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Easy cruising at 65 mph

You can cover a lot of miles with a trailerable trawler

Story and photos by George Sass Sr.

Until recently, most of my cruising has been done on trawler-style boats designed for crossing oceans or at least capable of serious coastal cruising. Crossing over to the “dark side” of powerboats after years of sailing, I became a devout convert to trawlers, espousing the many virtues of such brands as Nordhavn, Grand Banks, Fleming and Great Harbour.



Checklist for your cruising destination

These lists are by no means complete and Soundings encourages readers to e-mail additions, as well as the reasoning behind the suggestions.



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.



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