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SCOD Presents The 42m Ocean Supremacy. The Largest And Greenest Among The 10 Fastest Superyachts In The World

Carbon Offset Design (SCOD) unveiled the design of its largest and most eco-friendly luxury yacht, in March 2012. The Ocean Supremacy has a top speed of 55kt and is expected to rank among the top ten fastest super-yachts in the world.

She is designed to consume 50% less fuel than other similar yachts and provide zero carbon cruising at 14kt speed. British designer Richard John Sauter of SCOD is the main architect of the yacht.

Design and features of the Ocean Supremacy

“The Ocean Supremacy has a top speed of 55kt and is expected to rank among the top ten fastest super-yachts in the world.”The Ocean Supremacy is 42m long and has a beam of 15.6m and a draft of 1m. She will be built with marine grade aluminium or carbon epoxy composites. She will have a fuel capacity of 45,000l. The super-yacht can accommodate ten guests and will be served by eight to ten crew members.

The yacht will have a low wave signature and high-efficiency wave-piercing tank tested hulls. Ocean Yacht Systems will supply its rim driven bow thruster for GP mooring.

Maritime Dynamics (MDI) will provide its retractable t-foil leveling system to be positioned at the aft end. The ship will use SCOD tested wind tunnel aerodynamic radome and PV wing spoilers for efficient aerodynamics.

The wind tunnel and foils at the stern will allow lamina flow between bow to stern and reduce the drag and turbulence associated with conventional super-yachts. OceanLED lighting, energy star rated AC, refrigeration and other equipment with waste heat recovery will be used.

The super-yacht can cruise unlimited range with zero carbon cruising at 14kt. She has a cruise range of 3,600nm at a speed of 18kt in solar hybrid and carbon neutral cruising.

Accommodation and on-board facilities of SCOD’s yacht

The upper deck sprawling the entire beam of the yacht, will house the Master Suite. It will have a king-size bed, a three-seater sofa, a double whirlpool-equipped en-suite bathroom, dressing room and vanity table, flat screen television, Wi-Fi, film and music library. The suite will have an office and provide panoramic views.

Four guest cabins of the super-yacht will be provided with queen-size beds, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, a film and music library, arm-chair, desk, vanity table and en-suite bathroom with whirlpool.

The main deck of the ship will have a sundeck with a pool area and can be used for various activities, such as parties, events and entertainment. A photovoltaic canopy protects the cockpit outside the upper deck from sun and rain. A retractable giant flat screen on the deck can be viewed by 20 guests as an open-air outdoor cinema.

Solar hybrid propulsion system used by the Ocean Supremacy

The Ocean Supremacy will be powered by a 9MW solar hybrid propulsion system. It will utilise a combination of different sustainable power sources – solar, biomass diesel, wind energy and wave strengths – for environmentally friendly propulsion.

“She is designed to consume 50% less fuel than other similar yachts and provide zero carbon cruising at 14kt speed. British designer Richard John Sauter of SCOD is the main architect of the yacht.”

A marine solar cell array of 70kW from SunPower Solbian will be installed on the yacht to charge the UPS. The Lloyds approved UPS will also act as a power booster.

A 200kW auxiliary inflatable traction kite from SkySail will also allow for zero carbon cruising. The wind powered system will be used to charge batteries or increase the cruising speed.

A 50kW motion damping regeneration (MDR) system from Maurer Sohne will use energy from waves. It will either charge the batteries or increase the cruising speed of the super-yacht.

The propulsion system also includes 2X V16 series 2000 Tier 4i MTU Genset. Each unit will generate 1MW and will be capable of using biodiesel. One power unit can be used in conjunction with the solar, wave and wind power to achieve a hybrid cruising speed of 18kt. It will be the most economical and eco-friendly propulsion system.

Ocean Supremacy will also have four V16 Series 2000 Tier 4i MTU or ZF Hybrid Motors. Each of the power units will generate about 1.5MW, allowing a cruising speed of about 45kt. The generating units will also be compatible with biodiesel.

