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Down East pedigree in the Rockport 44

design0716Love at first sight defies explanation, especially when the object of our affection (affliction?) is a boat. Asked why a boat has smitten us, we describe the sweep of her sheer line, the flare in the bow, the seductive tumblehome in the transom. Truth is, we really don’t know why — we just fall for it, hook, line and sinker.



(R)evolutionary electronics

electronics1Marine radar just got a whole lot better. Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad and Furuno have introduced new solid-state systems that give you the power — and confidence — to extend your boating safely into the darkness, through fog and rain or in congested waters. Garmin’s and Furuno’s units use Doppler technology, which takes some of the guesswork out of reading radar by showing a live view of targets as they move.



Bertram 35: Carrying a legend well into the 21st century

Bertram35If you’ve long had a crush on the original Bertram 31 but lacked the time and patience to restore one, your salvation has arrived. In a brilliant move, Bertram has teamed with yacht designer Michael Peters to produce the Bertram 35 in the image of her famous ancestor. Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston, Maine, will build two prototypes, and the first one will launch this year.



Rigid hull inflatables: bigger is better

targa30When it comes to boats these days, “supersize me” seems to be the trend. This year saw introductions of a 53-foot center console with quadruple 557-hp engines strapped to the stern, a 31-foot pontoon boat with triple 300-hp outboards and a few big sportfishing yachts powered by as many as 5,200 ponies.



The Smart Buyer: Boat survey essentials

smartbuyerEditor’s note: Knowing how to take your boat search to the next level is what BoatQuest.com, one of Soundings’ sister properties, is all about.



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