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.
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.
The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of eastern North America that includes the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Hudson River, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Heritage Canals and the inland rivers of America’s heartland. Depending on the route taken, it can run anywhere from about 5,000 to 7,000 miles and some “Loopers” take years to complete it.
Geography lessons from the trawler clan
Bob and Sharon Bond bought their Krogen 42 in 2007 and named her Big Run. They spent their first three summers on Chesapeake Bay, upgrading gear, repairing systems and, mostly, just learning about their boat, which they love.
Now retired, they cruise to the Bahamas to escape the Pennsylvania winter — and to further their education. In March, they learned one of their biggest lessons yet.
Kevin and Donna Steele, Nordic Tug 39 Carefree
On weekend cruising and beyond
The good: The solar panels on the pilothouse roof allow us to keep Carefree on a mooring all season and have enough juice to keep all of our food and beverages cool, so when we come on board, it’s plug-and-play. And the boat has a combination of liveability, solid construction and reliability, seaworthiness and fuel economy that make it the right boat for us.
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