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A new world order

Builders are descending on the fall boat shows with a fresh lineup of cutting-edge powerboats.

New boats are back in town. Builders will come to the fall and winter shows armed with more truly new models than we’ve seen since the Great Recession.

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Bertram 31

Bertram 31

The wraparound flybridge mimics the windshield below, and the swept-up bow and easy sheer make their way aft to a long, low-slung cockpit and a tumblehome transom. The Bertram 31 looks just as good today as it did 51 years ago, when it burst on the scene and changed powerboating forever.

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Zero to 30

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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