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ASV NAMASTE 72’: A Joint Visualisation Project Between Studio Sculli, (Mauro Sculli) and Effect Ships International (ESI).

ESI can today supply Air Supported Vessel (ASV) solutions for most markets and segments. A huge number of different vessel sizes, shapes and applications; mono- and multihull, will benefit from the proprietary ASV technology. During the last months ESI and leading Italian designer Mauro Sculli, working with Ermanno Canzi as chief member of his staff, have developed a new, innovative 22,2 m  ASV yacht with unique styling and capabilities.

The Innovation Award winning ASV Mono concept
The “European Power Boat of the Year 2011 – Innovation Award” winning Air Supported mono hull form has been blended with a stylish, yet very functional, topside. The overall beam of the yacht is 6, 70 m, a full meter more than most conventional vessel. These proportions give a sharp, sporty and distinctive appearance. With generous beam and near vertical hull sides the interior volumes for accommodation is unrivalled.

When activating the air support system, more than 70% of the overall weight of the yacht will be supported on a cushion of pressurised air, entrapped in a very well enclosed air cavity underneath the vessel. In contradiction to a hovercraft, using rubber skirts around the air cushion, the new ASV utilizes solid, rigid hull elements to maintain the pressurised air underneath the boat. At speed the yacht will have additional support from the planning surface elements of the two propulsion gondolas, located on either side of the hull.

Suitable for a wide range of propulsions
The new ASV NAMASTE 72’ may either be configured for pod propulsion, fitted out with surface piercing propulsion or be operated on Water Jets. Even conventional shaft propellers are possible. Pod propulsion and ASV technology function very well together. The first full scale ASV Mono 65’ test- and demonstration vessel, launched last year, has a twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 (320 kW) installation, and is with such modest power still able to reach 33 knots +. Regardless of propulsion, the ASV hull will deliver a significant reduction in hull/water resistance, securing unrivalled efficiency, performance, environmental benefits and economy in use. Other distinctive features are very modest wake wash and almost no hum.

General arrangement – main deck level
The generous beam enables a main helm station, arranged with two-three forward facing raised seats at STB side, and one huge chart table (suitable as big writing desk) at the centre. Unlike most rivals, an ASV will operate with almost neutral trim throughout the full speed range, giving excellent forward visibility. Directly above the helm a large sliding sun roof is arranged to let in plenty of air and light if requested. Behind the steering position a mega yacht size dining table, seating 8 in comfort, with plenty of surrounding space, is to be found. The galley is on the lower deck level, arranged close to the dining area with a separate staircase. A large high/low TV screen at the centreline of the vessel may be used to separate the saloon- and dining areas, if required. With an inside width of 5 meter, there is plenty of space for socialising in the saloon, with two tlarge L -shaped sofas to port and starboard. The feeling of space inside resembles more a 90 footer than the actual size. On either side of the saloon aircraft type doors lead to the side decks.

General arrangement – fly, cockpit, swim platform, tender garage and forward deck
Moving aft to the cockpit area the positive effects from the generous beam are maintained. The cockpit and sun pad area may be customized and furnished in several different ways depending on the owner’s choice. On the presented alternative the vessel will have a wet bar to port.  A spacious tender garage is accessible from the large swim platform. The centre section is hydraulically operated for launching / retrieving of tender or water toys. The wider than usual steps from the swim platform to the cockpit will function as additional seating, ideal for chilling out after a swim.

From the cockpit wide steps lead up to the sun pad /fly bridge area. Two different layouts will be available; a smaller sun pad fly (as showing on these images) or a stretched fly bridge with a second steering position.  On the foredeck of the vessel yet another inviting sun pad / seating area is to be found, with large locker rooms for fenders, ropes and the like on either side.

General arrangement – lower deck level
A total of three staircases are leading down to the accommodation deck level. One from the cockpit area port side, giving access to the crew cabin with separate shower and toilet, to a utility room with independent crew galley, as well as to a technical room, with access to the engine room. On port side of the main steering position stairs are leading to the accommodation areas. The port side staircase gives access to the galley.

