Island Hopping in the British Virgin Islands

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The BVI are “Back”

It’s been two years since Hurricanes Irma and Maria have passed through the Caribbean and it’s hard to believe the level of destruction that occurred. The BVI are now full of life with almost all businesses back up and running and the islands are abuzz with tourism. LC8’s founder Scott Dyer just spent a week chartering a catamaran down there. Read about it below!

CAUTION: jealousy alert ūüôā

Home sweet home.

We arrived at the fine sailing yacht ‚ÄúKnot on Call‚ÄĚ around 4pm the day after Christmas 2019 with a¬†mini van bulging at the seams.¬† Spent the night on board and woke up refreshed and eager to set sail! After a¬†complete briefing and orientation on the cat, we were off steaming out of Charlotte¬†Amalie Harbor. Mahoe Bay in St John‚Äôs here we come.

Island Girls

With the reality of our life back home becoming a distant memory, we steamed into Mahoe Bay with all smiles and grabbed a mooring ball to settle in for the afternoon. Before long we were in the water with masks and snorkels exploring the clear blue water. This was our first sighting of a sea turtle and would be a small sampling of many sightings to come.

U-Turn

An early morning run to Tortola for customs clearance, ended in us quickly finding out that we had some missing areas in our paperwork! 20 minutes later and $965 down, we cleared into the BVIs!  I was in such a hurry to get to The Indians for some snorkeling that I forgot that we needed to hit a dock and fill the water tanks. Quick U-turn, and a few hundred dollars later for some fuel and water  we were steaming east!

Love Shack and Pain Killers

No moorings at The Indians, so off to the caves at Norman Island!¬† Snorkeling was awesome ….¬† and after we headed over to the Bight. After fending off the British fighting for our mooring ball (long story!) we found ourselves taste-testing Pain Killers and dancing to “Love shack” off the back of the boat while the kids frowned.¬† And that’s all I remember. ha.

18 Years and an Octopus

I awoke early the next morning¬†which happened to be our 18th¬†wedding anniversary. I was¬†hoping to be the 1st boat at the¬†Indians. It was about 630 am¬†when I saw another catamaran¬†steaming out of The Bight. Uh OH, better get moving. Sure¬†enough the cat ‚ÄėMango‚ÄĚ had¬†taken the 1st and best mooring.¬†We slid in second place right beside¬†him and had a spectacular spot to¬†take in some of the best snorkeling¬†Evah! Octopus sighting- check!

Security Guard Chat

We steamed into Dead Mans Bay around 11am or so. Dropped the hook, and the crew hit the beach. I stayed on board to tidy up a few things and prepare lunch. What a beautiful spot. The resort there was still closed from the hurricanes and they had stationed a security guard on the island to keep folks out of the structures. He said they were expecting to reopen in two years. Finished the day with an adult-only dinghy ride in to the cocktail bar!

50 in 30 knots

Janine brought her 50th birthday in with a bang. The hull was banging, the water bottles were banging, and the spray was coming all the way up to the helm as we steamed east towards Cooper Island. It was blowing 20-30 knots and seas were 4-6’ with the occasional 6-8’. Kinda like a steep Buzzards Bay sea state. I had my hat on tight, and a dish towel wrapped around my face to prevent the salt water from stinging my eyes.  We made it ashore safely after dodging a few cruise ships and picking up the last mooring in Cooper Island and we capped off the day with a terrific dinner at the Beach Club where both my girls had Mahi Mahi for the first time.

New Years Eve Bath Fun

No trip to the BVIs is complete without an exploration of The Baths. After dodging a Disney Cruise full of passengers we meandered down to the water and discovered a herd of turtles. Later we headed over to the fancy Scrub Island resort for some water trampolining, swimming and Pain Killer consumption. We were blessed with¬†a beautiful sunset and happy kids.¬†Back to the boat for another dance¬†party and a New Years Eve ‚Äúbeach¬†ball‚ÄĚ dropping at‚Ķ.10:00 pm? Wait,¬†what?

“The Time of my life”

The next few days brought about a tarpon feeding frenzy, serious bow jumping maneuvers, a pirate show, some glorious sailing and an intense snorkel with a sea turtle for a while who didn’t mind me filming his every move (that was a highlight for me of the trip. Its very surreal to swim with sea life in their habitat). Our arrival to the entrance to Charlotte Amalie came a bit too quick so I tacked the rig south bound for one more jaunt before entering the harbor. We entered the west side of the harbor to enjoy every last moment when the skies opened up to give us one more tropical shower as we pulled up to the CYOA base. Soon the debriefing
started and we had to pack up our¬†stuff for the long trek home. I could¬†not have asked for a better week,¬†and better crew than ‚ÄúTeam Dyer‚ÄĚ,¬†and ‚ÄúTeam Wodzinski‚ÄĚ.

