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Marinalife Partners with Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net To Provide Online Reservations

Baltimore, MD — Marinalife and Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net (SSECN) announce a partnership to provide online reservations through the SSECN web site. The online reservation capability, powered by Marinalife, makes it very easy for mariners to book dockage or moorings once they have located a Marinalife participating marina on the SSECN web site.

Visitors to the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net web site will be able to peruse the extensive, professionally researched data in SSECN’s various marina directories. Reservations can then be made on the same form, simplifying the process. Cruising the coastal waters south of the North Carolina – Virginia state line will be a more enjoyable experience because of this new capability.

Joy McPeters of Marinalife commented on the partnership, saying, “Partnering with the Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net is exciting, and it allows us to help more people make the reservations they want quickly with our streamlined process.” McPeters noted that Marinalife has seen a 26% increase in online reservation bookings this year. “Just like booking a hotel online, booking dockage and moorings online saves time and is so much easier.”

Claiborne Young, co-founder of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net, said, “We are honored to number such a prestigious company as Marinalife among our strategic partners. The cruising community will derive real value from using our web site’s Marina Directories and then making dockage reservations via Marinalife without leaving our site. The ease of use and expanded services for our visitors are valuable benefits.”

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Honda Marine Announces Plan to Launch All-New Electric Shift Throttle System

New Technology for New and Existing Honda Marine Outboards

Honda Marine introduced today a plan to introduce a Honda branded electronic shift and throttle system for its popular V6 outboard engines. The new Honda in-cowl system will provide shift and throttle actuation within the current outboard cowling envelope for ease of use and an integrated design.

Featuring a stylized control handle and tailored to Honda’s exacting performance requirements, the shift and throttle system will be able to be installed on new and previously purchased BF200, BF225 and BF250 Honda outboard engines, creating a smooth incorporation into multiple products and boating platforms. Both single- and multi-engine applications can seamlessly accommodate the system without the need for additional installation kits or components.

“The new Honda electric shift and throttle system further enhances our commitment to creating engine products that provide the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine. “The introduction of this system allows our customers to enjoy an even better and more rewarding experience while using their Honda outboards.”

Single engine systems will include features for improved throttle control while docking, fine tuning of trolling speed and multi-station applications. Multi-engine systems will include engine synchronization, single lever control for all engines utilizing the system, single bottom trim of all engines and individual trim controls for twin engine setups. The system will also feature onboard diagnostics for easy setup.”

A compact control processor includes one processor per engine for system integrity and tachometer inputs for multi-engine synchronization. The shift actuator is shift mounted in the upper rigging cover with a three-position, high shift load capacity. For ease of installation, a two-piece rigging cover has been utilized.

Beginning in late summer / early fall of 2012, the new Honda electric shift throttle system will be available for installation at Honda Marine dealers and participating boat builders nationwide.

All new Honda outboard engines sold for recreational use offer an industry-best True 5-year, non-declining limited factory warranty that is the same on the last day as it is on the first.

Honda Marine exclusively features four-stroke outboard engine technology for high fuel efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions. Honda’s outboards share the same unparalleled durability, quality, and reliability of its legendary automobiles. With models ranging from 2 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models certify to California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star standards, ensuring their availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.

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Marinalife Discount Program Expands …

Baltimore, MD — Marinalife is pleased to announce the expansion of their Discount Program. Now, card holders have access to thousands of discounts and a streamlined way to search for these discounts by key word, city, state, body of water, and category. Due to the growing participation of hundreds of marine industry services, the Marinalife Discount Program has expanded not only in the number of reduced prices offered but also the categories of discounts. These include savings of up to 50% on dockage, fuel, repairs, towing, service and maintenance, restaurants and more.
Joy McPeters of Marinalife is pleased with the program, saying, “The discount program is another benefit that we can offer to boaters. Now, in addition to the online marina reservations, travel tools, and boater’s insurance that we provide, we also offer ways to save money. It fits perfectly with our mission to provide boaters with ways to enhance their boating experience, and everybody likes to save money.”

