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Used Boat Review: Maxum 3000 SCR

usedboat1When you grow up with Long Island Sound pretty much in your backyard, boats and boating come naturally. And those early years can stamp a person as a boater for life.



Marine Trader 40 Sundeck

Nelson Garrett and Sandra Kay shopped the Chesapeake region, looking for the cruiser that would take them on a long-awaited American odyssey. The newly retired couple’s cruising agenda “strongly influenced our selection,” says Garrett, 73, formerly a commercial builder. Their plans called for a year’s travel, logging about 6,000 inland and offshore miles. That demanded a comfortable, economical, long-range cruiser from a builder with a reputation for quality.



Cruisers 4450 Express

Kermit and Katherine Ruegamer had the dream, did the homework and made the plan. Now they’re ready to “rock ’n’ roll.”

The Ohio couple has moved aboard a 2001 Cruisers 4450 aft cabin Express Motoryacht, embracing the liveaboard lifestyle. “Good Karma is going to be our full-time home for the foreseeable future,” says Kermit Ruegamer, 64, who retired from a Fortune 500 sales career.



Monk 36

George “Rip” Tyler admits it was not the ideal sea trial. First, the engine quit on the boat he intended to buy just as he and the owner were returning to the marina. They dropped the anchor and found it was a quick fix. Glad to be running again, they went to raise the anchor, but it was snagged on an underwater cable. “We had to toss over the rode with a buoy,” Tyler recalls. “I imagined the owner thinking, No way this guy is going to buy this boat.”



Californian 42 LRC

Curt Corda is a farmer who’s in love with the sea. The 63-year-old San Diego native has been on the water for as long as he can remember. The first boat he owned was a 15-foot Glastron with a 100-hp 6-cylinder outboard, which he used around Mission Beach. He also has owned Venture 21 and MacGregor 24 sailboats and a Pacifica 44 Sportfisher. He’s fished San Diego Marlin Club tournaments and cruised as far as La Paz, Mexico.



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