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Boston Whaler 13

Illustration by Jim Ewing 

It’s 1956, and a Harvard grad with a degree in philosophy is about to change the way America goes boating. And talk about thinking outside the box. Using non-traditional, cutting-edge materials, a radical hull design and an entirely new method of construction, businessman and would-be designer Dick Fisher created a 13-foot outboard boat unlike anything seen before.

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Building a boat and delivering it by sea

Apprenticeshop students rowed and sailed the whaleboat they built for the Charles W. Morgan from Maine to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.Rowing and sailing an open boat 300 miles along the New England coast is an adventure few people will undertake in their lifetime — especially if it includes building the vessel, as it did at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit boatbuilding school in Rockland, Maine.

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Crossovers

Center consoles are being called upon for much more than fishing these days, and builders are responding with fresh ideas

Customers at boat shows were telling Peter Galvin they liked the size of Southport Boats’ 29 Tournament Edition center console but preferred the seating arrangement in the bow of the builder’s 27-footer. The Augusta, Maine, company responded, designing a model that replaces the coffin box at the forward end of the console with wraparound bow seating similar to the 27’s.

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The midsize fleet

Here are a few of the midsize center consoles being offered this year

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The BIG boys

Innovation, power, speed, a good ride and a touch of luxury define today’s state-of-the-fleet center consoles. You can run far offshore chasing your most outrageous fish dreams or turn heads cruising near-shore waters in style.

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