We are open 7 days a week but call to verify the the duty brokers schedule. Our office is between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott.

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Greetings. I have been selling boats since 1977 and self employed since 1981. Our business as it now exists was established in Annapolis in 1991. Some very radical business swings over the years. My yacht brokerage education over those years is worth billions (OK thousands)
I am very lucky to have attracted the best brokers I have ever met. Our squad is dedicated, motivated and focused on their clients ultimate goals. As time goes on we keep tweeking our business model and making it better even as we exit a contracted market period. We are very pleased that our listings and sales keep refreshing following the market spikes and valleys.
Time away from business I enjoy sailing my Salona 37 (light racing), cruising in our Jarvis Newman and cycling. My wife of 30.2 years and I live on Queenstown Creek off the Chester River.

The yacht brokerage business is very exciting. The challenges and opportunities of the last 3 years have changed the market significantly.

Please contact me anytime if I can be of service.

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Mobile 410-353-4712

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Yacht Basin Company, Annapolis from the YBC web site
Established in 1937, The Yacht Basin Company is the oldest privately owned marina in Annapolis. Located in the heart of Maryland's state capitol, the Yacht Basin offers a large, modern facility. Clean, bright bath houses and a new laundry room, along with WiFi access, are just a few of the conveniences awaiting our guests.

Our accommodations include over 100 fixed slips and three deep water face docks that routinely welcome vessels up to 240 feet. Five high speed pumps deliver GULF fuels year 'round, plus volume discounts.

With easy navigation from the Chesapeake Bay, transient business is brisk at "The Basin". Daily, weekly and monthly stays should be reserved in advance. Sorry, the annual slip holder wait list averages several years.

Historic Annapolis, Maryland's state capital, is just steps past the Marriott hotel on the marina's north side. All around are 18th century homes and narrow streets with a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments. Tour schedules to all sorts of exhibits, including public and private buildings are available. A casual stroll south over the Spa Creek draw bridge is the Maritime Republic of Eastport…a sailor's paradise.

The Yacht Basin's experienced management and friendly dock hands are happy to provide information on local events and activities. if you have any questions, please contact us at 410-263-3544.
Yacht Watch Program in the Annapolis area
Capt Rob Simkins has over 20 years experience operating & maintaining power & sail boats of all sizes. Capt. Rob has developed a cost effective concept offering several levels of security, repairs and detailing management.
You may reach Rob at 410.279.2224 or Simkinsyacht@gmail.com
Scientists see rapid sea level rise on the horizon

An international panel of scientists says it has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.

The scientists, whose findings are reported in a draft summary of the next big United Nations climate report, largely dismiss a recent slowdown in the pace of warming, which is often cited by climate-change doubters, attributing it most likely to short-term factors, according to The New York Times.

The report emphasizes that the basic facts about future climate change are more established than ever, justifying the rise in global concern. It also reiterates that the consequences of escalating emissions are likely to be profound.

“It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010,” the newspaper cited the draft as saying. “There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level and changed some climate extremes in the second half of the 20th century.”

The draft comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of several hundred scientists that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, along with Al Gore.

Its summaries, published every five or six years, are considered the definitive assessment of the risks of climate change and they influence the actions of governments around the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, for instance, largely on the basis of the group’s findings.
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Geographical analysis

Ranking nations by the aggregate length of their current projects, Italy is still by far the number one yacht-building nation, but The Netherlands and Turkey have consolidated their places. The USA is losing its lead over UK builders, whose tally is up 51 percent in the last two years. Greece clinches the tenth place this year, pushing France out of the list.
New Miami Yacht Club, with wet sheds!
Marina-meets-yacht club in Miami...and gives berth!
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One of the industry’s hot spots is soon to see a new, but somewhat different, addition to the marina family, as plans have been announced for a marina-meets-yacht club development – the Miami Mega Yacht Club. On the Miami River and with construction expected to begin within nine months, the Miami Mega Yacht Club will offer 15 covered and enclosed berths for superyachts of 50m up to 75m for those wanting a permanent base in South Florida’s yachting and social hub.

The family behind the project, the Meruelo family, are already experienced hotel and marina owners in Florida and California. However, this particular project came about almost by chance, project principal Homer Meruelo told SuperyachtNews.com. “[We] have had this 10 acres of land for 10 years now and our original intention was to develop a luxury condominium site on the river. But because of owning issues I saw myself forced into developing a marine project. Therefore, about a year ago I came up with the concept. We owned the bottom of the ocean and have roofs over our water, so I said, why can’t I develop a boat house like I develop condominiums? It’s just a matter of creating the facility to be able to sell these slips individually,” explained Meruelo.

The facility will offer 15 covered, enclosed berths for yachts between 50m and 75m, the roofs reaching 23m with a beam of 15m. Each berth will come with a climate-controlled three-car garage and an individual 279sqm storage unit for anything from tenders and toys to linen and tableware. Each covered and enclosed berth will also come with its own built-in yacht wash down sprinkler system. The Meruelo family has put a lot of thought into the crew facilities, offering captains and crew a 465sqm crew quarters, including fitness centre, spa, pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and billiard room.
2003 38' Pacific Seacraft "Wahoo"
New Listing 6/2014 shows nice and cruise ready. $295,500.
Consumer confidence is back to pre shut down level
Consumer confidence, which had slipped in November, rebounded in December.

“Consumer confidence rebounded in December and is now close to pre-government shutdown levels” in September, Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board, said in a statement.

The board’s Consumer Confidence Index was at 78.1 in December, up from 72.0 in November. The September level was 80.2.

Confidence in current conditions reached a 5-1/2-year high and was greater than it had been since April 2008.

“Looking ahead, consumers expressed a greater degree of confidence in future economic and job prospects, but were moderately more pessimistic about their earning prospects,” Franco said. “Despite the many challenges throughout 2013, consumers are in better spirits today than when the year began.”
South Florida poised for marine-career growth
South Florida poised for marine-career growth
Posted on June 17th, 2014
Written by Jim Flannery

South Florida’s marine industry is well-positioned to supply the materials, expertise and trained workers to handle the wave of repairs, refits, repowering and interior remodeling anticipated during the next seven to 10 years on the thousands of yachts over 80 feet built from 1998 to 2010, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

“This is going to fill up the yards,” Purcell said in an interview at MIASF’s Fort Lauderdale office. “We are poised for it, based on our central location and the goods and services we have here. It’s not just the size of the boats, but the goods and services that make [Fort Lauderdale] the yachting capital of the world.”

Showboats International’s Global Order Books show that yards worldwide took more than 5,500 orders for yachts over 80 feet between 2000 and 2010. All of those vessels require servicing and many are about ready for an upgrade.

An estimated 1,500 yachts 80 feet or bigger visit Fort Lauderdale annually, according to MIASF studies. “The economic impact of these vessels is through the roof,” Purcell said.

Altogether the marine industry has an economic impact of $7 billion a year in Broward County and contributes to the employment of 90,000 people.

Purcell is advocating that the region prepare now for growing demand for services by informing young people about well-paying marine industry careers — MIASF is starting a jobs page on its website to connect job seekers with employers — and by reinvesting in its waterfront to attract yachts, yacht crews and their owners.

