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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Nedship Yachts Presents 650 ‘Quadro’ Superyacht

In July of 2011, Antalya, Turkey-based superyacht builder Nedship launched the exquisite 134-foot (42m) Baia Mare.

Baia Mare

Then, in August, 2011, Nedship announced it had been selected by Strand-Craft to build the striking and daring Eduard Gray-designed SC122 and SC166 superyachts.

SC 166 rendering

Now, the Nedship Superyacht Group presents the Nedship 650 ‘Quadro’ megayacht design. The new yacht design was created by the in-house designers at Nedship as well as serious input from superyacht captains and owners. Either carbon reinforced Glass-Epoxy composite or full Carbon-Epoxy Composite will be used to keep the weight of the yacht to a minimum allowing better performance and a more fuel efficient hull.

Quadro 650

For the new Nedship 650 Quadro it is envisioned that twin 1920 MTU engines connected to traditional shaft and propellers would provide a top speed of 21-knots. However, the alternative package would see her using triple 2,600 HP MTU engines connected to KaMeWa waterjets for a top speed of 38-knots. Construction time is anticipated to be 18-24 months from new order.

For additional information, including pricing and availability please contact the following
Denison Yacht Brokers:
Ned Bruck;, Office Phone Number: 954.763.3971
Cell Phone Number: 305.282.4003
Bob Offer;, Office Phone Number: 954.763.3971
Cell Phone Number: +1 954.801.8300

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GOST™ Nav-Tracker GPS Tracking System Tracking the Progress of Norwegian Entry Samson In 26th Atlantic Rally For Cruisers


AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – GOST™ (Global Ocean Security Technologies – formerly Paradox Marine) Europe has supplied a GOST Nav-Tracker Inmarsat Satellite based GPS tracking system to monitor the progress of Samson, a Lagoon 400, the Norwegian entry in the 26th Atlantic Rally For Cruisers, captained by Jens Fjelnset. The fleet of 217 boats and 1,188 people left Palmas de Gran Canaria on November 20, bound for Saint Lucia.

Samson tracking map

The progress of Samson can be viewed on the GOST Europe web site at

“GOST Europe is excited about our relationship with Jens Fjelnset as we track him in the ARC Rally and then as he continues to captain Samson on a two-year circumnavigation,” said GOST Europe President & CEO Mado van der Kamp. “It is a really great opportunity to demonstrate the reliability and effectiveness of our GOST Nav-Tracker GPS Tracking System and what sets our systems apart from the other trackers available in the market,” van der Kamp added.

GOST Nav-Tracker

GOST Nav-Tracker can be used to track a vessel (or an entire fleet of vessels) from anywhere in the world on GOST’s New 4th Generation Tracking website. A vessels precise voyage tracking history and exact current location can be viewed & controlled on the website and as new reports come in from the Nav-Tracker, they are automatically updated to the site.

When a Nav-Tracker transmitter is mounted on a vessel and armed, a wireless ‘geo-fence’ with a 500-meter radius is created. If a boat is moved outside of this fence, Nav-Tracker uses Inmarsat based GPS satellite technology to monitor a boat’s location and notify up to ten people by email and/or text message every 2 minutes with the exact latitude/longitude, speed and heading of the vessel. For more information about the voyage of Samson, visit

For more information about Nav-Tracker and other GOST vessel security, monitoring, tracking and surveillance products, visit or call +31(0)20-7857636. In the US, visit or call 1+954.565.9898.

Global Ocean Security Technologies/Europe – Boeierspad 13, 1081 KE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mado van der Kamp, +31(0)20-7857636

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Bluewater Recreational Fishing
in U.S. Made Gains at ICCAT Meetings in Istanbul, Turkey

U.S. Recreational commissioner Ellen Peel reflects on actions for Atlantic billfish, tuna and sharks

The recreational and commercial fishing industries in the U.S., came away with positive news during the recent negotiations at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), according to Ellen Peel, who served as the U.S. Recreational Commissioner.

ICCAT is a 40-year old inter-governmental fishery organization of some 50 member nations responsible for the conservation of tunas and migratory species like billfish and sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, and its adjacent seas like the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico.

