savannah’s former leadership in the worldwide cotton trade. Photo credit: Dylan Wilson Stately mansions built by wealthy cotton merchants in the 1800s draw millions of visitors (including artists) to Savannah, which has one of the largest historic districts in the country. Photo credit: Geoff L Johnson The Tybee Pier & Pavillion attracts visitors to Savannah’s shores. Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn The Juliette Gordon Low is named after the founder of the first American Girl Scout troop. Photo credit: Cliff The family-run Fox Lea Farm is helping Venice rise in the rankings as a top equestrian mecca. A lifeguard stand watches over one of Venice’s pristine beaches on a perfectly clear day. A sign alongside Venice’s streets explains the history of the city. Venice Avenue cuts through the heart of the town’s historic district Venice Yacht Club The pier at Caspersen Beach always draws a crowd on sunny days. One of Venice’s best-kept secrets, however, is its quietly growing equestrian community. There’s plenty of room for toys on the large swim platform. Multiple seating areas bow to stern enable group or private conversations as desired. Woodgrain-finish flooring, windows that open, wise use of space, and 6′ 6″ headroom in the cabin offer an upscale experience. The lower galley is compact yet well-appointed with secure wine glass racks and bottle storage in the blue LED-lighted cabinet. Spring cleaning A tidy engine room has long-term benefit. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Watermaker Maintenance. Photo: Christopher Allen Buchanan Watermaker Maintenance. Photo: Christopher Allen Buchanan Large wave astern of NOAA ship DELAWARE II Quantum Key West Race Week. The Jose Gaspar docked at the Tampa Convention for the annual invasion of Tampa known as Gasparilla. Photo credit: Gasparilla Pirate Invasion Brave volunteers try out SUPs during last year’s Baltimore Boat Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. Photo credit: Christopher Knauss St Thomas International regatta 2016, day 1. Photo: Ingrid Abery Try these seasoning mixes, dry rubs and dessert time-savers in the new year! The F. G. Walton Smith research vessel is docked at the facility on Virginia Key and used for marine studies including those involving sharks. Photo: PSMAS Dr. Roni Avissar, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science known globally for its outstanding programs. Photo: RSMAS Young lads head for the pig roast at Nippers on Great Guana. Photo Credit: Cher Foth ishing day is popular with everyone. Photo Credit: Cher Foth One cruise was spent at Atlantis with its many tall water slides and an abundance of swimming pools to beat the heat. Photo Credit: Cher Foth We rented outboards to navigate shallow waters between Elbow Cay and Lubber’s Quarters, and to enjoy Tahiti Beach and its soft, white sand and lunch at Cracker P’s. Courtney and Justin spend time at the helm with Capt. Jim. Sometimes the kids swap boats on travel days to other islands or all pile on one. Photo Credit: Cher Foth Whimsically decorated with beach castoffs and old buoys, this Gumbo Limbo tree is on Baker’s Bau at Great Guana, now a members-only resort. Photo Credit: Cher Foth Panamanic cushion sea stars, Asteroidea off the coast of Isabela Island. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport Galapagos sea lions, Zalophus californianus, at home on the red sand beaches of Rabida Island. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport A blue-footed booby, Sula nebouxi, perches atop a monument to Galapagos National Park. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport A pair of waved albatross, Diomeda irrorata, in courtship display. Espanola Island is the location of the only waved albatross nesting colony in the world. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport Marine iguanas, Amblyrhynchus cristatus, split from land iguanas millions of years ago and became adept at swimming and foraging for algae in the sea. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport Lonesome George, a century-old Pinta Island tortoise, or Abingdon Island tortoise, the last of his kind at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Lonesome George died in 2012. The subspecies is now extinct. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport The rugged, volcanic coast of Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport The MV Eclipse, a luxury 48-passenger ship, sailing around the Galapagos. Photo Credit: Jad Davenport There are more brands of yachts than anyone could imagine at the Stuart Boat Show. Photo credit: John Lambert There are more brands of boats on display at the Stuart Boat Show than most people immagine. Photo credit: John Lambert There’s a lot to see with over 200 exhibitors featuring displays in the water and on land. Photo credit: Tom Ryon Shiny new Ranger Tugs @The Stuart Boat Show. Photo credit: John Lambert The Miss Geico Racing Team is an official sponsor of the Stuart Boat Show and always bring giveaways for adults and children. Photo credit: John Lambert More in-water boats than you would imagine at the Stuart Boat Show. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com “Hook The Future” – The popular kids’ fishing clinic returns again presented by Captain Don Dingman, and every participant will receive a free rod and reel. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com There’s always tons of fun for the kids at The Stuart Boat Show. Photo credit: John Lambert the U.S. Coast Guard always make it fun for kids at the show. Photo credit: John Lambert More center consoles at the Stuart Boat Show. Photo credit: John Lambert Boats at night at the Stuart Boat Show. Photo credit Shawn Therrien Palm Beach 65 Engine Room. Photo credit: Mike Calabro Palm Beach 65 There’s more than six feet of standing headroom in the queen VIP. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini Customizeable layouts offer galley up and down options. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini Palm Beach 65 Three matching Stidd chairs on the flybridge ensure comfort for the skipper and mates. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini Palm Beach 65 Ensuite heads come with enclosed showers and contemporary fixtures. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini Palm Beach 65 Whether in the cockpit enjoying fresh air or cozy in the salon protected from the elements, warm woods blended with colorful accents give and air of casual elegance. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini Palm Beach 65 Unique bow seating in the foredeck provides a great vantage point. Photo credit: Andrea Francolini Christmas Cocktail Meatballs by Lori Ross Simrad GO9 Charting HRPRG Yacht Devices 1 Neptulink Bluesky by MVG Garmin Virb Furuno DRS4D-NXT Target Analyzer Fireboy-Xintex panel Sea-Fire Engine shutdown systems Sea-Fire’s Firestop Detection systems offer cost effective monitoring of various zones aboard the vessel. Sea-Fire suppression systems are automatically activated at a pre-determined temperature Fireboy Extinguisher. Photo credit: Matthew Snyder Fireboy clean agent fire extinguisher. Photo credit: Matthew Snyder Photo credit: Kuznetcov_Konstantin / shutterstock Anglers show off their catch during Operation Sailfish. Photo credit: Bluewater Movements Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota, Florida. Photo credit: SUNTEX Harbor East Marina offers easy access to Baltimore’s many waterfront attractions.Photo credit: Christopher Knauss The beach scene at Ty’s Sunset Bar & Grill. Photo credit: Rex Noel Regatta trophies will be awarded to the winners. Photo credit Rex Noel Skilled Bahamian sailors race through the anchorage at Little Farmers Cay. Photo credit: Rex Noel Crews hike out the pry boards. Photo credit: Rex Noel Simply Better Bottles from 50 Strong Walker Bay Generation 525. Photo credit: Billy Black Coastal Craft 65 Salon ©Neil Rabinowitz 2014 Coastal Craft 65 Running ©Neil Rabinowitz 2014 Coastal Craft 65 Master State Room ©Neil Rabinowitz 2014 Coastal Craft 65 Pilot House ©Neil Rabinowitz 2014 Coastal Craft 65 ©Neil Rabinowitz 2014 Ten Thousand Islands aerial view of mangrove islands in the saltwater estuary. Photo credit: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB Ted Smallwood’s General Store. Photo credit: Rey Perezoso Great white egret with breeding plumage. These beautiful wading birds are easily viewed from numerous locations including nature sanctuaries and coastal areas. Photo credit: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB Fishing against the mangrove islands usually leads to a rewarding catch of redifsh and snook, but keep an eye on the weather; it can be unpredictable in the Ten Thousand Island region. Photo credit: Susanna Botkin Coming back to the dock after a long day of fishing is its own reward, but the plentiful fish you can catch in Chokoloskee are even better. Photo credit: Susanna Botkin Sweetfield Manor is a restored plantation house on a hill above Bridgetown. It has been converted into a bed and breakfast by owners George and Anni Clarke (pictured). Sweetfield Manor is a restored plantation house on a hill above Bridgetown. It has been converted into a bed and breakfast by George and Anni Clarke. Costumed dancer in one of the many bands that ‘jumps up’ on Grand Kadooment Day to celebrate the end of the annual Crop Over celebration. Crop Over is an 18th-century festival honoring the end of the sugar cane harvest. Crane Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches along the quiet southern coast of Barbados. The beach was named not after the beautiful bird, but after an industrial crane used to transfer goods from ship to shore. Rum shop. These local taverns are the heart of every village. Horse races are held at the Barbados Turf Club on the old grounds of Garrison Savannah, where the British Caribbean Force was once billeted. Cattlewash Beach. The wild east coast of Barbados north of the village of Bathsheba is a long stretch of sand where the ‘white horses’ – thundering Atlantic waves – finally hit land after traveling all the way from Africa. Black cow and a rare road sign in the Scotland District, a hilly highland region in northeastern Barbados. High tea at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, the most British resort on Barbados. The island is often called the most British in the Caribbean due to the nearly 400 years of uninterrupted British rule. High tea at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, the most British resort on Barbados. The island is often called the most British in the Caribbean due to the nearly 400 years of uninterrupted British rule. The Basin is a secret bathing spot beneath sea cliffs outside the small village of Bathsheba. The surrounding beaches along the wild east coast are often too rough for swimming. But the nearby surfing breaks – including the world famous Soup Bowl – draw an international crowd. The beach at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, the most British resort on Barbados. The island is often called the most British in the Caribbean due to the nearly 400 years of uninterrupted British rule. Four-Frequency EPIRB The Wonderous Windles. Photo credit: upslim / shutterstock.com Sea Island Golf Club on Sea Island, Georgia Aftermath of Hurricane Hermine on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Photo credit: Jeff Carey The Market at the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. Photo credit: Christopher Knauss NARC rally participants. Photo credit: Photo credit: David H. Lyman There’s always a rush to Adderly’s for fresh produce. Photo credit: Rex Noel The anchorage at Black Point Settlement attracts cruisers on the hook. Photo credit: Rex Noel Ocean waves crash on the rugged Great Guana shoreline. Photo credit: Rex Noel The Black Point waterfront is a popular spot for cruisers to dinghy in for supplies. Photo credit: Rex Noel French Onion Soup Don’t miss the Sunseeker Predator 68 or the Sunseeker Manhattan 52 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Sarnico, Lago di Iseo, Italy, 13 May 2016 The new Riva “Rivamare” 38 feet Ph: Guido Cantini / Sea&See.com Ocean Alexander 100 Novurania Catamaran 24 Diesel Nor-Tech 450 Midnight Express 34′ Sportfish/Tender The Marlow 53E The Maritimo M64 Surfhunter 32 Hinckley Talaria 34 Runabout Glasstream 255 Pro-XS Evo 43 Photo credit: Nick Collura Cranchi E56 F Astondoa 65 Photo credit: Alberto Cocchi Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Down East Buyers Guide Paraphernalia outside Whiddon’s Marina hints at more “treasure” inside their Maritime Museum. Photo by Liz Pasch Old Florida’s island elegance greets guests upon arrival at The Gasparilla Inn Water hazards along perfectly manicured greens await golfers at the Pete Dye 18-hole course. The Certified-Green Inn Marina offers a quiet setting and full service. Photo credit: John J Unrue The Inn Marina manager and fishing charter captain, Brian Knight, handles a hooked tarpon for a delighted client. PhPhoto credit: Daniel Godwin, Boca Beacon The beachfront swimming pool overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. A vintage sign outside of Coconuts, on Seabreeze Blvd., is reminiscent of Fort Lauderdales past. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos Dania Beach offers beach docking with a safe and relaxed seashore atmosphere. Photo by: Vera Jordan The many Fort Lauderdale water taxies are sure to impress first-time visitors to our waterways. Photo by: Herb Neufeld The Stranahan House built by Frank Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. Photo by Philip Pessar The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse dates back to 1907. Photo credit: visitflorida.com The Lauderdale Marina houses the acclaimed 15th Street Fisheries seafood restaurant and is just minutes from Port Everglades. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos The Hall of Fame passage is one of the most recognizable entrance markers to Fort Lauderdale’s beaches. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos The World Famous Bahia Mar Marina on the ICW in Fort Lauderdale. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos Fort Lauderdale’s downtown skyline, the Lauderdale Marina and the harbor basin from the Pier 66 tower next to Port Everglades is stunning at night. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos Dania Beach offers beach docking with a safe and relaxed seashore atmosphere. Photo by: Vera Jordan UV-damaged combination bow light lens Blocked stern light Blocked stern light Grand Opening festivities for the new Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Oriental, North Carolina. Photo: Dori Arrington The Corpus Christi Marina received funding from federal grant monies designated to improve the marina and benefit boaters. Phot: city of corpus christi Filled with the vivid colors of the season and family activities, New Bern, North Carolina’s Mumfest, October 8-9, is a fantastic fall destination for Mid-Atlantic cruisers. Photo: Prweb.com St. Thomas, USVI native Taylor Canfield and crew won the last race in 2015. As of World Sailing’s rankings for July 13, 2016, Taylor is the number one ranked match racer in the world. Photo: Bitter End Yacht Club, BVI Haynes Library, Governor’s Harbour Harbour Island Da’ Spott Bar & Grill, a local hangout in Hatchet Bay on Eleuthera. Photo: Rex Noel A shallow reef protects charter boats moored off White Bay on Jost Van Dyke. The 14 MarineMax powercats pick up mooring balls early in Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay. Bob and Mitzi Plocher do most of their boating in Lake of the Ozarks on their 2005 Sea Ray 390. Creating family memories while expanding their cruising horizons on a MarineMax Getaway with daughters’ families was Bob’s idea. Bob and Mitzi are joined at the restaurant above The Baths on Virgin Gorda are Amy & Michael Garrett and Kim & Zach Lewis. For the Getaway they appropriately named their boat No Regrets. Shops near Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke’s Great Harbour offer a variety of colorful island gifts and garb. Taxis on Jost Van Dyke transport tourists between the two bays and stop for photo opportunities upon request. The Jost Van Dyke Methodist Church is on Great Harbour down the road from Foxy’s. The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay attracts tourists by land and charter guests by sea Oliver (7) and Jacob (9) joined their parents, aunt & uncle and grandparents on the Getaway; their favorite part was snorkeling and seeing jellyfish, anemone and clams. Kyle Bargfrede of MMLOO and wife Mandy invited friends Randy & Anna on Kyle’s 3rd BVI Getaway. Getaway gals explore Manchioneel Bay by kayak. The sun rises over the waters of Panama City. Taken on a tagging trip, April 3, 2012, by Amanda Nalley. Photo credit JLambertPhotos Large, small or in between, center consoles make boating fun. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com EdgeWater 262CC Back Cove 32 Shrimp Saganaki A wine shop with a Philadelphia bent, Pinot Boutique supplements its stock of wine, tools and classes with lessons in pairing vino with local fare such as cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, Tastykakes and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews and offers casual lessons on wines of the American Revolution. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® The Moshulu, a 394-foot sailing vessel launched in 1904, is now permanently docked as a restaurant and bar on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC Each year, millions of people visit Greater Philadelphia’s museums, art institutions and other modern attractions, but the Liberty Bell Center remains one of the region’s most-visited and most-photographed sites. People from all over the country and beyond stand in awe of the iconic symbol of freedom. Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC The Independence Seaport Museum captures the Philadelphia region’s maritime heritage with family-oriented interactive exhibitions, ship models, artifacts and art. Visitors to the museum can watch a wooden boat being built, climb aboard Admiral Dewey’s 1892 cruiser Olympia, tour the World War II-era submarine Becuna and visit the museum’s nautical gift shop. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States of America, is one of only 20 World Heritage sites in the country. Throughout its history, Independence Hall was the site of city, state and federal government; a courthouse; and, during the 19th century, a dog pound (in the basement). Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC During the annual Fete Day celebration, visitors to Elfreth’s Alley get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century homes on the nation’s oldest residential street. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA Penn’s Landing Marina is within walking distance of Center City, the Historic District, South Street, restaurants, theaters, museums, and more. Photo: Matt Stanley Mother, widow, upholsterer and businesswoman, Betsy Ross, the woman credited with stitching the first American flag, juggled a busy life. At the award-winning Betsy Ross House, interactive displays, period furnishings and appearances by Betsy herself give visitors a face-to-face look at the lives of Colonial women. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Illustrated by George Cruikshank. A wine shop with a Philadelphia bent, Pinot Boutique supplements its stock of wine, tools and classes with lessons in pairing vino with local fare such as cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, Tastykakes and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews and offers casual lessons on wines of the American Revolution. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® The Moshulu, a 394-foot sailing vessel launched in 1904, is now permanently docked as a restaurant and bar on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC Each year, millions of people visit Greater Philadelphia’s museums, art institutions and other modern attractions, but the Liberty Bell Center remains one of the region’s most-visited and most-photographed sites. People from all over the country and beyond stand in awe of the iconic symbol of freedom. Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC The Independence Seaport Museum captures the Philadelphia region’s maritime heritage with family-oriented interactive exhibitions, ship models, artifacts and art. Visitors to the museum can watch a wooden boat being built, climb aboard Admiral Dewey’s 1892 cruiser Olympia, tour the World War II-era submarine Becuna and visit the museum’s nautical gift shop. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® During the annual Fete Day celebration, visitors to Elfreth’s Alley get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century homes on the nation’s oldest residential street. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA Penn’s Landing Marina is within walking distance of Center City, the Historic District, South Street, restaurants, theaters, museums, and more. Photo: Matt Stanley Mother, widow, upholsterer and businesswoman, Betsy Ross, the woman credited with stitching the first American flag, juggled a busy life. At the award-winning Betsy Ross House, interactive displays, period furnishings and appearances by Betsy herself give visitors a face-to-face look at the lives of Colonial women. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® The Grenada Sailing Festival takes place every year on Grand Anse Beach. The friendly rivalry of this close-knit community is often expressed in Grenada through the creation of many local regattas and competitions to see which competitor has the fastest vessel. Photo: Joshua Yetman Few people do more than dip a toe in the water on Union Island. Swimming and surfing are banned on La Réunion in all but a few places because of a fear of shark attacks. Cannons watch over the walls of Fort Charlotte constructed in 1806, which has spectacular views overlooking Kingstown and is always worth a visit. C&N’s Port Louis Marina boasts the vibrant colors the islands are famous for. Photo: Camper & Nicholsons International C&N’s Port Louis Marina is also a popular charter destination. Photo: Steve Brett The world’s first underwater sculpture gallery on Grenada attracts divers. Photo: Jason deCaires Taylor The carnival activities in Grenada begin in July, although they don’t pick up until the beginning of August with nightly calypso shows. A week before the Grenada Carnival begins, the carnival queen show takes place with a parade through St. George’s streets. Snorkeling in Grenada is only one of the many activities to enjoy while out on the water. Adventure Jeep tours offer visitors the opportunity to explore Grenada’s natural beauty. The Grenada Sailing Festival takes place every year on Grand Anse Beach. The friendly rivalry of this close-knit community is often expressed in Grenada through the creation of many local regattas and competitions to see which competitor has the fastest vessel. Photo: Joshua Yetman Naval architect Lou Codega designed the 41 specifically for Yamaha’s Helm Master system with joystick control and a complete electronics package at the helm. Naval architect Lou Codega designed the 41 specifically for Yamaha’s Helm Master system with joystick control and a complete electronics package at the helm. The head and shower, and galley with cooktop, microwave and sink. Overnight accommodations below deck offer sleeping for two in a queen-size berth that converts to an eating area. The swim ladder is concealed yet easily deployed when needed. Grow a galley herb garden and liven up your onboard menus. Photo: Susanna Botkin Oceanographers-deploy-a-buoy-inside-an-atoll. Photo: Dr.Jean-Kenyon,NOAA USS Jackson shock trial off the Florida coast. Photo: U.S. Navy Participants compete in the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta. Photo: Amanda Daughtry Stocking Island’s famous Volleyball Beach. Photo: Rex Noel “George Town Has Talent” entertains with locals and cruisers alike. Photo: Heather Sadeg Pets show off their costumes at the Regatta Pet Parade. Photo: Heather Sadeg Extreme boat docking will debut on the western side of the Chesapeake Bay this month at the Baltimore Yacht Basin. Photo: Christopher Knauss The CNSJ 62ndIBT, 62nd International Billfish Tournament, ran from September 24 – 30, 2015.The winning boat was Peje with seven blue marling tipped and released totaling 2275 points. The winning angler, Caito Chapel, who was from Peje too, won with three tip and release for a total of 975 points. Photo: Mark Smestad Photo credit: Braden Kowitz A dark and stormy is perfect for relazing at the beach. Photo credit: Kansas Photo Cool Citrus Pie image 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona and Nevada Biscayne National Park, Miami, Florida. Photo: National Park Service / Judd Patterson Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska Infused water drinks are light and refreshing and contain only natural ingredients. Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Photo: Eric Hill Lake Champlain at Dusk. Photo: Travis Leehardin Double-crested cormorant, Union Bay, Lake Washington. Photo: Ingrid Taylar Lake Sammamish, Washington. Photo: Mgg-Kitsap The Adler Planetarium is on the museum campus within walking distance from Burnham Harbor. The landmark Chicago Theater on State Street has entertained since 1921. ChooseChicago.com For die-hard baseball fans, nothing beats a home game at Wrigley Field. The downtown skyline is majestic, with Navy Pier in the foreground and Lake Point Tower just behind. Photo: Patrick L. Pyszka Riverside dining is a summertime favorite among locals who make reservations well ahead of time. Chicago’s deep dish pizza is world famous. A dual console and multiple seating areas on the Freedom 275 DC ensure family and guests have their choice of views while cruising. PFDs are located within easy reach under the hardtop on the Freedom 275 DC. Better ergonomics at the reworked helm of the Freedom 275 DC enables enhanced functionality for the skipper. The forward seating area on the 271 FS offers multiple options and additional seating for five persons. The sharp entry and multiple strakes on the Grady-White Canyon 271 FS ensure a soft, dry and comfortable ride. Photo: Charles P Adams Ranger Tugs R-31 CB The Ranger Tug R-31 CB has plenty of inside room for family and guests. Cutwarer 24 outboard makes the best possible use of inside space. Cutwater 24 Outboard All of Fluid Motion’s boats are trailerable, which enables owners to explore waters near and far. Always review all NMMA and/or NATM decals before trailering. EZ Loader’s example of Electro LED rail lights with logo allows for complete customization. EZ Loader’s Electro LED Brite Step helps ensure operator safety. EZ Loader’s exclusive, special edition winch adjusts to your requirements. The beautiful Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral, Florida. Photo: Tarpon Point Marina Driver David Brash and Throttleman Barry Podmore compete in 2015’s Carib Great Race. Rodan Photography Ruins of the Great House at Armbrister Plantation and the Hermitage on Mount Alvernia. Photo: Amy Noel Pompey “Bohog” Johnson. Photo: Amy Noel Hidden Treasures Restaurant, New Bight. Photo: Amy Noel Ruins of the Great House at Armbrister Plantation and the Hermitage on Mount Alvernia. Photo: Amy Noel The fishing fleet gears up for the annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament in Manteo, North Carolina. Photo: Pirate’s Cove Marina The Corsair 28 offers a variety of engine options from Mercury and Volvo Penta in twin-engine packages ranging from 300-430 horsepower for each engine. The revamped Corsair 28 boasts not only the luxurious touches associated with the Chris-Craft name but also improves upon earlier editions to combine form and function. Chris-Craft’s brand new Capri 25 embraces the classic design of its predecessors yet forges ahead with innovative features that improve the passenger experience. Chris-Craft’s brand new Capri 25 embraces the classic design of its predecessors yet forges ahead with innovative features that improve the passenger experience. The World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall is just one of the many not-to-be-missed sights in the nation’s capital. Photo: Washington.org The Torpedo Factory building shown behind boats docked at the Alexandria City Marina now houses a collection of working artists and their boutiques. Photo: R. Kennedy White House. Photo: Marquis Perkins The inside of the Capitol Dome glows at night. Photo: Washington.org Whether at the top of the Capital Wheel or enjoying pre-dinner cocktails while docked at the National Harbor Marina, both offer a lovely sunset view. Photo: Marina at National Harbor The National Harbor Marina offers a lovely sunset view. Photo: National Harbor Marina Sea Wife is a 24-foot Core Sounder built locally in 1954 for fishing. It is now owned by the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Photo: Jim Raycroft Moores Marine specializes in interventions and resurrections of the classic wooden boat variety. Photo: Jim Raycroft There is a lot going on in Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park. Photo: Jim Raycroft The iconic lighthouse at Cape Lookout. Photo: Jim Raycroft Professional chefs prepare meals for a number of private residents who open their homes for the event. Photo: Jim Raycroft Lunch at the 25-year-old Beaufort Grocery Company is located within steps of the waterfront. Photo: Jim Raycroft The JBBW “cash wrap”, as seen in the JBBW company store on Beaufort’s Front Street—an attention-grabbing solution for the nautical retailer. Photo: Jim Raycroft Colorful tour bikes are available at Hungry Town Tours. Photo: Jim Raycroft The 41’s well appointed cabin can be customize for the serious fisherman as well as general storage. Photo: Bahama Boat Works.com Ingenious, optional design for twin lounge seating above stowage.Photo: Bahama Boat Works.com Garmin electronics package provides premium GPS and radar capabilities. Photo: Bahama Boat Works.com The 41’s modern and customizable seating options include fighting chairs to help land a prize sport fish. Photo: Bahama Boat Works.com A spacious bow sunpad allows sunseekers room to spread out. Photo: Bahama Boat Works.com Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha. Photo: Will Ricketson US Sailing Team Sperry. Photo: Onne Van Der Wal Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha, Women’s 470, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 2014. Photo: Jen Edney Boats compete by Ravenel Bridge during Charleston Race Week. Photo: Carol Bloom Photography Be sure to speak with your guests before they board the boat. Photo credit: John Lambert Suzuki’s newest portable outboards mark a significant milestone. GULF OF MEXICO (May 16, 2010) An oil containment boom deployed by U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving personnel surrounds New Harbor Island, La. to mitigate environmental damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater oil rig that sank April 22, causing a massive oil spill threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) Chris Page of Mote Marine Laboratory works with corals at the land-based nursery in Mote’s Summerland Key laboratory. Photo: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory Visitors enjoy an overlook of Back Creek from the grounds of Mt. Harmon Plantation. Photo: Christopher Knauss St. Lucia Carnival patrons celebrate in bright, lavish costumes.. Photo: St.Lucia Tourism Board St. Lucia Carnival Photo: Ty Richardson St. Lucia Carnival St. Lucia Carnival St. Lucia Carnival St. Lucia Carnival.Photo: St.Lucia Tourism Board The new welcome sign gives boaters good reason to anchor at Conception Island. Cumulus cloud over the Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Tiago Fioreze Two must-see historical destinations are the Maryland State House and the William Paca House and Gardens. Water taxis make getting from a mooring or marina to shoreside pleasures quick and easy. Two must-see historical destinations are the Maryland State House and the William Paca House and Gardens. The annual Rotary of Annapolis Crab Feast, usually held in August, features all-you-can-eat steamed and Old Bay seasoned crabs, part of a complete menu Cruisers who take the tour of the United States Naval Academy witness the pageantry and tradition of the Noon Formation of Midshipmen. Cruisers strolling the brick sidewalks of Main Street and its offshoots will discover a pleasant mix of historical buildings, great restaurants, galleries, and shops. Illuminated by the lights of Annapolis along Main Street, modern family cruisers and traditional workboats share a rare quiet moment on the City Dock downtown. Photo: Bob Peterson Pussers Caribbean Grill has an outstanding view of boats transiting City Dock Music of all kinds is on tap in Annapolis, including outdoor concerts of Colonial and Revolutionary eras at the William Paca House. Annapolis City Marina houses one of two fuel docks in Annapolis Harbor proper. Susan B. Campbell Park at the harbor end of City Dock is a gathering place for strollers, as well as the site for free concerts and special tours of visiting vessels. The Vancouver Maritime Museum in British Columbia has preserved maritime history of the Pacific Northwest since 1959. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka The USS Wisconsin, an Iowa-class battleship, dwarfs the museum next to which she’s docked. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Guests can tour numerous ships at the Maritime Museum of San Diego from the steam-powered ferry Berkeley, to the HMS Surprise, a 1970 replica of the 18th century frigate Rose that was also featured in the Academy Award-winning film Master and Commander. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Norfolk has enjoyed its 80,000 square foot National Maritime Center, better known as the Nauticus Museum, for the past 22 years. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Duluth, Minnesota’s Canal Park offers a great view of Lake Superior and the aerial lift bridge, as well as dining options such as Grandma’s Saloon, a visitor favorite. Photo: Diane Hilden The Hooper Strait lighthouse, a typical Chesapeake screwpile lighthouse, served on Tangier Sound for 75 years before being decommissioned and moved to it’s present location at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Triumph Fig.4 Anchorage in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. Photo: Boot Key Marina Critics say catch share fishing experiences blur the line between commercial and recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Liz Pasch Common lionfish (Pterois volitans) photographed in Manado, Indonesia Photo: Jens Petersen (Edit by Olegiwit) Large tanks allow visiting mermaids to participate in the annual Norfolk Harborfest at Town Point Park. Photo: The Real Mermaid LLC Sailing summer camps in the B.V.I. Photo: Sail Caribbean Dredging Mouth Sound. Photo: Barbara Crouchley An osprey sits atop a masthead eyeing prey below the water’s surface. Photo: Barbara Crouchley Great Inagua is known for its endemic species, especially in plants and reptiles. However, Lake Rosa (aka Lake Windsor) that spans most of the island is home to more bird life than anywhere in The Bahamas. Photo: Bahamas National Trust Dredging Mouth Sound. Photo: Barbara Crouchley Accon Marine’s Drink Holders securely hold and prevent spills of your favorite cold beverage. Kevin Dodge, photographer and diver, shows his passion for both in his photography. Dodge captures the sailfish’s movement through the water. Part of “The Shallows” collection, the lone star on a majestic looking white sandy beach. This photograph perfectly captures the “shallow” waters and its denizens. The sailfish caught and captured in two worlds. Sebago celebrates it’s 70th anniversary with a new line of docksiders. Even from a distance, cruisers can pick out Hope Town’s candy cane-striped lighthouse. The landmark sign points the way to more island fun and adventures. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Pick up a colorful, canvas bag for yourself or others at Albury’s Sail Shop. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Colorful colonial architecture can be seen throughout the town. in Man-O-War Cay. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Tan your toes in The Abacos. Recap the day’s adventures in the Abaco Inn Bar & Lounge on Elbow Cay. Wine and appetizers are more enjoyable during Bahamian sunsets. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Homemade tiramisu from Firefly Gril. Photo: Zuzana Prochazka Probably the most recognizable landmark in Abaco, the famous red & white striped lighthouse, is one of the last manual lighthouses in the world. Photo credit JLambertPhotos Treat the chef to an evening away from the galley at Firefly Grill, one of the best eateries in the Abacos. Photo credit JLambertPhotos Moss Town Primary (Great Exuma) students help tag turtles in Barra Terre. Students at Moore’s Island All-Age School are asked, “How many of you have eaten sea turtle?” Photo by Riguel Nesbitt. This female loggerhead goes back to the sea carrying her new tags Delphine Carroll, a BESS Scholar, snaps a selfie with a small hawksbill north of Royal Island. “Captain” Leo Gibson dives up a green turtle near the wall off Landrail Point, Crooked Island. Ansil Saunders’ World Record from the Int’l Game Fish Association The Black Fly Lodge Old Bahama Bay at Sunrise Vaughn Cochran, co-owner of the Blackfly Lodge in Southern Abaco BBBG CLUB The Green Turtle Club Above: Captain Ronnie Sawyer Bonefish fin clipped for tagging Bonefish being released. Photo: Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (Left-to-Right) Bonefish Tommy Sewell, Eagle Eyes Fred Rolle and Ansil Saunders. (Photo courtesy Big Game Club) Kahlenberg M-512 Repair cracked varnish View from the Emerald Bay clubhouse. Photo: Stephen Connett An arrival photo of sailors on the fall Salty Dawg Rally and dawgs visiting Calypsonian Foxy Callwood on the BVI’s of Jost Van Dyke with the real Salty Dawg, Brie. Far right and second from right are Salty Dawg Rally founders, Bill and Linda Knowles. Photo: Salty Dawg Rally Big & Rich will appear on Sunday at this year’s Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival, June 3-5. Photo: Tom Frisch, Twin Cities, Minn. North American river otter Pippi swims in the exhibit “Otters & Their Waters,” which opens Feb. 26 at Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla. Photo: Alexis Balinski/Mote Marine Laboratory Tourists on a fishing excursion off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Andy Cook/Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. Albermarle Loop – lighthouse & sailboat. Photo: AlbermarleLoop.com Relax on the inviting lounges on the aft deck of the flybridge deck. The full-beam king master is spacious, simple and elegant. Freshen up in the contemporary head before stepping out again. The intimate U-shaped dinette on the flybridge is ideal for happy hour. Mix a cocktail at the wet bar just aft of the helm and keep the captain company. Some serious suntanning awaits on the large sunpads at the bow. Serve lunch alfresco on the aft deck’s high-gloss teak table. Five-star-worthy cabins offer privacy with a view. Food prep in the country kitchen will delight the chef. The casual dinette calls for breakfas Barbecue preparing for a party on the luxury catamaran yacht Everyone loves babies especially sea turtles released on South Padre Island. Cruising families enjoy Schlitterbahn, one of the nation’s biggest and best amusement parks. Fine beach sand attracts world-class sandcastle-building competitions to Padre Island. Hobie Cats prepare for the Great Texas 300. Sportfish boats line the docks at Padre Island marinas waiting for fishing season—and the weekend. take the helm behind the comfortable and userfriendly station that boasts large Garmin screens and all navigational tools needed for a smooth ride. whether you opt for a fun family affair or a day out fishing, The Hunt 32CC provides endless options. The wraparound settee and the optional teak table at the bow call for social gathering. Painting at Huckins Bottom work being done before applying Interlux bottom paint. Photo: Billy Black Stunning blue icebergs off Laurie Island. Photo: Jad Davenport Museum in a restored biological station at the Argentine meteorological station, Orcadas. Photo: Jad Davenport expedition cruise ship MV Polar Star breaking ice. Photo: Jad Davenport Antarctica guides are prepared for anything. Photo: Jad Davenport Adélie penguin on Devil Island. Photo: Jad Davenport Esperanza Base in Hope Bay was set up in 1951 to house 80 military & scientific people, including wives and children. Photo: Jad Davenport Passengers bathe in the thermal vents at Deception Island, a dormant caldera. Photo: Had Davenport. explorers venture close to wildlife and icebergs. Photo: Jad Davenport That sturdy construction is a hallmark of the Marlow Explorer 49E series. Built to ISO, ABYC, Unrestricted Navigation, Lloyd’s, and Det Norske Veritas standards. Photo: jlambertphotos.com The well-apointed salon is permeate with rich hardwoods the evoke an classic era of yacht building. Photo: jlambertphotos.com Shoji-inspired overhead storage in the master stateroom reflects the Asian influence. Photo: jlambertphotos.com The open galley is ideal for socializing yet can be closed off from the salon. Photo: jlambertphotos.com Roominess is a priority aboard with generous dimensions afforded at the lower helm—note the hand-crafted wheel—and casual dining area that doubles as a work space. Photo: jlambertphotos.com The 49E, a boat built and designed to travel, cruises with grace and stability thanks to her twin Velocijet strut keels. Photo: jlambertphotos.com Vintage Weekend organizers and participants sure know how to party: TV and movie characters danced the night away at the “Vintage Goes Primetime” dinner dance. Vintage Weekend organizers and participants sure know how to party: Cinderella in her chariot. 1917 Consolidated Yacht Blue Mist with its original iron cast steering wheel “Papa” greated visitors and posed for pictures before helping them board Hemingway’s sister ship Pilar Key West. 1942 Chris-Craft Gambler’s Taxi A Locomobile and a few other cars such as this 1929 Bentley. Attendees and exhibitors braved the elements and stuck around to take an exclusive peek and study up close rare vintage and classic conveyances in attendance such as 1929 Morton Johnson Shirean 1947 Trumpy Lady Catherine Vintage Weekend organizers and participants sure know how to party: superheroes like Batman and crew, and many more TV and movie characters danced the night away at the “Vintage Goes Primetime” dinner dance. a unique 1909 Curtiss Pusher aircraft Jake Cordero vibrant paintings of cultures, nature and animals are a must to see when visiting South Florida. “Octopus Element” is a mixed media piece using different mediums: aerosol, acrylics and oil. Miami Sailfish is the newest creation by Jake Cordero. Torqeedo’s Cruise 10.0 is a clean and green electric outboard motor. An artist rendering of the new Westrec Haulover Marine Center coming to North Miami Beach. The newest in the Boston Whaler Outrage line of fishing boats. KODIAK, Alaska – Aviation Survival Technician First Class Chuck Ferrante, a crewman from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak hovering above, holds onto a lifering and two kayaks as crewmen from the fishing vessel Vigilant tow him toward the vessel to take the weathered kayakers aboard July 30, 2009. The aircrew located the two men after a search near Gore Point about 40 miles southeast of Homer. The men were on a trip from Seward to Homer and had been kayaking for eight days. Weather worsened and they became tired and lost some gear prompting them to use their emergency locator beacon and contact the Coast Guard. The kayakers remained aboard the fishing vessel Vigilant and will be taken to Homer in the next 48 hours. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis ). Photo: VIDSHUB / wikimedia.org Chandeleur Island Fishing off Mississippi Motherships. Photo: Troy Gilbert Chandeleur Island Fishing off Mississippi Motherships. Photo: Troy Gilbert Chandeleur Island Fishing off Mississippi Motherships. Photo: Troy Gilbert Chandeleur Island Fishing off Mississippi Motherships. Photo: Troy Gilbert Chandeleur Island Fishing off Mississippi Motherships. Photo: Troy Gilbert Chandeleur Island Fishing off Mississippi Motherships. Photo: Troy Gilbert Go for the shrimp “spiders,” a gourmet snack on the Gulf Coast. Photo: Troy Gilbert An artist’s rendition of the planned wetlands habitat between Piers 3 and 4 at Baltimore’s National Aquarium campus. Photo: Ayers Saint Gross Architects The Altamer Resort on Anguilla, site of a future megayacht marina. Photo: Morgan Abbott Jason deCaires Taylor’s sculpture The Musician. Photo Stephen Connett Loggerhead turtles mating. Photo: Lorraine Minns The Doctor of Libation,” mural by Sally Rolle An angler lands a 10-pound bonefish just one mile off George Town with guide Reno Rolle. Photo: Stephen Connett Mela T Underwater Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Swimsuit, Bird-Bikini Sleeping Pig. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Swimsuit-Sunset-Cocktails Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Swimsuit-Sunset-Boating Photo: jlambertphotos.com Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Swimsuit: MonteCE Swim, Montezuma. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Swimsuit-Montce-Swim-Mela-Torres. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Swimsuit Island Company-Yellow banana beach sheet. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos Swimsuit Group laughing on boat. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos Photo credit: JLambertPhotos Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Anguilla’s Altamer Resort will be the new home to megayachts. Action Craft’s 19 ACE is two boats in one. Cobra’s Rod and Reel Storage clamps to the back of the garage door and keeps all the valuable rods out of harm’s way. Yacht Management’s docking area. A view of the Yacht Management yard. Yacht Management Service Center. The writer testing the accuracy of The NightPilot during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Photo: Jlambert Yacht Photography The Historic Florida Militia puts on quite a show during their many yearly historic reenactments that take place in America’s oldest settlement, St. Augustine. Photo: Jackie Hird Volunteers hold hands in solidarity at an event held by the Gulf Restoration Network for the preservation of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Gulf Restoration Network The learning experience afforded to Sea Scouts lasts a lifetime. Photo: the Sea scouts The Thomas Jefferson Memorial framed by cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. Photo: National Park Service Puerto Rico’s Lazy Dog crew race in the St. Thomas International Regatta. Photo: Dean Barnes Tongue Souse, Johnny Cake with Lime and Pepper at Sammy’s Place. Photo: Stephen Connett Stone Turtle at Rollezz Resort. Photo: Stephen Connett Services offered at Dingle’s. The BBQ grill is complimentary. Photo: Stephen Connett Guest Villa at Shannas Cove Resort with a view of Port Royal. Photo: Stephen Connett Carl and Yvonne Rolle at Rollezz. Photo: Stephen Connett Southern Boating Media Group The tile and its caviar-like finish (Landa’s creation) was the inspiration behind the company’s name—Crystal Caviar. Pictured a caviar tile with 24K Gold. The GB60’s lines embody the balance and proportion that are integral to a yacht’s design. An aerial view of the Ocean Yacht Marina in Portsmouth, Virginia. In addition to its wet slips, the marina counts 275 dry rack slips as well as a full service yard capable of handling yachts to 305 foot dockside. “Cone” by renowned artist Jan Frydrych. Chandelier by renowned artist Jan Frydrych. Marek Landa, Owner, Crystal Caviar. Gold Chandelier. Crystal Blanket Chandelier. The built-in stairway automatically extends when the swim platform is lowered. The German-engineered Bavaria 420 Coupe has sexy Italian lines in its styling. The retractable hardtop makes indoor dining an alfresco experience. Enjoying drinks and snacks on the aft deck of the Bavaria 420 coupe. The Bavaria Virtess 420 Coupe in Miami FL. An aerial view of the Bavaria Virtess 420 Coupe. Open the manual sunroof on the Tiara 39 Coupe for a cruise under the stars and fresh sea breezes. Relax from your travels in the large Master with a queen-sized berth. There are plenty of storage compartments. The helm station, with it’s integrated electronics, is still part of the salon thanks to the L-lounge seating. The Tiara 39 cuts through the water with grace. Tiara Q44 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer Scout 231 XS Bay Boat Regulator 34 Center Console Regal 26 Express Princess S65 Ocean Alexander 70E Numarine 60 FLY Nordic Tug 44 Nor-Tech 560 Midnight Express Adaptive 39 Krogen 58 EB Jupiter 30 HFS Intrepid 410 Evolution Hunt 32 CC Horizon E88 Open Flybridge Hatteras 70 Formula 290 Bowrider EdgeWater 368CC Dyna Yachts 60 HT Riva 88 Domino Cutwater 24 Cobalt CS3 Chris-Craft Capri 25 Chaparral 227 SSX Carver C50 Beneteau GT46 Azimut Magellano 66 37 Bonadeo Boatworks Marlow Mainship M34 Viking 80 Convertible Sanlorenzo SL86 Sabre 66 Dirigo Pursuit DS295 Palm Beach 42 Outer Reef 860 Deluxbridge Marlow 53E Maritimo M65 The finished project, the TV is mounted giving 360 degree viewing positions. Install a trashbin near the prep area for easy clean up. Photo: Capt. Lincoln F. Sternn Upgrading to a double sink makes galley prep much easier. Photo: Capt. Lincoln F. Sternn Additional counter space can be made by using removable tops for the stove. Photo: Capt. Lincoln F. Sternn Adjusting the rigger from the underside. Photo: Liquid Fire Fishing Team. Taco Marine’s Grand Slam 280 Outriggers were installed by Captain Mark Henderson of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team on his Intrepid center console. Photo: Liquid Fire Fishing Team. The installation of outriggers can be simple and easily done by almost any boat owner. Photo: Liquid Fire Fishing Team. Captain Henderson checking the rigger. Photo: Liquid Fire Fishing Team. Wet Sounds Bluetooth volume control. Many “legacy” stereo components have a large variety of faceplates. Splitters and adapters come in many configurations and are inexpensive. Chuck Baier and Susan Landry enjoy the view of Great Harbour Cay from the swim platform of their trawler “Sea Trek.” A fish market near Fort