A 2MW Lloyds approved Corvus Lithium Polymer uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or two V16 Tier 4i MTU Gensets will power two 1.5MW Siemens supplied electric motors. They will drive two retractable Anerson ASD 10 Surface Drives, located in the demi-hull to propel the yacht at speeds of about 53kt. Two 1.5MW Kamewa S3-125 series water-jet propulsion drives from Rolls Royce will also be equipped in each of the two wave-piercing hulls of the yacht.

The water-jets will be driven with parallel MTU or ZF hybrid motors, also powered by the UPS or the 1MW Tier 4i MTU Gensets.

Energy saving benefits of Sauter Carbon Offset Design’s luxury yacht

The yacht can cruise even after shutting down any of its six diesel engines to further reduce the consumption rates. The renewable energy sources are expected to reduce the associated green house gas emissions by 50%.

The hybrid green power will also cut the CO2 emissions of the Ocean Supremacy by 4,000t. She can generate and supply about 200MWh of electricity when plugged in to the onshore grid.

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Dock News


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Promising to be a spectacular addition to Northern Marine’s family of expedition yachts, the 85′ Blood Baron is rapidly becoming a reality.  Since construction began in October 2011, the hull is laid and interior construction is well underway.  Utilizing an extremely efficient modular building method requires precision calculations, but it’s speeding Blood Baron‘s progress along.

The lower deck’s four complete staterooms are being built on the shop floor and will be craned into place once nearly complete.  Rough-in framing, ceiling grids, insulation, piping and cabling are already finished.  Work now progresses to the interior staircases and furniture bases.  This deck includes a VIP stateroom with king-size walkaround bed, two queen guest staterooms and a crew cabin, all with ensuite heads.

All plumbing, flooring, furniture and fixtures will be installed prior to placing the modules into Blood Baron‘s hull.  The pilothouse, flybridge and skylounge will be built in the same way—down to having the pilothouse dashboard and furniture in place.

While extremely large craft such as cruise ships often utilize modular construction, it’s unusual for custom yacht builders.  “This allows us to completely tailor to an owner’s desires more efficiently.  But it’s a complex process, a big challenge that can be considered a risk,” said Northern Marine president Andy McDonald.


“You really have to be smart and meticulous about your engineering and planning.  Luckily, I have an excellent team here, they arrive in the morning having thought about their job, and how to do something better.  Not many people can do this kind of building at this level of boat.  To walk through Blood Baron, so far along in two different locations, is exciting.”

Efficiency and safety are the big rewards of modular construction.  Craftsmen walk up two stairs to the staterooms, instead of three flights.  Tools and materials are nearby, readily accessible.  Plumbing installs under the floors, instead of being worked through spaces within the hull.

All fairing will also be done on the shop floor, said McDonald, “a perfect example of a safer way of working.  Instead of having someone in a lift and a safety harness 20′-30′ up in the air, he’s working at ground level.  Everything gets done more quickly, but more safely.”

Blood Baron will be powered by a single 600 hp Caterpillar C18 with a top speed of 13 kts.  Her range will be 5,750 miles at 10 kts.  An extended superstructure brings the pilothouse aft to create a panoramic skylounge with a bar and home entertainment center, while maintaining space for a stateroom behind the wheelhouse.  Its expansive glass wall with sliding doors opens up the aft deck for outside dining.

The main deck features a country-kitchen style galley and great-room dining area.  A spacious flybridge has storage for a 17′ tender, PWCs or motorcycles, as well as a lounge area with spectacular views.

Northern Marine, founded in 1995, is an award-winning builder of custom expedition yachts.  The 57′-151′ long-range vessels combine rugged exterior design and commercial systems with stylish interiors.

Contact Northern Marine, 310 34th St., Anacortes, WA 98221.  360-299-8400.

