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Bénéteau Swift Trawler 30 To Launch In Paris On December

Bénéteau Swift Trawler 30 To Launch In Paris On December

Bénéteau has announced plans to reveal the upcoming Swift Trawler 30 at the Paris Boat Show on December 2015. But before the big day arrives, the French boat yard is giving all of us a sneak peek of the new boat courtesy of these design studies.

The Swift Trawler 30 is expected to serve as the entry level model of the company’s entire Swift Trawler range. Despite its relatively small stature, the Swift Trawler 30 still features plenty of luxury amenities, including a double cabin for the owner and a convertible double dinette in the saloon. As an added option, Bénéteau is also offering a double bunk bed cabin on the portside as an extra option.

Move to the cockpit of the Swift Trawler 30 and you’ll be greeted with fold-up seats and a table that can be reconfigured to free up plenty of space. It’s a versatile setup that adds character and improved functionality to the boat. Safety is also an important characteristic of the Swift Trawler 30 thanks in large part to the high handrails and the asymmetrical side decks.

The design studies of the Swift Trawler 30 should be close to what we can expect to see when the real thing officially makes its debut in Paris. Bénéteau has yet to reveal the engine details and price for the new boat but we shouldn’t wait too long for those figures to be released.

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Spirit Yachts Launch P40C Powerboat At Monaco Yacht Show

Spirit Yachts Launch P40C Powerboat At Monaco Yacht Show

Yacht builder Spirit Yachts has launched its latest offering to the powerboat market. It’s called the P40C and it’s currently on display at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. The P40C is the coupe version of Spirit Yachts’ renowned P40, considered by many boat enthusiasts as one of the most stylish and versatile powerboats on the market.

The U.K.-based company is known for its prowess in yacht building and it’s got quite the collection of models to show for it. The P40C, in particular, is another eye-catching example of a powerboat that captures the essence of “style and substance.” It looks the part of a worthy successor to the P40 with the prominence of the enormous hull pointing to the sky. It also has a very capable pair of engines and a cabin brimming with luxury and elegance.

From the looks of things, the P40 lives up to the high standards of Spirit Yachts. The only question is if it drives as well as it looks. Prospective customers can find that out for themselves because Spirit Yachts is making the P40C available for test-drives for the entire duration of the Monaco Yacht Show.

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Riva Unveils 100 Corsaro SuperYacht At Cannes Yachting Festival

Riva Unveils 100 Corsaro SuperYacht At Cannes Yachting Festival

With the Cannes Yachting Festival just concluding and the Southampton Boat Show on the docket, boat show season is completely in full swing. One yacht builder that has taken advantage of this is Riva, the Italian yacht builder that took the opportunity to launch its new super yacht, the 100 Corsaro.

The 100 Corsaro is the latest in a long line of spectacular yachts to come out of Riva. It’s no surprise that the company chose Cannes as the event to showcase its new pride and joy. The 29.90-meter 100 Corsaro really is a sight to behold. In addition to its sleep and modern styling, the superyacht can has over five staterooms, including three double cabins and one twin cabin on the lower deck for guests and an incredibly spacious master suite on the main deck.

The multi-deck configuration also provides enough space to have an outdoor dining setup, a sunbathing deck, and a well-appointed lounge on the bow. Inside one of the decks is an enormous living room setup that might as well be found inside a five-star hotel.

The 100 Corsaro is powered by a pair of MTU 16V 2000 engines that produces an incredible 2,638 horsepower. That number allows the yacht to achieve a crushing speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 29 knots, which for a boat its size is remarkable.

With all these features, it’s no wonder that the 100 Corsaro caught the attention of a lot of people at the Cannes Yachting Festival. In fact, it was such a hit during the show that the first unit of the superyacht was already taken shortly after its debut.

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Vector Martini Racing Signs David Gandy To Racing Contract

Vector Martini Racing Signs David Gandy To Racing Contract

Vector Martini Racing has signed male supermodel David Gandy to a powerboat racing contract in the hopes of turning Gandy into world-class powerboat racer who is as fierce on the water as he is on the catwalk. Gandy is the first of six celebrities that Vector Martini Racing will recruit to its iRace Pro Team.

Part of Gandy’s training would be to learn how to drive a V40R, a powerboat that packs a walloping 2,200 horsepower on full blast. The goal, as is always the case in high-profile signings like this one, is to set a new world endurance record, which is what Gandy will eventually try to accomplish as part Vector Racing’s four-man crew. Gandy’s training exploits will also be documented for an unnamed TV documentary series. Vector Martini Racing has yet to announce the specifics of the record attempt, the TV documentary, and the identities of the five other celebrities it plans to enlist with the former Dolce & Gabbana supermodel.