This investment should include dredging waterways all the way to the seawalls and docks so larger vessels can get to yards and marinas; building a bigger, more modern convention center at Port Everglades with an adjacent luxury hotel and large-yacht slips for tomorrow’s visitors; and providing more cultural attractions in and around the city.

Purcell, a former top executive at Westport Shipyard/Yachts, said the owners of these large yachts are “the best and the brightest” and are keen on cultural tourism.

The marine industry has 260 job openings in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties. MIASF’s jobs page will link job seekers to CareerSourceBroward.com to learn about employment in the industry. Purcell is asking the state and federal governments to establish a separate code for marine industry positions so they are more prominently advertised in state- and federally sponsored job listings and easier for job seekers to find. He also is pressing for better promotion of middle-school, high-school and college marine training programs and more partnering with other local business organizations.

“We haven’t done as good a job as we need to do working together to tell people about the careers that we offer,” he said.

On Saturday, MIASF hosted a Marine Industry Day at Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park to do just that. The family-oriented event offered music by three bands, an exhibit from the Museum of Discovery and Science, a pirate ship and an interactive pirate show, a pool with a remote-controlled yacht model and interactive marine industry booths educating the public about the industry and its careers.

“We’re great at telling our story to each other,” Purcell said. “We need to tell that story to people outside the area.”

An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the event.
Caterpillar to Unveil Cat Propulsion Twin Fin

Caterpillar to Unveil Cat Propulsion Twin Fin
Propulsion System at ITS Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany - Caterpillar Marine will launch the Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System at the 2014 ITS Hamburg Conference and Exhibition, June 16th - 20th. The Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System is a new diesel-electric solution that saves on fuel and emissions, while improving overall vessel performance. The Twin Fin System protects all of the propulsion mechanical parts within the hull profile while retaining the cargo space saving and maneuverability claims made for outboard solutions while simultaneously offering critical reliability gains.
Initially conceived for harsh operating environments, the Cat Propulsion Twin Fin System comprises a compact electric motor and gearbox configuration connected via short drive shaft, rotating a pair of controllable pitch propellers whose performance is enhanced by two tailor-made fins attached to the hull. Major transmission parts in the system are accessible from inside the vessel, enhancing ease of maintenance and averting the need to drydock. The Twin Fin solution can be applied to newbuilds, retrofits and conversions in any commercial marine application and is available via the global Cat dealer network.
"We developed the Twin Fin system in partnership with Odense Maritime Technology (OMT) and Scandinavian Marine Group (SMG) initially as a solution to make vessels operating in Arctic conditions less vulnerable to damage to the propulsion system," Mattias Hansson, Caterpillar Marine senior project manager commented. "As the innovative concept has been engineered into vessels, we've been pleased to not only see increased reliability but improvements in fuel consumption and thrust performance as well."

The Caterpillar Twin Fin system achieves efficiency gains measurable across a range of performance criteria. It offers increased thrust - and requires lower input power - thanks to larger propellers running at low shaft speed plus minimal mechanical loss. Hydrodynamically designed fins ensure homogenous water flow to the propellers for lower fuel consumption plus lower emissions and noise radiation. To fulfill dynamic positioning duties, the Twin Fin System can be specified with tunnel thrusters, either attached to the fins or central skeg running between the fins.

Polarcus DMCC was the first operator to incorporate the Twin Fin system on a conversion project involving an Ultstein SX124 vessel. "The Twin Fin system is a tailor-made system developed in close collaboration with our clients and is primarily intended for diesel electric vessel applications. The system is designed depending on the operational requirements and profile in order to achieve optimum performance," Hansson continued. "In addition to being the most compact system of its kind for offshore vessels, the system has proven to be a robust performer during operation without diminishing maneuverability. It achieves better overall performance and increased cargo loading capacity in comparison with azimuth thruster applications."

Caterpillar Propulsion experts will be on hand at ITS 2014 in Hamburg at the Caterpillar booth Stand 5. For more information on the Twin Fin concept and Cat Propulsion solutions, please visit www.catpropulsion.com. For up to the minute information, follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caterpillarmarine and Twitter: https://twitter.com/catmarineglobal.
Lake Erie Police boat stolen & torched

LONDON, Ontario - For some culprits stealing a police patrol boat wasn't good enough, they had to light it on fire to finish the job.

The Ontario Provincial Police in Elgin County lost their only patrol boat Wednesday after the 24-foot vessel was taken from Stan's Marina, driven about one kilometre out into the harbour and torched.

"It's completely destroyed," Elgin OPP Const. Troy Carlson said.

The cost of replacing the Sea Swirl police boat is pegged at $85,000.

The boat was the only one available for marine rescue operations along a 70-kilometre stretch of the Lake Erie shoreline.

Carlson said auxiliary Coast Guard units are normally based in Port Stanley and Port Burwell, but this isn't the case this year, leaving the Elgin OPP boat responsible for all marine emergencies and searches in the area.

"This is a senseless act which risks the safety of the public," Carlson said.
Brokerage Boat Sales Down 10-15% YTD 2014
Interesting. The new boat market has some manufacturers doing pretty well. The brokerage market year to date as of June 1, 2014:

Maryland sales of powerboats: down 15%

Southeast sales of powerboats down 12%

Sailboat brokerage sales are down 13%

Short supply of used boats?

Failed Northern Marine Launch Creates Marketing Challenges
June 22nd 2014. By Kim Kavin.

Splash Down: Failed Northern Marine Launch Creates Marketing Challenges
A recent failed launch has speculation swirling, even though Northern Marine yachts on the brokerage market are proven products.
The video has been playing in endless rotation everywhere from YouTube to NBC News, as if a plane had crashed into a school or a celebrity had died in a horrific car accident. Even people who know nothing about yachts are clicking “replay” three, four, five times. And though it hurts a little more each time, no boat lover can look away.

northern marine launch
Here she is, just prior to the launch. You’ll have to watch the video, to see what happens next. Photo courtesy of Yachtvid.com.
A brand-new, fresh-from-the-shed, 90-foot Northern Marine yacht is being launched stern-first down a ramp in the Pacific Northwest. She begins to list, and then to tip, and then she’s on her side, with her perfectly faired paint job soaking in the water like a wreck. With every inch the boat falls, so does the viewer’s stomach—and no doubt the owner’s stomach, too; the motoryacht’s asking price before the May 18 incident was $9.2 million.

The U.S. Coast Guard did a preliminary investigation before handing matters over to the National Transportation Safety Board, which has classified the incident as a major marine casualty with estimated damage of more than $500,000. The NTSB study is now expected to take months—which leaves plenty of time for armchair naval architects to espouse theories about what went wrong everywhere from marina fuel docks to the World Wide Web.

The builder is defending the stability of the 90-foot design (which has a stretched hull and a custom superstructure) and is instead citing a problem with the launch dolly dropping off the edge of the boat ramp, introducing a severe heeling moment from which the light-load yacht could not recover. That focus on the launch equipment has not stopped widespread rumors about the yacht herself, everything from her tipping completely upside-down to her burning in sky-high flames (the truth is that there was no fire and the yacht came to rest on her side).

