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Enjoying a Morning Cruise Aboard ArrowCat

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Published on: 2013/03/03

Aboard an ArrowCat 30, Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats takes a morning cruise on the Florida waters heading to sea state one testing the performance of this offshore power catamaran.

Leaving the Palm Beach Garden’s marina, the waters look blissful heading out to sea.  We enjoyed calm waters and warm Florida sun along the intracoastal on this Friday morning.


ArrowCat 30 Starboard Helm

The calm waters of the Florida intracoastal look inviting for our morning cruise on the ArrowCat 30.  As we entered the channel the chop picked up and the smaller monohull vessels did not venture out to the open waters.  They were readily being tossed and turned; rocking and rolling.  Beyond the channel were a few scattered larger monohull vessels experiencing rough chop of the Atlantic.   But not the ArrowCat; it easily cruised through the chop into the Atlantic without any difficulty.  The stability and comfortable cruise was most likely enviable by those who were turning back unable to enjoy the offshore waters.

Looking ahead at the white caps we headed towards conditions between sea state one and two.   The ArrowCat performed like a champ.  This vessel navigated the conditions with ease and exceptional stability.  The hull design handled the ocean extraordinarily. Larger monohull vessels turned back to shore rather than attempt the off shore conditions. The ArrowCat was impressive maintaining course, stability and none of the tortuous rolling sensation the monohulls were experiencing.  Our ride was dry, enjoyable, smooth and quite comfortable!

The ArrowCat 30 Express is a popular boat designed to meet all your boating needs.  It is built tough for your offshore requirements, yet it handles like a champ in shallow draft too.  The ArrowCat line provides families, fishermen and offshore boaters a  safe, comfortable ride with  speed and economy like no other vessel.

Renowned international yacht designer, Roger Hill achieved a proven design to meet the needs for family fun, fishing, scuba, entertaining and much more.  The unique design offers the best of displacement and planing hull technologies with stability, exceptional seaworthiness and fuel economy!

Rob Harty of ArrowCat and Domingo Bernardo of Mar Y Sol enjoying the morning cruise.


This ArrowCat was equipped with twin Suzuki 175s, and weighs 30% less than the same sized mono-hull affording excellent fuel economy.  A hallmark of a power catamaran is fuel efficiency and the ArrowCat 30 delivers!

The ArrowCat 30 top speed is 50 MPH (42 knots) and burns only an impressive 10 gallons per hour at a cruising speed of 20 knots (23 MPH).

We shut off the engines and set adrift.  Again the hull design proved to be superior; stable, solid and comfortable.

All the ArrowCat models feature a multipurpose layout perfect for families, entertaining, fishing and diving.   The L shaped design of the settee allows for plenty of seating and room for walking about the salon.  The area can easily accommodate up to 8 adults comfortably for the day.  The ArrowCat 30 can sleep up to 6 making it a great weekend get-away vessel.

Rob Grgek a local ArrowCat dealer at the helm of the 30 ft ArrowCat

The helm station is positioned in the middle providing lots of visibility, light and comfort for the skipper.  The dash has plenty of room for all the electronics with seat on the starboard for the co-pilot.

The ArrowCat brand has lots to offer for families, fisherman, divers and cruisers.

ArrowCat is hand built with an experienced team using the best materials!  Come aboard and see for yourself!

Contact Mar Y Sol Twin Hull Boats for more information!

0396[1]Bonita Springs Firefighters get a New TwinVee

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TwinVee Fire fighting boat; Click for Video


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The Bonita Springs Fire Department has upgraded a critical part of it’s life saving equipment.

The boat’s longer, it’s wider, has more storage, safer for us as the rescuers and passengers we have to bring on here,” said Lt. Richard Scott

The 26-foot custom built Twin Vee is equipped to perform fire and medical calls with advanced life support equipment, once it hits the water.

We can keep all the necessary equipment on here that we need, including water rescue equipment, medical equipment, our fire pump, and our foam that goes with it,” said Lt. Scott.

This twin engine, Twin Vee, is replacing the departments 22-foot Boston Whaler.

“One of things this boat is customized with is a rescue door, which gives easy access without hurting someone further.”

