Boats charters – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:33:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saltwaterconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Boats charters – Salt Water Connections http://saltwaterconnections.org/ 32 32 Body Glove Cruises welcomes a new addition to its fleet https://saltwaterconnections.org/body-glove-cruises-welcomes-a-new-addition-to-its-fleet/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:02:28 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/body-glove-cruises-welcomes-a-new-addition-to-its-fleet/ Snorkel Adventures, Dinner Cruises and Whale Watching in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (PRWEB) November 22, 2022 Body Glove Cruises, a leading activity company in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, has unveiled its new 41-foot boat, The Kona Explorer. The Kona Explorer joins her sister ship, the Kanoa II, a 65-foot vessel. luxury […]]]>

Snorkel Adventures, Dinner Cruises and Whale Watching in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Body Glove Cruises, a leading activity company in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, has unveiled its new 41-foot boat, The Kona Explorer. The Kona Explorer joins her sister ship, the Kanoa II, a 65-foot vessel. luxury catamaran, where both vessels operate commercially from Kailua Pier.

Operations Manager Captain Jeremie Betts and crew navigated the vessel over 170 miles from Ko Olina on Oahu to Kona in record time, a total of eight hours, arriving at the Kailua Pier on the 5 August 2022. Determined to distinguish itself from the rest, the Kona Explorer, a 41-foot “Super Raft” is equipped with two Suzuki 350 engines to take it further and faster than most boats, without sacrificing the comfort of a larger ship: padded bench seat, shade, storage for belongings, and a toilet. Guests aboard the Kona Explorer can experience several snorkeling sites not accessible by most tour operators due to distance and accessibility. See historic sites, lava flows, caves, and snorkel sites, as well as wild marine life along the Kona Coast that few people see.

For marine mammal and pelagic enthusiasts, the Kona Explorer is built for offshore adventures. Besides Hawaii’s seasonal humpback whales, the Big Island is home to 18 other species of marine mammals year-round, including pilot whales, sperm whales, killer whales, a variety of rare dolphins, and more. At sea, guests are treated to delicious locally sourced snacks and lunches and accompanied in the water by an experienced crew who can also serve as impromptu guides and naturalists. The Kona Explorer is also available for private charters.

Founded in 1990, Body Glove Cruises offers a variety of cruises along the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, including dolphin adventures, dinner cruises and whale-watching excursions. All of their cruises are complemented by first-class amenities aboard their state-of-the-art 65-foot catamaran, the Kanoa II, and their new addition, the Kona Explorer. Kona Explorer’s extraordinary snorkeling experience is now up and running, just in time for Hawaii’s annual visitors, the majestic humpback whales.

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Woods, waters and wildlife: survival of the whooping crane https://saltwaterconnections.org/woods-waters-and-wildlife-survival-of-the-whooping-crane/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 15:17:59 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/woods-waters-and-wildlife-survival-of-the-whooping-crane/ Whooping cranes have long white wings with black tips and fly with their necks and legs extended. Their wing beat is slower than that of white pelicans and snow geese, for which they are sometimes confused. Shooting fines for careless hunters often cost more than my truck. Whoopers overwinter in Texas from late October through […]]]>

Whooping cranes have long white wings with black tips and fly with their necks and legs extended. Their wing beat is slower than that of white pelicans and snow geese, for which they are sometimes confused. Shooting fines for careless hunters often cost more than my truck. Whoopers overwinter in Texas from late October through April. (Photo by John Jefferson)

by John Jefferson

I started leading “photo safari workshops” at YO Ranch in 1981, their centennial year. The ranch had more than forty species of game from five continents. It was as close to an African photo safari as you could get in America.

I cherish these 15 years of facilitating workshops at the ranch. But could not drive them there during fall hunting seasons. This led me to Rockport and the rare and endangered whooping cranes. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Rockport ironically played a part in YO’s story.

During the 1800s, Captain Shreiner purchased a herd of cattle from a Rockport-area rancher who branded his cattle with his initials – YO – with the Y over an oval-shaped horizontal O. Being a practical man, Captain Schreiner didn’t want to re-brand all the cattle, so he bought some brand too. It became the start of the YO brand in the Hill Country

I found a man in Rockport who took tourists to see whooping cranes in an old boat that looked like a tugboat with a deck on top for viewing. It was an interesting old salt and looked like it had just come out of Central Casting. Everyone called him Brownie. He knew where the cranes were and had a fun crackle as we crossed the bay to the Intracoastal Waterway. His boat was slow, but he got us back and forth.

On my first outing trip, we saw six cranes divided into two family groups. They even “booed” for us. Leading a few trips each fall and spring, I learned more about coastal birds than ever imagined. When Brownie retired I booked charters with several others before settling on a skipper who had ordered a bigger, faster and better boat – more suited to our needs. We toured with him for five years. When he retired, the boat was purchased by Captain Tommy Moore, the current owner.