Even still, the rumors—especially ones questioning the design’s overall stability—have left owners of existing Northern Marine yachts on edge about the perceived value of their boats. Northern Marine founder Richard “Bud” LeMieux went so far as to issue a statement to the media in an effort to quell the noise, distance previous launches from the current shipyard team and help retain the value of existing, proven hulls.

“I want you to know that the 90-foot vessel that rolled over and sank during its launch here in Anacortes, Washington, is not or was not a Northern Marine vessel,” LeMieux wrote in the statement, which was published by leading industry publications including Soundings Trade Only. “It was sold and built by a company called New World Yacht Builders LLC here in Anacortes. I, after talking with past customers like Bruce Kessler [who owns the first Northern Marine ever built], would like to see something in your magazine that will make that distinction very clear.”

The mixed message coming from the shipyard and people like LeMieux about what is, or is not, a Northern Marine yacht is only adding to the endless online chatter. LeMieux founded Northern Marine in 1995 and sold the brand name in 2006. Since 2009, New World Yacht Builders has been doing business as Northern Marine, headed by former Northern Marine employee Andy McDonald with many of the same lieutenants working inside the shipyard (most staff is now laid off). The failed launch in May was to be the fifth boat that New World Yacht Builders had launched, though the new management sold its designs at least in part on Northern Marine’s history of having launched more than 35 vessels from 57 to 151 feet long.

And therein lies the problem for owners of existing Northern Marine yachts on the brokerage market today, along with the brokers trying to market them.

At the time of the failed launch, YachtWorld.com had seven listed Northern Marine yachts from 55 to 81 feet LOA for sale in North America, plus a few more worldwide. Their asking prices ranged from $895,995 (for a 57-footer built in 2004) to $3.9 million (for an 81-footer built in 2006). The latter was the third-most-expensive 80- to 82-footer listed among more than three dozen yachts on the website, putting her in the top 8 percent of the market price-wise for her size range. She is evidence of what owners and brokers have long counted on: Northern Marine yachts enjoying solid resale value thanks to their reputation for fuel efficiency, global cruising capability, and (ironically) stability.

Broker Judy Waldman of Fort Lauderdale-based JW Yachts has represented Northern Marine boats for about 15 years and currently holds the listing on the $1.15 million Solemates, a 55-foot Northern Marine. The boat is a proven design with an impressive history of long-distance cruising, including having completed the transatlantic crossing during the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally and having been cruised extensively from the Pacific Northwest down to Mexico.

Solemates is a 55-foot Northern Marine that launched in 2000 and is located in San Diego, California.
“I’ve had people ask me if the value has gone down, and my answer is: If you want a Northern Marine [trawler yacht], there were only approximately 25 of them built, so this is an opportunity,” she says. “I don’t know if there’s going to be any more Northern Marines, and future Northern Marines are certainly going to have an image to overcome, but these existing boats are an opportunity. Without question, Northern Marine has built the best full-displacement fiberglass boats anywhere. They were the best—were the best—and there is no replacement for them.”

Waldman points out that the Northern Marines on the brokerage market today are all American built, as opposed to current fiberglass trawler yachts coming out of yards in China and Taiwan. Many of the existing Northern Marines also were built before the global economic recession, which caused a lot of builders to tighten their belts, cut corners and, in some cases, cease production entirely.

“I call them the Rolls-Royces of the trawler market,” she says of original Northern Marine yachts like Solemates. “There are boats that I turn down as listings, but she’s a fine boat, a quality vessel. I believe in her so much that I wanted to list her despite the problems with the current builder.”

“I was aboard [Solemates] in San Diego just two weeks ago,” Waldman says, turning on her well-honed saleswoman charm. “Aside from minor, normal wear and tear, she is in magnificent condition. The next person can turn the key and cross the ocean again—they might have to add fuel, that’s it.”

Broker Tom Gilbert at Cap Sante Yacht Sales in Anacortes feels the same way. At the time of the failed launch, he was marketing the 57-foot Northern Marine Timberwolf, a raised-pilothouse model built in 2004 with an asking price of $1.99 million.

“I intend to keep selling them,” Gilbert says of original Northern Marine trawler yachts. “The boat that fell over was not a Northern Marine. They did these modifications—they stretched the hull and put on this big superstructure. The original Northern Marines, they have not had any problems. People take them all over the world. They’re great. To put that boat that fell over in the same class as these trawlers? No way.”

Timberwolf is not as well-traveled as some other Northern Marine yachts, but the owners cruised her regularly along the Oregon-Washington coastline as well as up into Canada without any issues.
“I’ve driven the boat personally several times, and she’s a great boat,” Gilbert says. “I’ve been on many launches of Northern Marine yachts, and we never had any stability issues. We spun those boats in circles in rough water with the stabilizers off, and they were fine. It was part of the sea trial when we launched them. These boats were well built. They have a lot of miles on them. No others have had issues like this one that fell over.”

The official cause of the recent launch failure is not likely to be known for quite a few months. Until then, the video of the 90-footer flopping onto its side will play again and again on boaters’ screens, turning morbid curiosity into inescapable memory that is forever attached to the Northern Marine brand. It will be all that brokers like Waldman and Gilbert can do to assure buyers that existing Northern Marine yachts are solid and seaworthy investments, with hopes of keeping the resale values as high as they always have been—no matter what the NTSB report says.

The Shrimp Wars have begun!
GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- A kayaker found himself under gunfire in Galveston, after a confrontation with a shrimp boat Wednesday.

It all happened just 200 yards off the 61st pier in Galveston around noon. A captain with the Texas Parks and Wildlife says shrimp season started July 15 and the kayaker was rowing out to drop a line in a popular spot just off the 61st pier.

An argument ensued between the kayaker and the captain of a shrimp boat over the fishing area and right of way. The kayaker allegedly displayed some sort of knife and moments later the boat captain apparently fired at least one shot, heard by witnesses.

At that point the kayaker called authorities. Nearby patrol boats arrived on the scene and the captain was arrested.

"Lots of common sense should have been applied, but wasn't," said Capt. Tanuz with the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

The shrimp boat captain is now charged with deadly conduct.
1984 58 Bertram MY with teak interior
A heavily built sea going motor yacht. 18' beam, island king bed aft with tub.
Galley down, 3 staterooms. T/12V71's 2450 hours. One of the latest teak interior boats. Very lightly used and enjoyed. Bottom painted, serviced and sea trialed 5/2014
2001 49 Eastbay by Grand Banks
Price reduced 6/12/2014
Pipewelders 1,500# dinghy lift

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Guest stateroom converts to a office easily, (GB option)

Long list of updates inside and out

1000 hour cat service completed 11/2013

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Clean, neat and ready to cruise.
2003 44 Navigator
2 staterooms with island queens and private heads.
Large saloon with lower helm.
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2001 40 Legacy custom build jet drive T/Cummins
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1999 38 Eastbay by Grand Banks
Very squared away impressive Eastbay 38 powered by T/3126 Cats, only 850 hours. Generator and air conditioning. White hull with high gloss.
1986 36 Grand Banks cruising icoon
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2005 34 Glacier Bay
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2014 Chesapeake Harbour Marina
Annapolis in the water showroom. We dock many of our local listings ( as do other brokers) at Chesapeake Harbour Marina. We typically have 10-20 boats on display for your inspection. Our brokerage boat program includes discounted dockage for all our listings. Clean, secure first class facility with a friendly helpful staff.

