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When the America’s Cup World Series pulled into Newport, it wasn’t the 12 Meters of yesteryear battling on the racecourse

The AC45 catamarans can sail at double the wind speed and make for some exciting racing action.Old salts may find it hard to believe that it had been 29 years since the America’s Cup took over Newport, R.I., but the sailing spectacle drew nearly 60,000 people to the shores of Narragansett Bay earlier this summer.

This, however, was not Ted Turner’s America’s Cup.

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Beguiling Beauties

An aspiring boatbuilder finds inspiration amidst the craftsmanship at the WoodenBoat Show

The boats that attend the WoodenBoat Show at Connecticut's Mystic Seaport, such as this Destino 20, aren't just for show.Photos by Kim Tyler

Walking by the booths and stalls and then the gleaming boats down along the waterfront at this year’s WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport, the refrain keeps circling through my mind like bars from an old melody: “It’s easy if you know how.”

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A Perfect Pair

When Peter Crenier restored his 13-foot Boston Whaler, it had to be done in the likeness of his Sabre 38

Smiles all around for Peter Crenier and his son, John, taking their restored 1984 Whaler for a spin.Photos by Rich Armstrong

You can buy a kit with all the mahogany necessary for replacing the wood on an old 13-foot Boston Whaler. But Peter Crenier was seeking a different look for his 1984 Whaler, one that matched the colors and wood type of his big boat, a Sabre 38 — an express with traditional New England lines, a pilothouse and ample brightwork.

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Lean boats for lean budgets

These offerings will give you freedom, fun and a fast ride without denting your wallet.

When you talk about small boats, a lengthy list of benefits comes to mind. In the context of today’s fuel-conscious world, the efficiency of a single-engine boat from about 16 to 23 feet stands out as a pertinent plus for the owner.
This advantage has always existed with small boats, but it’s even greater these days with the use of lighter building materials and the influx of second-generation, fuel-efficient 4-strokes, as well as direct-injected 2-strokes. We’re talking about saving hundreds of dollars each season.

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Great Loop Gallop

Beneteau is promoting its Swift Trawler 34 on a four-month passage of the route around eastern North America

The Beneteau Group is known for innovative boats, but for its Swift Trawler 34 it has also cooked up an inventive marketing campaign: Race it around the Great Loop in only four months, get the marine industry to share expenses, bring boating writers on board for different legs to maximize publicity, and then sell it at the end of the trip.

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