New Protector Boats CHASE 33- For Immediate Delivery

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With no more build slots available, this is your chance to own a new CHASE 33.

 

You’ll want to snatch up this Protector CHASE 33 if you’re in the market for a Protector, since it might be your only chance.

All available build slots for delivery this year have been sold, (and, as the official support boat for The America’s Cup, the factory has a large boat order to fulfill for the upcoming racing), there are only a handful of new boats left in inventory in the USA.

This CHASE 33 is in New England and available today.

The Center Console. Re-imagined.

This brand new CHASE 33 offers an entirely different experience. The new console features a walk in head, and a new¬†large dash layout accepts multiple 16‚ÄĚ screens.

The creature comforts you deserve.

New aft locker behind helm seats with fridge, wet bar, and sink.

The 33′ hull is in a class of her own

How do you improve on perfection? The 33’s smaller sister the Protector 30 is revered as the workhorse of the fleet with incredible handling skills and performance. The 33 provides even more performance, handling and speed. She’s an incredible ride!

Grab the opportunity to own this CHASE 33. In New England and available today.

LC8 Marine Delivers NEW Tauranga 38 Protector

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Tauranga 38 Delivery Day!

There’s nothing more exciting for us than delivering a new boat to her owner, but delivering this Tauranga 38 was something else! From Marion, MA to Fisher Island, NY, we delivered this beauty to her new owner! Fresh off the production line in New Zealand and rigged and prepared by LC8 Marine, this new Protector has unique features and technology that we’re really excited about. Read more below!

Protector Tauranga 38 delivery (5)

Underway with brand NEW Twin Mercury’s!

The trip down the coast gave us a great opportunity to try out the new twin Mercury racing 400’s. The verdict? Fast and responsive. Coupled with the new deep V hull design (see below) these engines provided the speed and power that the boat was designed for.

New Hydro V hull

Untouched handling and stability are the defining features of this boat, the new Hydro V hull extends the V the length of the hull, cuts through the waves and gives this boat the ‘handling feel’ of a much smaller boat. Here we are in Marion, MA backing away from the dock to begin our delivery!

Our First Zipwake system install!

This system automatically levels the boat while under way! The newest Zipwake technology provides an advanced, intuitive control system to deliver a more comfortable ride, better performance and improved fuel consumption ‚Äďno matter the conditions.

Protector Tauranga 38 delivery (1)

Marion, MA to Fishers Island, NY!

Here you can see our route we took on our trip!

  • Splashed boat in Marion, MA at 9:30am
  • Left at 9:45 into Buzzards Bay
  • Just 2:45 minutes later! Arrived in Shelter Island, NY to meet up with my colleague, Andrew, and drop off a Protector 30 at 12:30.
  • Left Shelter Island and headed for Fishers Island. Picked up owner of Tauranga 38, and we headed for Spicers Marina in Groton, CT.
  • Grabbed an Uber back to Andrew’s truck left at a nearby boat ramp where he launched the 30.
  • Back at LC8 headquarters by 4:15PM.

Can’t do that with just any boat!

The Draco 27 RS – Scandinavian fun at its finest

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In August we shared this Scandinavian beauty with our clients in New England, and, boy, did we have a blast! Learn more below.

Evenings on board¬†the Draco 27 this summer were a little more James Bond-esque, let’s say, than what we were used to!¬† She’s a boat that touches upon the ‘unexpected’ adventure.¬† All the while retaining that refined nature of a classic Euro-styled boat.

Here are some highlights from our trips!

  • Beaching her was a breeze thanks to the easy-to-use auto-retracting and electric bow anchor!
  • Lake Winnipesaukee was abuzz when the Draco hit her waters for a week! In every marina and facility we pulled into (literally) we had people in awe of the boat.
    • So impossible to resist, that, in fact there will be one or two more Dracos on that lake next summer!
  • What an exhilarating ride as we shot across the harbor and beyond with a family of 4 on board for an impromptu whale watching adventure.
  • Several clients commented on the smooth and dry ride.
Draco 27 RS Lake Winnipesaukee

More about DRACO

Draco brand offers an unmatched fit and finish in the under thirty foot, outboard driven, family dayboat, bowrider market. Kåre Drangsholt, the founder of Draco boats in Flekkefjord, Southern Norway, was known for his ambition, drive and passion for boats.

