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Not your father’s trawler

Today’s models are faster, more luxurious and technologically advanced, but can they be called ‘trawlers’?

Nordic Tug 37The sun was just rising as we spotted the R “2” bell off the entrance to Great Salt Pond at Block Island, R.I. We had been at sea for 26 hours, running 210 nautical miles directly from Cape May, N.J. Leaving our home port of Annapolis, Md., a couple of days earlier, we were about to start our summer cruise, exploring New England in the comfort of our beloved Grand Banks 42.

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$8,500 would get you a nearly new Chris-Craft 26

Soundings at 50 - Celebrating a half-century of boating

I had fun perusing the first issue of Soundings, which included the ads you see here. A little water has flowed under the keel since that April 1963 issue and the publication has obviously evolved from its original black-and-white tabloid format.

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Why choose a dual console?

Like the minivan, it’s the many functions they offer in a single platform

Boston Whaler's 270 Vantage is offshore-capable.When I was a wee lad (if only briefly) in the 1960s, we had a Bonneville convertible and a Pontiac station wagon, a sensible car combo for a father who drove to work and a mother who hauled kids around town.

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Sage advice for the next big storm

Does your marina take a pre-emptive approach to storms?In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, having a reliable, financially sound insurer and choosing the right marina have taken on added importance.

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Pursuit of perfection: a built-to-order boat

This Doug Zurn-designed 50-footer is being built by New England Boatworks on a semicustom basis.If you’re in the market for a new boat you’ll find scores of production models to choose from, and chances are pretty good that a builder offers something close to what you want. But if you’re looking for a boat that fits your exact specifications and you have the means — and the patience — there are two ways to go: semicustom or custom.

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