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The H-Series grows to a trio with the introduction of the H1 in sterndrive and H1 OB in outboard configuration.
The H1 is poised to set the new standard in the 20 foot bowrider segment. The features and appointments that are normally overlooked in this size boat were addressed with attention to detail and purpose. The H1 is certainly a proud member of the new H-Series.
The new look in the H-Series is defined by its vertical bow stem. It combines strength with a contemporary style, further proving that Four Winns is willing to break from tradition to create something bold and new. The signature cross curve windshield features a 3D design and brushed aluminum frame. The elongated side wings add to the sleek profile, making an unmistakable design statement.
Look a little closer and you will notice many of the signature Four Winns features have been upgraded. Several new luxury elements have also been added, creating a high-end feel throughout. The H1 continues the Four Winns commitment to exceptional craftsmanship and is highlighted by luxurious quilting, detailed stitching, bright metal trim and plush foam that together create a superior level of quality and comfort. New monochrome color schemes simplify and freshen the overall look of the cockpit.
Upscale materials like cool touch, vinyl-wrapped handles, resilient upholstery and padded bow walls add a welcome design element that is also durable. Soft, grippy swim platform mats and woven cockpit flooring—provide a fresh, finishing touch.
The H1’s interior layout is adapted to its power configuration; the sterndrive is outfitted with a more traditional L-shape seating and large sunpad. The outboard has different approach with U-shape seating featuring a unique multi-level back bench. Both have easy transom to cockpit access that allows you to board without stepping on cushions. Also unique to the H1 is the 2-position port side seat, face forward or aft, perfect for spotting watersports.
Boaters looking to make a real statement on the water have a myriad of design options. The H1 offers a plethora of exterior gel combinations, distinct monochrome interior vinyls and unique flooring colors. Four Winns is also introducing Elevate—an upscale, optional package featuring bold color placement, special, cool touch interiors and stylish badging throughout.
With performance at its foundation, the new H-Series is sure to please with both stern drive and outboard configurations. There are nearly limitless power options thanks to MerCruiser, Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yamaha.
Performance and stability take center stage in the new H1. All models are quick to plane and have luxury car-like handling in turns.
In short, the new H1 performs as beautifully as it looks.
For more information, visit: www.fourwinns.com
As its first product designed to take full advantage of a zero-emissions drivetrain, Ingenity Electric has unveiled the 23E at the Miami International Boat Show.
Striking with style, the Ingenity 23E is an electric day-boat in a luxury category of its own. From subtle accents to bold lines, its modern classic design blends the contemporary and the timeless in perfect harmony. Its patent-pending modular “skateboard” design brings unprecedented flexibility for the development of future products.
The absence of above deck drive components at the transom opens the boat to new possibilities for doing what matters most…spending time with people we love. The three main seating areas on the Ingenity 23E create the ideal environment for up to eleven. The bow has an optimal “round-robin” arrangement, and the wind gate can be opened up for a clear passage from the sandbar to the stern. The midship hosts shaded relaxation while the stern cascades down into a natural invitation to the water.
The Ingenity 23E uses forward-facing sterndrive propulsion to optimize safety, performance, and low-speed maneuverability. The boat is designed for luxury, comfort, and stability and can cruise up to 14 hours at low speed with its 126 kWh range package. The 23E runs at a top speed of 30 mph.
Seamlessly integrated steering and throttle control combined with an intuitive user interface on the touchscreen make operating the 23E simple and approachable. Standard on-board telematics brings remote charging and location monitoring to your phone via the Ingenity Connect app while also enabling over-the-air updates.
Sean Marrero President of Ingenity stated, “I am incredibly proud of what our team has done with the 23E. At Ingenity, we enable our customers to do what they love in ways that better reflect their values. With the 23E, we can now take the knowledge we have about electric boating and apply it to the larger group of people who prefer being on the water instead of in the water.”
To learn more about the Ingenity 23E go to www.ingenityelectric.com.
Ika Rere fitted with a Thordon seawater lubricated propeller shaft arrangement
Photo Credit: Will Nelson
The southern hemisphere’s first fully electric, carbon fibre commuter ferry has successfully completed its inaugural round trip with a Thordon seawater lubricated propeller shaft arrangement supplied by New Zealand’s Henley Engineering.
Ika Rere, Mãori for flying fish, joined the East by West fleet in December operating the company’s Wellington to Eastbourne route.
