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Soundings April 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.

United States
Active Interest Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
think big

Spring is here, which means it’s time for my annual bout of wanderlust. As the weather warms, I get antsy to cast off lines and cruise somewhere off the grid. But if commitments at home or work make it difficult to put a solid travel plan into action, I find pleasure living vicariously through the saltwater adventures of others. Romy Olaisen is one person who inspires me. She recently told me about the incredible journey she took with her husband, Keith, last year aboard their 47-foot Nordhavn, Roam. They left their home in Vero Beach, Florida, last spring and did the passage to Bermuda. Then, they crossed back over the Atlantic to make their way up the East Coast, where they traveled through New England and eventually up into Canada. “Aside…

1 min

MARIO VITTTONE A retired USCG helicopter swimmer, the Lifelines author is a leading expert on survival and safety at sea. He is a recipient of the Alex Haley Award for Journalism. CAPT. PAT MUNDUS Our Seamanship columnist, who lives in Montauk, New York, was an oil tanker deck officer and has run ships throughout North America and the Middle East. MICHAEL CEVOLI A commercial and documentary photographer based in southern New England, Mike exhibits internationally. His work illustrates our story on Hinckley Yachts. KIM KAVIN The New Jersey native has been writing about boats and yachts since 2000. Her news stories are featured in the Dispatches and Focus sections in this issue.…

1 min
off the grid

While shooting images around Chesapeake Bay for his first book, Working the Water, Annapolis-based photographer Jay Fleming developed a deep fascination with Tangier and Smith islands, and the people who live and work there. Smith and Tangier are two of the last inhabited islands on the bay. Primarily accessible by private boat or commercial ferry, the islands are less than 20 miles from the mainland, and yet far off the grid. The inhabitants—who travel by boat and golf cart, rather than car—are isolated in a way most people can’t understand, Fleming says. “That’s what makes the place and the people so unique,” he says. “That isolation has shaped the way they live, and to me, there is something really special about that.” His curiosity piqued, Fleming began compiling photos for his second…

1 min
fresh fish

Hard-core anglers, take note: Viking Yachts, the New Jersey builder of sportfishing convertibles and motoryachts from 37 to 93 feet, has announced a new brand of luxury center consoles called Valhalla Boatworks. The builder will produce the high-performance, outboard-powered open boats at its Mullica, New Jersey, factory. Debut models are expected to include 33-, 37- and 41-foot iterations with deep-V, twin-step hulls by Michael Peters Yacht Design. According to Viking, the stepped-V ventilated tunnel running surface will reduce drag while increasing speed, stability and efficiency. “The twin steps and tunnel not only give you fast and efficient performance, but also precise handling and a very stable ride,” says Viking Design Manager David Wilson. The project’s origins go back 17 years, according to Chris Landry, director of communications. “This is when our design…

1 min
boats, beaches and baguettes

Francophiles and sailors, rejoice. The Moorings celebrates its 50th anniversary with plans to open a base in Martinique for the 2019 winter season. This is good news for those who like to combine their cruising with all things French. Located in the heart of the Lesser Antilles’ Windward Islands between Dominica and St. Lucia, the volcanic-formed mountainous island of Martinique is a mecca for French-Caribbean culture, maritime history and sailing. Martinique has safe anchorages, steady trade winds, hiking trails and snorkeling spots. The Moorings base at La Marina du Marin will feature Beneteau monohulls, sailing catamarans and its flagship 514 Power Catamaran. The new location is so loaded with facilities you may never leave the dock. It features a supermarket, bakery, laundry, post office, tobacco shop, currency exchange office, medical center,…

4 min
be vigilant when securing lines

Four in a single day. That’s the number of calls that came in to the U.S. Coast Guard in Puget Sound this past January for boats adrift without operators, setting off 10 hours of search and rescue missions involving dozens of people. “We had a helicopter up for two of them,” says Lt. Cmdr. Brett Ettinger, chief of incident management for sector Puget Sound. “We had two more small boats from two different stations also go out to search for people. In Seattle, Washington, we have our operations center with a search and rescue controller. They’re making calls. If the vessel’s registered, we’re finding the owner.” As it turns out—and as is usually the case with “vessel adrift” calls to the Coast Guard nationwide—the boats had simply drifted off their moorings.…