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Limousine tours in Cartagena

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From:  Limousine tours reach the streets of Cartagena – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Limousine tours reach the streets of Cartagena

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Limousine tours are now glitzing up the Caribbean streets of Colombia‘s coastal city Cartagena.

According to newspaper El Heraldo, the popular beach town of Cartagena is offering limousine tours as of last weekend, a glamorous new addition to the already existing bus, bike and van tours of the city.

The flashy new way of seeing Cartagena’s sites and tourist attractions has already drawn quite a bit of attention.

“I saw the limousine parked in front of the Torre del Reloj [Clock Tower] and I told my wife to take a picture. One feels as if they are in Hollywood or something like that,” said a tourist from Bogota, Ramiro Alvarez Carmona.

The limousine tours start at approximately $272 for the first hour, and each additional hour is subsequently discounted. The service can allegedly be used for “weddings, birthdays, dinners, tours and corporate events,” or just provide a glamorous ride through the city for any other tourist’s whim.

The limousine service arrived in Cartagena as an initiative of the company North Trading, that allegedly looks to make the most of the city’s potential as the principal tourist destination of Colombia, reported El Heraldo.

 

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Understanding Propeller Pitch

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Understanding Propeller Pitch | Boating Magazine.

 

Learn how the pitch and diameter of propellers affect your boat’s performance.
By Brett Becker

When it’s time to buy a new propeller, diameter and pitch are the watchwords. To be able to select or upgrade to a new propeller, you must understand these terms and how they translate to real-world performance.

 

Diameter is the distance across the circle made by the blade tips. In general, “Diameter is determined primarily by the rpm at which the propeller will be turning and the amount of power that will be delivered to the propeller,” according to Mercury Marine’s manual, Everything You Need to Know About Propellers. Diameter “usually increases for propellers used on slower boats and decreases for faster boats,” the manual continues. Further, “If all other variables remain constant, diameter will increase as power increases; diameter will increase as propeller rpm decreases.”

Pitch is defined as “the distance a propeller would move in one revolution if it were moving through a soft solid, like a screw through wood.” For example, a 21-pitch propeller would move forward 21 inches in one revolution.

Think of a propeller as you would a car’s axle ratio. The lower the ratio, the more pulling power from a standstill. The same is true with a prop. The lower the pitch, the better your hole-shot. However, this comes at a price: top speed. The lower pitch makes the engine reach maximum rpm at slower speeds.

Conversely, a higher pitch will deliver greater top speeds, but slower acceleration. Be aware that lower-horsepower engines can bog down if fitted with a propeller with too high a pitch and diameter, and that can wear heavily on internal engine parts.

If you’re changing pitch on a recreational boat, remember that each inch of pitch is worth about 200 rpm. Lowering the pitch will increase rpm and vice versa. For example, going from a 23 pitch to a 21 pitch will increase engine rpm by about 400 revolutions.

The trick is to find a prop that delivers acceptable acceleration and top speed. A qualified dealer or marina can help with selection, but you need to be prepared with some vital information. You will need to know the type of engine and its horsepower rating, the boat’s weight and hull style, and the type of propeller you are running now: number of blades, diameter and pitch. If you don’t know, diameter and pitch usually are stamped somewhere on the prop. Also know the engine’s rpm at wide-open throttle when your boat is running with a typical load and trimmed for best speed.

Perhaps what’s most important is your performance goals. Because fixed-blade props either deliver low-end torque or faster top speeds, you can’t have both. If you load your boat with tons of diving or fishing gear, you might need a low pitch. If you need more speed, a higher pitch is the way to go.

* Mercury Marine Consumer Technical Service: 920-929-5040
* MerCruiser Consumer Technical Service: 405-743-6566

Marine Satellite Communications Technology is becoming Affordable

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more in:  Prime-Time Satcoms | Boating Magazine.

 

Just as GPS satellites have revolutionized the way we navigate, similar satellite constellations can now give us unlimited communications range. Satcom options come in a variety of sizes, capabilities and costs. You can find handhelds, fixed-mounted e-mailonly units, or sets that can handle voice, fax, data, e-mail and Internet access. Here’s what you need, where to find it and what it costs.

