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Contents

April 2019 • Vol u m e 40 N o. 4

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MAGAZINE

VOLUME XL NUMBER 4

DEPARTMENTS 4 Editor’s Letter Highlights from the Miami show 6 Currents Bits from the boating world 12 Trailering 5 tips for a better road trip 16 Watersports Break wakesurfing’s beginner barrier 18 Fishing Lessons learned the hard way 22 Engines Alternative propulsion choices 26 Electronics Sonar for smaller boats 28 Ask the Experts Our panel of experts answers your questions 34 Gear The latest accessories, gadgets and electronics

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Tricks for onboard comfort and convenience keep coming in this sequel to a story from four years ago.  BY SCOTT DAVIS

Wakeboat manufacturers are going to great lengths to create a wake that’s long, tall and strong. BY ZENON BILAS

Good Ideas 201

Catchin’ Big Waves

64 Contest: Name the Boat Win an Atlantis 4 non-towable four-person float from Connelly

boats tested

36 Formula 310 BR Outboard It’s a prime example of Formula’s push to develop outboard-powered models.

40 Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish Two wildly popular activities are combined in a single machine.

44 Qwest Avanti 825

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Formula’s 330 Crossover Bowrider is sure to please, perfectly integrating day boating and overnighting for those who want the best of both worlds. The 330 CBR is now available in triple outboard power as well as sterndrive, expanding possibilities and preference.

equipped head compartment. All together this makes the 330 perfect for overnight trips or taking a break from the sun. This smart combination of bow and cabin space in the amenitypacked Formula 330 CBR can take you wherever you want to go. You choose your destination and power!

The cockpit maximizes space, comfort and style. The roomy portside lounge and U-shaped lounge aft take full advantage of the clever helm seat convertibility to expand seating and entertaining activities. The rear-facing aft sun lounge with convertible backrests adds to the sunbathing space. Storage is abundant, and 22 drink holders offer ease and convenience at every turn. The molded cockpit wetbar features an integrated sink and picnicware bin while stunning blue LED lighting adds a dramatic flair as you entertain.

Break Free From the ordinary — Choose Formula!

Forward, the deep bow section is a seamless, flush transition from the cockpit. Seating is plentiful, yet convertible to a spacious sunlounge with starboard double-wide seating and two dual height tables. Two integrated, under-seat coolers in the bow and cockpit keep drinks and snacks chilled and ready. Entering the cabin, the L-shaped Ultraleather® lounge features a dual position backrest, perfect for sitting or converting to a queen-sized sleeping area. The cabin features six-foot headroom, Bluetooth stereo, roomy storage forward, a portside cabinet, HDTV and microwave options, plus a spacious, fully 2200 West Monroe St. • PO Box 1003 • Decatur, IN 46733 • 260-724-9111

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IT ISN’T OFTEN I am asked to try to crash a $400,000 boat into a dock on purpose, but that’s

a challenge I can’t refuse. So I tried. DockSense from Raymarine wouldn’t let me. The system uses FLIR machine vision camera technology in all quadrants and analyzes the live video imagery while interfacing with the computer that controls joystick docking systems, such as Mercury’s Axius, to create a Virtual Bumper around the perimeter of the boat. Despite trying as hard as I could to bash a Boston Whaler 330 Outrage’s beautiful gelcoat, DockSense wouldn’t let me get closer than three feet to anything, including pilings. How useful would that be in a crowded marina with wind and tide conspiring against you? Without a doubt, my favorite event of the year is the Miami International Boat Show, and this year, in addition to DockSense, I saw some fantastic new products. Another innovation was Yamaha’s new paddle shifting system called DRIVE, which allows drivers to dock their new 27-foot 275SD jetboat without taking their hands off the wheel. The right paddle is for forward and the left for reverse on this drive-by-wire system. Since the system only stays engaged in gear while the driver holds a paddle down, he can make tiny adjustments. A series of blips in forward or reverse lets the operator absolutely grease it into a tight slip with ease. One surprisingly common sight was the number of center console boats with six — count ’em, six — outboards. Cigarette’s

59-foot Tirranna and Scout’s 53-foot 530 LXF both had a half dozen Mercury Racing 400R outboards on the transom. But how does one control them? Six throttles would be a bit unwieldy to handle, so Mercury created Replicator, which uses Shadow Mode to control all six with only two levers. There’s a lot of giddy-up for docking — too much, actually — so a feature called Dock Mode reduces the throttle response by 50 percent, to reduce the chance of an untimely power surge. Maybe the most interesting product I saw was a compact video camera from SiOnyx. Called the Aurora, it shoots unbelievable color footage, even at night. It doesn’t use thermal imaging but relies on a patented CMOS imaging technology. It has a low-light sensor the equivalent of 812,000 ISO — definitely not one of the settings on a standard SLR — that gives boaters the ability to shoot great video of night fishing or post-sunset gatherings, and it’s useful for nighttime navigation. Its maximum resolution for video is 720p, but that’s to keep the price at $799. BW

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A new dayboat from Beneteau promises all-day activity for many and all-night comfort for two. Anyone who still sees Beneteau as a European sailboat builder is falling behind the times. Power has been part of the French boatbuilder’s DNA since the beginning, and some of its boats are now built in the U.S. The latest line to cross the Atlantic Ocean is called Flyer, and the Flyer 23 SUNdeck is the latest iteration, introduced at the Miami International Boat Show in February; the 23 SPACEdeck will follow. At 26 feet, 7 inches LOA and with an 8-foot, 2-inch beam, the Flyer 23 SUNdeck is definitely trailerable. A single 300 or 350 hp outboard points to speed — it tops out at about 50 mph with a Mercury 300 — but its amenities point to dayboating for a group or weekending for a couple. A ski tow brings watersports into the picture.

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Two or three people can share the bow sunpad, two more can occupy the helm seat — a Garmin electronics pack makes navigation easy — and three more can sit on the transom bench seat, which converts into a second sun lounge. While the outboard bisects the swim platform, both sides extend around the engine, and a covered telescoping ladder extends from the port platform for reboarding purposes after a dip or a ski run. A belowdecks cabin includes a V-shaped dinette in the bow that converts to a double berth. A head with a shower (freshwater capacity is 21 gallons) and a galley station round out the space. Lacking a cabin but promising to be a versatile multipurpose boat with more fishing amenities, SPACEdeck features a center console, a T-top and the option to replace the transom bench with a fishing station that includes a counter, a baitwell, rod holders and more. Beneteau Group, beneteau.com/us

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Definitely designed as a dayboat — with or without the Bimini top — the Flyer 23’s convertible bow dinette and head compartment make it a capable weekender for a couple with their sights set on Catalina or the San Juan Islands.

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To participate in this month’s contest, turn to page 64

Rita Watson from New Buffalo, Mich., was the first to submit the winning name, Transparenski. For seeing through our scenario, coming up with the clear winner and impressing the online voters, Rita receives a Theory kneeboard and a Proline EVA wake/ski/kneeboard rope combo from Connelly (connellyskis.com), valued at $330.

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MORE OF FEBRUARY’S BEST ENTRIES:

No See’ums

A Little Out of Shorts

Clearly the Best

Debbie Haesche, Lodi, CA

Bill Bires, Bellflower, CA

Paranautical Activity

Vaniskiing Trick

Mark Harris, via BoatingWorld.com

David Connors, Dighton, MA

Bernie Matsumoto, Half Moon Bay, CA

Air Notique

Bare Boarding

Spirit Lake

Gary Lockwitz, Mesa, AZ

Kevin Brock, Seattle

Sea Me Naut

Disappearing Act

Norman Melin, Salt Springs, FL

Terese Laurance, Pasadena, CA

Wak’n Vapor Jim Johnson, Bethel Park, PA

Project Blueboat Frank Stanley, Houston, TX

Ghost Rider Wayne Berg, Winnetka, CA

Tracy Brotherton, New Orleans

Trickin’ Apparition Albert Tesoro, Seminole, FL

Wreck Preservation Ale While gold and other treasure might be what most people look for in an old shipwreck, the folks at Australian brewery James Squire were most amazed by 220-year-old yeast. Sealed in bottles when the wreck of Sydney Cove was salvaged in the 1990s was beer, and thanks to a collaboration between James Squire, the Australian Wine Research Institute and the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, the yeast was cultured and the beer re-created. Called Wreck Preservation Ale in honor of the island off which the ship sank, the beer is a dark, malty, spicy porter that was brewed in limited quantities. In fact, all the bottles are gone, except for a few we spotted on eBay selling for $717.

FA S T FAC T

Here are the top five states for economic activity related to recreational boating in 2018, according to NMMA estimates. 25 bn $23.3 billion 20 bn

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THE PINNACLE OF PONTOON PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY.

You see at Manitou, our quest is to provide you absolutely breathtaking boating experiences. So while it’s not easy scaling the mountain of pontoon perfection, the climb sure is worth it when you see the view from the top. With all the horsepower — and the power to impress — Manitou provides an incredible combination of high performance and high style. With over 30 years of craftsmanship, our pontoon boats let you part the water, turn on a dime and carve a wake like no other. Beyond acceleration and handling, our patented V-Toon® and twin tube hulls are constructed to be the strongest in the industry. And our impeccable custom styling ensures that heads will turn when you pass others by. All of which is why at Manitou, we believe that when you choose one of our pontoon boats, you’ve landed the highest-performing, best-quality boat in the industry. Period. For more information, visit www.manitoupontoonboats.com

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Rock Aqua Jays

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Using two Legacy towboats powered by triple Mercury Racing 300XS outboards — 1,800 hp total — the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team achieved a Guinness World Record for the largest human pyramid on waterskis. In August, 80 participants from three Wisconsin clubs — The Rock Aqua Jays of Janesville, The Webfooters of Freemont, and The Aqua Nuts of Twin Lakes — formed six four-tier pyramids in a line and stayed joined for a distance of 1,148 feet. The towboats were connected by a line that was released once the skiers were up, and the lead boat peeled away. Guinness confirmed the record in October.

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Floating Above it All FOILING HAS BECOME the next big thing on the water. Power- and sailboats are equipped with foils that lift the hull out of the water for nearly friction-free movement and faster speed. Various watersports boards are equipped with foils too, allowing riders to fly above the water. Surfer Kai Lenny crossed the 50-mile channel between Maui and the Big Island on a shortboard equipped with a foil, unaided. As an example of the concept, here’s a look at a foil-equipped board from Liquid Force (liquidforce.com).

1. Narrow outline aids beginners 2. Upward flair makes starts easier 3. Foot pads indicate placement for maximum balance 4. Aircraft aluminum mast is light, stiff and durable and provides clearance 5. Wings deliver lift and are able to plane underwater 6. A flex-free “fuselage” anchors the wings, provides stability and reduces drag

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What the What? Dados and rabbets are important in the world of boating, but who knows what they are? Did we misspell an extinct bird and a long-eared lagomorph? Nope. Dado and rabbet are common types of joints that are cut to build wooden boats. A rabbet (pictured) is an open-ended recess along the edge of a board, and a dado is a square-sided flat-bottomed recess that runs across the grain of a board.