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0 Boat theft backfires, suspects abandon ship
Boat theft backfires, suspects abandon ship
Thieves were unable to start boat's engine
Posted: June 13, 2014 - 10:20pm
ALEX.SANCHEZ@STAUGUSTINE.COM Tow Boat U.S. works to remove a drifting sailboat from the Bridge of Lions Thursday morning, June 12, 2014. The stolen watercraft was moved to the St. Augustine Municipal Marine shortly thereafter. Alex M Sanchez
Alex M Sanchez
ALEX.SANCHEZ@STAUGUSTINE.COM Tow Boat U.S. works to remove a drifting sailboat from the Bridge of Lions Thursday morning, June 12, 2014. The stolen watercraft was moved to the St. Augustine Municipal Marine shortly thereafter.


Thieves tried to steal a 50-foot sailboat off a city mooring in the pre-dawn hours Thursday. When the theft backfired, officials said, it appears they jumped ship and let the sailboat drift into the Bridge of Lions.

“I don’t think they were sailors,” St. Augustine Harbormaster Sam Adukiewicz said. “It appears they decided to abandon the boat.”

The Morgan ketch “Charlie’s first,” was secured on a municipal marina mooring, Adukiewicz said. It appeared that the thieves gained access to the vessel in the harbor, unfurled the head sail and cast off the lines in hopes of sailing away, Adukiewicz said. There was an alarm on the hatch and the intruders were not able to make it into the vessel cabin or start the engine, he said.

At one point, Adukiewicz said, the thieves might have realized they were “over their head,” and tried to deploy an anchor so the boat would not hit the Bridge of Lions. The anchor did not catch, officials said.

“It’s obvious somebody got on the boat and tried to steal it,” St. Augustine Police Corporal James Giammarinaro said.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a boat from Station Mayport and St. Johns County dispatched a helicopter in attempt to search for suspects who had boarded and then abandoned the vessel, Coast Guard spokesperson Lauren Jorgensen said.

The owners of the sailing ketch were not on the boat and had not been on the vessel for at least a few days. The mooring and pendant showed no signs of wear and the mooring lines were still attached, Adukiewicz said.

“It appears someone released it from the mooring,” Adukiewicz said.

The incident occurred while it was still dark, probably between 5 and 6 a.m., Adukiewicz said. Tow Boat US was dispatched to the scene and was able to pull the boat off the bridge so the owner could start the engine and motor to the marina, around 8:30 a.m., officials said.

Adukiewicz said the boat owners were notified immediately and St. Augustine police were able arrive on the scene to do a crime scene investigation before the owners arrived.

Police said they were investigating, but had no suspects.
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Yacht Brokerage expands in Palm Beach, FL
By Robert Janjigian
Daily News Business Editor
The debut of Edmiston & Co.’s yacht brokerage on Peruvian Avenue, along with the recent openings of Viking Sport Cruisers in Royal Poinciana Plaza and Worth Avenue Yachts at 150 Worth Ave., points to changes to the island’s business landscape as it evolves in the post-recession era.
Before the entry of these new yacht brokerages, the only game in town in terms of yacht sales and leasing was Camper & Nicholson, which has had a Palm Beach office near Royal Palm Way since the early 1990s.
With the recent approval of the Town Council, yacht brokers can now set up shop in spaces formerly restricted to retail use.
Monaco-headquartered Edmiston was attracted to Palm Beach for its prestige image, similar to that of Monte Carlo, as well as the increase in the quality of the boating repair, maintenance and storage facilities in the local area, said Nicholas Edmiston, chairman of the international firm he founded in 1996.
“Whilst Fort Lauderdale is considered by some to be the center of yachting in South Florida, we believe that Palm Beach is superior and the clientele more in line with our style,” Edmiston said of the reasoning behind locating its first Florida brokerage office on the island.
“It makes sense that such firms as Edmiston would be in Palm Beach,” said Chris Ramey, president of the Coral Gables-based Luxury Marketing Council, who analyzes the affluent consumer market in south Florida. “The top 1 percent has not been impacted negatively during the recession, continuing to spend on luxury goods and commodities, and Palm Beach is their backyard.”
Players in the yachting industry are smart to establish themselves in such pockets of wealth where their potential customers live, he said.
In addition to Palm Beach’s reputation and demographic, Edmiston favored Palm Beach because of his confidence in Bill Sanderson and Rachel Finkbeiner as representatives of the firm on the island.
“They are a strong and experienced team,” he said.
Both Sanderson and Finkbeiner worked for Edmiston when he headed up Camper & Nicholson in the early 1990s, working for that brokerage on the island.
“We heard that Nick, who is a friend, was interested in opening an office,” said Sanderson, an accomplished sailor who has been a yacht broker since the mid-1970s.
“The timing was just right,” said Finkbeiner, who manages the Edmiston office at 333 Peruvian. Both had been working for Camper & Nicholson, now a competitor, until recently.
Edmiston, like most brokerages in the boating world, handles charters and sales of so-called super yachts valued from a few million dollars to upwards of $100 million. The firm also acts as a representative for buyers of new yachts at major shipyards around the world.
“It’s an aggressive business, especially now with the Internet,” said Sanderson. “It’s more about service now. That’s how we stand out.”
Sanderson projects sales of four or five vessels a year, principally in resales of so-called superyachts through the office, with the bulk of Edmiston’s business in the charter area. Weekly charters for superyachts, which measure 80 to 325 feet in length, cost from $30,000 to $1 million, he said, noting that most of the demand currently is for vessels in the 200- to 325-foot range at the higher end of the scale.
Plans are to add a few more brokers, specialized in charters, to the island office, Finkbeiner said.
“It has never been a better time to be a buyer,” Sanderson said, explaining that inventory is at an all-time high and that prices are 30 percent to 35 percent lower than they were even two years ago.
And for those looking to charter a boat, it is also a buyer’s market, he said. “Prices for charters are more negotiable, too.”
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2014 Extinct undersea volcanoes cause tsunami earthquakes, according to new research
Extinct undersea volcanoes squashed under Earth's crust cause tsunami earthquakes, according to new research

New research has revealed the causes and warning signs of rare tsunami earthquakes, which may lead to improved detection measures

New research has revealed the causes and warning signs of rare tsunami earthquakes, which may lead to improved detection measures.

Tsunami earthquakes happen at relatively shallow depths in the ocean and are small in terms of their magnitude. However, they create very large tsunamis, with some earthquakes that only measure 5.6 on the Richter scale generating waves that reach up to ten metres when they hit the shore.

A global network of seismometers enables researchers to detect even the smallest earthquakes. However, the challenge has been to determine which small magnitude events are likely to cause large tsunamis.

In 1992, a magnitude 7.2 tsunami earthquake occurred off the coast of Nicaragua in Central America causing the deaths of 170 people. Six hundred and thirty seven people died and 164 people were reported missing following a tsunami earthquake off the coast of Java, Indonesia, in 2006, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.

