Hello there Capt. Ken! We were coming into your home port of NYC and took this picture of the spectacular downtown area. We are on our way up to Canada and will be staying in your city for a week or so–we hear your 4th of July fireworks are really spectacular and are looking forward to getting a glimpse of them from our New Jersey-based docking space. Our traveling companions, as we do, are enjoying your postings and look forward to them. We really like your original writing; had quite a good time with your STAY SALTY story and hope you get your GREAT CORINTHIANS published. It is quite a well-written and engaging narrative so far. Thank you. –A. & N. Whitman, Virginia Beach, VA
Monthly Archives: June 2015
Boaters Find Newest Portable Outboard Fuel Tanks Are Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be: Installing A Fuel-Demand Valve Is A Wise Move
Here is the latest BoatUS Report from my industry friend Scott Croft. It is safety oriented and will help to give you a bit more peace of mind while out on the water with family and friends. Enjoy your boating and be safe. -Capt. Ken
Owners with outboard powered boats have lived with portable fuel tanks for years, but recent well-intentioned efforts to stop smog-causing gas fumes from escaping by eliminating the familiar two-way vent is causing new concerns. Without a vent – typically a small screw type fixture on the tank’s cap or top – a portable tank can swell up like a balloon in the hot sun with the internal pressure forcing gas into the outboard where it can spew inside the cowling, eventually dribbling out. It’s a wise move to install an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line that will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it, and BoatUS has a video and easy to follow instructions to show you how.
“Our members are telling us that the new tanks aren’t all they are cracked up to be,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “These new EPA compliant portable tanks and jerry jugs have special fittings that greatly reduce evaporative emissions from gasoline. But where traditional tanks simply vent to the atmosphere, the new tanks won’t vent until the internal pressure reaches five pounds per square inch. In the meantime, fuel could be forced up the fuel line into the outboard, many of which have no means to hold it back.”
“Leaving the tank disconnected just results in the same gush of gas once you do hook it up, either from the tank end or through the engine,” added Vatalaro. “Installing an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it.” The video and instructions can be found at:
The video was done in partnership with the American Boat & Yacht Council (abycinc.com) and is part of BoatUS Magazine’s Practical Boater series that offers skills building, techniques and best practices to get the most out of boating.
About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS): BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.
Glitz, Glamour, and Lots of New Transoms
The 2015 Cannes Yacht Festival features 140 new models including the Benetti 125 Fast Displacement Yacht
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
There is something about being in the Med, in the South of France, in September. The weather is as good as it gets and for those of us in the yachting business, and akin to the popularity of the annual film festival held here, well there is the International Cannes Yacht show.
This year’s presentation, from September 8 – 13, will offer no less than 140 new yachts from builders all over the world. And besides the many Italian yachts scheduled to be in attendance, Benetti will be showcasing the latest addition to its fast displacement hull fleet, the Vivace 125.
Vivace 125′ joins the flagship Class Fast Displacement line, Veloce 140’, and takes inspiration from its forerunners construction technology, stylistic features, and spatial layout.
The Benetti Vivace 125’ is a composite and carbon construction yacht built at the Viareggio boatyard; it is a 125ft/38.10m by 27+ft/8.30m semi-wide body with three decks plus a sun deck. Much like its bigger sister, the Veloce 140, Stefano Righini has designed the F-125′ with a sporty exterior employing generous amounts of horizontal windows to accentuate the sleek lines. Its hallmark is a large central design element at the sides enclosing the upper deck stair.
The interior layout includes 4 suites for 8 guests with the owner’s full beam quarters forward on the main deck. Whether she is used for charter service or private use, the captain plus a crew of 7 will be available to see to all the needs of the guests.
Thanks to an exclusive agreement, the Vivace 125′ is equipped with an innovative series of carbon Azipull 65C azipod transmissions expressly designed by Rolls-Royce for Benetti. The D2P Displacement Planing® hull, equipped with wave piercer, was perfected by Benetti technicians for the Rolls-Royce propulsion pod by optimizing all the stern tunnel thrusters and those elements impacting hydrodynamics. The result is an even greater improvement of the already enhanced propulsion efficiency of the pod drives.
The D2P® hull with wave piercer enables the new Fast Displacement series to reach higher speeds without engine strain, or to cruise in displacement mode at an economical speed with a much greater range.
