Buying a 43-foot trawler without your wife seeing the boat first? Some might consider that a risky move, but for Sandy Fink, it wasn't much of a stretch.
The 64-year-old retiree and his wife, Fran, agreed they were interested in buying a trawler, with the shared intention of cruising out of their home port in Warwick, R.I.
What do you do after you've done the Great Loop in a 39-foot trawler? In 2008, Scott and Mary Coles had just completed that dream cruise. Five years of planning and execution, it was a 6,700-nautical-mile voyage in their Mainship 390 trawler along North America's great inland waterways - the Hudson River, the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi, the Intracoastal Waterway and others.
Do you remember what you did during seventh-grade art class? Vince Falcigno was working hard on a painting of a full-rigged ship, putting down on canvas what he was reading about in his spare time.
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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