The new study, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, reveals that tsunami earthquakes may be caused by extinct undersea volcanoes causing a "sticking point" between two sections of the Earth's crust called tectonic plates, where one plate slides under another.

The researchers from Imperial College London and GNS Science in New Zealand used geophysical data collected for oil and gas exploration and historical accounts from eye witnesses relating to two tsunami earthquakes, which happened off the coast of New Zealand's north island in 1947. Tsunami earthquakes were only identified by geologists around 35 years ago, so detailed studies of these events are rare.

The team located two extinct volcanoes off the coast of Poverty Bay and Tolaga Bay that have been squashed and sunk beneath the crust off the coast of New Zealand, in a process called subduction.

The researchers suggest that the volcanoes provided a "sticking point" between a part of the Earth's crust called the Pacific plate, which was trying to slide underneath the New Zealand plate. This caused a build-up of energy, which was released in 1947, causing the plates to "unstick" and the Pacific plate to move and the volcanoes to become subsumed under New Zealand. This release of the energy from both plates was unusually slow and close to the seabed, causing large movements of the sea floor, which led to the formation of very large tsunami waves.

All these factors combined, say the researchers, are factors that contribute to tsunami earthquakes. The researchers say that the 1947 New Zealand tsunami earthquakes provide valuable insights into what geological factors cause these events. They believe the information they've gathered on these events could be used to locate similar zones around the world that could be at risk from tsunami earthquakes. Eyewitnesses from these tsunami earthquakes also describe the type of ground movement that occurred and this provides valuable clues about possible early warning signals for communities.

Dr Rebecca Bell, from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, says: "Tsunami earthquakes don't create massive tremors like more conventional earthquakes such as the one that hit Japan in 2011, so residents and authorities in the past haven't had the same warning signals to evacuate. These types of earthquakes were only identified a few decades ago, so little information has been collected on them. Thanks to oil exploration data and eyewitness accounts from two tsunami earthquakes that happened in New Zealand more than 70 years ago, we are beginning to understand for first time the factors that cause these events. This could ultimately save lives."

By studying the data and reports, the researchers have built up a picture of what happened in New Zealand in 1947 when the tsunami earthquakes hit. In the March earthquake, eyewitnesses around Poverty Bay on the east coast of the country, close to the town of Gisborne, said that they didn't feel violent tremors, which are characteristic of typical earthquakes. Instead, they felt the ground rolling, which lasted for minutes, and brought on a sense of sea sickness. Approximately 30 minutes later the bay was inundated by a ten metre high tsunami that was generated by a 5.9 magnitude offshore earthquake. In May, an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale happened off the coast of Tolaga Bay, causing an approximate six metre high tsunami to hit the coast. No lives were lost in the New Zealand earthquakes as the areas were sparsely populated in 1947. However, more recent tsunami earthquakes elsewhere have devastated coastal communities.

The researchers are already working with colleagues in New Zealand to develop a better warning system for residents. In particular, new signage is being installed along coastal regions to alert people to the early warning signs that indicate a possible tsunami earthquake. In the future, the team hope to conduct new cutting-edge geophysical surveys over the sites of other sinking volcanoes to better understand their characteristics and the role they play in generating this unusual type of earthquake.

For further information please contact:

Colin Smith
Senior Research Media Officer
Communications and Public Affairs
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6712
Email: cd.smith@imperial.ac.uk
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Brokerage boats selling prices have stabilized.
Depreciation of boats is a fact. Avoid the falling value by being accurate and "show" ready reducing the time it takes to sell... There is a price at which your boat will sell within 30 days. Most of us would not accept that low "quick sale" price but between that number and the last few comps selling price is a sweet spot that should be your target. Hanging on for years with a unrealistic asking price is a very expensive choice. The values tick down, the equipment gets older, the boat requires upkeep and service and it all adds up.
The depreciation in 2008-2009 was 25% on the quality boats and more where supplys were high. The depreciation since then is more in the "normal" range particularly on late model boats less than 5 years old.
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2014 1 Hydracraft: Change hull shape while underway
Hydracraft unveils advanced marine technology for licensing to leading boat manufacturers worldwide
June 17, 2014
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SAN PEDRO, Calif., June 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hydracraft, a well-established, successful research and development firm incorporated in 1986 and located in the Port of Los Angeles, announced today that it is launching its fully patented “miracle boat” featuring Hydracraft’s revolutionary variable hull, modular technology and a very cost effective manufacturing process. The unique variable hull allows the customer to change the hull from a deep-vee to a modified vee to a flat bottom or into a multi-hull in less than one minute while at full speed. It’s as changeable as the weather! Hydracraft is now offering unprecedented exclusive licensing opportunities to leading recreational and defense boat builders worldwide giving them an extreme competitive advantage and a greater market share.
“Now that we’ve been granted numerous U.S. and international patents we are able to take off our ‘cloak of secrecy,’ and unveil our technology that allows the buyer to make a much easier buying decision,” said Hydracraft Founder and CEO Hal Syfritt. “Why should buyers have to choose only one boat from so many when they can have so many boats in one?”
The dealers of the selected manufacturer will obtain a much easier sale, receive quicker delivery, while selling more boats and enjoying greater profits. It also appeals to a new, younger group of buyers because of its affordability, versatility and transforming technology.
For the first time in modern boat manufacturing, Hydracraft’s new modular manufacturing process allows the utilization of today’s low cost, repetitive manufacturing in low volume production, and is environmentally safe, producing zero emissions. It saves 50% of the labor cost and 90% of the shipping cost, and substantially lowers many of the other costs of currently building and selling boats. The technology can adapt to any manufacturer’s desired signature styling.
“Hydracraft spent several years conducting both formal market research surveys and informal interviews with CEOs and Presidents of the leading companies in the marine industry to determine what are their needs, wants and challenges,” said Syfritt. “Our technology is in answer to those needs and problems, and, in fact, is the very reason for Hydracraft’s development and extensive international patents.”
Hydracraft’s prime mission is to develop new marine technology that significantly improves the affordability, capabilities and safety of both recreational and military watercraft; while also reducing the high cost and length of time required for the manufacturing and distribution process.
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0 Texting skipper crashes into anchored sailboat
David Eanes cited for causing boat crash while texting
FWC says Keys man abandoned boat, swam to shore after crash

Author: Peter Burke, Managing Editor, pburke@local10.com
Published On: Jun 25 2014 04:57:24 PM EDT Updated On: Jun 25 2014 11:43:48 PM EDT

The operator of this motor boat collided with a sailboat in the Florida Keys because he was texting and not paying attention.
A picnic in the Florida Keys provided a lesson for one man about texting and boating.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Bobby Dube said David Eanes, 53, abandoned his motor boat and swam to shore after crashing it into a sailboat Tuesday near Big Pine Key early Tuesday morning.

Authorities eventually caught up with Eanes at his home and took a statement from him about the accident.

Eanes was issued two citations for improper lookout and leaving the scene of a boating accident.
2014 Coast Guard, 2014 Operation Dry Water
Coast Guard, FWC, local agencies gear up for 2014 Operation Dry Water
Jun 24th, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard crews in the area are scheduled to assist the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and local law enforcement agencies to provide an increased presence on the water Friday through Sunday in support of Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water is an annual nationwide campaign focused on enforcement of boating under the influence laws and educating boaters of the risks of operating a boat under the influence.

