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Xantrex Launches “TECH DOCTOR LIVE!”

As part of its continued commitment to providing educational solutions for electronic enthusiasts while leveraging the latest social media platforms, Xantrex Technology today announced the launch of TECH DOCTOR LIVE! This new online video library housed on the Xantrex YouTube channel complements the previous print-only “Tech Doctor” editorial series which has been supplied to media outlets and partners, to rave reviews.

“We launched the Tech Doctor program two years ago to address common concerns and questions that end-users, installers and DIYers had regarding electronic products and power systems situated aboard boats, trucks and RVs,” said Xantrex Marketing Manager Mitul Chandrani. “Editors and technical writers in multiple industries have been highly complimentary of the content and have utilized this service and reproduced it for their respective audiences, to great success. Due to the positive demand and response generated, we decided to expand the offering on our YouTube channel.”

A wide range of topics have been repurposed for the video channel, with more planned for the future in both print editorial and video applications. Xantrex takes special care to ensure these quality programs focus on education.

“We clearly understand that today’s smart buyer is seeking to become as educated as possible and most turn to the web for research,” added Don Wilson, Xantrex Sales Application Specialist, aka the Tech Doctor. “We made a corporate commitment to serving as an educational resource to our customers and prospects, as well as to the media within the industries in which we operate. The more we can assist in this regard, the more we can satisfy the wants and needs of our customers.”

“Tech Dr.” Don Wilson

Besides authoring the Tech Doctor series since its launch, Wilson has delivered multiple presentations and seminars at industry trade and consumer shows for several years. “I’m excited that Xantrex decided to ramp up the program in this manner and based on the feedback received to date, I believe it will be well received by consumers in the markets we serve,” said Wilson.

In addition to TECH DOCTOR LIVE, the past two years have been significant for Xantrex from a marketing perspective. The company has launched a totally re-designed website as well as key social marketing initiatives such as Twitter and YouTube. In addition, Xantrex also launched Xnews, a regular online e-newsletter for customers and prospects which is e-blasted to a growing opt-in trade and consumer database.

To view the Xantrex TECH DOCTOR LIVE, visit
To request print or video editions of Tech Doctor, please email Marketing Manager Mitul Chandrani –

About Xantrex Technology Inc.
Xantrex Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced power electronic products and systems for the mobile power markets. The company’s products convert and control raw electrical power from any central, distributed, renewable, or backup power source into high-quality power required by electronic equipment. Xantrex is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with facilities in  the United States.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 19.6 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”

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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Dock News


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If your boat is not large enough or your budget not deep enough to afford one of those nifty high-tech, see-at-night-through-fog-snow-or-sleet gizmos, you might want to try something a bit more old school from one of the most trusted names in nautical equipment.

Among indispensable safety items for boating at night is a searchlight.  Whether used for emergencies or simply to find dropped items, the light should be powerful yet easy to control.  Perko offers its Fig. 0440 Removable Hand Held Deck Control Searchlight to quickly shed light when, and where, it’s needed.

Various models feature 4-1/2″ or 7″ sealed beam bulbs powered through 12V or 32V cigarette lighter-style plugs.  The head and base are constructed from corrosion-resistant, chrome-plated brass.  A watertight deck connection helps keep the light securely in place for stationary use.  Added mobility for handheld operation comes from a push-button switch in the lamp’s head and an 8′ coiled cord.

This versatile searchlight is easy to pick up quickly to help locate a person or object in the water, scan the shoreline or even signal others.  The powerful beam penetrates fog, smoke, rain and haze.

Perko’s extensive line of searchlights range from handheld models such as the Fig. 0440 to commercial-use fixed units up to 19″ with either incandescent or xenon bulbs.  Suggested retail prices of the CE-approved Removable Hand Held Deck Control Searchlight start around $260.

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

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized



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Introducing A New Concept In Luxury Yachting:

The Yacht Island!

Yacht Island Designs’ Streets of Monaco concept.

