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Read Profiles of the Different Boat Types on Soundings Online

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.



The essential elements of a center console

The Regulator 28FS is a serious fishing boat with plenty of family-friendly features.Joan Maxwell remembers when the suggestion that cup holders be included on Regulator center consoles prompted skepticism — even laughter.



One tough tender

Saved from the scrap heap by a lover of its design, the Fatty Knees has muscled its way back onto the water

When George Dow came across the 24-foot Bristol Channel cutter, he knew it was just the boat he had been looking for. But there was a hitch: He was equally attracted to the 7-foot dinghy lashed to its cabin top — and the dinghy wasn’t for sale.



A grand banks with a hybrid twist

A ketch rig on a trawler? Sails were just what she needed to help ease the pain at the pump

In addition to the rig, Jenny Lynn's keel and rudders were modified for better handling.At first glance the old ketch at anchor in Hampton, Va., looked to be a motorsailer, but as I drew closer I realized that wasn’t quite right. It had a ketch rig, but it really looked like an old wooden … Grand Banks? That couldn’t be right, could it?



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