Caribbean Hurricanes Maria and Irma: Fact and Fiction

Magen’s Bay, St Thomas, USVI

There is a growing misconception that the Caribbean has been decimated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. It was not. A few islands at its Northeastern corner—primarily Dominica, (edited 11/1/17) Barbuda, Sint Maarten, St. Barts, Anguilla, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, St. …

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Rum Review: Brugal – Extra Viejo

Looking back at our recent sampling, we noticed we’ve spent a lot of time sampling rums from the southern Caribbean. It’s time to head back north to the Dominican Republic where it is said Christopher Columbus’ first companion to Hispaniola, …

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The Cons and Cons of Safety Gear

I am a huge advocate of safety gear that keeps you safe—and a lukewarm advocate of safety gear that doesn’t. Huh? Example: I’d rather spend an additional $400 on my anchor and anchor chain than spend the same amount on an …

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Top Crewed Yacht Charter Tips in the Caribbean

Charter Yacht Something Wonderful making a splash in the warm Caribbean Sea. Photo courtesy of CharterPort BVI

Operating a charter yacht is a dream career for many people. However, the industry has become much more professionalized than the care-free, regulation-free, tax-free days of half a century ago. What is needed to successfully charter as crew or owner …

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Captain Dawn Marie Rossiter

She could swim before she could walk, earned her PADI dive certification by age 12 and two years later worked at a marina where as an employee she could regularly take out the rental house boats, ski boats and jet …

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Sport Fishing Industry’s Latest Offerings

Livetarget’s new HollowBody Mullet. courtesy of Livetarget

This past summer the fishing industry gathered in Orlando, Florida, to display its latest and greatest offerings at ICAST (the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) produced by the American Sportfishing Association. The convention floor was packed with everything imaginable …

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Mast Mount Adapts to a Wide Range of Antennas

Finding a stable, reliable platform to mount valuable antennas off a mast can be challenging. The new 4366-R Mast Mount from Shakespeare® provides a firm, robust base to install the company’s SeaWatch™, WebWatch™, WebWhip™ and stainless steel whip antennas. Built …

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New 360-Degree Camera from Garmin

Garmin’s new VIRB 360 is a compact, rugged and fully spherical 360-degree camera. The waterproof VIRB 360 is an easy-to-use camera that captures impressive high-quality video up to 5.7K/30fps with four built-in microphones to ensure everything sounds as good as …

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Whale Tail XL From Davis Boosts Performance

Owners looking to boost the performance of their outboard or sterndrive-powered boats turn to Whale Tail XL from Davis Instruments. The aluminum stabilizer and ski boat fin accelerates time to plane, reduces unsafe porpoising and side-to-side motion, and levels out …

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LED Indicator Enhances Shore Power Convenience

The ability to quickly verify whether shore power connections carry live current is a basic safety benefit to any boater. Hubbell Marine offers 30A cable sets with a high-intensity LED indicator that glows bright green when power is on. The …

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Sailing with Charlie: Mixed Signals

Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

Chartering is a huge revenue earner for the Caribbean. This tourism sector is the single most important for many island nations and it involves several facets – bareboat chartering, sail training and crewed yacht charters. The latter involves fully catered …

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Bermuda: A Photo Journal

3. Photo by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink

Shaped like a fish hook, the islands of Bermuda are surrounded by turquoise waters with pink sand beaches. Traveling the string of seven islets connected by bridges on narrow roads, viewers are rewarded with lush foliage, fragrant bougainvillea, small farms, …

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The Beast Has Arrived at Lauderdale Marine Center

  Bigger is better at the Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC). In August, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based largest yacht repair facility in the U.S. welcomed a massive five stories tall, 47-foot wide travel lift, aptly nicknamed ‘The Beast’. This green-colored machine …

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Caribbean Recipes: Alaskan Pan Seared Halibut

The Caledonia Room Restaurant located at the Valhalla Resort, a 27-room hotel inside the Innsbruck Golf Resort in Helen, Georgia had their grand opening in July. Dean Hill, the executive chef did an amazing job, serving many delicacies, such as the Alaskan Pan …

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Nautical Refresh for Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach

  There’s a new nautical vibe at the iconic Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, a DoubleTree by Hilton, located between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the refresh of this 296-room …

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Boston Whaler Gives Back

Boston Whaler showed its arty side this summer with a donation of over $1,400 to the Atlantic Center for the Arts to support scholarships to the center’s Summer Art Camp. The money was raised during through the raffle of two …

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New Faces, New Ownership at Curaçao Marine

Marc Rooijakkers, managing director (left) and yard manager Gareth Weber. Photo courtesy Curaçao Marine

An even higher level of service and even greater efficiency in yard work are a few of the priorities of Curaçao Marine’s new owners. Sold earlier this year, Curaçao Marine, which is located at the Willemstad harbor, is one of …

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Charter Tips for South Florida & The Bahamas

Cruising grounds that range from deserted beaches in off-the-beaten-track destinations to those offering the glitz and glamor of big city dining and dancing. These are the opportunities for chartering in South Florida and the Bahamas. Its hard to find this …

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