It was three days after Christmas in 2005, and Dave Bronson, with a small crew of family and friends, was running south of Oregon Inlet in his 25-foot walkaround, looking for a good spot to wet the lines and start the day.
Suddenly a "cyclone of birds" formed ahead. "I was the first on the scene and began working baits around a mass of feeding stripers," recalls the 49-year-old pharmaceutical research scientist from Apex, N.C.
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.
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