The Newport Boat Show Wrap Up

We spent some time Friday and over the weekend checking out the new products, boats and industry friends at the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS). And even though it’s over until September 2018, we have a little report on the coolest things we saw at the show.

So this wrap up includes some items we wish we could have “wrapped up” and taken home from the boat show.  Even though the show is over, it’s not too late to check out many of these goods either online, or at one of the impending boat shows along the east coast, Norwalk and Annapolis. Continue reading

America’s Cup Will Shift Back to Foiling Monohulls

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24/06/2017 – Bermuda (BDA) – 35th America’s Cup 2017 – 35th America’s Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton, Day 3

Team New Zealand have confirmed reports that the America’s Cup is heading back to monohulls. Luna Rossa boss Patrizio Bertelli, the Italian Challenger of Record, broke news of the move away from catamarans on Monday.

Bertelli said the return to monohulls, albeit radical foiling ones, was a condition of Luna Rossa helping Team New Zealand win the last America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been consulting with a number of potential challengers and there is an overall desire to have a spectacular monohull yacht that will be exciting to match race, but also one that the public and sailors can relate to as a sail boat that really challenges a full crew of professional yachtsman around the race track.” Continue reading

Newport Int’l Boat Show Kicks Off Boat Show Season Tomorrow

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Gates Open on September 14th to the Most Exciting Show Yet

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that it has secured a record number of exhibitors, and organized more activities and attractions for showgoers than ever before.

This year’s show includes a powerful line-up of new boats and products making their U.S. debut, and for some, their world premiere. These vessels and products will be identified with Newport For New Products (NFNP) decals and balloons and located throughout the show sites. Sailboats on display for the first time in the United States include the Elan GT5, Hartley 15, Hanse 588, HH55 Catamaran, J/121 and the Lifestyle 26. New powerboat debuts include the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage, Grand Banks 60, Legacy 36, MJM 35z, Outer Reef 610 Motoryacht, Pursuit S-368, Sabre 45 Salon Express, Sealegs Interceptor 9000, Zeelander Z55, the Zodiac Cadet 270 RIB ALU and Zodiac Open 7. There will also be a unique assortment of new and innovative products for boat navigation and safety on exhibit. Visitors to the show on Thursday will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite new sailboat or powerboat in the NFNP People’s Choice Award program. One lucky voter will be picked randomly to receive a $250 American Express Gift card. Continue reading

Honoring Meade Gougeon: The Epoxy King

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Meade Gougeon, one of the 3 Gougeon brothers who “invented” epoxy with the help of Dow Chemicals, died last week at age 78. Meade was a ravenous sailor who continued to push the limits of what was possible with boat building and with sailboat racing.

In April of this year, at age 78, Gougeon finished first in his class at the annual endurance sailing race, the Everglades Challenge. Gougeon raced and won Class 3-Sailing Canoes in his self built boat, Elderly Care. (below) He placed fifth among the singlehanded racers and was 13th to finish overall. At age 78, he was also the oldest challenger to finish the race. Continue reading

Boaters Are Heroes in the Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

When the helicopters and air lift operations can’t keep up, it’s time to call for more boaters. Search and rescue operations are maxed out in Texas after Hurricane Harvey has dumped close to 50 inches of rain in the area. Boats seem to be the only way to evacuate people quickly and in mass numbers, and even that isn’t doing enough to help the thousands of stranded people along the Texas coast. But the boaters are coming from nearby and faraway places, boats in tow, using exit ramps as boat launches.

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Waterlust’s Teardrop Camper – Almost Done!

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The Waterlust team is finishing up the construction elements on the teardrop camper they are building. They designed and built a new storage box to add functional options for storing all their equipment under the trailer and while it raised their kitchen operations in the aft end, it’s worth the trade off for tidy, accessible areas to stash their gear.

With the all of the epoxy jobs completed and cured, the team is looking forward to sending the teardrop off to a paint shop for a pro spray paint job and we can’t wait to see what it looks like after. They will also be preparing the epoxied storage box for a DIY paint job which we are helping them accomplish with some Wet Edge paint and primer we sent down their way.  Continue reading

J Class In Newport – History Revisits Rhode Island Sound

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Just down the bay from our Jamestown Distributors HQ in Bristol, is an event not to be missed – the first ever J Class World Championship starts today off Newport and goes through Saturday. These majestic yachts are updated 21st century “modern” racing machines, but their pedigree suggests their origins were from a time when yachts with massive sails and numerous crew were built to compete on the international stage with much less public spectating or compassion. The America’s Cup races they were built for brought them to Newport for the first time in the 30’s, so these boats know these waters. This is your chance to see six of these machines sailing together in these same waters.  Continue reading

O’pen Bic Worlds Expose Junior Sailing Stars

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Fresh from defeat in the America’s Cup in Bermuda, Oracle Team USA Boss, Russell Coutts went to beautiful Arco, Italy to cheer on his son Mathias (and to coach the NZ kids there)  who was the eventual winner of his first world championship in the O’pen Bic class. Our friend from Hawaii Kai Boat Club, LP Lattanzi, finished as the top American with a very respectable 5th place overall. JP and his mom, Karen and sister, Pearl, came to Rhody this spring to spread the stoke about the class and to give some top level tips from these world class racers.  Continue reading

Finishing Up: Waterlust’s Teardrop Camper Build

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The Waterlust team has been hard at work this summer building the Chesapeake Light Craft Teardrop Camper. It’s been fun to watch them as they have taken planks and puddles of epoxy and turned it into a real life, moving, beautiful shelter. One which we know, from watching their videos, will take them to the far reaches of the earth, to the beaches and coastlines that they will use to teach us about the ocean. Continue reading

O’pen Bic Blast

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 4.58.36 PMYesterday was the 3rd O’pen Bic Intergalactic UnRegatta and it was the perfect day for this fun event. This crazy event is held in quiet and protected Blue Bill Cove in Portsmouth, RI across from the host Tiverton Yacht Club’s HQ on the Sakonnet River. Conditions and spirits were in top form for a great day of racing with nearly 50 kids and 28 boats on the course. Continue reading