For more information on the Benetti Vivace 125, or any of the other builder’s fine yachts, visit the company Website at
DOUBLE PREMIERE FOR SAN LORENZO
The new SL86 motor yacht will be unveiled at Cannes Yachting Festival and the first Sanlorenzo 42-meter explorer vessel 460Exp will debut at Monaco Yacht Show
September 2015, is an important month for Sanlorenzo as it officially announces two exciting new models at the upcoming International Boat Shows in Cannes and in Montecarlo. During this double world premiere, Sanlorenzo is set to exhibit the SL86, a new 27-meter planing hull fiberglass motor yacht at Cannes Yachting Festival, while its first steel explorer superyacht, the 460Exp, will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The 2015-2016 nautical year will open with the Cannes Yachting Festival (8 to 13 September) where Sanlorenzo will be exhibiting 9 boats, including the new SL86, the latest addition to its planing hull range.
•The Sanlorenzo SL86 is the new 27 meter motor yacht, designed by Officina Italian Design. It’s innovative features are set to establish a new standard for the entire Sanlorenzo range of planing hull yachts. The SL86 exterior features a living area in the bow with sofas, table, chairs and adjustable sun shades. In the main salon, large windows allow guests to enjoy a sea view while seated, without compromising the classic Sanlorenzo exterior lines. A floating glass staircase to the flying-bridge has been incorporated into the main lounge area in a manner reminiscent of a piece In terms of its performance, the SL86 is powered by two MTU 12V2000 M94 (1947 HP) engines and can reach a max speed of 32 knots.
Just ten days later, Sanlorenzo will participate in the Monaco Yacht Show (23 to 26 September), an event exclusively dedicated to large vessels where Sanlorenzo will show case two superyachts, introducing the 460Exp, its first explorer model, to the industry for the first time.
•The Sanlorenzo 460EXP (42 meters) is the flagship model of the Sanlorenzo explorer range designed by Francesco Paszkowski. At only 460 gross tons and 42 meters overall length, the 460Exp offers stability, security, autonomy, limited draft and a considerable agility for its category. It is able to reach distant or rarely visited destinations, and can navigate close to the shoreline. The Sanlorenzo explorer offers substantial self-sufficiency and contains a large space on board to house different toys and equipments. The lower deck features a beach club with a bar, a sauna, a fitness area, a spa and an “endless swimming pool” in which guests can swim against an artificial current. The 460Exp is equipped with two CAT C32 Acert engines (1319 HP) capable of covering over 4000 nautical miles autonomously at an economical speed of 11 knots.
HERE COMES THE SUN
SOLAR ELECTRIC KAYAK TO MAKE NEARLY 2,000 MILE JOURNEY
Raphaël Domjan has an ambitious plan. This summer, the eco-adventurer intends to travel the Northwest Passage along the northern coast of North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic with an electric kayak, propelled by an Ultralight 403 from Torqeedo.
Domjan hit the international headlines back in May 2012. The Swiss engineer circumnavigated the earth for the first time in a solar-propelled catamaran, Planet Solar. His latest goal is to master the Northwest Passage. Domjan, who will be accompanied by the kayak-adventurer Anne Quéméré, faces a journey of more than 1,800 miles. Embarking in June 2015, it will be the first solar expedition through the legendary Northwest Passage. The 43-year-old’s expedition, SolarArcticPassage, will take the route discovered by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1895. The goal is 100 kilometers, about 63 miles, a day.
Sunlight is less intense in the Arctic than at any other place on earth. But that is exactly why Domjan will conduct the expedition; to demonstrate that solar electric-powered mobility is possible anywhere on earth. Despite the difficulties, the Arctic offers one important advantage – during the summer the Arctic Circle remains light for over 20 hours a day. The solar energy gained from the small surface of the kayak nevertheless remains extremely precious.
That is why Domjan has chosen the lightweight and highly efficient Ultralight 403 drive system from Starnberg’s high-tech manufacturer Torqeedo. Weighing just 16 pounds, including the battery, the Ultralight is the world’s lightest outboard in serial production. In addition, it converts limited energy supply into propulsive power extremely efficiently. The photovoltaic modules mounted on the kayak feed the Ultralight’s lithium batteries which, in turn, supply the motor with its energy.
The starting point for the solar expedition is the small Canadian settlement of Tuktoyaktuk. Even in the summer months, temperatures struggle to reach the freezing point and are accompanied by rain and snow. Icebergs and ice floes risk damage to the kayak and motor and the area is home to polar bears. Domjan will maneuver his kayak through this labyrinth of ice for approximately 14 hours a day – an enormous challenge. If he succeeds, he will be the first person to traverse the Northwest Passage in an electric-powered kayak when he reaches the settlement at Pond Inlet in September, 2015. His full route can be seen at http://bit.ly/1L2N6t3.