E-mail:
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The future promises to deliver the world of high-speed Internet to boating with smaller-size antennas, faster broadband speeds, lower equipment prices and a marked reduction in airtime costs. So stay tuned. The race to place a satphone on your boat has just started.

World’s Most Powerful Outboard Nears Release (557 HP)

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World’s Most Powerful Outboard Nears Release | Boating Magazine.

Seven Marine has developed the most powerful outboard motor in the world, a four-stroke that delivers a whopping 557-hp. Here, our longtime contributor, John Page Williams gets a brief synopsis from Eric Davis of Seven Marine aboard an Intrepid at the Annapolis Boat Show. Look for Boating‘s test of this engine coming soon.

Jet Drive vs Sterndrive?

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From:  Jet Drive vs Sterndrive | Boating Magazine.

 

Muscling their way onto the market in the early ’90s, “sport jets” were dismissed as little more than toys, quick and agile playthings, scoffed at by serious boaters. They peaked quickly and then vanished just as fast.

But a funny thing happened on the way to obscurity. Sea-Doo and Yamaha developed bigger, more versatile offerings. Today jet-powered runabouts are the best-selling models in the 24- and 21-foot segments.

To find out why jets are giving sterndrives a run for their money, and to determine if jets are suitable propulsion for experienced boaters, we pitted a Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S featuring a single 255 hp supercharged high-output Rotax jetdrive against a Chaparral H2O 19 Sport with a 220 hp MerCruiser sterndrive and put them through their paces.

Jet Drive vs Sterndrive

 

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http://www.boatingmag.com/engines/jet-drive-vs-sterndrive?

Colombia Economy has overtaken Argentina

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From: Colombia has overtaken Argentina as LatAm’s 3rd economy: Minister – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

 

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Colombia has overtaken Argentina and is now Latin America’s third largest economy after Brazil and Mexico, claimed outgoing Finance Minister Juan Carlos Echeverry Friday.

According to the outgoing minister, Colombia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) outgrew both that of Venezuela and Argentina in the two years since President Juan Manuel Santos took office. “This was a dream,” the minister told radio station Caracol.

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Colombia’s Caribbean coast to receive $360M in investments

From: Colombia’s Caribbean coast to receive $360M in investments – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has announced an investment program of $360 million in the Caribbean coastal region on Monday.

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At the conclusion in Cartagena of Monday’s meeting with the OCAD, the body responsible for defining investment projects, the president announced that the Caribbean region would get 54 projects for roads water, tourism, agriculture, health, housing and ICT among others.

 

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“The Answer is Colombia” unveiled as a new branding campaign for the country!

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From: Colombia to launch international branding campaign in 2 months – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Colombia unveiled a new brand for the country’s identity to tell the world “the answer is Colombia,” but will not launch a campaign internationally for another two months.

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“An international branding campaign will be launched in about two months,” Daniel Reyes of branding agency Marca Pais told Colombia Reports, adding that for now, “the first step is introducing the new brand to citizens of Colombia.”

Colombia, a country that has tripled its direct foreign investment (FDI) over the last ten years, looks to be the answer in face of the global crisis. With its new image, the country will tell the world with figures and facts why exactly it is the answer.

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Premier Fishing In Nicaragua

From: Fishing :: Gigante Nicaragua.

 

Nicaragua is fast becoming one of the premier “frontier fishing” spots in the world. Long advertised as a surfer’s paradise, international fishermen are now exploring the abundant fisheries of Nicaragua. Your best bet to catch fish while you are in Gigante is to book a charter trip with one of the three charter operators who operate from Gigante Bay. See the listing of Charter Operators below.

Fishing in Nicaragua can vary greatly depending on the season. There are only two seasons: the Dry season from November thru May and the Rainy season from June thru October. Offshore winds blow constantly during the Dry season and the near shore water is generally clear but can be choppy if the winds are strong. The wind is generally offshore and less strong during the Rainy season but the river runoff from the rain can make near shore waters cloudy with silt. September and October are especially rainy due to the counter clockwise motion of tropical systems in the Pacific and Caribbean pulling moisture over the Southwest Nicaraguan coast. Land travel can be very difficult during these two months because the roads are very muddy and stream crossings are impassable.

Enjoy Nicaragua Adventures While Living Easy & Inexpensive

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From: As Nicaragua Sees More Travelers, Here’s What You Need to Know.