According to the 2013 recreational boating statistics, alcohol use was a contributing factor in 32 accidents, resulting in 10 deaths and 22 injuries statewide.

The Coast Guard, along with partner agencies, will be looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08. The operation will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests and boater education outreach efforts.

“An intoxicated operator on the water is every bit as dangerous as an intoxicated operator on the road,” said Chief Warrant Officer Michael Snyder, a law enforcement officer at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “The Coast Guard wants boaters to stay sober to ensure that everyone has fun and most importantly makes it home safe. A boat operator, or even passengers, with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more probable and more deadly for both passengers and boat operators, many of whom have collisions with other boats or fixed objects such as jetties, buoys or docks. Intoxicated passengers can simply fall overboard and run the risk of drowning or being struck by another boater. Bottom line, if you are going to operate a vessel it’s safer for everyone if you do not consume alcohol at all.”

Operation Dry Water began in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the Coast Guard and other state and local law enforcement agencies.
The battle for Bimini: Hemingway's Bahamas paradise under threat as locals row over plans to bring in 500,000 tourists a year
PUBLISHED: 07:42 EST, 6 July 2014 | UPDATED: 04:37 EST, 7 July 2014

It is the idyllic island that American author Ernest Hemingway loved, but Bimini, in the Bahamas, has become the subject of vicious rows over how to develop its tourism.
The smallest inhabited island in the Bahamas is where Hemingway set his novel Islands in the Stream and has long been an exclusive enclave for America's wealthiest tourists.
But a new casino and hotel complex and a new contract allowing a Malaysian company to attract half a million tourists a year is tearing the local community apart.
Island idyll: Bimini is popular with wealthy tourists looking to explore its spectacular marine life

Island idyll: Bimini is popular with wealthy tourists looking to explore its spectacular marine life
Genting Group is behind the controversial resort on the nine-square-mile island, which has a population of just 2,000, and will now work to attracting more visitors to its shores.
And while some support the idea of bringing in more tourists, others claim it is an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen, according to the Telegraph.
A large cruise ship pier is currently under construction to bring more tourists to the island and the resort, but businesses behind the project are accused of damaging coral reefs and dredging channels as part of the works.
Genting Group, has already built a 10,000-square-foot casino for the island and is expected to complete a 343-room hotel by the end of the year.
Fishing fan: Ernest Hemingway poses with a blue marlin from this 1936 photo made in North Bimini
Fishing fan: Ernest Hemingway poses with a blue marlin from this 1936 photo made in North Bimini
Caribbean gem: The tiny island has just 2,000 inhabitants
Caribbean gem: The tiny island has just 2,000 inhabitants
Picture perfect: The island is looking to attract more tourists and has been the subject of fierce over development versus protecting its marine life

Picture perfect: The island is looking to attract more tourists and has been the subject of fierce over development versus protecting its marine life
The company also has holdings in Star Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines, making it a powerful cruise operator.
The new pier would benefit cruise lines and also welcome a new ferry service from Miami which could transport up to 1,500 tourists a day to the island.
Advertised on the Resorts World Bimini website - the brand name for the development - the ferry service is advertised as a luxury day trip.
The websites advertises: 'Spend the day at the World's First Bahamas Cruise Destination Resort. Your experience begins when you board the Bimini SuperFast Bahamas Cruise... [she] will comfortably cross the powerful gulfstream on the way to Bimini.
Development: Tiny local hotels are now facing competition from big resorts

Development: Tiny local hotels are now facing competition from big resorts
Wreck diving: The waters around the island are teaming with wildlife

Making a splash: The island has 14 of the world's most spectacular reefs

Making a splash: The island has 14 of the world's most spectacular reefs as well as plenty of wrecks for divers
'Your memorable day includes world-class service from our international crew, multiple restaurants and bars and panoramic vistas of the Caribbean.'
Joseph Darville, founder of the Save Our Bays action group, told the Telegraph: 'What is happening on and around that little gem in the ocean, Bimini, will go down in the history of the Bahamas as the greatest potential tragedy to an eco-system.'
The group also has the backing of marine expert Fabien Cousteau, who is the grandson of the marine biologist Jacques Cousteau.
However, locals in favour of the project - which will bring more work and money to the island - are resentful about outsiders claiming to know more than Bimini's inhabitants.
Building a future: The island is developing its airport and Resort World Bimini is now offering a fast ferry service to the island from Miami

Building a future: The island is developing its airport and Resort World Bimini is now offering a fast ferry service to the island from Miami
Lloyd Edgecombe, Bimini’s chief councillor, said: 'They are basically calling the people of Bimini stupid.
Literary link: Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream about Bimini

Literary link: Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream about Bimini
'These outsiders are coming here and want to make an uproar.'
The island currently only attracts big-spending Americans, who often reach the island by private jet, and take advantage of the many wrecks that make it a fascinating dive destination, as well as an ideal spot for 'big-game' fishing.
It is the fishing opportunities that attracted Hemingway in the 1930s, when he spent three summers enjoying all the island had to offer.
Resorts World Bimini, the name for the revamped hotel and casino as well as the ferry service, insisted it had worked closely with the Bimini government to minimise damage to the ecosystem of the island.
It also said it hoped to create more jobs for locals as well as 'entrepreneurial opportunities' for islanders.
However, there are fears that the floodgates of development have been opened. Fred Smith, the lead attorney for the Bimini Blue Coalition Bahamians, sounded the alarm over a development project for the protected north of the island.
Mr Smith told website Tribune 242 that Bahamians 'should be terrified at the prospect' of the Government allowing Bimini’s developers to build on prime marine habitats.
He gave the warning after a senior government official allegedly said that a proposed Marine Protected Area on the north of the island had never actually been implemented- meaning it remains unprotected.
The Marine Protected Area was supposed to have been given protection in 2009 following campaigns by world organisations including Tourism Concern.
The Save Bimini Association comntinues its campaign, stating: 'At no time in our history has our tiny island's eco-system been so threatened.What has already been destroyed is devastating.
'What they plan for our future may very well destroy Bimini's heritage for generations to come.'

SuperYachtNews.com this weeks sales report As Q2 comes to a close this month, superyacht sales continue their uphill trajectory with another six sales announced this week. A many brokers have reported in previous weeks, sales are coming in consistently across the globe and are featuring more sailing yachts than the traditionally more popular motoryachts. While price reductions continue a rise and fall week to week, the market is seeing consistent new listings enter the market, hopefully matching the prices of today's market and moving away from the over priced yachts of previous years.

The week running 3 - 9 June saw six sales completed, 10 new central agencies announced, eight price reductions made and one yacht withdrawn from the market.

Superyacht Sales

The largest sale this week was 57.91m Mi Sueno, completed by Trinity in 2010. She was listed through Michael Mahan and Peter Thompson of Worth Avenue Yachts at $36,950,000 and completed in an in house deal.