Amidships, the boat is featuring a unique full width owner suite with a large seetee, a working desk and large hanging wardrobe/lockers. With a net beam of more than 6 meter, and shower/toilet facilities en suite, this cabin is nothing short of spectacular. In the forward section of the boat, behind the lift fan compartment, one will find an airy and spacious VIP double cabin also with en suite facilities and a full size settee to port. To starboard a third twin cabin with separate shower/toilet is located. This toilet will double as a day toilet during normal operation. All cabins have a full standing height of minimum 2 m. Due to the generous beam of the vessel, studies positively conclude that a second layout version for  the lower level can be congured for 4 cabins, a large owner suite, two double VIP cabins and a twin cabin. Special emphasize has been given to arranging large windows throughout the vessel to give an airy, pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.

Technical issues
The ASV concept utilizes a special lift fan system, located far forward in the bow. Air is ducted into the fan room via vents in the upper forward hull sides and via vertical slits on main deck level forward. The double inlet single outlet centrifugal fan is feeding pressurized air, via a duct into the air cavity underneath the vessel.  In the aft section the air cushion chamber is enclosed with use of a proprietary enclosure flap arrangement. The system is designed to reduce and control air escape and to reduce power consumption for operating the system. The less flow the less power demand for the lift fan. With the fan system engaged, and with no forward speed, the 40 – 50 ton vessel is effortlessly raising 50 – 60 cm out of the water, thus reducing wetted surfaces and hull/water resistance to a fraction compared with conventional boats.  Powering the lift fan system will either be a hydraulic- or electric system, depending on the preference of the owner/builder.

Alternative propulsion driveline options
Several pod propulsion arrangement are possible; Volvo Penta is the pioneer for Pod Propulsion systems suited for pleasure boats and yachts. Their forward facing twin contra rotating IPS propulsion (Inboard Performance System) is available from the smallest 225 kW (IPS 400), through 515 kW (IPS 900 Series 2) to 655 kW (IPS 1200 Series 3). Depending on speed requirements both the IPS 900 and the IPS 1200 may be fitted in the ASV NAMASTE 72’, to deliver very low fuel consumption pr NM and speeds well beyond 30 knots.

Rolls Royce, famous for among other their Kamewa water jet range, has now developed their own Pod  Propulsion system for yachts, to be launched shortly. Their system uses forward facing single propeller, and the main underwater housing is made from carbon to secure low weight. Their start up size will be 900 kW. Most engines, i.e. MAN, MTU and Caterpillar may be used in combination with the new RR system.

Surface Piercing Propulsion is yet another option: Twin Disc Arneson is the market leader, offering trim- and steerable units (ASD series). The ASV Mono 72’ may be configured for ASD. The targeted speed, overall weight and outfitting will decide the unit size.

Construction alternatives
The new ASV NAMASTE 72’ may be constructed in either conventional GRP (single skin or sandwich lay up) or in advanced carbon sandwich, with resin infusion and vacuum bagging for reduced weight and strength. With a carbon construction, depending on level of sophistication, several tons can be saved. During the development phase of the ASV Mono 65’ Test Vessel, ESI commissioned a full carbon engineering package from High Modulus LTD (NZ / UK). A similar approach is possible for the ASV Mono 72’. When it comes to deciding, most yards and end clients will carry out a price/performance assessment to guide the selection of construction materials and methods.

Speed and fuel consumption
In this preview of the new ASV NAMASTE 72’ no fixed speed estimates and fuel consumption data will be given. However the ASV team is confident to offer market leading efficiency, performance and mid/high speed fuel consumption with a very good margin. More information to follow shortly.

Exploitation of the ASV technology and ASV 72’ Mono design
The presented ASV NAMASTE 72 design is the first yacht design presented to the public with the new ASV Mono technology. Interested yards and clients wishing to discuss access to the ASV IPR and designs are kindly advised to contact either Studio Sculli  or Effect Ships International AS.