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Trailering

Road Trip Prep

Get There (and Back) Keep your next road trip rolling by heeding 5 important tips. BY LENNY RUDOW

• BOATERS MAY LAMENT depending on land vehicles, but they need ’em to get Mom’s Mink

from Lake A to Bay B. And while rolling over the asphalt, their boat — and day of boating — is in more danger than it is when it’s afloat. Want your next road trip to go smoothly? Of course you do! Here are five important tips that will help you keep the drive pleasant and problem free.

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Visually inspect the trailer from stem to stern prior to each and every haul. Yeah, we know you’ve already been told to do this, but we also know it’s really easy to skip this step now and again. The problem is that missing just one little issue prior to a road trip can turn it into a full-blown disaster. Take a sagging brake line, for example. You won’t know there’s a problem waiting to happen if you don’t stoop down and look under the trailer before getting underway. But that sagging line could get snagged on a piece of debris in the roadway and cause a loose connection that could spill brake fluid all over the roadway. When you hit the brakes … yikes! Nail down everything — and we mean everything. Sure, you already know if you don’t stow the life jackets somewhere secure they’re guaranteed to blow out of the boat, but it’s not just light, wind-blown gear that’s at risk. Heavier items left on the deck can bounce just the wrong way when you hit a bump. Try landing a fish with no net. Or even tougher, try fishing with no rod.

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Take rest stops reasonably often while towing, certainly every few hours on long road trips, and give the trailer an inspection. Naturally, give it the same visual inspection you did prior to departing. But also look for a telltale sign of future bearing problems: heat. Touch all the wheel hubs. They should be only slightly warm to the touch. If one is hot to the touch, have it serviced as soon as possible. If it’s hot enough to make you yank your hand away to avoid a burn, it needs immediate attention, or you may end up on the side of the road in short order. While you’re stopped is also a good time to recheck all the lights and make sure they’re still working properly, check tie-down straps for proper tension, and check the chains and coupler to make sure everything looks shipshape.

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TRAILERING

You’ve made it to the ramp without any mishaps? Excellent. But prior to splashing, let the trailer sit for a few minutes even if you don’t have any gear to prep. Also be sure to unplug the lights. Both measures once again relate to heat. Back the trailer into the water while the bearings are warm and the sudden cooling of the air and lubricants in them will cause them to contract and create something of a vacuum. As a result, water can get sucked into the bearings. The trailer lights? If you leave them plugged in as you back down the ramp and then hit the brakes, those rapidly heating bulbs can fracture as they come into contact with the cool water.

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After a long trek to the ramp, be sure to sit for a few minutes before launch. During that time, unplug the trailer lights.

Double all of the usual safety parameters, and take it slow and easy. Most trailering mishaps occur when there’s a sudden event: slamming on the brakes, stomping on the accelerator, hitting a big bump or seam in the road at high speed. Doubling the usual following distance should minimize the need to stop abruptly. Doubling the amount of time you take to get up to speed can eliminate sudden starts. Slowing significantly when you approach bumps or potholes can greatly reduce the chances of damage occurring as you pass over them. This sounds like common sense — it is — but abiding by these simple measures will help you avoid the vast majority of trailering accidents you might otherwise encounter. BW

Bonus Tip Replace your trailering straps at the first signs of wear. Most of the time when a boat comes loose from its trailer, it’s the result of two or more factors coming together at the same time, and one of those two factors is an old or worn strap. Combine a subpar strap with a sudden acceleration, a sudden stop or a large bump in the road hit at breakneck speed, and a boat is unceremoniously spilled across the highway.

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Fish & Cruise While the 236CC was designed for use as a coastal fishing boat, it's really a multi-purpose boat that can be used for lots of activities — pulling kids on a tube, cruising to dinner, or just a leisurely ride along the waterways.

With seating for up to twelve passengers, rod holders and storage throughout, and a changing compartment that can be upgraded with an optional porta potti, the 236CC is ready for a full day of fun on the water with family and friends! 236CC Deck Boat 23’ 8” | 101” beam | 3648 lbs (w/ popular engine) | 68 gal fuel capacity | 12 ppl, 3250 lbs VISIT STINGRAYBOATS.COM /236CC FOR MORE INFORMATION


Watersports

Wa kesu rfing Prog ression

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Wakesurfing Progression Break the beginner barrier and “do something” with this roadmap to the next level. BY JOSH PALMA

• YOU’RE CONSISTENTLY GETTING up and have gained a firm grasp of wakesurfing fundamentals. You understand that your front foot is the accelerator and your back foot is the brake. Also, you now realize that drifting too wide/far from the “sweet spot” causes you to lose push and consequently wave goodbye to spectators in the boat. Bottom line: You are dropping the rope with relative ease and can now enjoy the benefits of the endless wave. But your friends in the boat are urging you to “do something!” And you aren’t sure where to begin. I teach wakesurfing globally and often find that people hit a roadblock because they don’t know exactly what wakesurfing progression looks like. To remedy that, I’d like to provide a roadmap surfers can use to become what I’d describe as a well-rounded intermediate wakesurfer. Yes, I had a solid foundation from my 15 years of being a professional wakeboarder, but I can tell you these goals are realistic and attainable within the upcoming season. Plus, they’ll add some novelty and fun to your wakesurfing experience, and your friends will find you a lot more exciting to watch.

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Speed Control: Find Neutral

Once you’re ready to drop the rope, you need to find neutral, which is essentially the position where you feel relaxed and can stay in the same spot on the wave. Zone 1 on most boats is typically 6 to 8 feet behind the swim platform. The goal when searching for neutral should be to maintain a constant distance relative to the swim platform, which is often easiest in Zone 1. In terms of weight distribution — weight on front foot vs. back foot — the neutral position will vary depending on your weight and the board’s speed. However, what’s important is that you begin to understand how to control the previously mentioned variables. The operative word here is “control.” Until you can stay in the same spot, or at least limit your movement to 1 to 2 feet forward or back on the wave, you’re not ready

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To be able to drop the rope, you need to find neutral, the position in which you are relaxed and comfortable and can stay in the same spot on the wave (1). Once comfortable in neutral, practice using the surfable real estate by falling back, moving forward, climbing the wake and coming down the face (2). Be ready to fall several times before mastering the nuances of the backside slide (3).

to start carving up and down the face of the wave. Also, keep in mind you can find neutral with the rope in hand. It’s a lifeline. Don’t drop it until you have enough control to stay in the sweet spot (aka, home base). Too often, beginners get anxious and drop the rope too soon. Take your time, find neutral, and gain control and confidence while you still have the rope.

Use All the Real Estate

Surf waves continue to evolve. A surfer’s max distance from the platform used to be 6 to 8 feet, but I’ve collaborated with engineers at MasterCraft to design a wave that can be surfed as far back as 25 feet from the platform. The point being today’s surf boats create a lot of room behind them on

which to play, and you need to learn how to capitalize on it. Now that you know how to maintain position on the wave, use that skill to drift forward or back on the wave and then make minor adjustments to your weight distribution in order to return to home base. Make that your first goal: Move back on the wave and see how much distance you can create between the nose of your board and the platform while still being able to recover and return to home base. Once you’re comfortable doing that, start carving up and down the face of the wave, from top to bottom. Movement up and down the face is created by placing pressure on your toes (up the wave) or your heels (down the wave). This assumes you are surfing frontside, or facing the wave,

which is much easier than surfing with your back to the wave. Not comfortable shifting your weight from your toes to your heels? Work on it with the aid of the rope. Though it’s a bit counterintuitive, holding onto the rope longer to drill these basics will actually accelerate your progression once you drop it. Remember, think of the wave real estate in two dimensions: front to back (distance from platform), and top of the wave to base of the wave. Once you can cruise around all of this “surfable” area, you are ready for the next step.

Front- and Backside Slides

Here’s when wakesurfing starts to get a bit more challenging and a lot more fun. Backside and frontside slides

will teach you how to break the fins loose and create the foundation for more refined edge control, which is necessary to progress toward advanced wakesurfing that includes the coveted surface 360 and airs. First, work on breaking the fins loose frontside, and use the rope to do so. If your left foot is forward and you’re surfing frontside, gently pull the handle from your left hip toward the center of your waist. Use both hands at first and the handle should stay at waist height with your arms fairly straight and relaxed. Basically, you’re turning your chest toward the boat with a frontside slide and then returning back to your normal surf position. The mechanics of the backside slide are similar but with a couple of nuances. Using only your left hand on the handle, push the handle behind you (to your left) and let your body rotate so your back is facing the boat. If you have trouble releasing the fins — often the case on the backside slide — a skimstyle board with smaller fins and less traction will certainly help. You will fall several times while trying to determine how much to lean over your toes when your back is to the boat. That’s fine — and precisely why we wakesurf at 10 to 11 mph. Once you’re comfortable doing these slides with the rope, try them without it, and you’ll be well on your way to that first 360. BW

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Fishing

Lesson s Lea rned

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Get Schooled Let our writer’s mistakes serve as your lessons learned. BY DEAN TRAVIS CLARKE

• SIGH… IT ALWAYS looks perfect on TV, doesn’t it? The glib fisherman traveling the world, always catching the biggest and best fish, with never a hint of a problem? What we never see are all the stupid missteps that occur over five days of fishing that an editor boils down to 23 minutes of fishing perfection. Spoiler alert: That’s not the real world! I’ve had plenty of fishing days go sideways on me through the years. I’m sharing five such stories here as cautionary tales about what not to do.

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Targeting large fish from a kayak offers a significant change in fishing dynamics. An angler on a boat slowly pulls the fish toward him. An angler in a kayak pulls himself toward the fish. Climbing out of our mothership’s tuna door some 10 miles out of Cabo San Lucas, I settled into a kayak. I had never sat in a kayak before and now, in a baptism by fire, I was attempting to catch a large marlin from one for the benefit of a television audience — any and all gaffes recorded for posterity. Everything went perfectly after I hooked into a 250-pound black marlin and got dragged six miles farther out to sea. Feeling pretty cocky I brought the fish alongside the kayak and grabbed its bill. The fish went ballistic! “I am about to be stabbed through the abdomen by a marlin bill!” The idea of removing the hook in true Corinthian fashion no longer even in the back of my mind, I let go with one hand, grabbed the leader and pushed the bill away as forcefully as I could, almost rolling the kayak in the process. The leader broke and the fish swam away, ticked off but no worse for the wear, and I high-fived myself for not being skewered LESSON LEARNED: Don’t get cocky, and never assume the fight has left the fish.

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A tuna charter out of Puerto Vallarta requested that a particular heavy-duty braided line be used, because the yellowfin they caught were always large. Winding all that line onto a half dozen Penn 80-wides promised more work than I relished, so I asked the tackle shop where I bought the braid to spool the reels up on its machine. The first fish we hooked looked to be

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about 300 pounds. It ran out a healthy length of line and then we started to gain it back, tight foot by foot. When the fish got within sight of the transom, it took off on another run and within seconds: Bang! The 200-pound-test braid snapped and almost ripped the rod out of the angler’s hands. The person who spooled the reels didn’t wind the line on tightly enough. As we retrieved line after the first long run, the line tension dug down into the spooled line. The second run basically tried to remove line from beneath all the line on the reel. Nope … not gonna work. LESSON LEARNED: Check everyone’s work — yours and others.

