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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

VIDEO: Vladimir Putin, whale hunter

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister known for his tough political stances and publicity exploits showcasing his physical prowess, was documented shooting a whale with a crossbow from an inflatable boat this week. Russian media showed the 57-year-old former KGB spy and Russian president speeding across rough Pacific waters, crossbow in hand, chasing endangered gray…more

Sensation Yachts trial set for November

A Nov. 1 trial date was set to sort out the remaining property – including three half-finished megayachts – at Sensation Yachts’ New Zealand headquarters. Banker HSBC wants to sell the boatyard to recover millions of dollars it is owed, but can’t do so without removing the chattels, according to a report from Business Day.…more

Senate candidate accused of illegal yacht trip to Cuba

Billionaire Jeff Greene, the leading Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate in Florida, is accused of taking his yacht on an illegal trip to Cuba in 2007. It is illegal for Americans with no family in Cuba to visit the island. During a debate Monday night, Greene was asked about the alleged 2007…more

Recycled-plastic boat completes its journey

Plastiki, a 60-foot sailboat largely constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles, docked in Sydney Harbor today after four months crossing the Pacific Ocean on a journey meant to raise awareness about the perils of plastic waste. The crew started out from San Francisco in March and traveled 8,000 nautical miles. “This is the hardest part…more

Close encounter: Whale smashes into sailboat

A couple recently enjoying a day of sailing near Cape Town harbor in South Africa were surprised when a Southern right whale jumped up and smashed into their boat. “We’d spotted it about 100 meters away and thought that was the end of it,” said Paloma Werner, who was on the boat with her boyfriend…more

Russians are using pricey yachts to flaunt wealth

Wealthy Russians are swapping fancy cars for multimillion-dollar yachts, with a sharp increase in the number of the vessels during the last year. Chris Weafer, an expert on Russia’s business elite, told Reuters that for many Russian oligarchs owning a yacht is a way of showing off their wealth to their peers. Weafer, chief strategist…more

Velux 5 Oceans race goes reality TV

Exodus Film Group secured North American rights to the upcoming reality series based on the Velux 5 Oceans race, and will partner with Phil Keoghan of “The Amazing Race” as co-producer and host. The new series will feature skippers sailing alone around the world aboard Eco 60 racing yachts, recording the action at sea. Exodus…more

Sailor ends three uninterrupted years at sea

A U.S. sailor has returned to shore after reportedly spending more than three years at sea without touching dry land, and the Guinness World Records is looking into the claim that the trip sets a new record for longest voyage. Reid Stowe, 58, docked in Manhattan Thursday after his 1,152 day voyage, and was greeted…more

Luxury yacht executive held by police

The head of the European luxury yacht management firm Rodriguez Group was detained by French police. According to Reuters, police declined to announce what Alexandre Rodriguez is being investigated for, but noted it was in connection with a high-profile sting that has netted some of the country’s “most notorious gangsters,” according to the news service.…more


‘Rum Runners’ liven up trans-At race

The crew of one of four Farr 65 ocean racing yachts participating in a trans-Atlantic race from Antigua to Portsmouth, England, via the Azores, made a traditional nautical delivery to the U.K., bringing rum from the islands. Spirit of Minerva skipper Pete Whitelaw and crew Mark Barton, Rory Johnson and Roger Johnson earned the moniker…more

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