 

 

Nicaragua is beginning to appear on the radar of travelers, with its natural beauty and old-fashioned charm that neither tourism nor internal strife has ruined. It’s a low-key, slow-moving Latin American culture, inexpensive to travel and live in, and is often referred to as “Costa Rica 30 years ago.” Nicaragua is easy to travel within and home to rich festivals and exciting outdoor adventures. From ash boarding down the side of one of the youngest (and active) volcanoes in the world, to scuba diving in the Little Corn Island – known for its remote, pristine beaches – along with the excitement of colonial towns such as Leon and Granada, in Nicaragua you can still travel under the radar.

Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are ready for retirees!

From: Why are so many baby boomers retiring in Central America? / Nicaragua / Region / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

 

Central America, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama have positioned themselves as the top three picks for retirement 

With 73 million U.S. baby boomers set to retire over the next 10 years, this region’s broad offering has something for almost everyone.

Ryan Piercy, head of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR), says Central America is sitting pretty when it comes to attracting the baby boomers, whose retirement wave officially started in 2011.

“Central America and Latin America are going to receive at least 250,000 American retirees over the next 15 years. And of all the options in the region, the majority, in my opinion, will go to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua,” Piercy told The Nica Times in an interview in his office in downtown San José, Costa Rica.

In a recent U.S. News and World Report article on the “World’s Top Retirement Havens for 2011,” Nicaragua is now ranked the No. 1 foreign destination in the world in the “super affordable category,” while Panama is ranked No. 1 in the “moderately priced” category.

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The Best Scuba Diving in Belize at Frommer’s

From: The Best Scuba Diving in Belize at Frommer’s.

 

Belize is rightly considered one of the top scuba diving and snorkeling destinations on the planet. The Belize Barrier Reef, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, runs the length of its coastline, and the country has three open-ocean atolls. Diving and snorkeling are superb all along the barrier reef; the following are just a few of the truly standout sites and dives.

Belize Tourism Setting New Records

From: Belize in the News: Belize Tourism Report.

Belize continues to ride the wave of the record-breaking overnight tourist arrivals that awed the Belize Tourism Industry in 2011. Last year’s success spawned an outstanding momentum that has resulted in an impressive 7.4% spike over 2011’s figures for the first five months: January to May, which all points to yet another jaw-dropper for the Jewel.

 

 

In all, Belize’s tourism industry is showing positive signs of setting new records again at the end of 2012. Globally, the destination is on par with predictions recently released from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  According to UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer, the first two months of 2012 international tourist arrivals grew by an estimated 5.7% compared to the same period in 2011.  UNTO is predicting that international tourist arrivals will increase by 3% to 4% in 2012 which means that for the first time global international tourist arrivals could reach the one billion mark

Colombia to invest $2.2B in road infrastructure

From: Colombia to invest $2.2B in road infrastructure – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

Colombia‘s Infrastructure Agency announced a plan on Friday to invest $2.2 billion on new roads in the country.

Director of the National Infrastructure Agency Luis Fernando Andrade officialized the scheme which will begin at end of the year with the construction of six new road projects, reported La W Radio.

The first six roads constructed will include a dual carriageway between the northern cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena.

The agency expects to complete the project in the first half of 2014 with 60% of the funding for projects coming from revenues and the other 40% from the government

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Employment Increase Is Expected In Costa Rica

From: Employment figures could increase to 18 percent in last quarter / News Briefs / Current Edition / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times.

 

A study released this week by consulting firm Manpower Group indicates that 23 percent of employers in Costa Rica expect to increase their staffs for the last quarter of this year, while 72 percent expect no changes, and only 5 percent are considering cutting staff.

According to the projections, employment rates for this period would reach 18 percent growth.

Results were based on interviews with 620 employers and show an improvement over previous quarters.

For the first quarter of 2012, 26 percent of employers were considering hiring more workers. The percentage dropped to 20 percent in the second quarter and for the third, only 18 percent said they expected to hire more people.

According to the survey, the provinces of Cartago and Alajuela registered the biggest potential growth in hiring. The most promising sector for job openings is construction, with 22 percent, followed by transport and communications, where employers estimated to increase hiring by up to 27 percent, the study said.