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The Perini Navi Group delivers SY Perseus^3, a 196+ft/60m sloop and hull #2 in the company’s 60m series of yachts.
Designed by Perini Navi naval architects in collaboration with Ron Holland, the design and development of Perseus^3has been significantly optimized for performance and represents a decisive technical step forward in the group’s 60m series. Perseus^3 features a twin rudder system with innovative twin rudder control system (designed by Perini Navi).
For the first time ever on a Perini, Perseus^3 is equipped with a carbon bowsprit. The larger downwind sailing areas gained by this feature together with her towering 75m carbon fiber mast and carbon fiber standing rigging allow Perseus^3 to set some of the largest downwind sails in the world. Composed by: 2 Gennakers, 1 Code Zero, 1 Reacher, 1 Blade, 1 Spinnaker Stay Sail, 1 working Jib and an imposing Main Sail for a combined area of 10.000 square meters. For the handling and control of this impressive sailing system, Perseus^3 features the new generation of captive reel winches and furlers. The jib winches pull a maximum load of 30 tons and have a maximum line speed of 40 metres per minute. Variable speed electric motors and furlers, synchronized by the Perini Navi Automated Sail Handling System, dramatically improve furling and deploy speeds while reducing the tacking and jibing time by over 75% compared to vessels of the previous generation. During the extensive sea trials, Perseus^3 plainly demonstrated her sailing prowess reaching 16.2 knots in 21 knot winds and beating at over 12 knots in similar winds at apparent wind angles in the high-30’s.
Perseus^3 – Technical Features
Mast 75.8m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Boom 23.4m Carbon Fibre by Future Fibres
Standing rig Lateral Rigging in Carbon Fibre
Aft and Fore Stays Carbon+PBO+Kevlar
Main Sail 808m2
The mast features 4 main sail locks 1 full hoist + 3 reefs
Batten car system
Blade 706m2 with vertical carbon battens
Working Jib 370m2on soft hanks and removable torque cable
Code Zero 1.804m2 on the biggest torque cable TDF ever built by Future Fibres
Spinnaker Stay sail 721m2
Making The Best Better
Mercury Marine® launches Verado® 350 supercharged FourStroke
Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, introduced the Mercury Verado® 350hp outboard engine at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show in Miami, Florida. The Verado 350 is now the most powerful engine in Mercury’s class-leading Verado family of four- and six-cylinder supercharged FourStroke outboards, ranging from 175hp to 350hp.
“We’re proud to introduce the next evolution of this market-leading outboard series, the innovative and powerful Verado 350,” said John Pfeifer, president of Mercury Marine. “Whether it’s installed in single or multiple-engine configurations, Verado 350 delivers everything performance-minded boaters and anglers demand.”
Built on Mercury’s proven supercharged inline six-cylinder Verado outboard engine, the Verado
350 delivers unsurpassed speed and overall performance without sacrificing durability and cruise fuel economy.
Mercury test results reveal the highly efficient Verado 350, which can operate on 89 octane gas with 91 octane recommended for full performance, provides up to 10 percent greater fuel economy than competitive outboards. That translates into 100 miles or more in additional range per fill-up and hundreds of dollars saved at the pump each year.
The secret to the Verado 350’s unbeatable combination of performance and fuel economy begins with its lightweight, compact design. Weighing just 668 pounds, this engine is 95 pounds lighter than the nearest four-stroke competitor.
Intelligent design enhancements
True to the Verado brand, the new 350 provides class-leading performance. This engine has superior torque across the operating range, creating rocket-like holeshot and faster top-end speed. It also features Mercury’s all-new intelligent design enhancements, leading to a best-in-class driving experience.
The Verado 350’s new cold-air intake system is designed to collect cool, fresh air from outside the cowl and deliver it efficiently to the supercharger. Its larger, straighter airflow path was engineered to create less-turbulent airflow. The water-cooled supercharger delivers greater boost by utilizing water from the engine cooling system to provide a cooling jacket around the supercharger components, thereby reducing the work required to compress the air induction and increasing overall durability.
The top cowl’s unique labyrinth design keeps the powerhead dry, while the styled vented flywheel cover allows engine heat to dissipate more easily, improving the overall efficiency and durability of the engine and its components.
