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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Heesen Yachts completes 55-meter megayacht,
Quinta Essentia” 

Heesen Yachts For SaleNetherlands-based luxury yacht builder Heesen Yachts has completed construction of the 55-meter megayacht, Quinta Essentia. Her interior has been designed by a collaboration of yacht designers Michela  Reverberi and Ken Freivokh whereas her exterior lines and deck plans have been  designed by Dobroserdov Design in association with Omega Architects.

The yacht sports shades of  red and white and features an owner’s suite, a double, twin guest and  VIP room to house guests. She also offers options of transforming a pair  of guest cabins into a VIP stateroom if required. The megayacht features a  waterfall on the top of the upper deck aft overhang plunging into a  pool on the main deck’s aft. She is also equipped with bulges of glass  amidships viewed from the exterior portions of the main and upper deck  while comprising glass in the bulwarks of the area to facilitate outside  glimpses from the interior of the vessel. The all-aluminum megayacht also has signature curved balconies and windows  in the owner’s suite located forward on the main deck and on the salons  on the main and upper deck.

Quinta Essentia features twin MTU 20V4000 M93 engines with maximum  power of 4.170 kW at 2100 rmp.  Her maximum speed is 24 knots, with a  cruising speed of 22 knots at 80% power. Her range at 12 knots is 4,500  nautical miles. Quinta Essentia yacht’s tender is located in the tender bay with an upwards opening door.

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

ISA Launches 50-Meter Superyacht: “Papi Du Papi” in Italy

ISA, the Italian superyacht shipyard announed the launching of yet another yacht recently. ISA just  launched the second hull in their 50-meter series, christened “Papi Du  Papi”. She uses the same platform as all three in the series but each yacht differs slightly in styling, transom and superstructure.

The design of Papi Du Papi is by Andrea Vallicelli while the  interior is by Francesco Paszkowski. The displacement superyacht is  finished in all-white paint with grey underwater hull. As on the well  famed 47-meter series, the 50-meter yacht continues the stairway to  heaven concept connecting all three decks at the aft.

Papi Du Papi was built with a steel hull and aluminum  superstructure. The aft of the hull houses the yacht’s beach club that  is cased in generously sized glass doors. She is powered by a pair of  Caterpillar 3512C engines that are expected to run her to 16-knots.

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized




With the Milennia PRV20 from Prospec Electronics there’s no reason not to take a portable media device for a day out on the water.  This new portable media receiver is Bluetooth capable, letting boaters stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Once the device is paired to the PRV20, users can control the music selection and volume through the stereo receiver or through the portable media device.  No docking station or expensive cables are required. A boater can even place the media device in their pocket, glove box, cabin or day bag up to 30′ away while the music
continues to stream.  This allows extra protection for those valuable Blackberries, Androids or Apple products.

The MILPRV20 has a strong internal amplifier of 45W x 4 and contains an aluminum heat sink for efficient heat
dissipation.  It also features AM/FM radio, USB and auxiliary inputs.  The compact unit measures only 5-1/4″ L x 3-1/4″ W x 1-3/4″ D.

Prospec Electronics’ Milennia PRV20 retails for $169.95.

Contact Prospec Electronics,
3325 S Morgans Point Rd.,
Mt. Pleasant, SC  29466.

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News

Dock News

Bellingham Yachts
Announced as New Dealer for Cutwater Boats

Fluid Motion,builder of Cutwater Boats, has grown its dealer network with the addition of Bellingham Yachts as the Pacific Northwest dealer for the trailerable cruisers which debuted at boat shows earlier this year. The Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28 are the newest additions to Bellingham Yachts fleet, owned by industry veterans and brothers, Nick and Dean Ouilette. The dealership will be receiving its first Cutwater models—a blue 26 and taupe 28 by the end of August and will exhibit the boats at shows this fall.Cutwater-26-starboard-turn

The team at Bellingham Yachts has over 27 years of experience in sales and customer service stemming in part from their role as one of the oldest powerboat dealers for Sabre Yachts in the U.S. “In addition, we have a service department which I oversee that ensures our customers are well cared for and loyal,” says Nick Ouilette, co-owner of Bellingham Yachts. The company also represents Sabre and Back Cove but the Cutwater fills a void as their customers move down in size. Due to the trailerable size of Cutwaters, the compact boats offer customers flexibility of use.

