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What is in John Garner's Pocket

By Don Sutherland You don't really know a boat until she's hauled. Plying her trade on the water, her best half's submerged out of sight. We think we recognize her - "oh, there's Odin," or "Shelby Rose," or "Twintube" - but what are we seeing? The lines of the deckhouse, the shape and placement of the wheelhouse, the arrangement of the stacks? These are the parts known as the superstructure - "super," in this case, meaning simply "upon." It's a little like saying we recognize someone by his hat. The boat's defining structure starts at the main deck and goes downward from there. What little we see of it is low on the horizon. There's the deck's line, along with a smattering of bulwarks. The rake of the bow, the shape of the stern, how and where flared in between, they all help a little in identifying the boat, but they still don't divulge what she's about. What she's about is her relationship to the water, her reason for being. How she sits, how she rides, how she handles, are determined mostly down there. The size of the rudder, of the wheels or other propulsion devices - how she goes, whether for speed or for power or both, is ordained down there. Boats, just like people, keep their motivating forces concealed. Unlike people, boats can be hauled. And that's when we see what they're about.

Marine Travelift Delivers Boat Hoist to Ancora Marina

Photo: Marine Travelift

Ancora Marina in Neustadt, Germany, took delivery of a new Marine Travelift 75 BFMII mobile boat hoist, Marine Travelift Inc. announced today.   Ancora Marina is located on the Bay of Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, northeast of Hamburg and southeast of Kiel. The new 75 BFMII is the marina’s fourth mobile boat hoist from Marine Travelift, and it replaces a 1988 Marine Travelift 70 BFM and a 1992 70 BFM.  

Almetek Launches Sinage Line for Marine Industry

Almetek Industries launched a marina-specific line of onsite safety and information signage. Specially designed to help marina and boatyard owners lower their maintenance costs, the signs will not rust, fade, crack or peel. The 3-D engraved signs, made of co-extruded and tri-extruded UV stabilized high-density polyethylene, are impervious to salt water and virtually all acids and caustic chemicals. In addition, they are resistant to tropical or frigid temperatures and the damaging affect

Alcoa Acquires Marina Accessibility Products

Alcoa Inc. has acquired the assets of Marina Accessibility Products, Inc., a manufacturer of marine access systems based in Surrey, BC, Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Marina Accessibility Products is known as the developer of the Ramp Rider, a gangway inclined lift system that enables people to move safely between unstable elevations in marine environments. The product consists of a self-leveling all-wheel-drive car that travels on a specialized gangway to provide access

ValvTect Completes Fuel Tank Testing at 600+ Marinas

Fuel storage tanks at Certified ValvTect Marinas are tested for water, bacteria and other contamination up to twice a year.

Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and biodiesel makes this situation even worse. To combat this problem

Mega Dock for Tug and Super Yacht Berthing

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.

SF Marina Systems supplied a large two piece tug berth, designed for vessels up to 1,100 tons.  The berth measures 150 x 32 ft. with a freeboard of 5 ft.   The units were cast in SF Marina’s Factory in Walham Sweden, each  weighing more than 240 metric tons.   The high loading of the Pier can accommodate  truck traffic, and features such as cranes, and fueling systems integrated into the design

Top Ten Hurricane Safety Tips for Boaters

ACE Recreational Marine Insurance releases ten tips to help recreational boaters protect their vessels during the hurricane season. “The best defenses to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe weather are planning, preparation and timely action,” said Damon R. Hostetter, Senior Vice President, ACE Recreational Marine Insurance. The first recommendation is: Develop a detailed plan of action to secure your vessel in advance

Canal Pleasure Cruise Venture Runs Aground

A UK businessman refitted a canal boat to carry up to 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal without paying heed to safety requirements. The UK registered Canal Boat Hatherton Belle is a 20 metre vessel that had been adapted to carry up 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal from Calf Heath Marina. The owner, local businessman Andy Small who also operates a bar next to the Marina, used the canal boat to take paying parties on cruises along the canal

Marine Engine Exchange Offers Grants for Motor Upgrades

Photo: The Port of Los Angeles

In an ongoing effort to improve the air and water quality of San Pedro Bay, the Port of Los Angeles has made additional funding available for its Marina Engine Exchange Program, incentivizing boat owners to replace their older, high-polluting outboard motors with California Air Resources Board (CARB)-certified, “three star”/ultra-low emission-rated engines (up to 10 horsepower). The Port of Los Angeles is offering boat owners 75 percent of the total cost (up to $2

Superyacht Marina Planned at San Juan, Puerto Rico

Photo -Puerto del Rey

  Puerto Rico Ports Authority issues RFP for Marina District. The project envisions a superyacht marina and dry dock maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Port of San Juan The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), a public corporation and government instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the leasing, design, construction, operation and financing of the rehabilitation

Hydrographic Survey of Malacca Strait Underway

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 A hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) was launched today by the three littoral States - Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore - and the Malacca Straits Council of Japan at the Marina South Pier.   This initiative was one of the key recommendations that arose

Mariner Medevaced from Tug near Cleveland

A 51-year-old man has been medevaced from a tug in Cleveland's Inner Harbor near Whiskey Island, late Monday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   At around 4:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a report from the tug that the crew member was not

GAC Facilitates Swedish Boats Delivery for Sea Rescue

GAC coordinates delivery of Swedish boats for Eastern Mediterranean sea rescue effort

  Two high-speed boats from Sweden have joined the sea rescue effort in the Eastern Aegean, and it was GAC that coordinated their delivery to Greece. The craft were sent by the not-for-profit NGO, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)

Man Rescued with Pets near Raccoon Island

Man resuced from sailboat

  The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island. Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground.

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Shiplift

Photo: MB’92

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new shiplift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at the Barcelona shipyard.  

Cargo Ship Refused Access to Paris MoU Region

Georgiana H (Photo: Paris MoU)

General cargo ship M/V Georgiana H, IMO number 8911413, was detained in Marina di Carrara, Italy on July 17, tallying as the ship’s third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months.    The ship flies the flag of Republic of Togo which is black on the current

Injured Woman Rescued on Lake Washington

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff Wildes from Station Seattle works with local responders to stabilize and prepare an injured woman for transport on Lake Washington, Seattle, Aug. 2, 2015

  Coast Guard, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department, King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel rescued a woman after she sustained a leg injury after reportedly being struck by a boat propeller on Lake Washington

Seattle and Tacoma Ports Cement Alliance

Image:  Port of Seattle

 The port commissions of Seattle and Tacoma voted unanimously to form the Northwest Seaport Alliance, unifying the longtime rivals’ marine cargo divisions.   The alliance aimed at helping the former rivals stave off growing competition, and regain market share

USCG Prepares Ports of Saipan, Tinian for Heavy Weather

Coast Guards prepare PORTS OF SAIPAN, TINIAN

  In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Depression 16W the Coast Guard captain of the port for Guam has established port heavy weather condition x-ray for the ports of Saipan and Tinian effective at 9 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time Saturday.

Dometic to Launch Watermaker at IBEX

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, truck, RV and automotive markets, announced it will showcase its new XTC-ZTC Double-Pass Watermaker at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), Sept

Clipper Round the World Race Begins

As anticipation builds for the start of the tenth edition race, the long awaited opening of the Race Village at St Katharine Docks, London. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 The 12 Clipper Race yachts left the Gosport Marina and will perform a parade of sails alongside the Spinnaker Tower before heading off to London.   As the boats left the marina, other crews waved goodbye and wished them luck for their quick journey to the capitol where they will have

RINA Launches New Services for Yacht

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Press release - Italy-based classification society RINA has launched a series of new services and standards aimed at helping the growing global yacht industry to grow efficiencies and reduce its environmental footprint. The five new services being rolled out in the last quarter of 2015 are a

2 Rescued from Sailboat Near Hobucken, NC

Courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard rescued two people on Wednesday from the Neuse River near Hobucken. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a mayday call on VHF-FM Channel 16 at 6:39 p.m. from a man and woman aboard the 23-foot sailboat, Sentimental Journey

Mobile Dredging Bags Shark River Contract

Image: Mobile Dredging & Pumping Co

 The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $7.6 million contract to dredge the Shark River in Monmouth County after the effects of Superstorm Sandy created a greater need to complete the long-delayed project. Mobile Dredging and Pumping Co. of Chester, Pa

Transas Support for Philippines MET

Simulator Courtesy Philippine Lifesaving Equipment Inc.

  The rapid growth and development of the Philippine maritime training market caused a dramatic increase in demand for state-of-the-art simulation systems compliant with the latest MARINA and CHED training requirements. Being the leading provider of the maritime simulation and training

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