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Infrared and a man-overboard scenario

Each year at the Miami International Boat Show, FLIR Systems takes media representatives on a cruise, typically using the opportunity to demonstrate how well its infrared cameras show a human being in the water.

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A forgiving wood

Neglecting the teak on your boat? It's not too late to restore the relationship

More than a cut above, teak is the best of the boatbuilding woods, and for good reason. It can be varnished to a lustrous finish, oiled or left to weather to a silver-gray. It is virtually impervious to waterborne pests, such as the teredo worm, and will last years with practically no maintenance.

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The walkthrough

33_walkthrough_01Maximizing an inspection during a crowded show is easier with research and a plan

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From stem to stern

32_stemtostern_01A thorough dockside inspection and sea trial will set you on a course to find your ideal boat

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Repower without regrets

Our guide to buying new outboards can help you make the right decision at the right price

Harry Owen, owner of H2O Marine in Sarasota, Fla., is repowering a 24-foot mid-1980s SeaCraft center console. Here he removes a new Suzuki DF250 4-stroke from its crate and starts the process.The twin 200-hp direct-fuel-injected 2-strokes on Wally Szeezil's Contender 27 have logged 900 hours in their nine-year lifespan. Well-maintained 2-strokes are capable of running longer, but Szeezil's starboard engine began faltering intermittently last year, which got him thinking that he may soon have to repower his 2001 center console.

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