Commenting on the ferry’s first trip, between West Queen’s Wharf and Days Bay, Henley Engineering Managing Director, Mark Power, said: “Ika Rere runs like a Tesla Model S! It’s fast, efficient, smooth and quiet. It is a truly inspiring vessel. We hope to be involved in more projects like this.”
Auckland based Henley Group – Thordon’s authorized distributor for New Zealand – designed and supplied the vessel’s driveshafts aft of twin 325kW battery-powered electric motors.
The scope of supply included a pair of Thordon SXL seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings installed in Easiflow GRP sterntubes; shaft seals with Thordon XL oil/grease-free guide bushes; shaft lines and propeller; couplings, mounts, thrust bearings and brakes.
East by West Managing Director Jeremy Ward said: “While the quiet hum of an electric boat is a much more pleasurable experience for passengers, this project was driven by our desire to take climate action. A Thordon Bearings’ zero pollution package was the perfect fit for this eco vessel. A smooth, quiet and water lubricated driveline was an essential environmental requirement.”
The 19m (62ft) long, 135 passenger-carrying fast cat is also the first vessel delivered by the Wellington Electric Boat Building Company (WEBBCo), a joint venture between the ferry operator and established boatbuilder Fraser Foote.
WEBBCo managing director Fraser Foote said: “The ferry is very quiet at 19 knots and silent at 10 knots. It is faster and uses less energy than we anticipated. Ika Rere is a hugely successful project for us. We are the first in the southern hemisphere to have taken a vessel of this kind off the drawing board and onto the water.”
Foote furthered that collaboration between the yard’s in-house design team and New Zealand’s leading maritime companies “was key to this success. We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved together.”
Thordon Bearings’ Technical Director, Tony Hamilton, furthered that the seal and bearing specialist is well placed to support shipping’s transition to a sustainable future and eliminating oil pollution below the waterline.
“We are thrilled to help drive the electric ship and other alternative means of propulsion forward. The pioneering work into self-lubricating polymer materials we started in the 1970s has resulted in the portfolio of environmentally safe products we see today. We were ahead of the game then and we’re still ahead of the game now. All our products are designed to reduce the maritime industry’s impact on the environment,” said Hamilton.
Thordon Bearings supports the International Maritime Organizations’ World Maritime theme for 2022: New Technologies for Greener Shipping.
The theme is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources; SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG 17, which highlights the importance of partnerships and implementation to achieve these goals.
About Thordon Bearings
Thordon Bearings is a Canadian company that designs and manufactures a complete range of journal bearing and seal systems for marine, clean power generation, pump and other industrial markets. These products are built using Thordon proprietary non-metallic polymer materials that are lubricated with water eliminating oil or grease usage, meaning ZERO risk of oil pollution to our rivers, lakes and oceans. Thordon systems and bearings are available worldwide through over 75 agents and distributors.
Newport Exhibition Group has announced that its 51st Annual Newport International Boat Show will take place September 15 through 18, 2022 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Rhode Island.
“After celebrating a successful Golden Anniversary in 2021, this Show is sure to be an event not to miss,” said Lisa Knowles, Show Director of Newport Exhibition Group. “With continued demand for boats by consumers still strong, supply chain challenges being addressed and a continually re-invigorated industry, the Newport International Boat Show is going to be the place to see what is new and innovative in boating for 2022 and beyond. We are confident that we will deliver the exceptional experience that the Newport International Boat Show is known for.”
Celebrating its 51st year, the Newport International Boat Show is one of the largest in-water events in the country and the premier show in New England. It encompasses over 14 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront and hosts hundreds of exhibitors, dealers and manufacturers, with new powerboats and sailboats ranging from 15- to 90-feet, plus an extensive selection of marine equipment, services and accessories for boaters. A number of high-profile sponsors are already committed to adding to the experience with special events throughout the days of the Show.
In addition to the boats, products and services, there will be a host of programs to educate and entertain visitors ranging from in-water instruction for both power and sail, educational seminars, the Newport for New Products awards, sponsored giveaways and more.
For more information, visit: www.newportboatshow.com.
The warm weather is here, and many Ontarians are getting out on the water.
To make sure you have a fun – and safe — experience, we chatted with Ron Arnold, a Conservation Officer with the Southern Marine Enforcement Unit, and BOATsmart!‘s Lindsey Jeremiah, who shared seven tips for safe boating:
1. Ensure all safety equipment is packed before you hit the water
Check that all the safety equipment required by law for your vessel and its size is on board and in good working condition. (Pst: you might be surprised what you legally need in your canoe!)