While the man is mostly known for his work as a supermodel, Gandy does have a certain affinity for vehicles, specifically that of the automotive variety. In addition to having written about cars for British GQ, Gandy also caught the attention of automotive racing world when he completed the Millia Miglia in 2014 with Jodie Kidd in a Jaguar.

For now at least, Gandy will trade a race car steering wheel for a different variety. It’s a challenge that he and Vector Martini are embracing ahead, as they should considering their hope of turning this bit of news into more than just a publicity stunt.

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 $6-Million Superyacht Sinks Off Mykonos

$6-Million Superyacht Sinks Off Mykonos

It’s very rare to see boat enthusiasts find themselves with their jaws dropping on the floor. But that’s exactly what happened when a superyacht that costs $6 million sunk off the popular tourist island in Mykonos, Greece.

Multiple reports have come out saying that the yacht, thought to be a 106-foot 2009 Custom Line Navetta 33 named MY Aloha, ran aground of a reef between known tourist resorts of Platis Gialos and Psarrou late last week, causing it to sink to its untimely death.
A quick research revealed that Italian shipbuilder Custom Line built the MY Aloha for a private owner, who did not make the superyacht available for private charter. According to Yacht Charter Fleet, the Aloha has five cabins that can accommodate as many as 10 guests and a brand-new model would cost a buyer close to $11 million. The boat that sunk was a little over five years old with an estimated value of $6.2 million.

Fortunately, all four passengers who are on board the yacht at the time of the accident were rescued from the sinking yacht and taken back to shore in good health. That’s about the only positive thing to come out of this incredible ordeal.

Just so everybody’s on the same page. A sinking yacht, let alone one that costs $6 million, is very different from a car involved in a crash. Whereas the latter might still be salvaged if the conditions are right, a boat that makes a beeline for the ocean floor is about as done as done gets. There’s no retrieving it. All the owner can do is weep over the sight of $6 million literally getting swallowed up by the sea.

Port officials in Mykonos have launched an investigation into the incident and have set up a boom around the yacht to absorb any fuel that may seep into the sea.

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Sargo Boats Unveils The 33 Explorer Boat

Sargo Boats Unveils The 33 Explorer Boat

Sargo Boats, known for lusty creations like the 36 Fly and the 36 Explorer, has unveiled its latest pride and joy, the 33 Explorer. While it won’t technically sit at the top of its range - that’s still the territory of the 36 Explorer - the 33 will come with all the bells and whistles of a full-blown explorer boat that can match wits with the likes of the Botnia Targa 32.

From the outside, you can immediately distinguish the 33 Explorer as a real Sargo. The exquisite design work and the long waterline are trademarks of the Finnish brand. The 33 Explorer has a 36’2” hull that stretches all the way around, creating a perfect v-shape that is the mark of an aggressive boat in the open seas.

It also features a rather interesting single-level deck that sits on top of the freeboard, which looks a lot taller than most explorer boats of its size. That gives the 33 Explorer a really muscular look as it towers over other explorer boats of its size. Right smack in the middle of the deck is the pilothouse. Step inside and you’ll be treated to a world of refined luxury, highlighted by matt black finishes throughout the cockpit. It also has an adjustable steering console and an offshore seat that provides extra levels of comfort for the captain.

Step outside the pilothouse and you’ll soon realize how Sargo managed to capitalize on every inch of space on the deck. It’s still comfortable and spacious enough to be able to walk around it, but literally every inch of functional space was used to create an elegant and safe environment.

A similar experience will greet you once you go below decks. There you’ll see a vee-shaped berth in the bows and an amidships cabin that can be configured in a multitude of ways depending on your preference. You can either set up three separate berths with a divan or two berths with a heads compartment. Either way, there’s plenty of maneuverability that’ll allow you and your guests to enjoy your trip in the sea.

Sargo did its homework with the 33 Explorer. That’s high praise considering that the best part of the 33 Explorer is still yet to come. There’s still no announcement on this end, but it’s been reported that the Finnish boat yard plans to give the 33 Explorer a variety of engines, highlighted by twin 400-horsepower engines that can produce a top speed of about 43 knots.

Other engine options, including a single 400-horsepower engine or twin 300-horsepower engine, are likely to be offered as options.

