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The smart buyer - Sea-trialing a sailboat, part II

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about sailboat sea trials.

The sea trial is your chance to determine how a prospective boat performs. Last month I discussed the conditions the boat should be taken out in, putting her through her paces, how she sails, how she handles under power alone, and more. But the sea trial is also an opportunity to “live the boat.”



Cream of the crop

The AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Awards recognized the ‘best of the best’ in boats and more. And the winners are …

Ocean Alexander 120The editors and writers of Active Interest Media’s Marine Group recently selected more than three dozen boatbuilders for special recognition.



AIM Marine Group Editor’s Choice Award winners

Complete list of AIM Marine Group Editor's Choice Awards presented at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October



The Smart Buyer - Sea-trialing a sailboat part I

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series about sailboat sea trials

A sea trial often is just an excuse for a pleasurable boat ride. Instead, it should be a disciplined and thorough test of how a prospective boat performs in the real world. It can be fun, but it should be work, not play. You and your surveyor will have crawled through the boat ashore, but there are many things about a boat that you can’t learn sitting at a dock.



Joysticks everywhere

They’re at the core of a propulsion revolution, bringing fingertip control to a fast-growing range of boats

Mercury Marine's Joystick Piloting for outboards is a helm control system.Innovation continues to drive all facets of the propulsion field today, with major introductions over the past 12 months in joystick systems, diesel and gas inboards, and sterndrives, as well as the continued advancement of 4-stroke outboards and pod drives.



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