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A simple-to-use product can help prevent fuel spills.

New Clean Way Fuel Fill From Scandvik

Because we are always on the lookout for anything that can help us protect our watery environment, this posting of GREEN DOCK offers something we feel can help prevent fuel spills.

The new Clean Way Fuel Fill™ from Scandvik Marine is a unique, baffled device works with any fuel nozzle. Just insert a Clean Way into a gas or diesel deck fill and then the fuel nozzle. Click here or on the image at right to watch the how-to-video.

Manufactured from a clear, chemical-resistant, heavy-duty composite, each Clean Way Fuel Fill comes with an assortment of adaptors to fit any deck fill plate and any fuel nozzle size. Click here to find a distributor or retailer near you – worldwide.

For more information about the new Clean Way Fuel Fill and other products from Scandvik, visit www.scandvik.com, call 1+800.535.6009 (toll free in the US) or 1+772.567.2877.

Scandvik Marine – 423 4th Place S.W. – Vero Beach, FL 32962 USA

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Green Dock

 

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Photo Op

vintage cameraHello there Capt. Ken! We were coming into your home port of NYC and took this picture of the spectacular downtown area. We are on our way up to Canada and  will be staying in your city for a week or so–we hear your 4th of July fireworks are really spectacular and are looking forward to getting a glimpse of them from our New Jersey-based docking space. Our traveling companions, as we do, are enjoying your postings and look forward to them. We really like your original writing; had quite a good time with your STAY SALTY story and hope you get your GREAT CORINTHIANS published. It is quite a well-written and engaging narrative so far. Thank you. –A. & N. Whitman, Virginia Beach, VA

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Photo Op

 

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BoatUS Report

BoatuslogoBoaters Find Newest Portable Outboard Fuel Tanks Are Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be: Installing A Fuel-Demand Valve Is A Wise Move

Here is the latest BoatUS Report from my industry friend Scott Croft. It is safety oriented and will help to give you a bit more peace of mind while out on the water with family and friends. Enjoy your boating and be safe. -Capt. Ken

Owners with outboard powered boats have lived with portable fuel tanks for years, but recent well-intentioned efforts to stop smog-causing gas fumes from escaping by eliminating the familiar two-way vent is causing new concerns. Without a vent – typically a small screw type fixture on the tank’s cap or top – a portable tank can swell up like a balloon in the hot sun with the internal pressure forcing gas into the outboard where it can spew inside the cowling, eventually dribbling out. It’s a wise move to install an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line that will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it, and BoatUS has a video and easy to follow instructions to show you how.

The newest fuel portable fuel tanks require installation of a fuel demand valve and BoatUS shows you how.

The newest fuel portable fuel tanks require installation of a fuel demand valve and BoatUS shows you how.

“Our members are telling us that the new tanks aren’t all they are cracked up to be,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “These new EPA compliant portable tanks and jerry jugs have special fittings that greatly reduce evaporative emissions from gasoline. But where traditional tanks simply vent to the atmosphere, the new tanks won’t vent until the internal pressure reaches five pounds per square inch. In the meantime, fuel could be forced up the fuel line into the outboard, many of which have no means to hold it back.”

“Leaving the tank disconnected just results in the same gush of gas once you do hook it up, either from the tank end or through the engine,” added Vatalaro. “Installing an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it.” The video and instructions can be found at:

BoatUS.com/installfueldemandvalve

The video was done in partnership with the American Boat & Yacht Council (abycinc.com) and is part of BoatUS Magazine’s Practical Boater series that offers skills building, techniques and best practices to get the most out of boating.

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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS): BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in BoatUS Report

 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

_Galilei_and_Doge_of_VeniceGlitz, Glamour, and Lots of New Transoms

The 2015 Cannes Yacht Festival features 140 new models including the Benetti 125 Fast Displacement Yacht

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

There is something about being in the Med, in the South of France, in September. The weather is as good as it gets and for those of us in the yachting business, and akin to the popularity of the annual film festival held here, well there is the International Cannes Yacht show.

Cannes Yacht Festival venue.

Cannes Yacht Festival venue.

This year’s presentation, from September 8 – 13,  will offer no less than 140 new yachts from builders all over the world. And besides the many Italian yachts scheduled to be in attendance, Benetti will be showcasing the latest addition to its fast displacement hull fleet, the Vivace 125.

The Benetti Vivace 125 fast displacement yacht is an elegant statement from this noted builder.

The Benetti Vivace 125 fast displacement yacht is an elegant statement from this noted builder.

Vivace 125′  joins the flagship Class Fast Displacement line, Veloce 140’, and takes inspiration from its forerunners construction technology, stylistic features, and spatial layout.

