“The worst of all things is not to live in a physical world.” —Wallace Stevens
I first encountered the quote above as an epigraph to Just Before Dark, a great book of nonfiction by poet, writer, and self-effacing tarpon fisherman Jim Harrison that touches on eating, fishing and hunting, and writing. That book has regularly found its way into my travel bag, serving to help recharge my batteries in ways that e-mail and cellular phone calls just don’t.
Ladies of the yachting world rejoice, after nearly 200 years of male-only exclusivity, Britain’s Royal Yacht Squadron—billed as the most prestigious yacht club in the world (they’re club house is a freakin’ castle)—voted last week to change the club’s rules and allow women to be members.
We spoke to three brokers who each had a Post 50 listed on BoatQuest.com. Here’s what they each had to say about these fishing machines and the market for buying and selling them.
Written by Ben Ellison on Aug 10, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Robert Redford will return to the silver screen this October with the debut of his latest theatrical effort—All Is Lost. In the film, Redford plays a solo sailor whose physical prowess, resourcefulness, and will are all put to the test when his boat strikes a stray shipping container in the Indian Ocean.
As our September issue went to press the Atlantic hurricane season was just starting off—with gusto. Three named storms had already crept up and dropped down, bringing high winds and heavy rain from Bimini to Bangor. And with the memory of last year’s devastating hurricane season still fresh in the minds of many boaters, NOAA’s 2013 hurricane prediction doesn’t bear good tidings: 13 to 20 named storms, seven to 11 hurricanes, with probably three to six major hurricanes—all categories showing increases over the same report in 2012.
I tested the all-new Viking 52 Convertible recently off beautiful Cape May, New Jersey. Well, it’s usually beautiful. The day I was there it was raining pretty hard and the wind was gusting off the Atlantic at about 30 knots, give or take. The seas were an outright slop of 5- and 6-foot swells. It was messy, but it was perfect for a test. Especially with a boat like the 52, which is built for that kind of stuff. Her fine entry and high bow cleaved right through the waves like they weren’t even there. We rode comfortably at speeds approaching 30 knots.