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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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Mann Of War
Heading home after a few hours of sailfishing off Miami Beach on board the custom Paul Mann 77 Full Time, Capt. John Travaline stretched the throttles and the ponies responded: The Garmin screen locked on 44.5 knots. Looking aft, a marriage of blue a
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The Frozen Frontier
Jane Maufe can trace her lineage to Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer who died trying to find the Northwest Passage in 1847—an expedition that saw the loss of both ships, Erebus and Terror, as well as the entire crew of 129 men. As a longtime fr
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Mistakes Made
House projects, work travel and a painfully damp spring conspired against me as I readied my boat for summer. With an orbital sander in one hand and a nasal cavity choked with sawdust, I felt my blood pressure rise with each boat that rumbled past an
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Hustle & Flow
When an 84-foot yacht goes over 40 knots in the open ocean, it’s a marvel of maritime engineering. After a breathtaking sea trial in the Atlantic off Ft. Lauderdale, I can attest that the new Pershing 8X ably carries on the shipyard’s tradition of bu
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A Spirited Rejuvenation
The charming ambiance that has made the BVIs so attractive for so long remains among new infrastructure and an unbreakable spirit. Wood rots. Paint peels. Cloth fades and thread disintegrates. Metals oxidize. All this happens more quickly in the trop
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Perfect Compromise
If there’s a subject that truly complexifies a boat tester’s existence, scheduling’s gotta be it. Shoot, you’d think that, even in this imperfect world, sea trialing a fine little crossover center console like Regulator’s 26XO would be comparatively
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Omie Tillet (1929-2019)
Omie Tillet was born to be a fisherman. At just 10 years old he could be found working the water with his father and by 20 he was running his own boat. By the ripe age of 31, Tillet and business partner Warren O’Neal began construction on their first
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Rudder Mysteries
A while back, Capt. Bill Pike and I were discussing our nautical misadventures, trying to one-up each other with unusual, often unexplainable, occurrences we’d managed to survive: Racing sloops on the rocks, dockings so disastrous they were covered b
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Hog Wild
As a kid my family and I would cruise hundreds of miles each summer on our annual three-week voyage. One summer we ran our 25-foot cruiser halfway up and down the Mississippi River, dodging wing dams, barges and houseboats along the way. We stopped i
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Forget About It!
A few weeks ago, I decided to take the Betty Jane II out for a spin. Before hitting the trail, I did my regular due diligence. I checked the oil, transmission fluid and coolant levels in my Yanmar and cranked ‘er up. Then I switched on all my electro
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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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Ranger From The North
A tugboat squats low and digs its heels into the unfathomably deep, dark blue water of Puget Sound. Like a sumo wrestler its center of gravity is low, its power unbounded. A container-laden barge marches obediently behind the mission-designed vessel;
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Still Waters Run Deep
As technical and demanding as a day of boating might be, it requires very little historical knowledge to be enjoyed. Fishermen denote the passing of years in the movement of hot spots, and long-range cruisers might pass by a memorable anchorage and b
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Not So Quiet On The Western Front
I descended the amidships ladder into darkness, the sunlight filtering through apertures in the desiccated white oak rib cage. I had boarded from her stern, walked along a temporary deck and passed a strange sight: several steel oilers stood on their
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Get Hip With a Stick
It seems like nobody wants to steer anymore, at least not with the wheel: All the hip skippers are maneuvering with joysticks. How can you join them, short of buying a new, stick-equipped boat? SeaStar Solutions Optimus 360 joystick control is design
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Mid-Summer Tune-Up
Not long after I purchased the Betty Jane II and brought her down to Florida, I got in touch with a Yanmar mechanic, a really good one, and asked him to make a close inspection of Betty’s 240-hp diesel engine. Yeah, I’d had an “engine guy” do a basic
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The Joy of Fixin’ Things
Some weeks ago, a big Florida dealership loaned me a boat to do a cruising story. Which, of course, was wonderful. Not only did I have a brand-new 30-some-footer to play around with for a couple of days but a spate of decent weather was predicted, th
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Pacific Passages
Flannel shirts. Starbucks. Craft beer. An above-average number of serial killers. Pearl Jam. Did I mention flannel shirts? That’s what came to mind when I thought about Seattle and the greater Pacific North-west. That and natural beauty. I’ve spent t
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Gear Heads
Lincoln Davis knows many of the secrets in the long history of outboard engines. “Everyone credits Evinrude with the first outboard motor, but they weren’t the first,” says Lincoln, who fixes outboards for a living but whose real passion is collectin
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Exposure
The city that never sleeps. The home of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the gateway to the land of unlimited promise, a place where many still believe the streets are paved with gold. One of the most iconic landmarks of the Big Apple is Times
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Old-School Cool
Boatbuilding facilities come in all shapes and sizes around the world. They range from mom-and-pop shops in little more than a two-car garage under a Banyan tree to ultra-modern manufacturing facilities with skyscraping paint sheds and cranes that lo
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