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Contenido Content 4 Whale Sharks off Key West.

52 Cuba, la Perla de las Antillas. 102 A close encounter with hump back whales.

Un encuentro cercano con las ballenas jorobadas.

140 New carnival Vista offers huge array of

entertainment, thrill features and new activities.

164 La Isla de Roatan en Honduras. 196 The African Queen. 220 Friends of Sol y Mar Magazine. 224 TecnologĂ­a Marina

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ol y Mar Magazine es la primera y única revista digital bilingüe en el mundo que incluye información sobre turismo, pesca, industria marítima, hostelería, recreación, pesca deportiva y propiedades frente al mar, que ofrece a nuestros lectores una variedad de diferentes temas de interés en cada una de sus ediciones. Sol y Mar Magazine se puede encontrar fácilmente en los principales buscadores de Internet por texto o por palabras clave, así como en nuestra página web: www.solymarmagazine.com. Sol y Mar Magazine se envía a decenas de miles de personas e instituciones, de las cuales el 89% se encuentran en el sur de la Florida y el resto en distintos países de todos los continentes. La edad promedio de nuestros lectores oscila entre 20 y 65 años de edad. Si desea ampliar su negocio, especialmente en el poderoso mercado hispano, le sugerimos anunciarse en nuestra revista. ¡Bienvenido a bordo de Sol y Mar Magazine! www.solymarmagazine.com

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ol y Mar Magazine is the first and only digital bilingual publication in the world that includes information about tourism, fishing, waterfront properties, maritime industry, restoration, recreation, sport fishing and innovations among other things that are entertaining, informative and interesting to that appears in the advertiser’s own website and also (his/hers)our reader, who (will enjoy) a wide variety subjects and knowledge of different topics in our publication that addresses each of its editions. Sol y Mar Magazine can be easily found in the main Internet search engines by text or by key words, as well as on our web page: www.solymarmagazine.com. Sol y Mar Magazine is sent to tens of thousands individuals and institutions, of which 89% are located in southern Florida and the remaining to another countries in all continents. The average age of our readers is between 20 and 65 years old. If you want to expand your business, especially in the powerful Hispanic market, we suggest you advertise in our magazine. Welcome aboard Sol y Mar Magazine! www.solymarmagazine.com

PEDRO DÍAZ Presidente y Editor President and Editor info@solymarmagazine.com www.solymarmagazine.com

Cover Photo Foto de Portada: Pat Ford Director de Arte: Mario Carpio graficos@mariocarpio.com

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WHALE SHARKS OFF KEY WEST

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By Pat Ford Photos: Pat Ford

short time ago Rhona Chabot, Austin Nye and I were chasing bonito and black fin tuna behind the shrimp boats north west of Key West with legendary Capt RT Trosset and mate Patrick Cline. The trick to fishing the shrimpers is to leave the dock as early as possible and run some 50 miles west to meet up with a shrimper that is still cleaning his catch. The shrimpers drag all night then dump their nets onto the deck and begin separating the shrimp from every other critter that wound up in nets. They usually start this process at daylight and you need to find them before they shove it all overboard and go to sleep for the day. As the shrimpers drag their nets across the bottom, they disrupt a lot of sea life that either 4

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winds up in the nets or escapes out the sides. All this commotion attracts bonito, sharks and black fin tuna that follow the nets thru the night then wait patiently under the boat till all that free food comes back into the water. When everything comes together, the fishing is amazing. During our trip, we caught tons of huge bonito, but the black fins were scarce. It’s hard to pick out a tuna when it’s surrounded by 40 or 50 hungry bonito. Nevertheless we hooked eight tuna but only Rhona landed one. After a few hours we ran off to another series a wrecks looking for permit and snapper. The permit didn’t cooperate but we caught some mangrove snapper that weighed close to eight lbs biggest mangroves I’ve ever seen. As the day drew to a close, we packed up for the 2 hour run back to Key West. Weather was perfect…. clear visibility and calm seas. Patrick hopped up into the tower for the run home for a reason. The day before they had found a whale shark on the way home and there was a chance that it was still hanging around the same area. Turns out it was along with 3 friends. Patrick spotted

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the first whale shark a good distance away. Their dorsal fins and tail are usually out of the water as they suck in plankton from the surface making them easy to spot. As we approached the first on we found three others in the same area. RT immediately radioed his son, Robert’ who owns FINNS dive Shop in Key West. Robert had a group out in the Gulf, diving the navy towers and was within radio range. As soon as he got the word, he collected his divers and headed our way. Whale sharks are the most gentle creatures imaginable. They are huge up to 40 feet long and fun to swim with. Being in the water with a creature of this size is a rush to say the least. I jumped in with my camera and found that there were three big cobia following the shark. We caught one of the smaller ones and hooked a huge one several times only to have it spit the hook and return to the whale shark. Whale sharks appear to swim lazily along the surface with their mouths open, feeding. Their leisurely pace is deceiving once you jump in the water with them…their cruising speed is just about my top swimming speed. This means that once the whale shark gets past you, you’re never going to catch it. Accordingly we HAD TO CLIMB BACK INTO THE BOAT, run up ahead of the whale shark and jump in, so it would swim towards us. One by one I got photos of everyone swimming next to the sharks. The cobias never left and we could tell the big one was really huge.

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It wasn’t too long till RT’s son found us and got his divers in the water. For the next half hour we all snorkeled around with those huge critters. Patrick in particular was so excited he could barely speak. All his life he’d wanted to swim with a whale shark and on this very special day he had been with four. We all had a great time. The FINNS group also had a blast. Eventually they found the whale shark with the cobia and Robert quickly grabbed his spear gun and nailed the big one… it weighed 69lbs! What an amazing day only in Key West.

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CUBA, LA PERLA DE LAS ANTILLAS

Por el Dr. Martin Arรณstegui

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Durante una visita a Cuba nuestro amigo escritor, fotógrafo y médico de profesión Dr. Martin Arostegui, quien es también bisnieto del famoso naturalista cubano J. Carlos Finlay, estuvo acompañado por Patrick Hemingway y John Hemingway, bisnietos del escritor estadounidense Ernest Hemingway con quienes realizó un recorrido por las calles de la Habana, observando la variedad de contrastes de la arquitectura colonial de la Isla, al mismo tiempo que compartían amistosamente con el pueblo habanero.

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A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH HUMPBACK WHALES By Dr. Martín Aróstegui

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umpback whales are magnificent creatures that deserve our admiration and protection. During the last century most whale species were brought to the edge of extinction by commercial whaling practices. In 1966 an international moratorium on whaling was declared and this resulted in the partial recovery of many threatened whale species. Today most whale species are threatened by entanglement with nets, collisions with ships and injury by loud sonar equipment. Whales are in danger of entanglement with fishing nets, not nets set to capture them. I have had many opportunities to have close encounters with these magnificent animals during my frequent fishing adventures in Alaska. On a very special occasion, my entire family was able to kayak among a group on Humpback whales. This was an experience that we will never forget.

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UN ENCUENTRO CERCANO CON LAS BALLENAS JOROBADAS Por el Dr. Martín Aróstegui

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as ballenas jorobadas son magníficas criaturas que merecen nuestra admiración y protección. Durante el siglo pasado la mayor parte de las especies de ballenas fueron llevadas al borde de la extinción por las prácticas de caza de ballenas con fines comerciales. En 1966 una moratoria internacional sobre la caza de ballenas fue declarada y esto dio lugar a la recuperación parcial de muchas especies de ballenas amenazadas. Hoy en día la mayoría de especies de ballenas corren el peligro de enredarse en las redes de pesca, así como sufrir daños por las colisiones originadas por las quillas de los buques al igual que recibir lesiones producidas por equipos de sonar de alta frecuencia. En muchas oportunidades he tenido encuentros cercanos con estos magníficos animales, durante mis frecuentes aventuras de pesca en Alaska. En una ocasión muy especial, toda mi familia fue capaz de navegar en kayak entre un grupo de ballenas jorobadas. Esta fue una experiencia que nunca olvidaremos.

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NEW CARNIVAL VISTA OFFERS HUGE ARRAY OF ENTERTAINMENT, THRILL FEATURES AND NEW ACTIVITIES First IMAX Theatre at Sea, Sizzling New Playlist Productions Shows, SkyRide Suspended Aerial Cycling Experience and Multi Sensory Kaleid-O-Slide Among the Ship’s Many Attractions

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he stunning new Carnival Vista, currently on its maiden voyage, features an unparalleled array of entertainment and adrenalineinducing thrill experiences, including the cruise industry’s first IMAX Theatre at sea, SkyRide, an open-air cycling experience suspended high above the ship’stop deck, as well as a multi-sensory, 455-foot-long water tube slide called Kaleid-O-Slide. Additionally, spectacular new Playlist Productions shows and a number exciting new activities are being introduced to provide an unprecedented variety of entertainment choices. Carnival Vista also features a suspended 270-foot-long ropes course, an exhilarating, high speed Twister slide, an aqua spray park with a 300-gallon tipping bucket and a huge array of other outdoor and indoor entertainment options. Carnival is also introducing several new activities including the South Beach-inspired Serenity Nights, a RockN-Glow 80s Deck Party and an Island Deck Party as well as a murder mystery experience. Entertainment offerings also include popular comedians at the Punchliner Comedy Club, family-favorite Hasbro, The Game Show, which is a live action game show incorporating popular Hasbro games, and Thrill Theater, among others.

