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Warren Luhrs: sailor, boatbuilder, innovator

Warren LuhrsSingle-hander and ocean racer Warren Luhrs, co-founder of sailboat builder Hunter Marine and trawler maker Mainship, died Sept. 18 of a heart attack in Pennsylvania. He was 69 years old.

Luhrs and brother John, who together also owned Silverton Yachts and sportfish builder Luhrs, came from a line of boatbuilders, repairers and chandlers.



One step closer to the ‘paperless’ helm

Fixtures on the navigator’s table since the Civil War, NOAA’s traditional lithographic paper charts soon will be history. Come April 13, NOAA no longer will publish those charts, but it will continue to offer other options, both paper and digital.



Seamanship Quiz

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




In an exercise to test the accuracy of laser-guided bombs launched from the air, an Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped a GBU-10 smart bomb on an unmanned mock pirate skiff in the Gulf of Mexico. The test was a success.

December 2013 issue

Talkin’ boats with Steve French owner, Applied Concepts Unleashed

Steve FrenchSteve French, the owner of the industrial design firm Applied Concepts Unleashed in Stuart, Fla., has been designing powerboats from 19 to 100 feet for 30 years. His reputation has grown because of his progressive thinking and high-tech design and building methods, and his portfolio ranges from Garlington and Spencer sportfishing boats to the high-tech Makaira 64 and the F22 center console, as well as the Hydra-Sports 3300 Vectra.



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