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Ten Tools You Forgot to Pack

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

A requisite for any boater worth his salt is a tool kit that's stocked with all the old standbys—wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, things like that. But while conventional wisdom has it that quality trumps quantity, there's no harm in rounding out your collection of traditional tools with some more unusual offerings. Here, in no particular order, are ten gadgets you may not have thought to

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The Lowdown On Lubricants

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

Pessimists have been known to argue that engines are nothing more than constantly degrading machines. It's a somewhat depressing characterization to be sure, but it's also a truthful one. From the day you start your engine up, parts corrode, sludge forms, bearings wear—things are beginning to break down. To slow down the process, man created lubricants.

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Meet the RFA

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

The RFA's executive director, Jim Donofrio.In the mid 1990's a professional captain and passionate angler by the name of Jim Donofrio began a dialogue with Bob Healey, cofounder of Viking Yachts. The two discussed their mutual frustration with what they saw as the complete lack of attention being paid to recreational

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The Woes of the White Marlin

By Catherine Pearson | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

Rick and Yvonne BuckleyWhite marlin are often landed as incidental catch by longline fishing boats. It is now illegal to sell them commercially in the United States.When it comes to the fate of the white marlin, there are battles being waged on many fronts. Not only is this migratory billfish

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Reel Big Fish

By Catherine Pearson | Posted February 2008 | Add a Comment

Heir ApparentAlutecnos Albacore Veloce 20The Albacore Veloce 20 is a member of the next generation of Alutecnos Reels, and it certainly is a worthy descendant. The Italian company gave its new reel, which retails for around $500, a more rounded look and an improved, ergonomic handle that has the

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Fast 'n Foldable

By Catherine Pearson | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

Best BikeCraig Wallace DaleGoBike Motion ELX 8The GoBike Motion ELX 8 ($999.99) is a feat of modern engineering—a lightweight, aluminum-frame bicycle that folds up in 25 seconds flat. If that doesn't impress you, consider this: The ELX 8's telescopic seat

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Fun and Games

By Catherine Pearson | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

It was midway through the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and I stood in the Trinity Yachts tent, waiting to tour its newly christened megayacht Mine Games. By all accounts I should've been thrilled: It was my first boat show as a PMY staffer, and I was about to visit a spectacular vessel. But, truth be told, my attitude was decidedly (and unforgivably) sub par. It had poured all

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Real Ratings

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

Here's the situation: You're in the market for an engine rated at 1,000 hp. But before committing you wonder, is that rating accurate? The answer is, sort of. The numbers on an engine spec sheet are formulated according to a set of conditions that may or may not reflect those your engine will face. It's your responsbility to understand the caveats that can affect

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Training Time

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

With the Dietz Model 1001 Powerboat Handling Trainer, inexperienced boaters can try their hand at docking before actually hitting the high seas.Henry G. Dietz, the inventor of the Dietz Model 1001 Powerboat Handling Trainer, has a story he likes to tell: An airline pilot

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Galley Gourmand

By Catherine Pearson | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

Portable PotsMagma Teflon cookwareThis nine-piece, stainless steel-and-Teflon cookware set from Magma reminds me of those Russian nesting dolls I loved growing up, only these stackables are practical. The set features three saucepans (plus a lid that fits all three), one stock pot, two removable

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