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Helix makes history: First new Feadship arrives in Asia

Feadship is taking a brand-new superyacht to Asia for the first time this spring. A dedicated tour by the 45-metre Helix will take in Hong Kong in March and the Hainan Rendezvous in early April before heading off to the Singapore boat show at the end of the month.

Feadship has an unrivalled pedigree in the superyacht market and a history that goes back to 1849. Although the Dutch experts were building large yachts for Middle Eastern and European royalty in the 1930s, many maritime historians point to the 1951 New York Boat Show as the defining moment in the Feadship success story. This was the first time that Feadship had displayed its yachts to the American public, which expressed immediate admiration for the quality and craftsmanship. More than half of the 250 Feadships launched have since been created for sophisticated owners in the United States. And now, with the arrival of Helix in China, Feadship is set to embark on a new phase in super yacht history.

“Each Feadship is totally unique and each reflects our commitment to set new standards in terms of perfect craftsmanship and superior technology,” comments Feadship director Dick van Lent, who will be among the senior Feadship managers accompanying Helix on this Asian tour. “Feadships are seen as the benchmark for the entire superyacht industry and we are convinced that the time is right to personally introduce UHNWIs in China with the ultimate yachting lifestyle.”

Helix will be on tour in Asia from 18 March through 29 April: The yacht will be staying at the Gold Coast Marina in Hong Kong from March 18 to 31. She will then head for the third Hainan Rendezvous, which is being held at the Visun Royal Yacht Club from April 5 to 8.

The yacht will also attend the Singapore yacht show from April 27 to 29.

Helix will showcase to the public how Feadship is able to combine a timeless design and fine detailing with a classic bow to ensure the most comfortable of seagoing performances. Invited guests and potential clients will also be given a personal tour of an interior that synthesises light-fabric-covered walls in mahogany wooden frames with contrasting materials and tasteful furniture. With four suites and a master stateroom on the main deck, all guests enjoy phenomenal views from their cabins. Helix also has a wealth of outdoor entertainment and dining options, reflecting a beach house on the water philosophy.

“Helix is an exceptionally refined superyacht that is sure to hold her value,” adds Van Lent.

“And, like all Feadships, the building experience was great fun for all concerned. Feadship representatives have visited the Far East on a number of occasions and we have built several Feadships for owners from this region. But to now have the opportunity to present a brand-new Feadship to a dedicated Chinese audience is a landmark moment and there is a sense of history being made.”

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Dock News



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Awlgrip® & Interlux® Presents The Echo Sustainability Program

The Echo Program represents a commitment, as part of the overall parent company Akzo Nobel’s sustainability targets, to be a world leader in environmental issues.

The Echo Program covers everything that Awlgrip and Interlux are doing as yacht coatings manufacturers to reduce the impact on the environment. The program includes reduction targets for VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), average biocidal emissions for antifoulings and waste reduction. In addition, the two paint brands have identified environmental impact ratings of their products. This offers a choice to customers to select products that fit their needs, within the Awlgrip and Interlux product range. Utilizing the scientific expertise in the company, an Environmental Scorecard tool has been developed, that uses a scientifically credible route for assessing and scoring products. The scorecard, unique and only available to Awlgrip and Interlux, assesses the environmental impact of a product across its entire life cycle, from raw material sourcing to waste disposal.

“The Echo Program is not only a commitment of responsibility and transparency, it sets the baseline for us as a company to focus on continuous, environmental improvement of our products. We are not interested in greenwashing. We have a corporate responsibility to our society and better yet, the results will help drive the yacht paint industry in the right direction and with better solutions for our customers and their future,” said Fred Daoust, General Manager of Awlgrip and Interlux North America.