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Chris-Craft Reveals Capri 25 Ahead Of Cannes Debut

Chris-Craft Reveals Capri 25 Ahead Of Cannes Debut

Chris-Craft is one of those boat manufacturers that never wastes an opportunity to showcase its latest products. That’s especially important today since the Cannes Yachting Festival is scheduled to be held from September 8 to 13, 2015. With the event drawing close, it was only a matter of time before Chris-Craft would debut its latest offering. As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait too long because Chris-Craft has unveiled the first batch of photos of the Capri 25.

The Capri 25 will make its public debut at Cannes where it’s expected to attract its share of attention. That’s always been the MO of Chris-Craft and don’t expect the American boat builder to steer away from what’s made it such a popular attraction at Cannes.

The versatile daybook will feature plenty of items that Chris-Craft is known for. Exceptional craftsmanship is one of them and the versatile dayboat has that in spades. The vertical bow takes its design cues from the 1930s, similar to the styling inspiration that was used in the Capri 21. The twin helm seats and the bench seat on the aft are made from plush - and water-proof - materials that places comfort above everything else. The two seats can be swivelled 180 degrees to create a nice seating configuration with teak tables that can be folded out. With that set-up, occupants of the Capri 25 can have a nice and relaxing time in the open seas.

Take a trip below the deck and you’ll be greeted by a comfortable cabin that has enough space to accommodate as many as three adults, making any trip with the Capri 25 as pleasant as the waters allow it.

The relative small size of the daybook will be put to good use by a Volvo-sourced Penta V-8 engine that produces 350 horsepower. Chris-Craft has yet to bare the details of the boat’s top speed, but when you combine the size of the Capri 25 with the V-8, something like 40 to 50 knots could be attainable.

The Capri 35 will be shown alongside the alongside the Corsair 32, Launch 32, and Launch 36 at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival.

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Zodiac RIB Gets New Owner, Promises Return To Form In 2016

Zodiac RIB Gets New Owner, Promises Return To Form In 2016

Inflatable boat brand Zodiac RIBs has returned above water after announcing that it had found a new owner that had saved it from sinking into the deep end of insolvency.

Together with sister company Avon RIBs, the beleaguered boating brand was thrown into chaos back in April 2015 when previous owner Z Marine was declared insolvent. The French manufacturer was named in insolvency proceedings at the Commercial Tribunal of Nanterre, throwing both Zodiac and Avon into a period of uncertainty despite being two of the more popular rigid inflatable boat (RIB) brands in the world. It took four months of negotiations between numerous parties, but in the end, it appears that Zodiac will live to see another day. Unfortunately, sister company Avon’s status is still unclear at the moment.

But hey, it’s still good news for Zodiac, which announced its intention to introduce a new range of models in time for 2016. Production of its current range is also expected to resume sometime in September 2015 with no changes to the pricing of its models.

The company’s plan to make a dramatic comeback is well-deserved after the spending a majority of 2015 drifting in the water. But with a new owner towing it back to safety, it’s safe to say that Zodiac RIB has a lot of making up to do to cover for lost time.

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Monterey Boats Launches Roswell Surf Edition Package

Monterey Boats Launches Roswell Surf Edition Package

Monterey Boats, one of the best-selling boats in the market, has partnered with wake industry leader Roswell to create a special edition option for the Monterey 218SS and 238SS Super Sports boats, called the Roswell Surf Edition.

The special edition package was created to further boost the lines of passion for water sports. Monterey Boats is one of those companies that knows the pulse of this segment better than anybody else and teaming up with Roswell allows it to offer what it thinks is the ideal luxury performance surf boat that can deliver a world-class experience to its discerning clientele.

This kind of partnership is similar to what you normally see in the automotive business between a manufacturer and an aftermarket company. The manufacturer, in this case, is Monterey and its models - the 218 SS and 238 SS Super Sports - are the ones that Roswell will base its kits on.

The program itself is all-encompassing with plenty of features added to create a versatile surf boat. The new helm design features one touch Zero Off GPS speed control, a high volume ballast system, collapsible wakeboard tower with cam assist, wakeboard/surfboard racks and surf tabs. That covers the functional aspect of Roswell’s contribution to these Monterey boats. Aesthetically, Roswell is offering fancy dress-up options for the two Montereys, including new graphics on the sides of the boat and a boatload of metal flake gel coat options.

On the performance side, the boats will receive Volvo’s enterprising new forward facing drive system. This forward drive propulsion system is equipped with forward facing Duo-Prop counter-rotating propellers that aids the boat’s horizontal thrusts, which then allows for tighter turns in the open seas. The ability to be more versatile is the kind of upgrade that any boat should be open to so give credit to Monterey for recognizing that in the name of customer satisfaction.

