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Machete-ready Betty and the 12-hour storm

I knew it was going to be a good storm when I saw the lady standing on the bowsprit of her big sailboat and waving a machete at the guy on the boat that had just anchored upwind of her. Upwind wasn’t...

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Know-How

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The Banjo 20: It’s playing their tune

A couple dropped by last week to look at one of the boats in my stable of previously loved (read: used) vessels. The pair live aboard a motorsailer on Lake...

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Questions and Answers

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Q&A - Outboards

While out on the water, your outboard won’t start. What should you look for before calling for help? - Does the engine sound like it is cranking over? If not,...

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On Powerboats

Canados 428 Gladiator

When is a center console not a center console? When it’s a   Canados 428 Gladiator. This newest model of the Gladiator series may have the helm console on centerline, but...

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On Sail

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Beyond wind and water, sailing offers life lessons

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This quote by George Santayana has been on replay in my mind for a while. But sometimes — and...

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Used Boat Review

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Used Boat Review: Back Cove 41

Frank Smollon had enjoyed his 29-foot bowrider for a few years, day-tripping and cruising with his family in the Chesapeake Bay waters near his Riva, Maryland, home. At one point the 66-year-old manufacturer’s rep joined the Annapolis Yacht Club and became involved...

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New Gear

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Icom M605 VHF

Icom designed the M605 VHF transceiver for “optimum visibility.” -

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Tech Talk

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The Smart Buyer - Whose boat are you buying?

One happy aspect of our recovering economy is that it has rebooted the boat-purchasing cycle. After such a downturn, there’s often reduced inventory, which presents a challenge to those in...

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