The Boating Discovery Blog

The Boating Discovery Blog is my journal about the boating and sailing industry. It keeps you up to date on boating and sailing news, cruising, boating products and money saving tips for your boating lifestyle.

The city that makes the most expensive boats in the world

Wandering along the beach in Italy's Viareggio you could be forgiven for thinking it's a simply a holiday resort. This unassuming seaside city is where some of the world's largest and most exclusive vessels are made...

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U.S. Navy Stealthy Special Operations Boats Are Zooming Around the Middle East

As we at The War Zone have noted before, the U.S. Navey's Special Warfare community has a keen interest in the bleeding edge of what technology has to offer, as do other American special operations forces...

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Anchors Aweigh: Boat and Ship Power Is Turning Green

Energy sources that propel ships and boats are going through revolutionary changes that are just as extreme as going from wind to steam power...

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Boats destroyed after catching fire at Cedar Point Marina

SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Cedar Point and Sandusky Fire Departments responded to a fire at the Cedar Point Marina Monday afternoon...

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Seeking Greater Global Power, China Looks to Robots and Microchips

BEIJING — In Chinese schools, students learn that the United States became a great nation partly by stealing technology from Britain. In the halls of government, officials speak of the need to inspire innovation by protecting inventions. In boardrooms, executives strategize about using infringement laws to fell foreign rivals...

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Safety and boating: What you need to know

Every year, roughly 20 people are killed in boating-related accidents on New York's waterways. Boats collide with other boats, or fixed objects. Passengers are ejected or fall overboard. There are fuel fires and explosions. Skiers are run over...

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Arm Amputated After Alleged Drunk Boater Loses Control and Throws 10 Passengers Overboard

This is a sad day...Ten people were thrown overboard when a boat driver in Indiana lost control of her speed boat, causing serious injuries to passengers including one lower arm amputation and a skull fracture...

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Boat captain scanned the water for dolphines, but found a dog in distress

A dolphin tour boat captain is being hailed a hero after she rescued a dog in distress in the waters near St. Pete Beach on July 11. Susi Herrington is

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Italy wildfires: Tourist rescued by boat from Calampiso

Around 700 tourists have been rescued by boat from wildfires in Sicily, as swathes of southern Italy battles blazes. AS flames neared the seaside resort of Calampiso, fishermen and boat owners were drafted in to aid the evacuation...

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Watch: Snake slithers onto boat scaring group of friends

California, A group of friends got quite the scare while boating on the water of Folsom Lake in CA. A few friends were out on the water when they noticed a rattlesnake slithering near their boat...

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SF Port considers letting fish be sold directly from boats at Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco fishermen are hoping to catch a break by reviving an old policy that allows them to sell fish directly from their boats...

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Sweden orders aluminum fast attack combat boats

Sweden's Defense Materiel Administration, FMV, has contracted boat-builder Dockstavarvet for 18 combat boats, with deliveries starting in late 2018, the company announced last week...

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New California Law Requires Boating Licenses, Except For Renters

Right now, almost anyone in California can hop on a boat and drive away without any training or a license. That will change this January when a new law goes into effect requiring boaters to pass a written test and get a California Boater Card...

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Blue tech, Boat washers, slip apps, oysters and copper

The copper comes from antifouling, copper based paint that boaters use to ward off the buildup of barnacles, algae and other sea life that attach themselves to hulls and keels...

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The Beer Can Regatta could surely only happen in Australia

Certainly some of that refuse would contribute to Darwin's Beer Can Regatta on Sunday. It's a competition in which boats constructed of aluminum cans battle each other on the shores of Mindil Beach...

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Minnesota governor's boat circled by protesters after temporary ban on walleye fishing

Governor Mark Dayton faced protesters on Lake Mille Lacs on Saturday after a temporary ban on Walleye fishing. After getting off the lake, the governor canceled a...

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California Dungeness crab fleet nets $68 million haul, but small boats continue to struggle

California’s valuable Dungeness crab fishery appears to have rebounded after a disastrous 2015-16 season that threatened to knock even longtime fishermen so far back on their heels some feared they might not recover...

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Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. The technology company targets the emerging market of autonomous marine vessels. That’s not some sort of futuristic vision; those capabilities are here, now...

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The Most Exciting Drones Aren't in the Air--They're in the Ocean

The unmanned data-collecting sailboats are measuring the symptoms of climate change in the farthest reaches of the world's oceans. Saildrone says it will soon deploy more seafaring bots than there are satellites in space...

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Boat collides with humpback whale in SF Bay

A photo of a boat striking a whale near the Golden Gate Bridge serves as a reminder to ocean enthusiasts to respect marine wildlife, especially the endangered humpback whales...

