The Newest Speed Boat Is Different Than You Would Think

Hats off to Gunboat. The company has produced the world’s first foiling ‘cruising’ yacht.

The G4 launched this week in St Maarten, rose onto her foils in 14 knots wind, and has already hit 30 knots.

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“It’s insane!” Gunboat’s thrilled founder Peter Johnstone told me after the G4’s first trials. “You look at the photos and your instinct and intuition tell you it must be crazy scary. But up there onboard the boat, it couldn’t be smoother or calmer!”

In one of the most profound steps in boatbuilding history, Johnstone, the Dutch DNA design team and builders Holland Composites have created the first production cruising foiler. 

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“Max speed recorded so far is 31.9 knots,” Johnstone reports. “We should get into the mid to late 30s as the tuning progresses.”

Initial trials have been held in various winds this week from 9-25 knots.

But an aspect Johnstone was particularly happy with was the comfort of the ride. “You sheet in, she rises up and the speed doubles. The ride gets noticeably smoother and more comfortable – we’ve had people walking around the deck, the boat has really nice manners.”

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The G4 has another jaw dropping wow-factor: she also offers accommodation. The cockpit has a galley style island for cooking and socializing as well as two double and two single berths within.

Gunboat took a big risk with this ingenious project. After the results of these early trials, they will definitely receive a string of orders for this awesome new ride. Would you ever want to see this type of yacht in our Palmetto marina?

Springtime Palmetto Boat Maintenance Tips

Springtime Palmetto Boat Maintenance Tips

Big or small, every Palmetto boat needs to be maintained. Fortunately, routine boat maintenance isn’t that difficult. In the long run, a little work will definitely pay off. Here are our top tips for your Springtime Palmetto Boat Maintenance.

Wash Your Palmetto Boat

The first and easiest task is to wash your boat on a regular basis. If you boat in saltwater, rinse your boat with fresh water after every outing to get rid of salt residue. If left on too long, salt will corrode your boat. Marine boat wash, car wash soap, and laundry soap all work to clean your boat thoroughly.

Change Your Oil

Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed regularly. The frequency will vary by model but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any quick change oil shops for boats, so you either have to do it yourself or take it to your local dealer. Luckily, changing the oil in your boat’s engine is easy and can be completely quickly.

You’ll need:

-Inexpensive oil extractor pump
-Oil wrench
-Absorbing pads

Step 1 – If your boat is in the water, start the engine to warm it up. If your boat is on a trailer, you’ll need to supply cooling water to the water intake at the gearcase.

Step 2 – After 5 minutes, turn it off and remove the dipstick.

Step 3 – Insert the oil extractor suction tube into the dipstick tube and slide it all the way in until it stops. Pump out the oil.

Step 4 – Hold a rag around the oil filter and remove it with the wrench. Screw on the new one after rubbing oil on the sealing gasket.

Step 5 – Replace the dipstick and fill the engine with new oil through the oil fill port—the cap is marked “oil.”

Some engines have a special drain tube fit to the oil pan. You pull this tube out the bilge drain and drain the engine without ever dropping a drip on the bilge. Some outboards have comparably simple drainage mechanisms as well. Check your owner manual for the exact procedure.

Check the Propeller

If you have an outboard or stern drive boat you should check the propeller as part of your pre-launch routine. Use a deep well socket to remove the propeller a few times times during the season to make sure discarded fishing line hasn’t become wrapped around the propeller shaft.

While you have the propeller off, inspect it for nicks, dents and other signs of damage. Send it out for repairs if you find any damage. The smallest dent can cause your boat to lose performance and burn excessive fuel.

Finally, put a liberal amount of waterproof grease on the propeller shaft to prevent corrosion from “freezing” it in place. Then re-install the propeller and hardware in the same order that you took them off.

All of these tips will help your Palmetto boat to thrive in the warmer months this upcoming Spring and Summer and will keep it up to date and picture perfect for relaxing.

How To Choose The Perfect Palmetto Boat Name

How To Choose The Perfect Palmetto Boat Name

People have been naming their Palmetto boat for years. I have been trying for seven months.

