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View from the bridge

Opting for the flybridge version of the Grand Banks 55 Eastbay was a no-brainer for Josh Mandell. It’s the first one built with a ‘second floor.’

Photos by Billy Black

Josh Mandell was the first Grand Banks customer to order a 55 Eastbay with a flybridge as opposed to the sedan model.

“It seems like the obvious choice, so the question is, why not get the flybridge?” says Mandell, who uses the yacht with his family to cruise between New York Harbor and Nantucket, Mass.



Riva Aquarama

Illustration by Jim Ewing

The Ferrari of the boating world. A classic before it ever leaves the showroom. A nautical legend. The Riva Aquarama — proud possession of princes and kings, old money and new — has been called all of these things since its 1962 debut.



Fish & cruise in style

Jupiter Marine’s new flagship 41 is a sleek coupe design with a full cabin and a slate of equipment and comforts

Scott Pearson photos

Jupiter Marine has earned a reputation for building some of the world’s most-respected outboard-powered center consoles. The Palmetto, Fla., company’s president, Carl Herndon, also carved out a niche as one of the best builders of inboard sportfishing boats as the the founder and former CEO of Blackfin Yacht Corp., and former president of Bertram Yacht.



Boston Whaler 13

Illustration by Jim Ewing 

It’s 1956, and a Harvard grad with a degree in philosophy is about to change the way America goes boating. And talk about thinking outside the box. Using non-traditional, cutting-edge materials, a radical hull design and an entirely new method of construction, businessman and would-be designer Dick Fisher created a 13-foot outboard boat unlike anything seen before.

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Building a boat and delivering it by sea

Apprenticeshop students rowed and sailed the whaleboat they built for the Charles W. Morgan from Maine to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.Rowing and sailing an open boat 300 miles along the New England coast is an adventure few people will undertake in their lifetime — especially if it includes building the vessel, as it did at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit boatbuilding school in Rockland, Maine.



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