A Connecticut shipyard wins a wealthy businessman's trust and builds a 281-foot superyacht
The 281-foot Cakewalk, launched this summer at Derecktor Shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn., is more than a superyacht. It's a statement. Cakewalk is "Made in the USA" like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and L.L. Bean's hunting shoes.
Building Cakewalk was no cakewalk, but Paul Derecktor, CEO of the U.S. yard that built her, says construction of the 281-foot yacht - the largest launched in America in 80 years - is good for Derecktor Shipyards and U.S. boatbuilding.
Brutally honest, the solo circumnavigator valued his independence, but he grew to value others
The interview lasted four hours and by the end I knew I wanted more. I had phoned Dodge Morgan at the suggestion of others. My assignment was to write a profile of yacht designer Ted Hood, whom Dodge had chosen in 1984 to create American Promise, the boat he would sail single-handed and non-stop around the world.
Experts recommend a fuel stabilizer and other treatments for protection from the additive's effects
When you put your boat to bed for the winter, remember that proper preparation of the fuel system and engine is crucial because of the damage ethanol-blended gasoline can cause. The ethanol in gasoline has caused older fiberglass fuel tanks to deteriorate, fuel lines to gum up, and pistons and valves to fail.
Paying close attention to pump labels will be important to avoid filling up with the higher ethanol blend
Now that the federal government has approved the sale of gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol, boat owners will have to check fuel-pump labels carefully to be sure the gas they use contains no more than 10 percent ethanol.
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