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NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to editor@southwindsmagazine.com. We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain). of the mother ship, there was much liaison between NEB and the ship builders, as the keel and the rudder fit into dedicated “pockets” welded into the deck of the ship. The pockets have watertight doors to allow routine maintenance to both appendages. We also ensured that Bellatrix and the mother ship had the same electrical power so that when she is on the deck, she can plug into the ship’s power. This will allow Bellatrix to be completely operational prior to launching, because the client wanted the ability to have the freezers cold, the water hot, the batteries charged and the air conditioning running. This also required the use of custom thru-hulls to allow the yacht to have her raw-water inlets hooked up to the ships supply in order for the above-mentioned systems to run, and custom overboard discharges. And—yes. Bellatrix has its own tender—a jet boat that goes in and out of a garage accessed through a door in the boat’s transom, all controlled by a handheld remote.

Harvey and Irma Damage or Destroy More Than 63,000 Recreational Boats From BoatUS Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, estimates that more than 63,000 recreational boats were damaged or destroyed as a result of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, with a combined dollar damage estimate of $655 million (boats only). These numbers are strikingly close to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, which remains the single-largest industry loss with more than 65,000 boats damaged and more than $650 million in estimated losses. Breaking down the 2017 season storms, Hurricane Irma damaged or destroyed 50,000 vessels with approximately $500 million in recreational boat damage. About 13,500 boats were damaged or lost costing $155 million in boat damage as the result of Hurricane Harvey. To view hurricane-damaged boats from Irma, go to YouTube.com and search for ‘hurricane irma boatus.”

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...