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Delta “T” Systems has enhanced its popular range of reliable and affordable Redneck axial fans with more sizes and new steel models to fit boatbuilders’ requests.  The Economy line, with sturdy plastic housings, is now available in five sizes from 12″ to 24″ with a variety of flow rates in each size.  Sporting steel housings, the new Standard line has models in sizes from 12″ to 48″ with a variety of flow rates in each size.  Custom versions to meet special requirements are also available.

Specifically designed to stand up to the rigors of the marine environment, Redneck Fans are named for the red bolt seating ring around the housing flange.  The economical fans come standard as a kit, which can be assembled in minutes using everyday tools.  They also are available fully assembled and shipped in bulk for OEM applications by special order.

For safety and reliability, Redneck hubs are secured directly to the motor shaft.  Fan blades are factory-balanced for smooth operation and long life.  The airfoil blade shape provides exceptional air flow and quiet performance.  With CE Classification and optional I-EEE-45 Certification, Redneck fan motors are available in 50 or 60 HZ and a variety of voltage configurations for worldwide applications.

Delta “T” is a leader in engine room ventilation technology, offering complete systems, as well as fans, blowers, closures and other equipment.

Contact Delta “T” Systems, 858 W 13th Ct., Riviera Beach, FL  33404.  561-204-1500; Fax: 561-848-1611.;


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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Uncategorized




Navigational lights are essential to see other craft and discern their direction.  Accon Marine offers a full line of sleek stainless steel lights, including the 205 series Pop-Up Port Lights, 206 Starboard and 207 Side Lights.

Accon’s unobtrusive lights fold down flush when not in use, keeping the deck free of hazardous protruding lights.  All three models are US Coast Guard-approved for one nautical mile, are NMMA-accepted and meet 72 Colregs.

Made of marine grade 316 stainless steel, they are illuminated with a #78 bulb.  A plastic waterproofing cup prevents water runoff below deck.

For easy and exact installation, each light comes with a cut-out template and fastens with three #10 screws.  A link to an instruction video on YouTube is provided at

Accon Marine’s 205 Pop-Up Port and 206 Starboard Lights cost $156.49 each, while the 207 Pop-Up Side Lights are $312.98.

            Contact Accon Marine, 13665 Automobile Blvd., Clearwater, FL  33762. 
727-572-9202; Fax: 727-572-7621.

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Electronics Review


Raymarine, the world leaders in marine electronics is proud to announce the new AIS650 Class B AIS Transceiver, and the AIS350 AIS Receiver. Engineered for seamless integration with Raymarine multifunction navigation systems, the AIS650 and AIS350 bring a new level of situational awareness and safety to sailing, cruising and fishing boats.

Operating in the VHF maritime band, the Automatic Identification System (AIS) enables the wireless exchange of navigation status between vessels and shore-side traffic monitoring centers. When interfaced to a compatible chartplotter or radar display, boaters immediately benefit from being able to see the surrounding vessel traffic plotted and updated automatically.

AIS650 is a Class B transceiver unit, meaning it allows full participation in the AIS network by receiving data from other vessels as well as transmitting data about its own navigational status to other AIS-equipped vessels. This “see and be seen” capability significantly improves navigational safety by making the boat visible on the chart and radar displays of much larger vessels. It also presents the captain with a comprehensive picture of the AIS-equipped vessel traffic around him right on his own chart and radar screens.

AIS650 also has a user selectable “Silent Mode” which can be enabled right from the Raymarine MFD interface, or by connecting an optional toggle switch to the unit’s silent mode circuit control. Silent Mode allows the captain to temporarily suspend broadcast of identifying information on occasions where privacy or security are desired. AIS650’s built-in Secure Digital memory card reader can be used for recording AIS data for later analysis, or for configuring the system’s vessel identification static data. The AIS650 includes a 50-channel GPS receiver with built-in integrity management software, which ensures the GPS positions reported by the system are of the highest accuracy possible.

