“I must have been 14 years old,” recalls Eric Uscinski. “I had a cousin in Delaware City. I spent a few summers down there. He was older than me, and we got into crabbing. We’d go out in his 16-foot boat and be on the river at 3 a.m., back by 1 in the afternoon with our catch.”
Several years ago Peter Jenkin and Nancy Miller, who are married lifelong sailors, starting thinking about a powerboat. “Our bodies were telling us that it was time to go to the dark side,” says Jenkin, a retired certified management accountant from North Haven, Connecticut.
It was five years ago. Severe weather rolled through the harbor at Clinton, Connecticut, on Long Island Sound’s north shore. A sailboat broke free of its mooring and drifted onto a 1991 Pursuit 3400 Offshore, holing the boat’s side and smashing a portion of its upper works. Repair estimates totaled her.
Part of buying a used boat is understanding who built it. A production builder can offer a fleet of boat types — center consoles, walkarounds, express boats — in different sizes and propulsion packages, along with nationwide sales and service for the thousands of boats it has sold.
Ned and Edie Flanagan were taking a break from big boats, their last being a 36-foot Albin trawler. In 2014, the Connecticut couple began looking for something that would get them back into the boating lifestyle they’d enjoyed — a three-season boat for day trips, weekend overnights and longer summer cruises.
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