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Birth of the Battlewagon

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted February 2007 | Add a Comment

A 2004 survey conducted by Fernandina Beach, Florida-based research group Southwick Associates found saltwater anglers in the United States spent an astounding $11.3 billion on their hobby in 2003. The statistics are not broken down by category, but the largest chunk of the $11 billion is undoubtedly spent on the piece de resistance for serious saltwater anglers: a flying bridge-equipped

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Anchors Aweigh

By Jeffrey MoserPhotos by Abner... | Posted January 2007 | Add a Comment

The test team launched, attempted to set, and retrieved each anchor at least four times over two days.I’ve heard of boaters who choose an anchor based upon how good it looks in the roller. But the right anchor should do more than just look sharp. In fact, it should do more than secure your beloved boat to the bottom. When things

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Diesel 101

By Jeffrey MoserPhotos by Craig... | Posted December 2006 | Add a Comment

The author (left) and another student get a torque-wrench tutorial from instructor Larry Berlin (right).A friend of mine who I considered to be a knowledgeable, experienced boater recently made a remark in passing that startled me: "The most important tool in my toolbox is my checkbook." He was serious. Every time he noticed a

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2007 Marine Engine Roundup

By Elizabeth Ginns...Jeffrey MoserCapt. Patrick S... | Posted December 2006 | Add a Comment

Inspiration is a funny thing. At one time boatbuilders looked to on-road engine designs for the newest technologies. Then, as the popularity of boating exploded, they discovered powerplants designed just for marine applications, whether hanging off the transom or rumbling under the deck of an inboard cruiser. But as many of us know, everything works in cycles, and for 2007 a number of engine

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A Fine Grip on Paint

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

When you're building yachts that cost tens of millions of dollars, it's crucial to give them a sophisticated, polished appearance, inside and out. While most people don't normally think of paint as one of the means to this end, a flawless, durable exterior finish is every bit as important as high-gloss woodwork and top-notch furnishings. And when it comes to yacht paint, one of the most popular

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Desirable Destination: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

New Year, New You | JanuaryI'd been told that after I landed at Tortola's Beef Island Airport, I must get to my destination in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) via boat. Even if you're staying on Tortola, the throngs of vacationers who wisely chose the BVIs to kick off the new year recommended I opt for the ferry. I immediately

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Desirable Destination: Abaco, Bahamas

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

Far Away but so Close to Home | FebruaryGreat Abaco Island is a large, crescent-shape island protected from the Atlantic Ocean along her eastern flanks by a string of barrier islands. Between the dozens of islets and the "mainland" (as some locals refer to Great Abaco) lies the Sea of Abaco, a stretch of azure water that will

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Aicon 85

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted November 2006 | Add a Comment

In 2001 Aicon made a big splash with its debut model, a 56-foot, flying-bridge cruiser. Well-received at the 2001 Genoa boat show, the 56 was named “International Boat of the Year” at the 2002 Cannes boat show in France and helped establish the Italian yard as a promising new builder in a competitive field. Aicon hopes the accolades will

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The World's 10 Most Expensive Charters

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

AnnaliesseWhat's better than relaxing beside the ocean at a luxury resort, cool drink next to you, being waited on hand and foot? How about doing the same thing aboard a megayacht, where all those amenities and more are yours? And instead of having to share the pool, sauna, or watertoys with strangers, the only other guests

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The Shadows of Giants

By Jeffrey Moser | Posted January 2006 | Add a Comment

If Stan Antrim gets his way, converted offshore supply vessels will be the next big thing in megayachts.Paladin Shadow put on no airs. That's why she stood out among the tridecked, teak-soled, and tender-clad behemoths that lined the megayacht quay at the 2005 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Her looks had more in

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