Nick Ouilette knows the design preferences of his customers and comments on the benefit of adding Cutwater Boats to his fleet, “The traditional styling of Cutwater compliments Sabre and Back Cove which appeals to a broad spectrum of customers.”

Bellingham Yachts is conveniently located next to a four lane boat launch and the dealership has gated docks in front of the office giving security to the boats they represent as well as a high level of customer service due to the ease with which clients can sea trial new boats. The group also manages their own charter fleet and may add a Cutwater 28 to the fleet allowing customers to truly “try before buying.”

Cutwater Boats have an innovative semi-displacement hull shape, practical interior layout and quality standard equipment making them easy to handle and efficient to cruise. They are equipped with a Yanmar diesel engine, Garmin electronics, Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows, and bow and stern thrusters come standard for ease of operation and maneuverability. Bellingham Yachts will work with buyers on additional equipment options so their Cutwater is commissioned to fit their cruising needs and styles. The Cutwater 26 and 28 are ideal boats for couples or families cruising in the Pacific Northwest.

Cutwater 28

Bellingham Yachts will have the Cutwater 26 and 28 on exhibit at the Seattle Boats Afloat Show Sept. 14-18.

For more information, visit

Cutwater Contact: Mark Mansfield, National Sales Manager; 425.327.0907

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Dock News


Boat Builder’s Profile

Jarrett Bay Named ABBRA Boatyard of the Year

Jarrett Bay Boatworks in Beaufort, North Carolina, has been presented with the 2011 Award of Excellence “Boatyard of the Year” designation from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) at the association’s Annual Conference, held in New Bedford, Massachusetts, July 18–19, 2011.

Jarrett Bay 63: photo David Blythe

Jarrett Bay Boatworks was one of six to receive a prestigious ABBRA award presented on an annual basis and designed to recognize individuals and companies from the boatbuilding and repairing industry for their excellence throughout the year. ABBRA’s “Boatyard of the Year” award is given to the service or repair facility that demonstrates excellence in all facets of its company through commitment to customer relations, quality management, positive employee and vendor relationships, regard for the safety of its employees and customers, good stewardardship of the environment, and innovatively employing technology to enhance its marine business.

“Jarrett Bay Boatworks is a company built on a tradition of quality craftsmanship and integrity,” ABBRA President Pam Lendzion said as she presented the award. “When you walk into the facility you can’t help but feel the pride each craftsman has in his work. Randy Ramsey and his team are passionate about boatbuilding and repair; they consistently produce quality work, and are determined to exceed their customers’ expectations. This business model has made Jarrett Bay Boatworks a success.”

Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey

Jarrett Bay’s President Randy Ramsey commented, “This is a great honor. Everyone that is a part of our organization helped to earn this, and I am extremely grateful for their efforts to provide our customers with world-class craftsmanship and professionalism.”

Jarrett Bay Boatworks, 530 Sensation Weigh
Beaufort, NC 28516.  252.728.2690     
Fax: 252.728.2607

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Whether flushing an inboard engine to winterize, for regular maintenance or when moving between bodies of water, the process is now simple.  There’s no need to crawl under the boat, open the engine hatch, custom-rig connections or turn valves on and off.  Perko’s FlushProtm is a convenient solution.

Available for hose sizes 5/8″, 1″ or 1-1/4″, FlushPro makes freshwater flushing as easy as connecting to a garden hose.  A supplied adapter makes boat winterizing a snap.  The unit’s transparent body allows visual monitoring of water flow.  Flush Pro’s durable check valve system is activated by water pressure from the hose and automatically shuts off hull intake when pressure is applied.