Alex Lees-Buckley of Camper & Nicholsons International and Perini Navi have sold 56m sailing yacht Parsifal, completed by the Perini Navi team in 2007. She was listed at €26,500,000 with Yacht Moments introducing the buyer in the transaction.

Toby Maclaurin and Tom Walden at Ocean Independence, and Michael White at Worth Avenue Yachts have sold 1992 Lloyds built 42.67m Robusto, priced at €5,000,000 with Bluewater Yachting bringing the buyer.
Wally delivers second WallyAce, WallyKokoNut Wally delivers second WallyAce, WallyKokoNut
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
By Gemma Fottles

Wally Yachts has recently launched the second superyacht in their WallyAce series, the 26 metre displacement yacht, WallyKokoNut. The series is designed for those who desire comfortable cruising over long distances, and aims to provide the Owner and guests huge volumes, a high level of comfort and altogether more stability with super reduced fuel consumption, noise and vibrations.

She features a propulsion system characterised by engines that run at low RPM, and sails at 10 knots at 1,300 rpm with a consumption of approximately 7 litres per nautical mile. She sleeps up to 10 people over two large double cabins and two twin cabins, with two of the rooms providing additional Pullman beds. All cabins are en-suite, with the double rooms located aft opening up onto a terrace with direct access to the water.

The interior styling is simple and fresh, with Walnut wood joinery and pearl grey coloured fabric. In addition to the 50sqm in her interior saloon area, WallyKokoNut boasts 128sqm of outside social space over two deck levels.

WallyKokoNut will join the charter fleet of Floating Life, in Corsica and Sardinia for the summer season 2014.
Man shot while Kayaking near Annapolis By Mary Ann Barton

A Virginia man was shot in the stomach while kayaking Saturday night on an Anne Arundel County creek, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

David E. Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, was out stargazing in a kayak on Bodkin Creek while visiting relatives in the area, when he saw a bonfire and heard what sounded like a party, FOX News reported. Then he noticed a red dot on his stomach, like a laser pointer. Soon after, he felt a sharp pain in his stomach.

Seafolk-Kopp was on the water until the next morning and didn't make it to shore until about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He was discovered by a homeowner.

"The bullet entered near his rib cage, and they were able to easily extract it," a spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police told The Baltimore Sun.

The spokeswoman told The Washington Post that the kayaker’s wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot, and police do not have any suspects in the shooting.

"Our officers are out in boats looking at the shoreline, seeing if they can see the remnants of a fire. Anne Arundel County police are working the shoreline on foot to see if they can find any remnants of this party," the spokeswoman told WBAL-TV.

Anyone with information should call (410) 260-8888.
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WESTPORT SHIPYARD SOLD Westport Shipyard Inc has been sold to Louisiana based ownership group, that includes members of the Chouest family, and renamed Westport LLC, a division of Edison Chouest LLC. According to newspaper reports, the deal between the new owners and the yard was signed on Friday 6 June. A statement from the company indicates that it is business as usual and the yard will continue to build yachts in Port Angeles, Westport and Hoquiam.

The new owners have major holdings in their primary business in the oil and gas marine transportation industry, including Edison Chouest Offshore, and also own Florida based American Custom Yachts. Principal Gary Chouest has himself been a customer of Westport.

"We are pleased to join the Westport family, and look forward to pursuing the synergies that exist between the Chouest companies and Westport," said Chouest in the statement that announced the sale. "We will continue to pursue the employment of skilled local workers, and will remain an active participant in the communities Westport serves."
Sailing Ship Unicorn sank That the iconic brigantine Unicorn
which was featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies sank over the weekend during a short transit in the Caribbean

An iconic two-masted, square-rigged tall ship famously featured in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has sunk off Saint Lucia.

According to reports, the Brig Unicorn sank early Saturday morning as it sailed from Saint Lucia to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines for dry docking, a short journey of about 18 miles.

St. Lucia Times reports that the ship sank within a matter of minutes of first taking on water. So far there is no official determination as to the cause of her sinking.

All 10 crew members including the captain abandoned ship and were rescued by the St. Vincent & the Grenadines coast guard some time later. No injuries were reported.

In an interview with the St. Lucia Times, a spokesman for the St. Vincent & the Grenadines coast guard said the ship had already sunk upon their arrival at the scene.

The 138-foot long Brig Unicorn was built in the late 1940’s in Finland. The ship was featured in at least three of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (although not as the Black Pearl), as well as in the 1970’s TV series Roots.

The ship has been in St. Lucia since 1980, serving most recently as a bar and restaurant in Rodney Bay Marina.

The vessel will likely not be salvaged.
El Nino could mean less storms/hurricanes for south Florida By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel
4:49 a.m. EDT, April 14, 2014

Odds are increasing that El Niño will emerge by this summer, and that could be a lucky charm for storm-vulnerable South Florida.

A strong El Niño could mean the upcoming season will have "about one less major hurricane and one to two fewer hurricanes," said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It also means the Gulf Coast would be most at risk. El Niño discourages storms from forming in the deep tropics, where they commonly curve toward the East Coast, Bell said.

For it to suppress the upcoming season, El Niño would have to be both strong and in place by August, said hurricane specialist Eric Blake, of the National Hurricane Center. "The stronger the El Niño, the less risk there is," he said. "But you can never say the risk is zero."

El Niño, a large-scale atmospheric weather pattern, emerges when the waters of the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean become abnormally warm. That, in turn, creates strong winds over the tropics, shredding storms.
Superyacht Tuscan Sun sold Superyacht Tuscan Sun sold
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Yachtzoo has announced the sale of superyacht Tuscan Sun. The 44.8 metre six stateroom M/Y Tuscan Sun was built in 2006 by Izar and can accommodate twelve guests. She has a crew of nine.

Tuscan Sun was built by Izar to a design by Reymond Langton. Her beautiful interior includes oversize windows on the main and bridge decks that provide stunning views. A selection of water toys are available as well as a gym.

Tuscan Sun had an asking price of $ 19,500,000.
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Jarvis 32 & Gloucester light dory Just returned from Zahniser's Yachting Center after winter storage and fresh Stars & Stripes topsides paint.
Flagler Memorial Bridge Beginning at 6 a.m., on Monday, May 12, 2014 the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic for approximately six months, to allow PCL Construction to build the main foundations for the replacement bridge before reopening the existing bridge to traffic on Sunday, Nov. 1. During this closure, drivers who want to use the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be detoured to the Royal Park Bridge to cross the Intracoastal Waterway. The bridge spans will be placed in the open position so marine traffic will not be affected..
Video by drone coming soon Soon we will be videoing our listings underway and adding a link for each listing.
Boat slams into anchored sailboat I am surprised this does not happen more often here on the Bay.

Boat slams into anchored sailboat
A man in an 18-foot center console struck an anchored sailboat near Big Pine Key early Tuesday morning and then fled the scene, according to the Coast Guard.

The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. in Newfound Harbor Channel when the 18-footer hit the portside of the 30-foot sailboat, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Peter Bermont.

The driver of the 18-footer was David Eanes, 53, of Big Pine Key, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The name of the sailboat owner was not immediately released.

The crash awoke the sailboat owner, who went outside to find the boat lodged in his bow and its operator swimming away from the scene, Bermont said.