The AIS350 is a receive-only product designed for small boats wanting the increased situational awareness benefit of AIS, but not wanting the Class B transmitting capability. This low-cost alternative brings many of the safety advantages of AIS to a wider range of vessels than ever before. AIS350 features a new dual-channel receiver design for fast acquisition and download of AIS traffic data.

Both new Raymarine AIS products are built on a new ultra-compact chassis that is at least 50% smaller than previous generation AIS products. Both models feature multiple data interfaces including NMEA0183, SeaTalk-NG and USB (universal serial bus) for easy integration with PC-based navigation solutions. Both AIS products also support the NMEA2000 interface standard making them compatible with a wide array of 3rd party navigation products.

The AIS650 will be available nationwide from Raymarine’s network of authorized dealers and OEM integrators beginning in July 2011 with the AIS350 arriving shortly thereafter. The AIS650 has an MSRP of $999 and the AIS350 has an MSRP of $549.

About Raymarine
Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Raymarine is a division of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine in the USA call 1-603-881-5200 or visit

About FLIR Systems
Pioneers in all aspects of infrared technology, FLIR designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a nearly 50-year history of infrared innovation, +100,000 systems in use worldwide, and development centers and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is the world leader in thermal imaging technology.

FLIR Commercial Systems, Inc.
27700 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Direct: 503.498.3293 | Mobile: 503-919-0696

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Boat Builder’s Profile

The New Hatteras GT Series


When Willis Slane launched the first fiberglass sportfishing boat in 1960, he established a solid foundation for what has become the world’s leading builder of luxurious convertibles and motoryachts. During the 50 years since, the 41-foot Knit Wits hit the water, numerous Hatteras models have so proven their mettle offshore that they remain industry benchmarks.

Today, that never-ending quest for perfection has brought the fleet to new heights and given birth to the new Hatteras GT Series. Thanks to intelligent engineering, innovative layouts and advancements in construction technology and hull design, these models are sure to thrill anyone looking for speed, style, a soft ride, long-lasting quality,and a rock-solid hull.

The new Hatteras GT Series is comprised of three models, the new GT54, the redesigned GT60, and the new GT63. This exciting family of tournament-class convertibles is designed for serious anglers and comes to market with best-in-class performance, unforgettable styling, and a construction pedigree that has made Hatteras Yachts the gold standard.

We invite you to take a closer look at these legends in the making!

Tournament Speed


The Hatteras GT Series is about unsurpassed performance and seakeeping. Each model in the series has a minimum top-end speed of 41 knots at full load, a 36-knot cruise, and range exceeding 400 nm. This performance is made possible by utilizing resin infusion technology in our solid fiberglass bottom hulls. This provides increased strength while allowing the boat to be much lighter than a traditional hand-laid vessel. Achieving these speeds while preserving our legendary ride, these convertibles represent the next generation in hull design from Hatteras.

Classic Styling


Design began with a study of generations of Carolina-built classics to create a forward-thinking design. As a result, the Hatteras GT Series is a showcase of style that harkens back to the grand years of sportfishing and family cruising. Each model features a striking bow flare, a well proportioned foredeck and sleek deckhouse, as well as tumblehome aft. In essence, we’ve updated the look of the Carolina-style boat. The distinctive styling is so timeless, we believe convertible lovers will be admiring the lines for years.



Equipped to meet the standards of the most competitive anglers, these cockpits are designed for improved fishing as well as increased relaxation. Mezzanine seating is designed for comfort and cockpit features include a dedicated tackle center, in-deck fish boxes, and a recirculating live well at the transom. Stowage is excellent, with compartments for gaffs and boat hooks along with ample rod storage. Teak is available for the coaming boards and cockpit sole for those who want to play up the GT Series’ distinctive design.

