• Mission Ocean: Stop Using Plastic Microbeads!

    Posted: 3rd February 2017 | Written by: Laura Beard

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    With growing concern about the health of our oceans, everyone is talking about microbeads. But what are they, and how do they end up in our oceans and lakes? How can you identify them, and what alternatives are there?
  • Mission Ocean: Searching for the Perfect Boat

    Posted: 31st December 2016 | Written by: Laura Beard

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    Mission Ocean will be setting sail from Cannes in June 2017, to promote clean seas and take part in some exciting research projects. But to negotiate the high seas you need a trusty vessel, so the last four months have been a different kind of adventure, scouring boat ads and shipyards across Europe to find the perfect catamaran for our project.
  • The Future: Life, the Universe and Everything

    Posted: 23rd December 2016 | Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

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    I'll be honest: I wasn't sure whether or not to publish this piece. There are exceptions but, for many people, 2016 was a stinker! Smiles still abound, but when something like this comes across my desk I have to stop and think. It's grim but the sentiment is real, so I'm giving the nod to all those who want to stick two fingers up at a tough year and look ahead to new ways. After all, it's an ill wind...
  • Introducing Mission Ocean

    Posted: 3rd December 2016 | Written by: Sam Watson

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    Mission Ocean is the vision of Laura Beard and Henrique Agostinho, two dynamic yachties with a passion to promote clean oceans and an end to plastic pollution. Next year they set off on a three year voyage to promote awareness of marine pollution and we'll be sharing regular updates as their adventure unfolds. To set the scene, Laura talks about the inspiration behind Mission Ocean, and what they hope to achieve.
  • You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat!

    Posted: 4th September 2015 | Written by: Ken Kreisler

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    If you’re a film fan, you know where this quote came from. It’s the moment in the 1975 release of JAWS when Chief Brody, played by actor Roy Scheider, finally gets an up close and personal glimpse of the shark he, Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and Quint (Robert Shaw) have been hunting.
  • Stateside: Boating Biz Buzz

    Posted: 31st July 2015 | Written by: Ken Kreisler

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    Indicators. For most of us who pay attention to economic markers—those particular things that may influence how we buy, save, or use certain products or spend our leisure time—when it comes to the marine industry, and in particular the recreational sector, there were several recent signs during the past few months signifying the overall malaise plaguing various businesses might be easing up.
  • Stateside: Changing of The Guard

    Posted: 29th June 2015 | Written by: Ken Kreisler

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    The Lauderdale Marine Center in Florida has been a mainstay in the city that, rightly so, owns the title of the yachting capital of the world. For as long as I can remember, this place has always provided a special venue for all things related to getting our boats, yachts, and just about anything nautical squared away and done right.
  • Trickle-down Technology from Racing to Superyachts

    Posted: 20th June 2015 | Written by: Guy Waddilove

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    The Volvo Ocean Race recently passed through Auckland and a stroll through Viaduct Harbour got me thinking that comparing the race boats to their superyacht neighbours just 50 metres away is like comparing Formula One race cars to the Bentleys and Mercedes in the car park.
  • Stateside: Casting A Line

    Posted: 11th June 2015 | Written by: Ken Kreisler

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    We have come a long way since the days of hand nets and the kind of catches that would not, in any way, affect the number of fish in the world’s oceans. But all that has changed, threatening fish stocks and putting certain species in jeopardy of extinction. Technology, huge ocean-sweeping factory ships, unsustainable by-catches, climate change, coastal pollution, and an exploding world population have all contributed to the crisis.
  • Stateside: Super Sailing Yacht Makes a Splash Down Under

    Posted: 6th May 2015 | Written by: Ken Kreisler

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    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the State of Maine, it is famous for lobsters, the celebrated L.L. Bean line of outdoor clothing, shoes, and accessories, moose, wild blueberry pie, and a decidedly curmudgeon-like attitude to all things non-Maine.
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