Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dock News

Dock News


Until recently, Heesen Yachts had not considered gyro stabilization.  But after a memorable sea trial in July 2011, the management team was so impressed they expect to be working with Seakeeper well into the future.  In fact, the Heesen hull YN 16465, a 65m/213-foot yacht due for completion late 2012, will also feature Seakeeper’s stabilization system.

“Heesen’s 37m/121-foot class was designed before stabilization at anchor was considered standard for a luxury yacht,” said Peter van der Zanden, Heesen general manager, design & development.  Instead of obtrusive fins, an internal stabilization system was demanded and two M21000 gyros were installed on the new build.

Heesen’s 37m/121-foot Aurelia

Aurelia is a semi-displacement yacht and therefore fins are a disturbing factor,” said Rob de Wijs, sales manager with Seakeeper’s Holland distributor, Kemper en Van Twist Diesel B.V (KVT).  “Heesen had no experience with gyros, so they were uncertain if the predicted roll reduction could be achieved.  After the sea trial, they were convinced.”

Seakeeper’s M21000 Gyro

The two Seakeeper M21000 Gyros installed on Aurelia were tested at zero speed and while underway in extreme, rough seas three miles outside Slijkgat Inlet between Holland and France.  Wind was blowing northwest at 20 knots with 1.5m/5-foot sea conditions.  At zero speed, the gyros reduced resonant roll by greater than 55%.

The Seakeeper gyros were also tested during underway operation.  Samples were recorded at speeds of 6, 13, 18 and 28 knots.  Through this speed range, the system reduced roll by an average of 50%.

“We were impressed with how well the boat handled with the gyros,” said Aurelia Capt. Brenden Scott.  “They really helped with roll.  As a charter yacht we were looking for comfort at anchor, zero speed and while underway.”

“We are sure that Heesen will have no doubts about Seakeeper anymore.  The product has proven itself,” said de Wijs.

High seas during the trial proved that Seakeeper gyros worked so well underway that even seasoned crew marvelled at how well they steadied Aurelia.  The point was further made during a video shoot on choppy waters off Cannes.

Speaking on behalf of Aurelia‘s owner, Heesen PR and press office manager Sara Gioanola said, “Cruising on Aurelia with the Seakeepers is a very special experience.  We worked on a video shoot off Cannes in September.  The area is quite popular with yachts constantly running up and down.  Many crew members onboard that day were seasick and constantly asked for the gyros to be engaged, as they were turned off for brief periods during testing.

“While other yachts were rolling, we stayed still.  The videographers felt great and could work in a perfect environment.  The stabilization during the running shots also was pretty astonishing.  We had to make a circle and Aurelia did not lean inside.  She ran straight.  The comfort you experience is unparalleled.  Once you try a yacht equipped with a gyro, you can’t go back to fins.”

M21000 gyros are designed for larger vessels, Seakeeper is working with yachts up to 65m/213-feet.  The gyros’ powerful righting torque device is easily installed with no thru-hull fittings.

The tenth yacht in the leading Dutch builder’s 37m/121-foot class is available for charter in the Mediterranean during the summer and the Caribbean in the winter.

Contact Seakeeper, P.O. Box 809, California, MD  20688.  410-326-1590; Fax: 410-326-1199,

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Dock News


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Yacht Spotting and New Launches


Chris-Craft™ will introduce the newest member the Launch family at the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20, 2012.  The Launch 32 is the newest member of the Launch family and it is also the largest.

Steve Heese, Chris-Craft President, said: “The Launch 32 is the logical next step for the active boater that still wants a bowrider but also wants the option to overnight at a moment’s notice.”  The Launch 32 offers an ample aft sunbed, sleep-in cabin and convenient head to accommodate all the comforts that your family and guests deserve.  Sleek proportions and practical configuration make this Launch well-suited to long excursions but still remains practical for champagne cruises.