It’s thermal imaging will help fire crews spot a boat or someone in the water.

“What you see here is exactly how this would look at night which enables us to help find people, like victims in the water, or helping with navigation.”

Lt. Scott said this boat is essential to station number two.

A lot of the calls we have are in the Gulf, circumstances that aren’t always like today, windy conditions, very rough and that’s typically when people get in trouble.”

Twin Vee 35 Hydrofoil: Added Lift, Better Efficiency

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Twin Vee 35 Hydrofoil: Added Lift, Better Efficiency

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This new powercat from Twin Vee was designed specifically to carry hydrofoils, fore and aft, in its tunnel.

Twin Vee Powercats build some unique boats, and the latest to enter their line-up of one-of-a-kind cats is the 35 Hydrofoil. This boat was designed and built for foils, and with a pair of 300-hp Suzuki outboards on the transom, cruises in excess of 40-mph.


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“The fuel and efficiency difference with the hydrofoils is incredible,” Twin Vee CEO Roger Dunshee told me, when the boat was introduced at the Miami Boat Show. “We had to design the boat specifically for them and it was quite an investment, but I just can’t believe how well it runs,” he said.

The foils generate both lift and trim stabilization, and in some cases can reduce a boat’s lift/drag ratio from 4.0:1 to 20:1. That additional lift and reduced drag mean you can use smaller powerplants to get the same speeds out of a boat, and one of the first owners claimed that his 35 gets better than three MPG at cruise.

If foils are so darn good, why doesn’t every cat builder use them? Design costs are a major reason, but results seem to vary from one model to another, too, with smaller boats seeing reduced benefits. When I tested a pair of 29’ cats a few years ago, one with and one without foils, the efficiency gain we measured was under 10-percent.

hydro foil hydrofoils

Foils aside, the 35 is built to be a serious fishboat, and includes a leaning post with rocket launchers, a tackle station, and a livewell; a walk-in console head compartment; fore and aft seating; and gunwale rodholders. The helm has plenty of space for those big, beautiful LCD screens we anglers love, and coaming bolsters line the gunwales.

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Audi R8 Themed Catamaran; Speed and Looks

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What happens if you marry a car and a high speed catamaran?

Audi R8 Catamaran

Why on earth would someone design a speedboat inspired from the Audi R8? Well, if we didn’t know better, we’d say that the catamaran’s designer probably wanted to style cars but instead ended up in the shipping business as the R8 Catamaran is Bo Zolland’s second automobile-inspired speedboat after the 1963 Corvette Stingray lookalike catamaran (see here). -Continued

According to the Swedish designer, the 8.8 meter long R8 speedboat has been designed to use a V10 biodiesel marine engine or two smaller 320 HP diesel units helping it to achieve a theoretical top speed of 110 MPH.

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ProExport Colombia Visits Mar Y Sol at Twin Vee Factory

Colombia represents an enormous opportunity for investors.

With the signing of the Free Trade Agreement, the country has opened its doors to the United States to expand its market in many sectors.  Mar Y Sol recognizes this opportunity and actively working to partner with Colombian and U.S. businesses and organizations.  We invited ProExport Colombia to visit Twin Vee Catamaran factory and meet Roger Dunshee, the founder, owner and CEO of Twin Vee !

Twin Vee Catamarans of Fort Pierce, Florida has prided itself on producing a safe,

Roger Dunshee

reliable quality boat at an affordable price.  Customers trust the name and the performance. As founder, Roger Dunshee states, Twin Vee Catamarans are “the best riding boats on the water.”  Over time, these well crafted boats will still hold their value!

Recently, Sergio Rodríguez, Foreign Investment Representative of ProExport Colombia visited the Twin Vee factory in Fort Pierce, Florida.  ProExport promotes “nontraditional exports, international  tourism and foreign investment” in Colombia.  They assist to identify market opportunities, assist to design strategies for the market segment, promote foreign direct investment in Colombia and much more.

