In Michigan, 4/5 boats are gelcoat, and it is a fact that they will have a date with buffer coming up in the next year or so, whether a rough one, of just a smooth kiss and a light polish, something is coming. Having a coat of paint, especially a hard paint such as Awl-Grip, will keep the shine and protect the boat longer. However, even the toughest paint will get abused, especially in the hot sun and salt of the tropics. Buffing on paint requires slightly different techniques and slightly different products, but the science and the idea is the same. We are polishing the surface, and removing all surface contaminants. We are not grinding through the paint, or removing any of the surface. Just polishing. CASTLEFINN is a 112' Westport we did for the Westport display at the Palm Beach Show.
Take a look between Jeff (Left) and Aidan (Right). Aidan's shadow is much more clear than Jeff's. That will give you an idea of how much more shine we had after buffing by Aidan.
Superstar buffer Aidan! If you look in the window, you can see the reflection of PRIVACY, as the job was done at Old Port Cove, Privacy's home port.
I was checking all my nautical sites, and while on gcaptain.com (I did not recommend because it is slightly technical and focuses more on freighters and cargo ships) andI stumbled across an online AIS mapping system. Wikipedia explains AIS:
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated tracking system used on ships and by Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and VTS stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.
Information provided by AIS equipment, such as unique identification, position, course, and speed, can be displayed on a screen or an ECDIS. AIS is intended to assist a vessel's watchstanding officers and allow maritime authorities to track and monitor vessel movements. AIS integrates a standardized VHF transceiver with a positioning system such as a LORAN-C or GPS receiver, with other electronic navigation sensors, such as a gyrocompass or rate of turn indicator. Ships outside AIS radio range can be tracked with the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system with less frequent transmission.
This site gives a bit of information about vessel movement, and MarineTraffic.com is about what I imagine an air traffic controller looks at all day (when they are awake!). Not only are you able to browse the entire world for AIS reporting ships, but you can view by type of ship, and a few other parameters. Obviously tracking the big yachts is going to be my primary use for this! Just taking a look at some of the yards in Florida, I was able to quickly find Johnny Depp's Boat, VaJoLiRoJa. Fun fact about his boat, if you say the name fast enough, it sounds like "The Jolly Roger", which would make you think of the pirate movies that paid for the boat, but it is actually the first names of all in his family, VAlerie, JOhnnie, LIly-ROse, and JAck.
As you can see on the left side of the screen, I have filtered out everything but the yachts. Also, notice the ad for an iPhone app! That would be a great time killer on the road!
Looks like the Beaver Island ferry, the EMERALD ISLE is a little late for it's 4:30 projected ETA. If you like big boat, or fancy yourself a diehard yacht spotter, this may be the site for you. These closeups only show a few areas in the US, with a lot of commercial boats filtered out, but there are a lot of boats on this site. Be sure to check out some of the destinations around Europe (Med, Monaco, Cannes, etc) to see some of the big boys! Zooming out still gives you a tiling of green squares with the number of reporting vessels in each area, so you can quickly find the hot spots.
I highly recommend you poke around, and if you find any interesting boats, say something in the comments!
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"Virgin Oceanic will expand the reach of human exploration on our planet. By promoting and utilising new technology Virgin Oceanic will aid human kind's ability to explore our Oceans, assist science in understanding our eco system and raise awareness of the challenges facing our Oceans." Sir Richard Branson April 2011
Want to take a ride to the bottom of the Marianas Trench? So does Richard Branson! It seems as though the great explorer/billionaire/music mogul/balloon pilot/astronaut has been tinkering away on a reported $17million submarine that will take him to the deepest depths of the oceans. The sumbarine, designed by Graham Hawkes in partnership with Google, is slated for 5 dives in five oceans over a two year period.
Sir Richard Branson's partner in the venture and Virgin Oceanic's chief pilot is Chris Welsh, an American sailor, pilot and explorer: "The submarine is a unique design made from 8,000 pounds of carbon fibre and titanium. The pressure at the bottom of the deepest trench is 16,000 PSI or over 1,000 atmospheres - the quartz dome alone is under 13 million pounds of pressure, the weight of three space shuttles. No leak is tolerable; a leak would cut through stainless steel or human flesh and mean certain death. The depth is beyond the capabilities of any other craft, so rescue is impossible. It's like being on the dark side of the moon. Full pressure testing is to be carried out over the coming months and should it fail the mission will obviously have to be re-evaluated.
