The thing about trouble on the water is how quickly it strikes. One minute you're drifting along, congratulating yourself for putting your pals into big striped bass in the dead of winter. Ten seconds later, you're waist-deep in 38-degree whitecaps, balancing on the bow rail of your capsized 21-footer in the middle of Chesapeake Bay, minutes from freezing to death.
In the 4-stroke outboard race, we've seen incremental horsepower increases of 25 and 50 as manufacturers push out new products. For instance, Yamaha's F350 in 2008 overtook 300-hp models from Suzuki and Mercury.
Built atop a reef over a five-year span, 200-year-old Bell Rock Lighthouse was listed as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Industrial World."
The crew that erected the 116-foot stone structure 11 miles off Scotland's east coast spent long stretches on a floating workshop with living quarters. The reef, in the shipping lane to Dundee, is just 4 feet below the surface at spring low tide. www.bellrock.org.uk
At 30, Larry Graf built his first power catamaran, a cedar-strip-planked 24-footer that became the launching pad for his Glacier Bay Catamarans. That company, during Graf's 20-year tenure, built about 3,000 power cats from 22 to 34 feet.
With the May issue's debut of the new-size Soundings, we are now able to co-mail with other similar-size magazines. Therefore, the in-home delivery date for U.S. subscribers will move to the second week of each month.
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