To take advantage of these additional savings, all that is needed is the Marinalife Discount Card which can be purchased for just $23.99. Cardholders simply present the card to participating businesses to receive instant savings. The discount program is running in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America.

For more information and to search for discounts, visit www.marinalife.com/discounts

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Kadey-Krogen Open House is this March in Florida …

January 25, 2012

Stuart, FL—Kadey-Krogen Yachts will host their annual spring Open House on March 3, 2012 at their headquarters in Stuart, Florida, offices located at 610 NW Dixie Highway. The Open House is for those who are looking to start their search for a cruising powerboat as well as cruisers who are interested in becoming more familiar with Kadey-Krogen’s range of Pure Full DisplacementTM trawler yachts. The Open House follows the first boat shows of 2012 and is an ideal opportunity for interested customers to spend more time on board without the crowds of a boat show.

At the Open House, Kadey-Krogen expects to feature a range of their models including the newest model, the Krogen 52’. Kadey-Krogen builds trawler yachts from 39’to 58’ and also operates a full service brokerage. Attendees are invited to spend time aboard each boat comparing features, exploring the engine room, and ask questions of the sales representatives.

The Kadey-Krogen Open House will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public and the media. Anyone interested in joining the cruising-under-power lifestyle will appreciate the chance to go aboard Kadey-Krogen yachts with the knowledgeable sales representatives from Kadey-Krogen.

www.kadeykrogen.com

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Congressional Bill Would Preserve Boating Access

BoatUS Urges Congressional Support for H.R. 3109 “Keep America’s Waterfront Working Act”

741.jpg (300×220)ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 1, 2011 — Working waterfronts, those parts of town at the water’s edge dotted with marine-dependent businesses like marinas, boatyards and haul-out facilities, are crucial to recreational boating. However, in some places they are struggling as municipalities grapple with development pressures and poor planning and that’s why Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine has introduced the “Keep America’s Waterfront Working Act of 2011” (H.R. 3109) in Congress. BoatUS is urging boaters to ask their Congressional representatives to sign-on as co-sponsors of the bill.

“Boaters rely on such small businesses to provide critical access to the water and essential services for their vessels and families,” said BoatUS Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs Ryck Lydecker. “If Rep. Pingree’s bill passes, it would be an extremely positive step in preserving access, facilities and services for recreational boaters and anglers.”

The waterfront is an economic engine and job provider for many communities, and H.R. 3109 would help states develop tools to preserve sites for water-dependent commercial activities. The bill is nearly identical to one that Pingree introduced in 2009. Grants would allow coastal states and communities to support and protect places where boatyards, marinas and other service providers do business, as well as boat builders, commercial fishermen, fishing charter and tour boat operators, and other water-dependent businesses. For example, working boatyards and other points of waterfront access at risk of conversion to non-water-dependent uses could be acquired from willing sellers. It would also provide essential funding for waterfront planning that could stem the tide of conversion.

“The waterfront is the only viable location for such businesses, and the continued access they provide to recreational boaters along our coasts is vital to the future of boating,” Lydecker added.

H.R. 3109 currently has 18 co-sponsors but needs more, according to BoatUS. Boaters can review the bill and ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor at: www.BoatUS.com/gov/workingwaterfronts. For more information, contact BoatUS Government Affairs at 703-461-2878, ext. 8363 or emailmailto:GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com.

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Sea Tow

SEA TOW TO THE RESCUE WITH COMPLIMENTARY RADIO CHECKS

Fostering the best kind of public relations, Sea Tow has unveiled its new nationwide “Radio Check” response program, and has invited all boaters to use it. You don’t need to be a Sea Tow client to use the radio check program, as the company offers the valuable convenience and safety of using ARC (Automatic Radio Check) to everyone.