Made of heavy-duty polymer with a stainless steel spring, Flush Pro is available in two models.  Model #0546 is
the FlushPro valve itself, while #0457 FlushPro Kit contains the check valve with hose clamps, the Perko water inlet fitting, and a 7′ length of hose and fittings.  The system also works for flushing onboard generators or air conditioning units. The suggested retail price of FlushPro from Perko is approximately $110.  The kit costs $190.

Contact Perko, 16490 Northwest 13th Ave., Miami, FL  33169.  305-621-7525; Fax: 305-620-9978.;

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News

A milestone anniversary deserves a special party and we’ve got one planned for the 2011 Mid-Atlantic $500,000!  Known among tournament participants along the east coast and beyond for its large cash purse, great fishing, exceptional dockside service and nightly hospitality, this year’s event is indeed special as we celebrate 20 years of what Al Ristori of Salt Water Sportsman dubbed back in 1992 “An unequalled big game event promoting conservation, camaraderie and sportsmanship.”  Nightly festivities have become the norm for Mid-Atlantic $500,000 participants though this year will be a little different.

The week-long celebration runs from Sunday, August 21 through Friday, August 26 and special events are planned for both tournament locations.  Canyon Club Resort Marina will serve as Tournament Headquarters for boats sailing from Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland will host participants who choose to sail from that port which has been designated as the event’s only satellite port.  While crews keep busy during the day on the water, dockside activities, both day and night, offer a chance to relax, renew old friendships and shares stories about the day’s fishing activity and numerous special events are planned.  As an early entry incentive, Engel USA will offer the first 125 paid entrants a 30-quart cooler/dry box from their Engel Adventure Line of products, which is perfect for transporting bait and other fishing necessities.  Seakeeper is offering a free Basic Entry of $6000 to the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 for anyone purchasing their advanced Gyro Stabilization System by August 26, 2011.  For further information contact Seakeeper at 410-326-1590 or at

Cape May Brewing Company will host a tasting of their special Mid-Atlantic 500 “Fish On” beer on Wednesday night in Cape May.  KRU82, the new, exciting vodka from Holland, will offer tastings of their product at both ports during the tournament as well.  The Mega Marlin Raffle has been expanded and will benefit the Guy Harvey Foundation and the Recreational Fishing Alliance and a wide variety of prizes has been assembled.  Additionally, the ever popular 50/50 will culminate on Wednesday night while the Mega Marlin Raffle’s $10,000 cash drawing is slated for Friday night!  A special Wednesday night sit-down dinner with table service will be offered under the tent at Sunset Marina for Ocean City, Maryland participants and some exciting gifts and prizes to help commemorate the tournament’s 20th Anniversary will also be provided! 

BMW of North America, the exclusive automotive sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 will be onsite each day of the tournament showcasing the newest BMW models including the all-new 2012 BMW 6 Series.  In addition to the 6 Series, BMW will feature the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series, Z4 and X5.  Test drives of each model will be available at the Canyon Club Marina Ship’s Store from Sunday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Additionally, ZF Marine will demonstrate their new pod drive system aboard their new ZF Marine 50’ Viking demo in each port.  Also, BMW and ZF Marine will jointly hold an exclusive reception during weigh-ins on Thursday evening for their customers and prospects.  Participants should check their Captain’s Packets for invitations and details.

August is officially “Guy Harvey Month” at South Jersey Marina and a brand new display of Guy’s latest artwork and merchandise will be on display.  Harvey has been a cornerstone and a great friend of the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 since its inception and his never ending efforts in regard to our sport is greatly respected and appreciated around the globe.  In addition to his exclusive, private appearances at the tournament, the world renowned wildlife artist, conservationist and researcher will be available for a rare public northeast signing session at the South Jersey Marina Ship’s Store on August 23 and August 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The public is cordially invited to meet Guy personally and have him sign his artwork, t-shirt or other items baring his art.  The Ship’s Store at South Jersey Marina is located at 1231 Rt. 109, Cape May.   