Chris-Craft, the legendary American boat brand founded in 1874, still produces elegant and sophisticated sport boats today. Chris-Craft leads the industry in craftsmanship and quality which represents the company’s enduring devotion to its proud past. A privately held company, Chris-Craft is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and includes the following models in the 2012 Collection: The Silver Bullet, Launch, Lancer, Corsair and the Catalina which range in length from 20 to 36 feet.

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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Uncategorized



Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Pershing Yachts Set to Launch Pershing 82 Superyacht in 2012

Italian express yacht manufacturer, Pershing Yachts – a Ferretti Group brand – is set to launch the 24.97 meter Pershing 82 express superyacht in 2012. The megayacht has been designed by a collaboration of Fulvio De Simoni, AYT, and Centro Stile Ferrettigroup. The exterior of the yacht will sport a sleek and aggressive style – consistent with the Pershing brand – featuring wide lateral windows which optimize natural light penetration in the interior portion.

Pershing 82 Express

The express yacht will feature a total of 4 Staterooms for guests which includes a full Master Suite amidships, a VIP cabin forward as well as a pair of cabins comprising twin beds at the bow. The vessel’s optical model will consist of three guest cabins sporting a lounge-cinema room starboard, and 2 cabins with 3 berths for crew.

Her Master Stateroom will be equipped with wide windows offering open views and Poltrona Frau leather furnishings. The VIP Suite will consist of a central bed and two large lateral wardrobes with sophisticated-designs. The two guest cabins will imbibe a conventional look featuring a pair of twin beds and will also be adorned with carpets.

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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


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BoatUS Report

Women Sailors Unite to Learn; SCYA Sailing Convention
February 4, 2012

The premier sailing convention for women will take place on Saturday, February 4th at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is primary sponsor of the Southern California Yachting Association’s (SCYA) 23rd Annual Women’s Sailing Convention.

Noted cruiser and sailing instructor Diane DeWitte will be speaking at the 23rd Annual Women’s Sailing Convention in Corona del Mar, CA.

The event, centered around a series of on-and-off-the-water educational workshops, is open to all women sailors from novices to experts. Workshop topics include: Welcome Aboard (for beginners); Diesels; Hints & Hazards of World Wide Cruising; Pirates and the Cruising Sailor; Dinghy Do’s and   Don’ts; Introduction to Racing; Tactics; Docking; Overboard Procedures; Suddenly Singlehanded Interactive; Weather; Sail Trim; Basic Navigation; Spinnaker Rigging; Offshore Cruising; and, Introduction to Sailing; and more. Top women sailors from all over Southern California; many of them US Coast Guard-licensed captains; present all of the workshops. “This event gives women an opportunity to meet many other women sailors, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area, instructional programs available, and many other areas of interest for those who would like to do more — racing, cruising and day sailing,” said Gail Hine, the event’s organizer. “We’ll have something meaningful for everyone. For those who are already involved but desire more, we will offer some new areas of inspiration and instruction along with excellent networking opportunities.”

The featured dinner guest speaker will be world-class sailor, instructor and delivery Captain Diane DeWitte who has made her passion — sailing — her living. At the tender age of seven, DeWitte helped her older brother sew sails on his home-built sailboat in upstate New York. Later, after graduating college with a business degree, she left New York City and moved to the Fiji Islands for three years. A 21-day delivery cruise to Sydney, Australia, with three other sailors aboard a 36-foot sloop shaped the rest of her life, which has brought her to ports and waterways of the Far East, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa, Alaska, British Columbia, and Baja Mexico. De Witte has cruised for the last two years with her six-year old daughter, traveling half way around the world with her.
Prepaid registration is required as space is limited and the event is an annual sell-out. A registration form is available at or by contacting Gail Hine, SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention, at, 951-677-8121. The convention fee of $175.00 includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenir and handouts. Join the online discussion on the Convention Facebook page at
Additional events for women can be found at the BoatUS Women in Boating website at
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Azimut 60: All-New Azimut Model Announced

