Boston BoatWorks and MJM Yachts team up on vessels that marry the best attributes of speed and weight
When you get four sailors together to build powerboats, interesting things can happen. In my experience, sailors tend to develop an appreciation for and sensitivity to the elements that many powerboaters never do - wind and current, set and drift, stage of the tide, phase of the moon. Powerboaters, with the advent of GPS, may be aware of where they are geographically, but not necessarily nautically and situationally to the degree sailors are.
Compromises make it important to know what to look for - and what to avoid - when comparing boats.
In my travels around the waterfront, I'm always on the lookout for the good, bad and just plain ugly in boat design. During the last few months, I've been to a number of boat shows in the United States and Canada and I'm both tickled with the positive innovations and dismayed at some of the bad ideas on display.
It's no small task to repower a wooden Huckins with Volvo's IPS propulsion - here's how it's being done.
If ever there was a great boat tale involving a blend of old and new technologies, this has got to be it. Take one classic 1954 Huckins motoryacht built of two layers of 3/8-inch mahogany planking laid out diagonally, screwed to oak framing and fiberglass-sheathed on the outside.
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