Montagu. Photo: Chuck Baier. Three dinghies anchored on Powerful Beach. Photo: Chuck Baier. The intense colors of a storm on Treasure Cay Beach. Photo: Chuck Baier. Watching a storm from a gazebo on Treasure Cay Beach at the Coco Beach Bar. Photo: Chuck Baier. Susan Landry combing the beach for a remembrance. Photo: Chuck Baier. Public beach at Rainbow Beach and Cay. Photo: Chuck Baier. The lighthouse on Paradise Island. Photo: Chuck Baier. Palm trees and the ocean view on Montagu Beach. Photo: Chuck Baier. An ocean view from N. Bimini Beach. Photo: Chuck Baier. Hope Town lighthouse an downtown view from a beach dune. Photo: Chuck Baier. A spectacular view of the ocean from a beach house deck on Sip Sip Beach. Photo: Chuck Baier. A view of the Atlantis resort in the distance from the Poop Deck on Andros Island. Photo: Chuck Baier. A conch shell pile in Gregory Town. Photo: Chuck Baier. Anchored on the public dock at Green Turtle Cay. Photo: Chuck Baier. The clean sandy beach at Bimini Beach Club. Photo: Chuck Baier. Beach houses on South Palmetto Point. Photo: Chuck Baier. A view from the Great Harbour Cay Beach Club. Photo: Chuck Baier. Dinghies tied to the dock at Abaco. Photo: Chuck Baier. Ziplining through the rainforest canopy is one of the many attractions that draw visitors and have expanded Panama’s tourism industry. Photo: Jim Raycroft Kuna dancers treat spectators to traditional dancing and customs. visitpanama.com The Panama City skyline’s high-rise buildings reflect the country’s flourishing economy. visitpanama.com a surfer enjoys the curl; local cuisine full of color and flavor. vistpanama.com Pristine shallow water and beaches are home to an array of marine life. Photo: visitpanama.com Considered the most beautiful costume in the world, the Panamanian pollera is a colorful dress that exudes splendor, distinction and elegance. visitpanama.com The Panama City skyline’s high-rise buildings reflect the country’s flourishing economy. visitpanama.com Mounted police in Panama City. Jim Raycroft A lobster fisherman shows off his catch. Jim Raycroft local cuisine full of color and flavor. visitpanama.com Whether you’re more comfortable on foot or ATVs, Panama offers an abundance of trails to explore in 14 National Parks. Photo: Jim Raycroft world-class game fishing is one of the many attractions that draw visitors and have expanded Panama’s tourism industry. paradisefishinglodge.com Navigating the locks on the Panama Canal. Photo: Jim Raycroft The Wilbur 34 after refit by Wilbur Yachts Ongoing work and refit of Asha during her six-month stay at Front Street Shipyard in preparation for extended cruising. Photo: Front Street Shipyard Asha during her six-month stay at Front Street Shipyard Hi-Life’s engine room filled with mud. Photo: Wilbur Yachts Hi-Life, a Wilbur 34′ after recover. Photo: Wilbur Yachts Diva, a Deerfoot 62, with a the new keel waiting to be bolted to the hull at Hodgdon Yacht Services Diva, a Deerfoot 62, with a broken keel . Photo: Hodgdon Yacht Services Hi-Life, a Wilbur 34, sat at its Staten Island dock for 19 days in this condition after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: John and Jean Swedberg Laissez Faire, with her stunning Awlgrip Vivid Red hull, comes out of Lyman-Morse yard. Photo: Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co Photos Work on one of the Hinckley’s two Hamilton water jets at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co. The yard pulled Laissez Faire’s engines and sent them to Billings Marine for a rebuild. Photo: Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co Photos Among the very last screw-pile lighthouses left in the U.S., the Mobile Middle Bay Lighthouse, an Alabama treasure, still guides boaters. Photo: U.S coast guard Horizon Yacht Charters in Antigua. Photo: Jackie Ashford A Reddish Egret crossing rocks Abaco. Photo: Keith Salvesen There are birds aplenty in The Bahamas such as this nesting Red Egret. Photo Stephen Connet Brunswick served as the set for a 1920s gangster movie. Photo: Nancy E. Spraker A good month for education, boat shows and flea markets. Photo: Annapolis School of Seamanship The MJM Yachts 40z cruising along, powered by Twin Volvo-Penta D6 370 HP IPS 500 joystick docking system. The head area offers generous room, and the shower area can be closed off. The cabin bulkhead also offers excellent access to the electronic rigging at the dash. At the helm, you’ll find a high-tech dash with three Garmin screens and center-mounted wheel. The well-appointed galley with a Kenyon two-burner stove, microwave and drawer refrigerator, as well as its cabin and generous head area with shower make the 420 LXF perfect for overnighting Anglers will appreciate the eight flush-mounted rod holders, aerated transom baitwell, and port and starboard floor fish boxes with overboard diaphragm discharge. Outriggers on the hardtop are ready to be deployed for trolling. The customer who buys a boat like the 420 LXF puts a high emphasis on power and performance. With four big Yamaha F300 outboard engines on the back of the transom, The 420 LXF runs at a gratifying than 60 mph+. She is also built entirely of epoxy-infused cored fiberglass, a first for Scout. Prepare to get messy—it’s fingers only with the savory hanging skewers and no cutlery at the very authentic Equus eatery, an outdoor barbecue on top of a hill. savory hanging skewers and no cutlery find some of the prettiest beaches on the bights known locally as “bokas.” Curacao Barbara Beach Shop for souvenirs and handicrafts in Curacao Early sailors loved Curaçao’s dependable waters the culture of Curaçao comes from a much broader palette colored with the Arawak and African cultures Fresh produce and local honey are abundant at the floating market at Caprileskade Fall under Curaçao’s spell Poolside at the sprawling Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Deep blue and multi colored liqueur the island is best known for 17th-century Dutch homes, helped Willemstad become designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site Fall under Curaçao’s spell, its rainbow of cultures and vibrant, colorful colonial architectural buildings that earned the port of Willmemstad, The San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 2015 J/70 North American Championship scheduled to set sail from Texas this year. Photo: Bronny Daniels U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in the Diamond Formation at the Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald/Released) The Africa Mercy approaches the port in Freetown. Hubbell Marine’s new circuit tester. Blue Haven Marina, an IGY Marina, is part of “Inspire Giving Through You.” Action Craft’s 21 Coastal Bay has everything a fisherman would need. A residence on Grand Lucayan Waterway in the Grand Bahama—a great way to enter The Bahamas or a perfect spot to own a second home. Enjoy the succulent taste of fresh oysters at The Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Photo: The Chart Group Anglers at the Progressive Insurance pavilion during the Baltimore Boat Show. Sailors compete in the international Optimist Regatta. Photo: Dean Barnes New York Gosia Rojek’s Better Than…, a Swan 42, speeds downwind into Charlotte Amalie harbor in day one racinge in the St. Thomas International Regatta. Sailors compete in the international Optimist Regatta. Photo: Dean Barnes Sailors compete in the international Optimist Regatta. Photo: Dean Barnes Kids follow Mocko Jumbies on the beach at Nanny Cay Marina before prize-giving at the BVI Spring Regatta. Photo: Todd van Sickle J24 and Surprise class on the water during Mango Bowl Regatta. Photo: Dee Lundy-Charles J24 and Surprise class on the water during Mango Bowl Regatta. Photo: Dee Lundy-Charles J24 and Surprise class on the water during Mango Bowl Regatta. Photo: Dee Lundy-Charles Simrad’s Halo radar sees almost everything. Photo: James Moores David Escobedo of Escobedo Boatworks has been reaching back to traditional wooden boats and joining them to modern styles on the outskirts of Buda, Texas. Photo: No. 4 St. James Anglers should find some trophy-sized striped bass this month while fishing in the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout. Photo: Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout The USA’s Stephanie Roble (right) and USA’s Dave Perry (left) double broach while match racing in the 2011 CAMR. Roble is back this year. Photo: Dean Barnes Brought ashore—this is all that was left of a fishing boat in Salt Pond, Long Island, after the devastating passage of Hurricane Joaquin in October. Photo: Stephen Connett Hargrave 94 Sky Lounge is a custom-built family yacht. An aerial view of South Jersey Marina in Cape May, New Jersey. The South Jersey Marina can handle large yachts up to 150 feet. Davis Instruments’ DockShockle. Flying the Southern Boating flag, and our second powercat bringing up the rear. A typical afternoon on the white sandy beaches of the B.V.I. Skip Allen at the helm of the Mooring powercat. Sacko Sam from Potter’s By The Sea on Anegada Island prepares a succulent dinner of monster lobster. On your next trip to Anegada Island, visit Potter’s By The Sea and see the many remembrances from our and other travelers. Our home for a week aboard one of The Moorings powercats. One of the Southern Boating crew member proudly showing off the large lobster he will eat later. The sign marks the spot of famed Foxy’s Bar on Jost Van Dyke’s Great Harbour. This charter experience created great memories and a stronger bond among the crew. The colorful corals and sea life on the ocean floor of Virgin Gorda Island. Majestic mountains and crystal waters await everyone at The Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda Island. The bewitching braided trees and stone stacking on George Dog. A crew member enjoying a stroll through the gargantuan boulders of The Baths on Virgin Gorda. Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper Pro Compact Grady White 275 Freedom A rendering of the new ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina The Adventure Medical Kits’ Marine Series Betty Bauman is in her element instructing new women to the finer points of fishing. Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Promarine 400 SFS Wajer 38S Viking 80 Convertible Venture 39 Tiara Q44 Southport 33 Selene 42 SeaRay 400 Sundancer Sanlorenzo SD126 Regulator 41 Regal 22 FasDeck OuterReef 550 Trident Series Numarine 60 Flybridge Nordic Tug 44 Marlow Explorer 49E Maritimo M65 Mares YachtFish 45 Jupiter 34 HFS Jeanneau Leader 46 Intrepid 410 Evolution Hunt 32CC Horizon E78 Hatteras 70 Hargrave 101 Pilothouse Fairline Targa 53GT EdgeWater 368CC Eastport 32 OBX Chris Craft Calypso 26 Chris Craft Capri 25 Arcadia 85 Venture-34-Forward-Seating Ocean Master has expanded on their popular Ocean Skiff models with a new Ocean Skiff 296. Lamb’s Yacht Center is back in family hands. Raritan Engineering’s Tru-Design Ball Valves. Kevin Barker, Owner of Barker Boatworks, with Dylan Dykens and Dylan’s custom made tower for his Sea Hunt. Dry-exhaust-leak-under-lagging Corroded mainfold to riser joint Corroded-exhaust-elbow with heat resistant insulation Corroded-exhaust-elbow A bad exhaust hose ready to rupture New pole off west end of Mann Island. Photo: Stephen Connett Flyboarding off Romora Bay. Photo: Stephen Connett A fisherman casts for bonefish off Andros Islands, Bahamas. Photo: T photography / Shutterstock A bonefish in the flats, its natural habitat. Photo: Beth Swanson / Shutterstock Seminole Canoe Carvings by Zepeda. Photo: Robin Haines Merrill Zepeda gets media coverage for his carving a symbolic Seminole Canoe. Photo: Don Parchment A diver attaches staghorn coral clippings in the Florida Keys. Photo: Jessica Levy Boynton Beach, Discover the Palm Beaches. Photo: The Palm Beaches CVB The team aboard Picara fights a blue marlin in the IBT., Photo: Richard Gibson Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Aruba, Courtesy of Festival Organizers Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Aruba, Courtesy of Festival Organizers Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Aruba, Courtesy of Festival Organizers Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival in Aruba, Courtesy of Festival Organizers BVI-Trellis Bay, Courtesy of BVI Tourist Board Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis will perform on Friday evening, September 25th at the Bluegrass Island Festival on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Photo: Pam and Lorrie WP Franklin Lock closure on Lake Okeechobee will have a new closure schedule. An undated photograph of the Hughes Glomar Explorer. PHOTO: US Navy Below the water’s surface, oil platforms attract all sorts