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Used Boat Reviews from Readers, Stories and Boat Specifications

Monk 36

George “Rip” Tyler admits it was not the ideal sea trial. First, the engine quit on the boat he intended to buy just as he and the owner were returning to the marina. They dropped the anchor and found it was a quick fix. Glad to be running again, they went to raise the anchor, but it was snagged on an underwater cable. “We had to toss over the rode with a buoy,” Tyler recalls. “I imagined the owner thinking, No way this guy is going to buy this boat.”

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Californian 42 LRC

Curt Corda is a farmer who’s in love with the sea. The 63-year-old San Diego native has been on the water for as long as he can remember. The first boat he owned was a 15-foot Glastron with a 100-hp 6-cylinder outboard, which he used around Mission Beach. He also has owned Venture 21 and MacGregor 24 sailboats and a Pacifica 44 Sportfisher. He’s fished San Diego Marlin Club tournaments and cruised as far as La Paz, Mexico.

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Bertram 28 Flybridge

The boat looked like hell. After two and a half years on the hard, it was filthy. The plywood cabin doors were falling off their hinges. The tops of the Ford inboards were rusted from dripping water. The cabin was damp and moldy. And it was just the boat Steve Rodstrom was looking for: a 1977 Bertram 28 Flybridge Cruiser.

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Grady-White 280 Marlin

“We’ve got a little slice of paradise down here.” That’s how Brian Cunningham describes the boating around his Vero Beach, Florida, home. Fishing, cruising, running out to the islands — he and his wife, Karen, and their extended family do it all.

“We like to fish,” says Cunningham, 56, who is originally from New Jersey. “We have three daughters and two grandkids. They love to get in the water, they love to go boating, and we do it as a family.

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DeFever 44

Cruising to new harbors and new horizons is what Bob and Elaine Ebaugh like to do, and over the course of their boating lives they’ve taken in the west coast of Florida as far as the Dry Tortugas and chartered throughout the British Virgin Islands.

In 2009 they made a commitment to do what many only dream of: slip the lines and do some serious cruising. “Our initial goal was to take a couple of years off from work, sell our home, and move aboard and cruise,” says Elaine, 55, a licensed speech-language pathologist.

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