“Prior to the Istanbul, Turkey negotiations, we were concerned about the U.S. losing a percentage of catch allocation of the North Atlantic swordfish which is important to both the recreational and commercial fishing industries,” said Peel who is also the President of The Billfish Foundation. “Over the past year both interests have failed to catch their allocation, though recent years reflect an increase. Other nations, some catching their limit and others wanting to develop a swordfish fishery, continue to clamor for more quotas. Fortunately, a two-year management measure was agreed upon preserving the current catch limit.” 

She said it was extremely important for all U.S. anglers landing North Atlantic swordfish to report those catches adding that failure to report contributes to the risk of all U.S. fishing interests losing swordfish allocation in the future.  Concern also surrounded Atlantic marlin management and conservation as the current measures were scheduled to end this year, said Peel. 

“Billfish are not priority species with most other ICCAT nations, which do not include recreational fishing delegates on their team. Nor do their nations have systematic data collection plans in place that help establish even the existence of such fisheries. Fortunately a one year measure for blue marlin was agreed upon and if fully complied with, will reduce blue marlin mortality to the level proposed by scientists earlier this year following a new stock assessment.” 

At the ICCAT meetings held this year in Turkey are from left Chester Brewer, Bobbi Walker and Ellen Peel all representing sportfishing interests on the U.S. delegation, and David Cupka, Chairman of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Peel, who with delegates Bobbie Walker, Orange Beach, Ala., Chester Brewer, West Palm Beach, Fla, and  Dr. Russell Nelson of Oakland Park, Fla., said one big disappointment was the failure to reach agreement on a time and surface area closure to protect juvenile yellow fin tuna and big eye tuna in the Gulf of Guinea off the western coast of Africa.   

“The issue remains a priority as the juvenile fish migrate to U.S. waters where they are important to both the U.S. recreational and commercial fishing industries.  Recent U.S. catch declines of yellow fin are attributed in part to the overfishing in the Gulf of Guinea.”

The Billfish Foundation is now in its 25th year works worldwide to advance the conservation of billfish and associated species and to improve the health of oceans and dependent economies. TBF’s website is Ms. Peel can be reached at 800-438-8247 ex 108.

TBF PR counsel: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc. Scottsdale, Ariz. 480-951-3654

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Viking 42 Open

Viking Yachts is known for its meticulous attention to detail and high quality.  All equipment must perform flawlessly and look great.  In Marine Exhaust Systems, Viking found a like-minded partner.

Viking’s new 42 Open and 42 Convertible models combine maximum power and exceptional handling, with twin 600 hp Cummins QSC engines coupled to Zeus pod drives.  The Viking 42 Open cruises at 31 knots with a fuel consumption of 45 gph for a range of 344 nautical miles.  The 42 Convertible has a cruising speed of 30 knots and 333 nautical mile range with fuel consumption of 45 gph.
To optimize performance yet tame noise with this high-horsepower package, Marine Exhaust provided Viking with a complete, custom-engineered exhaust system.  Its turbo-to-transom solution includes a specially-designed bypass muffler, risers, surge tubes, hoses, clamps and all hardware.  Marine Exhaust’s package minimizes sound levels to just 85 dBA at the helm on the 42 Open and 83 dBA on the 42 Convertible. “The 42 is the smallest in our lineup, but we must still have the Viking ‘wow’ factor when the engine hatch opens,” said Peter Frederiksen, Viking Yachts director of communications.  “People can be intimidated and puzzled by an engine room.  No one feels that way with Viking, including the 42 Convertible and Open.  Everything is clean and organized.”
Viking was pleased with the easy turnkey installation.  “The Marine Exhaust Systems team delivered a seamless package well-suited to our rapid production requirements.  They are accessible and responsive every step of the way, particularly important on new model launches,” he said.
Viking 42C

Elegantly appointed like larger Vikings, the 42 Convertible’s salon features a plush, L-shaped lounge, spacious dinette and U-shaped galley with natural lighting.  The 112 sq. ft. cockpit is perfect for cruising and fishing.  For serious anglers, the tournament-style center console helm affords great visibility.  Recessed compartments house accessory switches and the pod system joystick control.

