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Elizabeth Ginns Britten

Bring 'em On

By | Posted October 2007 | Add a Comment

Elizabeth Ginns BrittenIt’s true what they say—dogs really are man’s best friend. They're always happy to see you when you get home, they’re never in a bad mood, and as long as you give them food, water, and a cozy nook to call their own, they’ll be your loyal friend for life.Everyone, it seems, loves dogs, but

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Staying Dry

By | Posted August 2007 | Add a Comment

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 made of a breathable waterproof fabric and is designed for freedom of movement under

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Fending Off

By | Posted July 2007 | Add a Comment

Craig Wallace DaleI probably don't have to tell you about the benefits of having strong, solid, reliable fenders; when correctly positioned, they provide a cushion between your boat and the dock, preventing nasty scratches and often considerably worse damage. But finding ones that fit the contours of your particular boat and

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Sole Performers

By | Posted June 2007 | Add a Comment

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. Bill Pike, who has foot problems (which he attributes to years of jumping onto docks

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Man Overboard

By | Posted May 2007 | Add a Comment

Though some of life’s most enjoyable moments take place while boating, it’s no secret that Mother Nature can be unforgiving when it comes to the ocean. Indeed, the worst-case scenario is always a possibility. There have been many technological advances in marine electronics in recent years designed to help ensure safety on the water. Automatic-fire-suppression systems? They have been standard

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Broward Reborn

By | Posted April 2007 | Add a Comment

The 120 Widebody caused a lot of buzz at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show and introduces a new era for Broward.In late summer 2004, Tom Lewis, who'd made a name and fortune in real estate, was looking for a new challenge. An avid boater and charterer, he also wanted to step up from his 58-foot Hatteras to a yacht in the

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The Many Colors of Life

By | Posted April 2007 | Add a Comment

Many years ago I was in the car with my then-seven-year-old niece on a monumental day in her life: her First Communion. As we pulled out of the church parking lot and headed off to the ensuing party, she said something that to this day I can only deduct was a reflection of the magnitude of what had just taken place. She turned to me and with big, bright, innocent eyes said, "Sometimes, I just

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Enclosures Exposed

By | Posted March 2007 | Add a Comment

A good enclosure is one that you don't even realize is there. A little more than a year ago, I attended a rendezvous put on by a well-known express-boat builder. It was a great weekend, and it was obvious from the well-cared-for vessels and the enthusiasm of the event’s 40 or so attendees that the cruisers loved and used their

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Fighting-Chair Physics

By | Posted February 2007 | Add a Comment

All the time and money you’ve spent to match perfectly tuned engines to your well-rigged convertible, researching and selecting the most advanced electronics, and all those practice runs boil down to this moment: You’re sitting on the biggest school of tuna you’ve ever seen.You run to the cockpit, rig the lures, drop the lines, and toss that bait out there, just waiting for it to be

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Custom Craft

By | Posted February 2007 | Add a Comment

These days a fully custom 100-footer is an anomaly, which suits Cheoy Lee just fine.Experience often has a direct relationship to success; the more of it you have, the more likely you are to perform well. And nowhere is this truer than in boatbuilding.If I had any doubt of that, it disappeared the moment I stepped aboard the

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