of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Greg Boland / U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Arial of West End. Photo: Friends of West End. Between 200-300 sailors race weekly on Lake Pontchartrain and support the local businesses – with a repaired marina, this would easily be the largest weekly sporting event in New Orleans. Photo: Troy Gilbert The footprints for West End’s old restaurants – Fitzgerald’s, Bruning’s, Jaeger’s, The Dock – will never rise again due to the Army Corps’ insistence that they may interfere with water flow when the outflow canal is closed. Yet the Corps hasn’t seen fit to remove the existing pilings. Photo: Troy Gilbert NOLA Municipal Harbor Boat Launch still in disrepair. Photo: Troy Gilbert The Katrina damaged fishing pier at West End. Eligible for FEMA funds, even this small infrastructure still lies in a state of disrepair. Photo: Troy Gilbert The City of New Orleans’ Municipal Yacht Harbor remains a shell of what it once was due to ongoing problems with FEMA. West End was expected to be awarded the U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials in 2005 before Hurricane Katrina struck – with marine infrastructure rotting, the City of New Orleans apparently has no interest in high profile sporting events away from the French Quarter. Photo: Troy Gilbert Scalloping activity, shot on assignment for Citrus County. Photo: VisitCitrus.com Enhance your Crystal River family vacation and manatee encounters with an afternoon diving for scallops. Photo: VisitCitrus.com Crystal River is located north of St. Pete’s on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Map Data: ©2015 Google Make your trip complete with a stop at Floral City’s Ferris Groves, a staple for fine Florida citrus. Photo: VisitCitrus.com Have your very own Manatee encounter at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, FL. Photo: C Grant / Visit Citrus Paddle among the gentle giants on the blue oasis of clear and pristine water in Three Sisters Springs. Photo: VisitCitrus.com Enjoy leisurely horseback riding through state forests and grassy trails. Photo: VisitCitrus.com visit wild spider monkeys who inhabit Monkey Island on the Homosassa River. Photo: VisitCitrus.com Venture-34-Forward-Seating Stuart-Boatworks-26 Striper-200-CC Southport 27 SE SeaVee-430-Fish-Around Scout-320-LXF Rossiter-17-CC Regulator-23 Pursuit-C-260 Nor-Tech-340-Crossfish Jupiter-38-HFS Everglades-255-CC Contender-24-Sport The Century 3200 CC is redesigned for 2018. Boston Whaler 350 Outrage Bluewater 355e Bahama Boat Works 41 The 32 ft Sea Vee center console boat test for Simrad at the Navico Press event at Hawks Cay, in Islamorada FL. Scout-255-LXF Renegade-32 Regulator-34 Pursuit C280 Photo credit: JLambertPhotos.com Jupiter 26 FS Intrepid-375-CC Everglades-243SS Dusky-252-XF Cobia 277 CC Boston-Whaler-420 Midnight Express’ Quintessence43 was named for its groundbreaking five 400-horsepower Mercury racing outboard engines. Midnight Express’ Quintessence43. Midnight Express’ deck arrangement. An aerial view of Birdsong Marina at Camden Kentucky Lake. Hubbell Marine’s 50 Amp Shore Power Cable Set features a thermoset contact carrier that is arc and heat resistant as well as waterproof. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Waiting for the rest of the crew to go exploring in the caves at Treasure Point. The Southern Boating crew enjoying their diving experience at Treasure Point. Ashley and Alexandra diving at Treasure Point. Our view during our lunch time. A pelican, a distant cousin to the Southern Boating mascot, on a rock at Treasure Point in Privateer Bay. day-7-crew-diving DCIM100GOPROGOPR0777. Approaching Carver Bay at Soldier Bay island. Ashley’s view of the world when the wind is blowing from behind. DCIM100GOPROG0160983. Alexandra, Andrew, Ashley, and Mike selfie. Some of the Southern Boating crew checking out the offerings at Soggy Dollar. The beautiful Soggy Dollar beach. The many remembrances of previous visitors to Soggy Dollar. Mike playing frisbee at White Bay. A reminder of what every boater should do when cruising—explore. Anchored for the evening at Bight on Norman’s Island. Alexandra snorkling in Sandy Cay. October sunrise over Bar Harbor, ME The famous Somesville footbridge in the charming village by the same name is one of the most photographed bridges in Maine Schooner Head Acadia National Park overlooks the Sand Beach Entrance Station. Photo: Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld Sargent Drive flanks the eastern shore of Somes Sound, often described as the only fjord on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Photo: Phil Savignano Windjammer Margaret Todd. Photo: Maine Office of Tourism Northeast Harbor is quiet, small and protected. Photo: Maine Office of Tourism Bubble Pond is a placid body of water nestled between two rounded mountains. A carriage road on the western side provides spectacular views of the mountains. Photo: Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld. Built of brick in 1858, the cliffside Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse marks the entrance to the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island. Photo: Jeff Dobbs sticou Azalea Garden in Northeast Harbor is one of the wonderful jewels of Mount Desert Island. Photo: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Hike up Champlain Mountain, named after the famous French Explorer Samuel de Champlain, for spectacular scenery and exceptional wildlife views. Photo: Phil Savignano Downtown Bar Harbor advertises the region’s biggest gastronomic attraction. Photo: Maine Office of Tourism. Private dock for the Margaret Todd, a unique 151′ four-masted schooner designed by her owner Captain Steven Pagels. Photo: Maine Office of Tourism Founded in 1926, the Abbe Museum exhibits inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations. Photo: Maine Office of Tourism The New River FEC train bridge in the center of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Photo: John Lambert Yacht Photography Ominous clouds over Texas Mobile Bay from the piers of Fairhope on a quieter day. New Spanish Wells Boatworks skiff, Photo: Michelle Makmann How the Southern Boating crew gets around from boat to boat and island to island. Sunset at Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke Dive shop at Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. Sunset at Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. Brewer’s Bay Beach, BVI. Mike napping on a hammock in front of the famous Foxy’s Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Foxy’s Bar sign. Mike looking for the beer at the internationally known Foxy’s Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Matt being Matt on Jost Van Dyke. Bar menu at Cool Breeze Bar on Jost Van Dyke Island. Scrub Island sunset view from just below Tierra Tierra Restaurant. Scrub Island. George Dog Island Cove with a little beach. Ashley making a balance rock stack under natural trellis. Natural trellis made of rock and tree at George Dog Island. Mike snorkeling at George Dog Island. Southern Boating’s men enjoying their last bit of sun in Scrub Island’s top-level infinity pool. Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings at Tierra Tierra Restaurant at Scrub Island. Red Snapper cerviche at Tierra Tierra Restaurant at Scrub Island. Alex and Ashley taking a selfie in front of Scrub Island’s beautiful view from the top-level of the infinity pool. The Women of the trip having a blast at The Baths. Ashley and Stacey going through a crawl-through, with David and Matt photobombing. Matt squeezing through the entrance to The Baths. Cute picture of Alex and Andrew, plus David as the photobomber! Skip Allen finally taking a moment to relax in The Baths cove. A selfie shot at The Baths by some of the Southern Boating’s youngest crew. The Allen family exploring the giant boulders in The Baths at Virgin Gorda Island. Ashley Allen in awe of the size of the boulders at The Baths. Large Sailing Group of the Aruba Regatta. Photo courtesy of Aruba Regatta. The annual Wine, Wmoen and Fishing tournament is a fundraiser for research at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and has raised more than $300,000 for the fight against breast cancer. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation. Fun in the Sun. Cooper Island, BVI Sailboat Fleet at The Moorings BVI Base St. Thomas, USVI Landing USVI Aerial Moorings at Cooper Island Life is Good Leaving The Moornings Base Cooper Island, BVI Sailboat in Sunset The Whim Plantation Museum and Greathouse. Photo courtesy usvipressroom.com. A shot of Teague Bay, home of the St. Croix Yacht Club. Photo courtesy Dean Barnes. A replica of a plantation sugar mill that today has been converted into the Comanche Mill Yachtless Club, where drinks and snacks are served. Photo courtesy Dean Barnes. Scuba diving the Rosaomaira Wreck in Butler Bay. Photo stcroixscuba.com International yacht racing in the Buck Island Channel during the St. Croix International Regatta. It’s an enjoyable stroll to Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted. Across the bay, Hotel on the Cay is visible in the background. Photo courtesy Dean Barnes. Scuba diving with turtles in Walker Bay. Photo stcroixscuba.com The Christiansted Boardwalk in Christiansted is lined by shops, bars and restaurants. Photo courtesy Dean Barnes. Crucian Christmas Festival in late December is the island’s largest festival. Llebroc Chairs newest Billfish series of all-weather seating. OceanLED’s Allure underwater lights can face downward or sideways. Charming shops and streets in Old Port. Maine office of toursim photos L.L. Bean’s iconic boot outside their flagship store in Freeport; charming shops and streets in Old Port. Maine office of toursim photos The iconic Portland Headlight serves as a beacon for mariners. Maine office of toursim photos Musicians performing from the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Maine office of toursim photos Outdoor performance at Portland Headlight at Cape Elizabeth. Maine office of toursim photos The Portland Museum of Art. Maine office of toursim photos Maine, Portland, Tourists enjoying a cruise in Casco Bay. Maine office of toursim photos Lobster roll at Two Lights Lobster Shack. Maine office of toursim photos Shelley DiCondina. The sleek profile view of the Zurn/NEB 38. An aerial view of the Fort Pierce City Marina. Entering the Salon/Galley arrangement on the MJM 50z the galley down shares space with a large settee and table, which converts to a double berth and can be enclosed for a private second stateroom the forward master offers touches found in homes on land such as a private work area with a reading chair. View of below deck from the helm on the MJM 50z Conversation areas flow easily from helm to cockpit Jeanneau Velasco 37 Flybridge has a very well appointed head. Jeanneau Velasco 37 Flybridge offers Twin beds in the guest-stateroom. It’s a social affair in the salon with near 360-degree views from the salon on the Jeanneau Velasco 37 Flybridge The full-beam master cabin, reminiscent of a modern and functional city hotel room, invites one to relax on the Jeanneau Velasco 37 Flybridge flybridge boats practically demand to be driven from the upper helm station, and in warm weather climates that’s usually the captain’s favorite spot. Generous helm are on the main deck of the Jeanneau Velasco 37 Flybridge Recommended replacement dates vary depending on the unit and manufacturer. Hampton VA 6- Virginia Air & Space Center, Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Paradise Ocean Club @ Fort Monroe Chesapeake Bay. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Virginia Air & Space Center. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Hampton Coliseum. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Hampton Regatta Trophy. Photo Courtesy Nancy E. Spraker Chamberlain Hotel at Fort Monroe. Photo courtesy of Nancy E. Spraker “Bay Days” on the downtown Hampton waterfront. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Hampton History Museum. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB The Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Fort Monroe. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Fort Monroe. Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Downtown Hampton waterfront, Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Flag of state of Virginia Antique carousel in Hampton, Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Stained glass depiction of Pocahontas’ baptism, Photo Courtesy Hampton CVB Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel. Photo Courtesy Nancy E. Spraker
Carey Chen, marine artist.
