Wooden runabout nets nearly $1M
After five days of high-energy crowds and bidding, the top seller at Mecum's 2011 Kissimmee Auction was a wooden runabout known as "The Last Riva."
Al Herum is a former Florida Keys charter captain who evaluates marine electronics in real-world scenarios for his website www.marine-electronics-reviews.com, which he launched in 2007. Herum, who is 53 and resides in Tavernier, Fla., uses his 1992 Contender, a 25-foot center console with a 250-hp Suzuki 4-stroke, as a testing platform for VHF radios, GPS/chart plotters, sounders and other marine electronics.
Ship operators assessed thousands of dollars for violating the seasonal 10-knot limit off East Coast ports
After a season of just getting the word out, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun levying fines running to tens of thousands of dollars for breaking the seasonal whale protection speed limit off busy East Coast ports.
Investigators say the charter captain was attempting to ride over the backside of a wave into Jupiter Inlet
Florida boating investigators have concluded that "careless" vessel operation was the main cause of a fatal accident last fall in Jupiter Inlet.
Ranger Tugs-inspired cruisers
Fluid Motion, the designer and builder of Ranger Tugs, has introduced two semidisplacement pilothouse boats designed for cruising, fishing and overnighting.
"The idea was to take one of the core strengths of Ranger Tugs, which is trailerability and the efficiency of one diesel engine, and add more speed, because the cruiser owner might want to run 30 mph or cruise at 25 mph," says Mark Mansfield, national sales manager of the new division, Cutwater Boats.
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