Optimized guide plates maximize driver handling at high speeds, providing greater confidence when you’re running hard and fast. Verado’s robust and proven 5.44-inch-diameter gearcase is built to handle offshore seas and to provide extra lift for longer, heavier center-console and walk- around boats. Gears are precision-machined at Mercury Marine to ensure the highest levels of quality and durability.
Mercury’s specially formulated lower-gear lubrication for the Verado 350 reduces lube temperature and increases gearcase efficiency, which translates into more propshaft horsepower and better performance. It also means lower maintenance and longer engine life.
Verado 350 not only is more powerful, it also makes more power. Mercury Marine’s exclusive Idle Charge system adaptively increases engine rpm at low speeds when battery voltage is low. This provides additional current for increased house loads caused by today’s integrated navigation equipment, and ensures that operators always have the power necessary to maintain safe operation.
Verado family assets
Like its Verado siblings, the new 350 is compatible with Mercury’s SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) system, which offers smooth, instantaneous, quiet shifting and ultra-responsive throttle control. Operators also are assured a quiet ride by the inherently balanced inline six-cylinder Verado engine with its Advanced Mid Section (AMS) design, which virtually eliminates vibration in the boat.
Verado is the easiest four-stroke outboard to maintain on the market today. Verado outboards come standard with Mercury’s exclusive lifetime maintenance-free valve train, which means owners never have to take their engine in for pricey valve-lash adjustments. In addition, the maintenance label under the cowl outlines the maintenance schedule at 100- and 300-hour intervals and provides a QR code that links to additional information about your Verado 350, as well as brief maintenance “How To” videos.
Verado 350 is available with Joystick Piloting for Outboards as well as Skyhook and VesselView. With a simple push or twist of a joystick you can maneuver a boat in virtually any direction – sideways, diagonally or spinning on its axis. You easily can control dual, triple or quad Verado 250hp, 300hp or 350hp outboards, even in challenging wind and current conditions. This system integrates seamlessly with SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) and electro hydraulic power steering, while standard integrated autopilot provides Auto Heading and Waypoint Sequencing. Skyhook, the industry’s leading digital GPS positioning system, holds the boat in position for fishing or waiting for bridges to open. VesselView engine-information systems allow you to make the most of your time on the water.
Every Verado engine comes with Mercury’s class-leading corrosion protection, utilizing low- copper aluminum silicon alloys, and its high-tech paint system, which features irridite metal prep and sealing, electro-deposition paint (EDP) priming and powder-paint top coat. Peace of mind is standard, thanks to Mercury’s industry-exclusive three-year limited corrosion warranty.
Customize your engine
The Verado 350 offers owners the ability to personalize their engines with custom colors, including standard Phantom Black, Cold Fusion White and Warm Fusion White, which will complement almost any boat color.
For more information on Mercury Marine and its complete lineup of products including the Verado 350-hp Four Stroke outboards, visit http://www.mercurymarine.com
Seeking The Sun In Style
Sunseeker’s newest flagship is a 47.25m/155′ beauty that offers head-turning good looks and ultra luxurious accommodations.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Poole, England-based Sunseeker has always been singled out for its innovative yacht designs as noted by its past offerings such as its Predator and Manhattan models. With the company’s latest launch, the 47.25m/155′ M/Y Blush takes its rightful place as the flagship of this distinguished boat builder. With accommodations up to 10 in five stateroom and a crew of 12, this world-traveling yacht is sure to make both all the usual stops as well as those more exotic locations.
- CLASSIFICATION: RINA Commercial & MCA LY3
- LENGTH OVERALL INCL. PULPIT AND PLATFORM: 47.25m 155’0”
- LENGTH WATERLINE @ HALF LOAD: 41.14m 135’0”
- BEAM INCL. FENDER STRAKE: 9.34m 30’8”
- DRAFT TO KEEL @ MAXIMUM DEPARTURE LOAD: 2.25m 7’5”
- DRAFT TO PROPS @ MAXIMUM DEPARTURE LOAD: 2.66m 8’7”
- DISPLACEMENT @ HALF LOAD: 295,000kg/650,365lb
- STANDARD FUEL CAPACITY: 60,000litres/15,850 US gal.
- OPTIONAL OVERLOAD TANK CAPACITY: 5,150 litres/1,361 US gal.
- FRESH WATER CAPACITY: 13,765 litres/3,636 US gal.