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The Portarod is an easy and secure way of holding your fishing rods.
An early morning aerial shot of the Orange Beach Marina.
An aerial map showing the easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and ICW.
Alabama’s Orange Beach Marina.
Ocean Master’s new 336 CC is designed for long offshore runs and no-nonsense fishing.
This year’s destination for Bluewater Yacht Sales’ summer cruise is the walkable historic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, home of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Photo: Bluewater Yacht Sales School supplies for the children are delivered by Pack for a Purpose participants. Photo: Rebecca Rothney Jay Johnson and his son, C.J., of Lagoon Tours assist with sea turtle research in Pigeon Creek, San Salvador. Children fly kites at North Hempstead Park on the eastern shore of the Port Washington peninsula. Photo: John Meehan Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille originally opened on a barge accessible only by boat. Photo: John Meehan Farmers’ markets all over Long Island offer an abundance of fresh produce. Photo courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau fresh seafood is a menu staple at most Port restaurants. Photo courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau whether your tastebuds prefer fish, shrimp, oysters, or lobster, fishing is a consistent past-time in most of Long Island. Photo courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Fire Island Lighthouse. Photo courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Recreational boats share the waterways with commercial fishing fleets. Photo courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Castle Gould at Sand’s Point Preserve. Photo courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Brewer Capri Marinas offer golf carts for cruising guests. Photo: John Meehan Brewer Capri Marinas offer transient dockage. Photo: John Meehan Children fly kites at North Hempstead Park on the eastern shore of the Port Washington peninsula. Photo: John Meehan The Griswold Inn with a period-appropriate automobile permanently at the curb. Phosphorous and heavy metals can be extremely damaging to marine life and the vegetation that feeds it. Thus should be collected and discarded properly. Waste fluids generated during fall decommissioning, spring preps, or routine maintenance can easily find their way into the environment if not properly managed and disposed of. The various filters used on your vessel are just as toxic and hazardous as the raw fluids that they process. Oil and antifreeze are extremely toxic to marine life and the environment in general. Lead and sulfuric acid—the primary components of a typical marine battery—can contaminate water, soil, and even the air if not handled properly. Zodiac’s NZO 760 serves dual duty as a high-performance craft while underway and an entertainment platform while at anchor or at the docks. The NZO 760 (25′ LOA, 10′ beam) is powered by a 300-hp engine that pushes the V-hull bottom RIB to a top speed of 53 mph. With a 75-gallon fuel tank, the NZO 760 has excellent range and a passenger capacity of more than six people. Features include a molded anti-slip deck, aft swim platform and self-draining cockpit. The NZO 760 offers entertainment areas on both the fore and aft of the boat. A new bow sunbathing system called Reverse & Sun, allows an extensive sundeck to be put in place quickly. A kitchenette incorporated in the leaning post includes a sink, hotplate and refrigerator, while the space inside the console can accommodate a chemical toilet for additional comfort. High freeboard, due to the size of the tubes and the unique design of the hull itself, provides a feeling of security inside the RIB. zodiacmarineusa.com ; (844) 340-1300 ZAR’s new tender line focuses on function, performance and reliability, and the ZAR 49 SL (Sport Luxury) stands out from other RIBs in its class with its distinctive style. Built in Italy for more than 35 years, ZAR’s product line ranges from 11 feet long to more than 33 feet long. The 49 SL (15′ LOA, 7’2″ beam) offers a deep-V hull for performance and comfort, and some owners use the 49 SL as their only boat. The boat’s rigid bow structure allows for a more spacious interior and the ZAR 49 SL seats nine people and is easily able to get on plane. Powered by a 90-hp engine, the 49 SL runs to more than 48 mph and has good range with a 19-gallon fuel tank. Interior features include an anchor locker, three large front storage compartments and a wide rear-storage compartment. The center console area features a storage compartment, tilt-mechanical steering and a sport-drive steering wheel. Optional equipment includes front and rear sunbathing extensions, a telescopic Bimini top, a shower station, and Flexiteek decking. zar-formenti.net ; (954) 712-1598 Williams Performance Tenders recently launched the second model in the Sportjet range, the Sportjet 520. The Sportjet 520 (17’1″ LOA, 6’7″ beam) combines the safety and fun of a jet drive with the high performance of the BRP Rotax® 4-TEC 200-horsepower engine. With a top speed of 52 mph it has the power to tow water skiers and wakeboarders. The boat is light enough to be towed behind a vehicle or easily stored on the platform of a yacht. The Sportjet 520 is also easy to handle around the docks and while underway. New features include a large sports platform area, rear-facing sports lounge seats, convertible backrest for sunbathing, folding helm with windshield, Sea Dek footwell and platform, and large storage lockers. A windscreen, ski pole, navigation lights, and bathing ladder are fitted as standard. The convertible seat backrest can be folded forward to create a sun lounging area or provide protection from the sun by the optional bimini. A large bathing platform allows for easy access to and from the water. williamsjettenders.com; (954) 648-6560 Walker Bay Boats is adding to its Odyssey RIB line with the Superlight Center Console. The design ingenuity allows for this 10-foot-long RIB to comfortably plane during operation carrying two average-sized adults. Powered by a 9.8-hp engine, the boat has a maximum load capacity of 1,357 pounds and is built using DURATECH™ foam core fiberglass construction. As with other Walker Bay RIBs, there is more V to the hull for a smoother ride and the hull shape deflects spray down and out of the wind so you won’t get wet as with other small RIBs. A flatter rear hull shape with a pronounced chine promotes earlier planing while being stable in turns. The Superlight is designed for ride comfort and legroom, and there are easy-to-grab stainless steel handrails. The dash can accommodate different gauges and additional options such as stereo, GPS and VHF radio, while the fuel tank has its own storage compartment in the rear seat. An innovative floor design has drain channels that keep water away from your feet and allow for a lower drain-plug location. walkerbay.com; (855) 307-3177 The new Ribcraft 7.8 pushes the boundaries toward ultimate adventure, and is built in the USA, headquartered in Marblehead, Mass., the birthplace of the American Navy. The Ribcraft 7.8 (25′ 7″ LOA, 8’9″ beam) is adept at handling rough seas, utilizing a signature deep V-hull to cut through the water and chop, while heavy-duty Hypalon tubes provide cushioning and seakeeping. The Ribcraft 7.8 provides a smooth, dry ride and serves as a multipurpose recreational boat. The center console has excellent offshore range and offers a 55-mph top end when powered by a 300-hp outboard. It features plenty of deck space for passengers, an optional T-top and water sports equipment. Seating options and configurations abound for all types of boating applications. The Ribcraft 7.8 was originally designed for safety professionals and military agencies. Designed as a fast response craft, this 25′ RIB with its long steep shear toward the bow and impressive deep V hull offers rough-water performance and safety. ribcraftusa.com; (866) 742-7872 Novurania’s LX 750 is a versatile yacht tender and serves many roles—from transporting up to 12 guests to providing the platform for watersports activities. The LX 750’s refined design places emphasis on comfortable seating, easy boarding and a walk-through to the swim platform. The LX 750 (24’7″ LOA, 9′ beam) offers proven offshore sea-keeping capabilities and the boat’s aesthetics set her apart from her predecessors. Wraparound aft seating with solid stainless steel supported backrest, modern console with instrument pod, and bow seating are creature comforts worth noting. With easy access to the LX 750’s molded-in swim platform, getting in and out of the water is enhanced by the installed swim ladder. A freshwater shower, custom hull and deck colors, teak decking, full electronics package, cushion fabric, and custom tube colors are available. Power options range from a Volvo Penta D3 220-hp inboard diesel to twin Yamaha 150-hp outboards. A jet version is available in similar sizes, and the Launch range is available in both diesel sterndrive and outboard models from 19’8″ to 24’7″. novurania.com; (772) 567-9200 Highfield’s Classic Line is designed for versatility and all-around performance, with models from 8′ 6″ to 12′ 6″ LOA. Like all Highfield RIBs, the Classic line features a maintenance-free, powder-coated aluminum hull with integrated transom supports for strength and durability. Conveniently placed lifting eyes make it easy to lower the RIB into the water and back on deck. Highfield’s CL310, CL340, CL360 and CL390 models feature a built-in bow locker, and upon order, the CL260 and CL 290 models can have the built-in bow locker or anchor well. The maximum horsepower ranges from an 8-hp outboard on the CL260 to a 25-hp outboard on the CL390. Highfield RIBs feature aluminum hulls and transoms—a lightweight alternative to heavier fiberglass-hulled RIBs. While marine-grade aluminum is highly resistant to corrosion and does not rust, Highfield goes one step further and powder coats all aluminum parts. The powder coating process electrostatically bonds the powder to the aluminum. Five different models of Highfield inflatable boats are available, from the 6’7″ Roll-Up to the 17’1″ Ocean Master. Every Highfield model includes a high-volume air pump, aluminum paddle and a repair kit, and tubes feature a heavy-duty fender or rub rail, flush-mounted valves for each chamber and are available in either CSM synthetic rubber or PVC fabrics. highfieldboats.com; (305) 257-1290 The M10 Jet is the smallest offering from Evolution Tenders at just under 11 feet LOA. This package was specifically designed for today’s yacht tender garages and small swim platforms. Equipped with Evolution Tender’s signature collared fender system, the M10 has a small footprint while allowing for comfortable seating of up to four adults. The RIB boasts abundant storage for dock lines, anchor and life jackets. Powered by a 110-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard mated to a 155mm high-pressure jet pump, the M10 has plenty of get up and go for watersports or a quick trip to shore. This