We had the privilege of seeing the Piano Man himself's boat at the Palm Beach Show. Captain Gene politely declined a wash, but he could tell that we knew the boat, and we wanted to get aboard. After an evening working the Northop and Johnson tent (brokerage representing the sale of VENDETTA) on the last day of the show, Captain treated us to some drinks on the boat, and boy was it great to get aboard.
The boat is a commuter, this style of boat was built for the social elite who found it far more fashionable to travel from home to work by sea than by land-- but who also justified this travel by making it quicker! These boats were sleek lines and big engines. Also, the interior was not for long distance cruising, and would have a very spartan layout. These boats were purpose built to go from Point A to Point B to Point A. A different, more comfortable boat would handle more luxurious cruising elsewhere.
The designer of the boat is none other that "the Down-East Expert" (FMYC's term) himself.....*drumroll*..... DOUG ZURN! We take care of quite a few Zurn influenced boats, and you will recognize his styling even if you don't know its his. The Hinckley ____, the MJM's patented "parabola" window line, Marlow Yachts 65, Custom Builds for Lyman Morse, even the hull of the Vanquish runabout. take a look at Zurn Yachts to see his boats lined up next to each and other and notice the commonalities in his designs.
Billy is quite a boater, and I came across more than a half dozen boats that he owns or has owned in researching this article. Further, he is somewhat involved with CH Marine:
In the early '90s, he worried about boating jobs on Long Island. "First there was the luxury tax and then the recession. I wanted to keep talented people working. I wanted to get involved. I didn't want the boatbuilders to lay off people." He teamed up with Doug Zurn and Peter Needham at Coecles Harbor Marine and, in 1996, introduced the 38-foot Shelter Island Runabout. So far, 39 have been sold (base price: $356,800).
Then he wanted something bigger for himself. "There are two subplots here," he said. "Trying to revive a local builder, plus reviving a tradition of great commuter boats." [Yachting Mag]
Suddenly, though not for the first time in his life, Joel had a hit on his hands. "We figured there might be a market for it, so we took it to the boat shows," Needham recalls. "The phone started ringing off the hook. We had to hire people, train them, and start a bona fide boat-building business."
It helped that there was nothing quite like the runabout on the market, save perhaps for the wildly successful 36-foot Picnic Boat just introduced by Hinckley. It also helped that the stock market bubble was beginning to swell. A Microsoft executive flew in from Seattle and wanted a runabout immediately, Joel says. "He looks at my boat, and he goes, 'Whose boat is that?' I said, 'That's my boat.' And he goes, 'Well, are you in the boat business or not?' So I actually sold my original boat. But it was good for the company."
Needham has just completed hull No. 36. Joel didn't invest in the business but owns the design and the tooling, and he collects a royalty on every runabout sold--the base price is $340,000. Needham says that another singing boat nut, Jimmy Buffett, nearly bought one. "He was 99% there. But at the last minute he said, 'I can't do this--it's like sitting on another man's throne.'"
The black hullsides, wood cabinsides, and an off-white bridge really sets of the sloping lines, which to me gives it a "wind-tunnel" look, of the air breaking just aft of the cockpit. This profile is further accentuated when the boat is in motion, on a low plane angle, but with a frothy wake accepting the terminus coming over the boat, everything the boat is cutting through being churned and blown by right about where the transom is.
The technology of the boat is extremely impressive too, and it being custom, allowed a lot of things to be tried (that may not be feasible/practical for a production run). Some Specs:
Fuel Capacity: 620 gallons
Speed: 44/50 Knots
Engines 2xMAN 1300hp
Some notable tech on the boat are the hull made with SCRIMP technology, and the Power-Vent surface drives. SCRIMP which is much more common nowadays than it was in 2005, and is now commonly referred to as "vacuum bagging". To summarize the advantages of the system, you have a perfect resin/glass(cloth) ratio, taking out some of the soft spots found when laid up by hand. The Power-Vent system, is extremely impressive, and directs the exhaust under the boat to create a pseudo surface drive configuration. This accomplishes excellent performance, with less specialized parts, and a few side benefits such as no projection off the transom. Some of the surface drive boats (Magnum) will have MASSIVE achitecture coming off the transom, sometimes 6-8ft long! When a clean look and high speed is required, a configuration like this makes sense. Captain Gene was also discussing some other advantages with the power drive, as far as other engine intake/exhaust benefits which I cannot recall, but I do know the system was flexible enough to create some VENDETTA-specific advantages.
