Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Comments, Please :-/

You may have noticed that there is nowhere to post your comments on these posts :-( I've been trying to figure out why that is, but have been unable to come up with a solution. Funny thing is that the older posts (2009, for example) are still showing their comments AND can be further commented on today.

 I love to read your comments and encourage you to do so! Until I figure this out, the workarounds are; leave a comment on the Logbook, or, preferably, drop us a line on my Boogabooster Facebook Page :-)

 If anyone has any technical suggestions for the Blogger commenting mechanisms, I'm all ears . . .

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cruisers Yachts 390 Sports Coupe Review

 I'm happy to announce that I will be writing a number of boat reviews for the eBay Motors Blog :-) This look at the Cruisers Yachts 390 Sports Coupe is the first in the series.

When looking for an express cruiser, most purchasers generally take into account two main criteria; cruisability and overnight accommodations. Well, this 2011 Cruisers Yachts 390 Sports Coupe has added one more benchmark - entertaining.

 Equipped with a full complement of factory options as well as many aftermarket items, this ‘freshwater only’ boat is ready to hit the water in style. Impressing your guests will merely be icing on the cake.

The sleek exterior styling is enhanced by a molded hardtop that includes a retractable hatch with sunroof and centre windshield section that opens for direct access to the bow via molded in steps next to the helm. This will come in handy as the boat has a less than generous walkaround, built that way to expand the space in the cockpit and the cabin areas.

Boarding the boat from the swim platform, you will be walking on the Flexiteek marine decking that extends throughout the cockpit area. Made from synthetic materials, this product provides excellent non slip performance, easy maintenance and clean up – without sacrificing natural teakwood trees.

 Before stepping inside, take note of the four LED light enhanced speakers planted in the transom. These are only part of the impressive stereo system that is powered by no less than three amplifiers pushing a total of ten mid/high range speakers plus three sub-woofers. The main Sony head unit, located in the cabin, can also be controlled by a dash mounted remote located at the helm. A fixed mounted flat screen TV rounds out the A/V lineup.

 All those toys are sure to heat things up, so it’s a good thing the cockpit is equipped with a fridge/ice maker, bar sink and reverse cycle air conditioning to keep things cool.  Removable cockpit tables can be set at the aft seating or in front of the double wide companion seat, situated beside the helm. At the helm, you will also find a Raymarine C90 multifunction/GPS chartplotter as well as the controls for the Volvo 550 IPS (8.1 litre, gas fueled) power plants.

 Volvo pioneered pod drives for use on pleasure boats and, according to manufacturer specs, the benefits of the 550 IPS units include the following;

• 30% reduced fuel consumption
• 30% less CO2 emissions
• 50% lower perceived noise level
• 40% longer cruising range
• 20% higher top-speed
• More predictable handling
• Joystick docking

 Because the pod drives are situated under the boat, instead of hanging off the transom, the engines can be placed farther aft, freeing up living space in the cabin. And since they use drive by wire technology and can operate at completely opposing angles and at different engine speeds, the computer controlled joystick commands make docking child’s play.

Also of note is that the Volvo IPS 550’s were the first inboard gas engines to incorporate a catalytic convertor. The engineers at Volvo knew that for this to work, the exhaust gases would have to remain at a considerably higher temperature than what would be the norm in a traditional marine exhaust system, where cooling water is introduced into the exhaust stream. This is not suitable for the catalytic system to be effective. So, the workaround is to utilize a double walled, titanium coated aluminum exhaust, with water flowing between the inner and outer layers, thus providing the heat needed while cooling the exhaust walls. And you thought all the cool engine technology was reserved for the automotive world.

  A power assisted rear deck and fixed ladder to the engine room provides easy access to the four batteries (on Smart charger) and Kohler generator. The quick detach propane gas BBQ grill also stores out of the way down here when not being used on the swim platform.

Moving below decks, we find the galley to port, at the base of the stairs. Cruisers Yachts decided to forego a mid-cabin arrangement and instead took advantage of the room gained by using the IPS drives by pushing the entire main cabin farther aft. The result of this layout is a larger feeling cabin and the ‘Sports Coupe’ designation. The trade-off is that the privacy of an extra mid-cabin stateroom is lost. Not a problem for a cruising couple, or for those who may only have guests overnighting on rare occasions, but might present issues if younger kids are aboard regularly.

 The large, open cabin on the 390 is further accentuated by the design of the forward berth. To maximize volume (and moving around area) on the boat, the designers placed the bed at an angle to conserve space, yet were still able to fit in a queen size berth. For those times when extra sleeping space is needed, there is a privacy curtain that screens off the fold out aft couch, providing accommodations for two more.

  The entertainment factor continues with two more flat screen TVs, one in the cabin and one in the forward berth. A KVH TracVision satellite system provides signals when out on the water. Even under way, or gently rolling at anchor, the gyro stabilized receiver holds a positive fix on the signal.
A separate reverse air/heat system keeps things comfy in the cabin. A full head with separate shower is to port, forward of the galley. Large, elliptical fixed windows behind the main settee, as well as in the galley, along with two porthole windows in the forward berth bring natural light into the cabin. There are also opening, overhead hatches, complete with slide away SkyScreen covers.

 One last look back on deck, we find a polished, stainless steel anchor with windlass, dual windshield wipers and reclining deck lounge pads. There is a transom mounted hot and cold shower and for rainy days, a canvas mooring cover.

 This boat has one more fun feature to offer. When the sun goes down, go ahead and turn on the MEGA LED light show system that features 8 different colors with 8 different functions and speeds. There are 36 individual LED underwater lights, comprised of two pods with 12 lights each and two pods with 6 lights each. If that’s not enough for you, there’s even LED lights in the side vents. . . Now that’s entertainment!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Margarittaville Hollywood Beach

As many of you already know, south Florida is quickly becoming like a second home for us in the winter time. By far, Fort Lauderdale has it all going on for this guy and I was happy to learn that a new Margaritaville Hotel is coming to Hollywood Beach, just south of Lauderdale.

 Interesting facts and figures on the development; the 17 story, $147 million, 350 room 'village center' project will be located on a prime, five acre beachfront site and include bars and restaurants (surprise, surprise). The land will be leased from the City of Hollywood for 99 years. Cost of the land lease? 1.9 billion dollars, not including the other financial benefits of having a place like this located in town.

 Gonna be a for sure place to visit when it opens :-)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Delewana Inn Closes It's Doors

A bit of sad news for those familiar with the Delewana Inn, located on Georgian Bay at Honey Harbour. They have closed their doors after going into receivership earlier this year.

I knew something was up back in May when their live web cam went dark. I liked to periodically check it out as it showed a nice view of the Small Craft Route. It was a good place to check out the conditions on the water, as well as follow along with the receding ice & snow in the spring in anticipation of relaunch and a return trip up to The Bay.

 Hopefully new owners can get it up and running again.

 For those interested, I have found another live web cam from the immediate Honey Harbour area, this one is is located on Picnic Island. It overlooks the water as well, and faces south, towards Midland way. Here is a link; Look for the (really tiny) 'webcam' link at the bottom right of the page. Looks similar to this shot;

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Clothing Optional ;-)

I'm very happy to announce that the all new 'Boogabooster Shirt Shop 'n More' is open for your perusing pleasure! Now, you can get our very own Boogabooster branded shirts, caps, mugs 'n more. Heck, we even got pajamas, stuffed bears (they may need their own pajamas to cover up them bare bears), stickers and more entirely useful items. We will be adding new designs moving forward, so check back often.

 I hope you will find something you like. If you have ideas for future designs, let us know - and thanks for your support!!

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