If you’re thinking of buying a boat, you can learn a lot surfing the Internet, where an abundance of pictures, videos and statistics awaits. But you’ll still want to inspect boats in person — stand at the helm, stretch out in the bunks, stick your head in the bilge — and the best place to do that is at a boat show.
Wolfgang Schmid - President and GM of ZF Marine
For six years, Wolfgang Schmid has led ZF Marine LLC as its president and general manager. If you’ve never heard of ZF, you probably haven’t been to a boat show in a few years. ZF Marine is part of the ZF Group, which was founded in 1915 by airship pioneer Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in Germany.Under Schmid, ZF Marine has stepped into the spotlight as a major player in marine propulsion and helm control systems. ZF provided the transmission for the Zeus pod-drive system (2007), introduced technologies that allow a conventional inboard to be controlled with a ZF joystick system (2009); worked with SeaVee Boats to bring to the market the first single-pod-powered recreational boat (2010) and this year debuted with Seven Marine and Intrepid Powerboats a 557-hp outboard with joystick helm control (Soundings, May 2011).
Built in 1907 by the Army Corps of Engineers, Isle au Haut’s brick tower on a granite foundation sits on the edge of Robinson Point in Maine and features a catwalk leading ashore to the 2-1/2-story Victorian-style keeper’s quarters. The 40-foot lighthouse was automated in 1934 and remains an active aid to navigation.
Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont
This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.
Pedal boater falls short of record
If not for a violent thunderstorm, Bill Boes of Stuart, Fla., might have completed a record-setting passage from Bimini to South Florida in a 12-foot pedal boat.
The crossing, which started early on the morning of Aug. 13 from the Bimini Big Game Club in Alice Town, ended abruptly that evening when Boes, just a few miles from Pompano Beach and success, was hit by a savage thunderstorm. “It got worse and worse,” says Boes, who had pedaled in the hot sun across the Straits of Florida to within 10 miles of his goal.
What are the benefits of a GPS-enhanced EPIRB or PLB?Coast Guard casualty investigations reveal that EPIRB users are largely unaware that GPS significantly improves vessel location and rescue efforts.
The addition of GPS typically provides a location accurate to within about 325 feet within 50 to 120 seconds, according to the Coast Guard. By comparison, the location of a 406 beacon without GPS can be determined within about three miles by the first satellite pass and within one mile after three satellite passes, according to the BoatUS Foundation, which runs an EPIRB rental program.
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