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The Smart Buyer - Buying tips from a marine surveyor

Surveyor George Gallup, here inspecting an engine compartment, recommends using a bright light in hard-to-see places.There’s a saying that life’s too short to own an ugly boat. That may be true, but a boat with beautiful lines can lead to a potential owner ignoring its flaws and purchasing a nightmare.

“When looking at a boat that you may want to buy, always think with your head and not your heart,” says marine surveyor George Gallup (www.gallupyachtsurveying.com).

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The Smart Buyer: Look closely when inspecting boats at shows

Well-installed wiring is a thing of beauty.Headed to any of the winter shows — perhaps the Miami International Boat Show or the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach? Keep an eye out for what I call “boat show blunders.”

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The Smart Buyer - What you can expect from a certified dealer

Certified dealers are committed to bringing their businesses to the next level.In general, boats require more service than automobiles. The engines are far more advanced than they were 15 or 20 years ago, but they still require routine maintenance.

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Say goodbye to multiple gauges at the helm. Glass bridge systems for everyone are on the way.

Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit system allows you to customize your helm with MFDs from Garmin, optimized for use with Volvo propulsion systems. Available in 8-, 12- and 15-inch sizes, the displays have integrated processors and cooling. www.volvopenta.comThere was a time, not too long ago, when being able to manipulate a digital chart that showed your boat’s progress with a couple of push buttons seemed almost miraculous. That was before the proliferation of touch technology devices and slick smartphones, tablets and computers that respond to the swipe of a finger to turn a page, or a pinch to zoom in and out.

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Essential elements of a serious cruising yacht

Fleming pilothouse motoryachts (55 pictured) are designed for serious cruising, with seakindly hulls and thoughtful features.My intent, in designing the Fleming, was to create a boat with pleasing lines, built on a capable, seakindly hull and designed for serious offshore and coastal cruising — easily said but, as always, the transition from concept to reality lies in the details.

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