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Freddy Kreuger Sets Skifly Record With Help From A MasterCraft

Freddy Kreuger Sets Skifly Record With Help From A MasterCraft

Waterskiing legend and five-time World Jump champion Freddy “The Nightmare” Krueger - not to be confused with the guy who appears in our nightmares - has set a new skifly world record after successfully jumping more than 300 feet, breaking the previous record of 299 feet that ws set back in 2000. More impressively, Krueger managed to pull this off not just once, but twice, hitting 312 feet during a practice run last August 7, 2015 before following it up with a jump of 304 feet during the actual performance the next day.

For a little perspective on the enormity of Krueger’s jump, his two jumps were each longer than an actual football field from the start of one end zone all the way to the other. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to see both jumps to make sure that they were completely legitimate.

They were and with these two jumps now firmly established in the record books, Krueger now has another addition to the laundry list of accomplishments he has achieved in his long and illustrious career. I don’t know how this ranks compared to his world record for long distance waterski jumping or his five World Jump titles, or his 11 Masters Jump championships, but I’ll venture a guess that it’s somewhere in the middle of it.

Of course, Krueger didn’t set the record all by his lonesome. It only feels right to give credit to the MasterCraft ProStar boat that pulled him before his record-setting jump. The ProStar, which in itself is a beautiful boat, relied on its modified 7.4-liter GM Marine engine marinized by Ilmor to reach speeds in excess of 80 mph and allow Krueger to launch off the custom-built ramp on his way to immortality.

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American Charter Boats Make Return To Cuba

American Charter Boats Make Return To Cuba

Two weeks after German boater Roger Kluh broke the 57-year old speed run record from Florida to Cuba, an Americancharter boat has legally docked in Cuba’s capital city of Havana. It’s the latest in a long line of “firsts in God-knows-how-long” that has happened between the US and Cuba ever since America eased its trade sanctions against the Communist nation.

The easing of these regulations means that American charter companies can now offer charter trips to Cuba, something that hasn’t happened since the US enforced a trade embargo back in 1960. A Numarine 78 Fly charter with 12 American guests set sail from Key West, Florida, crossed the Straits of Florida before mooring at the Hemingway Marina in Havana. Those who don’t remember the origins of the frosty relationship between the US and Cuba may sneer at the importance of this event, but those who do remember it, including many in the maritime business, are calling a historical event, as well they should.

Pretty soon, more charter companies are expected to follow suit, particularly Florida-based companies that can now take full advantage of the tourism opportunities Cuba has for tourists visiting the Sunshine State. According to reports, other companies have received their licenses, including Carnival Cruise Line and Superyacht Still Water, which received its professional research license from the OFAC and the U.S. Commerce Department.

For now, American charter boats are the way to go, even though successfully acquiring permits to visit Cuba is still not as easy as many hope it would be in the future. Paul Madden, a broker from Palm Beach, waited for his permit for eight months before it was granted by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control.

None of that will matter, though, if America and Cuba continue down this path. Soon enough, we’re going to see the rise of tour packages that go from Florida to Cuba. That should be a boon for both countries as each try to get back in the other’s good graces.

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Glider Yacths Reveal Pricing Details For The SS18

Glider Yacths Reveal Pricing Details For The SS18

More details of the Glider Yacht SS18 have emerged ahead of its highly anticipated debut at the Monaco Yacht Show on September 23, 2015. The super yacht that’s been hailed as a game-changer in the industry is set to break a lot of hearts and wallets really soon. But for now, Glider Yachts is content with dropping new details on what we can expect from the SS18.

We already know that Burgess Marine, the UK’s largest independent ship builder, will have a hand in the building and development of the SS18. Glider Yachts will still take the helm in this process, but thanks to a £100 million deal it struck with Burgess Marine, Glider will be able to build all SS18 yachts at a Burgess Marine facility, ensuring that it can use Burgess’ state-of-the-art production facility.

Once the yachts are ready, Glider Yachts will turn over the reins to Inwards Marine, which will then be in charge of selling the beauties at a price that starts at £600,000.
Specifics on the payment methods have yet to be announced, but potential buyers who place orders at Monaco won’t be getting their yachts right away. According to Glider, any orders made during the yacht show can expect delivery of their prized acquisitions seven months later in May 2016.

That’s a long wait for a £600,000 purchase, but Glider’s promising that it’s all going to be worth it. Since the SS18 is its first model, Glider Yachts is pulling out all the stops to make it live up to all the “game-changer” hyperbole. For starters, the multihull cruiser will be powered by four Rotax 4TEC engines, each producing 260 horsepower for a combined output of 1,040 ponies. Top speed has been estimated at 56 knots, although Glider is also preparing bigger versions of the SS18 that can hit in excess of 100 knots.

Aesthetically, the SS18 looks unlike any multihull cruiser we’ve seen in the past. Glider spent seven years designing the concept, eventually creating a proprietary design that includes shallow-draft hulls, allowing beach landings and anchoring in shallow bays. The SS18 will also feature a luxurious interior that’ll drown in chrome, leather and carbon fiber fixtures courtesy of aftermarket interior designer Corbeau.

Continue reading to read more about Glider Yachts’ SS18 multihull cruiser.

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German Powerboat Racer Sets Florida-To-Cuba Speed Run Record

German Powerboat Racer Sets Florida-To-Cuba Speed Run Record

German powerboat racer Roger Klüh has set the Florida-to-Cuba speed run record after covering the 90-mile passage in one hour and 45 minutes. Using a fully restored McManus Superboat fitted with a pair of 1,350-horsepower turbo-charged Mercury engines, Klüh was able to shatter the previous record of six hours and 23 minutes set by American Forest Johnson back in 1958. Yep, it’s been 57 years since anybody has tried breaking the speed run record from Florida to Cuba.

The frosty relations between the United States and Cuba made powerboat racing virtually impossible since Johnson’s record-setting run in 1958. That’s the biggest reason why no one ever bothered trying to break it. But now that the two countries have exhibited a willingness to thaw whatever ill will still stands today, the opportunity to once again engage in powerboat racing was the green light Klüh needed to get first dibs on breaking the record.

Given how long it’s been since the old record stood, coupled with the advancements in powerboat technology, eclipsing the time set by Johnson was a question of who could do it first. Klüh was the first to attempt and subsequently set a new record by steering his 2,700-horsepower Apache Star powerboat to speeds in excess of 80 knots. The one hour and 45 minutes it took the German is an impressive time, but make no mistake, now that the US and Cuba have their proverbial arms around each other, Klüh won’t be the only powerboat racer to take a stab at this new record.

Not to shortchange his accomplishments because history will say that he was the one who smashed a 57-year record. But something tells me that Klüh’s record time of one hour and 45 minutes from Florida to Cuba won’t sit in the record books for another 57 years. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if a new record is set in the next 57 days.

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Neptune Marine Drops Renderings Of Elling E6 Cruiser

Neptune Marine Drops Renderings Of Elling E6 Cruiser

Neptune Marine, the Dutch boat builder known for works like the Elling E3 and Elling E4 cruiser yachts, has dropped the first hints of its latest pride and joy, or as the company itself prefers to call it, “the next generation” model of its high popular E-Series line, the Elling E6.

The company’s new cruiser yacht under the Elling brand is expected to take the reigns from its two smaller siblings and give prospective yacht owners a flagship model that’s worthy of the label. At least that’s what I took from Neptune Marine’s bold proclamations, touting the E-Series E6 as the “culmination of its achievements in contemporary luxury yacht design.”

Obviously, the company feels strongly enough about the E6 that it’s promising a whole new level of class and luxury to anybody willing to lend an ear. Whether or not it succeeds in that regard is a matter for another day. For now, the E6 does look promising, especially when it’s touted as having an extra 16 feet of luxury space compared to its predecessors.

The E6 will also feature a reinforced Kevlar hull, which is arguably one of the toughest materials to use on the hull and serves as proof that Neptune Marine isn’t taking any shortcuts on its new baby.

Accommodations is another hallmark of the company’s goal to provide first-class luxury for its customers. That’s a big reason why the E6 is being prepared to have enough space to accommodate as many as four people alongside the twin helm station and up eight people in the lower saloon. The yacht will also have a handful of overnight rooms at its disposal, including a full-beam owner’s cabin, forward VIP double, starboard guest cabin, and a crew cabin in the transom.

Over on the performance side, the E6 is expected to come with a Volvo Penta D13 engine that packs a walloping 900 horsepower, enough to reach speeds in excess of 18 knots. Prospective owners can also use an auxiliary Penta D2 engine that pumps out 75 horsepower with a top speed of 7 knots in case the primary power train bogs down.

The only downside to the Elling E6 today is that its debut isn’t scheduled until May 2016. That’s almost a year’s worth of speculating on how the cruiser yacht’s going to ride in the open seas. But as far as issues go, that’s a good one to have if prospective customers are already taking favorably about it.

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European Duo Planning To Cross Northwest Passage In Solar-Powered Kayak

European Duo Planning To Cross Northwest Passage In Solar-Powered Kayak

Swiss adventurer Raphaël Domjan and French kayaker Anne Quéméré are planning to navigate the Northwest Passage together and doing so while only relying on a solar-powered kayak.

An attempt to pass through that route has been done before, but never in a solar-powered kayak that has been fitted with photo voltaic solar panels that will presumably help power the kayak. The panels will be attached to a 7 kg Torpedo Ultralight 403 outboard engine, considered as the lightest mass-production outboard on the market today.

Dangerous attempts like this is nothing new for Domjan, who already counts circumnavigating the world in his resume. But this is a different challenge altogether, even with the help of Quéméré, who herself is no stranger to maritime adventures.

The duo plan to set sail from Tuktoyaktuk in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada all the way to the Pond Inslet on Baffin Bay in the southwest coast of Greenland. Domain and Quéméré are expected to have as much as 20 hours of sunlight per day, which would prove useful if they’re going to accomplish their objective. Should everything beyond their control come together, the two plan to row their kayak for 14 hours a day, reaching speeds in excess of 4.35 miles per hour, allowing them to complete their objective of crossing the Northwest Passage in three months.

Continue reading to read more about Raphaël Domjan and Anne Quéméré’s attempt to become the first people to cross the Northwest Passage in an electric-powered kayak.

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Cannes Yachting Festival To Feature First All-Night Paddleboard Race

Cannes Yachting Festival To Feature First All-Night Paddleboard Race

The Cannes Yachting Festival is considered one of the most prestigious boat shows in the world. Every year, over 80 brand new boats make their world debuts at the show, making it one of the most exciting days for millionaires who have nothing better to do but buy boats in their spare time. This year, the Cannes Yachting Festival will also be the site of a history-making event as it hosts the first-ever night-time long-distance stand-up paddle boat race.

If you’re wondering why an event normally associated with super yachts and super models will have a paddleboat race, well, get in line because I’ve asked myself the same question.

As out of place as a paddleboat race is at a show like the Cannes Yachting Festival, the sport has actually become a very popular competition all over the world. The event’s organizers apparently wanted a piece of the action, and to their credit, this isn’t just going to be a leisurely race around the bay. It’s going to be an all-out competition, covering a total distance of 62 miles (100 kilometers). Solo competitors and relay teams - oh yes, there’s a distinction! - will set off at 7pm on Friday, September 11, 2015 all the way until about 10am the following morning.

An awards ceremony has been scheduled at 1130 for those who are still presumably healthy enough to walk to the awards podium.

In case you somehow find yourselves interested in joining the competition, there’s a registration fee of €75 for individual competitors, or about $85 based on current exchange rates. If you’re entering with a team, the fee doubles to €150, or about $170.

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Salt and Water Previews Floating Catamaran Apartments

Salt and Water Previews Floating Catamaran Apartments

Serbian architecture and yacht design firm Salt & Water, an apt name for the company, has come up with a unique proposal to circumvent the strict rules and regulations on polluting remote lakes so vacation-goers can enjoy the beauty of what it describes as the “untouched and neglected” side of nature.

The proposal is as marvelous as it is bold. At the very least, it’s unique, or so it is when I’m picturing a floating catamaran that doubles as a posh, luxury hotel and apartment. If you can’t replicate the image in your head, don’t feel too bad. I had the same problem too until I saw Salt & Water’s design renderings of its proposal.

In a word, wow.

According to the Serbian design firm, the concept is actually pretty simple if you let your imaginations run loose a little bit. The most important part of this conceptual design is the permanently docked structure that serves as a reception area and a wharf of sorts, connecting the bank of the lake on one side and a handful of catamarans designed as hotels on the other side, similar to how boats are moored in a more traditional dock.

Each of these catamarans doubles as an apartment that can accommodate as many as four people. It’ll also have all the features and amenities you’ll need in a top-class apartments. There’s a salon, a galley, bathrooms, and a sleeping area. More importantly, you can take these floating apartments out of the dock should you want to enjoy the lake for yourselves. If you want to take a dip, the beach platform allows you to jump into the lake without so much of a hassle.

The proposal is still in its conceptual phase so there’s still a long way to go before we actually see these things in production. But it is a nifty idea from Salt & Water, one that I wouldn’t mind seeing come to life in the not-so-distant future.

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Sea Flow II Could Fetch $500K At Sothebys Auction

Sea Flow II Could Fetch $500K At Sothebys Auction

A pair of boats with long and storied histories behind them could end up headlining a Sotheby’s auction in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 2015.

The two boats, a 1938 Hacker-Craft 28 and a 1912 May LaFever, are both expected to fetch at least $200,000 and could fetch higher if bidding for these two prized items completely gets out of hand.

The 1938 Hacker-Craft, named Sea Flow II, is likely to fetch the bigger bid of the two boats. Sotheby’s has estimated the boat to fetch up to $425,000 on account of its history that dates back just before the Second World War and the known belief that it’s only one of two models that remain afloat to this day. The boat was also treated to a full restoration, which means that whoever puts in the highest bid would still be able to use it.

Meanwhile, the May LaFever traces its roots back to 1912, the same year as the Titanic’s doomed maiden voyage, in Geneva, New York. According to its documents, the boat spent its early on the Adirondack lakes in New York before being taken out of service in the late 1930s. The boat remained in storage for over 60 years but recently underwent its own extensive restoration. Soon after, the boat has made appearances in a number of classic boat shows all over the US, even winning a handful of awards in some of these shows. Sotheby’s has valued the boat at around $200,000, but that estimate could end up being a conservative number as interest behind its story and history continues to gain momentum.

Both boats will join more than 50 vintage and modern cars at the auction, which is scheduled to take place on July 25, 2015 at The Inn at St. John’s in the Motor City.

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The Aeroboat Could Be The Boat Of Your Dreams For $4M

The Aeroboat Could Be The Boat Of Your Dreams For $4M

It’s a silly question, but in the interest of what I’m about to tell you, I’m compelled to still ask: do any of you have anywhere from $4 million to $5 million just lying around in your house? I posed the question because in the event that you do and you don’t know what to do with it, I might be able to interest you in buying the Aeroboat, a luxury speed boat that’s limited to only 10 units and comes with all the pomp and elegance that justifies its exorbitant price tag.

The Aeroboat is the brainchild of Claydon Reeves, considered in the boat business as one of the pre-eminent super yacht designers in the world. Reeves is known for a lot of things and one of them is his unflinching belief in offering only the purest of pure luxury yachts. It’s no wonder that the same principles were applied to the development of the Aeroboat.

One of the boat’s most prominent features is its Rolls-Royce-sourced 27-liter Merlin V-12 engine, which can be tuned in various configurations to produce anywhere from 1,500 horsepower all the way up to 2,500 ponies. That much power can carry the Aeroboat to speeds of up to 75 knots. Pretty incredible, right?

Customization is another distinctive characteristic of the Aeroboat. According to Reeves, the exterior of the boat can be customized - to a certain extent, at least - by any prospective owner. The boat will retain its Submarine Spitfire-inspired design and it’ll still make use of materials like Kevlar, carbon fiber, and lightweight wood veneers. But each of the limited number of boats can be configured to an owner’s tastes and needs. Once built, the Aeroboat can accommodate anywhere from four to six passengers depending on what the owner likes.

The Aeroboat is living proof that living a life of luxury has its perks. It also has a price, and if it does sell for at least $4 million, we’ll all be in agreement that said price will be as steep as a canyon.

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Dubourdieu Partners With André Courrèges To Launch Designer Boat At Cannes

Dubourdieu Partners With André Courrèges To Launch Designer Boat At Cannes

Carmakers partnering with fashion design houses isn’t a new thing. Motorcycle brands have also done the same at one point or another. But boat manufacturers rarely venture into these kinds of partnerships and when do, it’s almost always of the one-off variety. On that note, that’s exactly what French manufacturer Dubourdieu is doing after announcing a partnership with fashion designer André Courrèges to create a one-off boat called “White Ocean.”

The full scope of details surrounding White Ocean has yet to be revealed, but Dubourdieu has given us enough information to give us an idea of what to expect. According to the French custom boat builder, White Ocean’s design will inspired by one of those classic New England picnic boats. At least we can rule out any sort of funkiness with the design. The boat will have its share of top-grade materials, highlighted by teak decks, mahogany cabinetry, and bespoke towels, crew uniforms and beach bags, all of which will carry the unmistakable logo of the Courrèges fashion brand.

That’s as much information as Dubourdieu has told us, which means that details on the engine, top speed, and if Duboourdieu decides to sell it, price, are all expected to be revealed closer to the boat’s launch at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2015.