Nicaraguan Tourism Board Partners With TACA for a Joint Marketing Campaign

From: Nicaraguan Tourism Board Partners With TACA To Drive Nicaragua Travel Bookings On… — MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –.

 

New joint marketing campaign focuses on Nicaraguan Tourism Board’s first fall sale

MANAGUA, NicaraguaSept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Nicaraguan Tourism Board has launched a partnership with TACA, a leading airline in Latin America, to drive travel bookings to Nicaragua on Expedia.com, the world’s leading online travel company.

Visitors who go to Expedia.com can save up to 33% on flight and hotel packages, book hotel deals at popular Nicaraguan beach resorts such as Pelican Eyes, Morgan’s Rock and Punta Teonoste, and book tours that explore the country’s beautiful colonial cities, lakes, volcanoes and pristine natural reserves. In addition, they can book discounted flights to Nicaragua on TACA, which provides convenient and reasonably priced service from major North American cities, including daily non-stop service from Miami.

Medical Tourism Emerges in Belize

From: Medical Tourism Becoming a Reality in Belize – The San Pedro Sun News.

 

 

Press Release – BELTRAIDE – September 3, 2012- Belize has once again pioneered another gateway to attracting more visitors and investors to our country, which is, through the emergence of ‘Medical Tourism’. Under BELTRAIDE’s Compete Caribbean Project, component two (2) entails the identification of two priority sectors for investment. One of the identified priority sectors is Medical Tourism. There is certainly great potential for this industry to boom and create employment for Belize, whilst increasing its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Fox News Notes Belize as a Tourist Hotspot

From: Fox News picks Belize as tourism hotspot | Belize Travel Blog.

 

A recent  Fox News television broadcast highlighting Belize as one of a few selected international tourism hotspots shows that North Americans needn’t travel far to visit one of the world’s best vacation destinations, according to The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s Larry Waight.

“It was interesting to be watching television and seeing Belize come up as one of the Fox News hotspots for 2012, in company with just a few select locations that included more distant destinations such as Vietnam, India and Korea,” Mr Waight said. “What it said to me was, ‘great, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy what tourism industry experts and an authority like Fox News describe as the most interesting and best in the world’,” he said.

During the March 7, 2012 broadcast, Conde Nast Traveller Senior Editor Lisa Gill highlighted Belize.

“It’s sort of undiscovered compared to Mexico, but it’s right next to Mexico, and it’s relatively safe, everyone speaks English there, it’s a really accessible place for Americans to visit and it has loads and loads of these wonderful, ancient Mayan sites that you  can really go explore…” Ms Gill     enthused.

Canadian Westjet Airlines Increases Flights To Liberia Guanacaste

From: Westjet Airlines Increases Flights To Liberia Guanacaste | Costa Rica News.

 

Westjet, the low cost airline from Canada will begin to fly to Liberia from late October on a regular basis.

The airline presented last Friday before the Civil Aviation Technical Council (Cetac) a request to fly from Toronto Daniel Oduber Airport from 29 October.

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The firm would serve the route twice a week, with the country at noon arrival and departure to the north at 8:30 p. m., confirmed a few minutes ago Luis Carlos Araya, Deputy Air Transport. Araya hopes that the approval for the airline does not exceed the month.

He added that the arrival of this new airline to the country is part of the open skies agreement, which took effect in August last year.

Plant Closing in South Carolina & Moving to Costa Rica

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via Oconee County plant closing, 600 lose jobs | CharlotteObserver.com.

 

SENECA, S.C. A medical supply company is closing its plant in Oconee County, eliminating nearly 600 jobs.

Covidien said Wednesday it will close the plant in Seneca over the next three years as it moves operations to Costa Rica.

The plant makes elastic hospital products, medical bandages and surgical supplies. It employs about 595 full-time and temporary contract employees.

Company government affairs director Nicole Barranco says Covidien decided to move the manufacturing to a plant in Costa Rica to remain competitive.

Barranco says employees at Seneca can apply for jobs at Covidien plants in Camden and Greenwood. She says workers will be provided with severance and outplacement services.