Contact details
Effect Ships International AS: Contact persons: Ulf Tudem or Tor Livgard. Phone: + 47 334 65 650 ,
E-mail:   or   Web:

Studio Sculli:Contact person: Mauro Sculli. Phone:  + 39 0187 1500037,
E-mail: or    Web:  

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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Dock News


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



A  few postings ago, we introduced you to the forward thinking technology offered by Effect Ships International featuring its ASV, for Air Supported Vessel, concepts.  Given the number of ‘eyes on’ views since that first posting, the ideas and data supplied by Effect Ships seems to have hit a chord with many of you. Therefore, we will be updating the progress of the company as it continues to make advances in this very exciting venture. Here is their latest newsletter.       

ASV News. EU project BB GREEN Started

                             Effect Ships International AS, Thor Dahls gt 1, 3210 Sandefjord, Norway.  Phone + 47 33465650,

What is BB GREEN?
BB GREEN is a 3,1 mill Euro R&D project funded by EU 7th Framework, initiated and coordinated by ESI subsidiary SES Europe AS (Norway). The goal for the 3 year project is to develop a new, fast Air Supported Vessel (ASV) all electric ferry.  In a global perspective, active use of waterways for commuter transport is becoming increasingly more popular. A fast and capable commuter vessel can transport passengers (and particularly for the Netherlands – bicycles) faster and more efficient than most land based transport alternatives.

 The project was kicked off in Rotterdam end of June with all partners and scientific officer from EU present.

  • A Zero emission fast waterborne commuter
    Electric power, preferably from sustainable energy sources, stored in a new generation of marine batteries, will be used to power 18 m long x 6 m wide fast ASV commuter vessels, capable of 35 knots ((65 km/hour). The project will use a “holistic approach”, combining several State of the Art technologies and solutions to deliver a highly innovative transport alternative for citizens in communities with water access around Europe and beyond. As more and more of the world’s population move into cities AND towards coastal/waterway regions – environmental friendly, fast and efficient waterborne transport alternatives will be making increasingly more sense.

  • Design development and tank testing of the new BB GREEN ASV hull form
    ESI subsidiary SES Europe AS (Norway) in close collaboration with SSPA Sweden AB (Sweden) will be responsible for the ASV hull form and design development. Targets will be record low resistance, fast acceleration from stand still and low wake wash. Comfort- and safety aspects as well as hull/propulsion integration are other key aspects. Tank testing of two candidate hulls will be carried out in Gothenburg this fall.
  • Utilize ESI’s ASV technology for lowest possible hull/water resistance
    ESI’s patented ASV technology has demonstrated “game changing” efficiency, both in the form of catamaran and mono configurations. During the last year a similar size ASV test vessel has been extensively tested with documentation of quite amazing results. When powering of the vessel will rely on electricity stored in batteries, the targeted speed is high, and range and operational frequency are demanding, the resistance is the first factor to address. The BB GREEN team will seek to turn the design spiral in a positive direction, optimizing each possible factor to achieve best possible overall results.
  • Carbon fibre sandwich and light weight construction for optimal weight/strength
    Partner Diab AS (Norway) will be responsible for the composite engineering, of the full scale prototype as well as the final commercial ASV ferries to follow. Weight reduction has a strong impact on any vessel’s power consumption, battery size, wake wash and operational economy. Design of hull, superstructure and outfitting will address weigh. It is amazing how much energy saving, say of 2 tons, represents in a life cycle perspective.
  • New propulsion system for best efficiency throughout the full speed range
    Up to 80% of the BB GREEN vessel will be supported on a cushion of air, separating most of the hull from the water – with up to 50% reduced resistance – even at low speeds. An ASV will not have the conventional “hump” of most conventional vessels. With the new large diameter/propulsion blade area, slow rotating, surface piercing propulsion system envisaged for the BB GREEN vessel, combined with high torque electric motors, the vessel will accelerate to cruise speed (25 – 35 knots) in no time. Propulsion partner is Carbonia Composites AB (Sweden).
  • Lithium ion nano tech battery for fast recharging and long life
    Partner Amberjac Projects Ltd (UK) will be responsible for developing the new battery pack and driveline. Nano tech cell solutions will be used. Battery technology is making rapid improvements, a key task in the project.
  • Lloyds will assess rules, regulations and safety aspects for construction & operation
    Classification society partner Lloyds Register (UK) will evaluate safety and regulation aspects for the new type of waterborne transport to be operated in sheltered waters in and around cities and densely populated regions with navigational waterways.
  • End user focus – demonstrations, dissemination of results and exploitation
    Partner Aqualiner (Netherlands), based in Rotterdam and operating commuter ferries in various parts of the Netherlands, will together with SES Europe ( Norway) be responsible for the dissemination- and demonstration activities. The full size prototype to be built in the second phase of the project will be the final proof of concept. There are very many potential routes and operations around Europe where the BB GREEN concept could be successfully introduced. The project will endeavour to keep a close contact with end users and potential decision makers for local and regional transport throughout Europe. When ready for dissemination, results and project achievements will be posted on the projects website:

To obtain commercial access to exploit the ESI ASV technology and IPR, through a licensing / collaboration agreement, contacts: General Manager Mr.Ulf Tudem: e-mail: or, technical manager Mr.Tor Livgard: e-mail:

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News

Dock News


Marinalife Announces Navigation Notices for Mariners
Regional and Regular Navigation Updates by Chuck Baier

As a full-service online concierge service for boaters, Marinalife has added a new feature to give members and mariners yet another reason to consider the site their one-stop-shop for cruise planning and reservations. Navigation Notices are the newest service offered free to boaters giving them regular updates on regional cruising areas from the West Coast to the Great Lakes, East Coast and the Bahamas/Caribbean.

To offer this new service, Marinalife partnered with Chuck Baier, a familiar name in boating and a respected resource who has a reputation for providing accurate and relevant waterway updates. Chuck maintains a host of waterway updates and summarizes them as email alerts for Marinalife members. The notices focus on seven popular cruising regions: West Coast, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, New England, the Southeast and the Bahamas/Caribbean. In response to member requests, Marinalife provides members the opportunity to select a specific region about which they would like to receive updates or they can receive notices on all cruising regions if interested.

Brewer Dauntless Home, Long Island, NY

In addition to the email notice, all regional updates are available for review on Navigation Notices are tied in with the nautical chartviewer on allowing boaters to view on the chart exactly where a problem or navigation alert exists. This real-time integration of chart and notification data empowers boaters with the ability to monitor navigation issues as they travel. Navigation Notices were announced to members in mid-June and already over 15,000 boaters are receiving regular waterway updates.

Chuck has owned and operated motor and sailing vessels for over 45 years and he and his wife Susan have cruised extensively in the U.S., Bahamas, Northern and Western Caribbean. After living aboard a sailboat for almost 17 years, they now live aboard their 34-foot Marine Trader trawler, Beach House, based in Ft. Myers, Florida. He says, “As an active boater for many decades, I have always believed in the tradition of the sea … to help your fellow mariner. It is my goal to help make boating as safe and pleasurable an experience for others as it has been for me.”

Maine Sunset

“We are excited to have Chuck as part of our Marinalife team,” says Joy McPeters, CEO of Marinalife. In addition to providing navigation updates, Chuck is also a contributing writer to Marinalife Magazine and will represent Marinalife on the Florida West Coast.

Marinalife members are also excited to have Chuck Baier on the team. One member shared, “Again, I repeat that Marinalife is so, so lucky! You helped us take our boat all the way down the East Coast of the USA!!! You should be in charge of all of the Eastern seaboard. We plan to go south again this year and look forward to your excellent information and advice.”

