Monthly Archives: October 2011



Interlux® introduces boat builders to Micron CSC HS, a reduced solvent emissions product in its premium Micron® Technology product line.

Like the rest of the Interlux Micron range, Micron CSC HS (High Solids) provides multi-seasonal performance, reduced maintenance and the ability to haul and re-launch without the need to repaint. Micron CSC HS is designed to control the release of copper for better longevity and this attribute also means a more efficient product with reduced impact on the environment. The VOC compliant formulation reduces solvent emissions into the air.

The self-polishing product yields a smooth surface for optimal fuel efficiencies. Micron CSC HS is also a high build formulation – the thicker paint film will improve longevity and protection in high wear areas such as the waterline, rudders and leading edges. Available in gallon and three gallon pails and may be applied by brush/roller and airless spray.

For more information about Micron CSC HS and other Interlux products, visit

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Dock News


Electronics Review


 Superior Chart Detail, Value-Added Data and Limited-Time Furuno FREEbate Promotion Among
Many Reasons for Boaters to Select C-MAP by Jeppesen Charts

Boaters who unlock the C-MAP by Jeppesen MapMedia 3D charts inside their Furuno NavNet 3D navigators quickly realize they’ve also unlocked the full potential of this advanced navigation system. C-MAP by Jeppesen MM3D charts come pre-loaded for all of North America including the Bahamas, Great Lakes, inland rivers and Canadian waters. Depending upon the area in which boaters fish, sail or cruise, these charts can provide a range of important advantages over the “base” NOAA ENC data embedded in Furuno’s NavNet 3D.

Boaters who unlock their unit’s C-MAP by Jeppesen charts can enjoy the superior quality that has made C-MAP cartography the choice of professional mariners worldwide.  Wherever boaters pursue their adventure — from the Pacific Coast (including Alaska and Hawaii) to the Gulf Coast, to the Bahamas and up the East Coast — C-MAP by Jeppesen provides the confidence that comes with accurate, detailed charts. These advantages also extend to key inland rivers and the Great Lakes.

The full available chart coverage and detail of C-MAP by Jeppesen MM3D charts can provide Furuno NavNet 3D users with these and other advantages:

•  Additional spot soundings and depth contours
•  Better detail of dangerous rocks, shoals, obstructions and tidal rip areas
•  More detailed marina charts and layouts, including proprietary C-Marina charts
•  Clearly marked navigation channels and anchorage areas
•  More navigational aids clearly and accurately marked on charts
•  Exclusionary zones like California’s Marine Protected Areas, charted in full detail
•  Quality chart coverage of key navigable rivers and lakes
•  Most accurate, current chart data available (updated at least twice per year)

Navigators who frequent the Bahamas will also have the added benefit of C-MAP by Jeppesen charts featuring Bahamas Explorer and Wavey Line Chartbook data, two widely trusted sources for detailed, accurate cartography for this cruising, sailing and fishing mecca.

North American boaters who purchase a new Furuno NavNet 3D between now and November 30, 2011 will receive another important benefit — a chart unlock for the C-MAP by Jeppesen chart of their choice at no additional charge (a $300 value).  Through its recently launched NavNet 3D FREEbate Promotion, Furuno will email qualifying end users codes to unlock the selected pre-loaded C-MAP by Jeppesen chart data.  Details on this valuable, limited-time promotion are available at

More detailed information about the many advantages of C-MAP by Jeppesen MM3D charts for Furuno’s  NavNet 3D system is available on the “Specialty Charts” section of Jeppesen’s website,

About Jeppesen
Jeppesen is a market-leading provider of vessel operations services and digital navigation solutions, based on worldwide vector chart data type approved to ISO19879, meteorological information and transmission technologies. Jeppesen offers a wide range of navigation and operations products and services to both recreational and commercial marine markets. Safety-conscious boaters and operators of vessels ranging from coastal to SOLAS class, rely on Jeppesen for innovative navigation solutions that improve safety and efficiency. Jeppesen is a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Jeppesen corporate information is available online at

Ellison Overhardt
Regional Marketing Manager – Marine
(303) 328-6338

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized



New Flat Panel Battery Management System
From Wells Marine Technology

The Boat Builders Labor Saving Device – Custom Designs Available

Battery management system manufacturer Wells Marine Technology has launched a space-saving flat panel model of its Total Automatic Battery Management System (T.A.B.S.) that can be configured easily for any single, twin or triple engine application and can also be custom-designed to builder model specifications.