Icom M72 Handheld VHF with Scrambler 8893158Utilizing VHF channels 24, 26, 27 and 28 (depending on your location) Sea Tow’s ARC system will answer all radio check requests with an automated message and a playback of your radio check request. The east coast of the United States is well-covered, as is the gulf region and the Los Angeles and San Diego areas on the west coast. There is even coverage in the island nations of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but I couldn’t find any coverage for the San Francisco area or the 100’s of miles of cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps boaters in the Monterey Bay, San Francisco Bay area and north will have to resort to old(er) fashioned methods for insuring their radios are working properly until Sea Tow catches up.

It’s important to check the function of your VHF radio every time you head out, and the Sea Tow service makes that process quick and efficient. If you’re within 15-20 miles from a Sea Tow radio tower, you’ll get a prompt, efficient response from ARC. Many yachtsmen make a radio check part of their pre-cruise checklist, and now thatIcom m504-21 VHF Marine Radio Black WP dual/tri-watch Tag Scan process can happen quickly and easily. One of the great biproducts of the ARC service is that channel 16 and the Coast Guard won’t be engaged in conducting routine radio check calls, and can remain free for emergency calls … and you won’t need to listen to radio check calls when monitoring channel 16.

You need to remember only one channel for your cruising area. The list is published at http://www.seatow.com/boating_safety/ARC.asp and, as you’ll see, it covers most of the coastal waters of the U.S. My skipper’s cap is off to the far-seeing folks at Sea Tow.

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USS SPERRY CROSSES UNDER THE GOLDEN GATE FOR THE LAST TIME 

It was my pleasure to be on vacation this week, and to spend that time on the Rosborough and on the San Francisco Bay. The weekend was filled with wonderful family time – my Dad and Beverly came from southern CA on Saturday and daughter Kirsten with her three precious children came up from Sunnyvale on Sunday. Really enjoyed spending time and enjoying the boat with family!

On Monday morning I had the chance to do something that means a great deal to me. I was on my way out of the yacht harbor when I spotted a great grey hull making way for the (Golden) gate. I decided to investigate, and set the boat on a course and speed that would eventually (in half an hour) converge with the ship.

As I got closer, it became clear that she was under tow, and the ship’s cranes and antennae became clear. As many know, we have one of the country’s ‘reserve fleets’ (“mothball fleets”) in Carquinez Straights. It was clear that this vessel was a reserve ship from the fleet that sits off the station in the marshes along the Straight, and as I came alongside, it was equally clear that she was making her last passage under the Golden Gate bridge on the way to being disposed.

These photos were taken by persons unknown. There was someone else following USS Sperry's departure from the San Francisco shore. Note the yacht in the foreground of some photos ... that's our "Kokomo", and she looks small next to the grand Sperry.

I set the autopilot, being careful to stay clear of tug ops (there were three; one towing and two adjusting her course and collecting workmen from onboard her) and monitoring their channel and channel 16 in case they needed to reach me, and spent some time on the iPhone/Internet to learn what I could about the grand old ship. Turns out she was the USS Sperry (I could just make out the faded stern moniker when the aft tug departed). She was a submarine tender named after Elmer Sperry, an inventor and businessman responsible for many of the systems we relied upon during WWII, and she had quite a record of submarine refits and voyages to save submarines in the Pacific during WWII.

I could imagine the ship busy with the commotion that came with having four (up to ten!) submarines alongside (Google her for WWII photos). The USS Sperry had a compliment of about 1400 men onboard, and served the Navy for some 40 years. This ship has some hair-raising stories to tell (from WWII and the ‘cold war’), I told myself, as I followed her under the Golden Gate bridge and out to sea.

I continued exploring her history on my PC in the marina that evening. In 1942 she put to sea under this bridge for the first time, proud and full of the men and equipment that would make her mission a success. She’d been built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and ‘ran the ways’ there with proper pomp and naval ceremony, including the governor of California’s presence. USS Sperry had successfully completed all her missions and come home to the fleet in San Diego until her duties off Korea and Viet Nam (not naval wars, so there wasn’t much to keep a vessel like the Sperry busy) and the “Cold War” summoned her.

Then, in 1982, replaced by newer, faster, better-equipped multiple-purpose ships, she was retired from service and relegated to the US Reserve Fleet for nearly 20 years.