The 42 Open’s command bridge is just steps away from the cockpit.  The split observation mezzanine seating conceals insulated stowage  beneath the cushions.  Quick engine access is provided through a hatch on the command deck and via a command deck hydraulic lift for total accessibility from the cockpit. “Viking Yachts is a very demanding company, and Marine Exhaust Systems is a good fit with us,” said Frederiksen.  “They don’t view challenges as problems, they simply find a solution.  Neither of us is willing to throw in the towel and say it’s good enough.  We can always make it better─we know we can make it great.”  More information about Viking Yachts is available at
Established in 1973, Marine Exhaust Systems manufactures complete diesel exhaust system packages, from turbo to transom.  It offers superior exhaust risers, elbows, fiberglass mufflers, custom fiberglass products, silicone hoses, clamps and other high-quality hardware.

Contact Marine Exhaust Systems, 3640 Fiscal Ct., Riviera Beach, FL  33404.  561-848-1238
Fax 561-848-1298.;
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The Billfish Foundation Launches TROD, Its New Tag & Release Online Database  

Fast, free, easy, accurate way to enter vital tagging data

As the records keeper for over 20 years of the world’s largest private billfish tagging database covering the expanse of three oceans, The Billfish Foundation has introduced a new express, online data entry system to easily input tagging and/or release information from anywhere in the world.

            “It’s called TROD, the acronym for Tag & Release Online Database,” said Peter Chaibongsai TBF’s Director of Science and Policy. “With today’s internet access it’s fast, easy and accurate allowing the user to easily enter tagging and release data from across the globe.

“It’s free to both TBF members and non-members alike,” Chaibongsai added. “Tag and release has been the cornerstone of TBF and we hope anglers, captains and fleets will utilize TROD as their virtual logbooks and help to facilitate more accurate and timely data to us. Every billfish that is tagged, released and recaptured provides us with one more piece of vital data for marine scientists to place into the puzzle of the mysterious lives of these large pelagic species.”

Annually thousands of volunteer fishing teams on the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans take part in TBF’s Tag & Release Program  Their traditional tagging information reveals details such as migration patterns, age and growth rates, all adding to a knowledge base that advances billfish science and, in turn, billfish management policies. “Documenting billfish also illustrates the socio-economic importance of recreational fishing to policy makers in numerous countries that contact us,” said Chaibongsai. “TROD provides a faster way for the sportfishing community to enter their data, see their own data, and offers a number of unique and exciting features for anglers. The interactive program also provides TBF with more of the sound science that has been used to fight for billfish conservation and anglers’ rights since TBF’s tagging program’s inception in 1990.”

Fast, free and easy TROD, The Billfish Foundation’s new Tag and Release Online Database, is an accurate way to enter vital tagging data for billfish plus a great way for anglers to keep virtual logbooks.

“The new data self-entry system of TROD reconciles a number of former issues with card submission, such as items being lost in the mail, illegible handwriting and incomplete data,” said Chaibongsai. “We hope this will encourage more anglers and captains to become active in billfish tagging and reporting both tag and release data. Online entry will also help speed up the rewarding aspects of the Tag & Release Program. The faster TBF receives the data, the sooner our staff can mail release certificates to members and help expedite calculations for TBF’s Annual Tag and Release Competition and the Collegiate Billfish National Championship.” Registration is easy and free at Instructions on how to enter data is provided as well as troubleshooting tips.

“We hope that anglers find it user-friendly, functional and fun,” added Chaibongsai. “TROD will be consistently evolving and we’re looking forward to hearing feedback from registrants. Please contact us at” For anglers wanting to learn of TBF’s many benefits or to join or renew their TBF memberships they can at TBF’s website at .

Celebrating its 25th anniversary The Billfish Foundation works worldwide to advance the conservation of billfish and associated species and to improve the health of oceans and dependent economies. TBF’s website is . Chaibongsai can be reached at 800-438-8247 ex 107 or

TBF PR counsel – Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Scottsdale, Ariz., USA 480-951-3654

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Electronics Review

Lowrance Unveils New HDS® Gen2 Multifunction Displays

Faster Processing Speed And New StructureMap™ View
Highlight Upgrades To Popular Fishfinder/Chartplotter Series

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today the next-generation series of the world’s top-selling multifunction displays, the HDS® Gen2 High Definition Systems. Delivering the same award-winning benefits of the popular HDS fishfinder/charplotter series, the all-new HDS Gen2 provides faster processing speed and StructureMap™ view — a powerful, innovative tool that allows users to overlay and save StructureScan® sonar images on a chart for review on and off the water.