Boaters can view Marinalife Navigation Notices online at and sign up to receive alerts by registering for free at

Media Contact:
Joy McPeters, Marinalife, LLC
1414 Key Highway, 3rd floor
Baltimore, MD 21230

About Marinalife
Marinalife is the first and only company to bring together the boating community to offer marina information and provide a unique centralized online booking system. Marinalife’s mission is to provide boaters with a wealth of marina options and information to enhance their boating experience by creating services to simplify logistics and alleviate stress during the planning and booking process. Marinalife strives to promote a more enjoyable boating lifestyle by providing the boating community with the most extensive online directory of marina information. For more information on Marinalife, please call 1-800-736-8275 or visit

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Dock News




The Fourth of July holiday weekend has come and gone and the offshore fishing action continues to impress those who have ventured off to the canyons in recent weeks.  Both yellowfin and big eye tuna have been found with some of both species over 100 pounds being weighed during local club events and family fun trips.  Numerous dolphin have also been caught with several gaffers of 30-plus pounds hitting the docks and a smattering of wahoo have also been bagged.  However, the big news around south Jersey focuses on the billfish bite which has picked up right where it left off at the close of the 2010 season.  White marlin have again appeared in numbers and several boats sailing from Canyon Club and South Jersey Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland are reporting double-digit numbers of fish raised and multiple billfish release days!  Several blue marlin have also been spotted with a few hooked up and released! 

Canyon Club Marina Resort, Cape May, NJ

Catch reports such as these are indeed good news and have generated a lot of buzz around the docks as the 2011 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 approaches and preparations continue on schedule for this very special event which this year marks its 20th anniversary.  Set for the week of August 21-26, the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 annually attracts the finest crews and the best boats during the height of the offshore season.  Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey will play host facility for the event while Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland has again been designated the tournament’s lone satellite port.  Both marinas will again offer full weigh-in for tournament participants who will compete for a projected total cash purse of nearly $2 million!  Participants may sail from either port for the tournament though they must designate their sailing port when entering.  All boats must fish within 125 miles of the Cape May Sea Buoy regardless of their sailing port.   

Cash prizes include $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 for the three heaviest white and three heaviest blue marlin while the top three tuna earn $75,000, $35,000 and $20,000.  The single heaviest dolphin and wahoo are each worth $10,000.  Tournament proceeds of $500,000 are based on a field of 125 boats and the overall cash purse will indeed swell once calcutta proceeds are tallied up.  Five calcuttas are available and range from $1000 to $5000 and participants may enter any or none.  Minimum weights to win cash include 65 and 400 pounds respectively for white marlin and blue marlin while in the tuna category only yellowfin, big eye and true albacore are eligible and must weigh 50 pounds to qualify for cash prizes.  There is no minimum weight for dolphin or wahoo.

There is no limit to the number of anglers or lines in this trolling-only tournament though live bait is prohibited.  IGFA rules apply except that a fish may be hooked by anyone in the crew provided the rod is handed off immediately to the angler who fights the fish until boated or released.    

Tournament sponsors continue to sign on and among those on the exclusive list of supporters of this prestigious event is Seakeeper, the world leader in marine gyro stabilizers for sportfishing and leisure yachts, who have a special offer for those considering adding a gyro stabilizer to their vessel.  Seakeeper will pay $6000 towards the 2011 Mid Atlantic $500,000 entry fee for any angler who purchases and refits a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer into their boat by August 1, 2011.  Additionally, a Seakeeper gyro-equipped vessel will be participating in the tournament and will be available for demonstration when not fishing.  And, Seakeeper is offering a $25 gift card to Lucky Bones Backwater Grill (located right across from South Jersey Marina) for all who sea trial the Seakeeper onboard their boat.  For participants in Ocean City, Maryland, Seakeeper will have their 42′ Viking Sportfish available for demonstration as well. 

If you want to be part of this very special Mid-Atlantic $500,000 where we’ll celebrate 20 years of what was the world’s first million-dollar marlin tournament and to this day continues to be, boat for boat, the richest marlin and tuna tournament in the world, you should act NOW to secure your spot. 

 For more information visit the tournament web site at or contact tournament director Bob Glover at 609-884-2400.  

