The 6 a.m. departure began innocently enough for Dave and Katrina Miller. It was calm, with just a sprinkle of late-June rain, as the eager couple slipped out of the harbor in Georgetown, Maine, in the 12-year-old, 33-foot powerboat they’d just bought. Destination: Annapolis, Md., 650 miles south.
Bill and Nancy Webster have spent a lifetime boating together, dividing the duties and sharing the work and the pleasures of their avocation. So when it came time to downsize from their much-loved 42-foot trawler, the couple from Clinton, Conn., shared the buying experience, too. And the Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX they bought a year ago has already proved to be a good choice: seaworthy, safe and comfortable.
For a guy with a passion for fishing, it’s like living next door to heaven. Dr. Howard Khani has a house in Pompano Beach, Fla., on a deep-water canal with no fixed bridges just 14 minutes by water from the Atlantic. And thanks to his unconventional schedule — he has a select group of private patients — he can take advantage of the location.
“I’m usually able to go fishing three or four days a week,” says the 50-year-old physician, who runs a 2000 Contender 31. “And sometimes I can sneak away for a fifth.”
Tom Kane has bought and sold a fleet’s worth of small boats through the years — in fact, his wife, Michaela, counts a dozen. But there’s one builder he keeps coming back to.
Buying a 43-foot trawler without your wife seeing the boat first? Some might consider that a risky move, but for Sandy Fink, it wasn't much of a stretch.
The 64-year-old retiree and his wife, Fran, agreed they were interested in buying a trawler, with the shared intention of cruising out of their home port in Warwick, R.I.
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