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Finally found: The ships of a doomed arctic expedition

doomed_expeditionListening to the locals and thinking creatively. That’s how Adrian Schimnowski and his crew found HMS Terror, one of two ships that went missing in 1848 with all 129 crewmembers while searching for an Atlantic-to-Pacific passage through the Canadian Arctic.

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More bang, less bucks: Chart plotter/sounder combos

chartplotterYou can spend thousands of dollars — even tens of thousands — on marine electronics, but what if you want a big-screen chart plotter/sounder that’s easier on your wallet? Good news: Combo units with 9-inch screens can now be had for $1,500 or less, no matter which brand you prefer.



Bertram reborn

bertram_moppieIt was 7:45 a.m., and Peter Truslow, the new CEO of Bertram Yachts, was already at his desk in the company’s 120,000-square-foot Tampa Bay, Florida, waterfront yard.



Smooth sailing: Show-goers will find more refinement, fewer gimmicks

Beneteau_Oceanis_41_1After racing ahead for some time at breakneck speed, sailboat builders seem to have entered a period of refinement — which is probably a good thing. In recent years the sailing public has been witness to the addition of everything from lounging areas in places never before heard of to twin helms on 30-footers and full-foiling performance aboard everything from beach cats to “cruising” multihulls. Here are some of the boats you’ll see at the shows this fall.



Boat show shoppers rejoice: powerful choices this fall

CarverC52CoupeBertram, Boston Whaler, Chris-Craft, Grady-White, Viking and Hunt. These are just some of the big names coming at you full throttle this fall with new boats. I can’t remember a boat show season packed with new models from so many respected builders. The powerboats here will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Nov. 3-7) and some will also be shown in Newport and Annapolis. If there were a Hall of Fame for recreational boats, these builders would be shoe-ins for induction.



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