As federal officials continue a campaign to verify information in their emergency locator beacon database, some 40 owners or users of the devices are claiming the identification codes on their units do not match those on file.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been mailing and e-mailing owners and users of registered EPIRBs, personal locator beacons and emergency locator transmitters, asking that they make certain their units are properly registered.
A personal locator beacon for less than $300, chart-plotting software for the iPhone and an eco-friendly fuel primer bulb — those were a few of the products recognized for innovation by boating journalists at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Orlando, Fla.
A seven-judge panel chose products that are innovative, benefit the industry and/or consumer, are practical and cost-effective, and will be available to the consumer within 60 days after the July 15-17 show.
Next year’s America’s Cup regatta appears headed for an Arab emirate — and possibly back to court
A scant 50 miles across the Persian Gulf from Iran, just a gunboat ride away from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s turf, the United Arab Emirates looks like it may be the venue of the 33rd America’s Cup come February.
A Pontiac Sunbird rides piggyback on a Silverton hull for this summer’s Maine lobster boat races
It started with a pair of 17-year-old 200-hp Yamahas. Steve Johnson’s friend would give him the outboards for free — on one condition.
A killer superyacht, so to speak:
Boston-based architect E. Kevin Schopfer has designed a 240-foot superyacht called Oculus (two views above) to look like a killer whale and a 300-footer known as Infinitas to resemble the figure-of-eight shape of the infinity symbol. Schopfer, whose firm is “dedicated to the pursuit of advanced yacht aesthetics and technology,” says he designed Oculus and Infinitas with the idea that luxury yachts should move away from generic shapes to something more playful. He has teamed with naval architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens to build the vessels, which have price tags in the $100 million to $140 million range. He says there are several potential clients interested in both. www.schopferyachts.com
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