Hatteras Pedigree
In keeping with Hatteras style, the comfortable accommodations found on these boats feature thoughtful layouts and luxurious amenities. Underneath these dashing good looks, the Hatteras commitment to quality construction continues with a no-compromise build philosophy. Each model in the GT Series is made in the Hatteras tradition, with robust electrical and mechanical systems, and incredibly durable hulls that are resin-infused for light-weight strength and performance.

For more information about the Hatteras GT Series or any of the other fine products from this great American builder, visit the company Website at

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Night vision technology is designed to help boat owners and captains see and navigate better in low-light and rough conditions.  But, a constantly moving image can be hard to watch and important details may be missed.  Now, OceanView Technologies introduces SteadyView video stabilization as an option to its Apollo night-vision cameras.

This unique option eliminates the effects of unwanted camera motion on a marine display.  SteadyView turns shaky, unclear video into crisp, clear actionable information.

“OceanView is proud to bring this amazing new technology to the marine night-vision market,” said Kelly Hulse, OceanView Technologies’ chief technology officer.  “OceanView revolutionized the way we navigate at night, SteadyView makes night vision usable when things get rough.”

SteadyView can be added to all existing Apollo and Apollo II installations and can be combined with either thermal or low-light cameras.  It requires no additional motion sensors, everything is contained in one unit.  SteadyView won’t wear out the pan and tilt motors in the camera, since there are no moving parts.  The video stabilization can also be turned off when owners don’t want to use it.  This innovative option takes under an hour to install.  A video clip of the effects of video stabilization can be found at  OceanView Technologies’ optional SteadyView video stabilization for its Apollo night-vision cameras costs an affordable $2,995.

            Contact OceanView Technologies, 1181 South Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL  33487.  954-727-5139; Fax: 954-302-2476.;
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Uncategorized



The Billfish Foundation in the Canary Islands To Promote Conservation and Sportfishing Tourism

TBF ramps up worldwide awareness in its 25th anniversary year

The 26th Annual Offshore Fishing Championships (XXVI Edicion Campeonato de Pesca de Altura) from July 28-30 in the extremely prolific billfishing arena of the Canary Islands will also be the back drop for the promotion of The Billfish Foundations’ global conservation efforts. 

Elliott Stark

“As a world class blue marlin destination the Canary Islands’ are dedicated to sportfishing tourism as a means to promote fisheries conservation as well as economic well being of communities,” said TBF Science and Policy Specialist Elliott Stark who will be attending.  “This is an increasingly important means of empowering fisheries conservation policy on national and international scales. TBF is proud to be able to work with the Club de Pesca de Altura de Gran Canaria (Offshore Fishing Club of Grand Canary) to promote conservation and sportfishing tourism.”  

While in Gran Canaria, Stark will discuss TBF’s ongoing fisheries conservation programs in Europe and throughout the Atlantic basin. Specific topics include sportfishing tourism, tagging and fisheries conservation issues, and representation of sportfishing interests in the management process.  TBF is hard at work with the European sportfishing community, including the Canary Islands, to empower continued conservation strives.   

The foundation recently launched the TBF Experience– a worldwide membership drive– with a special prize package for TBF’s members from European countries. The Canary Islands are showcased as the winner, whose name will be drawn January 15, 2012, will join TBF for two days of blue marlin fishing in the waters around the island of La Gomera with Capt. Jason Pipe  and Bocinegro Blue Marlin Fishing Charters.

For more information on fishing in the productive, large blue marlin fishery in the waters of the Canary Islands please contact club spokeswoman Silvia Valencia Trujillo by phone at 00 34 635056018 or via e-mail at .

The club’s website is located at:, or its Facebook page at: Pesca Altura-Gran Canaria.

            For more on joining The Billfish Foundation (starting at $40 annual membership) the TBF Experience for the traveling European, please visit:  Or you can write to Stark for more at

 Pete Johnson (PR counsel for The Billfish Foundation —
Johnson Communications, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Ph: 480-951-3654; e-mail:


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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Uncategorized




Traditional fire extinguishing agents can cause major damage to─or even destroy─the very things they are meant to protect.  Boatbuilders and owners worldwide trust their assets to FG and FD model Sea-Fire pre-engineered suppression systems.  They employ FM-200, which is both safe for people and environmentally responsible.