Early on, boats were named after gods, goddesses or saints to coax protection for the boat. Names were frequently feminine, since boats and the sea are both considered such. Since those days, names have gotten more creative.

Some are puns or plays on words (Ship for Brains, Aquaholic) or an inside joke (She Got the HouseThe Office). In the case of race boats, you may see something competitive (Project Mayhem, Renegade, Nefarious).

Some boaters seem not to struggle when picking a Palmetto boat name, and decide on them far before they ever meet the boat in question. Others are so caught up in the bad luck of renaming a boat that they would never change the one currently used.

Then, there are those who feel that they need to learn the personality of the boat first. I fall into the third category.

Years ago, I would play the “What Would You Name Your Boat” game with friends while out for a day sail. Everyone had great ideas – except me, that is. I believe there should be something majestic about a vessel that is protecting you from high winds, tall seas and dragging anchors.

I went through the suggested motions. I searched baby names online. I searched mythological names. I made lists of words I liked. Nothing. The closest I got was Compass Rose. I always loved pictures of antique compass roses, and I loved the thought that these beautiful instruments guided sailors to their destinations. Then I looked up Compass Rose on the Coast Guard documentation website and found almost 100 boats named Compass Rose.

I am now considering that she may not tell me her new name until the old name is gone. I realize this is superstition, but what’s left to try? I’m just waiting for the right weather window to take on this project.

Until then, and up until now, she remains respectfully “The Challenger.” Somehow I find this more comforting than I would “The Catalina,” “The Beneteau,” or “The Hans.” Perhaps it’s because it has a ring of truth — she is “challenging her (me)” to do things that she hasn’t done before, to do things that she may be a little afraid of, and to learn a great many things she needs to know to be a boat owner.

At the end of the day though, it is the captain that makes the boat, but having a clever boat name can make all of the difference.

New Dockominium Planned for Fort Lauderdale

In South Florida, a “dockominium” project – a covered boat slip condo – has been proposed. This is one of the first dockominium projects that have been proposed since the end of the recession.

Battle Plan Capital has announced their plans for Harbour Twenty -Six, which will include 26 covered boat slips in a two-story building. The property where the formerly known Pier 17 Marina and Yacht Club was located was acquired for $5.75 million in November 2014. Battle Plan Capital are adapting the Pier 17 plans and adding additional features such as a full club house, work stations, pool, cooking barbeque, entertainment, and a fitness area with 24-hour security.

Prices will range from $1.8 million to $3 million depending on the size. Jim Bronstien of U.S. Marinas will be managing the marina while Denison Yacht Sales and Promarine Realty will be in charge of marketing the boat slips.

Construction is expected to start in May and the project will be completed summer 2016.

It expects to start construction in May and complete the project in summer 2016.harbour-twenty-six-600xx6000-4000-0-401What are your thoughts on a project like this? Would you pay extra to have a “dockominium” to come home to, or is your current slip good enough for you to enjoy?

Now if you are looking for the premier Palmetto marina, then coming out to Riviera Dunes Marina may be the best bet for your next trip to the Florida Gulf Coast. Stop by today and say hello to all of our friendly staff members and see just why we are always ranked in the top marina’s in Florida!

A Perfect Ocean View Yacht

A Perfect Ocean View Yacht

The ironic thing about sitting in a yacht is you can’t really see the water. In order to do so, you have to peer through windows that do little justice to the actual view. Shouldn’t you be able to gaze out at the ocean without rising from your seat? Of course you should!

Behold then, a rendering of the boat of your dreams. The 55-meter vessel, named Salt, isn’t yet real, but there’s no doubt a group of obscenely wealthy people hoping to change that. Salt is the work of Lujac Desautel, an architecture student at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts. He designed the ship for a young boat designers competition, which asked participants to take an existing hull of a sailboat and use their creativity to work some magic.

Desautel’s design features a simple glass rectangle that sits atop the hull. The glass facade can be pulled open like a sliding door to create an even more direct connection with the sea. The idea came to him after spending most of his summers between classes working on the crew of yachts in the south of France. He couldn’t see the water while standing in the living room or guest room, and he wanted to change that.

