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Fishing for world-class black marlin in Austrailia

An angler goes Down Under in search of a record grander. The technique for catching big black marlin is to troll large, bridle-rigged baits off outriggers at about seven knots, the baits skipping 100 feet behind the boat. The weapon of choice is 130-pound-class tackle—better for the angler but also the fish. A stout outfit can take on the biggest fish but is also useful to quickly horse in smaller fish...

Sailors-turned-powerboaters

The further adventures of our sailors-turned-powerboaters.

We were taking our first cruise after making the switch from sail to power. We were certainly nervous about handling our new Marlow 57 Explorer, which seemed massive compared to our Beneteau 423 sailboat, but we never could have guessed what would happen. Suffice to say, Kat is convinced that Indigo’s distinctive dark-blue hull attracts other boats like a magnet. I hope she’s wrong.

Norwegian cruising tips

A Norwegian crew offers tips on the islands and food of their home waters.

Norway’s vast expanses of coastline are only speckled with homes, making it no surprise that the country has one of the lowest population densities in the world: just 16 people per square kilometer. And with fewer than 100 towns having a population of more than 5,000, the country provides endless opportunities to discover a new cove, bay, or inlet. It’s a trait that’s thrilling but also can be a little intimidating.

Bienvenido a Miami

Miami residents Eric Horstmeyer and his wife Nicole Boswell-Horstmeyer are every bit the couple-about-town in the Magic City. They are based out of Miami and are intimately familiar with its legendary nightlife scene. Here they tell us about a few of their favorite places to kick back...

Explorer Yachts

Expedition yachts are built from the keel up to go anywhere. But turning those far-flung daydreams into reality is far more involved than planning the standard mega- yacht run between the Med and the Caribbean. These itineraries require detailed planning, specially chosen crew, and most important, yachts that are up to the challenge.

Finding a Charter Broker

Finding a Charter Broker: The best times you’ve had with family and friends have been on the water, on your own boat. Why not sample some of the other waters around the world—the warm, clear Caribbean and the sophisticated Mediterranean leap to mind—and book a charter for your next group vacation?

Norway

CaryAli pursues Scandinavian vistas worthy of Odin himself. To begin preparing for a trip to Norway, I checked the weather (cool and rainy) and the charts (much farther north than I’d thought). But the most interesting part of my pretrip research was discovering that all the Scandinavian pop-culture references I could think of were Swedish.

Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica

Off Costa Rica’s Marina Pez Vela, an Indo-Pacific sailfish puts the “trip” in fishing trip. We visit Marina Pez Vela, a full-service marina with high-end condos and a luxury shopping area under construction that has its hopes set on becoming a Mecca for boaters and sportfishermen alike...

S.S. Sapona

A waypoint for cruising yachtsmen, the S.S. Sapona has a history rife with mystery and intrigue. Just south of Bimini, a ghostly apparition rises from the crystalline depths, a shipwreck so sun-bleached and battered it resembles the skeletal rib cage of some Leviathan, long-deceased and now resting peacefully in paradise. But this is no ordinary wreck, and the S.S. Sapona was no ordinary ship.

Having a Blast in Bimini

Having a Blast in Bimini: The PMY Rendezvous went off without a hitch. The inaugural PMY Rendezvous recently made quite a splash in Bimini this past Fourth of July weekend with about 100 guests and 30 boats filling up the slips and luxury condominiums at Bimini Sands Resort & Marina, a co-sponsor of the event. Gourmet meals and fun activities were planned

End of the World Bar, Bimini

Lost in Paradise: I have a confession to make: I love beer. Vodka was a cheap fling, whiskey and I have had a falling out (no pun intended), and I told tequila to hit the bricks after an ill-fated trip to Cabo San Lucas many moons ago. But nestling up to some frosty hops at the end of a

JeMaSa - 164-foot Megayacht

There are no Jetways at the Antigua airport. As soon as the doors of my plane opened, I plunged directly into the warm Caribbean air. A man sang greetings, and a woman distributed plastic cups of chilled pink juice. And I wasn’t even through customs yet.

Cruising the St. Johns River

Still Waters

Among Alligators and the Ghosts of Mad Men on the Mighty St. Johns.

The Betty Jane pushes up the St. Johns to ports unknown, at least to a lifetime Yankee like me.

Late last summer an email from Editor-in-Chief Richard Thiel pinged into my inbox—“I have something up my sleeve for you”—it read.

Easy Does It

For many of us, the dream of owning a boat goes something like this: You buy a beautiful, powerful vessel that somehow stays in mint condition with minimal work and cost. You run her from one exotic locale to the next without emptying your wallet and without a care in the world.

The reality, of course, can be quite different. As any experienced boater

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2009 #1: Dubai

Dubai's stunning staircase is the centerpiece of the yacht

#1: Dubai | 531'5"

Built for a prince and sold to a Dubai-based monarch, the world’s largest yacht has certainly had some dazzling owners. Her build heritage is nothing to sneeze at either: The work on this Andrew

The Not-So Great Loop

The author (in the green shirt) and his brother Mike.

“Seasick?” I asked in a tone that mixed sympathy with infernal edginess. My brother Mike looked straight back at me and, as if the possibility of growing queasy under the circumstances was preposterous, replied, “Nope, doin’ fine, Billy.” A rainbow of spray came forth from

British and Proud of It

A Rolls-Royce for the water, complete with the gorgeous wooden dash.

England is probably best known for Big Ben, The Beatles, and of course, the Queen.

But the region of Northamptonshire offers something for...

Spirit, Love, Truth

Joy (Stick) Ride to Key West

The whole thing started with a simple, straightforward question. I was standing under a chandelier at a cocktail reception at the Atlanta Boat Show, with a glass of Perrier in one hand and a toothpick-skewered scallop in the other, when Tom Duncan, Sea Ray’s ad agency guy, eased alongside and asked, "So Bill, if you have room on one of the long boat trips you sometimes do for the magazine, could

Birth of a Destination

Laurence Provost kneels on the sofa, her fingers wrapped delicately yet deliberately over its back edge. The French charter broker peers intently out the Azimut 74's port-side saloon window. Dark, unyielding clouds hover over the towering mountains of southeastern Brazil. There are 365 islands here, each one ringed with rain-drenched beaches. It's been a relentless downpour for four days and

The Secret Sea

Have you ever been somewhere so unspoiled, so beautiful, so perfect you were afraid to tell anyone about it for fear they'd go there and ruin it? That's how I felt after a one-week bareboat charter on a 47-foot Moorings powercat out of La Paz, Mexico. I couldn't wait to tell everyone about the splendid isolation of the Sea of Cortez, which I consider the best bareboat cruising destination

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