Category: Boats

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.”


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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 “


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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 .







        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 .






        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.”












    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.”


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    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.”


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    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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    Dog Attack Shark




    Uploaded on Dec 3, 2006

    ” It’s the craziest thing, a dog on a boat jumps right into the water and bites this shark and drags it to land. Gotta see it to believe it.”



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    ” It’s a question that has been asked by many first-time anglers, and one that will be asked many more times in the future. Of course, different fishermen will have all sorts of different answers to this question, based on everything from personal preference to scientific study. Sunset is one of the most ideal times of day to fish. Here’s eight reasons why.”










    Hammerhead Shark Takes Florida Kayaker For 2-Hour Tow







    ” A Florida Atlantic University student in a kayak got an unexpected two-hour tow from a hammerhead shark, and the 6-minute video he silently took of part of that 12- mile adventure is now making the rounds of national news websites from The Huffington Post, Gawker and Reddit to MSN and ABC World News.

      It started with Adam Fisk’s YouTube video, “Lone Man Gets Towed for Miles in Kayak By 11 Foot Hammerhead Shark.

      According to theTampa Bay Times, Fisk is a senior at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and is aiming for a career with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

      Fisk told the paper he put in off the Boynton Inlet at 6 a.m. with the head-mounted camera and some fishing poles aboard. Several hours later, the shark took over the navigation taking him all the way to Lake Worth, Fla.”


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    The Best Shark Fishing Videos And Shark Fishing Tales





    Here is one of the highlights featuring the King of Shark Fishing himself , Frank Mundus

    ” Flashback to the 1980s with mustaches and mullet cuts along with a great white shark catch. A local news station from Montauk, New York reports on Frank Mundus, who arguably was the inspiration for Quint from the film Jaws, catching a 3,427-pound great white. The catch allegedly holds the record for largest shark, but also the largest fish of any kind ever caught on rod and reel.” has the rest

    World’s Largest James Bond Car Collection For Sale



    ” While a license to kill is hard to come by, the next best thing would surely be owning one of the many amazing cars driven by James Bond in the 23 films he’s been featured in since 1962.

      Why settle for one car though? The Daily Express reports that the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles is up for sale, and the owner–real-estate mogul Michael Dezer–insists that it be bought as one lot. The asking price is 20 million pounds, or about $33 million at current exchange rates.”

      The collection includes 59 vehicles, from a Fairey Huntress boat used in 1963’s From Russia With Love to an Audi A5 and Land Rover Defender used in the opening car chase of the most recent Bond movie, Skyfall.”





    ” Land Rover (Casino Royale) 


    Russian T55 tank (Goldeneye) 




    Cagiva motorcycle (Goldeneye) 

    Lotus Esprit Turbo white (For Your Eyes Only) 

    Aston Martin DB5 with gadgets (Man from Uncle George Lazenby) 

    BSA Lightening motorcycle (Thunderball) 

    Aston Martin DBS (OHMSS) 

    Toyota 2000GT (You Only Live Twice) Not used in film.

    Triumph Stag (Diamonds are Forever) 

    Jaguar XKR (Die Another Day) 

    BMW 750il (Tomorrow Never Dies) 

    BMW R1200 motorcycle (Tomorrow Never Dies) 
    Aston Martin V8 with skis (The Living Daylights)

    Lotus Esprit Turbo bronze with skis(For Your Eyes Only) 

    Lotus Esprit S1 (The Spy who Loved Me) 

    Aston Martin V8 (The Living Daylights) 

    Aston Martin DB5 (Goldeneye) 

    Lotus Esprit (Spare for parts) 

    Helicopter shell (The Spy Who Loved Me) Not used in film.
    Lotus Esprit Submarine (The Spy Who Loved me) 




    Aston Martin Vanquish (Die Another day) 

    Fairey Huntress (From Russia With Love) 

    Cagiva motorcycle (Goldeneye) 

    Parahawk & figure (The World is Not Enough) Skidoo (Die Another Day ) 

    Q Boat (The World in Not Enough) 

    Road version Hovercraft (Die Another day) 


    Glastron GT150 (Live and Let Die) 




    Alfa Romeo 159 (Quantum of Solace) 

    Wetbikes x 2 (The Spy Who Loved Me) 

    TUK TUK Taxi (Octopussy) 

    Kawasaki Z900 & sidecar (The Spy Who loved Me) 

    Renault 11 half car (A View to Kill) 


    Ford Mustang Mach 1 (Diamonds are Forever) 




    BMW Motorcycle (Tomorrow Never Dies) 

    GP Beach Buggy (For Your Eyes Only) 

    TUK TUK Taxi (Octopusy) 

    Speedboat (Live and Let Die) 

    Litte Nellie Autogiro (You Only Live Twice) Not used in film 


    Dragon tank (Dr No) 




    Replica Mini Bede Jet (Octopussy) 

    Gaz Volga (Goldeneye) 

    Mini Citroen 2CV (For Your Eyes Only) 

    Yellow 2CV (For Your Eyes Only) 

    Replica Yellow 2CV (For Your Eyes Only) 

    Replica AMC Hornet (The Man with the Golden Gun) Not used in film 

    MP Lafer (Moonraker) Not used in film 

    BMW Z8 (The World is Not Enough) 

    Q Boat (The World is Not Enough) hull 

    Renault 11 Taxi (A View to Kill) 

    Rolls Royce Sedanca de Ville (Goldfinger) Not used in film 

    Ford Thunderbird (Die Another Day) Not used in film 

    Land Rover (Skyfall) 

    Lada Riva (The World is Not Enough) 

    Lockheed Jetstar Jet(Goldfinger) Not used in film 

    Land Rover (Skyfall) 

    Audi A5 (Skyfall) 

    Lotus Mould (The Spy Who Loved Me) 

    Reef Ranger Mini submarine (Licence to Kill)”











    Water Sports Fails To Dampen The Thought Of Another Six Weeks Of Winter




        In light of the fact that Punxsutawney Phil has forecast 6 more weeks of winter , we here who anxiously await spring and the coming of fishing and water sports season decided that we would attempt to lessen the gloom of Phil’s prognostication with some laughs from the fishing and boating seasons past .





