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A past article written by our staff and featured in The Charter Connection

05/2002 New Boat News,
by Gordon

It has been a while since our last edition of New Boat News so it's time to get an update on the numerous changes that have occurred over the last few months.

On the power boat side, the big news is the formation of Nautic Blue, a new company with bases in Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas and at Sapphire Beach on St. Thomas. Managed through The Moorings, they have a growing fleet of yachts that will eventually include options from 34 to 45 feet. At the present time they have the 34' Express (a Mainship 34) and Maryland 37 powercat, with plans to add a 45 foot powercat with 4 cabins and 4 heads.

The 34 sleeps four but is really best for a couple, perhaps with younger children. The 37 has two equal cabins and heads and is just right for two couples.

CYOA has also added a Maryland 37 powercat but went with the 3 cabin, 2 head layout for a bit more versatility. The aft cabins are equal, the forward a bit smaller. Also new this fall at CYOA, an Athena 38, Belize 43 and Bahia 46 from Fontaine Pajot, the only bareboat sailing cats currently
available in St. Thomas.

In December, TMM added a Heritage 36 trawler. A two cabin, two head yacht, she has a single 220hp Cummins diesel engine, a bow thruster for easier maneuvering, a generator and air conditioning. An interesting visitor to TMM this winter season is the Targa 48. Built by Fairline, this express style yacht sleeps 6, four in twin cabins aft, two in a large master stateroom with queen size berth forward. Powered by twin 480hp Volvo diesels, her cruising speed is 28 knots and top speed is 35! You can certainly get around the islands in no time on this yacht, but remember... mind your wake! They have also just recently added a J120, a Beneteau 505 and a Privilege 435, all great choices.

In other sailing yacht news, Horizon, now no longer the new kid on the block, has added an impressive line of the German built Bavarias. The smallest is the 32 with two cabins and one head, a little sister to the already popular 34 and 37. Midsize 40 and 42 footers offer three cabins and two heads, GPS, autopilot and inverter. The 44's are available in both three cabin and four cabin layouts, and have GPS, autopilots and inverters as well.

Boat choices are always changing, often "on the fly", so feel free to contact us any time for the most up to the minute offerings.

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