And now for something really different! What you are looking at here is a rendering of a daring and, as far as I am concerned, a rather unique vision of the future of yacht design. I quote the company: “At Yacht Island Design we like to do things differently. We like to base our designs upon innovative floating platforms. It frees us to explore bold and daring ideas which challenge the accepted norms within the yachting industry. No longer are we bound by the restrictions of a conventional hull shape. This unleashes creative flair and individualism for our clients as well as us! Our approach is to consider the design in a holistic manner. We like to ensure that a common theme runs throughout the yacht, from the overall exterior shape down to the smallest interior detail. The most important thing for us is to ensure the original client-driven concept is achieved in a flowing and seamless manner.”

The Streets of Monaco is the company’s first design proposal. The theme is based around the Mediterranean principality with the primary focus being the famous grand prix circuit. The idea was to recreate the circuit as a fully functional kart track able to accommodate three karts side by side to allow for plenty of overtaking. By sizing the track in this way it has driven the overall dimensions of the yacht and the placement of the famous landmarks. The Monaco story extends beyond this exterior architecture and into the interior spaces giving a seamless transition as guests move between the various areas of the yacht.

The footprint for this daring concept is a 508-foot/155m SWATH Vessel–for Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull–designed by Naval Architect BMT Nigel Gee, with a building yard yet to be determined. Streets will be able to accommodate 16 guests, have a crew of 70, be capable of moving along at 15 knots, and will be powered by diesel electric propulsion.

The Oasis (above), located aft, acts as the main boarding point for the yacht, and is an expansive area modelled on the gardens just outside the Monaco Casino. On entering the Oasis, attention is immediately drawn to the central waterfall feature consisting of upper level pools cascading down into the lower pool and Jacuzzi. Radiating from the pool are numerous shrub lined pathways and secluded seating areas. Large exterior windows surround the entire aft section of the oasis, extending to the full double-deck height ceiling allowing natural light to flood the space. Located forward on the lower level is the Spa, with manicure and hair salon, private massage suites, sauna/steam rooms and a large relaxation lounge featuring a spa pool with bar. To either side of the spa entrance are located grand marble staircases and elevator access to the mezzanine, with a cafe bar and magnificent views of the gardens below.

‘The Grand Atrium’ is the central hub of the yacht, linking the upper and lower living areas. At its centre is a large, ornate spiral staircase which surrounds a waterfall feature that is supplied by the glass bottomed fountain from the garden area above. A small cafe/bar area ensures this feature can be enjoyed while relaxing in comfort. The seven guest suites are located off of the lower atrium level and vary in size, from the more modest 135m2 suite to the grand 356m2 VIP suites (above). All include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony. The VIP suites have the added luxury of a private office.

At the farthest end of the Atrium lies the Owners Apartment (above). Connected to all decks via a private lift and spread over 3 floors, it covers a total 4,788 square feet/1,460 square metres of floor space. As well as the usual lounge with a feature fire-place and double height ceiling, office, bedroom, bathroom, his/hers dressing rooms, the apartment also benefits from a listening room, private courtyard, sunroom, numerous balconies and private sundeck with a Jacuzzi/swimming pool.

Yacht Island Designs Tropical Island Paradise

With other designs guaranteed to capture the imagination and stir the soul, this one is called Tropical Island Paradise (left), a floating dream complete with the kind of environment that will constantly have your feet in the sand…along with being pampered in the grand style, of course.

Yacht Island Designs Project Utopia.

: +44 (0)1909 511224

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Dock News


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Electronics Review


 Affordable SI-TEX EC-5, EC-7 and EC-11 Navigation Systems Come Packaged With Free, Full-Featured C-MAP MAX Wide Chart  — a $199 Value

SI-TEX Marine Electronics and Jeppesen have teamed up to provide boaters across the U.S. and Canada with a full-featured C-MAP by Jeppesen MAX Wide electronic chart at no charge when they purchase any new EC-Series navigation system from SI-TEX. During this aggressive sales promotion — which is available through SI-TEX’s North American dealers and runs throughout 2012 — each SI-TEX EC-5, EC-7 and EC-11 chart plotter will come with an appropriate

C-MAP MAX Wide SD Card packaged right in the box (based on the region of sale).  C-MAP MAX Wide charts provide a wide range of navigational features — including rich chart detail and exclusive value added data — and cover expansive regions for boaters.  C-MAP MAX Wide Chart N-MA-M022, for example, covers the entire U.S. East Coast, the Bahamas and most of the Gulf of Mexico, meeting all the navigation needs of even the most well traveled boaters.

