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Geography lessons from the trawler clan

Destination: a new horizon on board a Nordic Tug 32.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.

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Trawler talk about cruising grounds

Kevin and Donna Steele, Nordic Tug 39 Carefree
On weekend cruising and beyond

Kevin and Donna Steele cruise on their Nordic Tug, Carefree.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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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.

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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.

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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.

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