Within a split second, the reel was hopelessly entangled in a birds nest. 7

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Growing up around salt water, I rarely used baitcasting reels. Years later at a press event, a manufacturer’s rep had a number of shiny new baitcasters for us to try. I picked one up and confidently whipped the weighted lure into the lagoon. Within a split second, the reel was hopelessly entangled in a birds nest — the kind where you have to cut half the line off to fix it. A second try provided the same result. I set the second rod down and surreptitiously looked around to see if anyone had noticed. Of course they had! Everyone, including the rep. He came over and proceeded to give me a lesson in how to use the reels: how to set the magnet brake for the spool according to the weight of the lure, how to set the drag, how to cast so the reel ends on its side rather than upright — all the finer points. He finished the expert primer by throwing a cast … culminating in a massive birds nest. Embarrassed, he picked up another rod and cast it, to show me how to do it correctly. Whoosh. What’s that chirping noise? That ended our lesson for the day. But yes, I felt vindicated. LESSON LEARNED: Not all equipment is the same, and treating it as such can lead to snarls, even when all the protocols are followed. Some days…

MAHI MADNESS

Every angler knows that the prehistoric circle hook design is the best conservation-oriented terminal tackle. It rarely gut hooks a fish. However, it does have one drawback: For it to work, the fish has to take the hook and then turn away to pull the hook out and embed it in the corner of its mouth. During one fishing tournament, we had carefully rigged all our dead-bait ballyhoos on circle hooks. A mammoth bull dolphin came along and inhaled the left long rigger. Rather than turn away, the mahi proceeded to move over to the right long, then inhaled the right short and right flat, then crossed the spread and ate the left short and flat as well — all without ever turning away so we could come tight on the line. Ultimately, we were able to reel all the lines in; unfortunately, not one of them had a mahi attached. But they were all attached to one another. The biggest cluster I’ve ever seen! We had to cut off every leader and start from scratch re-rigging. LESSON LEARNED: Know that even the best preparation can be torn asunder when a fish doesn’t do what it is “supposed” to do. Oh, and mahi are greedy! BW

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I’ve had the privilege of fishing with numerous famous people in my career. Fly fishing for bonefish in the Bahamas with baseball hall-of-famer Wade Boggs proved noteworthy on several counts. One, there is virtually no animal sound or call he doesn’t know and can’t accurately mimic. Two, he had more than 70 little rituals — superstitious “things” — he performed before each game to bring good luck. Three, he was a tyro when it came to fly fishing. As he waded in a beautiful flat, I, as his spotter, pointed to a school of fish. He slowly advanced until he was within casting range. I purposely stayed behind and on the opposite side of his casting arm (SOP for a fly fishing guide). Boggs started false casting to get line off the spool. On his last false cast before sending his fly toward its target, the line curved behind him and the fly caught me in the ear. Of course, his powerful final forward cast almost tore my earlobe off. LESSON LEARNED: Remain vigilant, even after you’ve observed all the rules and put yourself in the best spot for the situation.

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Engines

Altern at ive Power

The Mercury 5 hp Propane FourStroke is an option for smaller boats, while Torqeedo and BMW have partnered to develop the Deep Blue battery concept (below) further to power larger engines.

RECENTLY, I HAD a conversation with Mercury Marine

executive Adrian Rushforth, who had been hired from the automotive industry. We chatted about the migration of technology from cars to boats. “When I started working for Mercury,” Rushforth said, “they told me boats were about 20 years behind cars with regard to technology. But recent innovations have considerably closed the gap.” The biggest difference between the two industries is research and development money. Even though a company like Mercury has spent about $1 billion on R&D over the last decade, it pales in comparison to the Volkswagen Group, which spent $15.2 billion in 2017 alone. ELECTRIC

Ease Off the Gas For decades, gas was the only game in town for propelling a boat. Not anymore. BY ALAN JONES

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One sector of the auto industry that’s been booming is electric-powered vehicles, and companies such as Torqeedo, which makes electric motors for boats, have been beneficiaries of the auto industry’s research. Torqeedo partnered with fellow Bavarian company BMW to develop batteries for use on its larger motors. Since 1859, the lead/acid battery, invented by French physicist Gaston Planté, has been the go-to technology, but recent developments with lithium-based batteries have made them a viable energy storage medium. Among their biggest attributes are the fact they can maintain a high current, they don’t lose charging

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Correct Craft’s Super Air Nautique GS20 (left) is capable of being equipped with an electric engine (the model pictured here is not electric). Equipped with twin Torqeedo Deep Blue inboards and BMW i3 lithium-ion batteries, the Hinckley Dasher (below) is fully electric.

capacity and they provide far more charging cycles than lead/acid batteries. This year, Torqeedo unveiled its largest inboard engine ever, the Deep Blue i 2400 rpm. It produces 100 kw (134 hp) and uses the Deep Blue BMW i3 battery, a 360v battery that has a 42.2 kwh capacity. The battery’s only downside is it weighs 613 pounds, which for its power output is actually pretty svelte. But in applications like ski boats, weight can actually be a plus. The concept of an all-electric ski boat has been proven viable by Correct Craft. In 2011 it unveiled the Ski Nautique E, which was used at the 52nd Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. Its most recent model, called the GS20 Electric, was introduced in 2017. It packs 220 kw (295 hp) of thrust and uses a 100 kwh battery bank, which gives it about two and a half hours of running time. The time to recharge is one to two hours. The downside? It costs $250,839, but it can go where gas-powered boats aren’t allowed. PROPANE

This year, Mercury unveiled its first propane-powered outboard, a 5 hp model. I tested it on a 12-foot Jon boat on Lake X in central Florida, famed for hosting super-secret tests and used often to dial in racing boats. Given its top speed of 17 mph, it was probably the slowest non–human powered vessel ever run there. The Mercury 5 hp Propane FourStroke shares the same platform as the Tohatsu/Nissan 5 hp motor, and it started quickly, ran well and had snappy throttle response. Right now, Lehr has the most powerful propane-powered 24

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The concept of an all-electric ski boat has been proven viable by Correct Craft. outboard, a 25 hp model. The beauty of propane, aka liquid petroleum gas (LPG), is it doesn’t degrade and doesn’t have ethanol, which boat motors hate. In other words, if you left a tank of propane at the lake house all winter and came back in the spring, you could hook it up to a motor and pick up right where you left off in the fall, without any deleterious results. As an added bonus, it can pull double duty at the barbecue grill. It really makes sense on a sailboat with a kicker, because the owner doesn’t have to keep six gallons of sloshing flammable liquid on board. Another benefit of burning propane is its lack of harmful fumes, which is why a lot of forklifts that operate indoors use propane. ETHANOL BUSTER

Many boaters have learned — the hard way — about the detrimental effects of ethanol. And the strong corn lobby has

been working hard to get the ethanol level raised at the pump, from 10 percent to 15 percent, which most marine propulsion systems are not designed to handle. There is a viable alternative that’s also renewable but doesn’t feature many of ethanol’s harmful attributes: biobutanol, the renewable form of isobutanol. First, biobutanol is not a solvent like ethanol, so it doesn’t destroy rubber hoses and plastic or fiberglass fuel tanks, nor does it clean crud off the surface of internal parts and suspend them in a solution where particles can clog carburetors and fuel injectors. It also doesn’t combine with water, which, over time, will cause an ethanol/water mix to sink to the bottom of the tank where it can be picked up and burned. Because this nasty mixture is hyper-low octane, it can cause an engine to blow up. Biobutanol can be made from non-food materials such as corn stalks, wood chips and switchgrass, and it can even be made from corn. It has a 30 percent higher energy content than ethanol, so its use actually improves performance and fuel economy, unlike ethanol, which lowers gasoline’s performance when added. B16 is currently being produced, but it’s for off-road use only, so it’s made in small amounts. The EPA allows just 12.5 percent of it to be added to fuel at the pump, so none of it shows up at the local gas station. B12.5 has been sold as boat racing fuel by Gulf Oil under the trade name Gulf Marine 100 at select marinas. Since it doesn’t absorb water, it has a shelflife of two years. Both B12.5 and B16 are more expensive to buy, because they are produced in low volumes, not because they are inherently more expensive to produce than ethanol. The EPA has been considering allowing B16 at the pumps but no action has been taken thus far. BW

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Small Boat, Big Fish Advanced sonar is easy to attain for trailerable boats — and even kayaks. BY ZUZANA PROCHAZKA

• SONAR TECHNOLOGY HAS come such a long way that the fish don’t stand a chance anymore. With compact designs and low prices, sonar can easily be taken advantage of by owners of smaller boats. These units show structure and fish so clearly that anglers can almost see what species is down there. Let’s look at some of the latest units that aren’t just for the 50-foot sportfishers.

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The thought of old fishfinders conjures up images of monochromatic screens with some random shapes that may have been fish or underwater tree branches, or whatever. It took an advanced degree to make out what the old units were showing. But that’s all changed with new sonar such as Raymarine’s Element with HyperVision 1.2 mhz CHIRP technology. This superhigh-frequency sonar shows unbelievable levels of detail in imaging the water column and bottom. Side-scan produces a wide search area, and 3-D imaging and conical CHIRP detect fish and deliver bottom-density information. It can detect fish and bottom structure from two feet to 900 feet and is geared for both saltwater and freshwater use, so anglers can exploit it on lakes and rivers, and for inshore and coastal fishing. Element runs the

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GARMIN STRIKER 7SV WITH CHIRP

HUMMINBIRD HELIX 9 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G3N

coverage and screens that start at 4.3 inches, Hook is compact enough to use on a fishing kayak or a pontoon boat. Heck, Hook units can even go ice fishing. But don’t underestimate this little power pack. It comes preloaded with C-MAP and inland mapping, or buyers can create their own maps to share with angler buddies. ALL-IN-ONE

RAYMARINE ELEMENT 7 WITH HYPERVISION

Fishfinders today highlight simplicity with all-in-one packages that are easy to install and usually consist of just a display, a cable and a transducer. Element’s HV-100 transducer is compact, so it fits easily on trailerable boats, but is fully featured. Everything is built in, so no black boxes or external modules are needed. Humminbird’s Helix comes with an MFD, a transducer (and mounting hardware), a power cord and a gimbaled mounting bracket. Variously sized displays are available from all manufacturers, so shoppers can find one to fit their dash. Element comes in 7-, 9- and 12-inch displays, while Humminbird offers MFDs from 5 to 15 inches. WALLET FRIENDLY

LightHouse Sport operating system, which is a derivative of the LightHouse 3 system used on Raymarine’s larger Axiom line. Humminbird just launched its MEGA Imaging+ and dual-spectrum CHIRP sonar with three times the frequency of its prior product. The Helix CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G3N features side and down imaging, integrated Bluetooth and Ethernet networking capability, for boat owners who want to get really fancy. It delivers sharp images up to 200 feet to either side and 200 feet

down with 20 percent more detail than the previous MEGA Imaging series. Garmin’s Striker line comes with CHIRP technology packed into screens from four to nine inches and is offered with either a trolling or transom-mount transducer. Users can return to hot spots, marinas and ramps and store up to 2 million acres of their own content with 1-foot contours. The Hook series by Lowrance is built for casual freshwater and inshore coastal anglers. With broadband and CHIRP

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Perhaps the best reason to investigate new sonar is the price. These uber-powerful, super-simple, high-definition units are easy on the wallet as well as the eyes. Raymarine’s Element is its midrange product, slotted between Dragonfly (starting at $299 with a choice of trolling, throughhull or transom-mount transducers) and its advanced Axiom line. Element starts at $880 for the 7-inch unit. That price is all-in, plus installation, of course. Humminbird’s Helix 9 with built-in GPS costs $1,500. Pocket sonar units are less. Garmin’s Striker 4 costs $140, and Lowrance’s Hook2 starts at just $100 and ranges, depending on screen size, up to $1,500. Anglers get a lot for their money, because these units are available with integrated GPS and at least a base chart. Element even supports making custom bathymetric maps for both Navionics’ SonarChart Live and Raymarine’s own RealBathy mapping system. BW

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Damage Assessment Q If a wet-cell battery turns over, will it be damaged?