- BLACK WATER CAPACITY: 2,000 litres/528 US gal.
- GREY WATER CAPACITY: 5,000 litres/1,321 US gal.
- ENGINE OPTIONS: Twin MTU 12V 4000 M73L (2 x 2940PS)
- ACCOMMODATION: 10 guests in 5 staterooms; 11/12 crew members
- MAXIMUM SPEED: up to 22 knots
- MAXIMUM RANGE: up to 4,000 nm
Viking’s 52 Sport Tower bridges a gap between a hard core fishing machine and whatever else you may have in mind.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
Viking President Patrick Healey is a happy man these days. “We had to add some 65,000 square feet of production space to our existing New Gretna, NJ facility just to accommodate the design, development, and the floor space necessary to accommodate all our lines, including the 92 Convertible, our new Open series, 42 Sport Coupe, 46 Open Express, 52 Sport Tower, and our motor yachts. That building, by the way, was designed by our own production engineering group,” he said proudly.
The 52 Sport Tower, one of the three Open models Healey mentioned, was first introduced at Viking’s last dealer meeting and was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm.
“In planning and designing these boats, we looked at the Open Series, one that we’ve been in for years since the mid-1980’s beginning with our 35, and saw an empty space we knew we could fill,” Healey commented.
My charge was located at Viking’s Riviera Beach, Florida-based facility where I caught up with Capt. Ryan Higgins. Higgins, a consummate professional whether behind the controls of a Viking 92 footer or, as we were presently doing on both the Intracoastal and offshore waters, wheeling the 52 Sport Tower through her paces, has an expertise that not only covers skilled boat handling, but has a keen sense and insight of what went into a particular build as well.
“For this size, range, and power and accommodations, this boat is as good as it gets,” Higgins said as we began our time out on the water. “It more than takes care of any fishing needs an owner would want while also providing the kind of roominess for travel as well.”
With a pair of optional MAN V12 1,400-hp diesels— MAN V8 1,000-hp’s are standard—a 21.5kW Onan EQD genset, an optional Eskimo ice machine, and situated neatly behind the starboard engine, a Seakeeper NG9 gyro situated neatly behind the starboard engine, and along with all the other requisite equipment, I found the refrigerator-white Awlgripped engine room to provide plenty of space in which to service all the equipment. The battery compartment is easily accessed as are all critical maintenance areas including fluid checks, belts, hoses, and connections.
Also located here is Viking’s central water system that all but eliminates the need to have individual pumps to take care of all the freezers, air conditioning, heads, and any other such needs aboard.
Viking gave the 52 Sport Tower 142 square feet of space in which to get the job done—my test boat had a pedestal-designed rocket launcher set up in the middle—and I found moving around in the space to be not only effortless but noticed I would have no trouble reaching for anything I might need with a big fish astern. “As good as this boat is for whatever its owners have in mind, it’s DNA is all Viking from the bottom up and that means rigged and ready for action,” said Higgins.
The transom fish box has been maximized out for portable tuna tubes for those who need that kind of fishing equipment. And for an excellent view of all the action, there is a double-seated mezzanine as well.
With its open design, the command deck as Viking calls this area, not only provides excellent visibility from the center line helm even during acceleration, including help from the glass corners in the windshield, something I noted when it was my turn to take the wheel, but has the kind of amenities that allows for a rather intimate experience for guests whether fishing or traveling.
To either side of the pedestal helm seat are additional seating areas while aft and to starboard is a comfortable dinette. Over to port, and wrapping all the way around, is a molded-in console housing yet another freezer compartment. And in the overhead, are two flush-mounted compartments for rod storage.
“We have three versions of our open models and while they are all great designs and will fit individual preference, I favor the 52ST for my all around needs,” Higgins added.
Entering from a large sliding door just to port of the centerline helm, I took a few easy steps down into the accommodations space. Whether in the comfortable forepeak master or, as this 52ST was configured, the two staterooms to starboard, I found ample headroom giving the area a roomy feel and plenty of storage space for your time away from the dock. There are two heads here and the salon offers a dinette and full galley along with ample floor space in which to move around in.
Should someone want just two staterooms, the added space will applied to the salon area. “This is a personal area and its configuration is up to each individual owner’s needs,” said Higgins.