Sergio Rodríguez

One of the market sectors that has been on the upswing is tourism.  Along the Colombian Caribbean coast line are cities poised for expansion in this sector.  Cartagena, is an urban center with almost 1 million residents and home to one the most important international ports.  Recreational tourism, beaches and development of the marine market is underway.  Rosario Islands, Barú and Santa Marta are known for the recreational tourism all surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Mr. Rodríquez explained that ProExport’s tourism office is located in Cartagena and offers services for the cruise ships and hotels. Domingo Bernardo, CEO and president of Mar y Sol explained the business plan and development for Colombia. The company will offer boating services and products to hotels, cruise ships, marinas and recreational boaters.  It was agreed by all, that Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats and Twin Vee Catamarans can in fact fill that niche and importantly, ProExport Colombia has offered assistance to Mar y Sol.

At a round table discussion,  Roger Dunshee  explained the benefits of  power catamarans and why the Twin Vee brand is so unique. Mr. Rodríguez had a tour of Twin Vee factory and able to see the quality of the construction which has made these boats famous.  Mr. Rodríquez was introduced to the latest technology in boating: the Twin Vee  Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat.   This advancement in boating creates a lift, runs on top of the waves, less resistance, lower horsepower and less fuel!

Twin Vee Hydrofoil Supported Ocean Cat


Mar y Sol Twin Hull Boats is proud to represent Twin Vee Catamarans and to introduce these legendary boats to the Colombian market! With the enormous growth of the marine and recreational tourism, Mar y Sol along with Twin Vee  will fill a niche in the nautical market.

Thank you to Mr. Sergio Rodríguez for your visit and Mr. Roger Dunshee of Twin Vee for the factory tour!




Best Boat Buying Tips | What to Ask When Buying a Boat

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From:  Best Boat Buying Tips | Boating Magazine.

Boat Buying Answers

Use this guide to get the answers you need before making that big purchase.

Q: When is the best time to buy a boat?

A: Beautiful question! And it makes this story all the more timely. It’s boat-show season. It’s winter. This is when you’ll find the best deals because sellers want to get boats moving through the pipeline; late fall is pretty good too, when everyone wants to move inventory. “It’s a buyer’s market,” naval architect Lou Codega says. “Anybody who walks in with money should expect to be treated very, very well.” But you need to come into the buying game armed. See, once the seller starts asking the questions, you’re his. Don’t follow. You ask. You lead. And you can do that by asking these 17 — well, 16 now — questions.

Q: Is the manufacturer still in business?

A: This is reality. Since the Great Recession hit back in December of aught-seven, a few businesses have been folding like poker players with crummy hands. Make sure this boat’s manufacturer is up and running, that it will honor the warranty. More on that follows.

Q: Can I have a pre-purchase survey?

A: It’d better be “yes.” If you’re pulling out of the marina in a new $100,000 machine, you want to know that a boat-construction expert poured over every little detail, every nut, every seal, every potential flaw. Your bank or insurance company may demand it anyway. Finding a surveyor is easy: The National Association of Marine Surveyors (it’s even in the name!) and the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (ditto!) have a list. Most of our sources put the cost of inspection at roughly $10 per foot. It’s a minor investment for a serious buy.

Q: Mind if I take her out for a spin?

A: Again, you want to hear “yes.” Never buy a boat without a test spin around the harbor. Oh, sure, the salesman doesn’t want to take the boat off the trailer and put it in the water, and of course he’ll feed you the line that their insurance doesn’t cover it, but, hey, you’re the one spending a fortune here, and you want everything to work. If he won’t let you wet the hull, take your business elsewhere. “I’m amazed at how often people sometimes buy boats without trying them out,” says Winn Willard, director of Hunt Yachts. “Does anyone buy a car without driving it? Honestly, most cars behave kind of the same on the road, but a boat, oh yeah, they could scare you half to death.”

Q: What does the warranty cover, exactly?

A: If the radio blows out in your fresh-off-the-lot Porsche 911, the Porsche dealership deals with it. That’s not always the case with a boat. If the GPS shoots craps, for instance, some dealers will send you to Raytheon. “You always want to know what kind of guarantee there is up front,” says Monterey Boats project manager Roy Ellis. Also ask where you’ll take it for a tuneup. Does the warranty cover that? Get it all in writing.

Q: Who are your point people for warranties with the manufacturer?

