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Filling the holes, muffling the machinery


A properly tuned prop will vibrate less.To get a better take on some of the issues Bill Johnson raised when I interviewed him, I called Chris Murray, director of sales for Soundown, a company well known in the marine industry for its noise and vibration control products. He added some interesting insights on how to solve noise and vibration problems.



The elements of a well-found boat

n_38_onpowerPhin Sprague shares his insights on design and construction, formed by his experiences at sea



Building a bulletproof boat

n_40a_onpowerIn 1986, work began in California on the hull that eventually became Lions Whelp, the 65-foot Alden-designed schooner that Phin and Abbot Sprague bought more than a decade later and outfitted for offshore cruising. The hull was built with strip planking and cold-molded wood, but construction came to a halt, and the boat sat in the sun with the bilge full of water for the next 12 years. That's how Phin and his brother found her in 1998.



A builder who’s wedded to wood

39_wood_01Dick Pulsifer fashions functionality and beauty based on century-old tradition in his Maine shop

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Tomorrow’s powerboat will adapt to the times

Driven by fuel prices, we'll see designs with lighter and more efficient hulls, better propulsion and a return to simpler accommodations below

N38.RANGE-BOATWhen it comes to utter foolishness, there's nothing quite like trying to predict the future. While Old Testament prophets had to bat a thousand to keep their heads, this month's objective merely calls for a reasonably defensible and probably obvious position based on current trends in boating.



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