PassageMaker has a very good article giving an initial introduction to Beneteau’s hybrid prototype. Built in conjunction with Elco (nothing like 120+ years of electric boat experience), they have modified a Swift Trawler 34 to have a hybrid power train.
Pretty slick. I expect the costs (as they have with cars and other things) will come down and become viable in the next few years. Definitely a technology to watch, in my opinion.
Billed as the "World’s Best Dinghy", the Portland Pudgy certainly seems to be an interesting (and tough) design.
Made from rotation-molded polyethylene, it has closed-cell foam filling making it "unsinkable". Easily rightable (they have videos of it being done by a person in the water), it looks like a tough, serviceable boat.
How may dinghys have you seen flying?
A Portland Pudgy was used as a gondola under a bunch of helium filled balloons on an attempted Atlantic aerial crossing. Really.
Manufacturing the worlds most advanced cruising yacht to the highest standards of speed, efficiency, and stability takes lots of technology and an uncompromising discipline.
Pretty boat… that system that allows the boat to "hover" on its on is really slick. Not sure how much I would care to trust in "by itself" in a crowded area like he did in the video. Not sure if there is a wireless remote or not. The triple (claimed to be more efficient than dual – seems counterintuitive to me, but) Volvo-Penta IPS600 is an interesting setup.
Synthetic teak and no brightwork is a trend I like seeing on upper end boats. I want to enjoy the boat, not spend all my time on maintenance.
Those New Zealand folks make some slick looking boats.
Just like the beast they’ve been named after, White Pointer Boats are created to be perfect predators. They combine strength with poise and balance and can switch to pure aggression in an instant.
The brainchild of their owner, Rex Briant, White Pointers are built in Gisborne, New Zealand’s eastern most port. Motor out from here and you feel the elements direct from the South Pole and the southern ocean. So build quality is a key motivator!
The first White Pointer Boat hit the water more than 25 years ago. And every boat since, over 500 in total, has added to the brand’s reputation for producing ruthless fishing machines of supreme craftsmanship and performance.
I’ve read several Great Loop cruise logs, but I think this is definitely one of the best. If you have any interest in the Loop, or just boating in general, read John and Laurie Gray’s account of their cruise a few years ago.
I love the Ranger Tug line anyhow, and such a well written account just makes it come to life. John also manages to include lots of little tips and tricks he has learned over his boating career that all of us can learn from.