A: Some boatbuilders have disbanded their warranty departments in recent months. The builders who are confident in their long-term health still have close relationships with their dealers. The names of the people who handle warranties won’t mean anything to you, but the fact that the dealer knows them will tell you plenty.


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Boat Buyer’s Cheat Sheet; What to Look for in a Boat

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From:  Boat Buyer’s Cheat Sheet | Boating Magazine.


You know what kind of boat you want and you have a budget in mind. The only thing you’re missing is the knowledge to differentiate between a pretender and a contender, the little clues that tell you if a builder has done the job right or taken the easy way out. So here it is — on the following pages you’ll find everything you need to know to make that salesman realize he’s not dealing with some hull-thumping wannabe.

Now is the best time to buy your next boat!




Stand at the stern and look forward along the topsides. You’re checking for waves, ripples, pits, or other imperfections. Top-shelf fiberglass work is as smooth as a mirror. Also watch for flat spots on the sides and curves along the length of the chines that could mean the boat was removed from the mold before it cured. While you’re at the stern, eyeball the rubrail. It should be straight with only minor hints of the silicone that’s sealing it. Waviness indicates that the hull and deck didn’t fit together cleanly.


If, in construction, the hull and deck don’t line up, the hull can become twisted as the two parts are forced together. Even small differences can affect handling. To check, tape some string to the bow at the waterline and bring it back along one side of the boat to the edge of the transom. Do the same on the other side. The two lengths of string should be the same.


Traditionally, the best way to join the hull and deck is with bolts and then bonding from the inside with fiberglass. But technology marches on. Methacrylate adhesives, like Plexus, get the job done right also. The best places to look at how the joint was done are inside the anchor locker and engine compartment.


Wood stringers and frames have gotten a lot of bad press since the advent of fiberglass internal support structures. Wood can be acceptable if it’s pressure treated to resist rot and encapsulated in fiberglass. Crawl into the engine room and look for at least 2″ of overlapping glass cloth. You should see no “line bubbles,” which look like white streaks, in the corners. Fiberglass structures must meet the hull evenly and be faired into the hull with putty. Any blobs of putty and lumps of built-up fiberglass is a sign of poor mating or bonding.


Continued at:  Boat Buyer’s Cheat Sheet | Boating Magazine.

The Versatile Catamaran Fishing Boat


If you’ve ever seen catamaran fishing boats then you will have some idea of what this article is going to say. If you haven’t seen catamaran fishing boats they are a unique and interesting design. Catamaran fishing boats are basically two hulls set on a single frame. Usually the desk of a catamaran fishing boat sits in between these two hulls. These fishing boats are a more recent addition to fishing boat designs in Europe and in the West. However in the eastern islands catamaran fishing boats have been in use for hundreds of years. Because of the design of these boats they are usually fast and stable as fishing craft and their design means that they have less pitch during rough seas. These boats are usually lighter in weight than their traditional counter parts.


Catamaran fishing boats are either power or sail based. Sail based boats are usually more pleasure craft based than the power based boats. Because of the design of catamaran fishing boats they often have a variety of features that are not always available in traditional designs. These boats have two hulls this can increase the amount of available storage space for features such as fish lockers – so that you can store the fish and keep it fresh.

Catamaran fishing boats come in a variety of sizes with either internal engines or high powered outboard engines. There are also a variety of different types of catamaran fishing boats. There are rough water boats, shallow water boats as well as inflatable boats now being made. There are even catamaran fishing boats being used with alternative fuel option engines. This is a good idea because you can choose to use your favorite fuel.

As a result of their versatility you can find catamaran fishing boats in any size and for any type of fisherman. There are small boats which only carry a few people and there are others that that do deep sea and long haul ocean fishing. Catamaran fishing boats are popular boats with a unique and interesting design of. These fishing boats are sleek and fast. These boats offer you a level of stability which you do not see being offered with traditionally designed boats. If you’re skeptical about the design of these boats – don’t be they have been in use in some areas of the world since the 5th century. When you are looking for your next fishing boat, why not look at a catamaran fishing boat for your fishing needs. These boats won’t disappoint you and will leave you feeling good about your purchase.