George Alexander, via BoatingWorld.com

The short answer is no; however, the long answer is “it all depends.” The act of simply turning a wet-cell battery over on its side will not physically damage the unit, unless of course it’s slammed down with such force that it jars internal components such as plates loose. We’ll assume that’s not the case here. What could damage the battery, however, would be a significant loss of electrolyte due to leaking if the battery is placed on its side for a longer period of time. If the battery was not being used and this lost electrolyte was replaced prior to placing it into service — once the battery is righted, of course — there should be no damage. If the battery was placed into service without first replacing this lost electrolyte, then it would be subject to the same damage facing any wet-cell battery with low or no electrolyte (e.g., partial charging, reduced ability to hold a full charge over time). — FL

MEET OUR EXPERTS

Frank Lanier

Capt. Lanier is an accredited marine surveyor with more than 30 years of experience in the marine industry and owner of Capt. FK Lanier & Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants.

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With 50 years of experience as a marine tech, Michal is also American Suzuki and OMC/Bombardier (BRP) certified.

Zuzana Prochazka

Prochazka is a freelance writer and photographer. She holds a USCG 100-Ton Master license, is the editor of her boat and gear review website, TalkOfTheDock.com, and serves on the board of Boating Writers International.

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ASK THE EXPERTS

MAINTENANCE

Through-Hull Replacement Q I’m replacing the through-hull for my 130 hp 6-cylinder Ford Leman diesel. I’m hoping a 1 1/4-inch Perko valve will be good enough. The ID is only 1 inch. The engine manual calls for a 1-inch minimum. What do you think? Paul Bailey, via BoatingWorld.com

If the inside diameter of the new Perko seacock and through-hull is 1 inch and the engine manual calls for a through-hull and seacock with a 1-inch minimum, then you have met the minimum and there should be no problem. This is especially true if the old seacock and through-hull being replaced has a 1-inch minimum inside diameter and you have had no engine cooling system problems in the past, overheating, for example. That being said, if the old through-hull and seacock have an inside diameter that is greater than the 1-inch minimum and you

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have had no engine overheating problems, I would recommend replacing them with a new through-hull and seacock of the same size. — FL GAS

Hardy Hoses

Q I’m in Argentina on a trip fishing for golden dorado, and the guys who guided us have trouble with their gas hoses breaking down due to the alcohol content in the gas. Is there a hose made for outboards now that lasts more than a year? Sam

(Readers: Sam was my William & Mary roommate. He studied hard. I didn’t. I still have to work. He doesn’t. Connect the dots) OK, the fuel line. The most troublesome kind here where we have 10 percent ethanol is a synthetic, gray with a clear inner liner. Because ethanol is added at the distributor, and sometimes the person adding it may not be paying attention, the

ethanol percentage is substantially higher or lower. When it’s higher, it takes less time for the liner to peel off and inhibit fuel flow. I don’t know what percentage of the fuel in Argentina is alcohol, so my answers won’t be complete, but sometimes people use DRI-GAS in the mistaken thought it will absorb water, when actually it increases the alcohol content and speeds the deterioration. I don’t know if Seafoam is available there, but here’s a desperation thought: change all the fuel lines to U.S. Coast Guard-approved — or whatever is approved by those who fight fires at sea there — rubber. That means from the tank to the carb to the on-engine fuel filter and whatever operating system is beyond that. If there is fuel line exposed to UV constantly, sleeve the exposed area in cheap bilge pump discharge hose. Mix Seafoam proportionately with the fuel. If the problem goes away, start charging Americans for the Seafoam. — GM

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ASK THE EXPERTS

FISHING

Looking to Compete

Q I’m fishing in a bass tournament this spring, and it’s going to be my first time. Do any of your experts have advice for a first-timer who doesn’t expect to win but who wants to put on a good showing? Xander R., via BoatingWorld.com

Lenny Rudow wrote a feature last year called “10 Tournament Tactics That Work,” and we present a few of those tactics here.

Chill Out

Though it might sound counterintuitive, worry less about winning and more about having a fun day of fishing. Stress makes people, including anglers, do things they wouldn’t normally do. Capt. Rob Skillman of Moore Bills, who won the 2017 Mako Mania and placed in several other tournaments last season, considers this one of the most important things to keep in mind when tournament fishing.

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I agree. I lost the biggest fish of the day on the very first cast during the CCA Rod & Reef tournament but managed to shrug it off and maintain a positive attitude. Being stressed out and discouraged after that certainly wouldn’t have helped. And after a full and fun day of fishing, I still earned second place.

Stick to the Plan

When things aren’t going perfectly — or maybe they are going better than expected — some anglers may be tempted to abandon their game plan. While some level of flexibility is a good thing, anglers shouldn’t be too quick to abandon their original strategy. After all, it was carefully thought out, and out on the water it’s all too easy to make snap decisions that go off the rails. During one tournament, an angler I spoke to (who asked not to be named in this particular case) quickly left an area he had pre-fished with success, and had planned to hit hard, because the bite was

slow. He returned to the dock that afternoon to learn that the bite had been slow everywhere — and the tournament-winning fish was caught in the very place he had been fishing, a few hours after he abandoned it.

Do Homework

A number of tournament anglers, ranging from ice-fishing tourney champ Tony Boshold to MLF pro Scott Suggs, consider a careful look at local cartography a key element of preparation. Today’s fishing maps offer incredibly detailed views of the underwater topography, often providing contour detail down to one-foot increments. Such detail allows an angler to check out every cove, point and channel in a lake, river or bay before she even arrives on the scene — if, that is, she takes the time to do her homework. To read the entire story, visit boatingworld.com/feature-stories/ 10-tournament-tactics-work/. BW

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Gear 1.

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Steering Wheel

$710, schmittongaromarine.com The new powder-coated Primus steering wheel from Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products can be tactical, race-inspired, sophisticated or rebellious. Made from cast stainless steel with a deep and durable powdercoated finish, the wheel can anchor the dash and define the style of the entire vessel. Black is the standard color, and other colors are available upon request. The powdercoated Primus is made using a unified investment casting that surrounds an integrated steel ring. It exceeds ABYC P-22 and ISO 8848 standards and comes with a lifetime warranty for corrosion and structural integrity.

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$15.95, eldridgetide.com

The Eldridge “Tide and Pilot Book 2019” has tides and currents for ports from Nova Scotia to Key West. Eldridge has published for 145 years, giving boaters valuable information on GPS and electronic navigation, marine weather, federal regulations, navigation rules, coastal piloting tips and emergency first aid. The “Tide and Pilot Book” is a backup reference for electronics that further helps readers with useful articles on fishing, nautical astronomy and maritime traditions.

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Blast Signal Horn

$9.99/1.4 oz., westmarine.com The MAXPRO Super Blast Signal Horn delivers a 119-decibel sound, meeting all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for use on boats up to 65 feet. The 1.4-ounce horn is pocket sized and convenient to have on hand. Refill 5.5-ounce canisters are sold separately.

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Most boat owners have experienced that funky smell when they open a cooler, refrigerator or livewell — the not-so-fresh aroma of algae, mold, mildew and other microorganisms that thrive in moist environments. Iosso Products’ Live Well Cleaner gets rid of it. The biodegradable and environmentally friendly solution cleans and freshens surfaces. The concentrated powder is poured directly into a filled tank or bucket of water, which is then sponged onto surfaces or circulated through livewell tubing using the pump. Boat owners then drain and rinse the livewell with fresh water.

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Boat Care Kit

$79.99, westmarine.com The West Marine Boat Care Kit is a starter kit that allows boat owners to maintain their vessel. Included is a threeand-a-half-gallon bucket, a blue swirl sponge and the most popular West Marine cleaners: Boat Soap, Deck Cleaner, Rust & Stain Remover, Mildew Stain Remover, Vinyl Cleaner, and Hull Cleaner. All the cleaners are safe and effective on all boat surfaces and are safe for the environment.

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Fiberglass Repair Kit

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DrSails Trio Fiberglass kit is an all-in-one solution to turn adhesive into a fast-curing, flexible, bi-component, epoxy-based adhesive putty that works quickly for small composite repairs that are crash resistant, even underwater. The product contains 2.5 milliliters of DrSails resin, 2.5 milliliters of DrSails Hardener, one DrSails Filler (fiberglass), one DrSails Cleaner, gloves and one spreader. The adhesive has a cure time of just 20 minutes, which meets the demands of any emergency repair where a high bond strength or flexible bond is required.

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Flush-Mounted Ski Tow

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Add a ski tow to a boat’s stern without cluttering what is often a busy space. The compact Flush-Mounted Ski Tow from Accon Marine keeps any transom free of protruding hardware while providing a discreet and secure point for attaching a line. Made from 316 stainless steel for strength and corrosion resistance, the patented four-piece assembly consists of the main body, a sealing cup, a backing plate and a gasket. Installation requires drilling a two-and-a-half-inch hole and using quarterinch screws to attach the hardware.

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$9.99/card, davisinstruments.com Reference cards provide accurate information at a glance, for beginners or seasoned veterans. Boating Guide #128 is full of procedures and equipment, covering small-craft piloting and vital points such as the pre-departure checklist, fueling and engines, radio use, and more. Navigational Rules #125 contains information to find one’s way when on the water; Weather Forecasting #131 details how to use wind direction, barometric pressure and cloud type to predict weather. Each reference card is sold separately.

