Nautical News: For the week of March 4, 2018

BOSTON BOAT SHOW SETS RECORD ATTENDANCE

 

The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show reported a record attendance, almost 10 per cent higher than last year’s attendance. Exhibitors reported very strong sales with many expressing this was their best show ever in Boston. Some of the reasons given for the record attendance were mild weather, strong consumer confidence, and a steady growth of demand to go boating in Massachusetts.

 

TRUMPS WANTS TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM

 

President Trump announced that he will impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum that are imported into the U.S. Legal experts said the President has the authority to do it under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The National Marine Manufacturer Association’s president said, “Trump’s decision to implement new tariffs severely harms the $37 billion U.S. recreational boating industry and the 650,000 American workers it supports. U.S. boat builders depend on a competitive global market and fair pricing. What’s more, U.S. aluminum manufacturers are already at full capacity and unable to supply the aluminum needed by our members, forcing them to seek it overseas. He added that the new tariffs will drive up the prices of aluminum pontoon and fishing boats which make up 43 percent of new powerboat sales each year. Trump insisted the tariffs would not be harmful and in fact create a trade war.

 

COMMANDANT GIVES FINAL STATE OF THE COAST GUARD SPEECH

 

Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, delivered his final the State of the Coast Guard speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Admiral is retiring June 1st, so highlighted achievements of the Coast Guard during his last year It all peaked with the Coast Guard’s rescuing 12,000 Americans during the devastating 2017 hurricane season. Among those impacted by the hurricanes were 700 Coast Guard families who lost their homes in the storms. Zukunft also called attention to the Coast Guard’s work protecting the homeland, describing the service’s work in interdicting $7.2 billion worth of cocaine before it could reach the shores of the U.S. He also mentioned how the Coast Guard worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI to disrupt transnational criminal networks.

 

JAPANESE DESTROYER THAT ATTACKED PERAL HARBOR FOUND

 

An announcement of the discovery of an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer that took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor has just been made, although the destroyer Isokaze was found nearly two years ago submerged off Japan’s southern coast. The discovery was kept a secret until now. The Isokaze is among the most historic World War II vessels ever located. In addition to protecting the Japanese fleet as it approached Pearl Harbor, the destroyer also participated in the battles of Midway , Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf. It was sunk on April 7, 1945.

 

SCIENTISTS WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WORLD’S BIGGEST FISH

 

Scientists want to know more about the biggest fish in the ocean. The whale shark is the biggest shark and the biggest fish in the sea. Some are 50 feet long and weigh 20 tons. Believe it or not, they have tiny, almost useless teeth and sometimes, they are referred to as a gentle giant because people swim right next to them, but so little is known about them. Back in 1995, one and only one pregnant whale shark was ever found. Unfortunately it was dead and amazingly had 300 embryos inside her. What surprised the researchers, the embryos were at different stages of development. Now a researcher from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute wants to save the species, the ocean, and the world. Whether you agree with him or not, “If we do the things that are necessary to conserve the whale sharks, we’ll be conserving the ocean itself.

 

COUPLE ONCE AGAIN ATTEMPTING TO FULFILL THEIR DREAM

 

Last on today’s nautical news, remember the story about the young Colorado couple who sold everything they owned to fulfill their dream of living on a sailboat and possibly sailing it around the world, only to sink the boat just as they started out? Well their story went viral on the internet and a 77 year old retired doctor heard about it and decided to sell his 1975 36 foot Cheoy Lee sailboat to them for one dollar. The couple who had zero sailing experience before sinking their last boat, have named their new boat Odyssey. They are planning on leaving next week to live their dream.


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