The 2011 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 is proudly sponsored by Premier Sponsors BMW of North America; Ocean Yachts; Raymarine; South Jersey Yacht Sales and XM Satellite Weather and Premier Engine Sponsor Johnson & Towers/MTU.  Additional sponsors include Alexseal Yacht Coatings; Baitmasters of South Florida; Big Game Fishing Journal; Boat Pix; Canyon Club Resort Marina; Christi Insurance Group; Costa Marine; Engines Incorporated; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Fineline Studio; FLIR Systems, Inc.; Fraser-Volpe; Garmin; Guy Harvey; ICOM; Interlux; KRU82 Vodka; KVH; Lucky Bones Backwater Grill; Mack Boring and Parts; MAN Engines and Components; Midlantic Gold Rush; Nauticomp; Ocean LED; Oceanview Marine Welding; Offshore Electronics; Offshore Financial and Pelagic Offshore Gear.  Other sponsors include Penn Reels/Pure Fishing; Poly-Planer; Pompanette; Premier Detailing and Boat Cleaning; Ransome Engine/Caterpillar; Rick Bogert; Seakeeper Inc.; South Jersey Marina; Sperry Top-Sider; Sturdy Bank; Sunset Marina and ZF Marine, LLC.  


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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized



The RIB Ladder from Armstrong Nautical Products is now offered with black mounts to match the trim on many models of Hypalon and PVC RIBs.

Armstrong RIB Ladder with new black mounts

“While our unique RIB boarding ladder is still available with its original gray mounts, we’ve listened to our customers who want our mounts to match the existing trim on their RIBs and in many cases the matching color is black,” said Janie Vallery, President of Armstrong Nautical Products. The soft mounting hardware, also sold separately, allows for multiple mounting points on a RIB.

Winner of the 2009 DAME (Design Award METS) in the Life Saving and Safety Equipment category, the RIB Ladder maintains an easy-to-climb outward angle, supports over 400 pounds and mounts on the rib surface, so there are no holes in the pontoons. Rubber stand-offs help protect the surface of the mother ship. The marine grade stainless steel, telescoping ladder folds compactly for storage. Meets ABYC H-41 Standard. Patented in the US, patents pending in the EC.

Founded in 1990, Armstrong Nautical Products is a division of Vallery Industries. In addition to the RIB Ladder, the Florida-based company also manufactures center pole and telescoping slide-out boarding ladders, watertight deck plates and outboard motor brackets.

For more information, visit or call 1+772.286.7204.

Armstrong Nautical Products – 3140 S.E. Dominica Terrace – Stuart, Florida 34997 USA

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized




When it comes to auxiliary power, diesel gen-sets have a lot going for them.  They’re safer to operate and have lower average fuel consumption rates than their gasoline counterparts, with a longer service life.  Next Generation Power has long known the benefits of diesel, and still offers some of the lightest, smallest units on the market.  Its 5.5 kW model has plenty of juice to run two air conditioning units and more, yet averages just 2/10 gph fuel consumption.

A reliable 12 hp, EPA compliant, Kubota Z482 engine is the brawn behind Next Gen’s UCM 2-5.5 gen-set, which delivers 5,500 watts of power at either 120V or 120/240V.  It runs at 2,800 rpm to maximize lifespan, and is far quieter than typical 3,600 rpm gen-sets.  A unique self-tensioning serpentine belt system further reduces noise and service intervals.  With its optional sound enclosure, the Next Gen model registers only 60dB, that of normal speech levels.

The UCM 2-5.5 offers versatile mounting options with its compact size of 25.5″ L x 20″ W x 22″ H with enclosure, weighing in at 270 lbs.  It features oil pressure and water temperature safety shutdowns, four-point isolation mounts, a remote start panel with hour meter and wiring harness, and a water-cooled stainless steel exhaust.  Maintenance is simplified with fuel pump, oil filter, heat exchanger, zinc anode and other service points all located on one side.

