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    I had been in every issue of Powerboat Magazine for 40 years. But Powerboat ceased publication with the Jan/Feb 2012 issue. My love of boats, and marine gadgets continues and you can find some interesting stuff here. Jason Johnson and Matt Trulio of Powerboat Magazine carry on with news for the go-fast set with their web based


    The Giz Wiz is an avid boater!

    Living right in mid-Manhattan, Dick's never owned a car in his life, but he has owned 26 boats! At one time he owned 5 boats, but that got a little expensive, so he whittled it down to three. These days he's happy with just one - a 23' Farallon shown above! It's powered with a four-stroke 225HP Yamaha outboard.

    For 42 years Dick wrote a column for Powerboat Magazine reporting on new boats, new engines, and his favorite, new boating gadgets and gizmos. Powerboat ceased publication in February 2012, so Dick continued to write about marine gadgets online. 

    If you'd like to take a live look out onto the Hudson River from inside my boat, here's the view from my onboard live Dropcam! It's on 24/7, but with the rolling waves from passing tugs, sightseeing boats, etc. it does go off from time to time. The folks at Dropcam sent me an email during hurricane Katrina to tell me more than 55,000 people had watched the hurricane whipping up the Hudson River through my Dropcam! (They do the hosting, so they would know the numbers.) 

    New! Aft Next Dropcam view:

    My Farallon is powered by a 225hp Yamaha four-stroke outboard. The best top speed when the boat was new and kind of gadget free was 44.2 mph.


    Ahoy Mateys! Soon the NY Boat Show Will Drop Anchor At The Javits Again.

    About the Show

    Tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show. With its 110-year history the show is recognized as THE place to see the latest and greatest in boating.

    You name it you’ll see it here first—everything from yachts and cruisers to bass and pontoon boats, from canoes and kayaks to fishing boats and personal watercraft, from marine electronics and engines to fishing gear, and more. Book trip with resorts and travel destinations, too.

    There's no better place to buy! The 5-day event is a once-a-year opportunity to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time!

    Boat Show Info: 

    About National Marine Manufacturers Association:

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows is the leading association representing the $39.5 billion per year recreational boating industry. Member companies produce over 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the U.S. For more information about the NMMA, visit



    Great Yamaha outboard news to my 'nautical' ears! 

    Here's news I've been waiting for: Yamaha Marine Group's mechanical control versions of its legendary 225- and 250-horsepower 4.2-liter V6 Offshore outboards are shipping. The model F250XB is available in both left and right-hand rotation if you're installing twin engines, and the F225XB is right-hand rotation only. “Boaters who need mechanical control can now enjoy all of the legendary 4.2-liter V6 offshore benefits,” said Ben Speciale, Yamaha Marine Group President. "These outboards are great repower solutions for boats that don’t need digital electronic control, yet can benefit from Yamaha’s light weight, high efficiency 4.2-liter offshore platform.” (Hey, that's me they're talking about! I want to repower, but I don't want to replace all the instruments and have to rewire the boat.) These new models have big-bore V6 displacement thanks to plasma-fused sleeveless cylinders. This technology results in an outboard with the largest displacement in its class. Electronic Fuel Injection make these outboards up to 17 percent more fuel efficient. This is good news too: V6 Offshore Mechanicals are more than 50 pounds lighter than the venerable Yamaha 3.3-liter V6s. When repowering with the Yamaha 4.2-liter V6 Mechanicals, there is typically no need to change over to a new control box, thus providing an economical solution for work boats or other craft where digital control is not needed or desired. (That's me again!) The new F250XB is is exactly what I want to repower my Farallon workboat with and I'll trade-in my 2003 model Yamaha outboard. I'll be checking these hard-working engines out in person at NY Boat Show, January 25-29, 2017. Here's more info on the new engines via Yamaha:


    Marine Speakers with built-in LED's.

    Aquatic AV Pro-Series 6.5” speakers have been designed, engineered and built to provide superior sound quality under the most demanding conditions, like boats on the water. Rated at 100W max power output (50W RMS) and frequency response of 52Hz-20,000Hz, Aquatic says these 6.5” cone marine speakers are capable of delivering great audio quality with all music types, from a quiet session of classical music to pumping out dance tracks at high volume. Available in white (show here), black and chrome with --- my favorite feature --- built-in blue LED illumination. The Pro-Series speakers feature a removable, classic style grill, fully waterproof design, UV and salt/fog protection. They're supplied with stainless steel mounting hardware and will mount directly into an aperture of 130mm and requires a depth of 70mm. MSRP US $149.00.

    More info:


    Aston Martin Enters The Marine Market At The Monaco Yacht Show 2016

    This press release crossed my desk on 28 September 2016.

    The 37-foot Aston Martin AM37 powerboat made its world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show today, marking the luxury British brand’s entry into the nautical world. The new day-cruiser is offered in two versions with the AM37S expected to reach speeds of 50 knots.

    GIZ WIZ SPOILER ALERT: (The prices start at about $1.62M. Read on once you catch your breath.)

    The AM37 is the result of two years of research and development, challenging the status quo of the nautical world and combining the best in innovative technology and bespoke craftsmanship. The AM37 was a true team effort, bringing in the most experienced Aston Martin designers to style and create a truly unique product. Aston Martin’s master craftsmen who worked on cars such as One-77, Aston Martin Vulcan and the new DB11, provided their automotive experience, which was reinterpreted onto the boat with outstanding results. Aston Martin’s EVP & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman commented: "AM37 is a pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA into an entirely new maritime concept. The powerboat reflects our values in terms of power, beauty and soul. The AM37 is a day cruiser that can be transformed into an overnight berth by transforming the table into a comfortable bed. The cabin is well appointed with mood lighting and air-conditioning. With a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee machine - and a lavatory on board, absolute comfort is guaranteed. Crafted from the finest leathers, elegantly laid out rear seating is available for up to eight people. The 37-foot model is available in two versions - the AM37 with an estimated top speed of 45 knots and a choice of two 370 hp Mercury diesel or two 430 hp Mercury petrol engines.  And the AM37S version with an estimated 50 knots derived from its twin 520 hp Mercury petrol engines.