Sea-Fire’s FG series is perfect for protecting enclosed engine compartments, covering areas from 25 to 240 cu. ft.  Available in 20 sizes, FG models feature lightweight, compact, corrosion-resistant aluminum cylinders for easy fit and installation.

The FD series protects areas from 150 to 1,500 cu. ft.  These cylinders are refillable and, with 54 standard models to choose from, fit most engine compartments.

Both models are available in automatic or manual/automatic configurations.  They come with a pressure gauge and switch, a protective guard, mounting bracket and indicator light with bezel.

FM-200, an EPA-approved alternative to halon, is safe where people are present and leaves behind no oily residue, particulate or water.  Reaching extinguishing levels in 10 seconds or less, FM-200 stops combustible, electrical and flammable liquid fires.  When fire is extinguished this quickly, the result is lower repair costs and an extra margin of safety for those aboard.

Selecting the correct Sea-Fire model size is relatively easy.  The volume of area to be protected is determined by multiplying the compartment’s length by its width and height, without deducting for engines, removable tanks or other equipment.  It is important to note that only one extinguisher may be used to protect a compartment.  Several extinguishers may be fitted, provided that each independent extinguisher is capable of protecting the entire volume of the protected space.

In addition to its pre-engineered FG and FD series, Sea-Fire Marine custom-engineered systems are available for protecting spaces larger than 1,500 cu. ft.  For these applications, the company provides a detailed proposal after the convenient Design Guide on its website is completed.

Complying with strict global standards, FM-200 certifications include USCG, Germanischer Lloyd, DNV, RINA, Maritime New Zealand and CE.

            Contact Sea-Fire Marine, 9331-A Philadelphia Rd., Baltimore, MD  21237.  800-445-7680 or 410-687-5500.

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Uncategorized



Interview with…


Why is this man smiling? Well, that’s Tom Bean’s way. And why not. It’s his attitude that it takes just as much energy to smile than to frown. In fact, maybe a lot less and besides, it’s a lot nicer. I had the pleasure of meeting Tom last Palm Beach Boat Show quite by accident while visiting with industry friends Mark-Udo Broich of Apreamare, and the husband and wife team behind the highly successful, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Anchor Yacht Sales–specializing in Hampton Yachts–Sandy and Capt. Forrest Roberts. After getting a tour of the engine room on the latest Hampton Yacht, Capt. Forrest pointed out a new piece of equipment that, like most aboard the entire line up of boats, is now standard equipment. Explaining how it kept the raw water system free of unwanted clam and mussel growth, he simply added that I could speak with the president of the company right outside, on the dock, between the Apreamare display and his. And I did just that.

