News about motor yachts and boats - Interesting facts
For we who might want to sail away into the sunset, we need to know that the ocean varies widely on the other side of that horizon. Apart from all the other knowledge we need to take with us, we should be aware of which are the most dangerous ocean areas on earth, just this year identified by studies commissioned by insurance giant Allianz and the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature or World Wildlife Fund, depending on where you are reading this).
If you have ever thought that people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you're right. In a first-ever survey of the half a million recreational boat owning members of the national boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), 99.4% responded 'yes' when asked: 'Do you wave (to other boats)?'
'Messages in a bottle' have long been associated with sailors who fear their lives may be lost and wish to get a message to the world or to a loved one. Even Christopher Columbus, caught in a storm, is known to have tossed a bottle into the water to tell news of the 'new world' he had discovered. But now there's a beach comber who has found what could be the world's oldest 'message in a bottle' and won't open it.
One of the most ambitious projects in Scotland ever is the Helix project, which will significantly improve the yachting experience for Scottish and visiting yachts, in that it will increase the hours of transit into the Forth & Clyde Canal by threefold, and you won't have to de-mast in order to enter the Lowland Canals.
If you have ever felt sleepy at the wheel of your boat, remembering this story might help keep you awake a little longer. It was a fishing boat, not a sailing boat, and he was French, ending up on an English shore. (Lucky it's today not a couple of hundred years ago, or it might have been much worse for him.) There's also a lesson about good watch-keeping here.
At Sail-World Cruising we have often told of the idyllic times that cruising sailors have in the cruising grounds of the world. However, sometimes things don't go so swimmingly, and it's even worse if you are cruising remotely, away from any kind of help. Here Jack Binder, sailing with his wife Jude on their yacht Banyandah, tells his own tale of their dream-turned nightmare while trekking the cliffs of the Kimberley coastline in the remote uninhabited regions of north west Australia.
Kochi, the rich port in Kerala, south India, already has one and soon Mumbai may be following suit. It looks as though Navi Mumbai will soon get the second only marina in India, along with a harbour development for yachts and a waterfront for social activity. This will be a further encouragement for long range cruising yachts to visit the capital.
Good news for non-Italian boat owners, who fled Italy in droves when the Italian Government (the previous one) put a tax on new boats. The tax will longer be applicable to yacht owners who are not Italian residents, and the new measures are part of a range of measures meant to reinvigorate the Italian economy.
Croatia wants to welcome you! Europe's youngest state might have 14,000 berths to offer those who decide to go sailing along its charismatic shores, but it's not enough. They have plans to double the number of marina berths by 2018 to an incredible 28,000 berths, and that doesn't include the anchoring possibilities.
Not only did Jeanne Socrates finish her 260-day solo, nonstop circumnavigation via the five southern capes on Monday, July 8, 2013, becoming the first woman to do so, but the intrepid British sailor was age 70 when she ended her passage. Sailing on her 38-foot sloop Nereida, Socrates faced down numerous challenges that threatened to end her effort, including storms, knockdowns, several equipment failures like her satphone, her computer monitors and her masthead wind instruments.