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by Kevin Koenig

PMY Senior Editor:
Kevin grew up in New Jersey and spent his summers cruising the Barnegat Bay aboard his father’s 23-foot Sea Ray Respite. He also has earned a certificate in boating from Southwest Florida Yachts. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2004 Read more here...

Viking 66 Convertible

By Kevin Koenig | Posted May 2011 | Add a Comment

Viking 66 ConvertibleUndaunted by the Great Recession, Viking just keeps aggressively churning out serious fishing boats for the serious fisherman. The 66 Convertible, which will debut at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, is the company’s fifth new model introduced over the past several months. It combines the builder’s

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Report on the Gulf 1 year after the BP Oil Spill

By Kevin Koenig | Posted May 2011 | Add a Comment

Down in the Hole - Part IIOne year after the BP oil spill, a region perseveres through frustration and heartacheFor Rookie Kruse, it all came down to numbers. It had been 64 days since the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Kruse’s Orange Beach, Alabama, charter fishing business was hurting, and at $5,000 per missed outing, his losses were quickly adding up. There was his

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Report on the Gulf 1 year after the BP Oil Spill

By Kevin Koenig | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Down in the HolePart IRevisiting the Gulf One Year LaterIn the beginning, they descended in droves. Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil platform ignited into a biblical inferno—taking the lives of 11 men and injecting what would become upwards of 200 million gallons of oil into the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico—the media arrived to feast on

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Sunreef Power 75

By Kevin Koenig | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

You may never have seen a boat quite like the Sunreef Power 75, a tri-deck cat outfitted for serious sportfishing. Sunreef introduced a powerboat line in 2008, and it instantly became a hit. The 75 is a step up from the 70-foot base model. Her dual-hull design gives her excellent stability, a 4'9" draft, and an 8,000-mile range. The wide beam provides abundant

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Battling Black Marlin Off Costa Rica

By Kevin Koenig | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Middle-Aged Man & the SeaIllustration by Brian RaszkaForty-five miles off Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica, I was recently fortunate enough to witness one of life’s intimate and constant dramas. Onboard were marina executive Juan Montalto, his sons Esteban, age 15, and Jose, 13, and the crew. We were trolling the

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How to keep marine growth from fouling your propellers

By Kevin Koenig | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Here’s a common, if unwelcome, sight for boaters: You go to pull your boat out of the water for winter lay-up or perhaps

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Bertram 540

By Kevin Koenig | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The Bertram 540 is a modern-day version of the much-loved original Bertram 54 and retains the 54’s famously sharp bow, long waterline, and deep-V hull, which combine to make the boat handle well in open water. Bertram also claims that the 540’s single, centerline fuel tank creates a zero-trim effect that should

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Conch 44

By Kevin Koenig | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

He who possesses the conch possesses the power. While the preceding sentence may be a major plot point in the William Golding classic Lord of the Flies, it may very soon apply to the world of tournament fishing as well. That’s because R & R Boatworks is introducing the Conch 44, a serious fishing boat for the serious fisherman. She is based on the famous

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Regulator 28 FS

By Kevin Koenig | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

From Regulator, the Edenton, North Carolina, company that prides itself on building boats with “legendary rides,” comes the 28 FS. Originally concieved as a step-up from the company’s popular 26-foot model—but with added amenities such as fold-down transom seating—this is a sleek, no-frills center console that is sure to tantalize any hardcore fisherman. Her

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Sea Force IX 91.5

By Kevin Koenig | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Sometimes a fishing boat is more than just a fishing boat. Sometimes it is a personal statement announcing the owner’s sense of sophistication and elegance. The new Sea Force IX 91.5 Skybridge Sport Yacht may represent the apotheosis of just such a boat. She is more than 91 feet long and sports an enormous enclosed flying bridge with another fully equipped helm

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