Catamaran Fishing Boats – Exciting Features Revealed

One of its kind boats the Catamaran fishing boats have an interesting design and are basically two hulls set on a single frame. This type of boat has a very unique design. The construction is simple and you will notice that the desk present in the catamaran fishing boat sits in between the provided two hulls. Actually the fact is that these fishing boats have been recently added in Europe and the West. And also these boats have been in use from earlier times in the Eastern islands. Their design enables them to be fast and stable for fishing and also provides the boat a lower pitch during the moment in those rough seas. When compared to the other different boats these catamaran fishing boats are much lighter in their weight.

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These boats have a unique type of power or sail base. If you have to choose a boat between the two bases then it’s suggested to choose the sail based boats as they are mostly pleasure craft, where as its not the same with the catamaran power based boats. Their design enables them to have features not always available in traditional designs. Structure of these fishing boats is such that there are two hulls which gives more space for storing huge amount of fresh fishes. And also these spaces are provided with lockers for storage.

These special boats come in varied sizes with internal or high power external engines. The variety of these boats is huge. There are a variety of catamaran boats from rough water boats, to shallow water boats, even to inflatable ones and boats with alternative fuel option engines enabling you to select your favorite fuel.

Due to such wide variety of catamaran fishing boats you will have the choice of selecting boat of any size. And for the fisherman?s too there is wider choice in this boat category .fisherman can not only choose according to size but can also decide to have this boat based on the engine. Few of these fishing boats can carry couple of people and the other variety of boats in this category can be used to sail in deep sea and also that long haul ocean. These fishing boats are not only sleek in design but also their speed is very exciting. Like any old boats which were used earlier these fishing boats provide a special good stability feature. Since fifth century these fishing boats with their unique designs are in use in many parts of the world. People who are interested in fishing can always anytime opt for these sleek fishing boats. These boats will be fun and you can enjoy good afternoon fishing. So those people interested should get more information on buying one.

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AmeraCat 31 Delivers a PowerCat with a “Punch”

Ameracat 31: Power Catamaran with a Punch


This is a power catamaran built for those of us who want the most LOA for the buck, while placing utility at the top of the priority list. That describes me to a tee, and when I first saw an Ameracat sitting at the end of the dock it was love at first sight. The interior has a simple, easy-to-clean spackle finish; the cockpit is free of junk like transom seats (Shut up and hold on, you can sit down when the fishboxes are plugged); and the console cabin is little more than a cave with room for a Porta-Pottie. Simple, for sure, but completely functional as well.

Americat 31 center console

The boat’s utilitarian attitude carries over to its construction. This is essentially a gigantic two-hulled rolled-edge skiff, one that can take up to 600 horses on the transom. That’s not to say the boat is built poorly, because it isn’t. Ameracat doesn’t skimp on strength; the hull is laminated with bi- and tri-axial fabrics, the deck is cored with 1.5” thick Airex high-density foam panels, and the sponsons are pumped full of closed-cell foam. That makes for a single structural component, and when we fired up the twin ETEC 300s and raced through a very busy Biscayne Bay at 50-plus mph, the hull crunched over three-foot boat wakes like a fleet-footed slab of granite.



All electric personal submarine for $55.000 USD

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read more at:  Raonhaje’s electric semi submarine “Ego” is the Segway of submarines.

Raonhaje (from South Korea) has created a real (not conceptual), accessible, semi-submarine perfect for personal touring of clear Caribbean waters.  This vessel is all electric, seats two and drives like a car.  Hotels and resorts in the Caribbean may wish to consider these for their rental fleet.


The world’s first compact semi submarine that doesn’t need extensive training to be on your own in your underwater excursion.

This battery powered boat-becomes-submarine can be operated like a car.  An electronic accelerator pedal is applied instead of a throttle lever to work like the accelerator pedal of a the car.

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The floating hulls mounted on both sides of the central hull prevents sinking even if the floating hulls are damaged.

The windows of the EGO are made of special acrylic materials, mostly used in aquariums to withstand water pressure and enable light transmission for better visibility.

EGO features a top speed of 4 knots for 4 hours, and it runs for 6-10 hours on a single charge.