While the average cost of diesel fuel is slightly more than gasoline, the fuel-efficient diesel gen-set creates cost savings in the end, with its consumption rate 50% better or more than gas gen-sets.  Ignition protected certified models bring peace of mind to owners with gasoline-powered main engines, and their insurance companies. The Next Generation Power UCM 2-5.5 gen-set starts at $7,185 with enclosure.

           Contact Next Generation Power, 1732 St. Johns Bluff Rd., Jacksonville, FL  32246. 
888-463-9879; Fax: 904-642-8175.


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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Ferretti Custom Line Launches 106’/33m Crescendo Megayacht

Custom Line Yachts For Sale

Italian yacht-builder Custom Line launched yet another yacht, a 33-meter Crescendo megayacht, Ziacanaia. She Hull #1 in the new 33-meter Crescendo series. The yacht and new series is the result in collaboration between yacht designers Zuccon International Project and Advanced Yacht Technology.

A pair of MAN V12 engines power the new Crescendo to a max speed of 20 knots. At 10 knots, she benefits from a 1,500 nautical mile range. Her cruising speed is at a very brisk 16 knots.

Her layout features a large sliding glass door on the starboard side of her Main Salon much like on the Custom Line 100. This is intentionally connected to a balcony which jettisons from the bulwark. The interior is light and airy, dominated by creams and light browns, a good mixture between fabric and woods.

Ziacanaia will accommodate guests in 4 double cabins on the lower deck and in the Master Stateroom located on the main deck, forward. She is expected to make her debut at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, France this September.

In other Ferretti news Custom Line has also launched the first new Ferretti Custom Line 100’; Hull #1 has been named, Desta. The Custom Line Yacht project was developed through the relationship between megayacht designers, Studio Zuccon International Project, the AYT Advanced Yacht Technology, the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design center, and the team of architects and designers at the Centro Stile Ferretti Group.

Externally, the precise lines of Ferretti Custom Line 100’ yachts give the profile an extraordinarily sporty appearance, impressing any onlooker immediately. On the Owner’s request, a glass door can be fitted in the right hand broadside of the salon, which opens out onto a foldaway terrace for direct contact with sea.

One particular new feature, unique to yachts of this segment, has been developed with the aim of improving the living conditions inside the yacht through the introduction of the full-beam Master Stateroom. This feature brings a significant increase in on-board space and creates new external routes typical of larger yachts.

The areas below deck have also been wisely organized in the 4 guest staterooms, all with en-suite heads and large open view windows over the ocean. There is plenty of room for outdoor living, too, with a flybridge equipped with large sunpads and an external lounge at bow on the main deck. She is fitted with twin MTU 2639mhp engines which drive the vessel to a top speed of 26 knots.

I’m especially proud to see the Ferretti Custom Line range grow,” commented Norberto Ferretti, Ferretti Group CEO and Founder. “This is all thanks to the wonderful working relationship between the Group’s AYT, Centro Stile Ferretti Group and our irreplaceable friend, Gianni Zuccon, whose contribution is fundamental.”

The final piece of news from Ferretti surrounds its Riva Brand.

Ferretti Group’s New Riva 63-Foot Virtus is a Team Effort 

The Ferretti Group recently announced the launching of the Riva 63-foot Virtus. The yacht is the largest open yacht produced by the shipyard to date. The new offering is a team effort that puts Italiana Design and Advanced Yacht Technology in collaboration with the architects and designers at Centrol Stile Ferretti Group.













While the styling of the Riva 63-foot Virtus is reminiscent of the 63-foot Vertigo and the Rivale, the Mediterranean-styled vessel has larger open areas than its predecessor. There are two large sundecks that provide plenty of space for entertaining and lounging. The cockpit has three sofas, a refrigerator, a sink, and a hideaway grill.

It also is covered with a large, hydraulically operated covering, which can remain open while cruising. The helm is protected by a large windshield, which keeps the performance of the Virtus from dampening its aesthetics most effectively.