Things like using glass or eliminating walls to produce an open, airy feeling. Desautel’s design shows the glass portion of the boat having one wall to separate the head (bathroom) from the living space. It’s reminiscent of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the famed modernist home in New Canaan, Connecticut, that’s almost fully transparent.

The glass box is encased on both sides by staircases that lead to upper decks. The stern features a swimming platform that extends from the master suite. One of the more luxurious features is a staircase. A hydraulic system would control the staircase, raising and lowering it down to water level. Imagine, walking down the stairs into your own ocean sized pool.

Desautel’s not an engineer. And you can imagine if Salt were to be built, the realities of mechanical systems, weight and balance would eliminate some of his more impractical features. For instance, a good question to ask might be: How resilient and strong is glass against the powerful ocean? These are points that Desautel readily acknowledges. He figures if and when someone wants to make Salt a reality (and he’s already gotten calls…), the engineering logistics will be worked out. For the time being, all that’s left to do is dream about such a fantastic creation.

When To Check Your Water Pump on your Bradenton Boat

When To Check Your Water Pump on your Bradenton Boat

Waiting to check that your Bradenton boat is up to date on maintenance may mean that you are actually too late. It seems the water pump on his 30-year-old Universal diesel had a bearing failure. What happens when this occurs is that the impeller inside the pump housing begins to scrape on the inside of the pump housing and, depending upon the design, maybe even the front of your engine block. 

When you are looking at your Bradenton boat and see “black fairy dust” all over the front of your engine, it may be due to the fact that it is being caused by alternator pulley alignment due to missing shims on the alternator mount. The fairy dust is actually the fan belt on your engine slowly grinding away due to the misalignment situation. It’s powered rubber. This particular observation about your Bradenton boat might not always be caused by alternator misalignment. And that is right! It could also be water pump pulley misalignment. The bottom line here is that this sort of failure can really spoil an otherwise great cruise if it happens when you are far from home.

You should grab this pulley and see if it rocks from side to side at all, checking for any radial run-out in the bearing. You may also want to remove the belt temporarily and give the pulley a few spins so you can feel for any roughness in the bearing. Better to find these things out earlier rather than later. If you do feel roughness, or there is a lot of radial run-out of the pulley, you should order a new water pump as soon as possible. That way, you’ll be ready when it does fail. If you are already seeing the fairy dust, get some new belts, too. Pro tip: Don’t try to cheap out here. It is not cost effective to try and rebuild these pumps.

How To Select The Best Palmetto Boat

How To Select The Best Palmetto Boat

We’ve all been there. A headwind pipes up, and choppy waves appear. You throttle up; you throttle back. You do your best to brave the waves.

 That’s a rough ride. And it has happened to all of us. What’s a boater to do?

 We asked three prominent boat designers, and their answers provided much food for thought. When looking at the next Palmetto boat to purchase, these answers may help you to pick the perfect one.


Soft Ride, Steep and Skinny

Dave Gerr founded New York City-based Gerr Marine Inc. in 1983. He’s designed a broad range of recreational boats and commercial vessels, both monohull and multihull. When it comes to designing a soft-riding hull, he pointed out that there are different sets of criteria for displacement hulls and planing hulls.


Displacement hulls don’t pound the way a planing hull will, so they automatically provide a softer ride. To maximize this, designers need to ensure three things: a good roll time, good heave characteristics and deadrise forward.


“For the roll time, we have a formula,” Gerr said. “Every boat has a natural roll period, which is 1 to 1.1 seconds times the boat’s beam in meters. If it’s slower than that, you’ll get that drunken motion. If it’s faster, it’s going to feel snappy and uncomfortable.”


The formula for heave, however, is more complex. It involves the weight of the Palmetto boat and the water plane area. The lighter the boat is, and the greater its water plane area, the greater the heave motion will be.