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F O R M U L A 3 1 0 B R O U T B O A R D // B Y A L A N J O N E S

Going Out(board) in Style The 310 BR Outboard is a prime example of Formula’s push to develop outboard-powered models. • THE FORMULA 310 BR is the flagship of the builder’s Bowrider line, a dayboat capable

of excursions to simply drop the hook in a private cove or head to the condo in Bimini. For decades, Formula sportboats have been closely associated with sterndrive power, taking advantage of concealed engines to create a huge back porch for keys-off lounging pleasure. The new outboard version hasn’t lost that feature. It still includes an uncluttered extra-large swim platform, because the twin 350 hp Mercury Verados are mounted on an Armstrong bracket behind the platform. UNIQUE FACTOR

One thing that sets Formula apart from nearly all other boat builders is its use of paint rather than gelcoat to achieve its signature finish. From a manufacturing standpoint, gelcoat is easier to use. It’s an epoxy resin that can be pigmented, and it is the first thing that is sprayed into a hull mold before the fiberglass is layered on. Paint is applied after the boat is removed from the mold; it is a lot more technical and requires a separate department to handle. Only a few other high-end companies paint their hulls, including Hatteras and Hinckley, because it’s more expensive. The payoff, though, comes down the road. Gelcoat tends to oxidize and take on a hazy, chalky appearance after a few seasons — especially dark colors — and it needs to be buffed and waxed to stay shiny. Paint really just needs to be cleaned. Formula carries its process even further by applying an Axalta ChromaPremier base coat and Imron Elite clearcoat to keep its Imron paint looking great for many years. Our Formula 310 BR had the Full Hullside 36

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Graphic C in Midnight Blue Metallic with Steel Metallic accents paint job, which added $5,595 to the price. But what really made it pop was the fact the color scheme was carried over to the Mercury Verado 350 outboards. What’s the point of a

Cruising, entertaining and watersports are the Formula 310 BR’s triple areas of expertise. builder having a paint shop if it doesn’t use it to customize the outboard’s cowling? The process added another $5,745 per engine to the price, but that’s inexpensive compared to what most aftermarket companies charge. For further customization, Formula offers FormulaFlex MyWay, which allows buyers to choose any of the 1,867 solid

colors in the Pantone Matching System or any of the thousands of colors from major automotive manufacturers, to create a one-of-a-kind boat. PERFORMANCE

Powering our Formula 310 BR test boat was a pair of Mercury Verado 350 outboards, which is one of two outboard choices for this model, the other being Mercury 400R Racing engines. Most often, when companies make the transition to outboards, which is the new customer power preference, they slap an outboard on an existing model and call it a day. But that’s not the Formula way. It invested money to change the hull and better optimize its performance. During our test, not too far from where Formula builds in northern Indiana, I timed the near-five-ton 310 BR to plane without using the hydraulic Bennett trim tabs: five seconds with moderate bowrise. Next, I engaged the tabs, and the 310 BR reached plane in just 2.8 seconds with virtually no bowrise. Thanks to the low-end boot-in-the-seat-of-the-pants kick provided by the Verados’ superchargers, the 310 BR hit the 30 mph mark in just 7.6 seconds. Top speed was a brisk 52.4 mph. With twin 400Rs, this boat should scare 60 mph, but given the $21,600 upcharge, I’d stick with the twin 350s. HANDLING

Most boaters start their aquatic career with small boats and gradually work up the LOA food chain, gaining boat-handling skills along the way. But thanks to Mercury’s intuitive Joystick Piloting For Outboards, aka Axius, which is part of the standard package, buyers can confidently make the leap from a small boat to this 32-foot, 8-incher with a 9-foot, 8-inch beam. Recent enhancements to the Skyhook virtual-anchor feature include BowHook, which maintains the boat’s position but allows it to point in any direction, so the engines shift far fewer times; DriftHook, which maintains the boat’s heading but allows it to drift with the wind or current; and Heading Adjust,

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One thing that sets Formula apart from nearly all other boat builders is its use of paint rather than gelcoat

(Clockwise from top right) Formula helms are classy and functional. The extra-wide helm seat’s backrest can be flipped forward. The windshield is artfully curved. Compact entertainment center preserves cockpit space. A full swim platform is unusual for outboard-powered boats.

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OWN E R FE E D BACK

P U R C H A S E D B Y D AV E A N D S A N D Y R E I F, NAPLES, FL A. PURCH A SED AT FORMUL A BOAT S SOU T H, NAPLES, FL A. W H AT W E L IK ED

Ability to customize/Deep gunwales/ Comfortable bow seating/Performance and handling/Quiet and powerful Mercury Verado 350s

FORMULA 310 B R O UTBOA R D LOA 32 ft., 8 in. Beam 9 ft., 6 in. Deadrise 22 degrees

W H AT W E WOUL D CH A NGE

Capacity Yacht certified

We would like a larger hardtop option.

Dry Weight (hull) 9,875 lbs.

WHY WE BOUGHT IT

For 30 years we did our boating in Ocean City, N.J., and always had sterndrives. When we bought a house in Naples on the southwest coast of Florida, we noticed most of the boats down here have outboards, because the water can get pretty shallow in places. My wife and I really like to get out and cruise, and our trips are usually three or four hours. We like to invite a couple or two and do a sunset cruise and just idle around Naples, enjoying the scenery. We have grandkids from 2 to 7 years old, and their security was really important to us; the Formula 310 BR has high gunwales, which helps us relax, knowing they’re safe. We love the power and performance from the Mercury 350 Verado outboards and appreciate the high-tech features like Active Trim; it lets me hit the throttle and go. The joystick docking is great. The buying experience at Formula Boats South was smooth; they were fair, honest and transparent. Denny, Steve and Scott worked as a team to give us a first-rate experience.

Fuel Capacity 130 gal. Max HP 800 PERFORMANCE

The huge bowriding area is perfect for social gatherings. A head ensures a day on the water isn’t interrupted by trips to shore.

which allows the driver to change its heading in 1- to 10-degree increments while Skyhook is engaged. The Formula 310 BR’s hull has a sharp 22-degree deadrise that handles choppy water so well owners will be disappointed when conditions are flat calm. One trait of every Formula I’ve ever driven is a non-existent learning curve, and the 310 BR continues that tradition. It’s simpler to drive thanks to Mercury’s Active Trim, which automatically keeps the boat running with the correct engine trim. I did have to override it during my quest for the last 1 or 2 mph of top speed during the test, but it otherwise did an admirable job. Making control even easier is Bennett’s AutoTrim Pro system.

Peak 52.4 mph/ 6300 rpm/94 dBA Cruise 31.4 mph/ 4500 rpm/85 dBA Time to Plane (w/trim tabs) 2.8 sec. Time to 30 mph 7.6 sec. POWER Test Twin Mercury Verado 350 four-strokes

Cylinders Inline 6 Displacement 2.6L Weight 668 lbs. WOT Range 5800-6400 rpm

Base Price w/test power $285,319

Value-Added Standard Features: 400-watt Clarion 6-speaker Bluetooth stereo, twin cockpit tables, transom shower, entertainment center w/sinks and spigot, VacuFlush head

Must-Have Options: Choice of snap-in vinyl flooring, water heater, windlass, refrigerator, JL Audio speakers and subwoofer, underwater lighting, bow docking lights, bow sun shade

Builder: Thunderbird, formulaboats.com Financing: $2,046/month w/15% down and 6% interest for 15 years

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BEST USES

Cruising, entertaining and watersports are the Formula 310 BR’s triple areas of expertise. With the keys off, the rear sunpad lounge will be the first place passengers try to claim on dibs. Its split backrest flips to brace aft-facing loungers and is easy to adjust to the perfect angle. Underway, the backrests can be flipped to support people sitting on the stern bench. A couple of years ago, the cockpit layout got a complete makeover based on input from owners, and the result is improved passenger flow and more flexible and comfortable seating. Cockpit access is via a portside walkthrough. A compact entertainment center for beverages and snacks is the most prominent feature. Four cupholders start the assembly line, underneath drawer storage delivers quick access and more storage can be found to the left. Twin sinks with a spigot help with cleanups. Our boat had an optional pullout drawer refrigerator

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($2,225) to augment the underseat cooler. In front of the entertainment center is an abbreviated chaise lounge that’s comfortable for passengers facing fore or aft. Behind the doublewide captain’s chair is a longer layback seat that’s part of a U-lounge. Split helm backrests flip, so the person sitting to the left of the driver can also face fore or aft; at rest, the captain can join the party behind him. With the giant twin-pedestal Corian-topped cockpit table installed, there’s a dining area for at least six people. PREFERRED SETUP

Even though the Formula 310 BR has a pointy bow that helps announce it as a performance boat, its versatile bow has plenty of room for two people to sit facing aft. Remove the chaise lounge center sections, and more people can enjoy feeton-the-deck seating when facing fore and aft. Adding the optional SureShade ($1,475) controls the amount of sun passengers get,

and the optional windlass, which includes a polished stainless steel anchor, chain and rode, is a must ($6,610). In the portside console is a head compartment that comes complete with a stainless sink and a VacuFlush head that has a 36-gallon holding tank. Owners can choose one of four colors for the Corian countertops. Make no mistake: Formula is a premium brand that commands a commensurate price. With twin Mercury Verado 350s, the 310 BR lists for $356,330, but Formula always seems to be running a special. At press time, its website showed a $71,320 discount. But anyone buying this boat wants it exactly right and won’t be skimping to save a buck. With that in mind, buyers should get the forward-swept arch ($15,290) with a swivel watersports tow point and the Sunbrella sun shade. At the helm, there’s room for a flush-mounted Raymarine Axiom Pro 9 GPS/fishfinder. BW

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Surf’s Up & Fish On The Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish combines two wildly popular activities in a one-machine tour de force. • TALK ABOUT FOREHEAD-SLAPPING MOMENTS. WHEN I first saw the Glastron GTDW 225

Surf & Fish at the Miami Boat Show, the concept of combining a surf-ready ski boat with a fishing boat suddenly seemed obvious, considering both are among boating’s most popular activities. Yet until Glastron introduced this model, anglers who had surf boats either had to buy a second boat or pound a square peg into a round hole by fishing on a boat ill-suited for the task. 40

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What makes the marriage of these two unlikely bedfellows possible is the Volvo Penta Forward Drive propulsion system, which tucks two forward-facing, counterrotating props beneath the hull. The setup keeps surfers who ride the everlasting wave right behind the boat out of the danger zone. Although the Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish is designed for surfing, there’s no ballast option … yet. But the boat itself weighs a hefty 4,250 pounds, which is 300 pounds more than Cobalt’s slightly shorter CS23 surf boat (though the latter does carry additional ballast). The real ballast option is its ability to haul 13 people who can be strategically placed to further grow the wake. Another option to make the wake larger is to trim the Forward Drive, something that’s not possible on the more

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expensive Sea Ray SLX-W 230 surf machine, which uses a MerCruiser direct-drive Towsports Inboard for propulsion. This Glastron comes standard with Wake WorX Surf tabs. They use offset hinged blades to help grow and shape the wake, and they are capable of switching from left to right quickly with the help of Lenco Heavy Duty actuators. Unlike some other surf tabs, these are small enough to function as standard trim tabs and they don’t have speed limitations. The wake — not huge by dedicated surfboat standards — is well-formed, has

The real ballast option is its ability to haul 13 people. a surprisingly large pocket and has the push needed to keep surfers riding as long as their legs and balance hold out. The cockpit can be accessed a couple of ways. One entrance is via a stern walkthrough that’s revealed by flipping up the starboard side of the large sunpad, which can also be propped up to form a backrest for lounging. The other is a portside amidships gunwale sectional that can be flipped up to effectively lower the gunwale height to make it easier to step over. And there’s a stepdown to make the transition down to the cockpit sole easier. This bi-fold stepdown can be folded flat against the gunwale when not in use. PERFORMANCE

A huge advantage the Volvo Penta Forward Drive system has over most surfboats’ direct-drive propulsion system is its outdrive’s ability to be trimmed, which reduces the hull’s wetted surface for less drag on plane and yields higher speeds. Glastron offers both the 240 hp and 280 hp iterations of Volvo’s new-gen, GM-based 4.3L V-6 aluminum-block motor that weighs a relatively light 908 pounds. Our boat had the 280 hp version, which, if the boat is used as intended, is a no-brainer option at a $3,334 premium. Without the Wake WorX tabs engaged, the Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish got on plane in four seconds flat with minimal bowrise. Its time to 30 mph was 6.8

(Clockwise from top) A bow filler cushion creates a triplewide sunning area. Rod holders on a surf boat are unusual. Every GTDW 225 helm should have Zero Off speed control. The port console has a cooler alcove. A sink and spigot are handy for cleanups. The centerline storage compartment can hold boards and rods.