These items include lifejackets/PFDs for every passenger, a First Aid kit, a buoyant heaving line, a sound signalling device (like a whistle*), a bail bucket, a watertight flashlight, and a paddle or anchor.
When packing up your boat, keep these items within reach. Emergencies happen fast.
Other items that could come in handy include: cellphone, extra sunscreen, water, snacks and clean dry clothes.
*Pro tip: attach your whistle to your lifejacket/PFD so you can signal for help in an emergency.
2. Always wear a properly fitted lifejacket/PFD and be sure everyone else on board is wearing one too
The risk of cold-water immersion is high this time of year. Within one minute of landing in the water, you can’t swim, so be smart and buckle up.
Whether you’re in a motorboat, kayak or SUP board, always wear an APPROVED lifejacket or PFD. Check the label: your lifejacket should be approved by Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and/or the Canada Coast Guard. Don’t forget to check your lifejacket for wear, especially rips and tears.
Not sure what the difference is between a PFD and a lifejacket? The Canadian Red Cross has the scoop.
No PFD? Borrow one for free at 70 of our parks.
3. Follow the law and get your boating license (Motorized Pleasure Craft Operator Card)
Pleasure craft operators are required by Transport Canada to take and pass an accredited course before they get behind the wheel of a boat.
Want more info? Check out Transport Canada’s new Safe Boating Guide.
4. Don’t drink and drive (or paddle)
It’s illegal and dangerous. Have “water on the water” and save the “beer for the pier.” Drinking while boating incurs the same legal penalty as drinking while driving a car.
5. Plan your trip
Know your route, and use official nautical charts. It’s also a good idea to fill out a Trip Preparation Form, which provides information about your boat (make, year, name, colour) and outlines your destination, travel route, expected return time, the names of all the people in your party and instructions in case of emergency.
Leave one copy with someone responsible at home and another at the park office.
Don’t forget to keep a close eye on the weather. Have a plan for getting back to shore should the water turn rough.
6. Know your vessel and its capabilities
Got a new boat? Don’t take it out for the first time on unknown waters. Each vessel is different from weight distribution to rough water performance.
7. Got questions? Check with Ontario Parks staff before you head out
If you’re not familiar with a lake, ask park staff for guidance. They’ll be able to clue you in to deadheads, sandbars and depth restrictions, as well as suggest interesting routes/landmarks.
They’ll also be able to answer park-specific questions like “Will my cellphone work on the water?” or “Where’s your PFD Lending booth?”
On behalf of Ontario Parks, Ontario Conservation Officers and BOATsmart!, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water!
Have you ever noticed how relaxed the laws are for boating licenses? You may wonder why licensing laws for boaters are so different compared to motor vehicle licensing laws.
Simply put, boats are easier to control and the waterways host less traffic compared to the roads. A single-engine outboard boat can be controlled, almost completely, by the throttle and the wheel.
Also, boats are used for recreation, while cars are used for transportation. Drivers don’t need to worry about nearly as many twists and turns in a boat, especially in traffic, as a motor vehicle operator has to worry about.
While boats may be easier to control than motor vehicles, not everybody is qualified to drive a boat. In fact, if you become a member of Jax Boat Club you will go through extensive training to operate the boats.
If you’re considering buying a boat or joining Jax Boat Club, you’ll want to make sure you know how to properly operate a boat. From entering a slip at a marina to pulling alongside a pier, proper boat handling mattes. Let’s look at three of pro tips to help you with proper boat handling.
1. Know Your Environment
Proper boat handling may be different from one day to another. If you’re out on the water and the wind picks up, it can become treacherous in a hurry. Knowing your environment and the current conditions will help you to better handle your boat.
When you’re new to boating, it’s best to practice only in the most ideal conditions. Clear, calm days are best on the open water, especially when there are fewer obstacles for you to worry about.
As you get better and more comfortable with boat handling, you can attempt to head out on the water in more challenging conditions. It’s best to be sensible and avoid boating in a storm or high winds. Even the most skilled seaman will struggle in the toughest of conditions.
The same can also be said for docking, but there are simple rules you can follow to help in that situation. When docking, always remember – only go as fast as you are willing to hit the dock!
2. Know Your Vessel
Each boat you take out from Jax Boat Club will be a bit different. It’s vital to know the vessel you’ll be controlling. The boat will react to your commands and not all boats are going to react the same.
While the principles of boat handling may be the same from one boat to another, the size, weight, maneuverability, and power will be different from one vessel to another.
Take a little time to get to know your vessel before heading out for the day. Start with a few practice exercises, such as controlling stoppage and orbiting objects, such as buoys, to get used to the vessel.
