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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Lazzara Yachts to Replace LSX92 With LSX95

Two years after debuting the super-sleek LSX92 megayacht, Lazzara Yachts is building its replacement,
 the LSX95.

Noted for its sleek styling and state-of-the-art technology, Tampa, Florida-based Lazzara Yachts’ SX95 will not disappoint her new owners.

A past Lazzara owner, who has owned 2 of the Tampa, Florida-based  builder’s yachts to date, commissioned Hull #1. LSX95 features the same  emphasis on express/sprot lines and a fixed hardtop. (When the LSX92 was first  introduced in 2010, she didn’t have a hardtop. Lazzara Yachts added the featurelater in 2011, along with a longer flying bridge that offered 50%  more space for lounging, dining, and sunning.) You’ll also note the 3 large, vertical hull windows, a signature of sorts for the LSX  series. They’re contained within her master stateroom, which  further benefits from a fold-down balcony. Three other staterooms are  for guests, and though they don’t have balconies, they do have good  space.

Lazzara Yachts has not revealed what the LSX95’s engine package will be,  though it might be the same as that of the LSX92. Aboard her, quadruple  Volvo Penta IPS 900s are installed, permitting a top speed in excess of  30 knots. (Recall that the IPS system involves pod propulsion, saving  significant room and being more fuel efficient in comparison to  traditional diesels.)

Something else sure to be similar to the LSX92 is the LSX95′s  transom. It lifts to reveal a tender, which when offloaded allows the  teak-lined space to serve as a beach club.

Something Lazzara does say will change, though, is the megayacht’s  interior helm—it’s being eliminated. This allows for more saloon space.  It should be welcome, given the heightened sense of volume that the LSX  series provides. The atrium-like galley and dining area are down a few  steps from the saloon and benefit from a vaulted, 14-foot-high ceiling. Delivery of the LSX95 should be within the next 12 months.

www.lazzarayachts.com

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Dock Buzz


GYROS GIVE HATTERAS OWNERS “A MAGIC CARPET RIDE”

When Lt. Commander Scott Armstrong and his wife, Tiana, bought a 1979 Hatteras and gave her an extensive makeover, they had a specific vision for Finders Keepers.  “We didn’t want to just scamper from marina to marina,” said Tiana.  “We wanted to explore remote locations.”  Seakeeper helped them achieve that mission with the installation of two M8000 gyros.

Moored in MWR Harbor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Finders Keepers’ recent refit transformed the 59′ Hatteras into a Kennedy-esque, retro-style yacht with 21st-century amenities.  When it came to stabilizing options, Scott said, “none satisfied our need for stability while underway and at anchor except for Seakeeper gyros.  We looked at the engineering and found Seakeeper would allow the Hatteras to do what she was always intended to do — go to sea.”  The M8000 gyros were installed by Gulf Coast Hatteras, Seakeeper’s dealer/service and installation partner in Alabama.

Before the gyros were fitted, “significant swells necessitated maintaining precise seamanship or our salon looked like a scene from The Exorcist with everything moving around,” said Tiana.  “Remaining on the flybridge was out of the question.

“After the Seakeepers were installed, a ‘magic carpet ride’ is a far more apt description.  Several of our guests are nervous at sea, but now everyone loves the experience, because the boat’s motion is far more predictable and gentle.  Seasickness is a thing of the past,” Tiana continued.  “It allowed my 70-year-old mother-in-law to move about safely in conditions that would have prevented her from doing so before.”

It was determined that the best location for the gyros was immediately beneath the master stateroom bed.  “The Armstrong’s were apprehensive about the noise,” said Gulf Coast’s marine electronics supervisor, Porter Lloyd.  But there was no need to worry.

“We are completely unaware of their presence,” said Tiana.  “The white noise of the generator and air handlers is several times louder.  And, there is no vibration unless you actually touch them.  It’s hard to believe there are steel flywheels whizzing along at 8,000 rpm a mattress away!  People’s eyes bug out when I show them off.”

The Seakeeper gyros also create fuel savings for the Armstrong’s.  “I can plan voyages without constantly maneuvering relative to the sea state, wasting time and diesel trying to find a smooth ride,” said Tiana.  “The vessel’s control has been improved and she tracks more precisely.  We also noticed that heave is a bit more controlled, due to the gyros’ position relative to the center of gravity and waterline.”

Seakeeper M8000 Gyro.

Gulf Coast Hatteras also oversaw Finders Keepers‘ comprehensive refit, including hull sandblasting, repainting and woodwork.  “We also built a new dining area, modernized the electricity, installed system monitors, and updated the fuel system and watermakers,” said Lloyd.

“Installing gyros under the master stateroom is unusual, but proves our flexible mounting options,” said John Kermet, Seakeeper VP of sales and marketing.  “To bring stability and more safety to a 33-year old classic yacht is rewarding.”  With no external appendages, Seakeeper gyros deliver unmatched stability whether a boat is at anchor, low speed, or underway.