Wells T.A.B.S. connects battery chargers, DC electric panels and equipment to save boat builders time, money and storage space while eliminating confusing battery selector switches for boat owners. The new flat panel T.A.B.S. features heavy duty stainless steel hardware and can accommodate any size cable.

Wells Total Automatic Battery Management Systems feature:

• Automatic charging and isolation of batteries
• Hands free operation – no diodes or selector switches
• Emergency start parallel
• On-Off manual battery disconnect switches
• Indicator lights for battery switches
• Indicator light for automatic charging system
• Heavy duty ½” stainless or bronze hardware for large gauge cables

For more information about the new Wells Flat Panel Total Automatic Battery
Management System and other Wells Marine Technology products, visit or call

Wells Marine Technology
240 Little Brook Lane
Greenville, Tennessee 37743 USA

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized



When Quality Matters
Marine Hardware & Accessories
for OEM and Aftermarket


Known for its durable deck plates, Beckson Marine now takes this high-quality standard of manufacturing to make the accessory many boaters need.  The company’s new DPA-4 Deck Plate Key is a 3-in-1 multi-tool made to work with screw-out, pry-out or twist-out deck plates.

Beckson’s Deck Plate Key has a pry-out tool on one end and a drain plug slot wrench on the other.  This slot can also be used to hang the key on a hook in a handy spot.  Two nubs on the tool’s edge are for use as a spanner wrench with screw-out deck plates.

Approximately 7″ long, the key is offered in a bright, stand-out yellow to make sure it can be easily found.  It’s constructed from tough high-strength acetal resin for a long life. Beckson Marine’s DPA-4 Deck Plate Key has a suggested retail price of just $4.95.

For over 55 years, Beckson has produced
high-quality marine equipment and accessories.  The company manufactures an
extensive range of superior products, including pumps, ports, hatches, vents,
deck plates, fasteners and hoses.

Contact Beckson Marine, 165 Holland Ave.,
Bridgeport, CT  06605.  Email:;  Visit

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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Public Debut of the Nordhavn 86 in Fort Lauderdale

Nordhavn’s huge display at boat show highlighted by the line’s current flagship.


Pacific Asian Enterprises Inc. (PAE), manufacturer of the line of Nordhavn long range motoryachts, is very pleased to announce the public debut of the Nordhavn 86 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show next month. The gorgeous N86 was PAE’s first foray into the megayacht market. She has been met with much success and was a catalyst in the design and forthcoming launch of the Nordhavn 120, which has solidified PAE as a leader in not only expedition yachts but as a superyacht builder as well.

Like all Nordhavns, the N86 is meant to cross oceans, and she was purpose-built with safety at sea in mind. But
discerning yachtsmen also demand the utmost level of fit and finish. The Nordhavn 86 is constructed using the most exotic woods, stone and materials, hand-crafted to the highest standards by our factory’s skilled artisans. Each hull to date is a masterpiece of her owners’ unique vision, enhanced with the delightful bonus of being the best value in this range of super-yacht.

We invite you to come to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, October 27-31, at the Las Olas Marina, slip 123, and inspect the gorgeous Nordhavn 86. This particular N86 was built for fun, optimized to carry “toys” with custom storage for SCUBA equipment, fishing gear and jetskis. She’s also got a “double VIP layout” with an aft-facing master suite on the bridge level complete with sliding doors which lead out to a private balcony. A second VIP stateroom is located on the main level.

Showcased alongside the 86 at Fort Lauderdale will be the Nordhavn 64, currently one of PAE’s best selling models. Both boats will be at the Las Olas section of the show. Additionally, a Nordhavn 55 will be in Fort Lauderdale at the main section of the show on B Dock. Please see the site maps for exact location. For more details, contact us at

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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Uncategorized


Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

This time out, the Boat and Yacht Report offers a new launch and a concept project from prestigious Feadship as well as Oyster Yachts’ sailing trials on its first spectacular 100.

Feadship Yachts Completes 45m Superyacht “Helix

Feadship Yachts, one of the leading superyacht manufacturers, has completed another megayacht in time for the end of the 2011 Summer Yacht Shows. The 45-meter superyahct,  Helix, is the fifth and latest in the F45 series of yachts built by Feadship. Her sister yachts include, “Space”, “HARLE”, “MadSummer” (ex. “TV”) and “Gladiator”. She (Helix) has been delivered and was showcased at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show (MYS).

Built with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, the twin-screw diesel superyacht is a pure luxury pad. She is powered by twin 1055 horse power MTU engines. Helix was designed by De Voogt Naval Architects with an interior by Sinot Design. The interior of Helix itself is the first to offer the Nautical styling from Feadship.