The bow area can be configured in a number of ways including this spa/hot tub set up.

The bow area can be configured in a number of ways including this spa/hot tub set up.

The Benetti Vivace 125’ is a composite and carbon construction yacht built at the Viareggio boatyard; it is a 125ft/38.10m by 27+ft/8.30m semi-wide body with three decks plus a sun deck. Much like its bigger sister, the Veloce 140, Stefano Righini has designed the F-125′ with a sporty exterior employing generous amounts of horizontal windows to accentuate the sleek lines. Its hallmark is a large central design element at the sides enclosing the upper deck stair.

The interior layout includes 4 suites for 8 guests with the owner’s full beam quarters forward on the main deck. Whether she is used for charter service or private use, the captain plus a crew of 7 will be available to see to all the needs of the guests.

The grand master suite offers the owners an environment that is both artistic and elegant.

The grand master suite offers the owners an environment that is both artistic and elegant.

Thanks to an exclusive agreement, the Vivace 125′ is equipped with an innovative series of carbon Azipull 65C azipod transmissions expressly designed by Rolls-Royce for Benetti. The D2P Displacement Planing® hull, equipped with wave piercer, was perfected by Benetti technicians for the Rolls-Royce propulsion pod by optimizing all the stern tunnel thrusters and those elements impacting hydrodynamics. The result is an even greater improvement of the already enhanced propulsion efficiency of the pod drives.

The D2P® hull with wave piercer enables the new Fast Displacement series to reach higher speeds without engine strain, or to cruise in displacement mode at an economical speed with a much greater range.

www.benettiyachts.it

For more information on the Benetti Vivace 125, or any of the other builder’s fine yachts, visit the company Website at

http://www.benettiyachts.it

 
 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

_Galilei_and_Doge_of_VeniceDOUBLE PREMIERE FOR SAN LORENZO

The new SL86 motor yacht will be unveiled at Cannes Yachting Festival and the first Sanlorenzo 42-meter explorer vessel 460Exp will debut at Monaco Yacht Show

September 2015, is an important month for Sanlorenzo as it officially announces two exciting new models at the upcoming International Boat Shows in Cannes and in Montecarlo. During this double world premiere, Sanlorenzo is set to exhibit the SL86, a new 27-meter planing hull fiberglass motor yacht at Cannes Yachting Festival, while its first steel explorer superyacht, the 460Exp, will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show.

The Sanlorenzo SL86 shows off her classically inspired profile while underway.

The Sanlorenzo SL86 shows off her classically inspired, yet quite contemporary, profile while underway.

The 2015-2016 nautical year will open with the Cannes Yachting Festival (8 to 13 September) where Sanlorenzo will be exhibiting 9 boats, including the new SL86, the latest addition to its planing hull range.

•The Sanlorenzo SL86 is the new 27 meter motor yacht, designed by Officina Italian Design. It’s innovative features are set to establish a new standard for the entire Sanlorenzo range of planing hull yachts. The SL86 exterior features a living area in the bow with sofas, table, chairs and adjustable sun shades. In the main salon, large windows allow guests to enjoy a sea view while seated, without compromising the classic Sanlorenzo exterior lines. A floating glass staircase to the flying-bridge has been incorporated into the main lounge area in a manner reminiscent of a piece In terms of its performance, the SL86 is powered by two MTU 12V2000 M94 (1947 HP) engines and can reach a max speed of 32 knots.

Just ten days later, Sanlorenzo will participate in the Monaco Yacht Show (23 to 26 September), an event exclusively dedicated to large vessels where Sanlorenzo will show case two superyachts, introducing the 460Exp, its first explorer model, to the industry for the first time.

This artist rendering of the Sanlorenzo expedition yacht shows just one of the many places this rugged vessel is capable of visiting.

This artist rendering of the new Sanlorenzo 460 Expedition yacht shows just one of the many places this rugged vessel is capable of visiting.

•The Sanlorenzo 460EXP (42 meters) is the flagship model of the Sanlorenzo explorer range designed by Francesco Paszkowski. At only 460 gross tons and 42 meters overall length, the 460Exp offers stability, security, autonomy, limited draft and a considerable agility for its category. It is able to reach distant or rarely visited destinations, and can navigate close to the shoreline. The Sanlorenzo explorer offers substantial self-sufficiency and contains a large space on board to house different toys and equipments. The lower deck features a beach club with a bar, a sauna, a fitness area, a spa and an “endless swimming pool” in which guests can swim against an artificial current. The 460Exp is equipped with two CAT C32 Acert engines (1319 HP) capable of covering over 4000 nautical miles autonomously at an economical speed of 11 knots.