The interior layout optimizes the ship’s available space very efficiently. The salon is equipped with a wooden table that comfortably accommodates six. The master and guest cabin set at bow. The master cabin is positioned lower than the other cabins. The positioning of it makes it roomier, as it provides more usable space throughout. Large, arrow-shaped side windows enhance the symmetry of the yacht tenfold.

The new Riva 63-foot Virtus’ ease of handling is attributable its hull design’s built-in tunnel propulsion. It has twin 1360mhp MAN 12V engines, which produce 1,000 kW at 2,300 rpm/minute, while delivering a top speed at 40 knots. The average cruise speed is around 35 knots.

“Riva is an extraordinary brand, and always manages to innovate, creating unique, cutting edge models, whilst still maintaining the charm and magic which have characterized it for over 160 years,” said Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of the Ferretti Group. “The 63-foot Virtus, with her strong, decisive character combined with the elegance and refined features, which are typical to this brand, is the perfect addition to the Riva range.” For more information, visit

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Uncategorized




Washing a boat with hard water requires plenty of physical effort, great quantities of cleaning products and tons of time.  After all that work, it also leaves water spots behind.

Hard water that dries on a finish can be difficult to remove as the minerals in the spots remain active and etch a surface.  To help combat the effects of hard water, owners should remove residual hard water from paint, glass and other high-gloss or high-profile finishes with a final rinse from a water filtration system.

This spot-free water is the result of a treatment process which removes, or greatly reduces, the dissolved solids from the incoming water supply.  There are two processes that can provide this, deionization and reverse osmosis.

Deionization (DI) is a physical process utilizing special ion exchange resins that bind to and filter out the mineral salts from water.  The resulting water is of high purity that is spot-free.  DI water is ideal for washing smaller boats and detailers, or any time there’s not a need for drying.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) requires water to pass through filtration cartridges and then through a membrane that retains minerals and contaminants.  RO systems vary in their efficiency with some units using up to 4 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of pure water.  Excess water which usually flows into the drain can be circulated through the system reducing overall water consumption.

As the system purifies the water, it is collected in a holding tank or transferred into smaller holding tanks.  A delivery pump is usually required to transfer the water to another tank or to generate the necessary pressure for washing or spraying from the main holding tank.  Great for higher volume users, mobile detailers will prove an RO system to be more cost-effective in the long run.

CleaRinse offers a complete line of portable, inline and stationary water softening, purifying and filtration systems for boaters.  By removing harmful, finish-damaging minerals that cause water spots, the company’s products reduce overall maintenance time, while helping to preserve the appearance of various surfaces and finishes.

For those seeking a spot-free rinse, CleaRinse offers both portable De-ionized (DI) and Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems designed to eliminate the need for drying while leaving finishes spotless.  The Spot Free DI units are cartridge-based systems that utilize semiconductor-grade, mixed-bed exchange resin for ultra-pure water.

Contact CleaRinse by G2 Products, 1445 Jupiter Park Dr. #9, Jupiter, FL  33458.;

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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Heesen Yachts Launches 50-Meter Superyacht “Ice Angel”

Heesen Yachts For SaleDutch luxury superyacht builder Heesen is continuing on a successful roll in 2011 with another successful launch. The new launch is another member of the new 50-meter family of yachts. She will soon join her sister ship, “Satori” which was delivered earlier this year. The final name of the new 50-meter luxury yacht is “Ice Angel”.

Ice Angel is hull 15850 built by Heesen in all aluminum to a semi-displacement platform The design has been by Omega Architects with Naval Architecture by Heesen themselves. The interior work has been a collaboration between Omega and Domus Nova. The twin screw motor yacht has a beam of 9.00-meters and a draft of 2.50-meters. On the technical side, Ice Angel is likely to have a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M90 engines that possess the capability to push her to a 23 knot top speed. She can carry just under 70,000 LT of fuel with an economical range over 3,000 nautical miles. Ice Angel has been seen on the new waterway in the Netherlands recently. She differs from Satori by her paint scheme, sporting black and white livery. She should be delivered this Summer.

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Uncategorized