Don’t Forget Following Seas

Michael Peters founded Sarasota, Florida-based Michael Peters Yacht Design (MPYD) in 1981. Originally specializing in ­high-speed boats and offshore racing, MPYD now brings its fusion of performance and aesthetic standards to a wide variety of Palmetto boat designs. When asked about the search for the perfect soft-riding boat, Peters laughed.


“Think of these ideals: soft-riding, dry and fast,” he said. “Now, pick two.”


The softer-riding a boat is, the wetter it is, because it doesn’t confront the wave. Rather, it splits it. If you want to knock the water down and push it away, then you’ll feel the impact. Palmetto Boaters need to think about these trade-offs when seeking a soft-riding vessel.


It’s Not About the Boat

Peter Granata, owner of Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina-based Granata Design, has been designing boats since the early 1970s. With a number of award-winning designs and patented ideas under his belt, he believes that the soft-ride discussion really shouldn’t be about the boat. It’s about the customers.


“First of all, the hull ride is felt rather than measured,” he said. “And, it’s based very much on your own individual perception of what the boat looks like and what you expect it to deliver. It’s very subjective.”


Soft can be a relative term. A boater who is downsizing from a 60-foot yacht to a 30-foot pocket cruiser might find the smaller boat has the worst ride he’s experienced to date, whereas a boater jumping up from a 16-footer will say that 30-footer provides the best ride he’s ever had.


The most important questions a boater can ask, Granata said, are: How well does this design meet its intended purpose, and what can it do for me?


“We get so wrapped up in the specifics of hull generation that we forget someone has to buy it and spend time in it,” Granata said. “The Palmetto boat is for you, not for the guy who made it.”

How To Charter A Bradenton Yacht With A Crew

How To Charter A Bradenton Yacht With A Crew

Adam Rosenfeld, a lifelong Florida resident, needed a vacation, but couldn’t convince his wife to go anywhere with their toddler in tow.

“To her, what fun would it have been being on vacation with a 1-year-old?” he said.

So he decided to plan a vacation that would guarantee all three of them could sit back and relax: He chartered a 126-foot yacht for four days in the Bahamas.

The yacht, called Impulsive, usually charters for around $100,000 a week plus expenses like food, fuel and gratuities for the crew.

Rosenfeld was addicted to the experience. But he admitted he had gotten lucky: A friend had chartered the same boat so he knew what to expect.

Given that this is a popular time for chartering in the Caribbean, how does someone who has never chartered a yacht before go about doing it? The short answer is, slowly.

The job of a charter broker — which is how most large Bradenton yachts get leased — is to know the yachts, their crews and the owner’s agents.

Katie Macpherson, luxury yacht charter specialist in Florida, likes to start first-timers off with a small yacht.

“I don’t like to overwhelm people with huge yachts right out of the box,” she said.

Yet like the weather, rules of thumb change quickly. In this case, they depend on the purpose of the vacation.

If it’s a trip with children, D.J. Parker, president of the chartered Bradenton yacht, recommends larger boats.

Just as important is the crew that is taking care of you. Some crews are great with children. Others are better for couples who want to do a lot of sightseeing.

But of course, as anyone who has been on a boat knows, boats break down all the time. What if something big breaks when it’s time for your trip?

“The contract has stipulations for everything. If there is a breakdown, there is a stipulation,” Sharon Bahmer, a charter broker and the president of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, said.

Part of this, though, is having a broker who is knowledgeable and experienced.

For owners, there are advantages to putting their Bradenton yachts out to charter.

“The upside for me is it covers some of my expenses and it keeps the crew busy,” said Hank Freid, chief executive of The Impulsive Group, which owns the yacht Mr. Rosenfeld chartered.

Flexibility is also gained. Mr. Allen said he was chartering a yacht next month to go around Turks and Caicos; the next month, he has another one chartered in Croatia.

For Mr. Rosenfeld, that first trip made a big impression. “I liked the idea of being in one place where you could kind of bounce around,” he said. “I don’t want to say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will do it again. I felt very comfortable and relaxed and free.”