In Cape May, a very special east coast appearance by country music star Colton James will take place.  Colton’s motto is “101 Proof Country” and he will appear there with his band to play his latest hits including Brave Men, a powerful tribute to our American troops.

For further information on the 2011 Mid-Atlantic $500,000 call 609-884-2400 or visit the tournament’s official web site at

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 Canvas; Engines Incorporated; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Fineline Studio; FLIR Systems, Inc.; Fraser-Volpe; Garmin; Guy Harvey; Interlux; KRU82 Vodka; Lucky Bones Backwater Grille; 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;  Pompanette; Premier Detailing and Boat Cleaning; Premier Yacht Management; Ransome Engine/Caterpillar; Rick Bogert; Seakeeper Inc.; South Jersey Marina; Sperry Top-Sider; Sturdy Bank; Sunset Marina; ZF Marine, LLC and Washington Inn.  

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Posted by on August 7, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Moonen Launches Fourth Moonen 97 Superyacht

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands recently launched their 4th yacht in its much admired range of Moonen 97 steel displacement megayachts. With sistership Livia (the third in the series) a finalist in the World Superyacht Awards, Moonen Yachts is confident that a buyer will soon be found for a yacht that is loaded with the latest technology.

“All the experiences gained by the yard and by the owners of the first 3 Moonen 97s have been integrated into number four,” says Emile Bilterijst, managing director of Moonen Shipyards. “She has a phenomenal interior from the boards of Artline that optimises storage and features a wealth of wide open spaces. Offering exceptional comfort at sea and anchor, a whisper-quiet performance and impeccable Moonen quality, the new Moonen 97 is surely the best of the series so far.”

The yacht offers spacious accommodations for 8 people in a neutral modern styling. “We have deliberately chosen for a contemporary cozy look that is sure to appeal to many people, while also retaining the air of luxury one would expect from a yacht of this standard, “ continues Bilterijst. “The fine cherry wood paneling is offset by accents in the decoration, including the subtle carpeting and leather surfaces on tables and cabinets. There is also a lovely synthesis of flowing and straight lines, which is a very natural way to shape an interior. Add in lots of natural and artificial light and you have an interior of distinction and class.” Her full-beam Master Stateroom features an unusually large walk-in dressing room and the yacht also boasts an impressive VIP stateroom in addition to 2 guest suites. The Moonen 97 also has good crew accommodation for a yacht of this size, making it easily adapted to the chartering market.

In terms of technology, materials, layout and aesthetics, she is state of the art. The Moonen 97 is the first to benefit from a new method of building in the pipe work in the accommodation areas. The core construction was spray-painted before the pipes were laid. As welding work was no longer possible in the pristine environment, composite pipes were used for drink and chilled water. The overall result is a higher quality and an even better look. In a similar vein, all the pipes in the engine room have been painted before being laid.

A comprehensive sound and vibration attenuation program is another major technical attribute. In addition to deploying the finest noise-absorbing insulation, Moonen has eliminated vibration at source by giving the highly skewed propeller 50 percent more clearance between the blade tip and hull surface. The Moonen 97 is also exceptionally comfortable at anchor thanks to the installation of advanced Naiad zero-speed stabilizers. Moonen is known for its impeccable engineering and construction, and this Lloyd’s Registered and MCA approved yacht once again proves why.

The Moonen 97 is styled by yacht designer René van Der Velden. Her sleek low-profile exterior features an elegant flared bow, a sloping stern with twin stairways, a graceful sheer line and bold fashion plates. Her round-bilged hull, designed by naval architect Diana Yacht Design, ensures superior seagoing comfort, while the economical shaping, and her steel constructions allows significant fuel tankage to give the Moonen 97 true transatlantic range.


