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Used Boat Review: Grady-White 282 Sailfish

Grady-White_ccBoats. Bill Williamson has owned them — sail and power — in a boating life that’s taken him from Wisconsin’s lakes to the waters of Florida’s east coast. “I started as a kid in a flat-bottomed, home-built boat my dad bought,” says Williamson, 73, of Vero Beach, Florida. “My granddad got me a 2-1/2-hp Johnson outboard, and I went all over the place in that. Didn’t care what the weather was. That was on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Later I had a Lyman runabout.”

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Used Boat Review: Chris-Craft 26

chris_craftJack Stevens had kept an eye on the boat for years; it was a little Chris-Craft day boat that belonged to the general manager of the golf course where he once worked. In fact, he’d offered his advice and skills in restoring the classic wooden boat. “I had the pleasure of using the vessel while he owned it,” says Stevens, 47, a sales manager from Old Saybrook, Connecticut. He also had the chance to buy it once or twice, but the timing was never quite right — until a few years ago.

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Used Boat Review: Silverton 361 Express

usedboat1Bob Potter kicks around the same waters he did when he was a youngster, but, of course, the boats have changed. “I grew up with boats,” says the 59-year-old artisan from Chester, Connecticut. “My father built a boat in the basement. My grandfather had a powerboat, and we would go cruising or fishing, either on the [Connecticut] River or out on [Long Island] Sound. I was always interested in boats.”

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Used Boat Review: Chris-Craft Commander 27

chris-craftBoat buyers usually purchase with a particular vision in mind — cruising, fishing, living aboard. How much fun they have depends on how well the boat fulfills that vision.

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Used Boat Review: Riva St. Tropez

riva1For Steve and Mary Windom, life on Alabama’s Lake Martin revolves around boating.

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