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Camera: Mamiya M7

Shutter speed: 1/250 second
Aperture: f/8
Lens focal length: 43mm
Media: Fuji Velvia film

This image originally appeared in the April 2012 issue.


Q&A ditch bags

What should be carried in a ditch bag?

The contents of a ditch bag will vary from boat to boat, whether you’re an ocean voyager or a day tripper. Well-provisioned ditch bags can be purchased from a variety of sources and manufacturers. As expected, the higher the price, the more (or better) gear that’s included. But whether you purchase a prepacked ditch bag or assemble your own, start by considering how and where you use your boat, and consult experts for suggestions.



Local waters April 2012

The 'boutique' show is building a reputation for its atmosphere and offerings.

Essex show returns for a third year

Essex, Conn.

The Spring Boat Show returns April 27-29 to the Brewer Dauntless Marina on the Connecticut River waterfront in Essex, Conn. “The small boutique format provides for very personalized attention while viewing boats,” says Douglas Domenie, vice president and general manager of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard.

About 50 new and brokerage boats — sail and power — from 25 to 72 feet are expected to line the docks, including models from Beneteau, Cabo, Cutwater, Grand Banks, Hallberg-Rassy, Hatteras, Hunt, Jupiter, Nonsuch, Nordic Tugs, Ranger Tugs and Sabre. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is free.

Soundings Publications is the show’s exclusive media sponsor. For information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Swing bridge’s unexpected closing catches cruisers

James says neither he nor his wife heard a signal as the bridge closed.Eastbound on the Caloosahatchee River, Tom James was maneuvering his Krogen 42, Tortuga, through the opening of the railroad swing bridge at Moore Haven, Fla., when he realized it was closing on him and his wife, Nancy.

“We’re not going to fit!” cried Nancy, as the swing span caught the trawler.



Talkin' Boats with John Deknatel

President and owner of C. Raymond Hunt Associates

When you think deep-vee powerboats, the legendary Ray Hunt comes to mind. Think of this man, too: John Deknatel, president and owner of C. Raymond Hunt Associates in New Bedford, Mass.

A Harvard graduate, Deknatel studied architecture and began working for Philip Rhodes in the early 1960s. He hooked up with Hunt as his business partner in 1966. Since then, he has concentrated on planing-hull design and fine-tuning the Hunt deep-vee hull form.

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