The ship was in good repair as she undertook her final voyage. Her hull, which had evaded so many Japanese submarines in the 40’s (many of her sisterships lay at the bottom of the Pacific), seemed fit (and painted) and she had a sort of jaunty motion about her, as if she didn’t know she was headed for the deep water off the continental shelf, or the scrappers at Alang or Bangladesh. I found it strange that the Sperry had her antennae in place, her cranes (in excellent condition) stowed in sea posts, etc. as she headed out this last time. As if she was going back on patrol for her “ducklings”; as if she had things to do, subs in distress to find; as if those 1400 men and their many missions could call her a safe home again these 79 years later.

I take my hat off to the many men who served aboard the USS Sperry between 1942 and 1982. Maybe some of them will read this and experience some of the pride they felt for their ship back then. She’s gone now, but her record lives on in the minds of those who served aboard her, those who’s lives she saved on the war-torn Pacific Ocean and this respectful mariner who accompanied her on part of her final voyage on October 17, 2011.

(NOTE: Since writing the above, I’ve learned that it is likely that USS Sperry was headed for ESCO Marine in Brownsville, Texas on 10/17/11 to be scrapped. Thanks to Robert Merry, a former crew member, for this confirmation.)

* See the letter we received from a USS Sperry crew member in “Letters”

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THE LARGEST BOATLIFT IN HISTORY …

Following is a link to a YouTube.com video that I found inspiring …  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=18lsxFcDrjo#%21

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Bosun’s Marine appointed the New England dealer for new Cutwater 26 and 28 Boats.

(Press Release) Kent, WA—Fluid Motion, builder of Cutwater Boats, has expanded its dealer network with the addition of Bosun’s Marine as a New England dealer for the entire Cutwater Boats product line. Bosun’s Marine has locations in Mashpee on Cape Cod and in Peabody, Massachusetts, and will make the Mashpee, Cape Cod dealership the initial location for Cutwater sales. Bosun’s Marine prides itself on delivering its customers with boats and service that match the lifestyle their customers enjoy and the new Cutwater models will help them cater to even more lifestyle preferences of their clients.

Bosun’s Marine will add a Cutwater 28 to its line-up of boats at the end of this summer and will exhibit the model at boat shows this fall. As boating in New England tends to be more seasonal than in other locales, the new 28 trailerable model gives buyers the option of extending their cruising season by towing their Cutwater to warmer waters even in cooler months. Tim Leedham, owner of Bosun’s Marine, says, “Several of the lines we offer are trailerable but none offer the full range of liveaboard amenities of a Cutwater. A couple could comfortably spend long weekends on the 26 or 28. Simply put, these boats will help our clients spend more time on the water.”

Bosun’s Marine will dedicate a team of experienced sales representatives to new Cutwater sales. The more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry that the company offers will give buyers personal service and the turnkey experience that all Cutwater buyers deserve.

In addition to having a design that allows for nearly year round cruising, Cutwater boats will open the door for a new kind of New England boater. Bosun’s Marine has traditionally offered fishing boats and cruising powerboats. Cutwater Boats offers a unique hybrid of the two creating a new boating lifestyle for families and couples who are interested in cruising and fishing in a more traditional looking boat that also offers a new, high tech and innovative approach to hull design.

Cutwater Boats have an innovative semi-displacement hull shape, practical interior layout and a vast selection of quality standard equipment making them easy to handle and efficient to cruise. They are equipped with a Yanmar diesel engine, Garmin electronics, Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows and bow and stern thrusters come standard for ease of operation and maneuverability. Bosun’s Marine will work with buyers on additional equipment options so their Cutwater is commissioned to fit their cruising needs and styles. The Cutwater 26 and 28 are ideal boats for couples or families cruising along the East Coast and New England ports of call.

Bosun’s Marine will have the Cutwater 28 on exhibit at the Newport International Boat Show.

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Trawler Fest 2011 Has A Lot To Offer In Baltimore and San Diego …

Passagemaker Magazine, creator of the wildly successful Trawler Fest and Trawler Fest University events, announced in the magazine’s August, 2011 issue that its Anacortes, WA event hosted 1400+ individuals and was a gathering of like-minded individuals like none other.

