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The smart buyer: What to look for in a warranty

Be sure you are clear about the warranty's terms and conditions before you buy a boat.Would you buy a boat without asking the price? Obviously not. Nor should you buy without looking closely at the warranty — and the folks who will service it.

A warranty is the manufacturer’s promise to stand behind its product.



A historic Virginia home in a quiet river setting

Known as Exchange, the house was built about 1720 and overlooks the North River.Claude and Jane Martin fell in love at first sight with Exchange, an elegantly restored and updated circa 1720 home at the end of a country lane in Gloucester, Va.

“It’s such a historic home, a beautiful property and location, with nice neighbors,” says Martin, who grew up on a tobacco farm in southern Virginia.



SEASCAPES - ‘Shrimpers at dawn’

Painting by Carl G. Evers

Carl G. Evers has long been recognized as one of America’s finest marine artists of the 20th century. “Shrimpers at Dawn” shows why. His uncanny way of capturing water in motion, his feel for light and shadow, and his skill at drawing and detail combine to give his works what one expert calls a “vibrancy that few can rival.”



Hunting, fishing and Soundings

I spent five of the greatest years of my life in Marblehead, Mass., in the mid-1980s. During my stay there I finished my journalism degree, got married, worked in a boatyard, sailed, ate lobsters, tended bar and nailed down my first job at a newspaper.

But I was restless. Sailing had been my primary passion through my 20s, and I was burning to work for a boating magazine.



Over the top

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is a feast for the senses, a nautical extravaganza unlike any other. Here’s a sampling of boats that’ll be part of the festivities.

It’s boating’s Super Bowl. The grand affair. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show stands out as one of the biggest marine events in North America, presenting a wide range of boats, from 10-foot dinghies to 200-foot superyachts. If you’re passionate about boats — and perhaps in the market for a new one — this is the show to attend.



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