From standard Custom Stainless steel fittings, optional hand laid teak decks, to the hand-stitched upholstery utilizing Europe’s finest outdoor textiles by Oniro, nothing is overlooked.

Not only will you love these boats, you’ll love the price point too. Built to order with owner’s choice of engine.  

Schedule to see this boat at the Newport International Boat Show!

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The Draco 27RS is sleek, robust, versatile and fun… she corners on rails and boasts exhilarating performance from a range of powerful outboard options. A deep, safe cockpit makes her an ideal and safe choice for the family whilst being packed with clever features.

KEY FEATURES

  • Deep, safe cockpit with closing transom gates
  • Pilot / co-pilot sports seats
  • Stainless windscreen with integrated handrail
  • Comfort package (heads, fresh water system and sink with tap)
  • Camper canopy and bow rider tent options
  • Tonneau cover for cockpit and bow section
  • Wide range of hull colours and finishes.
  • Teak or synthetic laid decking
  • Radio with blue tooth
  • Fridge in the cockpit
  • Removable ski pole
Draco 27 RS

THREE NEW Protector Models!

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Come get a closer look at these three new models at The Newport International Boat Show!

The Newport International Boat Show is a time of the year that LC8 Marine looks forward to, and this year is no different! This year we are representing these three new Protector models as well as a new DRACO 27RS!

  • Protector Chase 3800¬†– brand new boat just delivered!
  • Protector TargaS 30 – possibly the best ‘value’ Protector we’ve seen!
  • Protector Chase 3300¬†

The NEW Protector Chase 3800 is versatile, fun and designed for tough luxury in any sea conditions. Grab 8 friends for a whale-watching trip at sunset and head out for an unforgettable evening. An ideal and safe choice for entertaining while being fast, exhilarating and a dry ride for all to enjoy!

KEY FEATURES

  • Cockpit seating for 8-10
  • 3 helm seats
  • Contact us for more info

For our clients looking for an excellent ‘value’ buy in the Protector line, we recommend this newly designed TargaS 30. All non-essential extras are stripped away, leaving a carefully-considered Protector thoroughbred with a price point you’re sure to love.

KEY FEATURES

  • Contact us for more info

The NEW Protector Chase 3300, is based off the incredible success of the Protector 30 Center Console. The NEW Chase 3300 is a 33′ version, and features a new center console design that make this boat a must-see. With fantastic handling and vast deck space this is an exhilarating (yet practical) ride for the whole family.

KEY FEATURES

  • New Center Console Design! Customer-led design, with more electronics and storage space down below.
  • Contact us for more info

Test Drive a Draco 27 RS

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LC8 Marine is pleased to present the stunning Draco 27 RS to the North American market.

The fit and finish you’ll find on a Draco is usually reserved for the finest of superyachts.

The Draco brand offers an unmatched fit and finish in the under thirty foot, outboard driven, family dayboat, bowrider market. Kåre Drangsholt, the founder of Draco boats in Flekkefjord, Southern Norway, was known for his ambition, drive and passion for boats.

From standard Custom Stainless steel fittings, optional hand laid teak decks, to the hand-stitched upholstery utilizing Europe’s finest outdoor textiles by Oniro, nothing is overlooked.

Not only will you love these boats, you’ll love the price point too. Built to order with owner’s choice of engine.  

Come and sea trial one with LC8 Marine and see for yourself just how super these little yachts are! 

Book a Draco RS 27  Sea Trial from August 4thРAugust 22nd 2018

Request Sea Trial

The Draco 27RS is sleek, robust, versatile and fun… she corners on rails and boasts exhilarating performance from a range of powerful outboard options. A deep, safe cockpit makes her an ideal and safe choice for the family whilst being packed with clever features.

KEY FEATURES

  • Deep, safe cockpit with closing transom gates
  • Pilot / co-pilot sports seats
  • Stainless windscreen with integrated handrail
  • Comfort package (heads, fresh water system and sink with tap)
  • Camper canopy and bow rider tent options
  • Tonneau cover for cockpit and bow section
  • Wide range of hull colours and finishes.
  • Teak or synthetic laid decking
  • Radio with blue tooth
  • Fridge in the cockpit
  • Removable ski pole
Draco 27 RS

LC8 Completes True North 34 Custom Build!

