The happy marriage of performance and styling: owners can choose either straight inboards or Arneson surface drives to power this luxuriously appointed head-turning speed machine, as reviewer Jeanne Craig found out. Click on the image below to watch her first look video.
Sunseeker Predator 68: This is not a boat for shrinking violets…
On display at the Fort Lauderdale International boat show, the Jeanneau NC 14 features an asymmetric cabin – making one side-deck slightly wider than the other – plus an interesting set of movable seating areas. It’s much simpler on video than it is to describe: Click the image below to watch boats.com reviewer Zuzana Prochazka’s first look video.
Some interesting mobile features aboard the Jeanneau NC 14
It’s an interesting new design that goes all out to make the most of the available space.
Featuring interior design and futuristic engineering that would grace the foyer of any avant-garde luxury home, Oxygène Yachts’ Power Catamaran AIR 77 is quite a sight. Watch reviews editor, Lenny Rudow in action below:
Oxygene Air 77 – designed to circulate fresh breeze into every corner of the boat.
One of Lenny’s favourite boats at the show – easy to see why…
Not one for the faint-hearted. A compilation of boat lift disasters that will, if nothing else, remind you to stand clear whenever a boat is suspended in the air.
Mercifully, the video doesn’t go on too long, which may indicate that such events are very rare. However, the truth is that it’s just very rare to capture the event on camera – certainly when nothing goes wrong, it’s a pretty boring bit of footage!
December and January are sleepy periods for northern European boat owners – the perfect time to sit back in a warm living room and enjoy a spot of winter reading. In July we published a useful round-up of the boating stories from the first half of the year, so it makes sense to follow it up with a second installment. Enjoy the ride and feel free to add any favourites of your own in the comments below.
Relax and enjoy a spot of light reading on boats.com – Image courtesy of ‘africa’ / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
So, for starters, perhaps you’re feeling pessimistic; down in the dumps about the state of your boat, the lack of funds, time and energy to keep everything afloat and everyone happy. Well don’t worry – we all feel that way: read Lenny Rudow’s hilarious 5 reasons to own a boat and get over it already! Or, you might enjoy planning a holiday instead.
10 boats you must drive before you kick the proverbial bucket.
And last, but not least, the long winter evenings are a chance to catch up on the video category: including most recently (and spectacularly), some footage of what may be the biggest wave ever surfed. Click the image below to watch – don’t have nightmares – and enjoy your winter!
This has been a good Autumn season for big wave surfing on the west coast of Europe, as this mind-blowing bit of footage taken near the town of Nazaré on the coast of Portugal proves.
The surfer is Brazilian Carlos Burle and the wave has been reported as being over 30 metres (100ft) from trough to crest, which would make it the biggest wave ever surfed.
After about 20 seconds he was knocked down by a 50′ tall mountain of white wash. He survived. Earlier in the day he helped rescue a female surfer who broke her arm and had to be resuscitated on the beach.
The huge waves are created by an underwater canyon. The surfers are only able to ride such enormous swells by towing in behind a jet-ski or personal watercraft (PWC) and letting go at speed.
It was a year ago almost to the day that the Vestas Sailrocket team smashed the world speed sailing record with Sailrocket2. Now, for the first time, see the full record setting run from start to finish in this nine-minute video. Warning: there is some swearing!
Since 2004, the world speed sailing record had been set and broken only by windsurfers and kite boarders, apart from the foiling trimaran Hydroptere in 2009. Kite boarders broke their own record three times in 2010, inching gradually up to 55.65 knots. Then in 2012, Sailrocket 2 overcame its final technical problems and jumped up first by 4 knots to 59.23, followed swiftly by a staggering average speed over 500 metres of 65.45 knots and a top speed of 67+.
But the next challenge to the world record may come from the Hydroptere team (the 2009 record holders) with a Sailrocket influenced design: Hydroptere Rocket.
Sailrocket 2 prepares for world record run November 2012
The crew of a Clipper round the world race yacht were lucky to survive unscathed over the weekend when a rogue wave slammed into the side of the 70ft yacht ‘Great Britain’ smothering the entire cockpit in foam and water and hurling three of the crew off their seats onto the cockpit floor. See for yourself in this rare video footage of a rogue ocean wave.
Despite being knocked out cold, crew member Jim Hendry appears in the video to have made a full recovery and even requested to return to the action! The skipper described the conditions as blowing 55 knots, gusting 70. Other boats in the fleet have recorded gusts over 100 knots in the past few days.
Clipper Yacht Great Britain: rogue wave video image
Ocean adventures on the silver screen are few and far between – and most are basically unwatchable for anyone who loves sailing and boating. But ‘All is Lost’, which is released in the UK in late December has been getting good reviews in the USA. Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
The production used three identical Cal 39 yachts and Redford reportedly carried out many of the stunts himself.