Oil painting by Donald Demers
Don Demers was working on a little seascape, a painting of the Maine coast around Boothbay, with the sea, a tree-covered island and a picture-perfect sky. Then something happened.
Chuck and Donna Berry’s home in South Bristol, Maine, offers a commanding view across Johns Bay and of the passing boats. Yet Berry is more enthralled by what he can catch in those waters. The avid fisherman, who retired at 45 to go fishing, now wants to spend even more time afloat seeking the big ones.
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.
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