Other equipment includes a monitoring LCD system, battery monitoring systems, VHF marine two way radio, digital depth gauge, foot pedal, compass and clock.

The EGO is available in a choice of seven cool colors, including French Rose, Lime Green and pink.

Via: RaonHaje

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Lastest News: Arrowcat and Aeroyacht have made an agreement to develop and market the builder’s range of motor catamarans.

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Lastest News: Arrowcat and Aeroyacht have made an agreement to develop and market the builder’s range of motor catamarans..


Arrowcat and Aeroyacht have made an agreement to develop and market the builder’s range of motor catamarans.


Lastest News: Arrowcat and Aeroyacht have made an agreement to develop and market the builder's range of motor catamarans.

The Arrowcat 30′ and 42′ are motor multihulls allowing you to have a fun day at sea, go fishing, spend a weekend or go ocean cruising: there is something to suit all tastes, and the boats really deserve their nickname, SUV (Sport Utility Vessel, or the nautical 4 x 4)… The good news is that to celebrate this agreement, Aeroyacht is offering to take care of the re-sale of your motor boat and take no commission, for the purchase of an Arrowcat 30 or 42… Hurry up and take advantage of this offer; there won’t be enough for everyone!

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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.

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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:



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:



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:



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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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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Electric Marine Motors to be Built in U.S.

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from:  Thoosa and Triton Electric Marine Motors to be Built in U.S. | Cruising World.

September 6, 2012

Thoosa and Triton Electric Marine Motors to be Built in U.S.

Clean eMarine Americas will manufacture the electric propulsion systems in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Good news if you’re in the market for electric propulsion for your boat! Clean eMarine Americas, based in Annapolis, Maryland, has signed an agreement with Clean eMarine, the Danish manufacturer of Thoosa and Triton marine electric propulsion systems, to begin production and assembly of its Thoosa (a DC system) and Triton (an AC system) systems in St. Petersburg, Florida, by the end of this year.

With the increased interest and market for green marine technology, Lars Dybro Frederiksen, CEO of Clean eMarine based in Copenhagen, and Sally Reuther, CEO of Clean eMarine Americas, concluded that the best solution to the rising costs of shipping completed systems from Denmark was to establish a production facility in the U.S.

“We have been proud to offer these high quality, Danish-designed systems to boat owners in the U.S. since 2010,” says Reuther, “but now we are able to do so more competitively by producing them in St. Petersburg, Florida, and distributing them through our regional distributor/dealer network throughout North America.”

Charlie Johnson, Clean eMarine Americas partner and owner of JTB Marine Corporation, which specializes in marine electrical systems, will head the St. Petersburg production facility. The facility will be on line to produce, assemble, and test the highly efficient electric propulsion systems to meet the demand for Thoosa systems sold at the Fall 2012 Boat Shows.

Aprobado el uso de Hamilton Jetdrives para Cartagena

07 Agosto 2012, Florida, EE.UU.Yamaha J105 Jet Drive Cowling

Mar y Sol orgullosamente presenta barcos estilo catamarán con propulsión de chorro.

Gracias al interés del público de Cartagena y la necesidad de tener barcos cómodos con las ciénagas comunes en esa parte de Colombia, presentamos lo que posiblemente sea el primer catamarán con propulsión de chorro.

El uso de impulsores de chorro estilo Hamilton (conocidos como impulsores «jetdrive» en inglés) está aprobado para el uso con varios barcos con motores fuera de borda.

Los barcos de TwinVee, fabricados con materiales sintéticos ligeros calan muy poca agua por su diseño, sin embargo las ciénagas son poco profunda y suelen tener obstáculos semi-sumergidos.  Una colisión a velocidad con una helíce típicamente resulta con una o varias hélices dañadas.

El jetdrive proporciona una aceleración superior a la propulsión con hélices, y ofrece varias cualidades deseables para operación en las ciénagas.

  1. la unidad de propulsión cala menos agua que el casco de la embarcación
  2. el barco puede ejecutar maniobras con mayor facilidad
  3. no tiene hélice expuesto
  4. estorbar menos el fondo

Conversaciones con los fabricantes de los motores y de los barcos resultaron en la aprobación de varias combinaciones de barco y motor.