Class for Helix Lloyds Register, +100A1, SSC, YACHT, MONO, G6, LMC, UMS, MCA Compliant. A Master stateroom, two doubles and two twins are available to sleep ten guests. The crew membership is approximately nine. Helix is 44.70-meters long, 9.20-meters wide and has a draught near 2.90-meters with a tonnage just under 500.

Feadship Yachts Unveils 56m Superyacht Concept: “Qi


Feadship Yachts unveiled their 6th Future Concept at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show. Like her predecessors, Qi has been created by De Voogt Naval Architects to reflect the likely requirements and desires of the next generation of clients. With a length of 56 meters (183’9”), Qi is designed to generate a fresh sense of energy among her owners and their family & friends as they reconnect with nature in the most inspiring surroundings.

The word Qi (pronounced chee) represents an Eastern idea of a circulating life force or energy flow that permeates creation. This notion neatly encapsulates the essence of the 2011 Future Concept Feadship, incorporating the lines of the Chinese character in its design and making the most of her surroundings both inside and out.

The ancient way of writing ‘qi’ in Chinese consisted of three wavy lines, an image of one’s breath as seen on a chilly day. These curved lines are clearly visible in the shell above Qi’s waterline and mirrored in the hull. Another inspiration both visually and conceptually was the snow owl, an elegant creature that spends most of its time soaring gently or in steady flight.

Snow owls are renowned for the way they protect offspring in their nest, and Qi too features protected areas for the whole family. At the same time the superyacht can also be opened up to allow guests to bask in the environment and enjoy all forms of outdoor entertainment and watersport.

“Qi combines phenomenal views of the changing environment outside while enhancing a safe and secure feeling within,” says Ronno Schouten, who led the team of Feadship yacht designers and naval architects during the 10-month project. “We set out to prove that a wish for privacy need not conflict with open panoramas and an easy connection to the water. The yacht’s luxury areas are centred around the energy tower, which rises through all decks and connects people literally and metaphorically with the outside world. The glass exterior bathes the interior with light at this virtual centre point, offering fabulous views and a genuine sense of outdoor-in living. The fore and aft ship open areas provide a seamless transition from private to public, from interior intimacy to outdoor pleasures.”

Qi offers all the facilities imaginable for maximum onboard comfort aboard a Dutch superyacht. Her 4 guest cabins are located on the lower deck, each with sliding doors to their own private terrace. Amidships her hull doors open up to reveal a gigantic spa and a portside gym. The main deck lounge offers stunning vistas and be easily transformed into a party area, seating and relaxation zone or a gigantic cinema with a 180-degree screen. Coziness is assured on the sun deck, where a ‘camp fire’ can be enjoyed at night in the center of the Jacuzzi.

A blend of past experience and future thinking is also seen with Qi’s propulsion set-up. In 2010 De Voogt came up with the revolutionary Breathe concept, which reduces fuel consumption by 20-40% at cruising speed. The subject of enormous interest, this system has been developed in more detail with Feadship‘s suppliers and is now ready to be incorporated in a new design.

To achieve such fuel consumption the hull has a wedge-like shape with the center of buoyancy far aft, while the wave damping aft body creates negligible stern waves. As there is only one shaft line, appendage resistance is significantly reduced. The system has only one main propeller, making the most of the very latest innovations. Reliability is ensured by fitting a large contra rotating and azimuthing stern thruster just aft of the main propeller. This can provide Qi with a speed of up to 12 knots, sufficient for getting home should something happen to the main engine.

While a conventional twin screw megayacht will lose all its propulsion capacity in case of fire or damage in the engine room, Qi’s propulsion concept sees the main engine and generators placed in separate rooms to guarantee the highest level of redundancy.

Three different propulsion modes can be distinguished. In dynamic positioning or diesel electric mode only the generators will be running, providing clean and quiet operation up to 12 knots. In range mode only the medium-speed diesel will be operating, consuming 10 percent less fuel than its high speed equivalent. Electrical power for hotel load and the thruster are provided via a shaft generator, further reducing fuel consumption and generator running hours. Finally, at full speed both the main engine and generators are deployed to offer maximum power.

For another opportunity to see Qi on display this year, visit the Feadship stand at the upcoming 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Oyster Yachts Completes Sailing Trials on Oyster 100

Oyster Sailing Yachts 100

The first Oyster Superyacht, 100-01 Sarafin, has successfully completed her sailing trials ahead of handover to her owners in October. Sarafin’s launch marks the successful conclusion of the first phase of a long-term project, which has brought together the strong, award-winning trio of Dubois Naval Architects, Oyster Group and RMK Marine.

This combined experience has produced a Superyacht that matches the best in the world and offers every customer the opportunity to enjoy the smoothest process available for getting afloat, providing a sophisticated entry into Superyacht ownership. The concept, launched in the heyday of the pre-recession world, is even more appropriate today; building a one-off custom superyacht is a challenging venture. The market, during recession, has seen the determined buyer move larger, into 50m – 100m sailing yacht projects. The Oyster-Dubois-RMK series-produced offering of the Oyster 100 and Oyster 125, gives a purchaser who wants a more predictable and faster means of owning a proven Superyacht, a less time-demanding (during build) solution of getting afloat.

By selecting a series-produced yacht, owners share the benefits of proven design, construction and engineering, and can devote their attention to stamping their individuality on the interior. Oyster’s commitment to build these superyachts to Lloyds +100A1 G6 MCH and MCA LY2 classification, the most stringent in the world that guarantees the structural integrity and engineering of each yacht, is not only the highest endorsement of the Oyster Superyacht fleet’s quality of construction, but underpins the continued value of each owner’s investment.

The Oyster 100 is designed with the specification, features and Classification of very much larger yachts.The standard accommodation layout offers three staterooms aft and two crew cabins forward. A raised saloon offers a panoramic view and leads forward and down to a more intimate lounge and separate dining area. Forward of the main living area is the crew mess, galley and two crew cabins. A six-cabin variant is also available, offering a fourth double guest cabin forward, in addition to the two crew cabins.

Sarafin will spend some time in Palma, Mallorca before heading for a winter season in the Caribbean. She is expected to take part in the St Barth’s Bucket Regatta in March 2012.

Oyster CEO, David Tydeman commented: Oyster Group is world renowned for its craftsmen built and solidly engineered blue-water cruising yachts. What is less well known is that Oyster also owns Southampton Yacht Services, a yard specialising in classic Superyacht refit and refurbishment. Oyster Group was already in the ‘Superyacht market’ prior to the launch of the Oyster 100 and 125, and by teaming up with Dubois and leading shipyard RMK Marine, builders of the award winning 52m ketch, Nazenin V, has given us the opportunity to challenge all parts of Oyster Group and pull together its hidden talents.

Of course, creating such a start-up in the current global economic conditions, has been a tough challenge, which we’ve risen above and delivered. I’m intensely proud and somewhat in awe of the Oyster and RMK team who has made this happen in the face of regular scepticism from the established market who naturally want to resist a newcomer!

The Oyster 100 is not simply a large Oyster 82, we have raised our game and risen to the challenge, entering the premier league of engineering and shipbuilding large yachts. The new Oyster 885, which will be on the water in 2012, illustrates that what we are learning from entering the Superyacht market is already enabling Oyster to enhance our whole range – from the Oyster 46
to the Oyster 125.”

Ed Dubois writes after visiting the completed Oyster 100-01: “I was very happy as I left the shipyard in Istanbul, having seen the first completed Oyster 100. It is wonderful how Oyster has managed to combine their reputation for building strong, seaworthy craft with the quality and finish that is now expected in the best sailing Superyachts. As designers, we are of course full of admiration for the builders of our craft and at the same time very particular about who we work with. The all-important relationship between designer and builder is crucial to the success of any project. We now have over 50 yachts afloat of 100ft and over in the world, and this experience combines with that of the best shipyards to keep the quality at the top. We are therefore delighted that Oyster has joined this club and we look forward with confidence and excitement to see the Oyster 125 also reaching completion.”

Ufuk Güçlü, General Manager at RMK shipyard said: “RMK Marine has always believed in the benefits of this unique partnership. It is a very special opportunity to work with Dubois and Oyster and it is very satisfying the potential has been realised. Working closely together as a team, each party has brought its own special contribution to the end product and through this teamwork we are providing wonderful yachts for the clients. We are certain that this team will continue to enjoy success together.

For RMK Marine, our aim is always to provide uncompromising quality and craftsmanship. Having completed our first Oyster yacht in composite, we are proud to have built in all the major build materials used in the superyacht sector, including steel, aluminium and now composites for both motor and sailing yachts, which demonstrates the unusually wide capability of the RMK yard. We will keep on pushing forward and aim to deliver superb quality yachts to our clients and we look forward to launching the next Oyster superyacht in the near future.

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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Uncategorized