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Abandoned boats piling up in Staten Island harbor

STATEN ISLAND, NY It smells. It's an eyesore. I mean, do we really need this? It's a beautiful park. A local boater who's leading an effort to get rid of abandoned boats that are piling up in Great Kills Harbor on the south shore of Staten Island...

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Watch a giant humpback whale breach feet away from an 18-foot boat off N.J.

A giant humpback whale got scarily close to a boat off the coast of New Jersey and the fishermen not only lived to tell the tale but caught it all on tape...

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Little boat built by students in Kennebunk completes Atlantic crossing

The Little Boat That Could' washes ashore in Scotland after traveling thousands of miles since January. After 168 days and 12 hours at sea, a small sailboat built by high school students in Kennebunk washed ashore in Scotland after traveling thousands of miles. The boat had sailed across the Atlantic, then up and...

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Boating Trips

Like many dog lovers, you may want to bring your pup along for some boating fun.  To help make sure the experience is a positive one, here are five tips provided by Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM, on-staff veterinarian...

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Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats

Hungry orcas are making off with tens of thousands of pounds of cod and halibut. Life on an Alaskan fishing boat is not easy. The Bering Sea is cold. The work is brutal. And if anything goes wrong, you are far from help...

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Dozens of abandoned boats are littering Tampa Bay waterways

BAY PINES, Fla. - Eric Johnson of St. Petersburg knows the waters on this coast better than most. For 40 years, he’s launched boats from War Veteran's Memorial Park in Bay. And over those years, he's seen his share of...

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Top 7 boating habits to avoid

Below is an incomplete list of boating faux pas, assembled by a professional mariner in no particular order, to keep your reputation, and your boat, in working order...

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Boating After Dark? Here Are The Rules For Navigation Lights In Missouri

Navigation on the water at night is unique, and the Patrol points out that lights are imperative to prevent boat accidents. Light requirements are designed so other boaters are able to see one another and determine the direction they are traveling...

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Tesla Model X Tows Boat Up A Mountain -Video

Great Video, The drive gets steep quickly, and the road is filled with tight hairin turns. He's pulling 5000 pounds (the Model X maimum payload) up to an elevation of about 2000 feet...

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Investigators use GPS from Leclair's boat to find missing woman

Investigators are using the GPS from the Leclair's boat to narrow the search for a missing Albion woman in Lake Erie.Pennsylvania State Police are trying to pinpoint where the boat piloted by Christopher Leclair was when his wife went overboard.  Using the GPS from the boat, the search teams can...

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Paralyzed waterman left stranded after theives steal, strip specially designed boat

James is an avid waterman who has overcome many obstacles. But his latest challenge will require help from others. James had his boat stolen two weeks ago. It's specially designed for him because he's paralyzed on the left side of his body...

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Oceanside hopes to encourage increased boating activity with updated harbor work plan

OCEANSIDE Waterfront developments up and down the Southern California coast have left some boaters feeling as if they are being pushed out of their respective harbor or...

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Hundreds of vessels on display at International Boat Show

SAN DIEGO The annual San Diego International Boat Show opens Thursday at Spanish Landing Park. The four-day event will include a display of more than 200 vessels, from...

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Why Does Land Rover Compete in a Boat Race?

It’s pretty obvious why Subaru would sponsor a rally team and it’s only natural when Mercedes races in F1, but Land Rover competing in a boat race might at first glance seem...

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A Submarine in Hackensack Is Told to Leave. But How?

This 312-foot hulk of gray steel has been berthed along the river’s shoreline since the early 1970s, when the Navy offered it to a group of local veterans. They were looking to use it as the theme of a new naval museum with the help of the...

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Squaring off over selling directly from boats at Fisherman’s Wharf

Should local seafood be permitted to be sold straight from the boat in San Francisco?

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WATCH: Soccer fans in Turkey celebrate on boats in Game of Thrones type scene

Turkish club Besiktas won its domestic league for the second time in a row this weekend, and this just takes celebrating to another level. Players, fans and more flocked to boats on the...

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Ponant’s Underwater Lounges Prove Everything Is Better Under the Sea

French cruise line Ponant is outfitting four luxurious new ships (the first of which will debut next year) with underwater lounges that will enable guests to see, hear, and feel the sights and sounds of the ocean...

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Great Boating Tech News...Peace Boat and Arctech Sign for Ecoship

The new ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2020. Some of the most notable features include: ten masts to harness wind energy for propulsion, solar panel-covered sails and a 6,000m2 top-deck solar farm, a closed-loop water system to reuse, purify and re-purpose water and...

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Great Video America's Cup Sailboats Are Actually Airplanes

The America's Cup racing series is not a boat race, it's an air race. The boats are airplanes that rise up on foils, using the same principles of lift as an aircraft—with none of the safeguards, and much of...

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