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Soundings

December 2019

Soundings is the news and feature publication for recreational boaters. Award-winning coverage of the people, issues, events -- and the fun -- of recreational boating. Check out our generous boats-for-sale section and our gunkholing destinations.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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the people you meet

This issue isn’t pegged to any one theme, but in a number of stories this month, there are references to pride, and the deep pleasure that can be derived from a job well done. In Fire & Metal, Senior Editor Gary Reich suits up for a day of work beside employees at Yamaha Marine’s Precision Propeller, where 60,000 wheels are made every year. The time he spent in the Indiana facility learning the finer points of the lost-wax casting process taught him that by the time a prop reaches the shipping dock, it’s been touched by many hands. “Each finished prop looks like a beautiful sculpture,” says Reich. “The visit gave me an overwhelming feeling that everyone in that factory cares, and that they know their work makes a lot…

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soundings

EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JEANNE CRAIG EXECUTIVE EDITOR PIM VAN HEMMEN ART DIRECTOR BRIANA SMITH SENIOR EDITOR GARY REICH WEB ADMINISTRATOR MARY LOU COOKE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR KIM KAVIN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS STEVE KNAUTH, DIETER LOIBNER PAT MUNDUS, MIKE SMITH, BEN STEIN EDITOR-AT-LARGE WILLIAM SISSON SALES & MARKETING PUBLISHER PAUL SMITH 860-767-3200 x 292 914-467-8729; psmith@aimmedia.com REGIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER ERICA PAGNAM REGIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER ERICA PAGNAM 860-227-6638; epagnam@aimmedia.com SALES REPRESENTATIVE KAREN BAFFA 203-856-1974; kbaffasoundings@gmail.com REAL ESTATE SALES MARILOU GRISWOLD 860-767-3200, X224; mgriswold@aimmedia.com MARKETPLACE/CLASSIFIEDS CATHY BREEN 203-994-4640 cbreen@aimmedia.com, snd_classifieds@aimmedia.com MARINE GROUP PRESIDENT GARY DE SANCTIS VP, MARKETING AND EVENTS JULIE JARVIE VP, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR WILLIAM SISSON VP OF MARKETING INNOVATION ERIC DALLIN FINANCIAL ANALYST CHRISTINE NILSEN PRODUCTION MANAGER SUNITA PATEL EVENT CONTENT MANAGER PETER SWANSON PRODUCTION COORDINATORS AMY PINTO, CHRIS CIRILLI, JENNIFER WILLIAMS TRAFFIC COORDINATOR SARA CARPENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONSUMER MARKETING DANA RAVEN CIRCULATION, FULFILLMENT MANAGER CERISSE CARPENTER DIRECTOR ACCOUNTING SHARED SERVICES KELLY BAUMGARDNER IT SUPPORT COLLIN DEHNERT PRESIDENT & CEO ANDREW W. CLURMAN COO, CFO & TREASURER MICHAEL…

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mailboat

Cool On Climate Before reading the story about the climate activist Greta Thunberg and her journey across the Atlantic on a racing sailboat (Teen Titan, November), I was apprehensive that it was going to be another opinion article about global warming, more hysteria disguised as news. What a pleasant surprise to read the reporting by author Patricia Sisson, who presented the facts objectively. TED GLASIER Prior to reading Teen Titan, I had been hearing a lot about Greta Thunberg and admired her efforts to draw attention to a subject she’s passionate about. After reading the story in Soundings about her journey from Plymouth, England, to Manhattan in a 60-foot sailboat, I have another level of respect for this 16-year-old. It takes courage for any person with a healthy respect for the sea to…

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lexus makes a splash

Lexus has long been known as the luxury automaker that marches to the beat of the tagline, “The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection.” Now, with the help of American boatbuilder Marquis Yachts, Lexus is turning its eye toward high-performance motoryachts with the launch of the 65-foot LY 650. The boat made its world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last month. The 65-foot flybridge yacht is powered by 1,050-, 1,200-, or 1,350-hp Volvo Penta diesels with IPS pod drives and features a three-stateroom layout capable of sleeping six. The open main salon (above) looks contemporary and has lounge seating, a lower helm and an aft galley that serves the cockpit. The LY 650’s exterior is highlighted by muscular lines, a two-tone color scheme and metallic accents. Entertaining spaces include an expansive…

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bright lights, big battle

As of early October, the dockmaster at the West 79th Street Boat Basin in New York City said it had been a while since she last saw one of the giant, flashing LED billboards go by. The same was true at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River, and at Liberty Landing Marina on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. The visual calm on the waterways around Manhattan was a welcome reprieve to many boaters following action by New York lawmakers in a long-running battle to stop the use of floating digital billboards—the kinds with 1,200-square-foot screens made up of flashing LED lights that turn the waterways into a blinking, neon advertising parade reminiscent of Times Square. In March, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city had…

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news from downeast

When Back Cove Yachts released the Back Cove 34O with outboard engines last year, it was a departure for the Rockland, Maine, builder, which had long been known for its Downeast-style, inboard-powered models. Now, Back Cove has announced that it will release a second outboard-powered model, the Back Cove 39O in 2020. Back Cove says the new boat, with an LOA of 43’10”, will have a range of 300-plus miles at cruise, and a top speed of 37 knots with twin 425-hp Yamaha XTO425 outboards. (Price with that power is $625,000.) Triple 300-hp Yamahas will be standard, but the company intends to provide optional power packages that will give the 39O a top end of more than 40 knots. The 39O’s hull design will have the same Trailing Edge Lifting Surface…

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