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BOSTON WHALER’S NEWEST FLAGSHIP

The 420 Outrage will soon lead the model line up.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Founded in 1958, Boston Whaler has always been in the forefront in the design and advancement of outboard-powered boats. The iconic brand, noted for bringing new and innovative offerings to this sector of the market, now makes a major announcement to bolster its top-of-the line models: the Outrage 420.

With its Boston Whaler heritage, the 420 Outrage is sure to a favorite with both offshore fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational, family boaters.

With its Boston Whaler heritage, the 420 Outrage is sure to a favorite with both offshore fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational, family boaters.

“The Boston Whaler legacy is defined by its most groundbreaking moments—those important leaps forward in design, technology and manufacturing,” said Whaler president Huw Bower in a recent statement on the new boat’s forthcoming launch. “The 420 Outrage marks an exciting new chapter in our legend with a bold declaration of performance and capability.”

Designed to maximize entertaining spaces as well as being a serious sportfishing boat, the 420 Outrage offers quad Mercury 300-hp Verado engines with joystick control including SmartCraft VesselView display, power steering, and digital throttle and shift.

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For more information on the 420 Outrage, or any of the other fine offerings in the Boston Whaler model line up, visit the company Website at http://www.bostonwhaler.com

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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I’ve made my life at the water’s edge. Yes, I’ve had a long and rewarding career in business, raised a family, provided well for them. We have grandkids; several. We have our issues, as do all families, but for the most part, have learned how to deal with them. Tragedy has not visited us as yet. In the summers, here in the northeast, they visit often and bring us joy and happiness. Our home is modest by some standards but there are bedrooms for all and mattresses on the floor as well. One of our most favorite activities is to go out on the long expanse of beach and walk, looking for anything that might catch our eyes…our imaginations…our lives. For me, it’s beach glass and these delicate and lovely sand dollars which I trade, laughter and fairness intact, with the kids for their own found treasures. It all works out in the end and everyone is happy with what they have gotten. –John and Mary P., Cape May, NJ 

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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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2014 ShowBoats Design Award For Superyacht Tenders

An iconic Maine-based builder wins a well-deserved award.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

If you’re an anything–that-floats watcher as I am, you’ve certainly seen your share of dreamboats underway, at anchor, or tied up in a dock or along side a pier. One of my favorite sightings is when, in my humble opinion, the beautiful, green-hulled, Feadship-built Sea Owl comes into view.

The uber beautiful Sea Owl, yet another Feadship masterpiece.

The uber beautiful Sea Owl, yet another Feadship masterpiece. Photo Credit: Kees Torn

So, it was not too much of a surprise to this nautical scribe that the 2014 ShowBoats Design Awards in the superyacht tenders category is Fledgling, the Hodgdon Yachts-built, Andrew Winch designed tender to Sea Owl.

Sea Owl, launched in 2013, is designed by Winch in collaboration with De Voogt Ship Design. She is 203’/62m in length, has a beam of 40’03”/12.20m, draws 12’4”/3.7m, and is powered by a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M53R diesel engines.

Ed Roberts, Hodgdon’s Director of Sales & Marketing commented, “Hodgdon Yachts, and its in-house engineering team, is proud to share the limelight with winner Andrew Winch Designs in receiving the coveted Showboats Design Award for the best Limo Tender.” Observations were also made as to how the tender’s design emulated that of Sea Owl’s beautiful lines.

Due to weight requirements necessary for use aboard Sea Owl, Hodgdon took special care in the Fledgling’s engineering and construction using infused epoxy carbon fiber, ensuring a strong, solid build.

Elegant and sophisticated by any standard, Fledgling is a perfect match for Sea Owl.

Elegant and sophisticated by any standard, Fledgling is a perfect match for Sea Owl.

The tender features the exceptional craftsmanship and sophisticated systems engineering that Hodgdon is so well-known for. Outside, a defining characteristic of the Winch design is a well-executed compound curve teak clad transom. Inside, guests are greeted with teak wood finish, separate head and washroom, and luxurious leather seating for eight. Systems highlights include NEMA 2000 systems integrated iPad in the salon, electrically retracting glass moon roof, electrically retracting glass aft bulkhead, hydraulically lifting roof, and lithium-ion smart battery system among many more items.

