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.
Boating came naturally to Clayton Mersereau. At the age of 5, he was piloting the family 12-footer, with its 3-hp Johnson, around their summer vacation island at Sebago Lake in southern Maine.
Chip Raymond was out with his wife, Jan, for their first run in the 2005 Surfhunter 29 they’d just bought. Heading for the Thimble Islands off Branford, Conn., he opened the throttle and the Hunt Yachts deep-vee soft top express charged ahead in response.
One of the advantages of buying a used boat is that you can apply the four Rs — repower, rewire, repaint and redecorate — to enhance its performance, improve its looks and turn it into your own.
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