Oconee County economic development director Richard Blackwell says the closing is a blow to the county.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/13/3526498/oconee-county-plant-closing-600.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

 

 

see more at the company website: http://careers.covidien.com/default.aspx

NY Based Thomson Reuters Expands Into Costa Rica

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via: Thomson Reuters Opens Financial Operations Center in Costa Rica | The Costa Rica News.

an Jose – This past week, Thomson Reuters opened a new operations center in Costa Rica that will support financial receivables of the company and other activities related to customer transactions.

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The headquarters in San Jose, inaugurated today by President Laura Chinchilla, is the only hub aligned with customers in the Western Hemisphere and will support the expansion of Thomson Reuters in Latin America, the company said.

 

4000 hotels under construction in Colombia

From: 4000 hotels under construction in Colombia – Colombia news | Colombia Reports.

At a meeting in Manizales attended by delegates of the National Government, the president of hotel federation Cotelco, Juan Leonardo Correa, said that the hotels are being built in areas of ecotourism, mountain regions and in the interior of the country as well as on the coast, according to Radio Caracol.

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Custom SCUBA Charter Catamaran

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SCUBA charter boat

This SCUBA boat is specially designed by our engineering team who personally understand what is important for your diving adventures (one engineer is an ex-US Navy Diver).

This 30’ (9m) hull sports a wide beam with ample room for your diving guests.  The cushioned double seats provide storage for personal items for up to 18 passengers.  Twenty-six tanks (more are possible) are securely fastened to the gunnels yet readily available and protected from the Caribbean sun with a solar fabric roof.

Safe and easy water entry is allowed with the wide port and starboard dive ladders.  The pilot console is placed starboard side for greater visibility and safety of your diving guests.

See below for a concept video and high resolution conceptual drawings.  Contact us for more information, or view our custom boats web page, here:

http://newpowercatamarans.com/products/custom-designs/

 
 

 

Floating Five Star Restaurant

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Floating Five Star Restaurant

This floating restaurant is designed to seat 42 diners for a 3 hour tour with a five star dining experience.

Based on a 44′ (13m) hull, the boat includes 17 luxury tables, wine service, a below decks refrigerated area for keg storage, a preparation area (food is catered and cooked off-board), a pilot house, a bathroom, and an aluminum frame with solar fabric to keep the hot Caribbean sun off the diners.

See below for a concept video and high resolution conceptual drawings.  Contact us for more information, or view our custom boats web page, here:

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Custom 44′ Party Boat with Palapa Bar

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Our engineering team has designed the ultimate party boat.

Your guests will be thrilled with all this boat has to offer.  Based on a 44’ (13 m) hull  the fully equipped Palapa Bar comfortably seats 17 guests and up 6 guests at the high top tables.

Your guests will enjoy a cruise of the Caribbean waters relaxing in one of the 2 hot tubs located port and starboard or lounging on one of the chaise lounges or the overstuffed pillows near the bow.

Additional features include a dance floor, high quality sound system, TV’s, strategically placed reefer under the bar deck for kegs and fountain drinks, solar fabric roof, pilot house, bathroom and much more!

See below for a concept video and high resolution conceptual drawings.  Contact us for more information, or view our custom boats web page, here:

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Concept (click on any photo for a larger view)

The purpose of this boat is to give your guests an initial “WOW!” immediately after leaving the airport at XXXXX. The shuttle will take the guests to the boarding location, to board the water taxi to the resort. However, instead of a regular boat, they find themselves boarding a luxury party boat for the ride to the resort.

The boat is based on a 44′ LOA (length overall) by 23′ beam (overall width) catamaran hull. It includes a pilot house, a bathroom with shower, a cooking area, a bar, beer keg cooling, storage lockers, thatched roof, high top tables, chaise lounge area, jacuzzi, throw pillows, a dance floor, steps to get into the ocean, tie up area for jet skis, modern electronics, quiet motors, among other features.

Such a complex boat requires the selection, inclusion and deletion of many options and design ideas. Some of those options and ideas follow for your consideration.

Layout

The main deck of the taxi boat is divided into a few main areas:

  • Bar Area
  • Spa Area
  • Dance Area
  • Command and Control Area
  • Refrigerated Storage
  • Preparation / Storage Area
  • Security and Monitoring System
  • Equipment Area

 

 

 

Bar Area

This is the main service area accommodating 23 seats for guests that wish to sit at the bar and enjoy some shade.