Azimut Yachts presented the Azimut 60 to the world for the first time at the 2011 Genoa Boat Show in Italy earlier this year. Many in the yachting industry believe she represents the natural evolution of the 2007 launched Azimut 58 Motoryacht.
Based on the same hull lines of the 58, Azimut presents a new model with the 60 which follows patterns as seen on the 64 launched in 2010.  That is similar flybridge profile windows, and design patterns.  The Azimut 60 also improves in many areas of its layout from the full-beam Master Stateroom now with breakfast dining table as first shown in the now stop produced 68S in 2003, to a 2-berth crew cabin located aft. Note: The Azimut 58 only featured a single crew berth option.
Azimut 60 master stateroom.

A first in this size comes in the crew cabin, with a bathing platform entrance door being a unique feature in a motoryacht of just 18-meters.  If the crew cabin is located aft this is usually found in a hatch of the aft deck.  Other improvements if you compare this model to the 58 come from the bathing platform now being 40% more spacious, as is the increased size of the flybridge C-shaped settee, and L-shaped wet bar galley. For the rest this model holds the pressure of following the success of the 2000 launched 55 which in a 9-year production run has delivered over 400 units.

LOA – 18.28m (60′) including bow pulpit
Hull Length – 17.81m (58’4″)
Beam – 4.95m (16’2″)
Draft – 1.37m (4’5″)  @ full load
Displacement – 28.8t @ full load
Fuel Capacity – 2800 liters (740 gal.)
Water Capacity – 630 liters (166 gal.)
Accommodation – 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines – 2 x MAN R6 – 800hp diesel engines
Propulsion – line shaft
Speed – 32 knots cruise / 28 knots max
Yacht Designer – Stefano Righini
Certification – UNI ISP 8666, CE


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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized





Every boater deserves professional grade cleaning gear.  Shurhold Industries’ durable and versatile One-Handle-Does-It-All System saves owners space, time and money, while ensuring they get the most out of their maintenance routine.  Made in the USA, over two million systems have been sold worldwide.
Utilizing exclusive SHUR-LOK quick-release, this system lets owners snap over 35 unique attachments to the same handle.  In addition to boat cleaning brushes, swivel pads, scrubbers and deck mops, the system also accommodates fishing nets, paddles and boat hooks. All telescoping or fixed-length handles are made of high-strength, corrosion-resistant, lightweight aluminum.  The telescoping handles are available in 6′ and 9′ sizes.  The 6′ locks at four different lengths from 40″-72″, while the 9′ locks at five different lengths from 60″-108″.  Fixed-length handles are available in 13″, 30″, 40″ and 60″ sizes.  Shurhold’s One-Handle-Does-It-All System has a starting price of $6.98 for a fixed handle.  Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at  Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.
Contact Shurhold, 3119 SW 42nd Ave., Palm City, FL 34990
800-962-6241; Fax: 772-286-9620.
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


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When boaters have questions about navigation, electronics or safety concerns, they need answers now.  Extremely durable and completely waterproof, Quick Reference Cards (QRC) from Davis Instruments deliver essential information in a clear, colorful format.

The 8-1/2″ x 11″ weatherproof, high-strength plastic pages are expertly illustrated and organized.  Three-hole punched, the set of seven cards can be kept conveniently at hand in a binder. Covering boating in general, the basic Boating Guide includes a pre-departure checklist and emergency procedures.  Celestial Navigation is an easy guide to determining position using the sun and stars.  Dead reckoning, true-magnetic and compass relationships are a few of the subjects of the Coastwise Piloting QRC.  A time, distance and speed calculator and bearing gauge are included.

Navigation Rules covers the U.S. buoyage system, right of way, flags, lights and sound signals.  To reduce confusion and danger when entering unfamiliar waters or busy harbors, International Nav Rules incorporates the International Maritime Buoyage System and COLREGS.

