How to get a boat loan in a tough economy...Jeppesen C-map upgrade...unmanned drone traps Somali pirates...three solo circumnavigators have a casual lunch...and much more

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Why this may be the time to buy your new boat!

The growing deafness of whales - Sperm whale after ship strike  .
Much of the world's news is now centred around the new less affluent world we find ourselves in, and the sailing world is no different. Yachts are not selling, manufacturers are putting off staff, and we carry a story this week of a sailing club that has met its demise after 135 years.

This all means it's a very good time to buy a boat, and if you've been putting it off for years, now is your chance, with some excellent information on how to go about getting finance for a yacht in a tough economy.

It's significant that those sailors least affected by the tumultuous economic world around us are those that are already sailing. Read how in Cape Town this week there was the most extraordinary coincidental meeting of three sailors – three inspiring solo circumnavigators in the midst of their journeys – the youngest and the oldest in the world. Read also of the most southerly cruising rally in the world, and of a very special boat that is just about to round Cape Horn.

There's good news in security for cruising sailors. The countries trying to rid the Gulf of Aden of pirates have finally found a way to cooperate effectively, and pirates are being arrested and charged. It's also wonderful to be able to report that over in the Rio Dulce in Guatemala there's a new look to the grand river which used to be so dangerous.

Jeppesen is adding value to their already invaluable C-map technology, and there's an informative story on the growing deafness of whales, with some new technology to prevent collisions at sea with these marine giants.

As ever, keeping you up to date with the news in the world of the cruising sailor...

Sail Happy!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Jeppesen to add thousands of photos to C-Map Max Charts
Marine News Wire,
Jeppesen Marine, the navigation experts in marine electronic chart technology, announced today plans to add more than 2,000 photos to its C-Map MAX electronic chart database, samples of which are demonstrated here.... [more]

How to get a boat loan in a tough economy
BoatU.S./Sail-World Cruising,
For boat buyers, getting a loan to finance a new or used boat is much tougher these days as many banks and finance companies have dropped out of the market. However, that doesn't mean money is not available. Here BoatU.S., as a provider of finance for yachts, gives tips from the inside view on how you should go about getting finance from your bank or other financial institution, no matter which... [more]

US unmanned 'drone' leads to arrest of nine Somali pirates
Andrew Njuguna,,
A safe Gulf of Aden for the passage of both yachts and ships may be coming closer. A drone or unmanned aerial vehicle from the US Air Force has led to the arrest of nine Somali pirates in the 'pirate zone' waters of the Somalia. Now that Britain and the USA have come to an agreement with Kenya that Kenya will accept and try those accused of piracy, more will surely follow.... [more]

First Indian sailor to make circumnavigation on yacht Mhadei
DNA/Sail-World Cruising,
India's maiden mission to solo circumnavigate the globe will be attempted on a sail boat made on the island of Divar and named ‘Mhadei'. No boat flying the Indian flag has undertaken a solo circumnavigation under sails. Mumbai-based Commander Dilip Donde, 41, of the Indian Navy casts away on August 15 from Mumbai, on a journey estimated to take nine months.... [more]

First Discovery yacht rounding Cape Horn
When one produces a yacht suitable for hard ocean sailing and any weather conditions, and not simply for cruising in gentle or protected waters, it's always good to hear that one of the yachts has been chosen by an extremely experienced skipper to do what it was designed for. So it is no wonder that Discovery Yachts is quick to tell the story:&nlid=<:nlid:>'>more]

Galley Gourmet - throw away the boring food and get adventurous
Lisa Mylchreest,
Planning a sailing trip? How many cans of baked beans Spam do you still have in your galley because you 'thought they might come in handy when stocks were low?' Have you checked just how old those cans are? The truth is that it is so rare that you actually run out of something more exciting to eat that those tins just might rust away.... [more]

Rio Dulce: heading for safer waters
Nancy Knudsen,
Appalled by the tragic killing and robberies occurring last year in the magnificent waterways of the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, local businesses have been taking action since November to rid themselves of the criminal element on the river and make it safe for the long range sailor.... [more]

Award winning whale technology protects against collision
Julian Cribb,
Once prey to an industry that hunted them almost to extinction, whales today face a new threat – violent encounters with ships and pleasure craft. French biologist Michel AndrĂ© has pioneered a groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft.... [more]

A simple lunch for three - the solo circumnavigators
Nancy Knudsen,
It was just a simple lunch for three sailors in Cape Town, a lunch which came about because they just happened to be there at the same time. If they seemed to have a lot to talk about it might have been because they are three solo sailors, currently circumnavigating the world. The extraordinary thing (not that the fact of three solo circumnavigators meeting accidentally in Cape Town isn't extraor... [more]

The world's most southerly rally - Circling Tasmania
Peter Campbell/Sail-World,
No matter what part of the world cruising sailors find themselves, sailing in company brings some added joys to the journey. Whether they sail around Scotland, the Indian Ocean or the Caribbean, cruising yacht crews have a way of connecting with each other, whether it be informal or organised commercially. This week one of the world's most southerly cruising rallies commenced - to circumnavigate... [more]

Seawind celebrates new models, strong exports and successful shows
Jeni Bone,
Fresh off the back of a sensational Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show, Seawind Catamarans is looking ahead to a hectic year of boat shows and steady exports.... [more]

Sailing club sinks - world financial collapse 'the death knell'
Nancy Knudsen,
The world's press is full of stories of marine sales falling, yacht manufacturing companies reducing staff and sailing companies merging or closing. But spare a thought for your local yacht club... The Knickerbocker Yacht Club was 135 years old, a club unknown to most of the world, but important to its members, a strong community entity and a place for the youngsters to learn the sport of sail... [more]

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