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Merritt 37 sportfisherman

In the late 1920s, the early days of offshore charter fishing in Florida, Miami charter skipper Roy Merritt built himself a 37-footer, hoping to serve the growing interest in bluewater angling (helped along by Ernest Hemingway’s stories) and build his charter business in New York and Florida. Merritt built and fished four more boats over the next 20 years, all named Caliban, establishing his reputation as a South Florida skipper and boatbuilder while further publicizing offshore fishing.
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North Pacific 42 Pilothouse

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.”



Chris-Craft 360 Commander

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.



Pearson 323

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.

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Luhrs 36 SX

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.



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