For more information on the Echo Program, visit

 Interlux/Awlgrip – 2270 Morris Avenue – Union, NJ 07083 USA
+1 908 964-2203; Fax: +1 908 686-8545


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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Dock News


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Educating owners on the best ways to keep their vessel in top shape, Shurhold Industries launches the Clean-N-Simple Campaign.  This campaign will feature helpful videos to show, rather than tell, viewers how to care for their craft.  In partnership with Wellcraft, all maintenance will be performed on Shurhold’s new Wellcraft 340 Coastal called Clean-N-Simple.

Posted on, each video will be hosted by Shurhold president Barry Berhoff and will center around one maintenance-based question.  These videos speak directly to boaters with thorough, yet simple, step-by-step instruction.  While the videos are a significant portion of the campaign, the Clean-N-Simple tips will be cross-promoted through other mediums and featured in live demos at public events.

“Becoming a Clean-N-Simple partner helps us communicate more directly with boaters,” said Pat Bucci, national sales manager of Wellcraft Boats.  “Shurhold’s strong marketing presence and dedication to educating boaters will lead to success for all parties involved, including boaters.  We’re excited for this partnership.”

Just some of the fine products Shurhold offers to keep your boat clean.

“Working with quality partners like Wellcraft, Garmin and others allows us to showcase how to care for different aspects of the vessel in real-life situations,” said Barry Berhoff, president of Shurhold Industries, Inc.  “We continue to focus on educating boaters on caring for all aspects of the boat, from power cables to fenders, touch-screen plotters to enclosures.  This program will help boaters keep it all Clean-N-Simple.”

More information on this exciting campaign and registration for a chance to win a $500 Detailers Dream Pack can be found at  Users who register on the site will also be informed when the show goes live.

Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at  Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

            Contact Shurhold, 3119 SW 42nd Ave., Palm City, FL 34990.  800-962-6241; Fax: 772-286-9620.

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GOST™ and Team Encore Support Children in Need
One Sailfish At A Time

Sponsorship Supports Fundraising Campaign For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

GOST and Team Encore’s Sea Vee 32 with Capt. Jamie Bunn at the wheel
have joined forces to help sick children.

Vessel security, tracking and monitoring systems supplier GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies – formerly Paradox Marine) has always been a stand up company, helmed by stand up professionals who know their business. Now, President and CEO Jay Keenan and Director of R&D Brian Kane, along with the rest of the GOST work force has really shown their mettle.  GOST  is sponsoring Team Encore for the current season of sailfish tournaments in southeast Florida. One of the most important aspects of the team’s effort this year is a ‘Sailfish for St. Jude’ fundraising campaign to help raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital, whose mission is to advance cures for pediatric disease.

The captain of Team Encore and the team’s Sea Vee 32 is Jamie Bunn of Bluewater Movements. “Team Encore is excited to have GOST as one of the sponsors for this season. The team is very passionate about the cause for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The combination of many small donations for each sailfish released can raise tens of thousands of dollars for this great charity,” Bunn said.

Team Encore started the season with an impressive 32 for 38 sailfish releases at the recent Silver Sailfish Derby in West Palm Beach.

In addition to financial support of the team, GOST has provided a NT-Evolution Security, Tracking and Video Surveillance system to watch over the vessel and capture some of the sport fishing action.

GOST NT EvolutionThe NT Evolution uses a fourth generation tracking website which incorporates advanced Google & Bing mapping interfaces and uses the Inmarsat network of satellites with 99.99% reliability mandated by the IMO. It is the ideal solution for boats with limited space who want to hide the unit and strictly rely off key fobs. An IP rated enclosure protects the GOST wireless technology at the core of the system. This allows the NT Evolution to use the extensive range of marine-rated wireless sensors for security and monitoring in combination with the GOST Nav-Tracker satellite tracking product line.

The system can accommodate up to 32 wireless sensors, a hardwired zone input,16 key fob remotes and up to 8 wireless relays which can control AC or DC functions onboard the vessel. The wireless relays can be used to flash the lights or sound a siren on alarm and can be controlled from the key fob remotes. For customers who keep their boat docked behind their house it is possible to tie one of the wireless relays into the house’s security system to go off when the boat is being tampered with or stolen from the house.