With over 65 trawlers in the water for the show, and some 60 exhibitors showing their wares in the land-based venue, the four-year-old Trawler Fest event promised a superior experience for the neophite trawler owner through the experienced yachtsman.

With names like Steve D’Antonio (“Bringing Back The Fun In Boat Ownership’) and Captains Chris & Alyse Caswell (“Building Cruise Confidence As A Couple”) headlining the instructor roster, the University portion is sure to be educational and informative. Diesel owners will benefit from Bob Smith’s Diesel workshop (recommended bycompactyachts.com for anyone relying on diesel propulsion) and female yachtsman (whether part of a team or operating alone) will find Captains Patty Moore’s and Captain Carol Cuddyer’s “Woman’s Only Boat Handling” enlightening and invaluable.

You have two more chances to experience Trawler Fest, and the Trawler Fest University classes noted above, this year. Trawler Fest University will be in Baltimore, MD on October 4 & 5 and in San Diego, CA on November 8 & 9. Trawler Fest (the boat show) dates are October 8 & 9 in Baltimore and November 10 – 12 in San Diego. For more information and registration data, visit www.trawlerfest.com.

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“JetBoarder” – A New Way To Go Ashore From A Small Yacht?

A Press Release Written by an Australian

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA — Controlled with a extended snorkel, equipped with a green start button, throttle, and kill switch, the JetBoarder is designed to be easy for the beginner, yet challenging for the athlete.

Chris Kanyaro, Jet Captain, decided to take me for a ride. I have to say the JetBoarder looked nothing like I expected. Approximately 8″ long, housing a 45 Horsepower 330cc engine. This thing is packed with the latest technology. The applications of such a small powerful engine seem endless. After a quick safety brief, Chris Kanyaro assured me I was ready to go.

The water was glass, not a hint of wind, and the sun was beaming down. The conditions were perfect. I fired up the engine, and the JetBoarder wanted to go. I could feel this machine has plenty of grunt. Pushing down on the throttle, the JetBoarder pulled itself up onto the plane. I could feel the board become more stable as I accelerated. Now the skill was standing. No, I didn’t make it and off I came. What I found fun with the JetBoarder was my interaction with the craft, and the falling into the water. ‘It was all me’. Inserting the kill switch (the automatic engine cut out), press the green start button, and away we go again. This time, I got it. Quickly getting up on my feet. WOW ‘I’m JetBoarding’. It was not long before I was really carving and really leaning into the turns. The experience of powering into turns on this craft is like nothing I have ever experienced. Decided to test my limits, and slowly walked up towards the nose. Called nose riding, the JetBoarder allows you to walk up to the nose and lean forward, a real ‘Walk on Water feeling’.

The JetBoarder is best on flat water when you start out, but with a bit of practice I can see just about anyone jumping waves, cruising around, performing all sorts of tricks. The JetBoarder is capable of a top speed of 65 k/hr. You can double someone, hang ten, jump, carve and cruise.

After my first go I was hooked and the advantages of the JetBoarder over some other water sports are plenty. Unlike wakeboarding you don’t need a $100,000 boat, a driver and observer to get on the water. You don’t even need super smooth water like a water skier needs. It is easy to transport, can be launched just about anywhere, and it’s also worth noting that the JetBoarder uses hardly any petrol when compared with most family boats.

JetBoarder attended most of the major boat shows around the world in 2010, and is set to attend even more Boat Shows in 2011. We have positioned the JetBoarder as the Ultimate Luxury Toy to complement the Sea Bob Cayago F7, and the Seabob Magnum. “It’s not for everyone,” advises Chris Kanyaro, “but neither is a new Sunseeker, Ferretti, or Azimut Motor Yacht.”  As Chris Kanyaro advised the true appeal of the JetBoarder is it is “Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone.” I’m hooked.

Check out JetBoarder at http://www.jetboarder.com.auor http://www.jetboarderintl.com.

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