Hawaiian Surfer Wrangles Massive Wave

In this photo released on Jan. 29, 2013, by Nazare Qualifica organization, surfer Garrett McNamara rides a wave off Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, on Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

In a slice of the Atlantic Ocean he says is “known as a place of death, not of riding waves” according to the Time.com, pro surfer Garrett McNamara may have broken his own world record.

Monday, January 28, in the waters off Nazare, Portugal, the Hawaiian surfer McNamara wrangled what multiple sources are reporting as a 100-foot wave.

Once the wave height is verified, he will have broken his own world record. McNamara surfed a 78-foot wave at the very same rocky coastline in 2011.

Apparently there’s an underwater canyon off Nazare which has the capacity to generate monster waves, according to the BBC.

A crowd of people watched the 45-year-old tame the massive wave. You can check out his incredible ride in the slideshow above and the video below.

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50th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament 10th Annual Florida Fish for Life Billfish Tournament Palm Beach, Florida ~ January 23-26, 2013

Viking 55 Picture


Twenty three boats slugged it out over three days of fun in the sun during the Palm Beach Double Shot. This unique event is comprised of two tournaments; the Buccaneer Cup and the Florida Fish for Life. This year the tournament quickly became a duel between top dead bait trollers and top live bait fliers. The scoreboard bounced around on Day One with the Viking 61 De-Bait-Able releasing 10 sails and the Viking 55 releasing eight. On Day Two, the Viking 52 Miss Annie picked up eight fish to add to the three they already had and the Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me posted seven. This ended the Fish for Life with the Viking 55 taking first place with a total of 12 releases and angler Patrick Healey cinching Third Place Angler. Fa La Me earned a Third Place finish with 10 releases. Other winners in the Fish for Life included the Viking 56 Princess Lily with a 29 pound kingfish to take Largest Fish of the tournament, De-Bait-Able claiming the first sailfish while Miss Annie took the last sail and the Viking Yacht Company was awarded the Caterpillar Cup Manufacturer’s Award.


Day Three was all about the Buccaneer Cup with the field heading out for a tough day. When lines out was called, Fa La Me took the top spot with 15 releases, Most Points Day Two and Rob Moore was the Top Captain. The Viking 55 claimed Second Place with 13 sails and Most Points Day One with eight releases. Judge, a Viking 64, claimed Most Points Day Three.

NMMA plans conference call on fuel standards

On Monday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association will join a diverse group of stakeholders in holding a conference call to discuss the negative impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard.


The NMMA will address the concerns of the recreational boating industry as it relates to the dangers to consumers of using fuel with a percentage of ethanol above 10 percent in boat engines and the detriment it causes to the $72 billion-a-year U.S. recreational boating industry.

The NMMA said tests on off-the-production-line outboard engines have demonstrated that an E15 ethanol blend will destroy the marine engines, and the NMMA said it has the photos to prove it.

In addition to boating, the group is composed of food and fuel manufacturers, livestock and dairy producers, small engine groups, environmental and anti-hunger organizations and budget watchdogs.

The call will take place at 1:30 EST.


EPA estimates on biofuels too high, court says

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is overestimating the amount of fuel that can be produced from grasses, wood and other nonfood plants in an effort to promote a fledgling biofuels industry.

At issue is a 2007 renewable-
fuels law that requires a certain amount of those types of fuels, called cellulosic biofuels, to be mixed in with gasoline each year. Despite annual EPA projections that the industry would produce small amounts of the biofuels, none of that production materialized.

There have been high hopes in Washington that the cellulosic industry would take off as farmers, food manufacturers and others blamed the skyrocketing production of corn ethanol fuel for higher food prices. Those groups said the diversion of corn crops for fuel production raised prices for animal feed and eventually for consumers at the grocery store. Lawmakers hoped that nonfood sources such as switchgrass or corn husks could be used instead, though the industry had not yet gotten off the ground.

The 2007 law mandated that billions of gallons of annual production of corn ethanol be mixed with gasoline, eventually transitioning those annual requirements to include more of the nonfood, cellulosic materials to produce the biofuels. As criticism of ethanol has increased, lawmakers and even President George W. Bush and President Obama have talked of the cellulosic materials as the future of biofuels.




Tooling the deck for our newest Back Cove Model – Downeast 37

In early January, Kevin Burns, Vice President of Design and Product Development for Back Cove Yachts took a visit to Maine Concepts in Cape Coral, Florida to check on the mold for Back Cove’s newest model – the Back Cove Downeast 37. Marine Concepts specializes in composites tooling and fiberglass parts. Before the mold can be built, Marine Concepts builds a full sized pattern (often called a “plug”) to the precise shape and finish of the final part.


Shapes around the mate seat position.



View of the forward cabin trunk surfaces.


The plug is made of a structure covered in foam; a robotic router shapes the foam based on 3D design files of the Downeast 37 sent to Marine Concepts from the Back Cove Design Team. The robot first carves a rough foam shape that is close to the final surface of the plug.



Transom and cockpit door.

After the foam is rough shaped, Technicians reinforce the foam and apply a thick layer of tooling paste, which hardens into a material which the router can then machine to the final surfaces – with all the details of the actual part. Above, in the very top of this photo, you can see the robot in action.


Looking forward from the port quarter.

Once the dry tooling paste has been applied to the plug, it is ready for the final pass of the robotic router. The final machining process is referred to as the “finish mill” stage and takes the router about 10 days to complete.


The plywood plug structure beneath the foam.

As you can see from the photo below, the plug is strong enough to walk on. Also note the tooling paste that has been applied – the plug appears to be covered in a layer of clay.



Transom before finish mill


After finish mill, the plug moves to another building where workers apply finish primer, hand sand and polish all the surfaces until they are shiny. They will also glue down the sheets of “anti-skid” texture on all of the sole surfaces before they begin to build the mold.

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transom after finish mill

Below is a rendering of the finished part! The mold should be arriving in Maine by Spring and the first Downeast 37 hull should be launched by mid-summer. For more information on the Back Cove Downeast 37, visit the Back Cove website.

Deck with skid panels


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