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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...

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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Viking 42 Convertible

By Kevin Koenig | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

From out of South Jersey comes another Viking build that may be destined to become a classic. Although she is the smallest Viking, the 42 has a big attitude. With aggressively raked lines and a dark visor contrasting with her expansive foredeck, the 42 certainly looks ready to rumble offshore. And a cockpit with a built-in mezzanine, a transom door with lift gate,

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Amels 212

By Kevin Koenig | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

The famed Dutch ship builder Amels is putting the finishing touches on the Limited Editions Amels 212, the largest build yet to come from its semicustom line of megayachts. The Limited Editions line is noteworthy in that its elegance may be exceeded only by its popularity, as the Amels yard is currently running at 100-percent capacity. 

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Ocean Alexander 90

By Kevin Koenig | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

The 30-year-old boatbuilder Ocean Alexander is introducing a 90-footer that looks and feels like a much larger yacht. A wide 22-foot beam produces an airy feel throughout the vessel, particularly in her main saloon where oversized windows create an interior that is awash in sunlight.

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Luhrs 37 IPS

By Kevin Koenig | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

With its new 37 IPS, Luhrs has set out to prove that big things really can come in smaller packages. The boat is the first in the builder’s Canyon Series line, which Luhrs claims is the only group of sportfishing boats under 39 feet that can boast two staterooms and two heads. As such, the 37 aims to compete with other convertibles that might dwarf her in size

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