Monthly Archives: September 2015

The New Amels 188 Limited Editions

Dutch yacht builder Amels is adding a 188-foot model to its popular Limited Editions series, which includes six models in a range from 180 to 272 feet length overall.

Hull No. 1 of the Amels 188 is scheduled for delivery in spring 2018. Like other Amels Limited Editions yachts, the 188 is designed by Tim Heywood.

Details unveiled at the recent Monaco Yacht Show include the first-ever hybrid-electric power system engineered into a Limited Editions model from the project’s start. The system is meant to increase efficiency and eco-friendliness while reducing cost of ownership.

Interior design will be by Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton. The yacht is expected to house a 322-square-foot beach club, a full-beam owner’s suite spanning nearly 860 square feet and including a folding balcony, and a “wellness center” with gymnasium, sauna and Turkish steam shower.

Hull No. 1 is still available: but Amels Managing Director Rob Luijendijk says the builder is already fielding serious inquiries.

Amels is selling other Limited Editions models, and fast: both a 180 Limited Editions and Hull No. 2 of the 242 Limited Editions found buyers in September.

Take the next step: visit www.amels-holland.com

Source: Yachting

Lexi’s Fling Before the Ring Bachelorette Party with Lake Travis Yacht Rentals!

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She’s on Her Way

Horizon Yachts has launched its first E88 Open Flybridge Motoryacht, which is now en route to the United States for an appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The E88 was built as an inventory model and is available for purchase. Check out the slide show below for a look at pretty much every space on the yacht, inside and out, or learn more at www.horizonyacht.com.

Source: Yachting

Lake Travis clean-up picks up 6 tons of trash

Officials want lake-goers to take a look at what lurks beneath Lake Travis.

Source: Lake Travis clean-up picks up 6 tons of trash

Lakeway police step up Labor Day patrols to stop DWIs | www.statesman.com

Lakeway police are joining law enforcement partners in Central Texas on a no-refusal initiative to stop drunken driving this Labor Day holiday.

Source: Lakeway police step up Labor Day patrols to stop DWIs | www.statesman.com

Boating Etiquette for the guest

We all know that there are a lot people who don’t own boats, but like to ride on them when give the opportunity to do so. So here is a list of things to do, and not to do when you are invited upon someone’s boat.

Boating Etiquette 101

Whether you’re going out on the water for an afternoon of sailing, or for a weekend of sea-faring adventures, the first rule of thumb when you’re a guest on someone’s boat is that the captain (or the skipper) is boss. His/her boat. His/her rules.

Here are some more tips to ensure you’ll get invited back the next time the boat leaves the dock:

  1. Ask permission before boarding. When boarding a boat, always ask permission from the person onboard first. “Permission to come aboard” is a standard, and appreciated, boater’s courtesy.
  2. Buy the fuel. If you’re an invited guest, offer to pay for the cost of the fuel. It’s the least you can do and will show your gratitude for being invited along for the ride.
  3. Don’t show up empty-handed. You can bet your host was at the dock before sunrise readying the boat for the journey. Offer to bring along lunch for everyone. Your skipper will appreciate having one less thing to prepare.
  4. Pack light, but smart. Bring the minimum amount of clothing for the climate—to conserve space on the boat—but be prepared. Sunscreen, sunglasses, sea sickness medication, a waterproof jacket, non-slip footer, and a warm sweater should be on your list.
  5. Play it safe. Be sure you know the “rules” of the boat. If you’re captain doesn’t tell you where the safety vests are, ask. And don’t mess with the dials, buttons, gauges, radios, or anything that even resembles an electronic instrument used to keep the boat afloat.
  6. Help the skipper. Help the skipper only if given specific instructions. This is not the time to improvise.
  7. Stay out of the way. Use common sense here. The captain has a lot to think about—traffic, weather, waves, the best place to find fish. A boat is a small space so stay out of the way when you need to.
  8. Ask before you “go.” Before you use the “head,” get proper operating instructions. No two marine heads operate alike and a clog caused by excessive amounts of toilet tissue can be expensive (and messy!) In some boats, “If it did not go in your mouth it does not go in the head,” so it’s better to ask first!
  9. Quiet down. If you’re a nighthawk, and you’re spending the night at sea with friends, be sure to keep the noise to a minimum after the “early-to-bed” guests have turned in for the night.
  10. Keep it clean. Another no-brainer here, but “If you make a mess, clean it up,” or you’re likely to be removed from the captain’s guest list the next time he sets sail. Be sure to dispose of the trash AFTER you dock.
  11. Don’t rock the boat. Wait until the boat has docked to gather your personal items and make your way off the boat. The sudden shift can distract the captain as he is trying to dock.