• Theme: Motor Boats

    Inland waterways offer boaters some of the safest, yet most interesting experiences, especially on a state-of-the-art cruiser. NauticExpo e-mag reporter Kevin Green was invited by Le Boat to test the new Horizon 1150  in southern France.   Europe’s extensive network of rivers and canals are home to many boaters who...

    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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    The latest Thai-built Alibi custom performance cruiser shows great innovation. The French company founded by racer/designer Loïc Goepfert has been making these 54-foot catamarans near Bangkok for several years. Their latest boat debuted at La Grande Motte 2017. Goepfert’s goal of building innovative, yet beautiful...

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    The quiet arrival of the Solarwave 64 went unheralded at La Grande Motte 2017. But crowds soon gathered around this gray ghost ship powered entirely by the sun. The Solarwave glided out into the Mediterranean at 10 knots as the twin electric motors hummed quietly, consuming 64 kilowatts. Throttling back to a cruising...

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    France is one of the few countries with regulations governing the dismantling and recycling of recreational vessels. But with economic and psychological hurdles, and problems reusing fiberglass, the obstacles are numerous. We spoke to Benoît Ribeil, project officer at APER, the French network overseeing the...

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    Battery technology is one of the key elements in efficient yachts, especially lightweight racers or smart-thinking cruising boats. Lithium has been the most recent pioneering technology for stored power, but it is inherently volatile, especially if special charging procedures are not followed. The Dutch Super B...

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    The oceans are suffering from overfishing and plastic, oil, chemical and other pollutants. Thought leisure boating is not the biggest source of these problems, the boating community has a responsibility to evaluate and optimize its environmental impact. First on the agenda is a look at how marine activities strain the...

    Poland’s Sunreef Yachts is developing two versions of its 40 Open multihull, a standard configuration and one with retractable foils. The craft combines luxury, speed and stability. The most powerful of the inboard and outboard propulsion options offers speeds up to 60 knots. The hydrofoil model rises above the water...

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    The wind is free. Add two engines and you have a formula that makes sailing catamarans appealing by combining safety and comfort. That’s the new Catana 53, showcased at the International Multihull Boat Show, April 19-23 in La Grande Motte on the French Mediterranean.   Given the competitive market and the number of new...

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    Botnia Marin’s Targa 30.1 was one of the novelties displayed at Grand Pavois 2016. Recently launched by the Finnish boat builder, it provides a loa of 10.08 m, a beam of 3.25 m and can reach a top speed of 32-42 knots, with a cruising speed of 26-36 knots. Its most distinguishable feature may be its accommodations and...