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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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The smart buyer- Essential elements of powerboat design

When you’re buying a boat, it goes without saying that you want to find one that best suits your needs. To fulfill that mission, you’ll need to know the characteristics that count.

So what are the elements of effective powerboat design?

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A Beneteau designer takes our questions

Patrick TableauPatrick Tableau lives in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the west coast of France — next to Beneteau headquarters and only about 150 feet from the sea. He has worked for Beneteau for 30 years and for the past two years has served as Beneteau’s head of product marketing.

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The smart buyer - Purchasing a storm-damaged boat

Determining the boat's condition before it was damaged will help you decide on an offer or bid.Owners and insurance companies sell a wave of damaged boats soon after a major storm hits the coast. These boats can a bargain for those with the skills and resources to repair them, but they also can be the proverbial “hole in the water” waiting to be filled with money, sweat and lost hopes.

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The smart buyer: How many horses do you need?

The Whaler 230 Vantage is offered with several power options.One of the most important decisions a new-boat buyer faces is choosing the engine, and boatbuilders increasingly are offering several options when it comes to outboard propulsion.

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