Para los que tienen o desean propulsión convencional, Mar y Sol también ofrece hélices de fabricación sintética diseñadas específicamente para colisiones subacuáticas.

Para mayor información favor de ponerse en contacto con Mar y Sol de Colombia, llamando al +57 (314) 541-3327; o bien enviando un correo a

(Foto de motor Yamaha fuera de borda con impulsor de chorro;

Be sure you visit about and on our website!  Mar y Sol loves Colombia!

Australian 16m Catamaran Ferry Uses Jet Drives

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Published on: 2012/08/07

New ferry handed over.


This Australian Catamaran Ferry uses jet drives to send passengers back and forth to the Bay Islands, without killing turtles and other animals in the propellers.











The first of four new fast ferries for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands was handed over yesterday and should start work within the next few weeks.

“It’s a win win win for everyone” said Member for Redlands, John English before he smashed the bottle of champagne against the blunt bow  of the commercial passenger catamaran at the Aluminium Boats Australia headquarters on the Brisbane River.

Graeme Leishman and John English

Director of Transit Sysems Australia, owner of the BITS ferry service, Graham Leishman agreed and praised John English not only for shepherding the project through the Government Departments but by being instrumental in getting a quarter of the cost of the four new boats subsidised by the Queensland Government.

BITS and Aluminium Boats Australia have literally designed their way out of being an environmental hazard.

With the increased traffic , dugongs and turtles in the shallows of the southern part of the Bay were increasingly getting into harms way.  Consequently, the EPA in its the final version of the Marine Park wanted to slow boats over eight metres to six knots through critical areas of the route between the Bay Islands and the mainland. The EPA had enough evidence to show that wild life was being chopped up and squashed by big fast boats and They argued it was time to stop it.

On the other hand, 1500 signatures on a petition in April last year showed that the move would be very unpopular with the commuters from the islands.  The slowdown would cost them an extra 20 minutes on the journey.

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Jet Drive vs Sterndrive | Boating Magazine

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Published on: 2012/08/07

FROM:  Jet Drive vs Sterndrive | Boating Magazine.

Jet Drive vs Sterndrive

To prop or not to prop, that is the question.

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 jet drive against a Chaparral H2O 19 Sport with a 220 hp MerCruiser sterndrive and put them through their paces.

Jet Drive vs Sterndrive


High Speed Internet for Caribbean Pleasure Boats; Intelsat EpicNG

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Published on: 2012/08/01

From: Maritime News / Maritime Executive Magazine

Intelsat EpicNG Broadband Connectivity to Support MTN’s Service for Cruise, Yacht Sectors | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine.

Long-term commitment provides MTN with a ground-breaking solution for delivery of more than 2 gigabits per second to Caribbean customers

Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the leading global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world, announced that MTN has committed to IntelsatEpicNG, Intelsat’s next generation, high-performance, open architecture satellite platform for the cruise and yacht sectors.

Under a long-term agreement, MTN will leverage the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e, to provide more than 2 gigabits of capacity for MTN’s cruise and yacht customers in the Caribbean.

The Intelsat EpicNG platform is a complementary overlay to Intelsat’s leading global satellite network.  Initially, MTN will utilize capacity on Intelsat’s Ku-band mobile global broadband infrastructure. Once Intelsat 29e is launched in 2015, MTN will then partially transition to its custom-designed service on the Intelsat EpicNG platform, enabling MTN to deliver an unprecedented level of throughput in key Caribbean regions, especially for the cruise and yacht sectors.

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Water Tubing: 5 Reasons to Love Boat Tubing Sports

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Water Tubing: 5 Reasons to Love Boat Tubing Sports.