KK: How did the connection with boats and the water take place?
TB: I was born in Miami and grew up on the water. At age seven,  I had access to a 13’ Boston whaler.  And by the age of nine, the dream came true. My very own 17’ Whaler with a 70-hp Johnson on the transom (which we still have). I discovered  Biscayne Bay and got to know it like the back of my hand, from  downtown Miami to Ocean Reef.  At the age of 13 my family had a 58’ Rybovich, I learned to work the deck and really fish, and started docking and running the boat. This is when I discovered offshore and the Bahamian islands. There was no turning back now.
KK: Was there a particular event, or series of events, that you can recall that had enough meaning to you so as to influence your life? 
The family purchased  two Feadships during my high school and college years. Under the watchful eyes of the crew I learned more and more about bigger boats. While Attending the University of South Florida I sat for and obtained my 100 ton Masters License. After three years at USF I transferred to Maine  Maritime Academy to further my education and expanded my knowledge and love of boats.
After years of boating, my interests moved from the sea to the sky, I attended American Flyers Flight School and earned my Private Pilot license.  After flying a few years, I moved forward with a  career in that direction.  I was then  hired on at Gulfstream International Airlines and flew All over Florida and the Bahamas. While I worked for a few different airlines out-of-state, my heart always brought me back to the islands.
In 2001 I started ClearSkyAir, a one man/one airplane, aircraft charter company based on the Treasure Coast. I flew Florida, the Bahamas, and beyond. I was over the Gulf Stream at least 6 times a week and loved to watch the boats below making the crossing to Grand Bahama or other islands to the east. After eight years of ClearSkyAir, I had 4 planes and 7 pilots. I sold the company and came back to the sea.
KK: How did the idea for Pipe Defender begin? What were the circumstances surrounding its formation?
The idea for Pipe Defender came after I took a position as the Captain on a 106’ Burger.  While running  anthe boat and taking care of all the maintenance aboard,  I found a huge problem with bio-fouling and growth in the pipes and chillers. Deciding to do an acid wash proved to be a costly mistake.  The company we called in must have used too much acid in their flush because it popped pin holes in the chillers and two of the three had to be replaced. End game:  A lot of money.  
After numerous flushing of the chillers and cleaning of the pipes and impellers. I spoke with the folks at Burger in Wisconsin.  “What can be done about all the growth in the pipes on this boat?” Their response?  “Tom, you are in South Florida. It comes with the territory. There is no special trick, and just something you have to deal with.”  Well, needless to say the answer did not sit well with me. It’s not that Burger did not have the answer; they are an outstanding group of people. It’s that no one had the answer.
I then asked friends of mine from Maine Maritime, who are still shipping out as Chief Engineers  on Super Tankers and huge dredges.  Their answers were similar to others I have heard, with some being a bit more extreme “fix it” ideas that could not, and would not, ever be used on a private yacht.
I had heard all the same old tricks people used, Chlorine or Bromine Tablets, or liquid in the strainers. Pouring Muriatic acid in the strainers and other crazy stuff like that; not too “green” or environmentally friendly for my liking. Plus, it’s not a great idea to carry those kinds of things in my engine room on the boat for longer trips. I did some brain storming and thought of a few ideas, then it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I made some calls and got in touch with some of the engineers at Aqua Cal. I told them about the problem and “my ideas for a solution.” So we worked together and engineered the system to get it to work on the Burger.  When we were satisfied with what we have done we installed the system on the Burger and waited.

A few weeks into the experiment, things started to happen. Shells started to release from the side of the pipes in the raw water system. We noticed however that the “critters” were dead. Just empty shells.  No more flushes of the chillers, the raw water system was running smoothly and all water temperatures on all our system were working perfectly. The system was working great and after a year working flawlessly on the Burger I started thinking about it, I decided, I can’t keep this all to myself, so let’s bring this to market. I had a meeting with Aqua Cal and asked if they could produce the system  for me. I guess this was the birth of “PipeDefender”. My wife and I thought of the name and she, being  a graphic artist, created the logo and face of PipeDefender.

We launched PipeDefender at the Miami International Boat Show in January of 2011.  It was an interesting week.  First of all it was a new product to the market, and people don’t really understand how it works or are reluctant to change to something new.  As I walked around the show and talked with Captains on boats, I asked if I could come aboard and show them something. I the usual, “OK, what are you selling”. Then after listening and seeing pictures, most became very interested and wanted to know more. We did get a buyer on the manufacturing end, that being the group at Hampton Yachts, who were impressed enough to installed four units on their boats.