Lowrance HDS10 Gen2 w/10.4-inch display

The new Lowrance HDS Gen2 displays feature double the memory and twice the processor speed of first-generation HDS models — providing boaters with enhanced responsiveness, faster start-up and menu operation, and lightning-fast chart panning and zooming speeds. When paired with the LSS-1 StructureScan Sonar Imaging module, users can activate the StructureMap overlay and scan images directly on a chart in real-time, or create StructureMap charts of their favorite boating, fishing and diving areas.

Compatible with Lowrance enhanced basemaps, Insight™ HD cartography, Navionics® and all HDS-compatible third-party charting cards, the new StructureMap view provides a greater perspective of the areas covered by StructureScan sonar imaging. In addition, with the built-in recording capability of HDS Gen2, users can easily create and view StructureMap detail on or off the water — without the aid of a computer.

“The all-new HDS Gen2 delivers the same feature-packed consumer benefits that have made HDS a leading multifunction display worldwide,” said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer, Navico Americas. “Now, with Gen2’s faster processing speed and the new StructureMap feature, our early field-test reports indicate that boaters and anglers will be blown away by the performance and amazing views of real-time StructureScan overlay.”

All HDS Gen2 models with chartplotter capability feature an internal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAAS antenna — with an LGC-4000 external 5Hz GPS antenna available as an option. HDS Gen2 models with fishfinder capability incorporate the award-winning Broadband Sounder™ that delivers legendary Lowrance sonar performance with greater sensitivity, peerless echo clarity and underwater definition proven to find more targets. Lowrance’s premier TrackBack™ functionality allows HDS Gen2 users to scroll-back in the recorded history of Broadband Sounder or StructureScan sonar imaging to review structure or fish targets and pinpoint locations with a waypoint. To avoid losing important sonar data, HDS Gen2 continues recording throughout the use of TrackBack to ensure valuable readings are not lost.

Designed for easy viewing in all conditions, all Gen2 models feature a SolarMAX™ PLUS display with LED backlighting, for exceptional viewing in the brightest sunlight and from wide angles. Users can also adjust the screen brightness to as much as zero-dim for low-light conditions. HDS Gen2 models offer plug-and-play operation with an easy-to-use graphic menu system for more convenient access and control of key functions. In addition, HDS-8 and HDS-10 models feature six programmable softkeys for one-button access to the most commonly used menu functions.

Lowrance HDS5x Gen2 Multifunction

HDS Gen2 built-in mapping includes a U.S. enhanced basemap with coverage of more than 100,000 bodies of water with detailed shorelines and depth contours. In addition, select HDS Insight Gen2 models come preloaded with Lowrance Insight cartography, featuring shaded-relief depth contours. Lake Insight™ inland mapping (available with HDS-5 Gen2) includes nearly 5,000 freshwater lake maps with life-like perspective of bottom structure and topography. Nautic Insight™ (also available with HDS-5 Gen2) offers a superior life-like view of bottom structure with detailed coastal and offshore depth contours, plus navigation aids for the entire U.S. coastline. Insight™ USA (available for HDS-7, -8 and -10 Gen2 models) combines inland and coastal coverage areas of Lake Insight and Nautic Insight. All HDS Gen2 models are compatible with Navionics charts, and feature Turboview™ for high-speed seamless zooming and transition between 2D and 3D modes.

Setting the new standard in performance-module options, HDS Gen2 models can be networked and are compatible with Lowrance’s comprehensive range of innovative boating and fishing marine-electronics gear — including Broadband 3G™ Radar and the new Broadband 4G™ Radar with 36-mile range and beam-sharpening for unprecedented target separation; StructureScan Sonar Imaging for sidescan and DownScan Imaging™ picture-like views of underwater structure; SonicHub® marine audio server for integrated access to music stored on an Apple iPod or iPhone; and LWX-1 Sirius® satellite weather/radio. In addition the systems connect with the complete line of NMEA 2000® sensors for affordable, real-time onboard systems tracking and engine monitoring data for improved fuel management.

