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Mailboat
Of the many boats I wish I could own, I include the Pulsifer Hampton. The design is both simple and graceful, and the name conjures thoughts of New England waters. It was fun reading about that boat brand and its long history in Midcoast Maine in you
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The Chaos Is Real
Steve Morlock has been working on the water for about 40 years in roles that range from harbormaster to his job of the past 12 years, running TowBoatU.S. out of Oyster Bay on New York’s Long Island. In all that time, he’s seen plenty of things go wro
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Tools for Forecasting
There are countless ways to monitor and predict weather online, but for some, wading through the many choices can be daunting. Are you a mariner who enjoys weather analysis and forecasting or the type who wants simple apps with colors and arrows? The
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What We’re Reading
There are approximately 33,600 fish species swimming around the world in both salt and fresh waters. Some are rather ordinary looking while others appear as if they came straight out of a nightmare. From tuna to triggerfish, the world’s waters host a
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What We’re Listening To
Preble Hall is a naval history podcast produced by the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Interviewees include historians, practitioners, military personnel and a wide variety of other experts covering naval history topics fro
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Down-to-Earth Vibe
The first time my family and I motored into Onset Bay in Massachusetts, we were traveling from Maryland to Maine via the Cape Cod Canal and needed a place to stop to await friends. We’d had a boisterous sail up Buzzards Bay and entered the canal on a
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Your First Billfish
Nothing comes easy in offshore fishing. The run is long, the waves are big and finding a fish in a million miles of ocean is hard. But there is a bluewater fishery with surprisingly easy entry. Two rods, a box of tackle and a thousand yards of line a
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Flying Dutchman
The legendary Vliegende Hollander, or Flying Dutchman, is a fabled ghost ship associated with the 17th-century myth that it is doomed to sail the seas forever and never reach port. The modern Flying Dutchman, while legendary in its own right, is a bi
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The River That Flows Both Ways
I’ve wanted to motor up the Hudson River for decades. So, when my brother Rik bought a 1989 Transworld 50 Fantail Pilothouse Trawler—the perfect miniyacht to cruise the Hudson—I proposed a leaf-peeping tour for October. My brother and his wife, Anne,
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The Lobster Lady
At daybreak, rumbling through a greasy little swell, the 30-foot Virginia makes her way from Rockland, Maine, for the lobster grounds. Backlit by the chartplotter’s glow the helmsman is steady at the wheel, while behind him, a small, almost Yoda-like
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First look
IT’S FALL BOAT SHOW SEASON, but this year is different. Very different. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it challenging for companies to produce these events—a number of major shows were cancelled when we went to press—and while a few may get underway,
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Art Of The Digital Deal
When Brunswick Corp., the parent company of Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and other brands, decided to hold a virtual boat show on July 21 and 22, Ritch Ragle and his team had to do something different: be available online to consumers in a newly organized
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Discretion
A Chesapeake Bay waterman prepares his pound net off the Love Point lighthouse as a tropical storm bears down on Kent Island, Maryland, in Marc Castelli’s painting Discretion. “Leaving one’s gear in the water during such high wind and tidal events ca
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Maritime Skiff 18
A good boat is one that gets used, and the best boat gets used by the whole family. It doesn’t matter what kind of boat it is or what size; if it’s not at the dock, it’s doing what a boat should do–getting people out on the water. Scott Arnette’s 18-
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Golden Years On The Lake
This vintage picture postcard from the mid-20th century depicts Pep’s Inn and Village, located on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania’s Pike County. The owners of the establishment called it an “all-in-one” resort that offered the big three
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Docks to Digital
We bought our first family cruiser at the New York Boat Show 16 years ago. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time, so he asked me to meet him at the Javits Center on 11th Avenue. I bundled up our two young children for the trip from Connecti
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Singles Match
Here’s good news for owners of boats powered by a single outboard. Those vessels now can be equipped with joystick docking control and a host of other features previously limited to multi-engine rigs with the introduction of the new Yamaha Helm Maste
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What We’re Watching
RODEO RIDERS One way to learn how a particular boat handles rough seas is to find a nasty inlet, sit back and then watch. You’ll eventually see that some boats are better than others when doing battle with King Neptune. If you don’t have a gnarly inl
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More Salty Reads
YOU CAN DO IT Boats are complex, mysterious machines. Even the simplest watercraft have systems and maintenance requirements that can be intimidating. While it’s sometimes worth your while to pay a pro to do the work, there are plenty of projects you
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Ode To The Blue Crab
Since I was born in Maryland, it makes me a blue crab expert. It’s a fact. That probably sounds arrogant, but you won’t find me lecturing a Mainer about lobsters or a Cape Cod resident about fried big-belly clams. If you’ve spent time around the Ches
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Beneteau Antares 11
Antares is, on average, the fifteenthbrightest star in the night sky, and the brightest object in the constellation of Scorpius. So perhaps it’s fitting that Beneteau’s latest outboardpowered model—the Antares 11—carries this name. This sporty outboa
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Pathfinder 2700 Open
If you’ve ever wondered about the genesis of today’s uber-popular bay boat segment, you need not look any further than Pathfinder Boats. It was around 30 years ago when Maverick Boat Group founder Scott Deal conceived the first Pathfinder on the back
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Ocean Alexander 50 MK I
Here was a liveaboard’s boating dream and a West Coast classic. This 50-foot fiberglass pilothouse trawler was equipped with all the necessities, amenities and luxuries desired in a home on the sea: multiple cabins, a large salon, a full galley, a st
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Pleasure Islands
I sland hopping may not be a term that readily comes to mind when you’re in Newport, Rhode Island. But Newport itself is on an island—Aquidneck—and Narragansett Bay is home to some 40 islands and islets. Whether you’re looking for a quiet oasis on th
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A Fox In The Fog
They say if you don’t like the weather in Maine, you just have to wait five minutes. But when I board the ferry in Rockland, the fog is as thick as a cotton batting and stays that way for the hourlong trip across Penobscot Bay. As we approach Vinalha
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Homeward Bound
The Caribbean and Bahamas became a sea of frustration as the Covid-19 pandemic spread. One by one, islands shut down to protect their limited health-care systems. Trinidad, where many boaters haul out for hurricane season, closed its borders March 16
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At the Dock
With a watercolor palette of blues and greens, reds and browns and brush strokes both bold and subtle, marine artist Paul Landry brings us to the docks of his native maritime Canada, where gulls glide through an indistinct sky, schooners dry their pa
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JEANNE CRAIG EXECUTIVE EDITOR PIM VAN HEMMEN ART DIRECTOR BRIANA SMITH SENIOR EDITOR GARY REICH ASSOCIATE EDITOR CARLY SISSON DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER CHRIS CIRILLI CONTRIBUTING WRITERS WENDY MITMAN CLARKE, KIM KAVIN, STEVE KNAUTH, PAT
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Carver 445 Aft Cabin
When Ben Hagar retired from a 26-year Army career in 2008, he was more than ready to rekindle his love for the water. After growing up on the lakes of northern New York state with a variety of sail and powerboats, his long stint in the Army had left
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