KK: How about a brief description of how PD works?
TB: PipeDefender uses proven technology.  What happens is that the system has  titanium plates wrapped in a catalytic material they are placed either in line or in the sea chest of the boats raw water system. As the water flows over the plates the ionic bond of the sodium chloride or salt, which naturally occurs in sea water is broken. By breaking the sea water down at the element state we produce NaOCl which, if you look on the side of a Clorox Bottle, Is the chemical identifier of bleach. The system  makes  just a trace amount. This trace amount runs through all your pipes and eliminates all biological organisms and keeps your pipes free and clear. This process also drops the PH of the water by two points, which descales the pipes as the water flows through them.  This is also how the shells of the clams and Barnacles are taken care of. A demo can be seen on the web site.
Of course there is always the matter of the environment. No problem as our system meets all requirements of the EPA and US Coast Guard. In fact it is totally “GREEN”.  When the treated water is discharged overboard  it  returns to its normal state and becomes salt water again.
KK: What sets your device and company apart from similar operations?
TB: There is no other system like this on the market at this time. End of story.
KK: Fair enough. So, where is the company now and where would you like it to go? What other boat mfrs. are using your product?
TB: The company is still growing, trying to make people aware of the problem if they don’t know about it and for those who do, let them know we have the solution.  We would like to see our unit in every boat cruising in the warmer waters.  PipeDefender will save owners thousands of dollars each year in maintenance as well as the aggravation associated with overheating engines and bio fouled chillers. In addition to Hampton, we are currently installed on Burgers, Skipperliners, and NorthStars and are working with other boat owners manufactures at this time as well.

 If you’d like more information about PipeDefender, get in touch with Tom Bean. He’ll be happy to speak with you personally. And tell him you saw it here.

Pipe DefenderLLC

(772) 370-0866

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

New Concept: CRN’s “Dislopen” Superyacht Project

Dislopen represents a range of innovative steel and aluminum superyachts that marry the shape and style of a high-performance open-boat with the volume and the comfort of a large displacement yacht.

CRN Yachts intends for the Dislopen line to develop a new range in luxury yachts, that offer a unique way to experience sailing and cruising, offering constant direct contact with the sea through its outdoor areas whilst having even greater onboard comfort and space.

This original concept developed from a combination of ideas garnered from CRN’s many years of experience in bespoke megayachts, as well as the architects Gianni and Paola Zuccon of Studio Zuccon International Project, long-standing partners of the brand and the Ferretti Group. The Dislopen line is born from a combination of the Dislopen concept came to life in three megayacht macro-projects: Sport line, a 46-meter long model, a second 52- meter long model and the third is 62-meter long. The 46 and the 52 has also been developed in two versions in which the stern varies aesthetically, reducing the overall length by two metres in each model, giving it a neater and more minimal look.

The Dislopen range has a sporty look, similar to that of small and medium yachts, but is also able to make longer trips, even across the ocean, and still have the typical comfort of a displacement megayacht. Every megayacht of the CRN Dislopen has four or five decks (from the top: a sun deck -only available in the 46 and 52-meters- owner’s deck, main deck, lower deck, sub deck, the latter is reserved for technical spaces and the galley), on which open areas prevail. The interior and the exterior layout has been redesigned to obtain simple and functional solutions that exploit each area on board in an original manner.

Specifically, on the main deck there is a large completely open cockpit with a sunbathing area – with a large swimming pool in the three exclusive designs – a luxurious large lounge and a covered dining area which creates a harmonious “Al fresco” dining area. On the bow of the main deck lies another open-air lounge area with a C-shaped sofa and table and a large sun deck. Indoors, there is a jig-hall, a lobby, a dining area towards the prow and a large cinema hall, which can be used as a fitness room. Moreover, various layouts have been designed to suit customers’ requirements, offering a separate area at the prow of the main deck that can be completely customized, for example, with a cinema hall, a sixth guest cabin with a terrace as well as an an area which can be used for a a gym or wellness.

On the upper deck, which is exclusively dedicated to the ship owner – called the ship owner’s bridge – there is a large open cockpit suite towards the stern. Finally, on the sun deck, which is accessed through a central outdoor staircase or through the internal lobby staircase, there is a second sunbathing area and retractable dashboard at the stem, a typical feature of the open boats.