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FIRST IMAX THEATRE AT SEA, THRILL THEATER PART OF CARNIVAL MULTIPLEX

Carnival Vista houses the first IMAX Theatre at sea including a three-deckhigh screen that offers an immersive cinema experience featuring the latest Hollywood blockbusters, family favorites and IMAX documentary content. The 187-seat IMAX Theatre is part of the Carnival Multiplex, which also includes the Thrill Theater, a multi-dimensional experience where seats move back and forth and side to side and viewers are sprayed with water and bubbles to make them feel like they’re part of the feature. Only available on Carnival Vista is Thrillogy, a scary-yet-fun multi-sensory horror movie experience within the Thrill Theater that is designed for guests 17 and older.

NEW PLAYLIST PRODUCTIONS SHOWS

Carnival Vista will debut three new high-tech Playlist Productions shows that combine captivating live performances with spectacular LED staging and special effects to create evenings of unforgettable entertainment. The three shows include: • Amor Cubano: A Caribbean Dance Romance, an exhilarating get-on-yourfeet show that blends classic Latin songs with today’s hits and features an authentic reproduction of Carnival Vista’s Havana Bar. A seven-piece Cubaninspired band performs songs by Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz and others amid a tropics-inspired backdrop of Cuba and Miami, the latter of which will be the ship’s eventual year-round homeport. • America Rocks!, a high-energy show featuring rock anthems by American artists like Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Styx and Kiss. The glow stickwaving audience cheers on a rockin’ house band with sizzling guitars, pulsating drums and a horn section, evoking the feeling of classic rock concerts from bygone days. • Flick: The Power of Motion Pictures, a celebration of filmmaking with some of the greatest anthems of all time showcasing songs from popular movies like Footloose, Dirty Dancing and others.  The main character of the show, Flick, takes viewers on a magical journey through different genres of film with stunning theatrical illusions and show-stopping cinematic effects. 144

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LA ISLA DE ROATÁN, HONDURAS

La isla de Roatán con sus playas de arena blanca y arrecifes de coral, es el lugar ideal para practicar el buceo, hacer snorkeling y realizar deportes acuáticos, ademas de visitar lugares de interés como el Jardín de Mariposas y la reserva marina. La gastronomía de la isla es deliciosa y afrodisíaca. El arrecife de coral que rodea la isla de Roatán es el segundo más grande del mundo y posee una gran diversidad de especies marinas, que usted puede observar y admirar si realiza el snorkeling. Las playas de arenas blancas y paisajes de Roatán son maravillosos para tomar fotografías como recuerdos inolvidables de su visita a esta paradisiaca isla. Diariamente arriban a este isla miles de personas en buques cruceros. Sol y Mar Magazine recomienda la isla Roatán como un lugar perfecto, donde disfrutar de sus vacaciones satisfactoriamente. 164

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THE AFRICAN QUEEN RIDE THE FAMOUS STEAMBOAT Travel back in time on the original vessel from the 1951 John Huston film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Located Mile Marker 100 Key Largo The iconic vessel the African Queen is located in Key Largo Florida. Made famous in the 1951 movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn she still remains a timeless classic. This famous steamboat is available for daily canal cruises and dinner cruises in the Port Largo Canal area and also for private events. The African Queen was built in Lytham, England in 1912 for service in Africa for the East Africa British Railways company. She was used to shuttle cargo, missionaries and hunting parties across the Victoria Nile and Lake Albert which was located on the border between the Belgian Congo and Uganda. In 1951 she starred in the famous movie directed by John Huston. Afterwards she remained in service in Africa until 1968 when she was brought to the United States working in San Francisco, Oregan and Florida. She has been the pride and joy of Key Largo since 1982, where she is registered as a National Historic site and in 2012 celebrated her centennial year. www.africanqueenflkeys.com SOL & MAR MAGAZINE

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Friends of Sol y Mar Magazine My wife, Ashley Dunnam, and I (Mark Dunnam) fish Tampa Bay, Florida regularly for snook and redfish. More photos can be found on Facebook or Instagram (@markdunnamjr). Thanks!

