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About this month's cover shot: A gale-force friendship

Capt. Barry Kallander, owner of Commander, a Nordhavn 40, tells the story behind the dramatic photograph of a summer squall off Cape Cod, Mass.

I spend most of my time cruising New England, including a trip to Maine each summer. I have been providing charters since I bought Commander in 2005, focused on trawler training, from marine systems to navigation to vessel operation.



Soundings on board

Stephen Blakely, a contributing writer for Soundings, will be aboard a newly launched Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 that is embarking on a maiden voyage of the Great Loop.



Center of attention

Center consoles have grown into versatile boats with features hardcore anglers never dreamed of

Boston Whaler 210 MontaukThere’s a reason Boston Whaler is one of the oldest and most successful boat brands, and there’s a reason it builds 15 center console models from 15 to 37 feet. They work.



The essential elements of a center console

The Regulator 28FS is a serious fishing boat with plenty of family-friendly features.Joan Maxwell remembers when the suggestion that cup holders be included on Regulator center consoles prompted skepticism — even laughter.



One tough tender

Saved from the scrap heap by a lover of its design, the Fatty Knees has muscled its way back onto the water

When George Dow came across the 24-foot Bristol Channel cutter, he knew it was just the boat he had been looking for. But there was a hitch: He was equally attracted to the 7-foot dinghy lashed to its cabin top — and the dinghy wasn’t for sale.



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