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Just launched! True North 34 ‚ÄėTOOT‚Äô splashed in June and her happy owner is enjoying a semi-custom boat from LC8 Marine designed and built to fit her precise needs and requirements. This go-anywhere, do anything classic New England powerboat fell into a dubious future when the original builder ceased operations, and we are thrilled to have jumped right in for a seamless transition.

More pictures and details coming soon!

About this semi-custom True North 34 Build

When the owner took possession of their True North 34 from the original builder (US Watercraft in Warren, RI), and handed it to LC8 for completion, we essentially had an empty shell. With no time to spare we jumped straight into action. With careful project planning and attention to detail we are pleased to see this beautiful boat completed and in the water where she belongs!

Custom Paint Job in Stars and Stripes Blue

We got straight to work, and jumped in with our painting specialist who completed the job with a glorious paint job that is sure to turn heads in many harbors.

Engine Installation and Systems

Next we began spec’ing the engine(s) with the owner and installing twin outboards, engine electronics, throttle controls, bow thruster and steering systems.

Marine Electronics, VHF and Sound System

LC8’s¬†expertise in networking and integration powered this True North 34, giving the owner a top of the line solution.

CONTACT US ABOUT TRUE NORTH SERVICE WORK

Interior Joinery, Woodwork and Finishing

LC8 completed the interior v-berth and salon areas to the owners specification.

True North 34- Lighting, Galley and Head Systems

LC8 installed all lighting, and systems for the galley and head.

Need Service work on your True North?

Contact Scott today if you need help with your True North Yacht.

CONTACT US ABOUT TRUE NORTH SERVICE WORK

LC8 is hiring: Marine Technician

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Why work for LC8 Marine?

Based in Middleboro, MA, LC8 Marine is a premiere full-service boat management and repair company, that also specializes in RIB and Amphibious technologies, boat refit and fleet management.  Selected as the Official Service Center for Protector Boats on the East Coast, we have a large number of Protector boats under our care as well as other respected brands such as Hinckley Yachts, Morris Yachts and Sealegs. Learn more.

Marine Technician

We are looking for a full time marine electronics/electrical technician who has¬†experience providing electronics and electrical maintenance and repair for boats, both power and sail. Individual MUST have high attention to detail and a passion for accuracy in order to fit into our ‘get it done right the first time’ culture.

LC8 Marine offers a full training program for the right candidate. A great opportunity to learn and grow with one of the best service centers in New England.

  • Experience working/desire to work in a commercial boat repair/storage environment and be able to provide references. LC8 Marine offers a full training program for the right candidate too. A great opportunity to learn with one of the best service centers in New England.
  • We have clients up and down the East Coast, so the ability to travel, on occasion, to meet clients’ needs, is a must
  • Positive outlook and desire to problem solve to a solution
  • Passionate about good customer service

Duties include:

  • Marine electronics. Both in house (shop), and mobile services.
  • Marine electrical
  • General boat yard duties

If you are interested in this opportunity, we want to meet you. Please send contact information and resume for immediate consideration.

APPLY NOW

LC8 Completing the Build of a True North 34

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Launching Spring 2018. What a beauty! We are proud to be in the final stages of the build of a True North 34 Outboard Express. This go-anywhere, do anything classic New England powerboat fell into a dubious future when the original builder ceased operations. LC8 jumped right in for a seamless transition.

The result? A happy owner who is now benefiting from a semi-custom boat to fit their precise needs and requirements.

About this semi-custom True North 34 Build

When the owner took possession of their True North 34 from the original builder (US Watercraft in Warren, RI), and handed it to LC8 for completion, we essentially had an empty shell. With no time to spare we jumped straight into action. With careful project planning and attention to detail, we are on track to deliver the boat on time and on budget. More about the project below:

Custom Paint Job in Stars and Stripes Blue

We got straight to work, and jumped in with our painting specialist who completed the job with a glorious paint job that is sure to turn heads in many harbors.

Engine Installation and Systems

Next we began spec’ing the engine(s) with the owner and installing twin outboards, engine electronics, throttle controls, bow thruster and steering systems.

Marine Electronics, VHF and Sound System

LC8’s¬†expertise in networking and integration powered this True North 34, giving the owner a top of the line solution.

CONTACT US ABOUT TRUE NORTH SERVICE WORK

Interior Joinery, Woodwork and Finishing

LC8 completed the interior v-berth and salon areas to the owners specification.

True North 34- Lighting, Galley and Head Systems

LC8 installed all lighting, and systems for the galley and head.

Need Service work on your True North?

Contact Scott today if you need help with your True North Yacht.

CONTACT US ABOUT TRUE NORTH SERVICE WORK