Category Archives: Boats

Inside Views: ‘USS Gerald R. Ford’ Aircraft Carrier

As the world’s largest aircraft carrier in the world’s dominant navy, the USS Gerald R. Ford is gargantuan. The aircraft carrier took eight years to build, several more years to test, and is large enough to tower over the biggest building in plenty of large towns. Named for the 38th President of the United States, the Gerald Ford is the lead ship of the US navy. It clocks in at over 1,000ft or nearly three American football fields in length, and nearly 250 feet high. Contained in that massive space, the aircraft carrier also has a whopping 25 decks. The massive ship, which can house over 4,500 people and carry over 75 aircraft, is powered by two nuclear reactors, and fully-loaded, weighs in at over 100,000 tonnes. That makes her the largest warship ever constructed. The total building cost is estimated at over 17 billion dollars, including 5 billion spent on research alone. After several delays it came in at 22% over the intended budget.

Italian Design: Inside Benetti’s ‘Motopanfilo’

I am truly astonished by the amount of yachts that Benetti build and also by their prolific design department that consistently creates winning new models. The latest model is called the “Motopanfilo”. It is an unusual name, so I went to Benetti to find out all about it.

Trailer: ‘The Last Cruise’ – Covid Nightmare On The Diamond Princess (Video)

Using intimate footage recorded by passengers and crew, The Last Cruise is a first-person account of the nightmare that transpired aboard the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship, which set sail from Japan on the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HBO original documentary The Last Cruise premieres March 30 on HBOMax.

Future Of Sailing: The ‘Carbon Fibre Trimaran – Hanstaiger X1’ (Video)

The X1 is an exceptionally well designed trimaran, with all the hydrodynamic advantageous that brings. The sailboat version can reach speeds of 20 knots. The powerboat version can achieve speeds of 30 knots thanks to more powerful engines.

The interior of the X1 is not designed to feel you are in a boat; its designed to feel like you are in luxury home. Natural light fills all areas of boat, thanks to the glass roof structure and oversized lateral windows. There are no narrow corridors or maze like internal structures; the layout is designed to feel open and easy to move around in. The toilets are proper sized,  with all the space, functionality and finishings you would come to expect from a 5 star hotel.

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36th America’s Cup Final: Emirates New Zealand vs Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

10 Mar 2021 – 21 Mar 2021The final event of the racing cycle, The 36th America’s Cup Match will see the defender Emirates Team New Zealand take on Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, winner of the PRADA Cup, in an epic battle to keep – or claim – the America’s Cup. The winner will be the first team to score seven points.

36th America’s Cup Final: Emirates New Zealand vs Luna Rossa Italy (Video)

After almost four years of planning the start of the 36th America’s Cup is just days away. And while Auckland remains in lockdown, both teams have been able to continue testing and training. Matt Sheahan reports on what they have been up to as the clock counts down and discovers some interesting developments with Emirates Team New Zealand and a few surprising revelations at Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli.

SuperYacht Tours: ‘ACE’ – A 278 Ft, 2012 Lurssen (Video)

Iconic custom-built Lurssen, ACE superyacht for sale is a true example of a luxurious vessel blending beauty and power. With spectacular, unique design both inside and out by the highly regarded Winch Design, ACE is a masterpiece of the seas with an enormous volume of 2,732 GT.

This enchanting yacht for sale is one of the best pedigree yachts on the market and features a helipad. Built by an experienced Owner and refit in 2018, ACE has had only one Owner since new and has only ever been privately used. Andrew Winch’s state-of-the-art design includes oval balconies and large side-arches, perfectly complemented by a stunning, timeless, classic interior.

ACE accommodates 10 guests in 5 staterooms, and can be serviced by 30 crew. Whilst the current accommodation layout is for 10 guests, it would be possible for a future Owner to convert the massage room into a sixth stateroom, which would then provide accommodations for 12 guests.

Sailboat Racing: Luna Rossa Italy Tops UK INEOS In Prada Cup (Video Recap)

A strong boat, and an impressive sailing performance saw Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli beat INEOS Team UK by 7 victories to one in the Prada Cup final. The Italians will now go on to the America’s Cup itself.

Views: ‘Maud Of Ålesund’ – 1917 Fishing Cutter In The Fjords Of Norway (Video)

Maud is a century old fishing vessel that now carries tourists and explorers along deep fjords to the slopes of the Sunnmøre Alps. In these scenes from Switchback’s film Fjord Norway (2013), made for Salomon TV, adventure skiers Greg Hill, Andreas Fransson and Chris Rubens embark on a journey to these remote mountains in Western Norway.

Maud af Aalesund is a restored fishing cutter from 1917. The boat is 53 feet and has fished along the Sunnmør coast. It has i.a. had a base in Volda, Giske and Ålesund, – most recently as shrimp trawlers. Maud has now been rebuilt and brought back to the starting point and rigged with sails.

Sailboat Racing: ‘Luna Rossa Italy vs INEOS Team UK’ In 2021 Prada Cup Final

There’s plenty of intrigue as the Italians and British square off for the right to challenge Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup.

The Prada Cup final starts on Saturday with Luna Rossa taking on INEOS Team UK with the first team to get seven wins qualifying to take on the Kiwis.

Have the British sorted out their light-air issues? Can the Italians really handle the sort of pressure that Sir Ben Ainslie is sure to apply, especially if the winds nudge the upper limit of 21 knots? Will the bad blood that is simmering between the two syndicates boil over with the stakes so high?