The HDS Gen2 multifunction display lineup consists of seven models: the HDS-5m chartplotter, HDS-5x fishfinder, HDS-5 fishfinder/chartplotter, HDS-7m chartplotter, HDS-7 fishfinder/chartplotter, HDS-8 fishfinder/chartplotter, and HDS-10 fishfinder/chartplotter. Featuring the same 5-inch, 6.4-inch, 8.4-inch and 10.4-inch screen sizes, rugged and stylish industrial design, and plug-and-plug connectors as their predecessors, HDS Gen2 models can be easily networked together using high-speed Ethernet cabling for waypoint and data sharing.

Lowrance HDS Gen2 Series

All Gen2 fishfinder models are available with 50/200 kHz Skimmer® transducer packs for deep water coastal and Great Lakes applications, or 83/200 kHz Skimmer packs for inland fishing. HDS Gen2 models are also compatible with Airmar® in-hull or thru-hull transducers for up to 1 kW operation. Lowrance HDS Gen2 displays are protected by a 2-year limited warranty, and backed by the 5-year Lowrance Advantage Service Program.

Scheduled to be in stores by January 2012, Lowrance HDS Gen2 multifunction displays can be purchased from authorized Lowrance dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Minimum advertised prices range from $549 for the HDS-5x Gen2 fishfinder to $2,449 for the HDS-10 Insight USA model. For more information on the Lowrance HDS Gen2 series, the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit

About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Engines and Power

Caterpillar to Power the First United States-Flagged, EPA Tier 3 Compliant Deepwater Offshore Vessel in Gulf of Mexico

CAT 3516C EPA Tier 3 Genset

Caterpillar Marine Power Systems has been selected to provide four Cat® 3516C Diesel Electric Propulsion (DEP) generator sets for the SV-310 multi-purpose offshore construction and supply vessel (MPSV) for Harvey Gulf International.  Each 3516C DEP generator set will provide 2250 ekw @ 1800 rpm of power.  Incorporated into the engine design are CleanAIR aftertreatment solutions, enabling the vessel to qualify as United States EPA Tier 4 compliant in addition to meeting the EPA Tier 3 and IMO II  regulations.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Harvey Gulf to provide sustainable power solutions for their Gulf of Mexico operations,” said John Shock, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems sales manager. “Caterpillar was able to create a factory-supported, design-to-order package for Harvey Gulf that will afford the vessel increased operational flexibility in highly-regulated waters.”

The 3516C EPA Tier 3 generator set is a vee-16 cylinder with a 170 millimeter bore by 215 millimeter stroke and 78.08 liter displacement. The 3516C diesel electric propulsion generator sets offer the latest in EUI fuel system capabilities and state-of-the-art ADEMTM A4 Electronic Control Units (ECU) to create efficiencies between the control units, unit injectors, instrumentation and displays to perfectly balance power supply, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions at any given load.

Harvey Gulf MPSV

The SV – 310  is a 302-foot  MPSV vessel currently being constructed by Eastern shipyard for Harvey Gulf. Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Harvey Gulf specializes in providing the deepwater Gulf of Mexico with environmentally-friendly offshore supply vessels. “We are pleased to partner with Caterpillar to be able to deliver the first United States-flagged deepwater construction vessel to the market,” Shane Guidry, Harvey Gulf International CEO commented. “The Harvey Deep Sea is capable of deploying 100 tons to water depths of 3,000 meters at a deck hook-height of 129 feet while simultaneously delivering 18,000 barrels of liquid mud, 10,500 cubic feet of cement, 1,700 barrels of methanol and 4,000 tons of deck cargo.”

Louisiana Cat led Caterpillar sales and service efforts on the project. Noted Bob Tournet, marine sales manager for Louisiana Cat, “We are committed to helping our customers operating in the Gulf of Mexico enhance their operations in a sustainable manner whenever possible. We look forward to working with Harvey Gulf to provide around-the-clock support for the custom Cat power solutions.”