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TECHNOLOGY KAYAK LIFT SIMPLIFIES LAUNCHING FROM DOCK, SEAWALL Getting in and out of a kayak is tricky enough, but when done from a dock or seawall with fluctuating water levels, it can be downright difficult—even dangerous. Golden Boat Lifts’ Kayak Launch is a simple and effective solution, and takes the worry out of launching these boats. Installation is simple. This lift can be mounted on a wide variety of seawall, dock and deck materials, and takes up little space. To use, paddlers simply use the winch to lower the kayak into the water, descend the ladder and lower themselves into the boat. A grab rail on the water side is used to steady oneself and to push off the lift. Upon return, the kayaker simply guides the craft onto the bunks, climbs out and winches the boat up out of the water. Fully welded using marine-grade aluminum, the Kayak Launch supports watercraft up to 100 lbs. and the bunks adjust to fit a large range of widths. Built for a saltwater environment, the winch utilizes stainless steel cable. Perfect for tidal locations, two models are available, a 5-step with 4’ of travel and a 7-step with 6’. www.goldenboatlifts.com

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TECHNOLOGY LUXURY TENDERS ARE BUILT TO COLOR-MATCH YACHT A luxury tender should reflect the style and élan of the megayacht it serves. Argos Nautic artisans custom-build exclusive center console RIBs that each unmistakably complement its motherships’ refined décor. The company’s designers work with owners to provide a unique solution that offers superior quality and unmatched performance in a head-turning package. Every custom luxury Argos Nautic tender begins with an almost unlimited selection of gelcoat or marine epoxy paint colors— including metallic and pearl finishes—that will match the yacht’s hull or overall décor. This is wedded to a palette of about 50 combinations of Orca Hypalon tube fabrics. The luxurious upholstery is off-white or tan marine leatherette, but the company can use any top-quality fabric chosen. The bespoke vessel becomes a bold extension of the megayacht’s marque. www.argosnautic.com

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TECHNOLOGY MIDNIGHT EXPRESS 43 OPEN FEATURES WEBAS TO SUNROOF Midnight Express’ new 43’ Open Powerboat rides the water with an advanced look that distinguishes it from all others. It’s designed for those who like to push the limits, yet maintain a feeling of comfort and confidence. This makes it the perfect fit for a custom Series 60 Marine Sunroof from Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc. The Webasto Series 60 offers multiple customization options. When flush mounted, as seen on the Midnight Express 43’ Open, it integrates for a seamless finish. The Series 60 can also be top mounted, matching most hatch designs for an incorporated look. Its rear rails sit completely to the side of the roof. With either installation style, the Webasto Series 60 provides a large opening and fully watertight solution to meet the needs of more light and ventilation on board. www.webasto-marine.com

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TECHNOLOGY REDUCE BOAT LANDING STRESS WITH SHORESTATION For owners, keeping their pride and joy on a boat lift is a good move. They eliminate the need for bottom paint, the danger of sinking in the slip, and scummy watermarks. But, many novice users find loading a vessel intimidating, since getting it safely centered in the lift and holding its position until the platform raises can be tricky, especially in high wind and waves. ShoreStation, known for its extensive line of boat support and loading aides, introduces an exclusive new construction for its GlideRail and GlidePole load guides. These updates allow ShoreStation to offer unparalleled craft protection, additional guide-on assistance, and improved safety. The new construction features a 3� diameter cylindrical shape with a durable aluminum core, a non-marring poly outer sheath, and full length T-slot channel for mounting and adjusting. ShoreStation’s GlideRail horizontal load guides feature a uniquely boat-friendly flare design plus vertical post bumpers that work together to capture the bow and steer the boat to center when entering in wind and waves. It fully adjusts horizontally and vertically to match a hull, while the T-slot keeps all mounting hardware safely away from the boat. www.shorestation.com

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TECHNOLOGY REMOVE OXIDATION TO MAKE A BOAT SHINE LIKE NEW Over time, a boat’s gelcoat succumbs to the rigors of the environment. Sun, salt spray and UV rays wear on the vessel’s hull, turning it chalky and pitted. Staining from bird droppings, dirty water and rusted fittings also affect the appearance. With the right tools and products, boat owners can easily bring new life to their investments, for significantly less than the cost of having the job done by a professional. Using a modern, random orbit polisher virtually eliminates the possibility of burning or swirling the finish. They’re lighter and more effective than older models, so the work gets done in less time and with less effort. Tools such as Shurhold’s Dual Action Polisher Pro, combined with the company’s Buff Magic, quickly bring back a boat’s shine. After a thorough wash to remove loose dirt and grime, grab a clean buffing pad. Shurhold has a helpful guide for pad choice on its website, www.shurhold.com

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TECHNOLOGY UNIQUE MARINE ENCLOSURE FABRIC OUTLASTS TRADITIONAL CHOICES In response to the need for a long-lasting, PVC-coated exterior performance fabric for marine enclosures and T-tops, Safety Components developed the groundbreaking BreakWater X™. Built to withstand the harshest marine environment, the innovative and long-lasting material is backed by a 10-year warranty. Heat- and UV-resistant BreakWater X begins with a cloth base woven from super high-tenacity synthetic yarns. An alloy of architectural polymers modified for use in a marine environment is then used as the coating. The result is a durable, lightweight fabric that doesn’t stiffen, crack or flake due to the use of plasticizers. Instead, it remains soft and flexible regardless of its age, or exposure to salt spray and other punishing conditions. www.weatherMAX.com

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