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Wilbur 31 Dirigo

"I was able to buy the perfect boat." Allan LaFrance says it with conviction. He's had his 31-foot Down Easter for only a season, but it's already opened up a whole new world of boating.



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Walkaround Cuddy

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.

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Irwin 43 Mk II

Wayne and Elizabeth Gilham bought a used 43-foot center-cockpit sailboat in 1998 as a long-distance cruiser to take their family on a dream voyage to the Bahamas and beyond. Since then, the sailboat has morphed from a boat for four to what the couple considers the perfect retirement boat for two.
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Nimble Nomad

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.

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Pearson Triton 28

n_48_usedboatOne 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.

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