Eanes was later found at his house in Big Pine Key, said FWC Capt. David Dipre.

FWC officers are still investigating the case as Eanes denied being on the 18-foot boat when it cashed into the sailboat, Dipre said.

"We're still trying to figure out how it happened," Dipre said. "No one has been arrested."

There were no reported injuries, but Eanes did have cuts on his hands, Bermont said.

The two boats remained lodged together after it was determined they could sink if they were pulled apart. FWC was working with salvors and the sailboat owner on that issue, Dipre said.

Newfound Harbor Channel is about 16 miles west of Sombrero Key Light off Marathon.
Mercedes SLS AMG falls off ship Unless you live in the country where your car is produced, there’s a good chance it’s been shipped to your city on a massive ship. However, this carries with it some risks as unsecured shipping container’s fairly frequently fall off boats and into the ocean. Unfortunately, a stunning white Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG fell victim to this fate while on its way to Argentina recently.

The incident actually happened last year but pictures and details have only just emerged. This SLS AMG was going to be just the 19th example in Argentina but as the pictures show, it was completely destroyed after the shipping container housing it fell into the ocean.

When it was retrieved, it was covered in dirt, filled with water and completely destroyed. It can be safely assumed that the shipping company was soon forced to pay for a replacement.

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Google executive killed by prostitute on his yacht Google executive killed by prostitute on his yacht
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 Natalie Davies

Police say video footage shows a high end call girl injected the man with heroin on his 50ft boat

Forrest Hayes
A Google executive who was found dead on his 50ft yacht in November last year was killed when a prostitute injected him with heroin, say Police in Santa Cruz.

Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on July 4 and later charged with manslaughter and other charges over the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old engineer and married father of five who had worked for Google, Apple and Sun Microsystems in Silicon Valley.

Police say they have uncovered video footage of Ms Tichelman injecting the victim with heroin on the yacht and leaving when he suffered a bad reaction to the drugs and fell unconscious.

Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said Ms Tichelman could be seen calmly gathering her possessions as Mr Hayes lay dying.

"The video shows the victim suffering medical complications and going unconscious," Clark said. "Rather than provide first aid or call 911, Ms Tichelman proceeds to gather her belongings including the heroin and needles.

"The video also shows Ms Tichelman stepping over the victim's body several times as she is gathering her belongings.

"At one point, she steps over the body to finish a glass of wine. Finally, she leaves the boat and reaches back in to lower the blind and conceal the victim's body from outside view."

According to KSBW.com, the two met through a website called Seeking Arrangements which aims to connect "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies" for "upfront and honest arrangements with someone who will cater to your needs".

On her Facebook page Ms Tichelman describes herself as an aspiring model, makeup artist, writer, exotic dancer and ‘hustler'. She is being held on bail for $1.5m in Santa Cruz County.

91L Near Tropical Depression now Hurricane Arthur Update 7.3, Heading north 9mph predicted to cross the outer banks, Hatteras, NC area.

91L Near Tropical Depression Status; Entire SE U.S. Coast Could be Impacted
By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:31 PM GMT on June 30, 2014

An area of disturbed weather over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, located about 130 miles east-northeast of Melbourne, Florida on Monday morning (Invest 91L), has grown more organized this morning. Surface pressures are falling, and 91L is close to tropical depression status. Satellite loops on Monday morning showed 91L had a well defined surface circulation, with heavy thunderstorms building and steadily organizing into spiral bands. Long-range radar out of Melbourne, Florida showed these bands were already affecting the coast of Central Florida. Sea surface temperatures in this region were about 1°C above average, 27 - 28°C. The counter-clockwise circulation of an upper level high pressure over Florida was bringing northerly winds over 91L at high altitude, and these winds were creating light wind shear of 5 - 10 knots. However, water vapor satellite loops show that the atmosphere has dried noticeably to the north of 91L since Sunday, and the northerly winds are driving this dry air in the heart of the storm. This dry air is interfering with development and keeping any heavy thunderstorms from developing on the north side of the circulation. The Hurricane Hunters will investigate 91L on Monday afternoon.

Figure 1. Water vapor satellite image of 91L taken at 10:45 am EDT Monday June 30, 2014. A large area of dry air (black colors) was to the north of the system, and was interfering with development. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.

Figure 2. Wind forecast for 11 am Thursday, July 3, 2014, as made by the 06Z Monday June 30, 2014 run of the GFS model (left) and 00Z Monday run of the European model (right.) Both models are predicting that 91L will become a tropical storm and threaten the South Carolina coast on Thursday.

Forecast for 91L
Steering currents are weak off of the Southeast U.S. coast, but the models are in good agreement on the track of 91L. The disturbance should continue a slow southward to southwesterly motion on Monday, which would bring the storm very close to the coast of Florida by Tuesday. The system is expected to meander near the coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday, before a trough of low pressure to the north begins pulling the system to the north and northeast on Thursday and Friday. Heavy rains of at least 2 - 4" will likely affect the Northwest Bahamas and eastern coast of Florida Monday through Wednesday. Heavier rains of 4 - 8" are likely, since I expect 91L to develop into a tropical depression on Monday or Tuesday. Heavy rains of 2 - 4" will spread to coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, and tropical storm conditions are possible along the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts on Thursday and Friday. In their 8 am EDT Monday Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave 91L 2-day and 5-day development odds of 60% and 80%, respectively. The 12Z Monday run of the SHIPS model shows the atmosphere surrounding 91L will get even drier this week, with the wind shear staying light to moderate, 5 - 15 knots. This dry air, in combination with potentially moderate wind shear, will slow development of 91L. If 91L makes landfall over Florida on Tuesday or Wednesday, interaction with land will also interfere with development. However, the storm will be over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream when the center is offshore, and we should not dismiss the possibility that 91L could reach Category 1 hurricane strength late this week, as some of the members of the 00Z Monday morning European model ensemble were suggesting. It is more likely, though, that 91L will struggle with land interaction, dry air and wind shear, and be at worst a medium-strength tropical storm named Arthur with 50 - 55 mph winds as it brushes the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday and Friday. There is a lot of uncertainty with this forecast, so stay tuned.

Jeff Masters
Manatee may loose endangered status By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel
6:17 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2014

The manatee's 47-year-run as an endangered species may soon come to an end, as the federal government assesses whether the tubby marine mammal can look forward to a brighter future.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a preliminary conclusion Tuesday that the manatee's prospects have improved to the point where it "may be warranted" to reclassify the species from endangered to threatened. The announcement triggers a more detailed, year-long scientific review that could culminate in stripping the manatee of the endangered status it has held since 1967.

The change would have no immediate impact on boat slow-speed zones, dock-building limits or other rules that have made the seagrass-munching behemoths among the most controversial creatures in Florida. But some environmentalists and government officials say the loss of the endangered label could make it easier to challenge these measures.

Chuck Underwood, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the reclassification would result in no change in the manatee's level of protection, including speed zones.

"Even if we would upgrade it from endangered to threatened, that speed zone is not going to go away," he said. "The whole reason you could consider downlisting it is because you have adequate regulatory mechanisms in place to protect it. Reclassifying it to threatened doesn't take that away."
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