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Herb and Sharon Clark still shudder at the memory of that day.
It started with the ringing of a telephone at 5:30 a.m in the fall of 2011.
“It was a friend calling,” says Herb, an Essex, Connecticut, businessman. “He said, ‘I see your boat lying on its side along the river.’ I said to him, ‘That’s impossible. She’s on a mooring in Essex harbor.’ ”
Time to go shopping
There’s no better place to check out a huge variety of boats than at a boat show. And with the fall show season gearing up, buyers will have plenty of opportunities to catch up on the latest boats, propulsion systems and electronics.
If you think you’re ready to pull the trigger on a boat, be sure to do your pre-show homework.
After a total renovation from roof to cellar, the white cedar shingled cottage now takes full advantage of the expansive views from the Route 138 bridge to the south around to Mount Hope Bay to the north, an area Stratton calls “the epicenter of yachting.”
For the past several years, each boat show season has strengthened with an increased number of new boats, propulsion and helm operation systems, and electronics. And it looks like this year will follow suit, with manufacturers debuting everything from center consoles to flybridge motoryachts to express cruisers to 90-plus-foot convertibles.
The recession is over. Really. Although the meaning of this statement depends on a number of variables, the sailboat industry is getting used to the thought after enduring and often suffering some lean years.
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