• Theme: Sailing

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    When complicated stuff happens fast, you need help. New systems put the technology right in front of your eyes. Hefty America’s Cup budgets allow teams to use both virtual and augmented reality.   If you are into investing, you might want to look at virtual and augmented reality. And if you are into sailing, you should...

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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...

    What factors will determine the outcome of the 35th America’s Cup? Where is the sport actually heading in the wake of the foiling revolution? Trimmer Christian Kamp from the Swedish sailing team Artemis Racing shares his thoughts.   “We start out every morning with two hours of grinding. That’s basically all we do on...

    Following Les Nauticales boat show in the southern French city of La Ciotat, Blue Touch invited our in-house expert to deliver the Elan GT5 back to her home port of Marseille.   Interior The interior design and the quality of the furnishings merit the gran turismo label. With the GT5, you will surely enjoy fast and...

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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 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...