Captain Moore is highly qualified to manage the boat, identify birds and respect the weather. He is also very attentive to his passengers. The large cabin is comfortable in all conditions and has a toilet. I have been on his boat several times and have never been disappointed.

It has been gratifying to watch whooping cranes grow from the meager flocks that first migrated to Texas. The current population numbers 543 birds! It is a conservation success that involved many people, including the public and most people taking enthusiasts to see them.

Along with the 2,500-mile flight from Wood Buffalo Park in Canada, whoopers must dodge planes, battle storms, chemical spills, droughts and reckless hunters. No wonder they’re called “rare and endangered!”

Whooping cranes have long white wings with black tips and fly with their necks and legs extended. Their wing beat is slower than that of white pelicans and snow geese, for which they are sometimes confused. Shooting fines incurred by reckless hunters cost more than my truck!

Captain Tommy Moore can be reached at 1 (361) 727-0643. One must reserve.

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What to do in a shark attack and why sharks attack https://saltwaterconnections.org/what-to-do-in-a-shark-attack-and-why-sharks-attack/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:48:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/what-to-do-in-a-shark-attack-and-why-sharks-attack/ It’s something we all think about when we enter the ocean. What’s in the water and how far away are the sharks? Although attacks are rare, Volusia County currently holds the title of the world’s shark bite capital. Shark experts explain the science behind these frightening encounters. Fascinated by sharks from a young age, Toby […]]]>

It’s something we all think about when we enter the ocean. What’s in the water and how far away are the sharks? Although attacks are rare, Volusia County currently holds the title of the world’s shark bite capital. Shark experts explain the science behind these frightening encounters. Fascinated by sharks from a young age, Toby Daly-Engle directs Florida Tech’s Shark Conservation Lab. He believes that the fear of the majestic fish is detached from reality. “Sharks are the ultimate unknown. And when people are afraid of sharks, it’s really that unknown that they’re afraid,” Daly-Engel said. “It’s not the reality of a shark encounter that’s astronomically rare. It’s that possibility, it’s that fear – kind of like we love horror movies.” Those apex predators that are pre-dinosaurs lived so long because they are extremely cautious with their prey.” The normal protocol for shark hunting is to bite the prey and back away. the shark can get in and feed,” Daly-Engel said. This is one of the main reasons most people bitten by sharks only suffer nicks or cuts on their legs or feet. More than 97% survive. One of the best things to do if you’re in that rare moment of a shark encounter can surprise you.” So hitting an animal in the face is a pretty good sign that you can actually hurt that creature. and could somehow tip the scales. of the pros and cons of this encounter for the shark,” Daly-Engel said. eyes or gills “Because we are not their prey, but we are in their environment,” Daly-Engel said.If you happen to encounter one, “should I say where should I go” moment, don’t move quickly while splashing or swimming. This mimics injured marine life that is their natural prey. Stay calm, and if you’re in shallow water, stand up. Something their usual prey can’t do . But are the number of attacks increasing? Yes, but only slightly.”In 2021, at the height of COVID, one of the only people could go was the beach. And so we saw a lot of bathers on the beach, so there were more shark encounters,” Daly-Engel said. We’ve heard the deep science behind why these attacks or encounters happen: curious sharks, mistaken identity, etc. away from their main food source, which is fish of all sizes. So if you see someone fishing on the beach, on a boat or on a pier, keep walking before you hit the waves. In fact, a spokesperson for Brevard Ocean Rescue said lifeguards will alert swimmers if they see large schools of baitfish nearby before they even spot any sharks. In his more than 20 years as a fishing boat captain, Chris Cameron of Fired Up Charters has seen plenty of sharks both on the reel and trying to eat what’s on his reel. “You’ll get hooked and start reeling them – sharks. And sometimes you’ll see sharks coming in, nibbling as they approach the boat,” Cameron said. He saw a greater variety of sharks and more of them. “Of course you see one swimming. ‘Oh, there’s a shark. Oh, there’s a shark. I hope they chew that day,'” Cameron said. so they’re not man-eaters. They’re not just eating everything.” And one thing to keep in mind: Statistically, you’re more likely to be killed while shopping on Black Friday than a shark attack.

It’s something we all think about when we enter the ocean. What’s in the water and how far away are the sharks?

Although attacks are rare, Volusia County currently holds the title of shark bite capital of the world.

Shark experts explain the science behind these chilling encounters.

Fascinated by sharks from a young age, Toby Daly-Engle runs Florida Tech’s Shark Conservation Lab. He believes that the fear of the majestic fish is detached from reality.

“Sharks are the ultimate unknown. And when people are afraid of sharks, it’s really that unknown that they’re afraid,” Daly-Engel said. “It’s not the reality of a shark encounter that’s astronomically rare. It’s that possibility, it’s that fear — kind of like we love horror movies.