Contact Seakeeper, 44425 Pecan Ct., Ste. 151, California, MD  20689.  410-326-1590.  sales@seakeeper.com,www.seakeeper.com

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Dock Buzz

 

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Hot Weather Fishing Tips From BoatUS Angler Pro Staff

It’s been a scorcher of a summer around the country, but that hasn’t kept anglers from fishing. Some, like BoatUS Angler Pro Staff angler David Gnewikow (juh-nee-vuh-koh) of Tennessee, have simply figured out a way to manage the heat as they battle it out with pizza oven-like temperatures. So what’s the secret? Here are some tips to help keep anglers and their catch cool from Gnewikow that may seem forthright – but after spending a long hot day competing on the water, you’d be surprised at how many pros “still look they’ve been smashed by a beat truck” chuckles Gnewikow.

When temperatures get this hot, anglers need a new playbook.

While it may seem overkill, covering your skin not only protects you from sunburn, it is actually much cooler. Purchase a good, lightweight long-sleeve top with a decent SPF rating. Gnewikow also believes in head, neck and face protection. “I bought a Buff and while it’s a little goofy looking, at the end of the day I’m not red-faced and I’m actually cooler during the day,” says Gnewikow. He even recently took the plunge and bought a pair of sun gloves. “If your luck holds out they get stinky at the end of the day, but all you have to do is get them wet and your hands stay cool.” He also has invested in a good wide-brimmed sun hat.

Gnewikow once had a co-angler simply bring two, one-liter bottles of Mountain Dew aboard for a tournament day. By noon, the man felt ill, clearly on his way to winning a case of sunstroke. “I drink a bottle of water every time I start the big motor and if I move 10-15 times a day I stay plenty hydrated,” says Gnewikow. So what’s your timing trick to ensure you get enough water? Use whatever works for you, but bring plenty for the day’s outing and avoid sugary drinks.For the fish in the livewell, getting enough oxygen is key. Working against you is the heat – warmer waters contain less oxygen. A simple aerator which puts thousand of small bubbles in the water by way of an “air stone” is fine – just make sure you check its operation throughout the day. At higher temperatures, frequency oxygenators which create millions of “Nano” oxygen bubbles may do a better job maintaining oxygen levels. Some systems are for fresh or salt water but not both, and if your system uses chemicals, be sure to use the recommended product.

If temps are really hot, keeping the livewell at a cooler temperature will help. If you have access to a freezer, you can also freeze lake water in zip lock bags to take along. Just use it in moderation – a rule of thumb is that livewell water should neither feel cold nor warm like bath water. Good luck staying cool! Anglers can check out David Gnewikow’s Pro Staff Blog at www.BoatUS.com/Angler/Gnewikow.

About BoatUS Angle: BoatUS Angler, a membership program from the nation’s largest association of recreational boaters, offers services such as on-the-water towing for disabled fishing boats, roadside assistance for both boat trailers and tow vehicles, and fishing boat insurance. It also protects the interests of boat-owning anglers. Visit BoatUSAngler.com for more.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in BoatUS Report

 

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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches


Beneteau Launches Powerboat Designed for Liveaboards

Beneteau will launch the all new Swift 50 simultaneously in Europe and in North America beginning this fall. The newest in the Swift Trawler range, the Swift 50 incorporates significant design innovations to make living aboard easy. The addition of pod propulsion enhances performance and maneuverability at slower speeds without sacrificing the attributes that has made the Swift range unique in the trawler/motoryacht category.

“Architect Michel Joubert and designer Pierre Frutschi created a masterpiece with the new Swift 50. The boat features a more modern silhouette and smart interior design for living onboard. By incorporating Volvo IPS pod propulsion, not only is the Swift 50 as quick and fuel-efficient as her sisters in the range, but it frees up valuable space in the midship making the boat feel larger and more spacious than other boats in her class while providing exceptional maneuverability, ” says Laurent Fabre, vice president of sales and marketing for Beneteau Powerboats Division.

The Swift 50 will be on display at the Baltimore TrawlerFest September 25-30, Annapolis Powerboat Show October 11-14 and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 25-29. Meanwhile in Europe, the Swift 50 will debut at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, the Barcelona International Boat Show, the 52nd International Boat Show in Genoa, and the Southampton Boat Show.

Following years of research and development, Beneteau introduced its first Swift Trawler model a decade ago. Today, the full range from 34 to 52 feet is available throughout the US and Canada. The boats’ semi-displacement hull is strong while remaining lightweight, which enables quick planing with less power. Prominent chines lessen rolling in heavy seas and also make turning easy with a minimum of heel.

“What has made the Swift Trawler range so unique is that Beneteau married her specially designed hull to the proper engine/drivetrain combination to deliver impressive performance in speed, stability and fuel efficiency. What’s even more remarkable in the Swift 50 is that we managed to take advantage of the IPS pods efficiency at much lower speeds than any other vessel before her”, says Fabre.