For more information on how to donate to the Team Encore ‘Sailfish for St. Jude’ fundraising campaign, visit Encore Fishing Team on Facebook. A simple post on the wall indicating the amount pledged per release will start the process – donations will not be collected until the end of the season. The current number of releases for the team so far is 42. Estimated number of releases by the end of the season is 75. To make a fixed amount donation, visit Donate now to the Sailfish for St. Judes camgaign.

For more information about GOST NT Evolution and other GOST marine security and tracking products, visit or call 1+954.565.9898.

Global Ocean Security Technologies – 1200 NE 7th Ave – Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 USA

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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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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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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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Until recently, Heesen Yachts had not considered gyro stabilization.  But after a memorable sea trial in July 2011, the management team was so impressed they expect to be working with Seakeeper well into the future.  In fact, the Heesen hull YN 16465, a 65m/213-foot yacht due for completion late 2012, will also feature Seakeeper’s stabilization system.

“Heesen’s 37m/121-foot class was designed before stabilization at anchor was considered standard for a luxury yacht,” said Peter van der Zanden, Heesen general manager, design & development.  Instead of obtrusive fins, an internal stabilization system was demanded and two M21000 gyros were installed on the new build.

Heesen’s 37m/121-foot Aurelia

Aurelia is a semi-displacement yacht and therefore fins are a disturbing factor,” said Rob de Wijs, sales manager with Seakeeper’s Holland distributor, Kemper en Van Twist Diesel B.V (KVT).  “Heesen had no experience with gyros, so they were uncertain if the predicted roll reduction could be achieved.  After the sea trial, they were convinced.”

Seakeeper’s M21000 Gyro

The two Seakeeper M21000 Gyros installed on Aurelia were tested at zero speed and while underway in extreme, rough seas three miles outside Slijkgat Inlet between Holland and France.  Wind was blowing northwest at 20 knots with 1.5m/5-foot sea conditions.  At zero speed, the gyros reduced resonant roll by greater than 55%.

The Seakeeper gyros were also tested during underway operation.  Samples were recorded at speeds of 6, 13, 18 and 28 knots.  Through this speed range, the system reduced roll by an average of 50%.

“We were impressed with how well the boat handled with the gyros,” said Aurelia Capt. Brenden Scott.  “They really helped with roll.  As a charter yacht we were looking for comfort at anchor, zero speed and while underway.”

“We are sure that Heesen will have no doubts about Seakeeper anymore.  The product has proven itself,” said de Wijs.

High seas during the trial proved that Seakeeper gyros worked so well underway that even seasoned crew marvelled at how well they steadied Aurelia.  The point was further made during a video shoot on choppy waters off Cannes.

Speaking on behalf of Aurelia‘s owner, Heesen PR and press office manager Sara Gioanola said, “Cruising on Aurelia with the Seakeepers is a very special experience.  We worked on a video shoot off Cannes in September.  The area is quite popular with yachts constantly running up and down.  Many crew members onboard that day were seasick and constantly asked for the gyros to be engaged, as they were turned off for brief periods during testing.

“While other yachts were rolling, we stayed still.  The videographers felt great and could work in a perfect environment.  The stabilization during the running shots also was pretty astonishing.  We had to make a circle and Aurelia did not lean inside.  She ran straight.  The comfort you experience is unparalleled.  Once you try a yacht equipped with a gyro, you can’t go back to fins.”

M21000 gyros are designed for larger vessels, Seakeeper is working with yachts up to 65m/213-feet.  The gyros’ powerful righting torque device is easily installed with no thru-hull fittings.

The tenth yacht in the leading Dutch builder’s 37m/121-foot class is available for charter in the Mediterranean during the summer and the Caribbean in the winter.

Contact Seakeeper, P.O. Box 809, California, MD  20688.  410-326-1590; Fax: 410-326-1199,

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