These apex predators that predate the dinosaurs lived so long because they are extremely cautious with their prey.

“Normal protocol for hunting sharks is to bite the prey and back off. And the prey will bleed and become weak. Then the shark can come in and feed,” Daly-Engel said.

This is one of the main reasons why most people bitten by sharks only suffer nicks or cuts on their legs or feet. More than 97% survive.

One of the best things to do if you’re in that rare moment of a shark encounter can surprise you.

“So hitting an animal in the face is a pretty good sign that you can actually hurt that creature and could kind of tip the balance of the pros and cons in this encounter for the shark,” Daly-Engel said.

The best place to direct these blows is the edge of the nose area where the sharks sensitive sensory organs are located. Don’t go for the eyes or the gills.

According to scientists, most attacks are cases of mistaken identity.

“Because we are not their prey, but we are in their environment,” Daly-Engel said.

If you happen to come across one that says “should I say or should I leave”, don’t move quickly splashing or swimming. This mimics injured marine life that is their natural prey. Stay calm and if you are in shallow water, stand up. Something their usual prey can’t do.

But are the number of attacks really increasing? Yes, but only slightly.

“In 2021, at the height of COVID, one of the only places people could go was the beach. And so we saw a lot of bathers at the beach, so there was a lot more encounters with sharks,” Daly-Engel said.

We’ve heard the in-depth science on why these attacks or encounters happen: curious sharks, mistaken identity, etc.

Stay away from their primary food source, which is fish of all sizes. So if you see someone fishing on the beach, on a boat or on a pier, keep walking before you hit the waves.

In fact, a spokesperson for Brevard Ocean Rescue said lifeguards will alert swimmers if they see large schools of baitfish nearby before they even spot any sharks.

In his more than 20 years as a fishing boat captain, Chris Cameron of Fired Up Charters has seen plenty of sharks both on the reel and trying to eat what was on his reel.

“You’ll hook up and start reeling them – sharks. And sometimes you’ll see sharks coming in, nibbling as they approach the boat,” Cameron said.

He saw a greater variety of sharks and more of them.

“Yes, you see one swimming. ‘Oh, there’s a shark. Oh, there’s a shark.’ Hopefully they chew that day,” Cameron said. “They’re very finicky, so they’re not man-eaters. They don’t just start eating everything.”

And one thing to keep in mind: Statistically, you’re more likely to be killed while shopping on Black Friday than a shark attack.

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Michelle Judd, successful business owner/manager, will share her expertise with other entrepreneurs in Bay County https://saltwaterconnections.org/michelle-judd-successful-business-owner-manager-will-share-her-expertise-with-other-entrepreneurs-in-bay-county/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 19:11:23 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/michelle-judd-successful-business-owner-manager-will-share-her-expertise-with-other-entrepreneurs-in-bay-county/ The Michigan Small Business Development Center and Bay Future, Inc. announced the hiring of Michelle Judd as a business consultant to help families and local businesses still feeling the economic fallout from the pandemic. Judd, a Bay City resident with deep roots in the community where she co-owns and manages two of her family’s successful […]]]>

The Michigan Small Business Development Center and Bay Future, Inc. announced the hiring of Michelle Judd as a business consultant to help families and local businesses still feeling the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Judd, a Bay City resident with deep roots in the community where she co-owns and manages two of her family’s successful businesses, Bay City Antiques Center and Bay City Boat Lines, said she is about to embark on her new economy. – energizing role.

“Having worked alongside my family in the operation of several local businesses for many years, I understand both the great joy and the many challenges that small businesses experience,” said Judd. “I look forward to helping others achieve their goals.”

Judd speaks from experience. Bay City Boat Lines, a leading boat rental company, has just completed its 25e season. Bay City Antiques Center, Michigan’s largest antique mall, has been a downtown staple for 33 years.

Make no mistake, said Trevor Keyes, president and CEO of Bay Future, Inc., some businesses are still reeling from COVID-19.

“Small businesses are the economic engine of our community,” said Keyes. “Bringing Michelle to the team as a small business consultant will be of tremendous benefit to businesses in our community as they continue to navigate the issues brought about directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The new position was made possible through a joint effort by Bay Future and Bay County and is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. In January, the Bay County Board of Commissioners agreed to allocate $2 million of that pandemic relief funding to Bay Future. This initiative to support small businesses and entrepreneurs marks the third U.S. bailout-funded plan that Bay Future and its partners have implemented.

“It is a great honor to join Bay Future and the Lake Huron Michigan Small Business Development Center at Saginaw Valley State University as a consultant specializing in small businesses in Bay County,” said Judd, who brings 30 years of marketing and management experience in publishing. , hospitality and retail in his new role. “I look forward to harnessing the resources of both organizations to make a difference for business owners looking to start a startup, stay in business, or grow their business in the community.”

In recent years, Judd has begun sharing her professional experiences with younger generations as a faculty member at Saginaw Valley State University, where she earned her Masters in Business Administration, and Northwood University, where she teaches courses in marketing, advertising strategy, management and family business.

Under the Small Business and Entrepreneur Support Program, Judd’s priorities will be providing counseling, education and outreach to help Bay County small businesses launch, grow, transition and innovate.

“As a second-generation entrepreneur and small business owner, Michelle knows Bay County and she knows the climate in which our entrepreneurs and small businesses operate every day,” Keyes noted. “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the ever-increasing need for additional help for small businesses. With Michelle providing guidance and support, we are thrilled and look forward to her getting out into the community and providing resources to these businesses. »

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Captain Sandy gets a ‘Bad Rap’ and is a ‘Bada** Captain’, says Kate Chastain https://saltwaterconnections.org/captain-sandy-gets-a-bad-rap-and-is-a-bada-captain-says-kate-chastain/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 09:29:05 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/captain-sandy-gets-a-bad-rap-and-is-a-bada-captain-says-kate-chastain/ Ancient Under the bridge chief stew Kate Chastain tells Captain Sandy Yawn of Under the Mediterranean Bridge is one of the best in the franchise but still has a bad rap with fans. Chastain has never worked for Yawn, but knows her personally and admires her work ethic, especially her determination to become a superyacht […]]]>

Ancient Under the bridge chief stew Kate Chastain tells Captain Sandy Yawn of Under the Mediterranean Bridge is one of the best in the franchise but still has a bad rap with fans.

Chastain has never worked for Yawn, but knows her personally and admires her work ethic, especially her determination to become a superyacht captain in a male-dominated profession. She acknowledged that Under the bridge viewers are giving Yawn a hard time but said Yawn is the real deal and a genuine person.

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Are you one of the many New Jersey Powerball winners? https://saltwaterconnections.org/are-you-one-of-the-many-new-jersey-powerball-winners/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 21:47:22 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/are-you-one-of-the-many-new-jersey-powerball-winners/ Well, aren’t we lucky in New Jersey? Powerball is the talk of the town and we have three big winners in our state as well as fifteen $50,000 winners as well! As my intimate Adam Sandler would say, “not too shabby”. Be sure to check your tickets! There was a $2 million Powerball ticket sold […]]]>

Well, aren’t we lucky in New Jersey? Powerball is the talk of the town and we have three big winners in our state as well as fifteen $50,000 winners as well! As my intimate Adam Sandler would say, “not too shabby”.

Be sure to check your tickets! There was a $2 million Powerball ticket sold at a Raceway gas station on Route 516 in Old Bridge, a million dollar ticket purchased at Saddle Brook Market and another at the Wawa on Route 1 in Edison.

More than that, I was pleasantly surprised to see that 15 other New Jersey residents won 50K!

This is where these tickets were sold:

  • Cedar Grove Liquors on Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove
  • Country Farms on Route 34 at Colts Neck
  • 7-Eleven on Ridgedale Avenue in Hannover
  • Stop and shop on Route 9 in Howell
  • Krauszer’s Grocery Store on Kearny Avenue in Kearny
  • Wawa on Center Square Road in Logan Township
  • Wegmans on Route 9 south to Manalapan
  • Jersey Deli Store 11 on Bergenline Avenue in North Bergen
  • Wine Emporium on Richmond Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach
  • Speedy Mart on State Road in Princeton
  • Shell Food Mart on Route 12 in Raritan Township (Flemington mailing address)
  • Two tickets at Acme on Haddonfield Berlin Road in Voorhees
  • Wawa on Route 35 in Wall (Manasquan mailing address)
  • Quick Shop Food Market on Beverly Rancocas Road in Willingboro

Keep playing, check your tickets and go kiss a leprechaun or something. You can read more about all the details of the lottery on NJ.com here.

If you won, this is the best place to retire!

KEEP READING: Here are the best places to retire in America

Didn’t win the lottery? Well, let’s have a drink.

What are the emblematic drinks of each state?

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‘Abbott’ vs. Charter Schools, ‘Race’ Travels an Hour Earlier (Sayonara, ‘Love Boat’), ‘Killer Sally’ and ‘Independent’ Streaming https://saltwaterconnections.org/abbott-vs-charter-schools-race-travels-an-hour-earlier-sayonara-love-boat-killer-sally-and-independent-streaming/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 11:18:28 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/abbott-vs-charter-schools-race-travels-an-hour-earlier-sayonara-love-boat-killer-sally-and-independent-streaming/ The Abbott Elementary School staff object when a charter school advertisement attacks their school. With The True Love Boat to streaming, The Incredible race moves an hour earlier SCS. Streaming highlights include a netflix true-crime docu-series about a bodybuilder accused of murdering her husband on Valentine’s Day and a political thriller Peacock. ABC/Bonnie Osborne Abbott […]]]>

The Abbott Elementary School staff object when a charter school advertisement attacks their school. With The True Love Boat to streaming, The Incredible race moves an hour earlier SCS. Streaming highlights include a netflix true-crime docu-series about a bodybuilder accused of murdering her husband on Valentine’s Day and a political thriller Peacock.

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Abbott Elementary School

The last thing the underfunded and overworked teachers at this Philly elementary school need is an attack from the outside. They are understandably miffed when they see a TV commercial touting charter schools that includes criticism of their beleaguered institution, with added cause for concern when students begin to transfer. Ava (Janelle James) joins Jacob (Chris Perfetti) and the combative Melissa (Lisa Ann Walter) in demanding a meeting with the leader of the charter school organization (from Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr). And where is Janine (Quinta Brunson)? Discussing his personal life, as it is, with Gregory (Tyler James Williams).

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Fantastic race

With The True Love Boat Now streaming exclusively on Paramount+, the Emmy-winning travel contest takes its most rightful place directly behind Survivor. This episode sends the remaining teams to Dordogne, France, a region of 1,001 castles where medieval games are played and memories tested as they rappel down the side of a castle. On Survivor (8/7c), one castaway falls on one blind side while another risks his status in the pecking order by sharing his “knowledge” with too many people.

Killer Sally

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Killer Sally

A three-part docuseries from the director Nanette Burstein (Hillary) dives into the case study of Sally McNeila professional bodybuilder who, on Valentine’s Day 1995, shot and killed her abusive husband Ray, also a champion bodybuilder, as he choked her. Accused and convicted of murder despite her plea of ​​self-defense, the story of ‘Killer Sally’ tackles issues of domestic violence and gender norms in sport that have led to a cartoonish media portrayal of this victim of justice uneven.

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The Independent

Jodie Turner Smith (Queen and Slim) and Succession‘s Brian Cox stars in a political thriller as journalists uncover a plot that could impact a high-stakes presidential election. Candidates include the first potential female president (The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Ann Dowd) and the nation’s first viable independent candidate (John Cena).

Handmaid's Tale - Homeland - Elizabeth Moss

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The Handmaid’s Tale

In the penultimate chapter of the fifth season, directed by series star Bradley Whitford, June (Elisabeth Moss) demands a front row seat in the war room as the exiled U.S. military plots a raid on Gilead who could free his daughter from a women’s indoctrination school. . Speaking of wives and mothers, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) continues to chafe under the oppressive and watchful eyes of the Wheelers, who tend to her beloved baby Noah. (Now she knows how June feels.)

Inside Wednesday TV:

  • The Conners (8/7c, ABC): There’s turmoil on the labor front, as Darlene (Sara Gilbert) learns her promotion isn’t something to celebrate, and after Louise (Katey Sagal) has lost her job, she plans to work alongside Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) at the Lunch Box.
  • Peaks: the story of the hole (8/7c, PBS): billion’ Paul Giamatti says Natureis a celebration of varied bird species, with some 239 varieties, each affecting their ecosystems in powerful (and sometimes loud) ways.
  • Domestical economy (9:30/8:30 a.m., ABC): Tom (Topher Grace) and his siblings have amazing news for their parents: they’ve found a half-sister they’ve never heard of.
  • Upcycle Nation (10/9c, Fuse): Claws Star Karrueche Tran is hosting a series of contests in which designers take items out of the trash and turn them into fashion-forward must-haves.
  • Documentary now! (10/9c, IFC): In a tribute to Oscar-winning boxing epic Ali – Foreman When we were kingsthe mockumentary anthology features “How They Threw Rocks,” a parody involving Craig Maes’ bizarre Welsh sport (“Field Rock”) and a legendary fight in 1974.
  • Big Sky: Deadly Trails (10/9c, ABC): Cracks are forming in the increasingly troubled relationship between outfitter Sunny (Reba McEntire) and husband Buck (Rex Linn), who struggles with the Barnes’ many secrets.

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Business Showcase with Ulster Bank: A touch of fire and whiskey helps tourism navigate the North Coast https://saltwaterconnections.org/business-showcase-with-ulster-bank-a-touch-of-fire-and-whiskey-helps-tourism-navigate-the-north-coast/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:43:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/business-showcase-with-ulster-bank-a-touch-of-fire-and-whiskey-helps-tourism-navigate-the-north-coast/ The Games of Thrones effect has made its way into a wide range of tourism offerings across Northern Ireland since it first aired over a decade ago. nd Richard Lafferty has been ferrying tourists and locals around some of fantasy drama’s best-known hotspots for years as part of his Portstewart-based company Aquaholics. However, the company […]]]>

The Games of Thrones effect has made its way into a wide range of tourism offerings across Northern Ireland since it first aired over a decade ago.

nd Richard Lafferty has been ferrying tourists and locals around some of fantasy drama’s best-known hotspots for years as part of his Portstewart-based company Aquaholics.

