Planet Solar Circles the Globe with Solar Power

Sunday, May 27th, 2012


LOMOcean Design, a New Zealand firm, is celebrating the success of its innovative design that allowd MS Turanor PlanetSolar to become the first solar powered vessel to circumnavigate the globe without the aid of fossil fuels or wind. The solar catamaran recently landed in Monaco, completing a journey of more than 60,000 km. A total of 584 travel days were required to complete the challenge.

The 95 ton ship is constructed of light carbon and features solar panels measuring 537 square meters. When the sun was hidden, the vessel had to rely on energy stored in batteries or wait until the sun reappeared. Due to limited hours of sunlight in New Zealand, Turanor PlanetSolar did not visit the country where it was conceived during it round the world journey.

The future of Turanor PlanetSolar has not yet been determined now that its journey around the world is complete. Under consideration are plans to use it for scientific studies or to sell it as a luxury eco-friendly yacht. Read more about Planet Solar in this earlier post and on the official PlanetSolar website.

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Diving with Sharks

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

If you’re looking for a unique Caribbean adventure, why not try diving with sharks? Shark diving vacations provide the adventure of a lifetime. Crystal clear waters offer an unmatched view of underwater life, but nothing is a thrilling as seeing sharks up close as they feed in the waters off Long Island’s Shark Reef. Stella Marris Shark Reef resort is a top destination for shark diving. The resort has been offering shark diving packages since the 1970s with a 100% safety record.

Watching sharks in their natural environment is an experience you’ll never forget. Reading more about sharking diving on and get a feel for what it’s like in this YouTube video.

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Horizon PC76 Power Catamaran

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The new Horizon PC76 is a luxury powercat that features twin 1150 hp engines that can reach a cruising speech of 20 knots. Designed for long range cruising, this yacht also features a shallow draft that allows you to explore waterways that are unreachable by monohulls. A ZF JMS (joystick maneuvering system) makes the PC76 easy to operate and dock.

The interior of the PC76 features luxurious and comfortable accommodations that can be customized to suit owner requirements. A large aft deck and flybridge make this the perfect boat for entertaining.

Find out more about the PC76 on the Horizon Powercat website. You can also read about Horizon’s PC58 in this previous post.

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Top Reasons to Enjoy Boating

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

If you’re considering a boat purchase but are still wondering if you’re ready to take the plunge, consider these top reasons to enjoy boating:

Freedom and relaxation. Escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and learn the meaning of true relaxation out on the water. Appreciate the great outdoors as you fish, water ski, wave board, swim or just kick back in your boat.

Adventure and excitement. A boat can take you places you could never experience without a boat. Bring some adventure into your life as you explore oceans, lakes and rivers in your boat.

Family togetherness. Boating is an activity that the entire family can enjoy together. Children who grow up boating gain an appreciation for the environment and gain all the benefits of an active lifestyle.

Whether you’re dreaming of watching the wind fill the sails of your sailboat or slicing through the waves in a powerful motorboat, there’s a boat for every preference. Find out more about the boating lifestyle on the Discover Boating website.

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The Omega Sail Kite for Powerboats

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

A company called Omega Sails has come up with a new idea for harnessing the wind to haul powerboats and yachts up to 65 ft in length.  The inflatable Omega Sail kite uses a surface of up to 200 sq meters to power a boat up to 5 knots per hour with no motor support.  The kite is a great way to save fuel, increase your cruising range, protect the environment and provide a quiet, peaceful ride just for the fun of it.  It’s also a good safety backup device in case of engine failure.  

A 12 V air pump is provided that will inflate the Omega Sail kite in about 3 minutes.  When you’re done with it, the kite is electrically pulled back to the deck where it can be deflated, folded and stored for later use.

The Omega Sail kite, which sold in France and through online orders, is available in six different sizes ranging from 20 to 200 square meters.  Find out more about this ingenious invention on the Omega Sail website.

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MarineMax 464 Charter Power Catamaran

Monday, February 20th, 2012

For nearly 40 years, MarineMax Vacations has been one of the premier charter yacht providers for British Virgin Island vacations.  At the recent 2012 Miami International Boat Show, MarineMax announced the commission of an innovative 46-ft power catamaran that will soon join its BVI charter fleet.  The new powercat will be called the MarineMax 464 for charter fleet and Aquila 46 for private sale.  It will be designed by Seaway and built by Sino Eagle Yachts, both leaders in the design, engineering and construction of advanced power catamarans.

According to Raul Bermudez, VP of Sales and Marketing at MarineMax Vacations, “The MarineMax 464 will change the charter industry”.

Read more about MarineMax Vacations and the Aquila 46 on the MarineMax website.

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Carolina Cat 23CC Powercat

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Carolina Cat Boats, a member of the PowerCat Group, has just announced a new 23-ft center console power catamaran. The 23CC cruises at 27 mph, has a top speed of 46 mph and a range of more than 250 miles. Its catamaran hull draws only 9 inches of water and is designed for smooth rides in rough seas.  This power catamaran is ideal for long offsore runs as well as hugging the shore to access the best fishing areas.  With seating for as many as 10 and twin four-stroke 115 Yamaha engines, this is a perfect cruising cat.

If you’re interested in a slightly smaller powercat, read this earlier post about the Carolina Cat 18CC powercat.  You can also see the 23CC in action in this YouTube video.

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2012 Miami International Boat Show

Wednesday, February 01st, 2012

The Miami International Boat Show proclaims itself as the world’s greatest boat show and we’re not about to dispute their claim.  The event spans three locations and features more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors.  In addition to showcasing boats, boating supplies and marine electronics, the 5-day event offers attractions, activities and entertainment that will appeal to all types of boating enthusiasts. Novice boaters can improve their boating skills at the Discover Boating Resource Center, fishing fans can visit the Big Game Room Sport Fishing Expo and adventurers can check out Dive & Travel Harbor.

The boat show will take place February 16 – 20.  Find out more on the official Miami International Boat Show website.

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Statement Powercat

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Statement Marine is a performance boat maker based in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Their 50-ft. powercat was designed to “Make a STATEMENT” when it made its debut at the 2009 Miami International Boat Show.  This powercat incorporates hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and ergonomics and is capable of sustaining high speeds without compromising comfort and safety while remaining easy to handle at lower speeds. According to Todd Werner, a World Champion APBA Super Cat racer who was part of the design team, the Statement powercat is the perfect combination of physics, philosophy and life style.

Find out more on the Statement Marine website and see the Statement powercat in action in this YouTube video.

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Summerland 40 Powercat

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

The Summerland 40 powercat was designed with long family cruises in mind. This unique trawler yacht features infusion-composite construction that ensures strength and longevity.  The sheltered cockpit provides direct access to the large flybridge.  The practical layout includes a saloon located on the same level as the cockpit and easy access to the large chef’s galley.  The dining table easily seats 6-8 people and the owner’s master suite features an en-suite bathroom, a large bed, desk/dressing table and plenty of storage.

Find out more about the Summerland 40 trawler catamaran on the Caribbean Multihulls website.

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