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by Capt. Patrick Sciacca

Trick Your Ride

By Capt. Patrick S...Capt. Grant RafterCatherine PearsonCapt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009 | Add a Comment

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 a few months. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll have to put up with the same old boat. Take a look around, and you’ll see that there’s plenty of room for improvement onboard.In this section PMY’s editors offer 14

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Catch’em in the Kayak

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2009 | Add a Comment

Photo courtesy of Michael BarryBarry and one of his foes gettin’ cozy in the cockpit of his kayak.Angler Michael Barry’s line came tight as he sat on a kayak just a few inches above the bathwater-warm Pacific Ocean. He literally came eye-to-eye with his foe: a Costa Rican sailfish. The road to

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The Tin Man

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2009 | Add a Comment

It’s 1945, a world war is raging, and a mine just below the surface in Odessa Harbor on the Black Sea comes into contact with the bow of Herbert Phillips’ Liberty Ship and blows it off. The boat survives, and after three months of in-water repairs, Phillips, who is just a year out of the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, notes how well this

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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #65: Predator

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Predator | 238'8" ( 54 ) At first glance Predator may seem like something out of a Jules Verne novel, but she is very real and very eye-catching. Her axe-bow design is actually a throwback to ships of the 1800’s, but by no means an exercise in nostalgia. According to Feadship, about six years ago it investigated the possibility of

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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2009 #46: Madsummer

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Madsummer | ( tie ) 257'2"Do you have a million bucks you’re looking to do something with? Well, you could use it to charter this American-owned 257-footer for the week. And what a yacht you’d get. From a fleet that includes mid-20-foot sportboats and a plethora of

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Un-Belizeable

By Capt. Patrick S...JC Cuellar, of ... | Posted May 2009 | Add a Comment

Sunrise at Turneffe Flats atoll.It’s 6 a.m. and I’m in paradise. A warm Belizean morning starts off with rain doing a two-step on the roof above my bed. I peel the pillow from my face and pry myself from the comfort of this marshmallow-soft queen bed. Shuffling my feet into a pair of sandals I step out from my villa, one

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Success in Reverse

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2009 | Add a Comment

Many of G&S' boats are known for their world-record catches.How does a builder come to design and construct boats that can not only plane in reverse but also account for hundreds of world-record saltwater catches, particularly in the light-tackle-angling field? Well, start with a mid-life crisis, naturally. At least that’s how

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Double Down

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted April 2009 | Add a Comment

A megayacht fisherman with a reported high-40-knot speed.Would you like a tower station that’s accessed from a retractable internal ladder? Maybe radar arrays and antennas stealthily built into composite wings on that tower? Or perhaps LCD glass windows in the cabin and saloon that can be darkened with the flip of a switch (no

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Boat scratch fever

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2009 | Add a Comment

I remember the scene vividly. The just-painted battlewagon was being brought into her summer slip. As the captain expertly backed the vessel, a burst of wind suddenly threw her bow to port. At least there was a dock wheel to catch the aft starboard corner. Otherwise that brand new shiny hull side would’ve laid up against the knarly slip corner. Unfortunately, the dock wheel collapsed and the

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A Boat is Born, Part IV

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted February 2009 | Add a Comment

Makaira’s hull is being constructed via infusion. Resin, under a vacuum, is drawn through feed lines. This process results in a lightweight, yet sturdy hull. Note the red resin being drawn up the transom.This is the fourth installment of an exclusive six-part series in which PMY has been bringing you a first-hand account of

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