Si-Tex EC11

These no-cost C-MAP MAX charts provide power boaters, sailors and anglers with features that unlock the full potential of these advanced SI-TEX navigation systems — including depth contours and soundings, Dynamic NavAids, Dynamic Tides/Currents, exclusive Guardian Alarm anti-grounding, detailed harbor charts, aerial imagery, access to the C-Marina port database and more.

With three EC-Series plotters to choose from, boaters can find the right match for every vessel, boating lifestyle and budget.  The compact EC-5 features a 5” QVGA color LCD display and a choice of internal or external GPS antenna.  It is also available with a built-in 600W dual-frequency sounder.  SI-TEX’s EC-7 boasts a high-definition 7” WVGA color display, is offered with internal or external antenna and optional built-in 600W dual frequency sounder.   This EC-7 is also compatible with SI-TEX’s optional MDS Radar Sensor, as well as video input from onboard cameras, for an affordable all-in-one navigation system.

The EC-11 provides navigation and sounder data on a high-definition 10.4” SVGA color LCD display ideal for mid-sized to large cruisers, trawlers and sportfishing boats.   Designed for integration with SI-TEX’s powerful black-box sounder module and optional MDS Radar Sensor (dome or open array), the EC-11’s large screen allows for flexible display of important data.  It also features two composite video inputs and a VGA video input for integration with cameras, entertainment systems and other onboard electronics.   All three EC Series chart plotters are compatible with SI-TEX’s new, high-performance Metadata AIS modules for enhanced safety.

Suggested retail price for EC-5 series chart plotters starts at $599 (making this free chart offer an especially noteworthy value). The MSRP of the 7” EC-7 series chart plotters starts at $999.00 while the 10” EC-11 series chart plotters carries a starting MSRP of $1899.

“We’ve taken steps to make this promotion not only valuable, but also as easy as possible for boaters across the U.S. and Canada,” said SI-TEX Vice President/Sales Allen Schneider.   “There are no extra purchases to make or rebate forms to fill out.  When you purchase any one of these three new EC Series units, the full C-MAP MAX chart you need will be pre-packaged right in the box.”

For more information about this 2012 sales promotion, or details on SI-TEX’s EC Series chart plotters or the company’s full line of navigation, fishfinding, communications and autosteering products for recreational and commercial vessels, contact SI-TEX Marine Electronics at (631) 996-2690 or visit

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Dock News

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dive-1849532_1280Now, besides all the boating stuff that binds us together, I know most of you really enjoy your water sports.  There is surfing along with all its offshoots…windsuring, wakeboarding, et al…and of course, for many of us, scuba diving. So with that notion in mind, I thought I would, in the spirit in which it was intended, share with you some interesting information I came across that deals with many of the medical aspects of diving.

There’s going to be a two-session lecture series given at the Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, on Saturday, April 14, 2012. For those of you in the area, or willing to travel to make it, look over the program and see if it is of interest. If not, you might want to check in with my contact there to get some of the vital and important information that is going to be presented.

The first session is going to cover diving emergencies with a presentation by Dr. Nicholas Bird, the Chief Medical Officer of the Divers Alert Network. Dr. Richard Sadler will speak on the Situational Awareness and the Psychology of Diving followed by a review of Bounce Diving given by Dr. Matthew Patrick of the Manahawkin, NJ-based Institute of Diving Medicine. Wrapping things up will be Dr. David Charash’s lecture on When to Retire The Diver. Dr. Charash is the medical director of Wound Care Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital.The second session discussions involve the divers’ alert network and a certification course that includes oxygen and advanced oxygen first aid for diving injuries, and neurological assessment for divers.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in this kind of information, please contact Dr. David Charash at and tell him Capt. Ken sent you. Hopefully, this will make the time safer for those of us under the water as that while on top of it.


Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Dock News


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BoatUS Report

Weigh-to-Win Again in 2012

It’s simple, it’s affordable, it calms concerns about mechanical breakdowns, and it pays tournament cash bonuses. For those four reasons alone, the hundreds of anglers that signed up for BoatUS Angler and “Weigh-to-Win” in its inaugural 2011 season, can look forward to renewing and participating again this year.