About Caterpillar Marine Power Systems: Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, manages the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK marine engines within Caterpillar Inc. The organization provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,000 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 7,680 kWe in marine generator sets. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are. More information is available at

About Caterpillar: For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2010 sales and revenues of $42.588 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at:

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Engines and Power


Chase 38 t-top

Novurania’s luxurious Chase 38 yacht tender and sport boat is in a class of its own.  Its generous, sophisticated amenities are fitted precisely into a sleek, deep V hull design with a high freeboard for a smooth, dry ride.  That’s fortunate because the new Yanmar 8LV-370 from Mastry Engine Center pushes this distinctive boat to previously unattained speeds.

Yanmar 8LV

“The new Yanmar 8LV is intriguing,” said Robert Collada, president of Novurania of America.  “We were never able to get the Chase 38 above 50 mph.  But with twin 370 hp Yanmar 8LV diesels, it tops out at 56 mph.  This is the fastest it’s ever gone, we’re very excited about the performance.

 “We now have greater weight capacity due to the lighter Yanmar engines, which also deliver more horsepower for their weight.  And they’re the quietest engines we’ve ever run,” he said.  Both the Yanmar 8LV 370 and 320 hp models are new options on the Novurania Chase 38, with twin Yanmar 260 hp diesels now listed as standard power.

Collada has equally positive comments on Novurania’s relationship with Mastry Engine Center, the local Yanmar distributor.  “Their team is professional and very responsive to our needs.  They assist with sea trials and are always right there to answer questions,” he said.

Novurania is so sold on Yanmar, and the support it receives from Mastry, that powerful and lightweight 260 hp diesels are also used on the Chase 31 and throughout the company’s offerings.  This includes the four-model Launch series, paired to Hamilton jet drives, and the four Custom line models, which are IO packages.  And brand new from Novurania is the Chapman series, three models with a unique opening bow for easy entry, sporting Yanmar 260 hp diesel engines with Hamilton jet drives.

The Chase 38 features a low-profile console which allows a snug fit into most yacht tender bays.  All electronics are flush mounted and incorporated into a unique fold-down POD system.  Console space is freed up for entertainment and communication equipment thanks to NMEA interfaces for gauge data through the GPS unit.  A stereo system with an iPod docking station is standard.

Chase 38 w/o t-top

Elegant touches such as a side entry door, recessed swimming ladder, plush helm seats, full teak package and custom hull colors add style to the Novurania Chase 38.  Enhanced comfort for those aboard comes from leather-feel seating on the full sunpad and lounge area, a freshwater system with shower and drawer-style refrigeration unit.

Yanmar’s 8LV combines diesel’s long life with impressive performance comparable to a big block V-8 gas engine, while consuming up to 40% less fuel.  At a dry weight of 992 lbs., it’s also about 200 lbs. lighter than similar gas engines.  EPA Tier 3-compliant, the common rail fuel injected, twin turbocharged Yanmar 8LV idles at 550 rpm and tops out at 3,800 rpm.  It offers exceptionally smooth, quiet and powerful acceleration with impressive torque through a wide rpm range.

Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Novurania has been a leading design innovator for more than 40 years.  More information on the company’s sleek, powerful and distinctive models is available at

Mastry Engine Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, is a well-respected leader in marine and industrial diesel and gas engine applications and installations.  Providing power solutions to OEM and re-power markets for nearly 50 years, it supports a large network of authorized dealers throughout the US and Caribbean. Contact Mastry Engine Center, 2801 Anvil St., N. St. Petersburg, FL  33710.  727-522-9471; Fax: 727-527-7013.

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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

242’ (73.8m) Six-Deck Project, New Horizon, Splashes at
Trinity Yachts

Largest American Built Superyacht to Launch in 2011

Trinity Yachts is pleased to announce that its largest custom superyacht to date—and the largest American built yacht in 2011—the 242’ (73.8m) six-deck, full displacement steel hull, New Horizon, launched in mid November 2011. The epitome of the design, naval architecture and engineering that Trinity Yachts incorporates in each meticulously custom superyacht built, New Horizon caps a remarkable year for the U.S. builder. Trinity remains the top U.S. builder with the 2011 launches of New Horizon, Lady Linda, Areti and the deliveries of Carpe Diem and Falcon.

