Mike and Lois Fannon used to sit on their houseboat listening to visiting cruisers talk about doing the Great Loop. At one point a few years ago, they looked at each other and said, “We should do this.”
Looking for a used boat can be a little like fishing. You cast, reel in and see what you’ve got on the hook. Thumbing through the classifieds, Chris Frosina and his wife, Ayse, came up with a keeper in the 1974 Chris-Craft 360 Commander Tournament Fisherman.
Tom Marquis has owned a series of boats: a 22-foot Bayliner, a 19-foot Grady-White and, most recently, a 26-foot Glacier Bay power cat. On the sail side, he has skippered a Flying Scott, an O’Day and a 26-foot Tanzer, and raced as crew on a 44-foot Cherubini and a 42-foot Beneteau.
If you grow up boating, often you’re hooked for life. You buy your own boat at the first opportunity and run the heck out of it. Then, in the natural course of events, come the responsibilities of career and family, and boating might take a back seat. But if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool water rat, you come back to it — and pass along the fun you had as a kid to your own family.
Sometimes, you just need another boat. Brian Magner and his wife, Maureen, were happy with their 34-foot Boston Whaler, with overnight accommodations for themselves and their grown son and daughter. But for those days when you just want to hop in the boat and go wet a line for a few hours, they started to look for something smaller than the Whaler, something in the way of a 20-or-so-foot, twin-outboard center console — seaworthy, easy to use, economical and safe to run.
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