Comments by the judges included not only wanting to own such a vessel but that, on its own, it would make a wonderful day boat as well. Air conditioning and charging and docking stations for phones and iPads are a nice touch, as is the 40-knots top speed.

SPECIFICATIONS
LOA: 27’10″+/8.5m
LWL: 24’6’+/7.49m
BEAM: 9’0″/2.75m
DRAFT: Drive up: 1’7″+/0.5m; Drive down: 3’3″/1.0m
DISPLACEMENT: 101,191 lbs/4,590kg
POWER: Volvo D6/400-hp DuoProp Outdrive
CAPACITY: 8 guests/2 crew
BRIDGE CLEARANCE: 5’2″+/1.59m
TENDER BAY CLEARANCE: 6’11″+/2.13m

Further information on the Hodgdon custom tenders, including video, can be found at http://www.limotenders.com or at http://www.hodgdonyachts.com

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ABOUT HODGDON: Having started in 1816 during the era of clipper ships, Hodgdon is America’s oldest boat builder. Still family owned, today this East Boothbay, Maine company has evolved into a leader in advanced composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world class traditional and modern interiors. The company’s divisions include high-end superyacht interiors (up to 80M), custom sail and power yacht construction (up to 60M), defense contracting and custom superyacht tenders. The company currently employs over 150 employees, most of whom are skilled and highly skilled labor. Hodgdon is a fifth generation family run company still in the heart of Maine’s famed Boothbay Region

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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New Technical Report Recommends Guidelines
For Reducing Sulfur Oxide Emissions

The much-respected Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers offers some important advice on dangerous emissions.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

One of the fundamental principles of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), an organization dating back to 1893, and one that rings true for this posting on the Boat & Yacht Report’s GREEN DOCK category, reads this way:

Using their knowledge, experience and skill for the enhancement of human well-being and as good stewards of the environment.

snamelogoSNAME’s lofty mission is to advance the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering. Since its inception, members have included commercial and governmental practitioners, students, and educators of naval architecture, shipbuilding, and marine and ocean engineering. The organization encourages the exchange and recording of information, sponsors applied research, offers career guidance, supports education, and enhances the professional status and integrity of its membership.

The latest efforts of the Society have resulted in a technical report that provides recommendations on technologies, practices and fuels that control and reduce sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions.

I’ll limit the chemistry lesson here and only mention that sulfur oxide refers to the many types of trbulletincompounds containing sulfur and oxygen, including SO2. According to the EPA, “sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gasses known as “oxides of sulfur.” The largest sources of SO2 emissions are from fossil fuel combustion at power plants (73%) and other industrial facilities (20%).  Smaller sources of SO2 emissions include industrial processes such as extracting metal from ore, and the burning of high sulfur containing fuels by locomotives, large ships, and non-road equipment. SO2 is linked with a number of adverse effects on the respiratory system. “ Sulfur oxide compounds are also water soluble.

SO2 causes a wide variety of health and environmental impacts because of the way it reacts with other substances in the air.  Particularly sensitive groups include people with asthma who are active outdoors, children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease. These Impacts include:

    • Respiratory Effects from Gaseous SO2
    • Respiratory Effects from Sulfate Particles
    • Visibility Impairment
    • Acid Rain
    • Plant and Water Damage
    • Aesthetic Damage

Limitations on SOx are currently in place with more stringent regulations coming in the near future. Designed to assist with SOx management and reduction on ocean-going vessels, Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVEP) Assessment Guide Air Emissions: Sulfur Oxides (SOx) provides options for assessing emissions performance along with a standard methodology for determining SOx output from a vessel.

Marine Vessel Environmental Performance (MVEP) Assessment Guide Air Emissions: Sulfur Oxides (SOx) was written by Mark West and Brian Ackerman, reviewed by the SNAME Technical & Research Panel EC-10 and approved by the Society’s Environmental Engineering Committee.