With an interior artfully designed by Evan Marshall, New Horizon’s massive size in lineal feet, expansive 40’9” (12.4m) beam and six-deck volume allows her to, by nature, represent the very finest aspects of superyachting. Her main deck features a luxurious aft entertaining area, huge salon and dining area, full width master stateroom, office, study, His and Hers en suite with wardrobes. Her lower deck includes six guest staterooms all en suite, eight crew cabins plus captain’s cabin also en suite, and a vast lazarette.

Deck life aboard New Horizon is unrivalled and easily accessible by elevator. The pilothouse deck includes twin davits for tenders, ample space for toys, a skylounge, an aft deck lounge with al fresco seating for 12 and twin side deck lounges; the observation deck with lounge is located above the pilothouse deck and features a gym, aft deck and hot tub; and, for those wishing a bird’s eye view of the sea, the upper deck offers unmatched visibility.

New Horizon, like all Trinity Yachts, represents the fundamental tenet of this world-renowned builder: that a custom superyacht is best approached collaboratively. Sold by Bob Cury of RJC Yacht Sales for long-time repeat customers, the opportunity to bring to life a superlative yacht that is simultaneously the yard’s largest to date, is an engineering feat in six decks and meets with the exacting specifications of her owners, is a hallmark of Trinity Yachts’ boatbuilding prowess. New Horizon delivers in 2012.

About Trinity Yachts, LLC

Trinity Yachts, LLC, the world-renowned builder of custom steel and aluminum superyachts up to 330’ (100m), was founded in 1988 with historical roots dating back to the famous WW II Higgins Shipyard. Featuring the flexibility of incorporating both client-generated and in-house naval architecture and design, Trinity’s exceptional team also includes naval architects, marine engineers, estimators, purchasers, production and program managers located in two shipyards on 100 waterfront acres (40.5 hectares) with 20 acres (8 hectares) under cover for production, fabrication and outfitting. Fit and finish represent quality, integrity and diversity while Trinity is unrivalled in its technological dexterity, the result of continual innovation for offshore commercial and military contracts. For more information, visit

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Dock News


Now this is the kind of DOCK NEWS that makes my radar screen light up. Planning a long journey down the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, Ray Christe and Larry Kozak are poised to start the adventure of a lifetime.  The two founders of the CaylpSol Group recently completed the final stage of assembly for their high-tech, solar powered 22′ trimaran.  To power this long-distance voyage, the founders chose a Torqeedo Travel 503 electric outboard.
The eco-friendly craft is due to leave May 2012, taking Christe and Kozak from Chicago to New Orleans.  They will be retracing the same waterway used by Joliet and Marquette in their birch bark canoes over 300 years ago.  CalypSol will be the first solar powered boat navigating this route that is still referred to today as the “French Corridor”.  Their voyage is expected to last two months.

Torqeedo 503

“One of the key features for selecting Torqeedo was the lithium-manganese battery which can be solar charged while running the motor,” said Christe.  “It also includes GPS and charge-monitoring.  On the digital throttle display you get distance covered, battery charge status and travel distance remaining at current speed.  The three-blade propeller pitch has been optimized by Torqeedo, while the assembly of the electric motor and propeller shaft allows the boat to move forward, backward and make sharp turns.”

“It was very easy working with the Torqeedo staff in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  They were very supportive throughout design and construction of the CalypSol,” continued Christe.

The construction of the boat required more than 1000 hours of combined design, engineering and fabrication.  The selection of the material and components was carefully reviewed with professional boat builders.  For safety the boat has several back-up systems, including two sets of solar panels to independently charge two batteries, which alternate running the high-performance Torqeedo Travel 503.  This electric outboard model represents the latest design in a series of highly efficient motors developed by Torqeedo.
For the CalypSol, a custom designed mechanism positions the solar panels to face the sun, optimizing the charging of the batteries.  Christe designed a special sundial that provides the best angle to position the solar panels.  A solar-powered convection fan maintains continuous airflow to cool the twin-battery compartment.
“We’ve been looking forward to this adventure for quite a long time. We’re excited and just about ready to go,” said Kozak.  “Next May can’t get here fast enough to begin our adventure of a lifetime.”
More about the odyssey of the CalypSol Group can be found at

Contact Torqeedo Inc., 171 Erick Street Unit A-1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.  815-8806;
Fax: 815-444-8807. 
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