3. Understand Your Limits
If you’re a beginner to boating, you have to learn to crawl before you walk and learn to walk before you run. Understanding your boat handling limits will help to keep you safe out on the water.
Even the most advanced boater needs to understand what they are comfortable with and what they simply cannot handle. It’s important to avoid crossing the line into uncomfortable territory and practice new maneuvers before putting yourself in a situation where you may need the maneuver.
Proper boat handling may be a bit easier and safer than driving a car, but training is still vital to your overall success. Practice makes it easier to control your boat. Take time to proper boat handling on the most ideal days and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an advanced boater.
What the Best Boat Safety Pros Do (and You Should Too)
We get it. Once you set foot on a boat, you’re overcome with an uncontrollable urge to belt out A Pirate’s Life For Me in its entirety and you think that you’ve suddenly entered the lawless frontier of “international waters.” Well, sorry to be a buzzkill but that’s not how it works. Our lakes and rivers aren’t marked with clear traffic lanes and stop signs like you’d find on the road, and most boats don’t come equipped with seatbelts or airbags, so it’s crucial that everyone learns, understands, and practices proper boat safety every time they head out on the water.
Spend a few minutes making sure your boat is ready for action before you set out. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a situation where you’re drifting helplessly, unprepared for an injury or illness, or forced to abandon ship.
- Make sure you have one life jacket or flotation device per person, plus an additional throwable, that’s certified by the U.S. Coast Guard or equivalent authority in your country. Competition vests might get you more style points but they DO NOT count as approved flotation devices.
- Test your horn and lights, and inspect your signal devices (whistle, flares, colored flags, etc.)
- Gas up and check your fluids
- Test your bilge pump
- Check your ropes for cuts, fraying, or damage
- Inspect your fire extinguisher to make sure it hasn’t expired and is in working condition
- Make sure your first-aid kit is stocked with essential items
- Pack some additional tools and gear that might come in handy during emergencies like a flashlight, bucket, and duct tape.
Watch the weather
Getting caught out in the rain, wind, and rough waters of a storm is a bummer at best and incredibly dangerous in most cases. Take a peek at the weather before you depart, check the weather app on your phone regularly, or consider picking up a marine weather station to keep you posted on what the future has in store.
Review the boating laws and regulations for your lake, river, state, or province.
There’s general boating etiquette (like waving at your fellow nautical navigators) and then there’s the law. Understanding what’s allowed and what’s not allowed on each body of water is crucial to keeping yourself, your passengers, and other boaters safe.
We recommend starting with your local Department of Natural Resources or the United States Coast Guard to learn more about the laws and regulations in your state.
Create a float plan
A float plan is a document that contains all of the important information about an upcoming boat trip including boat identification information, passenger names and contact information, destination and expected duration of the trip, and more.
If you’re not traveling far or for very long, at the very least inform someone of where you’re going and when you plan to come back so they can alert the authorities if you don’t return in a reasonable amount of time
Boating and boozing
Many of the same laws that apply to drinking on land or drinking and driving a car apply to boating environments and, in many cases, the laws are enforced more strictly. If you’re found to be operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, you could face huge fines, loss of operating privileges, seizure of your boat, or even jail time.
According to the United States Coast Guard, drinking in a boating environment is even more dangerous than on land thanks to the motion and vibration of the boat, and the effects of the wind and sun. That’s why you should NEVER drink while operating a boat, your passengers ALWAYS should drink responsibly, and your boat should be stocked with plenty of food, water, and non-alcoholic beverages every time you’re out on the water.
Life jackets and flotation devices
This should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway: you’re not too cool to wear a life jacket. It’s OK to want to soak up as much of the sun as possible while the boat is stationary, docked, or tied up with another boat. But when the boat is in motion, you should always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket that’s the right size for you.
Know your (and your boat’s) limits
Nobody likes a showoff, especially the passengers you’re holding captive while you struggle to find your way back home. Stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to. Don’t take your boat somewhere that doesn’t feel safe or that you’ve never been without a plan for how to get back. Also, don’t load your boat with more weight than it’s rated to carry. This can significantly impact the boat’s performance and lead to unpredictable behavior.
Take a boat safety course
There’s no such thing as being too educated. Even if you’re a lifelong boater, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest boating trends, laws, and safety protocols. Because things vary from state to state and from one body of water to the next, we recommend contacting your local DNR or check out the resources provided by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
Be smart and practice proper boat safety every time you hit the waves. You’ll have more fun in the long run and be able to enjoy more good times with your friends and family.