Unobstructed transom (allows for stern boarding and accessories)
Quiet Operation (exhaust exits under vessel)
Transom Area: is usable deck space (transom is free of engine box or steering gear)
Transom Options: Removable, fold down or swing in or out doors for rapid deployment
Low Radar Profile (no rooster tail)
Minimal IR Signature (exhaust gasses mixed with propeller wash)
Come Home Capabilities: Single engine on step running. Manual steering via tiller at any speed, even if console is destroyed.
External trim system
External steering cylinders
External U joints
External rubber bellows
External oil filled housings
External features to cover up drive system
The helm is laid out in a form follows function manner, with 4 STIDD chairs in a military layout, 2 on the port, 2 on the left. Much like those darn Coast Guard boats always counting my life-jackets... This configuration makes sense for the purpose of commuting, and also allows a huge hatch down the the engine room. All deck in the helm is oiled teak, and the dash has every control you need, nothing more. The mechanical gauges are set in a single piece of stainless, alluding to a fast machine. Electronics are Raymarine 12"s, and an extra screen for the passenger in the port passenger seat to aid in navigation or plotting. Radar and Autopilot are included, but no FLIR or extra antennae that would disrupt the profile. The white exterior is repeated in the helm walls, and light wood accents for the forward bulkhead and ceiling.
Heading down below, immediately to your port is a half galley, more for serving than preparation, with enough refrigeration for an extended trip. To starboard, table with two benches and seating for four is available for meals. Forward of the galley area, there is a bulkhead with a curving "Y" cut in it to allow a very open feeling, while still suggesting a solid structure. The other side of this bulkhead has center-facing seating for six, and a forward head makes use of that otherwise dead space. The cushions are a light green seafoam color, and the carpet and counter tops are both light neutral brown and gray.
The engine room is unremarkable except for the size. Other bilges I had been in at the show were the MJM 36z With compact Volvos, and the Cruisers 47, I think with IPS 600's. HUGE difference in engine volume, for these engines to be put on a 50-60ft boat, you would expect the boat to be 20,000lbs heavier. I did a very poor job photographing the engine room and aft bilge that houses the Power-Vent tubes, guess I'll have to get more pictures next time I run into the boat.
Another thing I would like to mention is how large the canoe stern is. It is big, a wide expanse of black, with the very ominous sounding "VENDETTA". This name by the way is not in reference to some long held grudge or rivalry against a fellow musician, but proudly suggesting that he wages a war with life. As often as it cold and cruel, he 'wins' by living well. I have no plans available, but I would venture that the beamiest part of the boat is 3-4ft from the stern, further stretching the tumblehome.
Why the name Vendetta? I asked. "Because living well is the best revenge," he laughed. "I live in a Gatsby-type house, now I have a Gatsby-type boat. I enjoy that lifestyle."
The little things I noticed (but would never think to photograph) were that the fixtures I saw were all of the highest quality. Things like the hardware for the engine hatch were definitely not something you can replace at West Marine, and all felt very solid. The cabin had lots of natural light, with both cabinside windows and hatches letting in a lot of light. The forward windows are just slivers, but justifies the slight rise in deck while drastically brightening the cabin. The mast, larger and exaggerated like that of a lobster boat, is the first thing a lot of people comment on, and I frankly think it fits well, and the boat would have a very different profile without it. Also, the boat was not 'flashy" at all, but rather modest. Nothing ornate, and the only real decorations were a few plaques from military organizations thanking Mr. Joel for his $upport.
Thank you again to Captain Gene Pelland for the time, and check out our video of him skillfully taking the boat out of its corner slip, leaving the Palm Beach Show. You can also catch a few glimpses of the boat on our "horn blowing" video.
It is time for Dave Johnson's newest project, the YCCS to get going full swing. This development in the British Virgin Islands is certainly not the cheapest spot for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th home, but it sure looks to be beautifully situated.
FMYC is constantly impressed with Bay Harbor for a few reasons:
1. Started from scratch. Bay Harbor used to be a desolate gravel quarry. not exactly picturesque. The idea of turning this into an amazing resort community was so far off, nobody would listen to Mr. Johnson's vision -- particularly investors! But, he pulled the money together and did it. I believe he stayed debt free throughout.
2.Residents. All Bay Harbor residents we know are extremely friendly, down to earth people. We can be washing a boat, and the owner will come outside to talk boats, and then invite us in to have a beer and see his home theater, or antique car collection. It is easy to respect people who respect you, and we are always excited to pick up a new customer, not just because it is a new boat, but because it is a new 'story', someone else to get to know.