However, the company is also, and has been for years, a leading five-star dive center, as well as a growing business offering boat trips across Ireland and as far away as Scotland.

“We are based on the north coast and operate a five star dive center,” explains Richard. This includes diving for a multitude of skill levels, as well as a wide range of boat trips for the domestic and international tourist market.

“We also offer boat transfers and excursions to places such as the Scottish Islands – both for pleasure and for business.”

Richard started the business around 25 years ago and has continued to grow and develop during this time, alongside his banking partner Ulster Bank.

This saw him invest in a range of new boats over the years as the business continued to grow.

“Business diversity has so many factors that we have [so much] on the north coast – geology, wildlife, movies and television.

“We also have various boat tours – behind the scenes of how things are made.”

Visits can be scheduled or potential visitors can join others. Richard says many of those taking advantage of the tours come from outside Northern Ireland, booking private charters. “We can really organize the trip to suit all needs,” says Richard.

Another area it has expanded into is day trips to Scottish islands like Islay and Iona.

The former is home to some of the biggest whiskey producers in the world and the company offers a much quicker way to get there.

“We have invested in a new boat in 2021 and it is an idea for the trip,” says Richard. “It has 14 suspended seats and is sheltered. It also has heating, air conditioning and a toilet.

“It allowed us to go further – for distilleries, birdwatching. We can do them in a day.

And Richard says the tourism market has definitely come back, even surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

“Covid has changed the market a lot,” he says. “A lot of our locals realized what they had on their doorstep – there’s a lot more activity going on.

“We are now above Covid levels and last year has been extremely busy. We are flat at the moment.

Richard and his company have also worked closely with Ulster Bank over the years on investment and expansion.

“We have worked with Ulster Bank for some time and they have helped us invest in new boats and facilities – we have bought between nine and ten boats over the years. Customer requirements are getting higher and higher, so we get the most out of the boats.

Small businesses are the engine of the economy

By Rhonda McClelland, Business Development Manager, Ulster Bank

The continuing rise in the cost of living is having an impact never seen before on individuals, families and businesses across Northern Ireland. Inflation has topped double digits and as the winter months approach, there is no doubt that pressures are mounting.

We know from experience that when consumers start to tighten their belts, they do so in areas such as retail and hospitality. Dining out, travel, and new outfits become harder to justify when there’s a squeeze on disposable income, and many will try to forgo those little treats in order to cover the essentials.

What could this mean for the many SMEs in these sectors? Working around the North Coast, I understand the importance of the tourism sector and see daily the number of jobs and livelihoods it supports. But I also see the challenges these companies face, especially in terms of rising energy costs.

Although we have yet to see an increase in the number of business customers contacting us for assistance, there is no doubt that many are finding it difficult. Our parent company, NatWest Group, recently announced a support package to help with the rising cost of living and it’s welcome to see that this includes a number of measures for business customers.

Group-wide, more than 2.7 million retail and business banking customers were proactively contacted and provided with assistance and cost-of-living information. We have launched an online Cost of Living platform to share resources and tools and inform customers of the range of assistance available to them through the bank and our partner organisations.

The bank has pledged not to increase published fees for business current accounts over the next 12 months and is considering sector support where it is most needed, for example agricultural customers who are facing impacts extremes on supply costs and profit margins. .

Amidst all the challenges, we also strive to help our customers seek out opportunities and want to ensure that as many SMEs as possible can realize the net benefits of carbon reduction efforts and innovation.

As such, we have lowered the threshold for our green loan offering, which means even more businesses can access the financing they need to support their transition to more sustainable business practices, thereby reducing costs. long-term.

SMEs, such as Richard and his team at Aquaholics, are the engine of our economy in Northern Ireland and Ulster Bank believes it has a clear role to play in supporting these customers. As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor and anticipate their needs, ensuring we have the right measures in place to provide meaningful assistance for what matters.

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Benetti 44m HOM motor yacht offered for sale https://saltwaterconnections.org/benetti-44m-hom-motor-yacht-offered-for-sale/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 11:05:15 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/benetti-44m-hom-motor-yacht-offered-for-sale/ The 43.6 meter Benetti motor yacht CDM was offered for sale by Andrew Lebuhn of Camper & Nicholsons and is currently available at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. HOM was built in GRP by Italian shipyard Benetti as the Vision model and delivered in 2011. A refit between 2020 and 2021 saw her receive […]]]>

The 43.6 meter Benetti motor yacht CDM was offered for sale by Andrew Lebuhn of Camper & Nicholsons and is currently available at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

HOM was built in GRP by Italian shipyard Benetti as the Vision model and delivered in 2011. A refit between 2020 and 2021 saw her receive an interior facelift with new furniture, carpets and upholstery, and she was recently upgraded from private to commercial status, offering future owners the opportunity to charter the vessel.

