2006 issue • ISSUE
62 Yankee Girl
Exclusive: Viking retains much from its prior winning lineups for its new models, and the 68 Convertible reflects this plus a whole lot more.
By Richard Thiel
Photography by Jim Raycroft
Off Course, Boating in the Sahara, and more
A Generational Thing
Eating Crowe, Kiwis and Dough, and more
Gadgets & Gizmos
Fishin’ gear: Rugged Shark footwear, Humminbird fishfinder, XTools floating fillet knife, and Billfish Big Game lures
Around the Yard
Windlass maintenance, plus Q&A and PMY Tries... Bridgenorth Bailer
Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher and Cavileer 63 Convertible
Vicem 52 Flybridge, plus CNM Continental 80
Northstar comes out with a new do-everything system that’s sure to generate buzz, plus Q&A, Navman 8120 display, C-Map Max Pro digital charts, and Raymarine A65 plotter/fishfinder
Priestess of Pelagics, plus Down the Ways
Catchin’ up with Jose Wejebe, host of a popular TV show and a fishing fanatic
Boat Test Listings
An at-a-glance summary of our boat tests, including pricing and engine information
SPECIAL SPORTFISHING SECTION
Beginner’s Luck By Capt. Bill Pike
Neither frostbite nor lack of experience deters these intrepid anglers from fly-casting for redfish in northern Florida.
Guys’ Day OuT
By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
A bunch of buddies tests the waters off Montauk, New York, for blackfish, all the while swappin’ fish tales as big as the boat they head out on.
Get Up and Fight!By
What could be better than spending a day under the tutelage of Dennis Braid, the expert when it comes to battling big game on two feet?
Black Bart Returns By Rick Gaffney
A pioneer in big-game tackle and technique, Capt. Bart Miller finds you can go home again, specifically to Hawaii.
The Merritts of Pompano
By Capt. Karl Anderson
You know a custom builder like Merritt Boat and Engine Works is good when the competition praises the fit and finish of its craft.
Bringing Home the Gold
By Elizabeth Ginns Britten
You’d be surprised at how many opportunities there are for you to get into the official record books.
The Afishionado By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
To tower or not to tower? That’s the only question the Cabo 52 Express leaves for you to answer.
A-Luhr-ing By George L. Petrie
Even with the tower and other fishing features, the Luhrs 41 Open is a dual-purpose craft.
A Real Sweetheart By Capt. Bill Pike
Exclusive: The B&D 34 Center Console charges out of the hole like a blitzin’ bonito.
A Flare for Versatility By Jeffrey Moser
Regulator’s 29-foot, tourney-capable boat is a fraction of the cost of a diesel-powered battlewagon.
Persistence Pays Off By Diane M. Byrne
The way a Midwestern couple came to own the 116-foot Burger Tenacity is a story in tenacity itself.
Harrison & Chasey Go Boating
By Diane M. Byrne
How a preschooler and toddler are learning how to boat safely, and how their parents are staying sane.