    From the what not to do file , it’s time for some boating fails 





        Since we’ve delved into summer sports and fails in an effort to alleviate the winter doldrums how could we leave out wakeboarding ?





    For those who’s tastes run more towards water-skiing there is this …









    For the kiteboarders among us …




    We would be derelict in our duties if we left out the windsurfers …

    If you are like our kids perhaps your tastes run more towards tubing and kneeboarding …

    Who could forget those terrors of the inland seas , the jet-skiers …

       Last but not least another collection of epic boating fails , some funny , some not so funny , as a reminder of the seriousness of our chosen hobby .

         Well that will do it for now . We searched for some kayaking fails but they were all more on the serious side and so were found to be not it keeping with the humorous nature of our post . Hope you enjoyed this compilation and here’s to warmer weather .

    Man Claims To Have Survived 16 Months Adrift In Pacific







    ” An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift in the Pacific, floating more than 8,000 miles from Mexico.

      The man, with long hair and beard, was discovered on Thursday when his 24ft (7.3m) fibreglass boat with propellerless engines floated on to the reef at Ebon atoll and he was spotted by two locals.”



    Ebon Atoll



    ” ” His condition isn’t good but he’s getting better,” said Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student doing research on Ebon, the southern most outpost of the Marshall Islands. “The boat is really scratched up and looks like it has been in the water for a long time.”

      Fjeldstad said the man, dressed only in a pair of ragged underpants, claimed he left Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 with a companion who died at sea several months ago. Details of his survival were sketchy, Fjeldstad added, as the man spoke only Spanish, but he said his name was Jose Ivan.”


    The Guardian has more









    Jeff Burton 46′ Boat Construction Time Lapse 






    Uploaded on Feb 17, 2011

    ” NASCAR driver Jeff Burton’s 46′ custom boat being built by Jarrett Bay Boatworks. This video covers the entire 1 year build process from January 2010 – 2011. “









    Blohm & Vosss Cruise Ship Stretcher




    ” Slick operation by the Blohm + Vosss shipyard in Hamburg.”









    British Museum: Prototyper For Noah’s Ark Was Round





    ” It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.

      But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow – the original Noah’s Ark, new research suggests, was round.

      A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia – modern-day Iraq – reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle – as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two.”









    Rat-Infested Ghost Ship May Be Heading For Britain



    ” It sounds like a plotline to a Stephen King story — a ghost ship afloat on the high seas is drifting toward the British Isles; its only passengers are cannibal rats who have had nothing to eat but each other since the ship was set adrift.


      Many people would probably pay good money to read such a story or watch it on the large screen, but they can watch it play out on the small screen — in the news. It’s a real happening involving a real ship — the Lyubov Orlova — cut loose off the coast of Canada in January 2013. It is believed to be infested with rats that have nothing to eat but other rats in order to survive their high-seas ordeal. And, it’s unaccounted for.

      Built in the former Yugoslavia, the Ice-class passenger cruise ship (featuring a strengthened hull to withstand impacts with ice) has seen duty as on Antarctic and Arctic expeditions. It was seized in Newfoundland in 2010 due to outstanding money owed to a cruise charterer and it was revealed the crew had not been paid in five months. To settle debts, the ship was sold off and towed to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped. However, the tow rope snapped in stormy seas and the ship began to drift eastward off Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula (near the Hibernia oil fields).

       Under contract from Husky Oil, the offshore supply vessel Atlantic Hawk regained control of the derelict ship but was ordered to set her adrift once in international waters because it “no longer poses a threat to the safety of offshore oil installations, their personnel or the marine environment.”


    Massive Crewless Vessels Could Soon Set Sail To Save Money And Improve Safety At Sea





    ” You might think remote-controlled ships are the preserve of toy companies, but huge crewless versions could soon be roaming our oceans. 

      European researchers have plans underway to see shore-based captains working in a replica 3D bridge to remotely-control dozens of ships at a time.

      Not only would this cut down on cost, but scientists claim it would make ships more efficient and safer, reducing risks such as piracy.”









    Great Lakes Shipwreck Hunter Finds Keystone State, Lost In Lake Huron For 152 Years



    Keystone State

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    ” The Keystone State was in trouble.

      Big waves slammed into the wooden steamer’s sides as it rocked in the water near Port Austin under the weight of a powerful November storm.

      And then it was gone, swallowed up by Lake Huron that day in 1861, claiming the lives of all 33 on board.

      The ship’s final resting place was a mystery for 150 years.

      But today, veteran shipwreck hunter David Trotter, 72, of Canton plans to announce he and his crew found the side-wheel steamer in July at the bottom of Lake Huron — the latest in the nearly 100 vessels Trotter has discovered in more than 35 years of Great Lakes shipwreck hunting.

      Trotter — who will announce the discovery on his website, — said he didn’t think he’d ever find the Keystone State. “









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