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Big Boaters by Trevor

Mad Mariner points out an update to some regulation:

It's official. The Coast Guard thinks we're fat.

In a ruling two weeks ago, it raised the average passenger weight from 160 pounds to 185 pounds on charters and other passenger boats – the first increase since the 1960s.

I am not suggesting the Coast Guard has their pulse on the precise growth of the average boater. The only impact I see this having is more tickets being written for too many people on a boat. This effectively reduces the legal capacity of all boats by 15%. I certainly hope that they do not attempt to make this law retroactive ( I am hoping 'passenger boats" its only commercial boats) ; whereas someone with a plaque on their boat that says "CAPACITY 11" can be ticketed for having 11 people.

Sing Us a Song - Grand Piano found on Biscayne Bay Sand Bar by Ryan

Cocktails anyone? Someone, maybe an artist, maybe a sarcastic hipster, has placed a Grand Piano on on a sand bar in Biscayne Bay on a sand bar.

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Megayacht Octopus Attempting Northwest Passage by admin

Remember those stunning photos Trevor and Adam got of Octopus?

Turns out, that very same vessel which was enjoying Southern Florida is headed off to check out the Northwest Passage!

Megayachts are known to cruise the Bahamas, even Bermuda. But Baffin Island?

If you’ve never heard of the island, you’re probably not alone. Located in the Arctic Ocean in northern Canada, it’s pretty remote, not exactly on everyone’s must-cruise list. Be that as it may, Octopus was anchored there for a handful of days nearly two weeks ago. Why? The 414-foot Lürssen is preparing to transit the Northwest Passage.

The Northwest Passage is at once famous and infamous. Explorers dating as far back as the late 1400s had hoped to find a maritime route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the northern region of the world. The main goal was to find a shorter method of reaching the Orient. Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian who explored both the North and South Poles, became the first to cross it in the early 1900s. The waterway is notorious, however, because of the challenging-at-best conditions of its location: 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and about 1,200 miles from the North Pole. Even though the ice pack has receded in recent years, allowing more vessels to traverse it, the Northwest Passage is comprised of tricky channels and shoals.