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PURCHA SED BY MIKE AND AM Y ROGERS, STURGIS, S.D. PURCH A SED AT RECRE AT ION STAT ION, SPE ARFISH, S.D. W H AT W E L IK ED

Deckboat layout that creates extra passenger space/Volvo Penta motor/ Forward Drive eliminates prop torque/ Zero Off cruise control/Bow shower W H AT W E WOUL D CH A NGE

We upgraded the stereo to an awesome Wet Sounds system and created a larger livewell under the stern bench. WHY WE BOUGHT IT

My family always had MasterCraft boats when I was growing up, and I was a competitive slalom skier. Then my parents got into sailing and I got out of boating for a while. Recently, my wife and I got back into boating with a Bayliner Bowrider, but we like to fish and realized we needed something more versatile. When we saw the Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish, we were impressed by its roominess and its ability to multitask.. We love to go fishing for walleye in the morning then head back to the dock, remove the fishing seats and load the boat up with adults and kids — Peyton is 10 and Piper is 11 — and go surfing, tubing and skiing. The extended swim platform makes it really easy to get in and out of the water. Glastron’s customer service has been fantastic; we had a couple of issues and they really went the extra mile to make sure we were happy. Recreation Station’s service has been awesome and they also helped us customize the boat.

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The boat’s 48 mph top speed is impressive, but so is its ability to accommodate wakesurfing and fishing during the same outing.

225 SURF & FISH Length 24 ft., 2 in. Beam 8 ft., 6 in. Deadrise 17 degrees Capacity 13 people Dry Weight (hull) 4,250 lbs.

Fuel Capacity 52 gal. Max HP 300

PERFORMANCE Peak 48.0 mph/ 5500 rpm/93 dBA

Cruise 33.2 mph/ 4000 rpm/82 dBA Time to Plane 4.0 sec. Time to 30 mph 6.8 sec.

POWER Test Volvo Penta 4.3L 280 hp

Cylinders V-6 Displacement 4.3L Weight w/outdrive 908 lbs.

WOT Range

seconds under smooth, linear acceleration, which is ideal for skiing, and it reached a top speed of 48 mph. Contrast that with the Sea Ray SLX-W 230 — V-drive setup and 90 more hp — whose top speed was 41 mph. Glastron offers a 300 hp 5.3L V-8. Surprisingly, it weighs only 88 pounds more than the V-6 and comes at a reasonable upcharge of $2,466 over the 280 hp V-6. It should push the boat to the 50 mph range and provide a little more surfing ballast. HANDLING

The Volvo Penta Forward Drive does more than deliver the ability to surf behind the boat. It also enhances the handling characteristics of the Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish. Not only do the dual counter-rotating props cancel prop torque at low speeds and eliminate slow-speed wandering — a thorn in the side of drivers new to sterndrives — but the twin props deliver superior bite for better holeshot. But where the Forward Drive system really shines is during turns. Because the props are placed farther forward, the boat’s pivot point is affected positively, allowing the driver to really whip the Glastron into hard turns that can be overcooked. Be careful. Its SSV hull has a moderate 17 degrees of deadrise, and extra-wide chines extend far forward to promote side-to-side stability.

5000-5500 rpm

Base Price w/test power $62,133

BEST USES

In addition to surfing, the Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish makes

Value-Added Standard Features: Wake WorX surf tabs, extended swim platform, dual-axle trailer, bow ladder, GPS speedometer, in-floor ski storage, built-in cooler, Kicker Bluetooth stereo

Must-Have Options: Wakesports tower, portable head, changing room, transom shower, bow filler cushions, trolling motor, fishing seats, livewell, Zero Off cruise control, table

Builder: Beneteau Group, glastron.com­Financing: $446/month w/15% down and 6% interest for 15 years

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a great wakeboard boat. At about 22 mph with both tabs deployed, it carved a clean ramp for boarders and tubers who want to catch a little air. The 225 is also a capable cruiser/entertainer thanks to a maximized seating arrangement that includes a U-lounge that stretches from the portside console all the way to the captain’s wraparound bucket. Up front are two chaise lounges with enough room for 6-foot-plus riders to stretch out, and there’s a step-up to a forward deck that has a boarding ladder for beach expeditions. The platform is based on Glastron’s GTD deckboat configuration, which carries much of its 8-foot, 6-inch beam far forward and includes plenty of room for fishing or lounging. The Fishing Package ($2,067) includes a pair of upscale pedestal fishing seats owners can install on a Starboard casting platform up front and on the primary swim platform at the stern, a livewell, a trolling motor pre-rig and a mounting plate for 24v motors. And at the stern is a standard extended swim platform that sits low to the water and will be useful for landing a huge bass, getting in and out of the water, or as a place to chill and watch the sunset.

PREFERRED SETUP

A well-equipped boat that comes with a standard twin-axle trailer with quad disc brakes, the Glastron GTDW 225 Surf & Fish only needs a few options to maximize its usefulness. Watersports will be enhanced by Zero Off GPS-based cruise control ($1,731) and a gas-assisted drop-down tower that Glastron makes more affordable than most other towers ($1,967). Most options can be attained via package bundling, such as the XL Package ($1,653), which features Marine Mat in the cockpit, stainless steel grabrails and cupholders, pull-up cleats, a bow scuff plate, an hourmeter, a depthsounder and a water temperature gauge. Boosting the entertainment factor is easy with the Premium Sound Package ($1,273). It includes a stereo upgrade, a subwoofer, an aft remote and a lighting package. And there’s a cool bamboo cockpit table option ($627) that’s only $127 more than the boring, white rectangular model. This is one of the few ski boats with a windlass option, and it includes rode, chain and an anchor for $2,160. BW

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Here we see some wonderful images of the USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907)after a fresh coat of paint job while in drydock taken by the cutter’s own ENS Brianna Grisell, the Weapons Officer onboard.

Escanaba is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts and was commissoned in 1987 and you would hardly know that she was 31.


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Illustration of the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel that will serve as SUNY Maritime College’s new training ship starting in 2022. Image Credit: SUNY Maritime College

Currently, the nation’s sea services get their officers through federal military academies to include Annapolis, the USCGA at New London and the USMMA at Kings Point. Then, of course, there is ROTC and the five state maritime academies (SMAs), the latter of which are geared to supplying merchant officers though do produce lots of Naval and Coast Guard reserve officers as well.

The thing is, while the USNA has a fleet of YPs and the whole Navy to send mids to, and the USCGA has the square rigger Eagle, the SMAs are using recycled training ships on their last legs, which doesn’t really train merchant officers to conn state of the art seagoing vessels that use minimally-manned diesel-electric plants and are geared to Ro/Ro operations. That is about to change.

The new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel program, funded through U.S. Maritime Administration, will see at least five new training ships for the SMAs (plus maybe one for Kings Point?) that will be able to tap in to respond to natural disasters and emergency sealift as needed and the first, for SUNY Maritime College in New York, has been funded at $300 million. Currently, SUNY sends cadets out on two 45-day and one 90-day cruise during their four years at the institute.

The NSMV design is for diesel-electric drive ships with berthing capacity for up to 600 cadets, or 1,000 persons when the MARAD-owned vessels are deployed on emergency relief efforts, as training ships were after hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. Additionally, SMA vessels were used in the aftermath of Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Specs:
Length o.a.: 159.85 m (524.5 ft.)
Beam: 27 m (88.6 ft.)
Draft: 6.5 m (21.4 ft.)
Design service speed: 8 knots/15% sea margin
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Propulsion: Diesel Electric
Propulsion engines: 4 x Diesel Generators
Total installed Power: 15,680 kW
Propellers: 1 propeller, fixed pitch
Rudders: 1 flap type rudder on centerline
Fuel: Single fuel – marine gas oil (MGO), max Sulfur content 0.1%
Bow Thruster: retractable combi type – tunnel thruster in up position, azimuthing thruster in down position, “Take Home” source of power, 1450 kW
Stern Thruster: Tunnel type, 890 kW
Fuel Consumption: 60 tons/day @ 18 knots, 26 tons/day at 12 knots
Fresh Water (including sanitary water): 35 gal/day per person for 700 = 93 tons + 5 tons Ship Service FW = 98 tons/day
Fuel range: About 11,000 nm range @ 18 knots design speed with 10% remaining fuel
Food & Stores: 60 days food storage for 700 persons, 297 sq. m. (3,200 sq. ft.) reefer provisions, 240 sq. m. (2,580 sq. ft.) dry provisions
Propulsion motors: 2 x 4,500 kW propulsion motors. Motors in separate watertight compartments.
Electric Power: 6,600 V main power generation, 440 V ship service electric power, 120 V lighting and accommodations
RoRo deck: RoRo space aft with a length of about 40 m (130 ft), width inside framing of 24 m (80 ft), clear height of at least 4.7 m (15.3 ft). The usable deck area is about 1,000 sq. m. (10,700 sq. ft.). Suitable for about 10 x 40 ft trailers with 26 autos or about 49 autos/light trucks.
Total container capacity: about 64 TEU for two high.
Crane: 1 x Jib Boom type with 35 MT SWL x 24 m outreach
RoRo ramp: 20 ft. wide watertight wide side ramp with 40-ton capacity


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Here at LSOZI, we are going to take off every Wednesday for a look at the old steam/diesel navies of the 1859-1946 time period and will profile a different ship each week. These ships have a life, a tale all their own, which sometimes takes them to the strangest places. – Christopher Eger

Warship Wednesday, April 11, 2018: Ms. Lane, of Paraguay, Nashville and Galveston fame

LC-USZ62-48021: United States Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane. Wood engraving, 1858. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Here we see the classic steam warship, USRC Harriet Lane of the Revenue Marine Service, and 157 years ago this very day she fired the first shot (at sea) in the Civil War, securing her place in history.

A copper plated side-paddle steamer with an auxiliary schooner rig, Lane was built for the US Treasury Department, by William H. Webb at Bell’s shipyard in New York City in 1857 at a cost of $140,000. She was named in honor of Ms. Harriet Rebecca Lane Johnston, the popular niece of lifelong bachelor President James Buchanan, who served as his first lady since he was unmarried at the time.

Her armament, a pair of old 32-pounders and a quartet of 24-pdr brass howitzers, was deemed sufficient for her work in stopping smugglers and destroying derelicts at sea, but she was constructed with three magazines and open deck space for additional guns should they be needed.

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And soon, she was loaned to the Navy.

Before Lane was even laid down, the gunboat USS Water Witch, who was busy surveying the Río de la Plata basin in South America in 1855, was fired upon as by a Paraguayan battery at Fort Itapirú. Intended as a warning shot (Water Witch had approval from the Argentines but not Paraguay to survey the river), the ball accidentally hit the gunboat and killed the very unfortunate helmsman Samuel Chaney. A resulting fire-fight saw Water Witchhulled 10 times. Fast forward to October 1858 and a punitive expedition was ordered sent to Paraguay to sort things out, even though Water Witch had returned home in 1856.