Identified as Technical and Research Bulletin 6-2 MVEP AE-1, the 495-page report has been published electronically and can be ordered on the SNAME Website at www.sname.org

GREEN DOCK is dedicated to supplying a forum to discuss important issues, products, and trends that can better help all of us protect the environment. Your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and desire to make a change is most welcome. Please contact us by using the COMMENT tab at the lower right hand corner of this page.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Green Dock

 

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Firstly, let me commend you for this informational, very entertaining, well-written site. Even those who are not involved in the boating lifestyle, will find something here to enjoy with your postings. And that especially means these Photo Op images. Keep up the good work. It seems as if many of the people sending in pictures have an emotional connection with what they are doing, where they’ve been, and, as with the young lady whose pelican and cat posts were most enjoyable, seeing things with fresh eyes. My entry concerns the rise and fall of the tides. I think this is a most wondrous event, occurring around the clock, and in all the world’s oceans. And no matter how much I understand what is happening, I am still amazed at the whole experience. Thank you again for sharing these moments with anyone out there lucky enough to find them. –Patricia T., San Diego, CA

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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DSC_1255In For The Long Haul

The new Endurance 720 Long Range Cruiser by Hampton Yachts delivers big time on safety, comfort, and construction.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Any builder worth their salt knows that the real story of its success lies in its boats’ design and construction techniques. And on both these critical points, Hampton Yachts hits the mark squarely in the center with the latest addition to its proven Endurance Series, the big-shouldered 720.

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Built for long distance traveling, the Hampton 720 Endurance is sure to live up to her namesake…and then some.

Getting some insight and downright appreciation for the Endurance 720 starts way before the excellent set of tooling, one that is painstakingly faired, straight, and is so fastidiously clean as to accept the first gelcoat layer without compromise, is used. It even goes beyond the precise and exhausting attention to detail both in what you can’t see on the construction end and what you can, such as the sumptuous accommodations found throughout, and even in the machinery arrangement and critical and imperative redundant systems in an engine room that can only be described as being as good as it gets.

It all began when visionary boat builder Jeff Chen, himself the product of a generational marine industry family, and U.S. based Capt. Forest Roberts, a hands-on veteran of all things boats and the guiding force behind Ft. Lauderdale’s Anchor Yacht Sales, joined forces on the Endurance Series. “When my family started Formosa Yacht Building Company in 1964, we had the philosophy to build world-class luxury yachts that offered exceptional value within our product lines while maximizing comfort, safety, user-friendliness, technical sophistication, and quality,” he told me in a recent correspondence.

Chen, seeing the need for a yacht that could be highly efficient over a broad range of speeds while at the same time, being able to deliver both comfort and safety to all aboard, something Hampton stands behind not only on this particular vessel, but with all the boats in its offerings, chose renowned marine architect Howard Apollonio to design these boats. “The Endurance series arose from Hampton’s understanding of the reliably popular market for long-range cruising yachts,” Chen also remarked.

Apollonio, having already perfected the hull form over many years with his work on everything

The expansive foredeck area offers comfortable seating just under the Portuguese bridge.

The expansive foredeck area offers comfortable seating just under the Portuguese bridge.

from trawlers to superyachts, and with a particular expertise in hydrodynamics, brought his purpose-driven design to Hampton with extensive tank testing under both calm and rough water conditions.

The result is the split chine, semi-displacement Hampton Hybrid Hull design, and one whose function is to provide high-efficiency along with outstanding sea-kindliness. Covering such important factors as the precise proportioning of the basic hull form, a fine forward waterline, and a design that exceeds the U.S. Coast Guard’s strict adherence to open ocean service stability requirements among many others, the Endurance 720 is a long range cruiser that is ready to fulfill her mandate.

With a steady 20 knots of wind, and having to deal with three-to-four foot cresting waves of a very short duration, along with an occasional ‘big boy’ thrown our way just for fun, my test day saw conditions in the offshore waters of Ft. Lauderdale just right to evaluate her abilities with this kind of seaway.