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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Uncategorized




A new website makes crystal clear why Phase III Antennas from Shakespeare Electronic Products Group tower above the rest.  Discerning, performance-conscious boat owners can now peruse the high-quality, hand-assembled Phase III line at


The site covers the technological advances behind the antennas’ design, such as foam fill to isolate radiators from vibration and moisture, as well as silver-plated elements and copper inner conductors.  A thorough informational video explains the antennas’ components and highlights suggested mounts for the line.  The video can also be seen at

A detailed products section illustrates and outlines specifications for Phase III VHF, HF/SSB, cellular, and AM/FM antennas and related accessories.  The website lists the rigorously-selected Shakespeare factory-authorized servicing dealers and specialty two-step distributors for the top-of-the-line antennas, plus sales, service and warranty contact information.

Corporate Offices
Shakespeare Electronic Products Group, 6111 Shakespeare Rd., Columbia, SC  29223  USA

+1-803-227-1590; Fax: +1-803-419-3099

European Offices
Shakespeare Electronic Products Group, Enterprise Way, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 8RY  England

+44 (0) 1253 858787; Fax: +44 (0) 1253 859595

Shakespeare Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH).

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


Dock News



Marinalife Hosts Second Annual Best Marinas Contest

Online Voting Open for Best Transient Marina and Best Customer Service Marina

Marinalife—the full-service online concierge service for boaters—announced today the opening of online voting for its 2011 Best Marinas Contest. Voting is open August 1-October 15 on Marinalife members and boaters are invited to vote for the Best Transient Marina and the Marina with the Best Customer Service. The annual Best Marinas contest is a way for the active boating community to pay accolades to the marinas that contribute to their positive boating experiences throughout the season.

Transient marinas are integral to coastal cruising and are popular with boaters who follow a snowbird schedule or explore ports along different waterways. Boaters often look for amenities like easy access to fuel and pump out facilities, dog-friendly areas, wifi networks and perhaps restaurants or other shopping opportunities at transient marinas. Marinas that offer the best customer service will stand out in a boater’s mind perhaps from an interaction with a dockhand, reservation staff or dockmaster; and often, those positive customer service experiences will mean positive reviews and references for the marina.

Nantucket Boat Basin Crew

In 2010, the Nantucket Boat Basin in Nantucket, Massachusetts, was voted as the Best Transient Marina and Haven Harbour Marina in Rock Hall, Maryland was selected for Best Customer Service. There are over 8600 marinas in the Marinalife database that cover the cruising areas of the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Central America and they are all eligible to be selected as the 2011 Best Marinas. The winning marinas will be recognized at the Marinalife booth at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, reviewed in the Winter 2011-2012 issue of Marinalife Magazine and will receive a marketing package valued at $2000.

Whether a voter is a seasonal slipholder, year round marina resident, or simply a transient guest of a marina, the Best Marinas Contest is a chance to highlight the marinas that have gone above and beyond in the categories of Transient Service and overall Best Customer Service. Joy McPeters, CEO of Marinalife notes, “Boaters have posted thousands of marina reviews on our website but this contest is a chance for us to recognize on a larger, and more public scale, the marinas that really stand out to boaters as the best.”

Haven Harbour Marina

Marinalife provides comprehensive cruising solutions through innovative trip-planning tools like Navigation Alerts and the Nautical Chartviewer, an online reservation system, marina recommendations, preferred dockage and fuel rates for members, and online features such as cruise templates, marina reviews and a fuel locator. The Best Marinas Contest is one more way that Marinalife connects the active boater with marinas and cruising services. Boaters can vote August 1-October 15 and voting can be done on

For more information contact Joy McPeters, Marinalife, LLC, 1414 Key Highway, 3rd floor,
Baltimore, MD 21230 410.752.0505,

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 August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized