Category: Boats


Wreck Of Nazi U-Boat 576, US Freighter Found Off Coast

 

 

 

 

 

” The wreck of a Nazi submarine sunk during World War II has been found off the coast of North Carolina, maritime authorities announced Tuesday.

  U-boat 576 was found just 240 yards from another wreck: the American freight ship, Bluefields, which it torpedoed in the Battle of the Atlantic in 1942.

  The twin wrecks were found just 30 miles off the North Carolina coast, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration said.

” Most people associate the Battle of the Atlantic with the cold, icy waters of the North Atlantic,” said David Alberg at the NOAA. “But few people realize how close the war actually came to America’s shores.” “

 

 

“… how close the war actually came to American shores.” is an understatement as the fact is German spies were actually put ashore on the beach in sleepy Amagansett , New York from a sister U-Boat on the night of June 12/13 1942 …

 

 

” Shortly after midnight on June 13th, four trained German saboteurs landed on the beach near the Coast Guard Station at Amagansett, Long Island. They had made the voyage across the Atlantic in a German submarine and had rowed ashore in a collapsible rubber boat containing clothing, explosives, and several thousand dollars in cash. On June 17th, four other saboteurs were similarly landed from a submarine at Ponte Vedra Beach, south of Jacksonville, Florida. On June 27th, J. Edgar Hoover announced the arrest of all eight saboteurs and the discovery of maps and plans for a two year program designed to destroy war plants, railways, water works and bridges in the United States.”

 

 

   Read more about the infiltration in Jacksonville four days later , as well as the landing in Maine in November of 1944 . The report on NOAA’s location of U-576 and the merchant ship Bluefields continues here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New World’s Largest Yacht In The Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Better watch your back, (current world’s largest) 590-foot Azzam. Project “Triple Deuce” is coming. And at 728 feet (222 meters), she’s going to send you, and other yachts in your category, into relative obscurity as she swipes your title as the world’s largest yacht.

“ Project Triple Deuce is about to set the world on fire as not only the largest private yacht ever built, coming in at a whopping 222 meters, but also the most expensive, at a cost of over $1 billion USD,” said Craig Timm, yacht broker at 4Yacht, Inc., responsible for selling Project Triple Deuce to his client.

  To put this massive yacht in perspective for the layman, the sheer size of Triple Deuce even dwarfs some cruise ships. As an example, Costa Cruises has a ship named Costa Classic that is 722 feet long and carries 1,308 passengers and 590 crewmembers. But Triple Deuce is a private yacht, and is designed to carry only 36 guests in opulent luxury with a crew complement of 90-100.

  In addition to being the longest private yacht in the world at 728 feet, the yacht will have a beam of nearly 82 feet, and a draft of nearly 16 feet.

  She’ll be no slouch in the speed department either, with top speed projected to be in excess of 30 knots—to be achieved by triple gas turbine engines generating over 100,000 horsepower. The yacht also has no rudders. Electric podded propulsion units will handle maneuvering. 

 

 

4Yacht Inc Project

 

 

 

Owner and guests will live like royalty

  The owner’s suite, at 2,960 square feet (275 square meters) over two stories, will encompass nearly one full deck of space in the seven-deck yacht, and offer unparalleled views. It will feature two staterooms, and will include private access to a helipad and an elevator from an exclusive drive-in dock, as well as all the luxury amenities you would come to expect. The owner’s suite also offers a private gym, office and study, private dining area, butler’s stateroom and more.

  Onboard guests will be similarly pampered in four VIP suites of 968 square feet (90 square meters) apiece, and 12 guest suites, each at over 645 square feet (60 square meters). All guests will have access to the yacht’s two pools, one indoor, one outdoor, multiple Jacuzzis, spa facilities, full time masseuse, hair stylist and barber, as well as all the water toys the yacht can carry.

 

Who Would Buy A Yacht Of This Size?

“ It takes a person of vision, someone with a dream to own the worlds largest yacht and to bring it to reality,” claims Timm. “For several years, we have advertised the sale of a 200-meter yacht and have worked with several UHNWI as well as several Middle Eastern clients toward the goal of building a yacht of this size. We had many discussions with our buyer that a yacht of 200 meters was of sufficient length, however with the launching of Azzam recently at 180 meters, that all changed.

“ What our client was concerned about is that if we built the yacht to 200 meters, then someone would come along like Roman Abramovich when he built Eclipse at 163.5 meters, to barely ‘eclipse’ Sheikh Maktoum’s yacht, the 162-meter Dubai, by only 1.5 meters,” said Timm. “By building the yacht to 222 meters, he wants to make it difficult, if not impossible, to be ‘eclipsed’ himself.”

  According to Timm, construction of Project Triple Deuce will begin at a European shipyard, which has still yet to be decided, in the next 6-12 months, with a target delivery date of spring 2018. He goes on to say that the yacht will be built under the 100 A1 Passenger Ship Classification and be fully PYC (Passenger Yacht Code) Compliant.

 

What will it all cost?

  Current large superyachts run about €3.5 million to €4 million per meter to build at the best European shipyards.

  Doing some quick math, it seems that Project Deuce will cost €777 million to €888 million, or at the current USD exchange rate, $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion.

“ Don’t forget to add in annual operating costs,” Timm said. “On a yacht of this size, it will run the owner an additional $20-$35 million USD per year.”

  Much like the race to build the tallest buildings in the world, such as the Shanghai Tower at 632 meters (2073′), or the Burj Khalifa at 828 meters (2717′), super yachts will continue to expand their size depending on who needs to have the biggest and best yacht.

 

How Long Will Project Triple Deuce Hold Its Position As The World’s Largest Yacht?

“ That’s hard to determine, as there is a limit, not in size, but functionality and logistics,” Timm said.  “We haven’t gotten there yet, but if the uber wealthy of the world have their way, Project Triple Deuce will be toppled in the future. How soon? That will be anybody’s guess.” “

 

Thanks to Yacht International

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisherman’s Heaven: Viking Yacht’s 92′ Enclosed Bridge

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

 

” There have been countless milestones in the 50 plus year history of the Viking Yacht Company, and among them is the launch of the new flagship, our 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. Beyond its impeccable style and thunderous performance, the largest Viking afloat today is truly the sum of its numbers.”

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

” 6 spacious staterooms, each with a separate head and shower including a full-beam master suite “

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

” 37 the overall length in feet of the enclosed bridge, which is longer than the first all fiberglass boat Viking built in 1971, the 33 Convertible

55 the length in feet of the Rupp outriggers

81 ft. 10 in.  waterline length

93 ft. 3 in.  length overall

238 square feet of the cockpit “
Learn all about this awesome fishing machine at Viking Yachts

SFTV Conservation Minute: #Sailfish Handling At The Boat

 

 

 

 

 

How to handle your sailfish catch at the boat and safely release them back to the sea without harming them .

Women Who Love Fishing, Tackle and Boats

 

 

Meet Christina …

 

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” Christina tapped the plentiful offshore waters of Marathon, Florida Keys, to haul in this dolphin. Even though Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West tend to be the most popular fishing destinations, don’t forget about the Forgotten Keys in the lower Keys, including Big Pine Key. These less-pressured keys offer exceptional fishing both inshore and offshore. “

 

 

And this here is Catherine …

 

 

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” Catherine, a University of Georgia gymnast, went fishing in Key West and landed this permit. Key West Harbor is one of the most dependable spots to catch permit, especially during the spring. This fishery is a great option for those who lack the time or patience to pursue these fish on the flats. “

 

 

Meet twenty three more ladies who love fishing at Sport Fishing magazine’s October edition of “Sport Fishing Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet The Terra Wind Amphibious Motor Home

 

 

 

” The Terra Wind is a first class motor coach that is as comfortable on the lake as it is on the land with a highway speed of up to 80 mph and up to 7 knots on the water.

  The padded leather dash resembles an aircraft’s cockpit with its many instrument gauges amd system controls. An on board computer docking system with internet access, GPS, moving maps, and navigational charts are standard equipment.

  The Terra Wind can be custom designed to fit virtually any decor with floor plans, entertainment systems, electronics, cabinetry, floor coverings, furniture, paint, and graphics that can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Price is dependent on the options chosen. The Terra Wind shown is approximately $1.2 million.”

 

 

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See Pride Mega Yachts’ 115m Superyacht Estatement At The Monaco Boat Show

 

 

 

Estatement super yacht Pride Mega Yachts Monaco boat show

 

 

 

 

” This enormous megayacht concept comes from the specialist superyacht division of the Chinese CIMC Raffles shipyard. She follows the sale of the yard’s 88.8 metre new build superyacht Illusion, which is due for delivery in late 2015.”

 

 

Here is a video of Illusion … 

 

 

 

 

 

” Based on her smaller sistership Illusion, Estatement was designed by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. She will feature an 18.1 metre beam, a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure with a displacement of 5,500 gross tons.

  Her spacious, contemporary interior will accommodate 22 guests in a master stateroom, two VIP cabins and eight double cabins. She will also be able to accommodate 35 crew.

  With a fuel capacity of 300,000 litres, Estatement will have a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 17.5 knots. She is expected to have a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

  As well as presenting the Estatement concept, Pride Mega Yachts will also be providing an update on Illusion‘s building progress at the Monaco boat show. “

 

 

 

Estatement

 

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall length: 115 m
Maximum beam: 18.1 m
Maximum draft: 4 m
Gross tonnage: 5,500 GRT
Maximum speed: 17.5 KT
Cruising speed: 15 KT

 

Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 300,000 liter
Fresh water capacity: 75,000 liter
Hull material: Steel
Superstructure material: Aluminum

ACCOMMODATION

Guest capacity
22 persons 8 double cabins, 2 VIP cabins, owner stateroom
Crew capacity 35 persons
14 double cabins, 6 staff, 1 captain)
Water sports
2 x sports tender, 1 x limo tender, 4-6 wave runners

CREATION CONCEPT

Builder
Pride Mega Yachts

Exterior & Interior Design
Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design “

 

 

 

Thanks to BoatInternational

See here for more on the Monaco Yacht Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built To Outperform Stealth Aircraft

 

 

 

GHOST

 

 

 

” Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change, where time-tested military tactics and cutting-edge technological advances can potentially meet formidable challenges. One of the greatest threats on the high seas is low-tech vessel attacks with conventional explosives; for example, the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors and wounded 39 others.”

 

 

 

 

 

” That horrific event alerted America’s military to the clear and present danger of those tactics being used again against our Navy and other military branches. It also underscored the need for new solutions. One innovative company is stirring great excitement among a variety of naval leaders. Juliet Marine Systems, a maritime technology company headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, takes historically proven systems, combines them with new technologies and comes up with breakthrough solutions to existing needs.”

 

 

 

 

 

” With regard to the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks against America’s naval and coalition ships, the company has developed a first-of-its kind anti-terrorism vessel called GHOST. It is a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform. The unique capabilities of GHOST are designed to provide a marine surface and subsurface platform for tracking and identification of multiple targets. Systems for integrating onboard weapons will be designed to be capable of multi-target firing solutions while GHOSToperates at very high speed. These weapons integration systems will also allow for attacking several targets simultaneously with a variety of weapons systems options. Already GHOSTvessels have the ability to create a protective fleet perimeter, while providing sensor and weapons platforms to deny surface or subsurface intrusions.”

 

 

 

 

 

Some specs from the manufacturer:  

 

 

Products

 

  • Very High Speed Surface Craft
  • Manned and Unmanned Surface Craft
  • Manned and Unmanned Subsurface Craft
  • ROVs
  • UUVs
  • LDUUV

 

Missions

  • Force Protection
  • Special Operations Support
  • Anti-submarine Warfare, (ASW)
  • Mine Warfare, (MIW)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, (ISR)

 

Additional Applications

  • High Speed Maritime Ferry/Taxi
  • Offshore Oil Rig Supply Vessel
  • Pleasure Craft

 

 

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Kibo Interior & Exterior Photos

 

 

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” The 266.40ft Custom motor yacht motor yacht ‘Kibo’ was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany at their Lemwerder shipyard , she was delivered to her owner in 2014. Terence Disdale is responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior design.”

 

 

Kibo

Construction & Dimensions

” Kibo features a displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

 

  1. Length 266.40ft /81.2m
    Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
    Exterior Designer Terence Disdale
    Interior Design Terence Disdale
    Built | Refit 2014
    Model Custom
    Beam 41.34ft /12.6m
    Gross Tonnage 2350 Tonnes
    Draft 10.99ft /3.35m
    Crusing Speed 12 Knots
    Top Speed 16 Knots

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Illegal Aliens Storm The Beach In San Diego, Second Attempt Thwarted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Illegal aliens successfully landed on a San Diego beach in a panga boat on Monday and ran to shore – but, when another group tried the same thing on Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) agents were waiting for them.

  Around 7am Monday morning, a horde of illegal aliens stormed a San Diego beach after coming ashore in a panga boat. They sprinted across the beach and climbed over a wall, entering the city.

  Seven of the illegal aliens were spotted by helicopter and later apprehended several blocks from the beach; the CBP is still looking for at least ten more who remain at-large, NBC7 in San Diego reports.

  Then, about 1am Tuesday morning, a second panga boat filled with 20 illegal aliens was intercepted about off the coast of San Diego County by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.”

 

CNS News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet

 

” This is the age of the super-sized center console. Based on big, beamy hulls and boasting plenty of power – usually in the form of multiple V-6 or V-8 outboards – these offshore fishing machines are suitable for a wide range of angling pursuits – from sailfish to swordfish, kingfish to cobia, tuna to tarpon and more.

  What defines a big center-console fishing boat? We think 30-something-plus feet LOA (length overall) serves as the benchmark, though today you’ll certainly find multiple boats over 40 feet in this genre. And there are some spectacular models – not just because of their size, but also because of their great designs, features and style.

  We’ve scoured the market to find today’s top models, great center-console boats that have earned the respect of serious offshore anglers. So if you are looking for a new blue-water boat, start your search here with 25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet. (Listed alphabetically by manufacturer.)

  Check out our other galleries on great saltwater fishing boats, including 25 of the Top Inshore Center Consoles, 25 of the Decade’s Top Boats, and 25 Dream Boats. “

 

 

 

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” The EdgeWater 318CC continues to be a favorite among saltwater anglers. This center-console boat’s 10-foot, 2-inch beam offers plenty of fishing space for you and your crew without feeling crowded. The unsinkable design of EdgeWater’s SPI (Single Piece Infusion) all-composite construction enables a safer, stronger and well-performing hull. 

  The outboard-powered 318CC features a 28-gallon livewell and two fish lockers – one forward and one aft that can double as a livewell. It also offers tackle storage in the leaning post and rod holders aplenty. Rated for 700 hp and boasting 300-gallon fuel capacity, the 318CC has the power and range to fish far offshore and return you safely.”

 

 

See the others including entries from Contender , Hydra-Sports , Everglades , Intrepid and much more …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biggest Sport Fishing Boats Ever Made

 

 

 

 

 

Viking 92 Convertible

” The largest Viking to date in its 50-year history is its new 92 Convertible.

  It launches late summer 2014. The first boat will be an enclosed-bridge model, and this will be followed by open-bridge versions. The project was handled by Viking from design, the building of the molds in-house with the aid of a pair of five-axis profiling milling machines and all of the construction aspects. 

  The 23-foot beam not only opens the salon, but transforms into a living room with built-in furniture and appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all countertops feature custom-selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.”

 

 

Viking 92

SPECIFICATIONS
Length Overall (LOA): 93′ 4″ (28.45 m)
Beam: 23′ 5″ (7.03 m)
Draft: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m)
Gross Weight*: 195,000 lbs. (88,450 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4,000 gals. (15,141 l)
Water Capacity: 450 gals. (1,703 l)

 

 

 

 

” The 92 Convertible has six staterooms, each with its own private head and shower. The full-beam master suite features a king-size walk-around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his-and-her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full-beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.

  Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU. The communication, navigation and entertainment electronics package will be designed and installed by Viking’s sister company, Atlantic Marine Electronics. The first open-bridge boat will have a tuna tower designed and fabricated by Palm Beach Towers, another Viking subsidiary.

http://www.vikingyachts.com/ “

 

 

 

If Viking is not your cup of tea , how about a Hatteras ?

 

 

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Hatteras 90′

” Hatteras’ largest sport-fishing boat is the 90C. The boat was built in 1995, with the first boat delivered in 1996. This was a series of convertibles Hatteras produced at the time, the first one was in 1992, which was an 82C.

There were a total of 23 boats from the series built and sold from 1992-1998. At the time, it had largest diesel engines on a sport-fishing boat — the Deutz 16v-620 engine with 2,900 break hp.

Another unique feature of the 90C is that Hatteras built a bridge upon a bridge, meaning a flybridge on top of an enclosed bridge. There was only one like this built in its fleet.

The biggest challenge with the build process was the draft of the boat due to the large horsepower. Hatteras Engineering and Michigan Wheel designed a hybrid propeller specific for this model.

http://www.hatterasyachts.com/ 

 

    Of course the comparison above is not quite fair as the Viking 92′ is a current production boat while Hatteras , at present , “only” makes sportfish up to 77′ in length … see below .

