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Trial by Error
Everything was going fine, until it wasn’t. Mikele D’Arcangelo of ACR Electronics has heard this story dozens of times from people whose boats sank, burned or lost power while underway. They needed help—fast. D’Arcangelo estimates that beacons have s
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Merc’s New Powerhouse
Eric Glaser was jet-lagged after traveling overnight from a Mediterranean holiday to Nashville, but you’d never know it. The Midnight Express co-owner stood smiling at the helm of his company’s 43 Open and looked back at the color-matched, 2,250 poni
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Cutwater C-24 Coupe
There was a time when my definition of “island hopping” was regulated to aquamarine waters and sugar sand beaches. Oh, ye of little mind. Such a narrow definition was firmly recalibrated on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest. Arriving in Seattle,
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Dyna 68
Dyna Yachts, which offers models from 32 to 105 feet, has raised its game with the recent introduction of the Dyna 68. This modern motoryacht is the result of a collaboration between the builder and award-winning Cor D. Rover Design in the Netherland
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Engineering the Future
As I ambled out of the Vier Jahreszeiten hotel in Starnberg, Germany, a young guy stood next to a little BMW i3. His hand was on the front door handle, there was a broad grin on his face and a big orange Torqeedo logo embellished the car’s rear door.
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Go Your Own Pace
LOA: 80'7" Beam: 23' Draft: 5'5" Displ.: 174,160 lbs. Fuel: 2,700 gal. Water: 400 gal. Power: 2/1,200-hp MAN V8 Price: Upon Request Just about everything superyacht owners are currently demanding in their new vessels—from a big beach club to a main-d
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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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Cigarette 59 Tirranna
LOA: 59' Beam: 14' Draft: 2'8" Displ.: 39,700 lbs. Fuel: 1,000 gal. Water: 85 gal. Standard Power: 6/400-hp Mercury Verado Racing outboards Cruise Speed: 43 knots Top Speed: 63 knots Price: $3 million The flame that burns twice as bright burns half a
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Aviara 32
LOA: 34'4" Beam: 10'4" Draft (drives up): 1'11" Displ.: 12,000 lbs. Fuel: 166 gal. Water: 21 gal. Power: 2/300-hp Mercury Verado outboards Power (optional): 2/350-hp Mercury Verados; 2/380-hp Ilmor 6.0Ls; 2/430-hp Ilmor 6.2Ls Cruise Speed: 28 knots T
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Technohull Omega 45
Marine professionals depend on RIBs in the line of duty for a number of reasons. RIBs are lightweight, burn less fuel and need less horsepower to go faster—but can still accommodate large powerplants. The inflatable collar makes them durable and less
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Wilbur 37 Weekender
The variety of Down East vessels—both workboats and cruisers—built on Mount Desert Island, Maine, is astounding. The island is a supercluster of boatyards, from Hinckley to a smattering of well-known, family-owned outfits who have built lobster boats
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Symphony In Blue
My toes curl over the side of the fold-down gunwale. I spring into the air before straightening my body. I gracefully glide into the water, the perfect swan dive. 10-point-freakin-0. I surface, fix my already perfect slicked back hair and see the Oce
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Made In America
LOA: 46'5" Beam: 14'6" Draft: 3'6" Displ.: 37,000 lbs. Fuel: 360 gal. Water: 100 gal. Test Power: 2/435-hp Volvo Penta D6-IPS600s Price: $1.1 million Shortly after I’d stepped aboard Cruisers Yachts’ Cantius 46, I noticed a small, dollar-sized Americ
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Sea Trials
Somewhere else in the world, it was a typical morning. But for nine families and a handful of volunteers gathered under the awning of the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, there would never be another one quite like this. On a bright, sunlit
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Boatyard Dreamin’
A first job. Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to start working? It was a first step from adolescence to adulthood. It meant money for gas, freedom and working for someone other than your grandma. Like many other naïve 16-year-olds, I wa
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Master’s Touch
LOA: 81'6" Beam: 21'5" Draft: 5' Fuel: 3,000 gal. Water: 440 gal. Displ.: 197,800 lbs. Power: 2/1550-hp MAN V12 1550 CRM Price: Upon Request Tony Fleming cut his teeth as a technical engineer for American Marine, then in its infancy as a company, hel
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Buried Alive
The end of a boat’s life is usually a quiet, nondescript affair. There’s no ceremonial goodbye, no reveling in those last few diesel fumes. It’s simply part of your life one moment and gone the next. At least, that’s how it feels. But the boat isn’t
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Searching For TREASURE in foreign Waters
If you were a yachtsman in the late 1970s or early 80s, you might remember some of the FRP trawler-style cruisers that came out of Asia at the time. Most had teak-laden interiors, some of which looked as though they had been finished with a disc sand
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Yahoo Concepts
The job title “yacht designer” sounds glamorous to a lot of people. Some have the mistaken impression that we saunter around in capes, waving our arms dramatically while grand visions flow from our fingertips, leaving the messy details to lesser pleb
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Got the Juice?
Unless you’re truly hardcore—you eat gruel boiled on an alcohol stove, read Treasure Island under the dim amber glow of an oil lamp, perform your nightly ablutions with a bucket of cold sea water (and that’s when you’re at home!)—you enjoy the benefi
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Risky Business
For every boat sitting peacefully in its slip there’s a thief waiting to extract its MFDs with a surgeon’s precision. Or a thug wielding a crow bar with his co-conspirators a few lagoons over, trailer and truck at the ready. Both are formidable foes.
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