power package offers excellent performance and fuel efficiency and worldwide serviceability at hundreds of Yamaha-certified service centers. The M10 also comes standard with Yamaha’s vessel security system, which allows you to set the engine performance to 50 percent power to limit its capabilities or completely disable the ignition as a theft deterrent. In addition, the M10 is available with Evolution Tender’s full array of accessories, including Bimini tops, covers, custom hull and collar colors, as well as a wide assortment of upholstery, navigation and entertainment options. evolutiontenders.com; (954) 655-9060 The Chapman Transition is a yacht tender or family fun boat with monohull performance. Its 34-inch-wide hydraulic bow ramp provides easy access off the front of the RIB, and can also be equipped with a ramp extension allowing for a roll-on/roll-off wheelchair, a scooter or other boating gear. The ramp itself will lift four adults with no sign of stress. The boat’s V-hull provides lots of below-deck storage along with finished lockers under all the seats (and a bonus compartment in the outboard layout) so you can haul everything in one trip. The Transition is available in four models, 28′, 25′, 22′ and the new Beachcraft 20-footer with diesel sterndrive, jet-drive or outboard power options. All models have ample seating for 10 to 14 people depending on the model. Built to yacht-quality standards and CE certified, the Transition has a lengthy list of practical features: LED lighting; lockers that open without unsnapping cushions; comfortable walking room; toe-kick space under the seating; and lots of hand rails and cup holders. The standard electronics package includes a 12″ touchscreen chartplotter, VHF and sound system. The ramp, folding helm and engine compartment hatch are hydraulic. chapmantransition.com; (954) 801-6551 The Fossati Group has launched a full range of new Aruba fiberglass-hull RIBs. The product line ranges from compact tenders to full-featured center console models with offshore capability. The new Aruba Comfort Series appeals to users who carry multiple passengers and who travel through open water. Six tiller outboard models — the C8 (8’2″), C9 (9’3″), C10 (10′ 3″), C12 (11’6″), C13 (13’2″) and C14 (14’2″) — provide a range of choices. All Aruba Comfort models feature a double bottom with a constant V-hull and strakes along the entire length of the hull. This hull design helps get the tubes completely out of the water when running on plane for a fast, comfortable and dry ride with good manners in choppy waters. Aruba Comfort models are rated for outboards from 10 to 50 horsepower, with the largest C14 model capable of carrying eight people or a total of 2,440 pounds. All models are available with rugged inflatable tubes built using a choice of Valmex® PVC or advanced Orca® CSM material — allowing owners to configure a quality Aruba model that best fits their boating locale/climate, lifestyle and budget. arubaboats.com; (305) 257-1290 Aquascan has been building custom yacht tenders for more than 20 years in outboard and jet-drive propulsion configurations. The Fort Lauderdale-based builder’s latest launch is the Aquascan WideDeck 12, part of the new WideDeck series. The Aquascan WideDeck 12 is built using hand-laid fiberglass and high grade Orca collars, which comprise the foundation for a tender that planes effortlessly and offers a smooth, dry ride. The WideDeck 12 (12’6″ LOA, 6’1″ beam) is designed with a spacious interior and yacht-quality detailing. Powered by a 40-hp outboard, top speed is 30 mph and the boat has a 20-gallon fuel tank. A mahogany steering wheel, mahogany railings inlaid with LED lights, stainless-steel seats and custom-colored collars and upholstery are just some of the limitless options available. The WideDeck 12 is built in the USA, with manufacturing plants in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida. Other models planned for the WideDeck line range from 12 to 18 feet. aquascanribs.com; (954) 463-0579 The builders of the Airship 330 concentrate on quality, safety and durability, with a nod toward high performance. The Airship 330 (33′ LOA, 10′ beam) features a twin-step hull design coupled with vacuum-resin infusion. The hull features varying density foam cores and vinylester resins that help make for a very lightweight but also an extremely strong structure. The tapered tubes offer all the benefits of a RIB yet also provide unique styling that makes the Airship 330 stand out on the water. A product of the lightweight structure is a top speed above 70 mph with twin 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines, while providing a 50-mph cruise speed and fuel economy of 2 mpg. The 200-gallon fuel capacity allows for extended time for cruising, fishing and water sports. The base Airship 330 comes nicely equipped and has unlimited options to help support any use for this rugged SUV of the water. airshipribs.com; (440) 967-1073 Stuart Berman Apparel – moisture wicking shorts Are you teaching your kids how to operate and maintain the boat? Most parents find that the lessons their children learn on boats transfer to other areas of life, including in the classroom. Five- to 10-year-olds can learn a variety of things, some of which depend on their dexterity. Photo courtesy of Jim Gallop The Talaria exemplifies the tradition of the Down East Spirit. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal. Fully retractable windows combine the salon and cockpit for expanded entertaining; the queen master offers ample storage and headroom. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal. The new Hinckley 43 is a blend of traditional made-in-Maine craftsmanship with the latest cutting-edge technology. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal. Despite it’s small appearance, the Hinckley Talaria 43 is iconic in Proportional Perfection. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal. on the Hinckley Talaria 43, the queen master offers ample storage and headroom. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal. The disappearing window and door on the Hinckley Talaria 43, brings the landscape in for an indoor-outdoor picnic experience on the water. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal Intelligent use of space places the galley at arms’ reach from the helm aboard the Hinckley Talaria 43. Photo Courtesy of: Onne van der Wal. Measuring 17 feet, 4 inches with a beam of 7 feet, the spacious, versatile cockpit area offers comfortable seating for 7 people. Town Docks Marina is convenient to shopping and many excellent restaurants. The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland will host the Lefty Kreh TieFest at the Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Maryland on March 7th. Photo: Christopher Knauss. The Town Docks marina can accommodate vessels up to 260′. The docks are lined with boats sure to please the incoming crowd. Photo: US Powerboat Show The Maryland Renaissance Festival begins August 29th. Shiny boats, both new and used, line the many docks in Maryland. Photo: US Powerboat Show Nadiya Shaporynska and The King re-enact at The Maryland Renaissance Festival. Sea-Doo Spark is a revolutionary personal watercraft that offers performance and a whole lot of fun at an affordable price. Nestled in Golfito Bay between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea and surrounded by breathtaking tropical rainforests on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, Golfito Marina Village & Resort offers a safe harbor and lavish resort for a getaway unlike any other.
This particular boat was built to order for Curt Richardson, an experienced boat owner whose website calls him “a serial entrepreneur.” Richardson formed his first firm when he was just 21-years-old—a plastic tubing company. Richardson built a prototype for OtterBox, a waterproof cell phone case, in his garage in 1998 and is now the chairman and founder of the company which claims to be “the #1 best-selling case for smartphones in the U.S. and Canada.” He is also an avid fisherman and owns a Buddy Davis 48 and a Buddy Davis 61, which are part of his charter sport fishing business Ocean Surfari, with bases in both St. Thomas in the U. S. Virgin Islands and Soper’s Hole on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Richardson owns Little Thatch Island off Soper’s Hole and will keep his new RIBCRAFT there.
Actually, this is Richardson’s second RIBCRAFT. He bought a used 7.8 model (25’7″) three years ago for his wife and says she loves it. “This one is my boat,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Fort Carson, Colorado. Gray said Richardson was “very involved” in designing it and wanted the military look but also wanted a comfortable ride, even when the Caribbean wind kicks up and he takes out a lot of friends.
Richardson’s boat has four rows of two seats each, plus three more seats across the back. But the first two rows of seats plus the entire helm console, including the windshield and the hardtop, are built as one unit by Shockwave with a suspension system to reduce shock and vibration. This is Shockwave’s Integrated Control Environment (ICE); it starts with a welded stainless steel chassis that attaches to the deck and includes energy-absorbing foam and adjustable shock absorbers. In this system you sit rather than stand, even when you’re driving the boat. The seats have built-in armrests and foot supports and you strap yourself in with seat belts. The result is that you feel very secure, even at top speed or in tight turns, and you don’t have to suffer through any hard landings. “Your entire body moves together,” said Gray. “Nothing jars. You get off the boat even after many hours and you don’t feel tired.” RIBCRAFT uses the ICE system in boats it builds for the Navy with special compartments to store weapons. Richardson passed on this.
He didn’t skimp, however, on anything else. The 21-inch-diamater Hypalon tubes with seven chambers and pressure relief valves are standard. But then there are the twin counter-rotating Yamahas, the ICE suspension system and the extra rows of seats, twin Garmin screens on the black helm station with GPS, radar, AIS, depth sounder and autopilot, plus two VHFs, FLIR, a SatCom, underwater LED lights, a freshwater washdown for the windshield, even a rear view mirror. The base price for a RIBCRAFT 9.0 without engines is $111,656. This one cost $450,000.
Richardson is delighted with his new boat. “I like to travel around the B.V.I. with my friends, go to dinner up in North Sound,” he said. “You can get a short chop there but this is a dry boat. And with the night vision I don’t have to worry about visibility. The boat’s super safe, fast, and I can use it in any weather. I think it’s great.”
LOA: 29′ 7″
Beam: 10′ 3″
Draft: without engines 22″
Weight: without engines 3,395 lbs.
Deadrise: 24º/23º V-bottom
Fuel: 135 U.S. gals.
Power: 2x 300-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards
Cruise/Top Speed: 45/61 mph
Price Base: $111,656 without engines
MSRP: $450,000 for this boat as configured
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