That’s right, by purchasing a membership to BoatUS Angler, you get towing you can trust should you have a breakdown, plus the chance to win tournament cash bonuses when you sign up for the “Weigh-to-Win” program, all for as little as $38.

“Tournament anglers spend countless hours behind the wheel of their bass boat and tow vehicle,” said BoatUS Angler’s Steve Levi. “We’re offering a program that takes the hassles away with 24/7 dispatch assistance when either one breaks down, and gives you the chance to make some extra cash when competing in 287 professional fishing tournaments.”

Participation in BoatUS Angler’s “Weigh-to-Win” is as simple as signing up for any of the following invaluable programs. You choose which option appeals to you most.

BoatUS Angler member Darold Gleason has signed up for the 2012 Weigh-to-Win incentive program.

The On-the-Road Towing package includes a BoatUS Angler membership for just $38 and is great for bass anglers concerned about breakdowns on the highway. Those who want on-the-water assistance would likely choose the On-the-Water Freshwater Towing package for $58.

Anglers that want their mind at ease, both on-the-road and on-the-water would choose the combined BoatUS Angler membership for $72.  All three offerings make you eligible to enter the “Weigh-to-Win” tournament cash bonus program at no additional cost.

Take it from guys like the’s Matt Pangrac who called for assistance from BoatUS after his bass boat’s trailer tire blew out on Interstate 35. Help was dispatched, the tire was replaced, and Pangrac went on to catch an 11-pound bass hours later. There’s also Bassmaster Elite Series pro Britt Myers who was stranded during practice for the Lake Wheeler Bassmaster Elite Series Event on the Tennessee River miles from the ramp with nightfall approaching, and now brags about BoatUS’ on-the-water towboat service. 

Better yet, top weekend anglers like Kip Carter, Tyler Moberly and Shonn Goodwin have never needed BoatUS’ towing assistance, but have hauled home hundreds of dollars simply by being BoatUS Angler members and doing well in their respective events.

Simply said, it pays to buy a highly affordable BoatUS Angler membership – especially when you’re registered for the Weigh-to-Win cash tournament bonus program, and that’s why hundreds of anglers signed up last year. To make sure you are eligible in 2012, just dial (918) 742-6424 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST, and ask for Kendell. She’ll make sure you get signed-up. Or to learn more, please visit

About BoatUS Angler: BoatUS Angler, a membership program from the nation’s largest association of recreational boaters, BoatUS, offers boat-owning fishermen services such as on-the-water breakdown and towing assistance provided by the largest fleet of towboats in North America, roadside boat trailer and tow vehicle assistance through 18,000 specialized towing companies, and fishing boat insurance that has the right coverage for anglers. Visit for more.

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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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New 2012 Fishing Restrictions Start in Southern California

New marine protected areas went into effect January 1, 2012 from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County, California, to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the California’s Department of Fish and Game.In December, 2011, the state Office of Administrative Law approved the regulatory package put forward by the California Fish and Game Commission that sets rules and boundaries for the south coast marine protected areas (MPAs).

The new MPA runs from Pt. Conception to the border south of San Diego.

In 2011 the California Commission adopted regulations to create a suite of MPAs in the south coast region. Developed pursuant to the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), this network of 50 MPAs (including 13 pre-existing MPAs retained at the northern Channel Islands) and two special closures covers about 354 square miles of state waters and represents about 15% of the region.

California’s first six MPAs were created between 1909 and 1913; by 1950 all had been removed. After 1950 more than 50 other MPAs were created along the California coast. But these MPAs were established in a random manner and without regard to regional conservation goals. Most have been thought to be too small and ineffective in protecting against habitat and species loss. With these existing MPAs less than 1% of coastal waters were protected, and none extended to deeper waters. In 1999 the MLPA was created in order to re-evaluate the current MPA system and to establish a better network of MPAs that would be more effective in protecting against habitat and species loss.

No matter which side of this action you are on, if you have any thoughts concerning it, please feel free to share them with us here at the site. We will gladly post your comments and get a discussion going.

In the past, discussions on this particular topic, regardless of the geographical area, always get the proverbial tea pot going. If you do decide to weigh in, please try to keep things on the civil side. In this way, your particular issue will be addressed. Passion, with a pinch of salt, is welcomed.


Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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