This expeditionary force, the largest ever assembled by the U.S. Navy until the Civil War, consisted of 19 ships, which seems like a lot but really isn’t when you look at the list of vessels that went. While the Navy had a half-dozen large ships-of-the-line on the Naval List, all were in ordinary at the time. Of the impressive dozen super-sized frigates, just one, the 50-gun USS St. Lawrence, already in Brazil, could be spared. This left the rest of the fleet to be comprised of smaller sloops and brigs, ships taken up from trade and armed with cannon or two, and the brand new and very modern Harriet Lane. The commander of the task force? Flag Officer (there were no admirals at the time) William B. Shubrick, a War of 1812 veteran who was taken from his warm quiet desk at the Lighthouse Bureau in Washington and given his last seagoing command.

Ships of The Paraguay Squadron underway. Ships are from left to right: USS Water Witch next the flag-ship; USS Sabine; next to USS Fulton; behind Fulton is USS Western Port (later USS Wyandotte); next is USS Harriet Lane; behind Harriet Lane is USS Supply; and next to the bow of USS Memphis. Artist unknown. Image from Harper’s Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858. Description from Navsource.

The force was filled with supplies and Marines (Lane herself shipped a 22-man force of Leathernecks) and set off for Latin America with special commissioner James B. Bowlin in tow. Lane at the time was skippered by Captain John Faunce, a skilled USRM officer since 1841, who would later command her at Fort Sumter– but we are ahead of ourselves.

Arriving in January 1859, Paraguay signed a commercial treaty with Brown, apologized for the hit on Water Witch with no more shots fired by either side and agreed to pay an indemnity to the family of the long-dead helmsman and the fleet returned home in February after some literal gunboat diplomacy.

Though Lane resumed her Revenue duties, she was soon again in Naval service.

With states dropping out of the Union left and right from December 1860 onward, she transferred to the Navy 30 March 1861 and was assigned to the Northern Blockading Squadron. Detailed to help supply the Fort Sumter garrison, a small U.S. Army post in rebel-held Charleston Harbor under the guns of coastal defense expert and former U.S. Army Maj (bvt) P. G. T. Beauregard, Lane left New York on 8 April headed to the Palmetto State, arriving three days later. The reason an armed ship was sent was because President Buchannan had detailed the unarmed merchant ship Star of the West to do so earlier in the year, an effort that failed when it was fired upon by Beauregard’s shore batteries made up partially of students from the Citadel.

On the morning of 11 April 1861, Harriet Lane arrived ahead of her task force that was following with supplies and 500 soldiers. Taking up a picket location around the island fort, on the morning of April 13, while the installation was under attack, Faunce order a shot from one of her 32-pounders, commanded by Lt. W. D. Thompson, across the bow of the oncoming steamship SS Nashville (1,241t, 215ft) as that vessel tried to enter Charleston Harbor. The reason for the round was because Nashville was flying no identifying flag, meaning she could possibly be a rebel ship.

The Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane forces the merchant steamer Nashville to show its colors during the attack on Fort Sumter, April 13, 1861. “The Cutter Harriet Lane Fires Across the Bow of Nashville” by Coast Guard artist Howard Koslow.

Unarmed and not looking to be sent to the bottom, Nashville raised the U.S. standard, and Harriet Lane broke off. Anticlimactic for sure, but the ole Nash went on to become a Confederate commerce raider armed with a pair of 12-pounders before serving in 1862 as the blockade runner Thomas L. Wragg and finally as the privateer Rattlesnake before she was destroyed by the monitor USS Montauk on the Ogeechee River in Georgia.

But back to our hero.

Fort Sumter fell on April 13, surrendered after a bloodless two-day bombardment that saw 2,000 Confederate shells hit the masonry fort and Lane withdrew. She soon was up-armed and before the end of the year engaged in the efforts against Fort Clark and Fort Hatteras on the outer banks of North Carolina.

80-G-1049444: USS Harriet Lane engaging a battery at Pig’s Point, on the Nansemond River, opposite Newport News. Copied from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1861.

Then in early 1862 joined David Dixon Porter’s Mortar Flotilla at Key West as flagship, from where she captured the Confederate schooner, Joanna Ward.

With Porter aboard, Lane was there as his flagship when he plastered the rebel Forts Jackson and St. Philip, abreast the Mississippi below New Orleans, then continued to serve through the preliminary stages of the Vicksburg Campaigns.

LC-DIG-PPMSCA-35362: Rear Admiral David G. Farragut and Captain David D. Porter’s mortar fleet entering the Mississippi River, May 17, 1862. Wood engraving shows large squadron of battleships and ironclads entering the Mississippi River near the “Light-house of Southwest Pass”; some are identified as the “Colorado, 40 Guns”, “Pensacola on the Bar”, “Westfield”, “Mississippi on the Bar”, “Porter’s Mortar Fleet”, “Harriet Lane”, “Connecticut, 8 Guns”, “Clifton”, and “Banona“. Harper’s Weekly, V.6, no.281, pg 312-13. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. 2048×1443 big up

On 4 October 1862, in conjunction with the sidewheel steam ferryboat USS Westfield, Unadilla-class gunboat USS Owasco, the paddlewheel gunboat USS Clifton, and the schooner USS Henry Janes, Lane captured Galveston harbor from the Confederates in a show of force that left zero casualties on both sides.

Still in that newly-Union held port in Confederate Texas, Harriet Lane was the subject of an attack on 1 January 1863 that saw the Confederate cottonclad CSS Bayou City and the armed tugboat Neptune engage the bigger cutter. While Lane sank the Neptune and damaged Bayou City, she was captured when the crew of the cottonclad succeeded in storming and overpowering the crew of the Lane with both the cutter’s captain and executive officer killed along with three of her crew in fierce hand-to-hand combat.

An illustration of the Harriet Lane’s capture by Confederate forces on 1 January 1863

Her crew was taken into custody.

Lane, repaired and disarmed, was sold by the state of Texas to an enterprising shipper who christened her as the blockade runner Lavinia and, after just two trips carrying cotton abroad and commodities back, she finished the war in Cuban waters.

In 1867, the Revenue Marine sent her old Sumter commander, Faunce, and a crew to recover the battered, worn-out ship from Havana in condemned condition and she was subsequently sold to a Boston merchant.

As noted by DANFS, she was abandoned after a fire during hurricane-force winds off Pernambuco, Brazil, 13 May 1884, while enroute to Buenos Aires.

Relics of her time in Texas are in the collection of The Museum of Southern History, located in Houston.

The Revenue Marine, of course, became the U.S. Coast Guard in 1916 and the service honored the historic vessel by naming a second cutter, USCGC Harriet Lane (WSC-141), a 125-foot patrol craft, in 1926 which gave 20 years of hard service to include WWII and Prohibition.

The third cutter to share the name is the 270-foot Bear (Famous)-class medium endurance cutter USCGC Harriet Lane (WMEC-903). Commissioned in May 1984, she is still in active service and last week commemorated the first Lane’s historic shot in front of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

That 75mm OTO! The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane sails past Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina, April 5, 2018. USCG Photo

She is no lightweight either, recently returned to homeport from a 94-day patrol in drug trafficking zones of the Eastern Pacific, after seizing approximately 17,203 pounds of cocaine from suspected smugglers.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane approaches a suspected smuggling vessel while a helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron monitors from the air, February 25, 2018.

Specs:

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Displacement 539 lt. 619 std, 730 t. fl
Length 175′ 5″
Beam 30′ 5″
Draft 10′ as designed, 13 at full load 1862
Propulsion: steam – double-right angled marine engine with two side paddles, auxiliary sail two-masted schooner rig
Speed 11 anticipated, 13kts on trials
Complement: 8 officers, 74 men (1857) 12 officers, 95 men (1862)
Armament
(As built)
3×32-pounders
4x 24-pounder brass howitzers
(After joining West Gulf Squadron, 1862)
1×4″ Parrott gun as a pivot on forecastle
1×9″ Dahlgren gun on pivot before the first mast
2×8″ Dahlgren Columbiad guns
2×24-pounder brass howitzers
Plus “cutlasses and small arms for 95 men”

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I give you an antebellum cannon, long on display in USCG’s PACAREA. This vintage 24-pounder siege gun was first used as a fog signal on Point Bonita, California, the entrance to San Francisco Bay, during the time of the Gold Rush clippers.

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Ferretti 690 “Cloud Break is both Sexy and Smart!

September 24, 2019

The Ferretti 690 combines the best of both worlds.  The Ferretti 690 is both sexy and smart! In fact, her sleek exterior lines resemble more of a seductive express cruiser...

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SIP HOPE TOWN – DORIAN RELIEF CONCERT

September 16, 2019

featuring Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Jamey Johnson, LOCASH, Drew Holcomb, Randy Houser & more A star-studded benefit concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will provide desperately needed funds...

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Hurricane Dorian Fundraiser and Drop Off Information “Bahamas Relief “

September 3, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Fundraiser This Hurricane Dorian Fundraiser is for HOPE TOWN & ALL OF THE NORTHERN BAHAMIAN ISLANDS… Dorian has absolutely devastated Hope Town and the islands around Abaco… We...

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Cheeseburger in Paradise – Abaco Bahamas July 2, 2019

August 28, 2019

Atlantic Yacht and Ship, Inc was proud to sponsor the 2019 Cheeseburger in Paradise – Abaco Bahamas event which took place July 2, 2019.  The event raised over $100,000 for...

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130 Westport 2008 For Sale from Atlantic Yacht and Ship

August 23, 2019

Atlantic Yacht and Ship is pleased to offer “Three Sons”, our 130 Westport 2008 For Sale.  Westport has produced the 130 Classic since 2001 and this 2008 model is a...

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Best Deal on an enclosed bridge yacht on the market under $2M!

July 30, 2019

90 Hargrave 2001 – “Common Cents” Best Deal on an enclosed bridge yacht on the market! Priced under $2M! The expansive interior of this 90 Hargrave 2001 – “Common Cents”...

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Hollywood Hooligans Wrestling Club Uniforms

July 3, 2019

We are trying to raise funds for uniforms (singlets, shirts, shorts, gear bag and wrestling shoes) for our youth wrestling team the “Hollywood Hooligans”.  Currently parents pay a monthly fee...

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Come see this stunning used 66′ Viking yacht known as Insane-o

May 29, 2019

Come see this stunning used 66′ Viking yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale and ready to go! In the first place, this beautiful used 66′ Viking is known as “Insane-O”. Of...

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Atlantic Yacht & Ship announces the sale of the 116′ Lazzara “Long Aweighted”

May 17, 2019

Atlantic Yacht and Ship announces the sale of the 116′ Lazzara “Long Aweighted” built in 2008. Sold by yacht broker Christopher Carroll who represented both the buyer and seller. “Long Aweighted”...

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Atlantic Yacht & Ship announces the sale of a 120′ Ocean Alexander

May 16, 2019

Atlantic Yacht and Ship announces the sale of “The Rock”, a 120’ Ocean Alexander built in 2017 by yacht broker Christopher Carroll who represented the buyer, along with Andrew Miles...

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This 67 Grand Harbour is the perfect yacht for U.S Buyer

May 13, 2019

Perfect yacht for US Buyer This 67 Grand Harbour is the perfect yacht for U.S. buyer. The 67 Grand Harbour Yacht is berthed at Zea Marina, near the main port...

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48 Sabre Yacht travels the world!

April 22, 2019

Travel the world aboard a 48 Sabre Yacht!  She’s perfect for couples to operate solo. With side decks, quick pilothouse access, and joystick controls, she’s easy to maneuver.  All things...

