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Seamanship Quiz

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute
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King-Size Efficiency

Stena Superior is the first of Swedish firm Stena Bulk’s new series of lower-consumption Suezmax tankers. Measuring 904 feet, the 158,000-ton Stena Superior consumes up to 15 percent less bunker than the most efficient conventional Suezmax tankers currently operating.

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.

   

Q&A: Cruising strategies

Should I “ride a cold front down” when I’m sailing south along the East Coast in the fall?

I recommend against it, except in rare circumstances. In theory, you exit the inlet after the front passes, with the wind from the west. Supposedly, it’ll shift to the northwest and then clock to the northeast, having significantly diminished, so although you’ll have sloppy seas on your quarter, it won’t be bad. And if the nor’east picks up too much, you can always “duck into an inlet.”

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The best ways to shop a boat show

You'll be more productive if you approach boat shows with a plan - for example, knowing which models you want to see.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.

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Talkin' boats October 2011

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).

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