As the weather warms up, many of us head to lakes, rivers, or the ocean to fish, waterski, cruise, and relax onboard a boat, yacht or other personal watercraft. With nearly 12 million registered recreational boats in the U.S.*, it’s no wonder the waterways are a popular place to go. But, before you head out with friends and family, take note of a few important safety tips.
- Make sure everyone wears a life jacket.
Victims drowned in approximately 80% of fatal boating accidents. Of those, 83% were not wearing a life jacket. Insist that your crew and guests all wear a life jacket that fits them well. This can help them stay afloat in rough waters, protect them against hypothermia, and in some cases, can keep their head above water.
Use the right kind of life jackets for the situation.
Boats 16 feet and longer must be equipped with one Type I, II, III, or V personal floatation device (PFD) plus one Type IV throwable device. Boats that are 16 feet or less must have one Type I, II, III or V PFD for each person aboard. All boats must be equipped with one Type I, II, III, or V personal floatation device for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and longer must also be equipped with a Type IV throwable device. All PFDs should be in good condition and have a Coast Guard Approval Number.
- Type I PFDs are often called off-shore life jackets. They provide the most buoyancy and are effective in all waters, especially open, rough, or remote waters where rescue may be delayed. They are designed to turn most unconscious wearers to a face-up position in the water.
- Type II PFDs are near-shore buoyancy vests. They are intended for calm, inland water or waters where there is a good chance of quick rescue.
- Type III PFDs are also called floatation aids. They are good for calm, inland water, similar to Type II.
- Type IV PFDs are designed to be thrown to a person in the water and grasped and held by the user until rescued.
- Type V PFDs are special use devices. They may be carried instead of other PFDs if used in accordance with the approved conditions designated on the label. They may be inflatable vests, deck suits, work vests, board sailing vests or hybrid PFDs.
Never drink alcohol and go boating.
Alcohol use is a leading contributor to fatal boating accidents, causing approximately 15% of the deaths each year. Stay sharp when you’re on the water by leaving the alcohol on dry land.
- Take a boating safety course.
Only 13% of the boating deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally approved boating safety education certificate. You may even qualify for a reduced insurance rate if you complete a safety course. Contact your local Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron chapter or visit uscgboating.org for details.
Put down the cell phone.
One of the top five contributing factors to boating accidents is inattention. Just like distracted driving on our highways, talking, texting, and other use of cell phones while boating is a growing problem on the water. Don’t contribute to this problem. Keep your eyes on the water ahead and around you.
Drive at a safe speed and follow all boating safety and navigational rules.
Excessive speed and improper lookout are two of the top contributing factors to boating accidents. Make sure you understand the local rules and laws of the waterway and follow them closely. Take note of visibility, traffic density, and proximity to navigational hazards such as shoals, rocks, or floating objects.
- Check the weather forecast and be prepared for it to change.
A calm day can quickly turn ugly on the water. There were 41 deaths in 2016 attributed to weather conditions. Keep an eye out for changing weather conditions and stay on top of the forecast while boating.
- Take action before a storm hits.
Storm and hurricane forecasts and warnings are issued by the National Hurricane Center. Boaters can get information from VHF marine radios, commercial radios and television stations and newspapers. As a boater, you need to be aware of the types of advisories and take action before a storm hits. Warnings range from small craft advisories, with winds of 18 knots or less, up to hurricane warnings with winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or greater.
- Register for a free Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number and have a VHF radio equipped with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) installed and connected to your GPS.
When in coastal and inshore waters, these preparations can help take the search out of search and rescue. DSC allows the VHF radio to transfer information digitally, and to instantly send a digital distress alert, which includes your exact position, to the Coast Guard upon activation of the emergency button. Part of the alert is the MMSI number, which will identify your vessel automatically.
Use a carbon monoxide detector.
All internal combustion engines emit carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that can make you sick in seconds and kill in minutes. Remember, you cannot see, smell, or taste CO, so know the symptoms (similar to seasickness or alcohol intoxication).
File a float plan.
The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that you always tell a friend or family member where you plan to go and when you’ll be back. That way, the proper officials can be notified if you don’t return when expected.
Get a free Vessel Safety Check.
Boats are complex machines and need regular maintenance to stay running smoothly and safely. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron offer Vessel Safety Checks at no cost, so let their certified vessel examiners check your boat’s equipment and provide you with safety information before you go out on the water. Check with your marina or yacht club to find one in your area.
Source of stats: 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics, U.S Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety
- Source of stats: 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics, U.S Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety