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The Great Gear Test

dew on rail of Arawak

"It's wrapped!" shouted Digital Editor John Turner while leaning over the transom.

Despite our best efforts we had unceremoniously snagged a crab trap around our shaft. Deputy Editor Jason Wood would have to dive in and cut the line—and Arawak—free. After a few attempts, and some armchair coaching from those on the right side of the boat, he cut the tangled line. It would be but a small speed bump on an otherwise perfect day of cruising.

Tommy McCoy at helm
Jason Y. Wood cooking bacon

Empty boxes, instruction manuals, and power cords littered the flybridge and saloon. A recently inflated Sea Eagle dinghy stretched across the cockpit. Wood leans over an MFD, swiping his finger and changing the displays while Turner, with a camera in hand, looks on, preparing to capture the moment. It’s day four of our Arawak Adventure and everyone is falling into a rhythm.

We were rotating shifts at the helm, setting up and testing equipment, producing video etc. (Note to self: McCoy has been eyeing the new Yeti Rambler thermos I’m reviewing like it’s a ribeye on a four-day cruise. I should probably box that one up sooner than later.)

Jason Y. Wood testing Raymarine electronics

After about eight hours of cruising, we pulled into the Naples City Marina where we took on fuel and grabbed a slip for the night. Power & Motoryacht’s Jessica Shultz, who lives in the area, would join us that evening for drinks and dinner, sparing us from another night of relentlessly ribbing one another. We even cleaned the boat--and ourselves--for the occasion. A delicious grouper dinner at a marina restaurant called The Dock, and a couple (or four) Dark N’ Stormies would be just what the doctor ordered.

Arawak cruising into Naples FL

All in all it was another good day out on the water. Stay tuned as the adventure continues.

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