 

 

 

 

 

Length Overall 76’10″/ 23.42 meters
Length Overall with Bow Pulpit 80’2” / 24.43 meters
Beam 22′ / 6.71 meters
Draft 5’3″ / 1.60 meters
Freeboard Aft 3’5” / 1.04 meters
Headroom Most Areas 6’6” / 1.98 meters
Freshwater Capacity 380 gallons / 1,438 liters
Fuel Capacity 3,000 gallons / 11,356 liters
Holding 255 gallons / 965.28 liters
Weight Displacement 175,000 lbs / 79,348 kilos
Height Above Waterline to top of Console 20′ / 6.10 meters
Waterline Length 66’ / 20.17 meters
AVAILABLE OFFERED AS ENCLOSED BRIDGE ONLY

 

 

Hatteras 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other fine fishing machines represented in the Marlin Magazine article include Jim Smith , Merritt , Rybovitch , Paul Mann and others . See them all here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Who Love Fishing, Tackle And Boats

 

 

Tuna:

 

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” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”

 

 

 

Little Tunny:

 

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” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”

 

 

See the other 23 pictures at SportFishing Mag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another yacht launch fail … this sure ruined somebody’s plans for a summer cruise . 

Costa Concordia Refloating Complete, Heading Soon To Scrap Heap

” The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was re-floated on Monday and will soon be towed away and broken up for scrap, more than two years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people.

  The 290-meter Costa Concordia ran aground on rocks near the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012. The rusting hulk of the once-gleaming-white ship had been resting on a temporary platform since being righted a year ago.

  In what has become one of the largest salvage operations in history, air was pumped into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull of the 114,500-ton ship. The air forced out the water in the sponsons, lifting the vessel off the underwater platform.”

 

 

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Detroit Gold Cup – U-9 Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar – Blow Over 7/12

 

 

 

 

Published on Jul 12, 2014

” Jon Zimmerman suffered a blow over accident in the late afternoon of Saturday, July 12 at the Detroit Gold Cup races. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great White Shark Sighting Off Cape May

 

 

 

 

 

 

” When a shark emerged from the water with an open mouth and triangular 2-inch teeth, fisherman Steve Clark knew he was having a close encounter with a great white. The chance meeting, he says, happened about 5 p.m. Saturday at 28-Mile Wreck, the site of a World War II shipwreck off of Cape May, New Jersey.

” We were worried that it was going to harm the engine. It started to mouth it, but it wasn’t actually biting down,” said Clark. “I think it was just feeling it. It was just cool because she stayed around the boat for so long and really let us look at her.

  Clark’s team of fishermen spotted the 16-foot great white shark swimming toward their 35-foot-boat, the 35 Everglades.

  The shark swam around the vessel for about 20 minutes before ripping a chum basket of fish right from the side of the boat — the only time Clark felt nervous during the encounter. Members of the crew took photos and videos as the shark swam nearby.”

 

NBCPhiladelphia has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yacht Fire M/V Polar Bear, San Diego Calif.

 

 

Published on Jun 20, 2014

” June 19,2014 10:52 am. I filmed this approx. 10-15 minutes after the fire started . I was filming a friends boat in south bay close by when we saw the smoke coming from The marine groups yard. This was fascinating to watch through my monitor, but having a boat myself,I couldn’t help thinking of how horrible it would be to have your dream boat go up in flames. I’m sure the insurance will replace it, but wow , what a bummer and a hassle.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oeps Interview Blooper HaHaHa

 

 

 

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

” Funny interview failure. Interview van IJsseldelta over Sail Kampen met burgemeester van Kampen gaat niet zoals gepland. Vakantie winnen? check http://www.ontdekdeijsseldelta.nl/nl/win
http://www.sailkampen.nl http://www.ontdekdeijsseldelta.nl “

 

HT/Newport Buzz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Unmasking The Columbia River’s Mysterious Stealth Boats

     

     

     

     

    ” For about a decade there have been sightings of some very peculiar high-speed watercraft patrolling up and down the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver. It just so happens that these phantom vessels are some of the US Navy SEALs newest toys.”

