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Maintenance Headache

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted March 2009 | Add a Comment

Maintenance issues are constantly stalking boaters. The simple fact is that on a boat stuff breaks and things leak. Boats are complex mechanisms with dozens of systems and hundreds, if not thousands of components. But three issues seem to account for the majority of problems afloat. Here’s what they are and how to deal with them.Arguably, the most important component on your boat is her

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British and Proud of It

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted March 2009 | Add a Comment

A Rolls-Royce for the water, complete with the gorgeous wooden dash. England is probably best known for Big Ben, The Beatles, and of course, the Queen. But the region of Northamptonshire offers something for...

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Alloy At Risk

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted February 2009 | Add a Comment

When it comes to metals in marine applications, most boaters think of stainless steel. But aluminum is also a good choice. It’s lightweight, relatively inexpensive and strong, and doesn’t rust, which is why it’s used for T-tops, tuna towers, ladders, railings, and hulls. But even marine-grade aluminum is no match for the saltwater environment unless it receives proper care. And though aluminum

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Rebirth of a Classic

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted February 2009 | Add a Comment

Photography by BertramSome say don’t mess with a classic, but the folks at Bertram beg to differ. The Miami-based builder of the new 540 convertible has reinvented the classic 54 it launched in 1981. To a hull that maintains the seaworthiness and fishability of her predecessor, the 540 adds a healthy dose of luxury and a number

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More-Hogany Please?

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted January 2009 | Add a Comment

Photography by VicemAt last year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Vicem, the Turkish builder of cold-molded mahogany boats, presented its new 52-foot Classic Express. (The cold-molding process purportedly produces parts that are stronger and lighter than conventional fiberglass ones and involves laminating layers of

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PROS and CON-verters

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted December 2008 | Add a Comment

The most controversial component of the decade eliminates the emissions from your boat's engine and hopefully not the money from your pocket.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans spend more than 500-million hours pleasureboating each year and...  

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To Affinity and Beyond

By Jeffrey O'Neil | Posted December 2008 | Add a Comment

Photo by Forest JohnsonAffinity 90The Affinity 90 should definitely turn heads when she pulls into port. Part yacht, part sportfisherman, she's not only fast and comfortable, she reportedly eats waves too. At 90 feet overall with a beam of 23 feet, she offers plenty of room to move around in. At

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