All the Dislopen models have five VIP cabins and a master suite, with a crew, that is adequate to the size of a mega yacht (9 to 15 crew members), accommodated towards the lower deck away from the guests’ sleeping area. Besides the numerous open air spaces that can be enjoyed whilst sailing, once anchored, the guests can enjoy other surfaces which have become must-have’s for CRN clients. An example of this is the full beam retractable terrace overlooking the sea in the VIP guest cabins, found towards the prow of the main deck on the 52-meter. The same opening is found in the dining room of the 46-meter projects. Finally, on the 62-meter there are two terraces, one on each side of the boat, from the dining room that lies on the stem of the main deck. Moreover, on the 46-meter yacht, at the side of the stern, the guests can enjoy an area with a folding beach by the sea, used for fitness and wellness.

On the 52-meter yacht, the ship owner can enjoy the beach club at the stern, an area obtained by the opening of a door that turns into a real beach, to be used as solarium. The maximized interior, provides wide spaces, thanks to the way the areas have been used, eliminating those spaces that were normally unused by the ship owner. Moreover, the presence of large windows at the sides of the bridges make the internal hall more airy, allowing a panoramic view from all parts of the ship, which is another unusual feature for a yacht of this size.

The 46M Sport has 2 Caterpillar C32 engines with a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum speed of 15 knots; the 52M Sport sails with 2 Caterpillar 3512 C engines at a cruising speed of 14 and a maximum speed of 15. The Dislopen 62M Sport is powered by 2 Caterpillar C 3512 C engines that can reach a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum speed of 15 knots. The ships are classified by Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and are MCA compliant.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Electronics Review

With a strikingly visible orange core, Cobra Marine’s Floating Handheld VHF Radios can be easily retrieved if accidentally dropped overboard and provide powerful, clear communication in a compact size.

The Cobra HH330 FLT and Bluetooth®-equipped MR HH475 FLT BT operate with 6 watts of power, have simple controls and a large LCD screen for quick and accurate viewing, while still comfortably fitting in an owner’s hand.  A noise-canceling microphone blocks background noises, such as wind and engine sounds, for clearer conversations.  Both VHFs feature a speaker/mic jack for convenient operation with an accessory lapel mic.

The MR HH475 FLT BT incorporates patent-pending MicroBlue™ technology that lets users make and receive cell phone calls through the radio using Bluetooth wireless technology.  For additional convenience, it also includes Rewind-Say-Again to record and replay up to 20 seconds of a call.

Unlike other products on the market, Cobra’s Floating Handhelds use a rugged bulkhead or console mountable, secure drop-in charger.  The VHFs also come with a DC charger for boat or vehicle charging.  In an emergency or when the Lithium Ion battery is unavailable, these radios can also operate with common AA batteries.

The Cobra Floating Line also features 24-hour, instant access to NOAA’s national All Hazards and weather information, as well as channel 16 for emergencies.  Tri-Watch allows users to monitor three channels at a time, while the Scan feature can run through all channels or those programmed into memory to find active conversations.

Each unit comes with a Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, locking desktop charger with AC/DC adapters and a spring-loaded belt clip.  Cobra Marine’s HH330 FLT retails for $149.95.  The MR HH475 FLT BT is $199.95.

Cobra Electronics is a leading global designer and marketer of communication and navigation products, with a track record of delivering innovative and award-winning products.  Building upon its leadership position in the GMRS/FRS two-way radio, radar detector and Citizens Band radio industries, Cobra identified new growth opportunities and has aggressively expanded into the marine market and has expanded its European operations.  The Consumer Electronics Association, Forbes, and Deloitte & Touche have all recognized Cobra for the company’s innovation and industry leadership.

To learn more about Cobra Electronics, please visit the Cobra site at  Follow Cobra on Twitter at or Like Us at

Contact Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707.  773-889-8870.;

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Uncategorized