We took the boat out into the Intracoastal first to do some speed runs before heading out into the ocean. With 800 gallons of fuel on board—this 52 Sport Tower was equipped with the optional 1,467-gallon tanks with standard tankage at 1,202 gallons—and full water at 186 gallons, Higgins and I posted an impressive fast cruise of 40.7 knots at 2250 rpm. She held her direction beautifully and gave us an exhilarating ride. When we knocked her down to 2000, she turned in a 36-knot turn of speed and an impressive 31.3 knots at 1750 rpm. And of course, there was our exhilarating 42.7 WOT speed.
Helping to get these kinds of results means tank testing and with Viking’s special relationship with the Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ, the time and refining process results in a superior design.
As far as her running bottom is concerned, one that was taken from the highly successful 55 Convertible, that is the domain of Viking designer David Wilson. “It’s all new and a result of our constant refining,” said Wilson as we spoke on the subject.
Getting the all-important balance between power and performance meant some important factors to consider. “We went with full beam to get more wetted surface, a modified V, eliminated the keel, provided a fine entry up forward transitioning to about 11.8° of deadrise at the transom, and revisited the lifting strakes we designed many years ago,” mentioned Wilson. The strakes help to deal to break any suction created by fast boats in the 40+knot range and prevents them from teetering from side to side while at speed. “As far as our draft is concerned, we were willing to give up a little there by designing pockets into her bottom.”
HEADING FOR THE BARN
“Our philosophy is to have everyone involved in the production,” said Healey adding that his company has gained their unique boat building perspective by Viking’s longevity since its founding in 1964 by his father and uncle. “We’ve been able to endure things through bad times and good times and always with a great team that produces exceptional boats and always strive to make our product better each and every day. We build these boats through the rigors of what we do.”
The only regret with my day aboard the Viking 52ST was that it ended with me leaving the dock. This is the kind of boat that makes it tough to get off of. Take one for your own sea trial and you’ll see what I mean.
Displacement: 67,680 w/standard fuel
Fuel:1,202 gal (1,467 optional)
Water: 186 gal
Engines: MAN V8 1,000-hp
Optional Engines: Man V12 1,400-hp
RPM SPEED(kn) GPH
1000 11.3 28
1250 17.5 40
1500 25.3 58
1750 31.3 75
2000 36.0 100
2250 40.7 137
WOT (2330) 42.7 150
Viking Yachts. www.vikingyachts.com (609) 296-6000.
It is prudent to have a storm plan in place, just in case.
It’s hurricane season for those of us who live on or near eastern coastal areas of the United States, including the Gulf of Mexico, With the devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy still a painful memory for most of us here in the northeast, having a storm preparedness plan in place is key for weathering any system that may present itself in the area. The Boat & Yacht Report’s close editorial friends at BoatUS have sent along this latest update to assist us as we enter 2015’s storm season. Take heed; all it takes is one of these to hit a particular area and the result can be devastating losses.-Capt. Ken
With 2015’s FEMA Hurricane Preparation Week now come and gone, that being 5/24-5/30, waterfront towns and boating businesses are learning how to better prepare their local boating community. In the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, orphaned boats littered the streets around Staten Island, New York’s Great Kills Harbor, hindering the clean up and delaying the return of electrical power. Keeping boats better contained in Sandy would have sped recovery efforts on every front. To help do a better job preparing for this hurricane season, Boat Owner’s Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some no-cost, downloadable hurricane prep guides to help boaters, marinas and boat clubs.
- Boater’s Guide to Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes available atwww.BoatUS.com/hurricanes/boaterprep is a boater’s guide and has the details on protecting your own boat as well as a marina.
- What Works: A Guide to Preparing Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Boats for Hurricanes available at www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes/ycmarinasprep is a resource for marina and boat club staff, community resiliency managers and local government that focuses on preparing boating facilities.
Local emergency managers, marina or club fleet operators can also download at BoatUS.com/hurricanes a sampling of marina hurricane preparation plans to see how their local marinas compare, learn about the value of strapping down boats stored ashore, and view features on why some marinas fare better than others. If a storm approaches, the website also offers up-to-the-minute storm tracking tools with live satellite images, as well as checklists for what to do before and after a hurricane strikes.
Much of the information comes from BoatUS and its Marine Insurance Catastrophe Team, which over the course of 30 years has seen first hand how better storm preparation can keep boats from drifting away and reduce damage. Go to BoatUS.com/hurricanes for more.
About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):
BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with over a half million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins, and on the water, we bring boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, day or night. The BoatUS insurance program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need, and we help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the non-profit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit BoatUS.com.