Sure to be a favorite 'hang out' space aboard whether underway or at a favorite anchorage, the bridge deck's lounge area is like having yet another fully functional entertainment space.

Sure to be a favorite ‘hang out’ spot aboard whether underway or at a favorite anchorage, the bridge deck’s lounge area is like having yet another fully functional entertainment space.

She performed exceptionally well and I, as did my six other passengers, three of them perspective owners, noted little if any of the usual ‘bucking’ motion while the seas were head on, a total lack of any slamming in the errant big wave and subsequent trough, no squatting aft with a following sea, nor any significant roll while abeam and running with the seas on either port or starboard sides. Assisting in the comfort were the 12-square foot fins of the standard Wesmar Three Term Stabilizer System and a pair of 1,150-hp C-18 Cats. And our speed in all this sloppiness? A steady average fast cruise of 18 knots at 2000 rpm and a respectable 14.7-knot turn of speed at 1750 rpm.

She’s also a very quiet running boat. With Roberts at the wheel, I was able to stroll about, taking in every corner of the Endurance 720, from the sky lounge, to the main deck, to the accommodations below and aft, into the crew quarters.

Working closely with Soundown, the Hampton technicians installed some six inches of the noise-deadening material in the floors along with a lead liner and fiberglass insulation. That also goes for insulating the master stateroom and crew quarters, spaces that are fore and aft of the engine room. The product is also glassed on the top of the prop tunnels, this to cut down on noise from blade turbulence produced at low or high-speed operation. The results were sound levels that went from a mere 62 dB (A) at 1000 rpm to a gentle-on-the-ear 69 dB (A) while at WOT.

On the construction side, the big boat is as tough as they come. Get aboard and you

Elegant dining is as easy as sitting down.

Elegant dining is as easy as sitting down.

immediately notice the heavy-duty hardware, rails, and cleats as well as the complete lack or slightest hint of any deck flexing underfoot anywhere. But it’s what you can’t see that is most important.

Once the gelcoat is sprayed into the mold, the next step is to lay in the Coremat—this to prevent any chance of print through sometimes common with woven roving—after which comes the three layers of Kevlar, laid down from the boot stripe line all through the bottom and right up to the very stem; and from there, back some 12-14 feet. The next hand lay up consists of strong, tightly woven Syntex mat. And finally, from the rub rail, and all the way down, the rest of the lay up is solid fiberglass with only the deck and superstructure featuring M80 Divinycell coring.

The fully equipped galley is laid out for ease of service for anything from a light snack to an eight course dinner.

The fully equipped galley is laid out for ease of service for anything from a light snack to an eight course dinner.

But for all the qualities that go into her tough and robust build, the Endurance 720 is all wrapped up in the kind of amenities and accommodations spaces that has put Hampton Yachts up on the industry’s radar screen for comfort and luxury as well.

Her no-nonsense, low profile exterior features a Portuguese bridge design and wide-open spaces on the foredeck, including a very comfortable seating area. For ease with docking maneuvers, and besides the helm station, there are four standard exterior control stations, one to either side at the stern—oh, and by the way, there’s a convenient day head out here as well—and on the port and starboard wing stations, all featuring ZF electronic controls. Aft on the main deck is the alfresco dining table with convenient grill and sink area while topsides, accessed via the Skylounge, or from a staircase, also at the stern, is a rear deck large enough for one of the few options on this boat; that being a tender. The other is a water maker. But for that, she’s just about fully found with such standard items as full Garmin electronics package, Intellian HD 6 Sat TV and Dummy Dome, full décor as seen here, 1,800 HD Davit with power turn and lift, plus the ZF JMS joy stick maneuvering system.

The elegant, full beam master stateroom offers the kind of space found on larger vessels.

The elegant, full beam master stateroom offers the kind of space found on larger vessels.

