There comes a time when "fast," as in boats, cars, planes - life in general - loses its allure. That's one reason Mississippi boater Jim Palmer traded in his go-fast bass boat for a 25-foot outboard-powered trawler on a trailer, a boat that's more suited to his changing lifestyle.
One of the attractions of a used boat is the price, which tends to be lower than for new boats of a comparable size. But when you can combine low cost with a good yachting pedigree, when you find a well-known boat with a solid reputation, you can really get the most out of your dollars.
Lives change. Boats change. Gerry Dubey and his wife, Cynthia - and their four kids - have gone through quite a fleet through the years, including a 13-foot Boston Whaler, a 20-foot Four Winns, a 22-foot O'Day - and a wakeboarding boat and a sailboard for good measure.
Louisiana native Capt. Brad O'Dell has been around boats all his life and has skippered everything from a 7-foot pirogue to a 194-foot oil rig supply vessel. But the best boat he's ever owned is the one he has now, a boat that was brought back to life with a thorough makeover and has served the 52-year-old construction salesman and fishing-lure maker for the last 15 years.
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