And that is no small feat when vacationing with a toddler. Chartering a Bradenton Yacht can be a big task for anyone, and doing so right now during the Spring months in Riviera Dunes Marina may be the best money spent this year.

Power Boat Racing This Weekend in Palmetto

Power Boat Racing This Weekend in Palmetto

On Saturday, in less than a week, Superleague powerboats will race down the Manatee River, fireworks will shine brightly above the Riverwalk skyline, and other race-themed activities will take place along the Bradenton-Palmetto shorelines for the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta. Here’s what you need to know about the event.

Boat Racing:

A field of 12 boat pilots, including several from Florida, will compete head to head, racing from 0-100/mph in less than four seconds. Among the competitors are two drivers from Tampa, the Rinkers, Jeff Reno from Okeechobee, and Rob Di Nicolantonio from Lakeland.

Qualifying runs starting around 12pm will take place before the championship races, which will occur between 1 and 5 p.m.

Jet Ski Racing:

High performance jet skis will race through the Manatee River as one of the featured water events. Competing in the event are 12 pilots from all over the nation, including world champion and Bradenton native, Troy “The Slugger” Snyder.

Racers will compete for the Florida Winter Championships and Mayor’s Cup from 2-3 p.m.  During the day, jet skiers also will perform demos, stunts and attempt Guinness World Records at the Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto.

Other events:

World Champion BMX Stunt Show: Chris Clark, an internationally known stunt cyclist, will bring his freewheeling repertoire of tricks to the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.

Xpogo:  A group of high-flying extreme professional athletes will bounce to heights as high as 10 feet on extreme pogo sticks. A few of the XPogos pro athletes were born and raised in Bradenton, and are extremely excited to bring Xpogo to their hometown.


Restaurant Row:” Several Bradenton area restaurants will be providing delicious food and beverages at the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.


The restaurants participating are Anna Maria Oyster Bars, Big Cow Creamery, Darwin’s, “Fair Fare” Food, J&J Barbecue, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Tarpon Pointe Grill, SoMa Diner, Demetrio’s Pizza, Mountain Comforts Coffee, Poppo’s Taqueria, Sugar Cubed, Smoothie King, Cedar Reef Restaurant, Pier 22, Yacht Sea Grille and enRich. The Crewe of De Soto is handling beverage sales. 


Jefferson Starship: Following the F-2 races, iconic rock band, Jefferson Starship, will headline as part of its 40th anniversary tour from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Main Stage on the Riverwalk.


Local musical stars will take the stage at 11 a.m., such as American Idol finalist Sam Woolf and The Western Sons.


Zambelli International Fireworks: The day will conclude with a fabulous finale of Zambelli International Fireworks Spectacular, one of the most recognized names in pyrotechnics.



The Riverwalk Regatta is free and runs to 6:30 p.m., ending with a uniquely choreographed firework spectacular by Zambelli International. In addition to the above attractions, there will be a food festival and kid zone for younger children. The Green Bridge connecting Palmetto and Bradenton at U.S. 41 will be closed for the entire day and residents should expect traffic jams. The De Soto Bridge, which connects the two cities via U.S. 301, will be open.





Take A Look Inside A $1 Million Yacht

Take A Look Inside A $1 Million Yacht

Take A Look Inside the $1 Million Yacht


Tucked into a corner of the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park for the past few weeks has been a $1 million yacht that was attracting plenty of attention.  The yacht was part of the Milwaukee Boat Show, a week-long show for boat lovers throughout southeastern Wisconsin. 


The yacht was on display by Beacon Marine of Door County. The 47-foot boat sleeps six and includes two bedrooms, a utility room with a mattress, and a full washer and dryer. The luxurious yacht has a listing price of $1,070,430.


Visitors lined up to see the yacht. Most were just there to sneak a peek, but some undoubtedly imagined what it would feel like to cruise around Lake Michigan in such a luxurious boat.


There were 300+ boats on display in the Wisconsin Expo Center ranging from large yachts to small fishing boats. Does this yacht right here look like one that you would love to own in the near future? We know that we would definitely love to see it in our Bradenton Marina in the near future and we know that you would look great inside it.