Step inside and you are greeted by outstanding accommodations and obvious attention to detail and fit and finish. Accessed via a wide staircase forward and to starboard on the main deck’s interior, and off a stylish hallway and corridor, the Endurance 720 features a four stateroom, five head layout. Whether in the VIP forepeak with its island queen berth and cedar-lined closets, the Mid Guest offering side by side bed easily converted to a single berth courtesy on a convenient insert—both VIP and Mid Guest share a head—the full beam Master with its decorative overhead burl ceiling, walk-in cedar-lined closet, bureau and vanity cabinets, and ensuite head, or the crew quarters aft with upper and lower berths and separate shower and head compartments as well as a full galley, you are going to find exceptional woodwork, fine linens, and the kind of storage areas able to keep you comfortable during extended cruising.

The Skylounge helm is as good as it gets on both aesthetic and practical levels.

The Skylounge helm is as good as it gets on both aesthetic and practical levels.

Topsides, the Skylounge, which houses the impressive helm console along with a dining table, comfortable seating area, and head, is sure to be quite the popular gathering place for all aboard while underway or in the dock. A beautifully crafted staircase leads down to the main deck with galley forward, bar to starboard, a formal dining space to port, and aft, the sumptuous main salon.

In the aforementioned engine room, accessed via a large watertight door on the ample swim

As expected, there is ample room for all necessary maintenance as well as complete access to all redundant systems.

As expected, there is ample room for all necessary maintenance as well as complete access to all redundant systems.

platform, or by the convenient staircase in the salon’s aft starboard corner, I found the kind of forethought and common sense design that avoids any knuckle busting, knee slamming, or head knocking when doing any kind of maintenance work and makes getting to all critical machinery, pumps, valves, hoses, switches, and such a downright pleasure. And for safety, as in all Hampton Yachts, the Endurance 720 has plenty of redundant systems. These include a pair of dual Racor 1000FG fuel filters on each engine, a pair of 20-gallon water heaters with heat exchangers, two Kohler gensets at 28- and 15.5kW, two 72-foot Glendinning Cablemasters, a pair of Newmar 50 Amp battery chargers, back up raw water pumps for the A/C system, hydraulic power steering pumps on both engines, two water supplies on each shaft log, and a special selector switch that allows you to tie in all the batteries aboard for 1,900 Amps just in case you need the power for emergency starting.

She’s the kind of long-range cruising boat that definitely has your back. In fact, after my day aboard the Endurance 720, I was totally convinced she is well suited to take care of the rest of your body, and of any one else’s on board, as well. And that includes your all-important peace of mind while underway and away from home for any length of time.

SPECIFICATIONS
LOA: 72’0”
BEAM: 18’8”
DRAFT: 5’2”
DISPL.: 122,500 lb. (dry)
FUEL: 2,031 gal.
WATER: 450 gal.
TEST POWER: 2/1,150-hp Caterpillar C-18 diesel inboards
PROPELLERS: Hung Shen D40XP39X5BXEAR1 five blade
TRANSMISSION: ZF 2.571:1

PERFORMANCE
RPM      KNOTS      GPH        dB(A)
1000      9.5             8.8            62
1250     11.2            20.2           66
1500     12.9            36.0           66
1750     14.7            64.0           67
2000     18.0            86.0           68
2300     21.9          116.0           69

Test Conditions: Air temperature: 83F; humidity 85%; seas: 3-4’; load: 800 gal. fuel, 112 gal. water, 7 persons. Speeds are two-way averages measured with Garmin GPS sensor. GPH estimates taken via Caterpillar display. Range is 90% of advertised fuel capacity. Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation. Actual performance will vary and be affected by water and weather conditions, load and conditions of boat, engines, and propellers. Speed will increase as fuel is consumed. All data is illustrative and not warranted.

20130513234340923For more information about the Hampton Endurance 720, or any of the other fine yachts in the entire Hampton line, please visit the company Website at http://www.hamptonyachts.com

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Sea Trials

 

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For me, being out on the ocean was always a family affair. Both my mother and father are avid boaters and my earliest memories are based on my connection to the water. They are the most amazing and life-affirming memories; adventurous and full of wonderment of so many experiences as we traveled about. And, of course, they continue. So many times, as I did as a child, when I find myself clear of the land, I often look up into the sky and get lost in the clouds. How wonderful!
-Judith C., Barcelona, Spain

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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Photo Op

 

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