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Renowned sail­boat builder Hylas Yachts has launched a new line of power cruis­ing boats. The Hylas M44 de­buted at the 2017 New­port In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, and the com­pany re­cently an­nounced that a new model—the M58—is set to join the fledg­ling fleet next year. De­signed by Downeast Yachts’ go-to ar­chi­tect, boat sculp­tor Doug Zurn, the M58 will sport a con­sid­er­ably dif­fer­ent aes­thetic than the M44, with a clas­sic, sweep­ing re­v­erse sheer that ends with a tum­ble­home tran­som on one end and a flared bow on the other. The model’s dis­tinc­tive wind­shield has an ul­tra-con­tem­po­rary look, sure, but the de­sign is also highly prag­matic as it lacks the heavy mul­lions that ob­scure views to the out­side world.

The house­top it­self ex­tends its roof aft, pro­tect­ing the cock­pit deck seat­ing area from sun and rain. On top of the ex­tended over­head cover are three large sun­roofs that pro­vide the cock­pit with an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. The cock­pit cover ex­ists in both the sedan and fly­bridge ver­sions of the M58. The fly­bridge model, though, adds a sin­gle helm, an L-shape set­tee, and a straight set­tee to the up­per deck. Sedan own­ers will still be able to make use of the boat’s up­per tier as a sun deck/lounge area, and in ei­ther ar­range­ment this area is ac­cessed via a cock­pit lad­der.

Speed per­for­mance will more closely re­sem­ble a sport boat, but even with top-end speeds of 30 knots (de­liv­ered by just one of the many pos­si­ble en­gine packages), the ex­pected range is pro­jected to net 750 nau­ti­cal miles at those speeds. Of the hull de­sign, Zurn says, “With a fine en­try for­ward warp­ing into that medium dead­rise aft, we ex­pect [the M58] to be a leader in fuel econ­omy in the class.”

In­side, the M58 will fea­ture three state­rooms on the lower level and a large U-shape dinette and aft gal­ley on the main level. Stay tuned for more from Hylas Yachts’ new power­boat line. www.hy­lasy­


At this year’s TrawlerFest – Bal­ti­more, at­ten­dees will be able to earn a cer­tifi­cate by com­plet­ing one of six sem­i­nars. Depend­ing on the type of boat in­sur­ance they have, this cer­tifi­cate may earn them a dis­count on their in­sur­ance pre­mium.

One of the most pop­u­lar sem­i­nars, “Ev­ery­thing You Need to Know About Diesel En­gines,” is taught by renowned author/re­searcher Nigel Calder and veteran boat­builder and yard op­er­a­tor Steve Zim­mer­man. Calder is Pas­sage­Maker’s tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor and Zim­mer­man writes the reg­u­lar col­umn, “Troubleshooter.” Lim­ited to 36 stu­dents, this two-day course nearly al­ways sells out.

“Prac­ti­cal Marine Weather” is a new treat­ment of the sub­ject by weather router and veteran pre­sen­ter Chris Parker. Parker’s goal in this two-day sem­i­nar is for at­ten­dees to un­der­stand the ba­sics of what drives weather in the marine en­vi­ron­ment and to learn how to do their own fore­cast­ing.

Dr. Jim Chimiak, di­rec­tor of DAN Medical Ser­vices, re­turns to TrawlerFest to of­fer “Medical Pre­pared­ness and First Aid for Boaters.” This sem­i­nar is an open dis­cus­sion on boater safety re­sources and an ap­proach to ba­sic medical care, in­clud­ing case re­views that de­tail the ini­tial steps in deal­ing with medical emer­gen­cies in re­mote lo­ca­tions. Chimiak, a prac­tic­ing sur­geon, is an Annapolis grad­u­ate and an avid coastal boater with a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence in marine medicine.


Ev­ery sem­i­nar ex­cept three (“Diesel En­gines,” “Prac­ti­cal Marine Weather,” and “Boat Han­dling on the Wa­ter”) are in­cluded in our VIP packages. The cost is $449 for a four-day VIP pass and $549 for the five-day pass. Both VIP passes give at­ten­dees ac­cess to their choice of 24 sem­i­nars. Visit our tick­et­ing site ( to see how be­ing a VIP max­i­mizes your ex­pe­ri­ence. TrawlerFest–Bal­ti­more sem­i­nars run Tues­day, Sept. 25 – Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29. In-Wa­ter Boat Show is open Thursday, Sept. 27 – Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29.

Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sem­i­nar par­tic­i­pants en­ter in-wa­ter boat show free on day of sem­i­nar.)

Ques­tions? Contact Jen­nifer at jdu­das@aim­me­ or (954) 761-7073.

In­ter­ested in be­ing an ex­hibitor or spon­sor? Contact Ryan David­son at (954) 328-7573 or rdavid­son@aim­me­

In “Safety and Nav­i­ga­tion With Radar, Chart­plot­ters, and AIS,” marine author/il­lus­tra­tor Bob Sweet and Fu­runo se­nior prod­uct man­ager Eric Kunz will dis­cuss the re­cent rise of solid­state mul­ti­fre­quency radar that is re­plac­ing the pulse tech­nol­ogy orig­i­nally de­vel­oped dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain. This course will ex­plore what this change means for to­day’s radar con­sumers and op­er­a­tors. The in­struc­tors will dis­cuss the lat­est uses for AIS tech­nol­ogy and share nav­i­ga­tion tech­niques and tips on how to get the most from to­day’s mod­ern mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays (MFDs), re­gard­less of brand.

“Safety and Sur­vival at Sea” is taught by a team of vet­er­ans, Mario Vit­tone and Michael Carr. The goal of the sem­i­nar is for at­ten­dees to de­velop the kind of safety mind­set that sep­a­rates pro­fes­sional mariners, who rarely call for help, from recre­ational mariners, who of­ten do. A re­tired U.S. Coast Guard rescue swim­mer, Vit­tone has be­come a na­tional ex­pert on im­mer­sion hy­pother­mia, drown­ing, sea sur­vival, and safety at sea. Carr is a veteran boat han­dler and weather ex­pert, who, af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Coast Guard Academy, served in the U.S. Coast Guard, Mer­chant Marine, and Army.

“Boat Han­dling on the Wa­ter” will earn you the cer­tifi­cate, but in or­der to get onto a boat for this lim­ited-reg­is­tra­tion class, at­ten­dees need to take the pre­req­ui­site sem­i­nar “Boat Han­dling Il­lus­trated.” To­gether these cour­ses will de­velop skills in close-quar­ters ma­neu­ver­ing and dock­ing and build boat-han­dling con­fi­dence. Bob Sweet is the author of sev­eral marine ti­tles in­clud­ing Power­boat Han­dling Il­lus­trated and The In­stant Hand­book of Boat Han­dling, Nav­i­ga­tion and Sea­man­ship.


A few months back, the U.S. Coast Guard re­leased their an­nual re­port on recre­ational boat­ing accidents, com­piled from op­er­a­tors who were in­volved in these in­ci­dents.

2017 showed a year-over-year 3.9% de­crease in accidents. In­juries dropped dra­mat­i­cally, as well, down 9.4%. And deaths fell 6.1% to a to­tal of 658. How­ever, the USCG notes that while fa­tal­i­ties were down from 2016, 2016 and 2017 had the high­est num­ber of deaths in the past five years. Ad­di­tional stats in­clude: • The fa­tal­ity rate was deaths per reg­is­tered recre­ational ves­sels This rate rep­re­sents a de­crease from last year’s fa­tal­ity rate of 5.9%. •Prop­erty dam­age to­taled ap­prox­i­mately mil­lion • !lco­hol con­tin­ued to be the lead­ing known con­tribut­ing fac­tor to fa­tal boat­ing accidents.

• Op­er­a­tor inat­ten­tion im­proper look­out op­er­a­tor in ex­pe­ri­ence ma­chin­ery fail­ure and al­co­hol use ranked as the top five pri­mary con­tribut­ing fac­tors in accidents.

• Of the fa­tal­i­ties for which this in­for­ma­tion was re­ported the op­er­a­tor of the ves­sel had no boat­ing safety in­struc­tion in 81% of the cases.


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