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How to create a well-stocked cruise kit for your boat

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted April 2011

Planning a cruise this summer to someplace far, far away? Take along an old-fashioned (or new-fashioned) cruise kit. The odds and sods in my Lehman Coastal Cruise Kit are...

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Megayacht captains tell us what makes their job easier.

By Alyssa Haak | Posted February 2011

CMNCloud 9Capt. Colin Boyle, of the 196-foot Cloud 9, says the yacht’s skylounge area is the go-to area for guests (and sometimes crew) and helps him keep everyone onboard happy:...

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Twin-inboard boathandlers! Here’s how to improve your docking visibility.

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2010

Look Ma, No Wires!There are two basic systems for maneuvering twin-engine vessels today. One’s conventional and somewhat old-fashioned—you simply use a couple of gear shifts to...

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Sept 2010 Gadgets Column

By Alyssa Haak | Posted September 2010

A Life at SeaHow To Prepare For

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Out of the Bottle

By Alyssa Haak | Posted August 2010

These sunscreens offer the UV protection of traditional lotions without the mess.I was born destined for sunburn. Even in the shade or on a cloudy day, I can burn, so I’m...

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Enviro-friendly products for your boat.

By Catherine Pearson | Posted April 2010

These days, it’s hip to be green. But just because a company slaps a label on something and deems it environmentally sound, doesn’t make it true. Fortunately for those of you who...

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Weather Warrior

By Catherine Pearson | Posted November 2009

It’s winter, which means that across America, boaters are facing wildly disparate weather conditions. If you’re a Rhode Islander, it might be 40 degrees and you’re wondering if...

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Trick Your Ride

Everyone dreams about buying that new boat. Historically, PMY readers have traded up every three years. But for a lot of us, that usual step up is going to have to be deferred for...

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Compact Multitools

By Catherine PearsonPhotos by Craig... | Posted October 2009

Whether you’re tackling a serious upgrade or just doing some daily maintenance, you need to start with a solid set of tools. And no toolbox is complete without a multitool—that...

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Walk on

By Catherine Pearson | Posted August 2009

Fall is upon us. The leaves are turning, kids are gearing up for school, and if you’re anything like us, your thoughts are turning to shopping for your next vessel at one of the...

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Dialing In

By Tim Bartlett | Posted August 2009

Modern radars like this Raymarine C120 may hide their manual set-up controls behind menus and soft keys, but they are still worth looking for.If I ever happen to get the chance to...

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Flexiteek

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2009

My general feeling is that fake decking is the nautical equivalent of vinyl siding: a low-cost substitute that weathers well but will never be the aesthetic equivalent of the...

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Upgrade Season

By Catherine Pearson | Posted May 2009

Summer is upon us, which means it’s finally time to get your boat ready to hit the water. (Hey, we can’t all live in Florida.) And while a full-scale refit might not be in the...

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Maui Surf Shoes

By Brad Dunn | Posted April 2009

I wore many forms of footgear while working on tugboats in my younger days, the most popular being cheap, lightweight department-store loafers with rubber bottoms and canvas...

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Custom Expressions

By Catherine Pearson | Posted April 2009

There’s no denying that boaters are a passionate lot. You take great pride in your own-the-water lifestyle and there are few things you love as much as your vessel. Well good news...

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Personal Maintenance

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2009

If you’re like most boat owners, you’re fanatical when it comes to maintaining your boat. There’s not a tool, tip, or technique that you won’t try. But bear this in mind: Your...

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Immersion Suit and Other Things We Like

By Brad Dunn | Posted March 2009

There are a number of situations you never want to be in at sea. The most severe involve survival suits, those reddish-orange neoprene numbers colloquially referred to as gumby...

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Salty Spirits

By Catherine Pearson | Posted January 2009

It might be a tad hyperbolic to claim that the bar is the heart of a yacht. Then again, maybe not. It is, after all, where friends congregate, guests linger, and countless hours...

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Ship Shape

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2008

Photo by Craig Wallace DaleLittlest TrainerIt may look like a basic sport watch, but the new Garmin Forerunner 405 is anything but. This GPS-enabled tool (approximately $300)...

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Stocking Stuffers

By Catherine Pearson | Posted November 2008

Fish TimeIt's no Rolex, but the Humminbird SmartCast RF35 Fish Finder Watch is still pretty cool. This $79, waterproof wrist unit uses the company's "Advanced Remote Sonar...

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In the Drink

By Catherine Pearson | Posted October 2008

Drum ProtectionSwimming does a body good. It strengthens your muscles, works your lungs, and can be quite the tonic for your mind, too. There are, however, a couple of organs it...

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Sunny Days

By Catherine Pearson | Posted September 2008

Protective PoloCraig Wallace DaleThe new Fast-Dri Pique Polo from Henri Lloyd may look like your standard issue T-shirt, but that traditional styling belies some decidedly high-...

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Better Baggage

By | Posted August 2008

The Dry BagA dry bag is a dry bag is a dry bag, right? Not so, my friends. The new eVAC Dry Sack from Sea to Summit features a slight tweak on a fairly common design. You see,...

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Fancy Feet

By Catherine Pearson | Posted July 2008

Classic LuxuryThis may look like an old-school Sperry style, but don't be fooled: The new Gold Cup Toggle ($160) has been updated with some serious bling: 18K-gold-plated eyelets...

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Space Savers

By Catherine Pearson | Posted June 2008

Seat StowageAs a boat owner, you understand that space onboard is at a real premium, particularly if you're readying your vessel for a long trip. The Seat Organizer from Boatmates...

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Shady Business

By Catherine Pearson | Posted May 2008

Sticky ShadesCosta Del Mar BlackfinsSun, wind, and chop are no match for Blackfins ($139 to $239), the newest offering from the sunglass gurus at Costa Del Mar. Hydrolite, the...

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