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Take a Closer Look into Powerboating at Soundings Online

Measuring up the deckhouse and cabin

Before Soundings editor-in-chief Bill Sisson asked me to write about the new Jupiter 41 Sportbridge, its enclosed deckhouse had already caught my attention from among the scores of boats I saw at the earlier boat shows. The coupe styling is really sleek, of course, but what drew this old ship driver to it was the promise of excellent visibility from the wheel, with the wraparound windshield merging largely with the side windows.

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Sea trial: Hunt 44

The smart design and smooth ride make it an offshore winner

I spent some time on the new Hunt 44 last summer and came away impressed for a number of reasons. This Down East express cruiser is a real machine in the best possible sense.

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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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