NEWS & NOTES
Rarely do you see green trawler designs that meet the standards of a passage making vessel, as well as keeping a rigid focus on green energy conservation. That, however, is not true about the new, space-age Trondheim 40 electric trawler concept designed by Max Zhivov. Zhivov is known for designing green and hybrid-boat systems that push the boundaries of classic yachting and focus attention on being as green as possible. His Trondheim 40 concept is a purpose-built passage making/ expedition yacht that utilizes all-electric propulsion.
The Trondheim 40 is designed as much to handle illtempered weather as it is for longer passages. With two staterooms, a comfortable saloon, and roomy pilothouse, this boat looks to be at home on trips from the Great Loop or the Inside Passage. Her smaller electric motors and the builder’s ability to spread out the location of batteries and generators should make for plenty of usable space on board.
For propulsion, the 40 makes use of Torqeedo’s newly developed Deep Blue electric-hybrid system. Deep Blue is a turn-key propulsion system from power generation to storage and electric propulsion that can be easily applied to a trawler re-power or new build. On the Trondheim, the Deep Blue package includes a 1,400 rpm electric motor designed specifically to push displacement vessels. Trondheim advertises that the Torqeedo system will provide six hours of continuous operation from stored battery power provided by two Deep Blue batteries (rated @ 64 kWh apiece). The ability to cruise silently on a trawler will surely appeal to retired sailors who miss quietly gliding through the water. With the addition of diesel generators, the Trondheim 40 should be able to travel substantial distances while operating 30-percent more efficiently than comparable 40-footers.
If built close to the desired spec, Trondheim will offer owners a real opportunity to cruise a green electric-hybrid trawler.
More at: www.trondheimtrawlers.com
AQUILA 36 POWERCAT
Aquila introduced their newest power catamaran at the Miami Boat Show this year. The 36 is a departure from larger Aquila models, as it sports both outboard motors and true indoor/outdoor living space. The new 36 features three options for outboard power, exclusively with Mercury’s dual 250, 300, or 350 horse engines. Depending on the engine package, you are looking at topping out between 27 knots and 37 knots.
The 36 features two cabins with separate en suite heads, one in each hull. The rest of the boat is set up for outdoor living and entertainment, with a summer kitchen in the cockpit covered by an optional hardtop, which has an optional sunroof. The cockpit itself can hold two dozen people with seating in the covered cockpit area as well as a luxurious forward deck.
With its wide stance, this boat will be at home in open water or on the hook. The Aquila 36 should make a great small cruiser for warm waters and charter converts.
More at: www.aquilaboats.com
FLEXIBLE WATER BLADDERS
Aero Tec Laboratories has released a series of new flexible potable water bladders from 25 to 500 gallons. When not in use, these tanks can be rolled up for compact storage. They are built of nylonrein-forced rubber and include a rubberized fabric underliner to help protect the flexible tank from abrasion and off flavors.
There are two different designs of these bladders: The Aqua-Fer (starting at $1,012 for a 50-gallon bladder), features an innovative space-saving design in a small footprint. The more economical of the two is the Aqua-Flex (starting at $569 for 25-gallon capacity). Both of these bladders meet or exceed sanitary requirements set by the National Sanitary Foundation and Defense Department.
More at: www.atlinc.com
TrawlerFest will be visiting Bremerton, Washington, from May 16-20. This year, TrawlerFest is not just showing off a new location, we’ve added some exciting new speakers to the seminar list, as well. Make sure you check out:
Robert Reeder: Many will know Robert from his seamanship columns on GPS-free navigation. Robert will be presenting both on “Old School Navigation” techniques as well as weather forecasting and predicting for cruisers. Learn the fundamentals of marine weather, with a special focus on Salish Sea weather patterns and weather routing. Reeder explains how to find and use the best local weather resources from NOAA and Environment Canada, and correlate these with your onboard observations to confidently plan inland and coastal passage making. He will also discuss how to get home when your ship’s GPS fails. Learn these important GPS-free skills in this integrated approach that includes simple and inexpensive tools, paper charts, electronic charts, and radar.
Matt Mortensen & Chris Brignoli:
These two will present on the coming of age of solar and battery technology. A confluence of maturing technologies could transform boating as we know it. Lithiumiron phosphate batteries and solar panels can substantially reduce your carbon footprint while dramatically improving the performance of your vessel. Taking advantage of what is available, however, requires a different way of thinking. Seminar registration at: www.goo.gl/ DzsNtS
THE TOP SHELF MARINE DIRTY BIRD
Last issue we talked about the need for
a diver to keep the bottom of your boat clean. Some of you who live where the water is warm are probably brave enough to maintain your own bottoms. For those folks, this tool is for you. Designed specifically to help you clean any element you find under water, this is the equivalent of a 5-in-1 painters tool (but with one less feature). The curved blade will allow you to scrape shafts up to 4 inches. The pointed “beak” is perfect for scraping cooling channels, grated
ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA SELLS SHOW MANAGEMENT
On March 2nd, Active Interest Media (AIM) announced the sale of Show Management to Informa, the London-based global business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events company. With the purchase of Show Management Informa becomes one of the largest producers of yacht and boat shows. Show Management is best known for growing, with its partners, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show into three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows, and the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota into two of the Florida Gulf Coast’s largest in-water boat shows.
Soundings Trade Only spoke to former Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III and Informa global exhibitions division chief executive Charlie McCurdy shortly after the sale was made public, and were assured by both that there would not be big changes to the boat shows that Show Management has grown over the past 11 years.
Andrew Clurman, AIM President and CEO stated in the announcement of the sale of Show Management that, “The sale of Show Management is part of AIM’s long-term strategic plan to accelerate our growth, AIM will reinvest the proceeds from through-hulls, and cutlass bearings. The rounded-corner putty knife provides the perfect sort of scraper for getting off the hard growth without gouging through the bottom paint and gel coat. So, if you maintain what lies below your own waterline, allow this tool to control your own destiny, or at least keep the curse words out of your mouth that come from driving the corner of a paint scraper deep into your gel coat.
n $44.99 www.topshelfmarine.com this sale to grow our digital video, online education, marketing services, and events in our other verticals… AIM has just finished our best year ever, and we now have the resources to fund many exciting opportunities. Meanwhile, we remain fully committed to the marine industry with our leading portfolio of print and digital brands and their related events, and will partner with Informa to grow the industry and our respective businesses.”