The bar will be the main point for guests and staff to interact, allows plenty of room for guests to mingle, and is the point where food and drink are served or handed to the wait staff.

This area will also house the audio and video gear; televisions, speakers and other equipment of that nature. The guests will have an opportunity to use the internet services with their smart phones, call home with the supplied internet phones, and/or watch satellite television.

The port side is clear for the wait staff to use as a pick up point for prepared drinks. Ice chests, blenders and other bar equipment will be housed under the bar, a beer tap and a soda dispenser housed above. The palapa thatched roof will provide shade and cover in case of rain.

This is a list of proposed items for the bar area:

Bar Equipment:

  • Bar specific dishwasher
  • Beer tap for 8 flavors of draft beer
  • Brine filled chiller for wine bottles
  • Ceiling fans (2)
  • Dispenser for 6 flavors of soda
  • Dual drinking water tap
  • Ice boxes for chilled bottles (2)
  • Industrial drink blenders (2)
  • Industrial triple sink
  • Mist spray comfort system
  • Overhead drinking glass storage
  • Plate and cutlery storage
  • Rack for BIB (bag in box) syrup boxes
  • Small freezer for ice cream used in drinks

Electronics:

  • Audio amplifier and Speakers
  • CCTV security cameras
  • Flat screen televisions (4)
  • Lighting controls
  • Microphones and audio mixer
  • Overhead ceiling fans
  • POS system for inventory control
  • Radio for communication with the pilot
  • Satellite receivers (2)
  • Digital song and movie library
  • VOIP Phone for communication with world

Spa Area

Chaise lounges, surrounded by port and starboard hot tubs, decorate the spa area just forward of the bar.

There are two hot tubs, to balance the massive weight of the water in the tubs, and so the guests can enjoy a more intimate environment (perhaps one spa is clothed, and one is clothing optional?)

Each hot tub has an outboard wall made of clear plexiglass. This allows sunlight to come in to the tub, allows the guests to view the sea life, and creates a unique experience for your resort.

The spa area is situated just forward of the bar area, so the wait staff can be close to the bar and the guests on the chaise lounges and in the hot tubs. Large under-deck compartments will transport the guests’ luggage during the voyage from/to the resort.

Details and dimensions:

  • each window is 6′ wide and 3′ deep
  • each hot tub is 6′ long and 4′ wide, and holds about 400 gallons each
  • minimum 1.35” thick plexiglass (according to the calculation by Acrylite plastics)
  • each hot tub will fit 6 guests comfortably using benches molded to the sides of the hot tubs
  • the water will be heated by engine heat from the electrical generators
  • four or more chaise lounges can be placed between the hot tubs
  • Three under-deck storage compartments, between the hot tubs, each 3′ deep, with door openings 6′ x 4′, provide 216 cubic feet of water tight storage space for guests’ luggage

Dance Floor and Relaxation Pillows

No party is complete without a dance floor. The bow is adorned with a varnished wooden dance floor. No dance floor is complete without a pole to dance with. We’ve got that covered!

The dance floor allows your guests to really let loose, enjoy the Caribbean sun, music, drinks and the great service aboard. For the very adventurous, the spinning pole adds a bit of risqué.

After a few dance numbers, the guests can throw themselves on the stuffed pillows surrounding the dance floor. These pillows allow the guests to carry on conversations with their friends in the hot tubs and the chaise lounges.

The dance pole doubles as a support for the retractable roof made of sun-shade fabric and supported by removable poles port and starboard.

Details and dimensions:

  • The dance floor is 8′ x 8′
  • The pillows are covered with material designed for marine use
  • There are 2 additional and removable poles, one for port and starboard, to act as support for the retractable roof made from sun-shade fabric.
  • The retractable roof fabric is not water permeable, to protect from rain and sun.
  • Four inflatable rescue rafts are housed in the bow compartment, underneath the area covered by pillows.

 

Command and Control Center

The command and control center is situated inside the pilot house above the main deck, accessible by a vertical ladder and a locking door.

The pilot house has control of the ship’s engines, electrical, entertainment and navigation systems.

From the second deck the pilot is isolated from the noise and craziness of the party deck so that he may concentrate on the safe passage of the boat and its guests.

