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Cruising Life through the Eyes of Tom Neale

A motorsailer gets no respect, I tell ya

Chez Nous isn't a powerboat or a pure sailboat, and it's been the source of Tom's nautical identity crisis

Chez Nous throws a slight 'motorsailer wake' in the narrow ICW.I'm not a psychologist or even a TV talking-head shrink. So I don't know why some people have identity crises. But I do know why I have an identity crisis. It's because I have a motorsailer.

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In search of the trusty yard expert

We can't do all the maintenance ourselves, so it's crucial to find the right mechanic or technician

Todd Grenier of Whelan's Marine works on the new Yamaha installation aboard Tom's 20-foot Mako.If you're like me and can't buy a new boat every few years, you probably spend a lot of time worrying about finding people and yards to help keep your boat alive.

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Strange things we’ve seen at sea

Spend as much time on the water as Tom has, and you just might wonder if you can still believe your eyes


At least the bear the Neales saw in the channel didn't try to board Chez Nous.When you’re out on the water, you don’t need to look for a ghostly pirate ship lunging upward from the waves like a fantasy from the movies. There are many weird sights at sea needing no help from Hollywood — some even stranger than fiction.

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Out with the old and in with the new

Is your pride and joy no longer proud? Here are some projects that can help restore that ‘new boat’ feel

Bob Touton gave us numerous jewels of advice, the most important of which was to celebrate each time you got an old porthole out.My boat was built in 1975 and, if my watch is right, it’s now 2009. I love my boat. They don’t make boats like this anymore, and if they did she would cost a fortune.

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An outboard that’s out of his world

Quieter, more efficient, less maintenance — it’s a whole lot for a hands-on type of guy to comprehend

Tom's new outboard put the 'A-HA' back in his 'YAMAHA' - and gave his Mako some additional pop.I don’t know what that thing is hanging off the stern of my boat, but I know danged well it ain’t no outboard.

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