3.Community. Though not entirely self-sufficient, Bay Harbor proper has plenty to do, and enough amenities that you don't need to stray far if you don't want to. Restaurants, markets, cafes, and resort shopping is all downtown, and that is just downtown! Not including the amazing Yacht Club, Golf Club, Equestrian Center, Hotel...
4.Staff. The only people friendlier than the residents are the staff! FMYC has been helped so much by the friendly staff at Bay Harbor. Sometimes, at a public marina, or poorly run docks it can be hard to get things done. You'll hear things like "Oh I don't know if you can do that" and "I'll have to ask my manager" when trying to do the simplest things. Not so at Bay Harbor. If something needs to get done, it getting done! The staff is capable and empowered. We would like to thank John Russell, the BHLM Harbormaster in particular, for making BHLM a dream to work at, help us at Bay Harbor events, and often being a liason to new customers. This mentality is shown in a favorite story of Lewis and myself, of Mr. Johnson driving around in a GEM car during some event, a I believe a '08 boat show. He was pulled up at where the Oil Nut Bay (same site as YCCS) promotional center was, and one of his employees was explaining to him some problem, of a customer/resident/investor who wanted something done, and wasn't sure of how to proceed. Mr. Johnson's reply was 'Do it!'; "just say yes! just say YES". With a man like Mr. Johnson with the reigns, you know the development will exceed all expectations.
In any case, try as we may, we will NOT be covering the Superyacht regatta live. But you can see some of our pictures of the announcement ceremony on Mr. Johnson's 130 Westport RESOLUTE that we were in attendance for. We have a video of his speech (quite funny, I recommend you watch all the way through!) we will post.
Looking at the Superyacht Regatta schedule, don't you want to go?
Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous
March 16 - 20, 2011
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Wednesday, March 16
Registration will take place at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Virgin Gorda as well as customs clearance for yachts and crews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Practice for sailing yachts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Experience BVI” guest experiences upon request
Trip to The Baths, snorkeling adventures or scuba diving. Private or group guides available will be for each adventure from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet Russell Newberry, Star Deckboss from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch
Russell Newberry landed his first Bering Sea crab job at age 24 aboard the fishing vessel Diamond Head. Over the years, he developed a reputation as a hard working, dependable “crustacean excavator”.
During the 2006 King Crab season, Russell landed a half-share job aboard the F/V Time Bandit, a featured vessel on Discovery Channel's reality show Deadliest Catch. When the rest of the crew quit, he found himself propelled to a full share job. His endeavors aboard the TimeBandit have been documented on TV and in the book "Time Bandit" by Malcolm McPherson.
2009 was a crazy year for Russell. He left port on the Time Bandit, only to find himself returning to port on another featured vessel the Wizard. When opilio season was over he moved to a new featured vessel, the Kodiak for king crab season—three crab vessels in one year—three very different operations—six to eight different captains! But one thing stayed the same—the crew; always tired, always wet and always watching each others backs.
Learn more about Russell at www.dangerousdeckhands.com.
Interactive educational series and hands-on approach to training featuring on-the water clinics and fun! Pre-registration has begun sign up in advance for these opportunities. Pre-registration ends Thursday February 10th. On-site Registration will be available all days of the show at the Discover Boating Resource Center. Don't miss the boat!
Dive & Travel Harbor
Visit the best dive and travel feature in the continental United States – a true 'show within a show' for all diving and travel enthusiasts. From scuba products and gear to travel, resorts and boating destinations, you'll find it here! The Dive & Travel Harbor is centrally located on the first floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center with easy access to an outdoor demonstration area.
Big Game Room
Celebrating its eighth year, the Big Game Room returns with all of your favorite events! Have a drink at the Marlin Bar while waiting for the next educational seminar to begin. Take a walk over to the Bait Rigging Station and improve your rigging techniques. And of course you'll see the latest in products for the fishing world and destinations with the best sport fishing in the world. Don't forget to sign up for the Exhibitor Prize Give Away!! The Big Game Room has it all - don't miss it.
Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by space # 3549 and check out this special showcase of boats you can own for less than $250 per month.
Add another business tycoon to the rolls of mega yacht owners! Larry Page has just signed on the dotted line to complete the purchase of "Senses", the 59 meter yacht was built by Schweers Shipyard with an interior designed by Philippe Starck in 1999. It was listed on the boat international website for €35 million ($45.9 million), according to the New Zeeland Herald.