Water Tubing: 5 Reasons to Love Boat Tubing

Water tubing means big splashes and big fun. Here are our favorite reasons why we love boat tubing:
Water Tubing
  1. It’s Easy
    Water tubing is one of the easiest water sports you can try. Boat tubing doesn’t require nearly as much agility, balance, or strength as waterskiing or wakeboarding—in fact, we’d say the number one requirement of water tubing is that you’re just able to hang on and have fun.
  2. Water Tubing is Appropriate for all Ages
    Boat tubing is something that both young and old can enjoy. Unlike other water sports which may require the boat to travel at high speeds, boat tubing allows passengers to travel at the speed that’s right for them. It’s also easy for many large water tubes to hold more than one person, which is essential if you need to have an adult in the water with young children.
  3. It’s a Great Exercise
    Spending time both in the water and on the boat is invigorating exercise! Boat tubing is a terrific way to enjoy the outdoors and get your fill of fresh air. Water tubing helps you brush up on your swimming skills and improves strength and coordination.
  4. Good for Spending Time with Family and Friends
    Whether you’re having fun driving the boat or you’re the one in the water, water tubing is the perfect family boating outing. Boat tubing is also ideal for large groups, not only because more than one person can fit on a tube at a time, but also because getting in and out of the water is generally quicker and easier.
  5. Water Tubing is a Family Activty!
    Water tubing is a uniquely thrilling and unforgettable water sports experience. Speeding across the water on a tube can be just as much fun as wakeboarding or water skiing— without the added stress of needing to stay perfectly balanced on top of the water. Instead, water tubing lets you focus on the fun as the boat pulls you along behind it.

Retail Sales are Growing for the First Time in 5 Years

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From: NMMA presentation by Thom Dammrich Dammrich Industry Breakfast Presentation.pdf


Tide coming back in for recreational boating industry – JSOnline

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Tide coming back in for recreational boating industry – JSOnline.


Tide coming back in for recreational boating industry




This year has been the strongest start to the boating season since about 2007, said Jim Meyer, owner of Main Marine & Ski, a Racine boat dealer.


“It hasn’t matched the 2004 numbers, and I don’t know if we will ever see that again, but it’s been five or six years since we have had this busy of a spring,” Meyer said.


In Wisconsin, sales of new powerboats and accessories in 2011 were up 29.3% over 2010, at $378 million, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.


Nationwide, sales increased 6% to an estimated $32 billion, the Chicago-based trade association said last week in a report based on new powerboat registrations and sales tax figures.


One lingering effect from the recession, though, has been a noticeable shift toward less expensive boats, including aluminum watercraft that previously might have been overlooked by consumers flush with cash and easy credit.


Now, one of every five new power boats sold in the United States is an aluminum pontoon model, compared with 12% in 2005.


It’s been a “seismic shift” in consumer preferences, said Peter Houseworth, client services director at Info-Link Technologies, a Florida firm that tracks marine statistics.


Many buyers have opted for a lower-cost option to get on the water.


They’re willing to get a boat that’s a few feet less in length and doesn’t have a supercharged engine, for example, and then have more cash in their pocket for other things including fuel and travel.


Some manufacturers are bundling a boat, engine, trailer and accessories in one package that costs several thousand dollars less than if everything were purchased separately. To boost their sales, the outboard engine makers have lowered their prices some to promote these packages.


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Ethanol, not for marine engines

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Published on: 2012/08/01

From:  Soundings Today – Trade Only Forum for Marine Industry Professionals

A View from Here » Blog Archive » E15 and the ‘unintended consequences of the diversion of food to fuel’.

Ethanol was back in the news recently when a Phillips 66 service station in Lawrence, Kan., in July became the first in the country to offer E15. The station, which has 14 gas pumps and four for diesel, allows motorists to choose E10, E15, E30 or E85, with the higher levels suitable only for so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles.


I’m not hearing much applause from builders, dealers or boaters.


An active and vocal opponent of E15, the NMMA has begun distributing about 100,000 warning labels to member builders to remind boat owners of the engine problems that misfueling with E15 would cause. The higher blend of ethanol gasoline should not be used in marine engines, regardless of when they were made, or in cars manufactured before 2001.

The NMMA estimates that as many as 95 percent of all recreational boats fuel at traditional gas stations, leading to the likelihood that some misfueling will occur despite warning stickers.

Mobile marine mechanic Erik Klockars told the tug owners that well more than half of the problems he sees with outboards today can be traced to E10 gasoline. “It’s a real problem,” says Klockars. “And it’s not getting better.”


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