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George Sass Jr.

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Long-Term Test: Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius

George Sass Jr.

Stress Reliever

I think it’s a testament to a builder that we’re able to hop onboard a boat hours after it arrives on a truck from Wisconsin and drive her away: 70-plus miles. The dealer, Staten Island Yacht Sales, encouraged us to allow them to conduct their normal, thorough commissioning process. But that’s just not our style. AIM Marine Group VP Gary De Sanctis and I were itching to get on the water after an unusually busy and stressful few months at work. We couldn’t be stopped! The electronics were a no-show, so we turned on our iPhones, launched the Navionics app, and pointed her for Essex, Connecticut. Like I said, we were a little stressed out and ready to hit the water. Besides some great weekend trips, my girlfriend Lindsay and I became hooked on leaving the marina after work, going up the Connecticut River to Hamburg Cove and picking up a mooring for the night. There’s something about a swim after work in the summer and some burgers on the grill that help push the reset button. Then, just after sunrise, we would head back to Essex. It felt like we had a mini vacation.