Beneteau is known worldwide for its sleek design, quality construction and innovation in the manufacturing of seaworthy sailing and power yachts. The Beneteau story began more than 125 years ago when Benjamin Bénéteau started building fishing trawlers in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, France. Today, the company continues to thrive under the leadership of Benjamin Bénéteau’s granddaughter, Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux. Beneteau has grown to twenty manufacturing facilities in France, Italy, Brazil and the U.S.

www.beneteauusa.com

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Host  a Cleanup in Your Area With the Help of BoatUS Foundation

New Guide to Waterway Cleanups for Boating Business and Boaters

Clean waterways are essential to  safe and fun boating. Whether you are a boater, a marina owner, a towboat  captain or other waterfront business owner, helping to keep our waterways clean  is in everyone’s best interest. Each year hundreds of thousands of individuals  help by participating in beach and waterway cleanups around the world,  collecting millions of pounds of trash and debris. Boaters and marine-based  businesses are especially well equipped to help in this effort. With waterfront  access and boats, we can easily get to locations that can be otherwise  difficult to reach. Thanks to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and  Clean Water, conducting your own cleanup event is now a lot easier.

Cleanup events are a great way to show your commitment to your community and the environment.

If you are interested in conducting a cleanup event in your area,  visit BoatUS.com/Foundation/Cleanup to download the guide and start planning  your event.

Not ready to dive into planning your own cleanup event? Why not  participate with an established event in your area? Your special skills, access  to boats and understanding of local waterways could be invaluable to other  groups in expanding their efforts during a cleanup event. Contact the ICC to  participate in an established event by visiting signuptocleanup.org

The  BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3)  nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally  sensitive boating. The Foundation’s goal is to be the leader in boating safety  and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing  accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of our waterways, and keeping  boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in BoatUS Report

 

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EPIRBs and PLBs: Both Rescue Beacons Now Available From BoatUS Foundation Rental Program

PLBs are delivered in a padded pouch to keep them safe and can be attached to a belt, harness or life jacket.

Recreational boats sometimes travel far from land, perhaps for an offshore fishing trip or tournament, summer vacation, regatta or race. That means safety measures need to be upped, and the best way to do that is to have a GPS-enabled Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) aboard the boat, and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) attached to crewmembers, which both can instantly summon help and provide rescuers with precise location information. However, fitting out a boat with these life saving rescue beacons can be expensive. To help fill the temporary need for onboard safety, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water now rents both GPS enabled EPIRBs for only $65 per week and PLBs for $45 a week (+ shipping). A new online ordering system at www.BoatUS.com/foundation/epirb makes reserving a beacon easy.

EPIRBs are great for voyages where traditional communications are spotty. Once activated, either manually or automatically by submersion in water, the Foundation’s McMurdo Cat II 406 MHz GPS-enabled EPIRBs broadcast a repeating SOS signal with integrated GPS location from virtually any point on earth. The signal is received by COSPAS/SARSAT satellites which identify the beacon’s position within a few hundred yards in mere minutes. Search and rescue personnel then contact BoatUS for critical renter information and notify the appropriate rescue agency to respond. Once activated, they are effective for 48 hours of continuous operation.

ACR ResQLink 406 PLB.

The Foundation’s ACR ResQLink 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons are like small EPIRBs, except that the PLBs can only be activated manually and are secured to the individual crewmember – not the boat. They use the same satellites and send an SOS signal with GPS position to summon help. However, with smaller batteries, PLBs are effective for only 24 hours of continuous operation once activated. PLBs make a great addition to a rented EPIRB, providing ultimate peace of mind when it comes to your crew, especially when on deck, on the night watch, or solo cruising. They are also suitable for small craft, like paddle sports and personal watercraft, making outback voyages to remote locations.

“Personal Locator Beacons are lightweight, compact and easy-to-use, and if your budget is tight, you can’t beat our rental cost,” said BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. For more information go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation/epirb

About the BoatUS Foundation: The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in BoatUS Report

 

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Largest Online Archive of Boating Repair, Maintenance “How-to” Available from BoatUS

Extensive “BoatTECH” Resource

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has relaunched its extensive online “BoatTECH” resource at BoatUS.com/BoatTech, making it the largest, no-cost online archive in the country with hundreds of articles on boating technical, repair, maintenance, and other how-to resources for boaters, anglers, and sailors.

Armed with a tool bag like this and the online “BoatTECH” archive at BoatUS.com/BoatTech, boat owners can tackle a lot of their boat’s repair and maintenance issues.

BoatTECH articles now cover, in-depth, the entire vast range of subjects for the practical do-it-yourselfer, including everything from how to add an inverter and use downriggers, to how to repair fiberglass and maintain boat trailers. From plumbing to polish, articles are enriched with more useful photos and up-to-date advice.

The site is easy to navigate, is being expanded continually, and boaters who are not BoatUS members are welcome to visit, search topics, follow chat narratives and learn from the authoritative articles written by the BoatUS Tech Team, including:

• Tom Neale, liveaboard expert and top technical editor who also provides exclusive navigation and chart updates for the American East Coast.

• Don Casey, best selling author of “do-it-yourself” books, including the DIY boaters’ bible, This Old Boat.

• John Adey, President of the boatbuilding standards organization, American Boat and Yacht Council, a technical expert who has owned a marine supply store and completely restored his classic 1976 Irwin ketch.

For membership information visit http://www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628

BoatUS is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half million members with government representation, services such as boat towing and insurance, boating safety programs, and money-saving benefits.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in BoatUS Report

 

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