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Encounters With Ethanol

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2008 | Add a Comment

In 2003 several states switched their on-the-water gasoline from the traditional methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) blend to one containing ten-percent ethanol, called E10. Ethanol is derived from agricultural products such as corn and sugar cane, and its purported ability to reduce greenhouse gases has led, in part, to its use at both on- and off-highway

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When Fishing Gets (Un)Fun

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2008 | Add a Comment

Vincent D'AngeloMost trips start off with dreams of a boatload of fish. But a bad forecast can make angling shift from uncomfortable to dangerous in a blink. I looked up into the frothy-white-topped wave, which towered five feet over my head, and watched a yellowfin tuna swim by me. "Wait a

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When Fishing Gets (Un)Fun

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2008 | Add a Comment

Vincent DanielloMost trips start off with dreams of a boatload of fish. But a bad forecast can make angling shift from uncomfortable to dangerous in a blink.I looked up into the frothy-white-topped wave, which towered five feet over my head, and watched a yellowfin tuna swim by me. "Wait a

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Movin' On Up

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2008 | Add a Comment

Having owned countless smaller craft, the D'Ascanio family was ready to step up. For as long as Florida Keys native Franco D'Ascanio can remember, being on the water has been part of his family's life. At a very early age we started fishing, diving...

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Give a Little, Get a Lot

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2008 | Add a Comment

Sgt. Aaron Hackett, who completed one tour of duty in Iraq and is headed out for a second one this fall, took a weekend out for quality family fishing time. Here's Hackett with son Chance.Many years ago while working as a newspaper journalist, I was assigned to cover The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of The Vietnam Veterans

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A Boat Is Born, Part III

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2008 | Add a Comment

It's been about nine months since the design process for the 64-foot Makaira was started. While both the designers at Applied Concepts Unleashed and the builder's team have enjoyed the exchange of ideas that both parties feel will result in the next-generation sportfisherman, it's now time for the plan to become a real boat.

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A Boat Is Born, Part II

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

In part one of our exclusive five-part series ("A Boat Is Born"), the Makaira team took the first conceptual steps in creating its brand-new sportfisherman. This included selecting the Waveform variable-deadrise hull shape, a design the team hopes will help the vessel achieve speeds in excess of those of her peers in the

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Hanging on the Telephone

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2008 | Add a Comment

Companies like Iridium and Globalstar utilize only Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites.By last fall my brother Chip and I were ready to toss our satphone into the water and make it a marlin teaser. For the last year we'd managed to get just one phone call out on our Globalstar handset, and like the many users who've encountered

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A Boat Is Born

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted May 2008 | Add a Comment

Welcome to the first of a five-part series in which we follow the creation of a brand-new sportfishing boat from conception to launch. PMY has been granted exclusive access to the birth of Makaira. For now we‘ll keep its parent company anonymous, but as we get closer to launch, we will reveal it. Of course, we'll conclude the series with an exclusive first test of this exciting new

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Around the World in 1,826 Days…or so

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

This 126-foot mothership will be home for the crew of Offshore Adventures for about five years.Like squid drawn to a spreader light, angling aficionado and outdoor-sports TV-show producer and host Chris Fischer had to see what was swimming under the large, brightly lit, commercial-style boat sitting in the harbor at Costa Rica's

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