CDM asks for $15,900,000.

The interior of this yacht for sale is by Molori Design. Forward of the main saloon, which has a self-playing piano and two sitting rooms, is a full-width master bedroom suite with a separate office and sitting room, walk-in closet, and en-suite bathroom with a bathtub. statement “. This suite also benefits from direct access to a private terrace on the foredeck where there is seating and a Jacuzzi.

The remaining four guest suites are positioned on the lower deck and include two large VIPs, a double and a twin, the latter two with additional Pullman berths ideal for children. Additional accommodation can accommodate a crew of 10.

One of CDM The most attractive features are its generous sun terrace, where an “oversized” jacuzzi invites a group of 10 people. There are lounge chairs, sunbeds and a large table for relaxed alfresco dining.

Meanwhile, a formal dining area sits on the upper deck and looks aft through full-height semi-circular glass windows that open to the outer deck – a design feature pioneered by the late Jon Bannenberg.

Lebuhn said:CDM is arguably the best-preserved Benetti Vision in the world. Designed by Stefano Righini, she was the winner of the 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards and, thanks to incredibly high-end specifications and meticulous running standards, remains one of the most sought-after yachts on the water.”

CDM top speed is 15 knots, cruising speed 14 knots and she has a range of 3,200 nautical miles at 12 knots, powered by 2,600 hp twin Caterpillar diesel engines.

CDM is asking for $15,900,000.

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Don’t just cook – Create wonder! https://saltwaterconnections.org/dont-just-cook-create-wonder/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:13:00 +0000 https://saltwaterconnections.org/dont-just-cook-create-wonder/ Don’t just cook – Create wonder! by Sail LUNA 24 Oct 00:13 PDT Tuna Tartare © Sail LUNA You know you’ve struck sailing gold when you’re in the good hands of husband and wife duo Captain Nim and Captain Fabiola of Sail LUNA. Nim is a US Air Force combat veteran, a certified US […]]]>

Don’t just cook – Create wonder!

by Sail LUNA 24 Oct 00:13 PDT

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You know you’ve struck sailing gold when you’re in the good hands of husband and wife duo Captain Nim and Captain Fabiola of Sail LUNA. Nim is a US Air Force combat veteran, a certified US Coast Guard Captain, and an experienced PADI Divemaster. He sailed through the famous Suez Canal in Egypt and through the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean Seas, and the Atlantic Ocean. He has lived and worked in the Caribbean and is familiar with the bustling ports and local rum distillers.

Nim’s first mate, chief, and wife, Fabiola, has Puerto Rican heritage. Fabiola earned a business degree and in his previous life worked in wealth management before giving up his call to life at sea and also becoming a certified captain in the United States Coast Guard. She grew up on boats with a sense of island freedom.

The husband and wife team are naturally hospitable and welcoming, making trips around the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands an enjoyable foray into sailing. Fabiola has an ingrained love for cooking and has forged endless connections with local food suppliers across the islands. She explored many local markets so she could create mouth-watering dishes for her guests using her own recipes. Not only is Nim North to South Fabi, but he is also an award-winning mixologist (BVI Boat Show) who creates sunset-worthy cocktails and pairings from locally distilled rum, freshly squeezed native fruit juices and fresh herbs grown on site.


What are some of your favorite dishes you create for guests, and why?

I love exploring islands for food. The whole process of buying ingredients is part of inspiration. There is something magical about strolling through local markets, listening to busy vendors and haggling buyers, the visual appreciation of raw materials and, of course, the scents of the Caribbean that entice you even with your eyes closed. My cooking style is inherently simple; I like to keep the essence of the ingredients. If you want a tasty dish, having the freshest ingredients is key.

I would describe my dishes as comfortable, healthy and simple. They’re all laced with flavors synonymous with the Caribbean, like creamy avocados, sun-ripened tomatoes, garlic, and citrus juice. I love playing with fragrant herbs like cilantro, culantro and oregano.

I design the menus for each charter based on client preferences disclosed at booking. The menu is not static. Sometimes I walk into a local market and find delicious fresh fish, meat and vegetables. I will update the menu to incorporate the new ingredients. Once in a while our guests may catch a fish, so I’ll include it in our lunch or dinner dishes, or even both if it’s a big catch.

I consider myself a versatile and very flexible chef. I will work closely with our guests to create a personalized charter menu. I like to use locally grown ingredients and work hard to incorporate a farm or sea-to-table approach into my cooking. I strive to support local communities and use wholesome, wholesome food in my meals.


What are some of the most popular/requested dishes by customers?

At the end of each charter, we ask our clients about the highlights of their Sail LUNA experience and if they had a favorite dish. This seems like a tricky question; our guests often say it’s impossible to name just one, so they name their top five.

There are a few firm favorites. The one that always appears in the first five dishes is the fish tacos. I’ve heard many times “these are the best fish tacos I’ve ever had”! I make them with fresh Mahi Mahi marinated in a mixture of garlic, paprika, lime juice and zest, olive oil, salt and pepper. I make a crisp and light coleslaw with shredded red cabbage, small diced yellow peppers, jalapeño, cilantro, a little cumin, salt and pepper; it is seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil. Once everything is ready, I sear the fish in the pan and serve it with chipotle aioli and crunchy onions. They are delicious and fun.


NB At the end of this article you will find links to download some of Fabi’s wonderful creations.


Why do you prefer to source local healthy ingredients and how do you go about it?

Fresh produce and ingredients are essential not only because they taste great, but also so that we can support local small businesses. They offer great products and are transparent about their sources. You can’t beat face-to-face visits, not only for building and nurturing relationships, but also for being honest and voicing your concerns. I always like to shop myself; I have very high standards! It is important for me to choose the ingredients because I will be cooking during the charter week. I also have a garden on the boat where I grow my own herbs and microgreens. I use them in my dishes, and Nim uses them in his craft cocktails.


What relationships have you cultivated through your local sourcing?

We begin our fifth charter season in the Virgin Islands this year. Over the years we have built and nurtured relationships with fishermen and farmers from whom we will continue to purchase fresh produce. We have excellent communication with them; they love to share their latest catches and finds so I can include them on the menu. We also like to buy specialty ingredients from local businesses. visiting them is always fun. Because of the importance we place on our relationships, we often have new products to try.

In your experience, what are some of the best regions/areas for accessing local ingredients, and which ingredients are best in each region?

It depends on where we work. We work primarily in the Caribbean Virgin Islands but occasionally offer charters to the Grenadines. I love it when fishermen come to our boat with their catch. It doesn’t get any cooler and our customers love the experience. All the islands have fresh produce and fish markets. When you buy what’s in season, it’s deliciously fresh.


Can you explain in a little more detail your style of global cuisine and the influence of a busy life? What is your favorite regional influence for cooking?

Each meal is a gastronomic discovery, a journey through refined homemade dishes and authentic ingredients. When our guests are on board LUNA, nothing is random. I introduce dishes, ingredients, and flavors they’ve probably never tried before. Many ingredients are inspired by our Caribbean, European and Mediterranean heritage. I love trying new dishes, discovering new ingredients, visiting a local market, street vendor or restaurant and watching the locals prepare their food.

My cooking style is a mix of international cuisine, with a generous touch of Spanish and Italian cuisine. I tend to emphasize light, fresh, flavorful and local ingredients in my dishes. I like to challenge myself by playing with different styles and mixing the old with the new.


Please share with us where you have traveled and your favorite places from which you gained the most culinary influence. And how does this influencer impact the way you cook today?

I have visited many countries in Europe, South America and Asia. I was most influenced by some of my favorite places, like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina, Mexico and Thailand.

Food has always been one of my passions! Wherever I travel, I’m always on the lookout for great food. These can be upscale white-tablecloth restaurants, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or street food; what matters is the food they serve.


What are some of your favorite culinary experiences/best culinary learning experiences while traveling?

I like to try cooking classes when I travel. I love learning new ingredients, cooking techniques and dishes. I use what I have learned and incorporate it into my cooking. We usually go to the market to buy the freshest local ingredients and then to the kitchen to prepare a great meal.

Several times I went to a restaurant and discussed the food and ingredients with the waiters. They surprised me with a visit from the chef, who sometimes even invited me into the kitchen!


Explain some challenges to becoming an award-winning chef (BVI Boat Show) on the high seas?

On a boat, you have limited space, tools, energy, storage and product availability; you have to be able to do magic with what you have. Planning is crucial. Once you are on a charter, you cannot go to your local store to refuel. You learn to be flexible and to improvise.


Have you always loved cooking? Do you remember what sparked your love for cooking?

I love to cook since I was little. It has always interested me and I have fond childhood memories of cooking with my father and my grandmother. I watched cooking shows like Julia Child, Jacques Pepin and Martin Yan.

My favorite time growing up was planning a special holiday menu and cooking it; Fortunately, I have adopted this responsibility in my family. It was therapeutic for me! I work as a yacht skipper and I do what I love every day. It was my hobby, and now I can do it for a living. It is rewarding to serve great food that you have cooked with a lot of passion and love and to see the faces of people enjoying it. Giving my thumbs up while eating and even clapping at the end of the meal is a thrill and an honor for me.

Husband and wife Nim and Fabiola Hirschhorn charter Sail LUNA https://www.sailluna.com/, a stunning custom 2019 Lagoon 450S, around the Caribbean Virgin Islands. For more information on their charter vacation, please contact them via


Download some of Fabi’s recipes:

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