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Flotsam & Jetsam: Supernova



Germania Nova is a reproduction of the 1908 schooner Germania, designed by Max Oertz. Built of steel in 2011 by Factoria Naval De Marin in Pontevedra, Spain, she is 196 feet with a beam of 26 feet and draws 18 feet. Below are five staterooms for 10 guests, plus quarters for 13 crewmembers. She cruises at 12-plus knots. The asking price is $7.3 million.


Through Wind And Fog

Formally lit on Dec. 1, 1870, after a 15-year land dispute, Point Reyes Light Station in Marin County, California, sits on a jagged piece of land the Coast Guard once called the “windiest and foggiest on the Pacific Coast.” The area is often buffeted by 75- to 100-mph winds and locked in fog for a week at a time. The 16-sided structure is 37 feet tall, and the focal plane of the light is 294 feet above the Gulf of the Farallones. The light was electrified in 1938 and automated in 1975.

"This morning I am extremely sad to inform you that one of our sailors, John Fisher, from Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, is now presumed to have been lost at sea." — Volvo Ocean Race president Richard Brisius after Fisher was swept overboard about 1,400 miles west of Cape Horn 


Wooden Depths

Though obviously not for navigation, Nautical Wood Maps’ framed 3-D bathymetric charts are made from layers of laser-cut Baltic birch to show in carved relief an artistic depiction of the underwater terrain. The company produces more than 100 charts by state and region, including Chesapeake Bay (shown here, $298).



Pounds of trash collected from 31 sites during the annual Broward County Florida Waterway Cleanup in March. More than 1,250 volunteers on land and in 117 boats participated in the Marine Industries Association of South Florida event.


MarineMax Vacations in April donated $10,000 to St. George’s Primary School in Road Town, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands to help with rebuilding. The island was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 but is largely back in business.


30 Years, Carolina Style

Paul Mann Custom Boats this year celebrates 30 years of building Carolina-style fishboats. The company’s namesake, Paul Mann, started building hulls as Mann Boat Works in 1988. In 1991, he incorporated as Mann Custom Boats and moved into a 40,200-square-foot facility. The Manns Harbor, North Carolina, builder has launched more than 40 boats from 52 to 80 feet.


Salty Dawg Summer Sail

The Salty Dawg Sailing Association is running cruising rallies to Maine and Nova Scotia this summer. The cruise to Maine will leave from three points on Chesapeake Bay in July, and the Nova Scotia rally will get underway from Rockland, Maine, in August. Participants receive free rigging inspections, daily weather routing, electronic tracking, a rally flag and more. The cost is $125 for members or $225 for non-members.


Lobsters And LEDs

Imtra is outfitting commercial lobster boats around New England with its Offshore series LED deck lights, Exalto and Roca windshield wipers, Side-Power thrusters and Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems. Sailor’s Way from Stonington, Maine, is among the boats equipped.



Flotsam & Jetsam: Adventure Awaits

Kilkea, a 268-foot, concept expedition superyacht, has the credentials to serve as the lair for an international super villain, though she’ll proudly serve anyone who can afford the $72 million buy-in price.

Photo of Ruweida V R Class Sloop

Flotsam & Jetsam: Fast and Furious

Narrow, swift and graceful, Ruweida V is a restored 38-foot RClass sloop designed by Burgess, Swasey & Paine in 1926.


Flotsam & Jetsam: Home Sweet Home Afloat

Two stories high and with 2,208 square feet of living space, the Luxuria isn’t any ordinary houseboat.


Flotsam & Jetsam: Luxury Sailing, Italian-Style

Sybaris is a 230-foot, high-performance ketch that accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, with quarters for 12 crew.


Flotsam & Jetsam: Last Of The Mohicans

Built in 1929 by the Consolidated yard in New York, Mohican is a classic 69-foot commuter yacht.


FLOTSAM & JETSAM: Round And Round He Goes

Australia native Jon Sanders completed a record 10th circumnavigation on Dec. 21, 2017, aboard his 39-foot Sparkman & Stephens Perie Banou II.


Flotsam & Jetsam: Historic Windjamming Opportunity

Victory Chimes, the only known surviving example of a Chesapeake Ram schooner, holds a USCG Certificate of Inspection for 50 passengers and has been sailing the Maine coast for charter since 1990.

wanderbird with iceburg photo

Floatsam & Jetsam: Satisfy your Wanderlust

Wanderbird is a 90-foot former North Sea fishing trawler that has been converted into a long-range expedition vessel. She was built by the De Haas shipyard in Maassluis, Holland, and worked as a beam trawler from her launch in 1963 until 1990.