Thursday, October 30, 2014
FORT LAUDERDALE ROARS
The bottom line ... U.S. consumers and businesses are back. It has been a long time coming. US fiscal stimulus is over, and the economy is rolling and interest rates should remain low for another year or more buoying up the markets. The driver is the U.S., but the rest of the world is expectant that they too will reap the benefits over the next few years. The US advanced at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.5% GDP in the third quarter of 2014. Economists had forecast growth at a 3.1% pace for the quarter. U.S. unemployment rate is now at a six-year low of 5.9 % and the US economy added 248,000 jobs in September, continuing a recent record of strong gains.
Fort Lauderdale is the yacht capital of the world and it just opened the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which is the biggest boat show in the world with three million sq.ft. of exhibit space over 7 locations. First day of the show and the buzz is already that people are coming out in droves and folks are spending $ big time. High end luxury yachts are already flying off the shelves and consumers are in a buying mood. Yacht manufacturers are salivating at the possibilities and already many have plans underway to gear up in production in a bold move from “build to order” quickly evolving to “build for inventory and spec”. The show is crawling with serious targeted buyers and for the first time in many years it’s not just about the used boat market, but rather new boats in all size ranges. There is a lot of pent up demand over nearly a decade and yacht lovers are finally feeling confident enough to take the plunge.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Monday, October 27, 2014
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Why does ice float? Ice floats in water because ice is less dense than water. The hydrogen bonds keep the molecules of ice farther apart than the molecules in liquid water. That makes the ice less dense than the liquid. Water is the only chemical we know of where the frozen state takes up more room than the liquid state. Anything else is the opposite.
The picture (left) came from a rig Manager for Global Marine Drilling in St. Johns, Newfoundland. These big ice bergs that calve off from glaciers often need to be towed or pushed away from drilling rigs. In this case the water was unusually calm and the sun was directly overhead so a diver got a nice clear picture of this estimated 300,000,000+ ton iceberg. As you can see 95% of the mass is below the water.
Sometimes as these icebergs flow south and melt they can completely roll over. Our ice on Georgian Bay doesn’t get thick enough to form real ice bergs. But the plates of ice flows do have more mass below the water than above. As the weather warms up the ice gets saturated with water and eventually begins to sink just below the surface until it melts away.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A NICER REAR END?
Yacht Lady M is the first US built 120’ Palmer Johnson 210 sports series yacht. Powered by 2 MTU 4,150 HP diesel engines, she is capable of a top speed of 28 knots and comfortably cruises at 24 knots. With her 57,000 litre fuel tanks Lady M has a maximum range of 2,534 nautical miles at 16 knots. The yacht is designed by Italian designer Nuvolari Lenard and includes an art deco life size Jaguar bow sprit. She can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 15. The owner, guest and public spaces encompass 7,000 square feet, room for six staterooms, which include the owner’s suite and a full-beam VIP aft on the lower deck. Balconies can also expand and transform the spaces. She is flagged in the Cayman’s and like many super yachts her home port is George Town. Talk about curves, she is drop dead gorgeous. Here she is on video.
We all know we shouldn’t drink too much beer. But one glass per day is safe.
Scientists have recreated a beer found on a ship that sank in 1842.The beer was found on a shipwreck in the Aland archipelago between Finland and Sweden in 2010. Divers recovered 145 bottles of champagne and five beer bottles from the ship. The bottles had been down 165’ underwater.
Led by Professor Guido Aerts and Master Brewer Gert De Rouck, the team worked for a year to reconstruct the centuries-old brew.
‘Based on the micro-organisms in the bottles, we were able to figure out which type of yeast and bacteria were used by the beer’s nineteenth-century brewers,’ said De Rouck.
‘This information allowed us to trace the beer back to Belgium.’
The team says the beer is as close to the original as possible.
One difference, though, is that malt was produced differently in the 19th century. This would have meant the beer back then was sweeter.
The more recent version has a low bitterness and an alcohol content of 4.7 per cent.
University of Leuven's Brewing Technology Research Group were then asked to study and reconstruct the beer.
A Finnish brewery has brought the replicated beer to market for $145 a bottle, so beer lovers can get a taste of the 19th century brew In total the brewery produced 1,500 litres of the beer, creating 1,700 bottles made of hand-blown glass like the originals.