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Ten Tools You Forgot to Pack

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008

A requisite for any boater worth his salt is a tool kit that's stocked with all the old standbys—wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, things like that. But while conventional...

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Fast 'n Foldable

By Catherine Pearson | Posted January 2008

Best BikeCraig Wallace DaleGoBike Motion ELX 8The GoBike Motion ELX 8 ($999.99) is a feat of modern engineering—a lightweight, aluminum-frame bicycle that folds up in 25...

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Floating Alone

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2008

Better to be prepared for the worst than to have to face the consequences.Most of us visit our PFDs only once, when we take them out of their plastic wrappers and stow them...

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Galley Gourmand

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007

Portable PotsMagma Teflon cookwareThis nine-piece, stainless steel-and-Teflon cookware set from Magma reminds me of those Russian nesting dolls I loved growing up, only these...

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Personal Touch

By Catherine Pearson | Posted October 2007

Craig Wallace DaleCustom CoversAs a former prep-schooler from Connecticut, I've got a thing for monograms. On totes, sweaters, sheets—I love them all. That's why I was...

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A Moveable Feast

By Catherine Pearson | Posted September 2007

Craig Wallace DaleCool TunesWhy buy just any old cooler when you can choose a musical one? The Rolling Cooler/Audio System from Igloo ($149.95) is well insulated, holds as many as...

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Staying Dry

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted August 2007

GillCraig Wallace DaleGill: Atlantic OS4I like two foul-weather jackets from Gill: the Atlantic OS4 (seen here), which has every bell and whistle, and the Key West. The former is...

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Sole Performers

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted June 2007

Craig Wallace DaleStep out in style in these sole performers.BIRKENSTOCKBirkenstocks aren’t just for hippies anymore; now they’re for boaters, too. In fact, senior editor Capt....

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Anchors Aweigh

By Jeffrey MoserPhotos by Abner... | Posted January 2007

The test team launched, attempted to set, and retrieved each anchor at least four times over two days.I’ve heard of boaters who choose an anchor based upon how good it looks in...

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A Touch of Class

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted November 2006

You wouldn’t dare furnish your megayacht with anything less than the best. Real leather seating in the dinette? Absolutely. Imported carpeting in the saloon? You bet. Eight-...

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Playing it Safe

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted November 2006

Got a prized Rolex? Or maybe some treasured, heirloom jewels? Protect the valuables onboard with the same attention to detail you lavish on the exterior of your yacht by...

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Docking Magic

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted November 2006

Want to dock your megayacht yourself? Better yet, want to look like a seasoned pro while doing so? Then add the Beier IVCS2000 to your electronics package, and you are sure to be...

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West Marine Belt Pack PFD

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West...

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Sterns Children's PFD

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West...

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Mustang Survival PFD

By | Posted September 2006

Let's start with the automatic-inflating PFD. The one from Mustang Survival, approved for commercial use, is top-notch. We tested it in the Hudson River and can confirm that it is...

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Sospenders 38 Series Lifejacket

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006

If $199 is out of your PFD price range, consider the slightly less-expensive Sospenders World Class 38 Sentinel Series jacket ($150); it has most of the same features as the...

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Wondrous Wenger: Aquagraph 1,000 Meter Diver

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2006

Looking for a high-performance Swiss watch that's stylish and rugged but don't want to dip into the kids' college fund to pay for it? Then one of these from the maker of the famed...

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Tantalizing TAG

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2006

If you're in the market for a high-performance marine watch, you simply cannot ignore the Aquaracer Calibre S from the Swiss company TAG Heuer. Designed with yacht racing in mind...

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Rockin' Rolex

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2006

Rolex, a sponsor of several offshore sailboat races and regattas and arguably la crme de la crme of high-end watches, has recently released three sporty but elegant beauties. The...

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Latest & Greatest: August 2005

By | Posted August 2005

It’s no secret that swordfish, certain tuna, and many offshore groundfish are in far shorter supply

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Latest & Greatest: July 2005

By | Posted July 2005

Dining out is an essential element of any passagemaking journey or extended cruise. But on occasion you

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Latest & Greatest: June 2005

By | Posted May 2005

“Fifty percent of the people are honest, 25 percent are dishonest…The remaining 25 percent

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Latest & Greatest: May 2005

By | Posted April 2005

Wanna add a personal touch to distinguish your yacht? Or perhaps you want to make your guests feel extra

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Latest & Greatest: April 2005

By | Posted March 2005

As I write this, senior editor Capt. Patrick Sciacca is standing behind me, explaining

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Latest & Greatest: March 2005

By | Posted February 2005

Stay Cool Fishing is fun, but sitting under the blazing sun waiting for a bite or

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Latest & Greatest: February 2005

By | Posted January 2005

Boatbuilders are always trying to make yachts sleeker and more luxurious, and while the

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