The pilot house has its own lighting and ventilation system, includes a sky light and windows all around. The location of the pilot house gives the pilot clear view of the passenger boarding ladder and the port side of the vessel, for safer and easier docking. The roof over the preparation area allows a lookout to stand watch over the starboard side for safe docking maneuvers.

Details and equipment:

  • Auto-tracking marine satellite antenna for television and internet
  • Depth gauges, display for sonar transducer
  • Electrical generator controls
  • Engine controls and gauges
  • GPS antenna and receiver
  • House lighting and electrical control panels
  • Internet WI-FI router
  • Navigation lighting, horns and rudder controls
  • Radar display and antenna
  • Satellite antenna for tracking ship’s location
  • Security, Tracking and Monitoring System control panel
  • Shore power monitoring gauges
  • Television monitors for on-board CCTV cameras
  • VHF radio and antenna

Refrigerated Compartment

The deck below the bartenders will house the refrigerated storage for beer kegs and other food and drink items.

Space is always at a premium in a boat, and beer kegs are heavy and bulky. In the warm Caribbean, ice cold beer, water and soda add to the five star experience your guests deserve.

This refrigerated compartment houses 12 half barrel beer kegs, 2 CO2 cylinders, 2 freezer compartments and 5 removable food storage containers. Using 20 removable lids the staff has quick access to the food and equipment below.

The CO2 cylinders are used to dispense beer through the beer taps and to carbonate the soda. The kegs hold beer and purified fresh water for the taps used by the bartenders. The freezer area will hold ice cream boxes and other frozen items. The removable food storage containers are used to house cream, milk, lemons, oranges, olives and other food items used in a well stocked bar.

Details and Dimensions:

  • The compartment is 31” deep, with a 46” x 119” surface (98 cubic feet).
  • The freezer is 6” x 46” x 31” (5 c.f.)
  • The CO2 cylinders each hold 20 c.f.; Enough to dispense 240 gallons of beer and soda
  • Each keg holds 15.5 gallons (124 pints)
  • Each removable food storage compartment is 29” x 10” x 18” (3 c.f.)
  • The refrigerated compartment has internal braces to secure the kegs and other items.
  • The temperature is maintained by an electrically driven compressor and a chilled water system; to maintain temperature while on shore power

Preparation and Storage Area

The rear starboard quarter of the deck is used as a preparation and storage area. This is a flexible space with walls on all but one side.

The area can be home to a large propane grill used for preparing hot food, a storage locker built into the wall can store supplies.

The deck will give access to the propulsion and electrical equipment. The bathroom, accessible from the port side door, near the guest boarding ladder will be fitted with a saltwater flush toilet and an area with a freshwater shower. In addition, a locker will store a Hall Medpac; with enough medication and supplies to treat many medical emergencies.

Details:

  • access to wiring and plumbing runs
  • access to propulsion equipment
  • saltwater flush toilet with macerator pump
  • freshwater shower in bathroom
  • water heater for bar wash sinks, dishwasher and shower
  • gas connection for propane grill

Security and Monitoring

A vessel like this needs to be secure. We have included the latest in wireless security, monitoring and tracking technology from Paradox Marine. The tracking system (GOST) will report the vessel’s physical location, course and speed to the resort every few minutes and will plot it on the internet.

This system will alert up to 8 owners, by phone call, email and/or text message if the ship moves out of its predetermined course, if it breaks anchor during the night, or if thieves attempt to steal her. GOST uses inmarsat satellites and is immune to the problems of cellular phone communication. An emergency button allows the pilot to send the ship’s coordinates every few minutes until help arrives.

Six CCTV cameras, placed discreetly throughout the ship will continuously record events even at night. These recordings can be recalled using the internet, even if the ship has been stolen. In the case of a lawsuit or an injury to a guest, video evidence may be the key to ensuring the resort’s innocence. In the case of a theft, video evidence may be the key to finding the culprit.

Sensors will alarm if there is water intrusion, hot refrigerators, shore power failure, hot batteries, smoke in the engine room or an intruder during off hours. These security features as well as acoustic deterrents for the control and engine rooms, or remote turn off of the electrical systems or propulsion systems may be the key to preventing theft of the ship or its electronics.

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