Knowing as much as I do about Dubourdieu - the company is one of France’s oldest boat builders and is actually celebrating its 210th anniversary in 2015 - I expect it to unveil a new one-off boat that will imbibe all the wonderful characteristics of the company. That’s the kind of cache and trust you earn for doing something as long as Dubourdieu has in building custom boats.

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Quintessence Yachts Drops More Details On Aston Martin Yacht

Quintessence Yachts Drops More Details On Aston Martin Yacht

The hype surrounding Quintessence Yachts’ powerboat project with Aston Martin hasn’t waned since news first broke of the partnership. The powerboat, called the AM37, first made headlines back in April 2015 upon its announcement at a press event. Very few details were disclosed at that time about the upcoming project, but now that the Monaco Boat Show is drawing closer and closer, information surrounding the AM37 have slowly leaked through the cracks.

The most important “so far” feature of the powerboat is the sliding carbon fiber deck cover that can be used to protect the boat’s interior from nature’s forces without having to resort to using canvas and elastic materials. The use of carbon fiber also fits well with Aston Martin’s reputation for being one of the most luxury oriented car manufacturers in the world. Though I’d throw that out there.

The AM37 will also come with a remote control system that functions much the same way as a home using the same system. Basically, you can use this system to control a variety of appliances inside the powerboat, even if you’re miles away from it. Need to set the temperature right with the air-conditioning? No problem. How about chilling some wine on the fridge before you get to the boat? Easy. Get the espresso machine running so you can be greeted with a cup of brew? The boat’s remote control system makes all of that happen.

Keeping in line with the functionality aspect of the boat, Quintessence Yachts also announced that the AM37 will feature a bimini top, a swimming ladder, and a 15-inch touchscreen multimedia and entertainment system, among other goodies. Said goodies are likely to be unveiled over the next few months, but at least we’re getting to see a clearer picture on what to expect when the AM37 finally makes its long-awaited debut at the 2015 Monaco Boat Show on September 2015.

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Chinese Company Set To Build Life-Size Replica Of The Titanic

Chinese Company Set To Build Life-Size Replica Of The Titanic

A Chinese company with presumably too much money and time on its hands has announced plans to build a life-sized replica of the RMS Titanic. You read that right. The Titanic, the same mega cruise ship that sunk in the Atlantic Ocean back in 1912, is getting a do-over.

Ok, that’s not entirely accurate. The Chinese Titanic, if you can even call it that, won’t be fully functional. In fact, it’s going to be a stand-still replica that will double as a museum and a theme park of sorts. If only the Irish folks behind the construction of the original Titanic thought of the same thing 113 years ago.

In any case, plans to build the replica Titanic actually began in 2013, when Seven Star Energy Group announced its intention to build the iconic cruise ship based on a majority of its design papers and with the help of an American high technology company. Apparently, this includes exact design replicas of both the ship’s exterior and interior, right down to the large dining halls and high-end hotels.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017, after which the replica Titanic will be prominently displayed on the Qi River at a theme park in Sichuan Province. There’s even talk that once it’s completed, the Chinese Titanic will be able to simulate the feeling of hitting an iceberg, much like the original Titanic, which eventually led to its sinking.

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Galeon Yachts Unveils 510 Skydeck Yacht

Galeon Yachts Unveils 510 Skydeck Yacht

Galeon Yachts is no stranger to designing new concepts to bolster its fleet of luxury yachts and yet, for a company that has made a name for itself with its impressive lineup of maritime vessels, the 510 Skydeck might be the most audacious of them all.

Based on the same hull used on the upcoming Galeon 500 Fly, the 510 Skydeck takes a lot of the elements of a sports cruiser and a flybridge to offer a unique a versatile water cruiser that can fit any style of yachting for its future owners.

The ability of the 510 Skydeck to offer a myriad of features is arguably its most discerning characteristic. Not that being luxurious and expensive are “disqualifiers” in that regard because Galeon Yachts wants to assure us that you can get a whole lot of bang for your buck with the 510 Skydeck.

One of its unique features is a flexible lower deck, which owners can fold out when the yacht is at rest to provide more cockpit space for his or her guests. This space opens up what Galeon Yachts calls beach mode, which apparently includes a rotating aft bench, outward-facing seating on the starboard side and a portside bar. There’s no beach sand involved with this setup, or at least I don’t think there is, but Galeon Yachts sure did its homework in providing an environment as close to one as possible.

Sadly, the company is still keeping most of the yachts details under wraps. Information regarding pricing, engine options, or release dates have yet to be revealed, but even without these details, that shouldn’t be reason for us to not get excited about the prospects of imagining what it must feel like to ride the 510 Skydeck in the open seas.

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