• Michael Halpern

    Michael Halpern is a US-born and bred writer with experience in radio. He has lived in southern France for 15 years. He is our in-house NauticExpo anglophone translator.

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    Taboo, a 90-meter ice class concept super-yacht is the fruit of a collaboration between New York’s Gill Schmid Design and Tim Dempers Studio in Cape Town. Conceived for global exploration, it can handle conditions from polar to tropical. It combines the performance of a commercial vessel with luxury to suit the most...

    Sealver, creator of the jet-ski driven Wave Boat, is leveraging the power of virtual reality (VR) to improve both production and marketing of their craft. A brick-and-mortar showroom can hold only a few models, while VR can present the entire line. In addition, it is the best way for faraway clients to examine the...

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    Lloyd’s Register launched its Virtual Reality Safety Simulator at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas. The software is designed to raise awareness of on-site safety issues and facilitate risk assessment in the oil and gas industry. Offshore platforms and onshore plants are particularly...

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    The Italian company Ice Yachts won this year’s Asian Marine & Boating Award with its new  Ice 52 RS for sailing yachts over 45 feet. Announced at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai, the prize recognizes design and innovation excellence. The yard builds entirely in-house, from glass fiber-carbon hull to...

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    S Com Tech launched its Smart Cat 850 at the recent China International Boat Show in Shanghai. The entry-level vessel can carry 12, but is perfect for a cruising couple or small family. Options include two or three cabins and one or two heads. The manufacturer states that the boat is manufactured to meet luxury...

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    This year’s China International Boat Show in Shanghai saw Victron Energy haul in the Most Innovative Company award. The Dutch firm beat out competitors from throughout the marine sector with its Quattro inverter/chargers and other recent products. The 15 kVA Quattro can be connected to two different AC sources—for...

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    Recent research shows that sharks have much better eyesight than previously thought, and that vision plays a crucial role in hunting prey. In response, Australian wetsuit manufacturer Radiator has incorporated certain colors and motifs developed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) into its Shark Deterrent line. The...

    The new Seabob F5 SR underwater scooter features two built-in cameras for filming aquatic scenery and rider exploits. One points toward the deep, while the dashboard unit enables selfie videos. The cameras are operational to 40 meters and images can be downloaded to a smartphone or other device wirelessly. Weighing...

    Furuno’s DFF-3D multi-beam sidescan sonar yields detailed 3D images of fish in the water column and seabed profiles to 200 meters, well beyond the range of competing systems. Minimum range is three meters and the primary vertical beam can reach 300 meters down. The beams cover a swath of 120°, port to starboard. The...

    A new ocean toy was launched at the recent Nauticales boat show in La Ciotat on the French Mediterranean. The pedal-powered Seabike water scooter consists of a shaft with handles at one end and a twin-bladed propeller at the other. The pedals are just forward of the propeller. Prone in the water, the rider grasps the...