Blue Haven Opens in Turks & Caicos
If you’re the type who enjoys world-class diving, deep-sea fishing, bone fishing, kite boarding, eco-kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or just cruising amid crystalline waters and uninhabited cays, look no further than Blue Haven Resort & Marina in the Turks and Caicos.
Opened last month, the islands’ latest “luxury adventure destination” is one of the few resorts in the tranquil leeward side of Providenciales. It offers premium guest rooms as well as suites with one, two or three bedrooms, all with ocean views and modern conveniences. Three dining options are available, plus a swim-up bar at the infinity pool and activities like beach volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes courts and more. A spa will come online in early 2014.
The Blue Haven Marina, operated by Island Global Yachting (IGY), is open to yachts up to 220 feet and a maximum draft of 8.5 feet at mean low tide. Marina guests will have full access to the resort, as well as amenities including water and power, gasoline and diesel, pump-out, laundry services, and on-site customs and immigration. And best of all, it’s located just 575 miles southeast of Miami. 855-832-7667, bluehaventci.com
Farewell to Bert Jabin
Legendary yacht yard owner and sailor Bert Jabin died on Saturday, November 9, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. He was 83.
Jabin, who had been splitting time between homes in Annapolis and Miami, owned Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard until selling it to his son, Rod Jabin, in 1998. Jabin opened the yard in 1959 after working at Maryland Shipbuilding in Baltimore.
According to an article by Bill Wagner from the (Annapolis) Capital Gazette, Jabin purchased a small plot overlooking Back Creek and had to sink pylons, build piers and clear trees in order to establish his yard. Over time, he acquired 14 adjacent lots and eventually created a 20-acre complex — the largest facility of its kind in Annapolis.
Jabin was also a stalwart member of the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) and served on numerous committees. He was known for his racing success with the Farr 37, which was created specifically for Jabin and the Chesapeake Bay conditions.
Jabin captured the prestigious Viking Trophy as top-performing boat in the AYC Fall Series twice. He also twice received the Chesapeake Trophy as best Class A entry in Fall Series.
“Bert was an outstanding sailor, very smart and skilled. He was extremely competitive and put great effort into making sure the boat was properly prepared for every regatta,” Jimmy Scott, an Annapolis sail-maker, told the Capital Gazette. “I always enjoyed sailing with Bert. He was a real character and kept everybody entertained.”
At-Risk Youths Learn Fishing Skills
For many of the 25 Miami youths aboard the 70-foot charter boat The Reward Fleet, November marked the first time they had stepped off solid ground and onto the sea, where new adventures awaited. A day of fishing, explained Mahogany Youth Corp. Director Robert O’Bryant, was a reward for those kids, who delivered strong grades in the most recent round of report cards.
“You’ve got to earn the grades to earn the fishing trip,” he said. O’Bryant was pleased with the turnout: 22 kids from 12 Miami-Dade schools and three from Broward County schools. Fifteen volunteers from Mahogany Outdoors, the organization’s adult fishing club, also participated.
According to O’Bryant, the Mahogany Youth Corp. took more than 2,500 youths fishing last year. He said the focus of Mahogany Youth programs centers on fishing, boating and outdoor activities. Participating in these programs builds self-esteem, teaches important life and social skills, and opens doors to potential career opportunities, he said.
Marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) are a few of the people and organizations supporting Mahogany Youth. GHOF this year provided Mahogany Youth with a grant to continue its “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” program in Jose Di Diego and Richmond Heights Middle School, both located in Miami-Dade County.
For GHOF Executive Director Antonio Fins, who attended the recent fishing outing with his son, Anthony, support for the organization was especially important “because they reach kids who would otherwise not see the ocean and would grow up disconnected from our vital marine environments.
Air Service to Great Abaco
Hopping a flight to Great Abaco just got a whole lot easier with a new seaplane flight option. Fort Lauderdale-based Tropic Ocean Airways, which re-instituted regular seaplane service to the region in 2012, is partnering with IJet Charters, also based in Fort Lauderdale, to offer direct scheduled charter flights to Hope Town on Fridays and Sundays.
“What often is a half-day time investment for travelers, connecting flights through South Florida to Marsh Harbour and then a cab and ferry to a final destination in Hope Town, is now cut dramatically through our ability to taxi directly up to the beaches at Hope Town,” said Jim Swieter, founder of IJet Charters.
In addition to transportation, Swieter said shortening the TSA screening process and custom checks also saves time. “We fly out of Sheltair at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, which streamlines the check-in process and customs on returning flights,” he added. “Sheltair also provides a free shuttle service for those connecting through the main terminal as well as free parking.”
The seaplane flight time to Hope Town is around an hour and 10 minutes. In service will be Tropic Ocean Airways’ new eight-passenger Cessna Caravan Amphibian Turbo Jet. Roundtrip tickets are expected to be priced starting at $699.00 per person inclusive of all taxes and fees. Charters are available immediately with direct scheduled public charter flights starting in February.
A New Cat in Town
Leopard Catamarans of Dania Beach, Fla., recently launched its new Leopard 51 Powercat, which was designed by Simonis Voogd Design (Netherlands) and built by Robertson & Caine (South Africa).
“The Leopard 51 Powercat has a stealth-like hull that allows a cruising speed of 20 knots, based on upgraded twin 370-horsepower engines, and top speed of 25 knots,” said team member Peter Wiersema. With standard engines, the company reportes a range capable of cruising from Florida to New York without refueling.
The boat can be driven from the fly bridge or from inside with an optional lower helm station. A large forward cockpit and sunbathing platform can be directly accessed from the top deck. Inside, the Leopard 51 boasts a large and open salon, full galley, and three cabins and three heads. The entire starboard hull is dedicated to an owner’s suite, or this can split up to provide a fourth cabin and head.
Base price for the 51-foot-long, 25-foot-wide boat is $599,000.
Beta Takes on J Prop
Beta Marine is proud to announce it has been appointed the American distributors for Italy’s J Prop. These feathering propellers are built to extremely high standards and are available in two-, three- and four-blade versions for vessels with shafts and with sail-drives.