The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

From huge, souped-up center consoles to carbon-fiber hulls and boats that transform themselves, we take a deep dive into the latest boatbuilding trends.

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Matters of Weight

Knowing the individual components of your ground tackle system and how they each work is an essential first step in a peaceful night’s rest while at anchor.

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Made for Millenials

The latest design to come off Sam Devlin’s drafting table was inspired by his desire to create a cool boat that millennials can love.

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Language of the Sea

Port and starboard may as well be up and down if you don’t know nautical lingo. Pat Mundus explains the importance of understanding the language of the sea.

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Fjord 44 Coupé

Hanse’s angular yet graceful Fjord 44 Coupe has a glass deckhouse that takes the concept of a bright and breezy luxury interior to the next level.

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Is Your Boat's Engine Ready for Winter?

While it isn’t winter yet, it’s certainly the right time to devise a game plan for putting your boat’s engine(s) away for the winter… the right way.

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VIDEO: A Tight Fit

Building a wooden boat is a little bit like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Watch as a shipwright uses traditional techniques to install deck planking on the 130-year-old fishing vessel Fremad II. WATCH

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The Magnetic North Pole is on the Move

The magnetic north pole’s movement has sped up dramatically in the last 25 years, moving from Canada towards Siberia and causing cartographers and scientists headaches. READ MORE

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Diver Swims with Dinosaur-Size Shark

This 50-year-old shark has seen some things. Watch as “Deep Blue,” a female great white shark estimated to be at least 20 feet long and weigh 5,000 pounds, swims with a diver off Oahu, Hawaii.

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BoatU.S.: Pay Our Coast Guard

The Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.) is asking Congress to pass legislation that would reinstate pay for employees of the U.S. Coast Guard, who have been working without paychecks since January 11. READ MORE

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Veterans on Deck

In an effort to get veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder back into society, a doctor discovered that sailing was the perfect prescription.

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Oystermen on the Bay

Seventeenth-century travelers coming to Chesapeake Bay were constantly amazed at the quantity, size and quality of its oysters.

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Boating Books Review: Aloha, Molokai

Recently reprinted by Patagonia from the original 1978 first edition, Audrey Sutherland’s Paddling My Own Canoe is the story of her quest to explore the remote waters on the northeast side of Molokai, Hawaii.

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Images: Norwegian Krysser

A Norwegian Krysser is reflected in the waters of Norway’s Tromso harbor. The traditional herring and cod boats, which developed out of the Skoyte and Kutter, are still used for fishing, and as tour boats or personal craft.

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WIRED FOR EASE

Lenny Rudow looks at where things are headed in the marine electronics world, from digital anchoring to remote monitoring and live-view fishfinders.

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TAKE TWO

Beneteau is replacing one of its best-selling models—the Swift Trawler 34—with a new 35. We go onboard to see how well she measures up against the first.

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MOB Kit

The Catch and Lift MOB Rescue System from Intelligent Sailing is designed to let a single operator recover and lift as many as two people back on board in the event of an emergency.

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Moving Bigger Bows

Vetus has expanded its line of Bow Pro series thrusters to include models for 45- to 80-foot vessels. The Bow Pro Boosted thrusters use a brushless motor that’s reportedly maintenance-free for 12-volt or 24-volt inputs, and is designed to fit tunnel sizes up to 250 mm. The thrusters come with a standard or a fully proportional control panel and now have unlimited run-time. Price: $2,169 to $4,519.

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Wireless Kill Switch

Autotether’s marine wireless system is built to instantly cut the outboard engine when the operator falls overboard or is separated from the boat by more than 150 feet.

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Soft Shoe

The SoftScience Fin 2.0 water shoe is built to be lightweight and odor-resistant, to dry quickly, and to keep water out with a self-draining system.

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High-Strength Hook

The M2 chain hook from Mantus Marine latches to a chain and reportedly stays on even when there is no load on the chain or hook.

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WIRED FOR EASE

Lenny Rudow looks at where things are headed in the marine electronics world, from digital anchoring to remote monitoring and live-view fishfinders.