Marine Electronics gives an overview and basic troubleshooting guide for popular communication and navigation devices.  To enhance safety, Weather Forecasting outlines how to predict weather, plus crucial information on boating in dangerous conditions.

Covering many of the same topics in a smaller version, Pocket Quick Reference Cards are easy to read and durable.  Joined by a steel ring, the set of six 3″ x 4″ cards also provide information on subjects such as fueling procedures, what to do in case of fire and administering CPR.

Designed with cooperation from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Power Squadrons, the suggested retail price of Davis QRCs is $9.99 each.  Also a welcome gift, Pocket Quick Reference Cards are $11.99 per set.

            Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA  94545.  510-732-9229
Fax: 510-732-9188.;


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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized




A safe, non-toxic and biodegradable marine growth remover specifically formulated for cleaning seawater cooled equipment.

Marine growth build-up is the #1 reason water-cooled equipment malfunctions. These deposits will reduce equipment effectiveness which will often result in costly downtime. Even a thin layer of growth – as little as 1/64” – can result in a 15% decrease in efficiency.

While conventional methods of cleaning such as mechanical brushing do have some success, harsh acids are harmful to the user, the equipment, & the environment and in many instances, these methods result in damage to the equipment.

Barnacle Buster liquid with before (l) and after (r) results.

Barnacle Buster™ from TRAC Ecological Products is a safe, non-toxic and biodegradable marine growth remover specifically formulated for cleaning seawater cooled equipment. With minimal dismantling required, Barnacle Buster can be safely re-circulated through seawater cooling systems, dissolving barnacles, zebra mussels, calcium, rust, lime & all other mineral deposits. Most applications can be completed within 4 hours. Available in (US) quart and gallon bottles (ready to use and concentrate) and a five gallon pail.

More info: or call 1+954.987.2722.
TRAC Ecological Products, 3402 SW 26th Terrace, Suite B-11, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 USA

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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


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BoatUS Report


Refrigerator-Size Fish Earn Top Spots in BoatUS Angler’s Fishing Photo Contest

Photos of a 67-inch tarpon and a 45-inch pike have made two anglers, Sean Riley of New Port Richey, FL, and Brian Papenhagen of Blissfield, MI, grand prize winners in the 2011 BoatUS Angler Catch of the Month fishing photo contest. Their grand prize includes a high quality fish replica from Mount This! Fish Company that specializes in hand-painted fiberglass replicas and a gift certificate from

Riley and Papenhagen will also have their BoatUS Angler on-the-water and roadside assistance towing plan upgraded to “Unlimited” status, which can help these anglers 24-hours a day with breakdowns on the water and will tow a disabled boat trailer and tow vehicle up to 100 miles to your home, repair facility or other safe spot.

Brian Papenhagen (left) and Sean Riley (right) hoist their grand prize-winning fish. Both fish were released.

Riley spotted his fish last summer in a school of five tarpon running for mullet while trolling the shallows just off the beach on Florida’s Anclote Key. Once the refrigerator-sized fish was hooked, it made a dash for the sky and “felt like a huge log,” said Riley, heating up his reel during the hour-long battle. The silvery behemoth headed straight for the Gulf and did a U-turn before Riley could land it. The fish was the biggest yet for the angler, who gently revived the giant before releasing it.

Papenhagen’s pike was caught last spring on a large red and white Daredevil at Wrong Lake, Manitoba. A catch-and-release lake accessible only by floatplane, Papenhagen was told by a guide to hit the lake’s incoming streams, where Pike are known to forage for fingerlings. Once Papenhagen found his spot, the lunker struck taking nearly all the line out of the reel four times as it dove repeatedly to the safety of lake’s bottom trying to wait it out. For Papenhagen, this was the “right” fish on Wrong Lake to earn him a full-scale replica.

Next year’s contest starts in April 2012. For more information on BoatUS Angler and the fishing photo contest, go to

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


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