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Unfinished Stories
A gleaming Airstream trailer was parked on the front lawn of the exhibition hall at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. It felt out of place in the historic coastal town, an artifact from the wrong era. Families lined up for photos with it, and people pee
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Smoke On The Water
Te Ozarks get a bad rap, and that ignominy extends to the water. Ozark, Netflix’s drama series, drops the “s” and follows Marty Byrde, a financial planner, and his family to the region. It doesn’t take long before they encounter waterborne thugs movi
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Heart Of The Matter
Who needs five outboards? Does anyone really need a 45-foot center console with fold-down gunwales? Is there anyone that needs a million-plus-dollar yacht? I’ve heard it time and time again over the years. No, no one needs those things. When I see on
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Is DIY Dead?
The older I get, the less interested I am in crawling under a boat to roll on bottom paint. Scraping and sanding? Forget about it—I’ll hire someone, and work a little longer at the keyboard to pay the bill. Maybe you’re not like me. Maybe your spine
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Eyes Of The Harbor
As the ship pitches and rolls 25 miles east of New York City, I think I’ll be sick. I try to keep it together as I chat with men wearing ties and suits. They sit on a deep leather couch, leaning back with legs crossed and paying no heed to the waves.
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The Power of Water
First, I wondered if the stream of cooling water sluicing overboard from my self-contained air-con unit was a little sparse. But you know how it goes, right? I filed my wonderment away under: “Dang, Bill, don’t be so negative.” Then a weekend later,
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Judge Not!
I’m just not sure whether to buy this boat or not. Whataya think?” asked the tall, rail-thin, red-headed Texan. He was a supercharged youngster, outfitted with all the tells of the true sportfisherman (deeply tanned visage, Shimano-branded baseball c
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In For a Shock
My first experience with shock-absorbing seating was at an event in New York City well over a decade ago. Zodiac was debuting their CZ7, a 23-foot RIB that shares a hull with the builder’s line of professional craft used by Navy SEALs and the U.S. Co
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Go With the Flow
Anyone boating in coastal waters is familiar with ocean tides, the daily cycle of rising and falling water levels. You also likely remember from grade school science that tides are caused by gravity exerted by the moon and the sun onto earth. Yet as
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Stay Connected
Many boaters got into the sport as a way of relaxing, but, as most of us find out sooner or later, when things break it can be anything but relaxing. This is especially true for those in northern climates where the boating season is so short—nothing
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Aquila 32 Power Catamaran
Not long ago, the folks at MarineMax in St. Petersburg, Florida, loaned me an Aquila 32 Sport Power Catamaran for a couple of days. The 32 is currently the newest and smallest member of the Aquila line. She offers dayboating comforts galore, limited
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Solace 345
LOA: 38' Beam: 10'6" Draft: 1'2" Fuel: 325 gal. Water: 40 gal. Standard Power: 2/425-hp Yamaha 425XTO outboards Cruise Speed: 30 knots Top Speed: 52 knots Price: $500,000 When Stephen Dougherty designed his new Solace 345, he thought outside of the b
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Hinckley Sport Boat 40x
LOA: 42'7" Beam: 12'5" Draft: 2'4" Displ.: 20,000 lbs. Fuel: 450 gal. Water: 82 gal. Standard Power: 3/300-hp Mercury Verado outboards Cruise Speed: 32 knots Top Speed: 46 knots Price: Upon Request Five of us lounged in the cockpit, soaking wet and a
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Summit 54
You may not know Summit MotorYachts—not yet at least—but you certainly know its parent company, Kadey-Krogen, and their globe-trotting, long-range cruisers. According to the builder, its new line of planing motoryachts is a reflection of market trend
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Marlow Voyager 100
I sat at the Snead Island, Florida facility, sipped coffee and looked out over the neat-as-a-pin marina, its spring-fed harbor and beyond that, Terra Ceia Bay. The pleasant sounds of birdsong and rustling palms was the only audible sound. Then I hear
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Nord C Yachts FortyFive
Nord C Yachts is aiming to bring unparalleled craftsmanship and clean operation to the world of boat-building. The Swedish company is claiming its FortyFive model, the first in its line, will combine luxury with an innovative approach to environmenta
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Triple Threat
In its short lifetime, the Italian shipyard of Monte Carlo Yachts has constructed a mystique. It seemed to appear on the scene fully realized, as if from nowhere: great Italian design, innovative construction methods and a bulletproof self-confidence
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When Time Stands Still
I grew up watching old wooden boats gracefully ply the aqua-marine waters of Lake George, New York. My dad and I looked on with envy as single- and double-cockpit runabouts cruised along the rocky shore, their American flags whipping in the wind. We
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Dutch classic
LOA: 66'5" Beam: 19'7" Displ.: 99,000 lbs. Draft: 4'9" Fuel: 1,400 gal. Water: 50 gal. Test Power: 3/1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350s Base Price: $3.9 million The trailblazing trio that is the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The Great Pyramids at Giza. A
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Swedish Renaissance
The waterfront of Gothenburg’s Lindholmen district was abuzz. Ferries picked up and dropped off passengers, many of whom pedaled off to their next destination or walked to the nearby hybrid bus line. As I ambled along, I passed a fully autonomous, se
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Casual Kicks
On a recent summer afternoon I was headed home from a day of striped bass fishing on Long Island Sound. My mind was clear and I felt alive in the sunburned, windswept way that usually means it was a good day. It wasn’t until I arrived home and took o
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Apostle Islands, WI
Often called the “Jewels of Lake Superior,” the Apostle Islands, just off the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin, are a fascinating geological destination, and they bear the title well. Though cruising Lake Superior is not for the faint-hearted
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Vanquish VQ50
The first glimpse of the Vanquish VQ50 Mk2 at the Miami Marina seemed so appropriately South Florida, cutting a sharp powder blue profile against similarly colored water and sky. The bright orange boot stripe and upholstery popped from the background
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Tactical Custom Boats T40
If you prefer to blend in at the dock, if you prefer to be left alone in idle solitude in the back corner of a harbor, if the thought of people streaming live videos of you from their phones while you maneuver into a tricky slip gives you cold sweat,
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Cabo 41
Nostalgia is a funny thing. When we think of the past, usually it’s rendered in a rosy tint too illustrious to ever have been true. And yet we pine, and reminisce, and stare into the prop wash. We imagine an impossibly large fish that got away, or th
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Nordhavn 41
Builders retire and replace models all the time; boats have a natural life cycle and no matter how many updates and tweaks you make, sometimes you just need to start from a clean sheet of paper. That task is especially difficult when replacing a stal
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Azimut Verve 47
An Azimut with outboards. You couldn’t even conceive of such a concept years ago. Then came the 2016 Newport boat show and the relatively quiet launch of the Verve 40. It may not have launched with a ton of pomp and circumstance, but news of the newc
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Outer Reef 640 Azure
Since their introduction in the early aughts, Outer Reef has earned a reputation as a manufacturer of robust, long-range cruisers equally at home in waters from Alaska to Argentina. Their latest launch, the 640 Azure incorporates a revised layout on
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Special Delivery
Station 46087 of NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center floats north of Washington’s Cape Flattery at the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about 85 nautical miles from Port Townsend’s Blue Moose Café, the hippie-meets-shipwright breakfast and lunch joi
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