     

     

     

     

    ” The origin of these boats remains somewhat shadowy, but it would seem that they evolved from a concept initiated by the Israeli Special Operations community in the late 1980’s. Patents filed in the 1990s show the design would become “the Alligator,” a semi-submersible, high-speed special forces delivery, extraction and reconnaissance craft that features a very low radar cross-section. All known accounts state that the Alligator was first launched in the mid 1990s and was said to have been tested briefly by the US Special Operations community before being delivered to Israel. The number of alligators built remains a mystery.”

     

     

     

     

    ” The already low-slung Alligator has the ability to lower its draft to the point where the cabin windows sit right above the waterline via flooring ballast tanks located on each side and below the boat’s main cabin. This results in the boat not only being very hard to spot on radar but it is also challenging to spot visually. The streamlined hull and low drag design, along with some powerful water-jets, allow it to move at high speed, especially when its ballast tanks are empty.”

     

     

     

     

    ” Although I have had some trouble getting a confirmation on it, it seems that Oregon Iron Works, a locally well known metal fabrication firm, has been involved with building the Alligator since its inception and continues as the prime contractor for constructing not only the Alligator Class but also its follow-on Sealion and Sealion II Class.”

     

     

     

       This picture was taken by yours truly in Newport RI somewhere around 2007 . It is not an “Alligator” or a “SeaLion” but it is a stealth insertion craft nonetheless . There were four of them that were making there way from Norfolk Va up to Portsmouth NH on a shakedown cruise all manned by un-uniformed sailors .

     

     

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        Here’s another shot of these stealthy craft that had two huge conventionally (gas) powered motors yet were virtually silent at any lower speed . As I recall they were designed with seating for a three man crew , helmsman , navigator and co-pilot and had jump-seats in the rear to transport up to six spec-ops warriors .

     

     

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        I have more pictures of these amazing craft somewhere and will post more if I can locate them . The boats and their crews spent the night in Newport at the same marina we were staying at and they left early the next morning and you could not even hear them leaving . Amazing technology . The crew , who were understandably tight-lipped did reveal that they had left Norfolk the day before and thus revealed something of the speed of these craft .

     

     

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    Two Giant Bluefin Tuna Caught In The Orange Beach Billfish Classic

     

     

     

    ” John Sims, a mate on the boat Reel Worthless out of Pensacola, Florida, tells Sport Fishing that they spend the summer traveling and fishing billfish tournaments. During the recent Orange Beach Billfish Classic, they had a double header on bluefin tunas in the Gulf of Mexico, while live-baiting for blue marlin.

      After the first hour and half, they caught and released the first bluefin, which they estimated to be 700-pounds. Then after three and half hours, they released the second, which they estimated to be 900-pounds.”

     

    SportFishingMag.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Multimillion-Dollar Yacht Sinks After Launching In Washington

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ” A new, multimillion-dollar yacht capsized when it was launched in Anacortes, Washington, dumping six people into the water.

      Wade Benda, the yacht’s mechanic, was on board the vessel Sunday after he and a team spent nearly three years building the boat when it suddenly flipped over.

      The crew was reportedly going to deliver the yacht to its new owner when the maiden voyage went terribly wrong.”

     

    ABC News

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Found After 500 Years, The Wreck Of Christopher Columbus’s Flagship The Santa Maria

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ” More than five centuries after Christopher Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was wrecked in the Caribbean, archaeological investigators think they may have discovered the vessel’s long-lost remains – lying at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. It’s likely to be one of the world’s most important underwater archaeological discoveries.

    “ All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggests that this wreck is Columbus’ famous flagship, the Santa Maria,” said the leader of a recent reconnaissance expedition to the site, one of America’s top underwater archaeological investigators, Barry Clifford.

    “ The Haitian government has been extremely helpful – and we now need to continue working with them to carry out a detailed archaeological excavation of the wreck,” he said.

      So far, Mr Clifford’s team has carried out purely non-invasive survey work at the site – measuring and photographing it.”

     

    The Independent has more

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Is This Your Boat? Philippines Typhoon Washes Up Mystery Vessel

     

     

     

     

    Published on Apr 24, 2014
    ” While reporting on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Coconuts TV stumbled across an unexpected story. Five months after the storm, a massive shipping freighter is stuck in the middle of a small neighborhood in Tacloban, one of the Philippines cities worst hit by the typhoon. Washed ashore by the storm surge, the boat landed in front of Rogelio Gula’s house. No one knows who the boat belongs to, but Mr. Gula is trying to find out.

      Coconuts TV interviewed Mr. Gula about the dilemma of finding a huge boat in front of your house and his search for its owner.

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