 
 

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earthHERE COMES THE SUN

SOLAR ELECTRIC KAYAK TO MAKE NEARLY 2,000 MILE JOURNEY

Raphaël Domjan has an ambitious plan. This summer, the eco-adventurer intends to travel the Northwest Passage along the northern coast of North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic with an electric kayak, propelled by an Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo.

Domjan hit the international headlines back in May 2012. The Swiss engineer circumnavigated the earth for the first time in a solar-propelled catamaran, Planet Solar. His latest goal is to master the Northwest Passage. Domjan, who will be accompanied by the kayak-adventurer Anne Quéméré, faces a journey of more than 1,800 miles. Embarking in June 2015, it will be the first solar expedition through the legendary Northwest Passage. The 43-year-old’s expedition, SolarArcticPassage, will take the route discovered by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1895. The goal is 100 kilometers, about 63 miles, a day.

Raphaël Domjan and the Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo he will use on this amazing trip.

Raphaël Domjan and the Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo he will use on this amazing trip.

Sunlight is less intense in the Arctic than at any other place on earth. But that is exactly why Domjan will conduct the expedition; to demonstrate that solar electric-powered mobility is possible anywhere on earth. Despite the difficulties, the Arctic offers one important advantage – during the summer the Arctic Circle remains light for over 20 hours a day. The solar energy gained from the small surface of the kayak nevertheless remains extremely precious.

The other-worldly looking Planet Solar.

The other-worldly looking Planet Solar.

That is why Domjan has chosen the lightweight and highly efficient Ultralight 403 drive system from Starnberg’s high-tech manufacturer Torqeedo. Weighing just 16 pounds, including the battery, the Ultralight is the world’s lightest outboard in serial production. In addition, it converts limited energy supply into propulsive power extremely efficiently. The photovoltaic modules mounted on the kayak feed the Ultralight’s lithium batteries which, in turn, supply the motor with its energy.

The starting point for the solar expedition is the small Canadian settlement of Tuktoyaktuk. Even in the summer months, temperatures struggle to reach the freezing point and are accompanied by rain and snow. Icebergs and ice floes risk damage to the kayak and motor and the area is home to polar bears. Domjan will maneuver his kayak through this labyrinth of ice for approximately 14 hours a day – an enormous challenge. If he succeeds, he will be the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage in an electric-powered kayak when he reaches the settlement at Pond Inlet in September, 2015. His full route can be seen at http://bit.ly/1L2N6t3.

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. 815-444-8806; Fax: 815-444-8807 usa@torqeedo.com; www.torqeedo.com.

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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Green Dock

 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

_Galilei_and_Doge_of_VeniceSAIL AWAY

The Perini Navi Group delivers SY Perseus^3, a 196+ft/60m sloop and hull #2 in the company’s 60m series of yachts.

The Perini Navi Group, world leader in the design and construction of large motor and sailing yachts, has completed the delivery of Perseus^3, the second yacht, and the first sloop, in their new generation 60m series.

perseus3Designed by Perini Navi naval architects in collaboration with Ron Holland, the design and development of Perseus^3has been significantly optimized for performance and represents a decisive technical step forward in the group’s 60m series. Perseus^3 features a twin rudder system with innovative twin rudder control system (designed by Perini Navi).

For the first time ever on a Perini, Perseus^3 is equipped with a carbon bowsprit. The larger downwind sailing areas gained by this feature together with her towering 75m carbon fiber mast and carbon fiber standing rigging allow Perseus^3 to set some of the largest downwind sails in the world. Composed by: 2 Gennakers, 1 Code Zero, 1 Reacher, 1 Blade, 1 Spinnaker Stay Sail, 1 working Jib and an imposing Main Sail for a combined area of 10.000 square meters. For the handling and control of this impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of captive reel winches and furlers. The jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tons and have a maximum line speed of 40 metres per minute. Variable speed electric motors and furlers, synchronized by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy speeds while reducing the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation. During the extensive sea trials, Perseus^3 plainly demonstrated her sailing prowess reaching 16.2 knots in 21 knot winds and beating at over 12 knots in similar winds at apparent wind angles in the high-30’s.

Perseus^3 – Technical Features
Mast  75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Boom  23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Standing rig  Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre
Aft and Fore Stays  Carbon+PBO+Kevlar

Sail Inventory
Main Sail  808m2
The mast features 4 main sail locks  1 full hoist + 3 reefs
Batten car system 
Cunningham ram 
Reacher  1.160m2
Blade  706m2 with vertical carbon battens
Working Jib  370m2on soft hanks and removable torque cable
Code Zero  1.804m2 on the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres
A2  2.602m2
A3  2.173m2
Spinnaker Stay sail  721m2

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