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Sterns Children's PFD

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West Marine's "Comfort Series" line, fits around your waist like a fanny pack; you barely notice it's there. Inflated, it provides 22.5 pounds of buoyancy, which makes it a U.S. Coast

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West Marine Belt Pack PFD

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West Marine's "Comfort Series" line, fits around your waist like a fanny pack; you barely notice it's there. Inflated, it provides 22.5 pounds of buoyancy, which makes it a U.S. Coast

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Better the Second Time Around

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted August 2006 | Add a Comment

The Huckins Fairform Flyer draws its lineage from WWII.It’s been said that you never really know how much you love something until it’s gone, and that love can make a person do crazy things…If you’ve ever taken delivery of a new boat, you may have experienced conflicting emotions. Sure, it was exciting to take delivery, but

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Rockin' Rolex

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

Rolex, a sponsor of several offshore sailboat races and regattas and arguably la crme de la crme of high-end watches, has recently released three sporty but elegant beauties. The 31-jewel Yacht-Master (shown here in 18-karat yellow gold) is the priciest of the lot at $20,700 and features a special time-lapse bezel and Rolex's signature Oysterlock bracelet; the

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Tantalizing TAG

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

If you're in the market for a high-performance marine watch, you simply cannot ignore the Aquaracer Calibre S from the Swiss company TAG Heuer. Designed with yacht racing in mind, it has a face inspired by sports car tachometers. TAG says the Calibre S is the first analog watch to feature two semicircular subdials with bidirectional hands. The Calibre S is the

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Wondrous Wenger: Aquagraph 1,000 Meter Diver

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

Looking for a high-performance Swiss watch that's stylish and rugged but don't want to dip into the kids' college fund to pay for it? Then one of these from the maker of the famed Swiss Army Knife is a good bet. The $375 Aquagraph 1,000 Meter Diver offers many of the same features as some more expensive watches: It's waterproof to 3,300 feet, features a

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American Legend

By Elizabeth Ginns... | Posted October 2005 | Add a Comment

The tough-as-nails, big-screen image of John Wayne belied the private family time he enjoyed aboard his beloved yacht Wild Goose.On May 26, 1907, pharmacist Clyde Morrison and his wife, Mary Brown, welcomed a happy, healthy baby boy into their modest, four-room Winterset, Iowa, home. They named him Marion Michael Morrison.

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