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The Smart Buyer - Expert Advice for Attending Shows

I’ve conducted interviews over the years with many well-known boatbuilders, designers, naval architects, and propulsion and construction experts, and they usually offer advice that’s useful to boat buyers — tips that can help you navigate a boat show or guide you through the boat-buying process.



Life flows through St. Augustine home

When Joel and Laurie Clingan-Darak expanded a 1969 ranch house on Salt Run in St. Augustine, Fla., they included expansive waterfront windows and many distinct seating areas. Finished in 2004, the stuccoed home and its deep-water dock are about a mile from St. Augustine Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway.



Whale of a refit

The 172-year-old Charles W. Morgan is in the final phases of a restoration that should keep the venerable whaleship sailing for another 172 years

The Morgan will set off on a voyage to New England ports next spring.The whaleship Charles W. Morgan is a powerful American maritime icon. Built and launched in New Bedford, Mass., in 1841, the 113-foot full-rigged whaler is this country’s oldest commercial ship still afloat. The only U.S. ship still on the water that is older is the naval frigate USS Constitution, which was launched in 1797.



The Boats of Fall - Boat Show Special - Power

Thinking about your next boat? Here’s what you’ll see at the upcoming shows

A unique perspective on the Monte Carlo MC5's AirStep hull.Fall means boat show time, and our annual powerboat preview this year covers models from 22 to 50 feet. Our fleet features seven boats from seven manufacturers.



The Boats of Fall - Boat Show Special - Sail

Sailing is back. Actually, it never went away — even during the lean years of recession, people found ways to go out on boats

As the economy improves, they are also considering buying boats again, and this fall the choice of new sailboats at the shows in Newport, R.I., Annapolis, Md., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will entice potential buyers to think about taking the wheel or tiller of their own, rather than sailing OPBs (other people’s boats).



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