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Making Radio Waves

Tuning in to tune out

Illustration by Richard ClarkNo question boating deserves its own soundtrack, its own voice, its own listening experience. Many of us want audio that’s distinctive when we’re on the water even more than we do when we’re on shore. Whether it’s Jimmy Buffett or nautical talk radio, boating goes best with its own soundtrack.

Not Ready For Prime Time

Our writer’s television debut makes a big splash—literally.

Illustration by Gil AdamsA while ago I flew to the Côte d’Azur to test a new motoryacht—a big, fast machine with surface drives. It was very much a bateau du jour , and several of my regular magazine clients were interested. One of these was a glossy Italian publication run by charming people who paid quickly and didn’t even ask me to write in Italian. Trouble was, they also had a cable- TV channel, and their staff writers were expected to be presenters as well, ad-libbing their insights during boat tests while the camera rolled. They had frequently asked me if I would do this too, and I had tried to explain, in my clearest English, that with no experience in front of the camera I really wasn’t qualified for the task. Besides, I’ve watched camera crews: Everything takes hours. Thanks, but I’d stick with my notebook and pen.

Freeze Now, Chill Out Later

There’s something to be said for grilling or eating fresh food aboard. But sometimes, thanks to a late arrival to an anchorage due to challenging conditions, or better yet, too-good-to-leave-on-time conditions at your last stop, it’s good to have an easy backup plan for a great meal—you know you can do better than hot dogs or a can of Dinty Moore. What better dish to have on hand than a frozen pot pie?

Fishing As Therapy

Every year when our annual sportfishing issue rolls around I get to ruminating about fishing and how it is that one activity can mean so many different things to so many different kinds of people.

March Industry News

Carver Yachts Adds Breakwater Marine to Dealer Network

Carver has expanded its dealership network by making Seattle-based Breakwater Marine its dealer in the Pacific Northwest. “We are proud to confirm a strong partnership for a very important market for Carver Yachts,” said Erik Nelson, V.P. of sales and marketing for the Wisconsin boatbuilder. “This is an extremely dedicated organization committed to providing extraordinary service to all their customers.

Setting Sail

It was in our February 2011 issue that we reintroduced you to Benetti Sail Division and its partnership with renowned sailboat designer Luca Brenta. The duo had designed a new Logica line of full-displacement megayachts with sailboat characteristics and were looking for the first owner to begin to cut steel.

What a difference a year makes.

Facing Disaster Head On

Illustration by Richard ClarkWhen it comes to dealing with emergencies at sea, clear thinking and calm nerves often mean the difference between life and death. Seasoned boater Michael Ayres proved that point during an ill-fated trip in November—and saved two lives in the process.

Show Stoppers: Five Ways to Screw Up Boat-Show Success

If you’re headed to Miami this week to buy a boat, you know everybody and their brother has plenty of advice on how to spend your hard-earned money. We say: Why bother? All that planning and careful consideration don’t sound like fun. Just go—it will all work out for the best. Here are five ways to waste your time at a boat show:

Sitting Still

It's not surprising that the owner of Abeking & Rasmussen's 134-foot SWATH is willing to go to great lengths for stability.