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Veloce 101 Leopard Express Yacht

April 3, 2019

Speed – Veloce 101 Leopard Express Yacht satisfies need for speed Do you have a need for speed?  This 101 Leopard Express Yacht tops at 43 mph.  That’s 3 mph...

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Pearl 95 makes headlines!

April 2, 2019

Pearl 95 makes headlines!   First, the 95 Pearl was awarded “best layout” at the Cannes Yachting Festival.  Then, Yachts International awarded her Best of 2018 overall in her size range. ...

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What a sweet life it is aboard the 101 Hargrave Raised Pilothouse Yacht

February 28, 2019

What a sweet life it is aboard the 101 Hargrave Raised Pilothouse Yacht “La Dolce Vita”!  Why?  First of all, the four stateroom layout with wide body and over 7’...

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All New Miami Yacht Show 2019

January 22, 2019

Mark your calendars! February 14 -18. You don’t want to miss the all new Miami Yacht Show 2019. So, what’s the attraction? This is your opportunity to see the finest...

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How to List Your Boat for Sale

January 16, 2019

How to guide for selling your boat or yacht. Get your boat ready for sale and market with Atlantic Yacht and Ship, Inc.

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Why Buy a Navigator Yacht?

January 9, 2019

Why Buy a Navigator Yacht? The 54 Navigator Yacht Raised Pilothouse 2007 is bred from a fine family of motor yachts.  Naval Architect Jule Marshall founded Navigator Yachts in 1987;...

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Price Break on Cloud Break 690 Ferretti Motor Yacht

January 8, 2019

There’s a price break on Cloud Break!  Our 690 Ferretti Motor Yacht 2014 was just discounted!  Cloud Break’s Owner just reduced her asking price to $1,990,000.  This means he’s getting...

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Best Yacht Buy of 2019 – 133 Tri Deck SERENITY

January 4, 2019

Why is Serenity , the 133 Tri Deck 2016 the Best Yacht Buy in her class for 2019? The reasons are numerous.  First of all, all major mechanical systems on...

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100 Azimut Jumbo 2005 Daniela is for Sale

January 3, 2019

Dream Big this year on a 100 Azimut Jumbo!  Daniela, the 100 Azimut Jumbo 2005 can be yours!  Daniela was recently listed for sale with Atlantic Yacht and Ship.  This...

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PEARL 95 MOTOR YACHT AWARDED BEST OF 2018

December 28, 2018

It’s official!  The Pearl 95 Motor Yacht was awarded Best of 2018.  First of all, in September 2018, the Pearl 95 won “Best Layout” from World Yacht Trophies during the Cannes...

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Used Horizon 60 Power Catamaran 2013 La Manguita For Sale

December 27, 2018

Atlantic Yacht and Ship is proud to introduce the Horizon 60 Power Catamaran 2013 La Manguita For Sale.  True to catamaran hull design, this Horizon 60 PC offers an extremely...

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Pre Owned Hargrave Yachts for Sale

December 27, 2018

Hargrave Yachts produces a full line of custom-built yachts.  Therefore, each yacht is designed entirely to the specifications of each owner. They offer a unique cost effective program that blends a...

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690 Ferretti Motor Yacht 2014 CLOUD BREAK

December 26, 2018

690 Ferretti Motor Yacht 2014 CLOUD BREAK

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Pearl 95 Motor Yacht awarded Yacht International Best of 2018

December 7, 2018

Great news!  The Pearl 95 Motor yacht was awarded Yachts International Best of 2018 in their January 2019 issue. What an honor!  Editors circled the globe in search of the best...

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Galeon 460 Flybridge Motor Yacht 2018 for sale

December 6, 2018

This Euro style Flybridge offers all the amenities of a large motor yacht in an Owner manageable 46 feet!  The 460 Flybridge Galeon has an open layout.  Hence, the Owner/Captain...

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94 Hargrave Enclosed Bridge Motor Yacht 2001 – Sea Venture

December 3, 2018

Atlantic Yacht and Ship, Inc. proudly introduces the 94 Hargrave Enclosed Bridge Motor Yacht 2001 – Sea Venture to the used yacht market! The  94 Hargrave 2001 Enclosed Bridge Sky Lounge Motor...

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Tiara 5800 Sovran 2014 Reduced Price

November 27, 2018

Great news! Our Tiara 5800 Sovran 2014 reduced price to $950,000! This 5800 Sovran Express Cruiser is a true “Baby Doll”. Rarely can we find such a low hour, late...

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80 Pearl Fly Bridge Motor Yacht on sale

November 27, 2018

The 80 Pearl Flybridge Motor Yacht is a mother of a deal! Indeed, she’s a British bombshell that blows her competition out of the water! This 80 Pearl is the...

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100 Azimut Jumbo 2005 – New Offering!

November 21, 2018

Joe Marino just listed DANIELA, the 100 Azimut Jumbo 2005!  Azimut is the leading European builder of yachts and megayachts.  In fact, this 2005 Azimut 100’ Jumbo is one of...

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54 Navigator Motor Yacht 2007

November 19, 2018

Atlantic Yacht and Ship is proud to introduce the 54 Navigator Motor Yacht 2007 to the market!  This 54 Navigator Motor Yacht 2007 is maintained in top condition.  She has...

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Explorer Motor Yachts 58 Pilothouse

November 15, 2018

Explorer Motor Yachts and Atlantic Yacht & Ship Inc. are working together to bring Explorer Motor Yachts to North America. The complete line-up of yachts from Explorer Motor Yachts  range...

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Grand Harbour Motor Yacht – Available for sale in Athens, Greece

November 14, 2018

This Grand Harbour Motor Yacht is a US documented vessel lying in Athens, Greece and is available for immediate sale. The Grand Harbour Motor Yacht is located at Zea Marina...

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This 96′ Hargrave yacht for sale has everything – even an elevator!

July 18, 2018

Do not miss this beautiful used 96′ Hargrave yacht that  Chris Carroll and Joe Marino have for sale with an elevator! This lovely used 96′  Hargrave features a one-of-a-kind option. That is a two...

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This sleek used 69′ Ferretti for sale in Florida is a European beauty!

June 29, 2018

If you are looking for a beautiful used 69′ Ferretti for sale then  Joe Marino has the yacht for you! In the first place, this sleek used 69′ Ferretti for sale is known...

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See the aft deck enclosure on this 100′ Broward Yacht for sale in Florida!

June 14, 2018

Looking for a beautiful  used 100′ Broward yacht for sale with elevator? Then be sure to see this one for sale with Joe Marino! In the first place, this beautiful...

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This beautiful 101′ Hargrave yacht for sale is a proven charter success!

June 7, 2018

This beautiful used 101′ Hargrave yacht for sale, known as”La Dolce Vita,” is offered for sale by Joe Marino in Florida! In the first place,  you will simply love the features on this pre-owned...

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New listing! 56′ Carver 2007 a turn key vessel in incredible condition!

May 21, 2018

  Originally built for the Toronto Boat Show, the 56′ Carver 2007 has every conceivable option. Owned by a knowledgeable yachtsman who went by an open checkbook policy. A fantastic...

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Sea turtle nesting season is upon us and that means lights out!

May 18, 2018

Sea turtle nesting season is upon us and that means lights out near the beaches from May 1 to October 31, 2018. Local ordinances designed to protect sea turtle nesting,...

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102′ Broward “Liquidity,” is the ideal yacht for entertaining!

May 15, 2018

Liquidity is the ideal yacht for entertaining! She is currently used as a private vessel by the current owner. However, her layout provides ample opportunity to earn extra income as...

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“Long Aweighted,” your great escape awaits you on the 116′ Lazzara 2008!

May 14, 2018

The 116′ Lazzara 2008, “Long Aweighted,” affords you the opportunity to escape to the water on a true pedigree yacht. A yacht that only comes around once in a lifetime....

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“Seas the Day” with this 80′ Sunseeker 2010! US Flag – Duty Paid!

May 9, 2018

  The 80′ Sunseeker is part of the “Yacht” series built from 2009-2014. She shares the same characteristics of her bigger siblings. Identically, higher bulwarks and zero speed fin stabilizers. Owner...

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The 38′ Fairline Targa 2014 is a fully equipped pocket cruiser!

May 7, 2018

The 38′ Fairline Targa 2014 is recently listed and easy to see at our Dania Beach docks! The Targa 38 is the H.T. Express that sets the benchmark for quality...

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New Listing! 41’ Van der Heijden 2018 with less than 50 hours on engines!

May 2, 2018

Since 1993, Van der Heijden Yachts have been produced just South East of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Originally, Ronald Van der Heijden was the propulsion engineer for the Royal Dutch...

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Who’s ready to see the famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds this year?

April 30, 2018

Who’s ready to see the famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at the Air Show this year? The “Thunderbirds”, are the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue. They represent the 500,000 men...

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Brand new condition and low hours on this 44′ Zeelander 2014!

April 27, 2018

“Virtuoso” the 44′ Zeelander 2014 is one of the last boats built at the Tiara plant in 2014. This Zeelander is in brand new condition with only 160 hours on Twin Diesel Engines...

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You found the boat of your dreams, it’s time to pick a boat name!

April 16, 2018

You found the boat of your dreams, it’s time to pick a boat name! Most new built boats will be name free, while pre-owned boats will already have a name...

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The 122′ Fitzroy/Whangarei completed 7 world circumnavigations!

April 13, 2018

It’s time to remember what it’s like to feel alive. Are you ready for your journey? With a light ice re-enforced hull and the engines rebuilt February 2018, “Kahu” is ready...

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Check out the Yacht Walk At Harbour Towne Marina this Saturday!

April 3, 2018

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. has partnered with our neighboring brokerages at Harbour Towne Marina to bring you a special event. You are invited to the Yacht Walk at Harbour...

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Arkup avant-garde 100% Electric Solar 75 ft. Livable Yacht

March 29, 2018

Arkup is a 100% Electric Solar 75 ft. Livable Yacht. The vision for Arkup came with realization that urban growth, rising seas and renewable energy independence is a challenge for our...

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Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018 Wrap Up!

March 27, 2018

The Palm Beach International Boat Show 2018 wrap up! The weather was absolutely gorgeous during the entire show. We had clear skies, cool weather and sunshine. We had a line...

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Survival 101! The Do’s and Don’ts of any Boat Show!

March 19, 2018

As the 2018 Palm Beach International Boat Show approaches this week, we are here to give you, Survival 101. The Do’s and Don’ts of any boat show! Whether you are...

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The 58′ Donzi 2003 has a true classic look with a modern soul!

March 12, 2018

“Little Pipe” is a 58′ Donzi 2003 sport fishing machine! She represents the absolute finest example of a sport fishing yacht constructed in today’s market. As a matter of fact,...

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Save the Date! The Palm Beach Boat Show March 22-25, 2018!

March 7, 2018

Save the date! The Palm Beach International Boat Show is only a few weeks away. As one of the top five boat shows in the country, Palm Beach International Boat Show...

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The 42’ Canados Gladiator 2018 is the ultimate day-cruiser

February 22, 2018

The 42’ Canados Gladiator is sleek and stylish, making the ultimate day-cruiser. As the sun shines on the silver hull, you can’t help but turn and look at this new...

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New to the market! 40′ Azimut 2013 located in Key West!

February 20, 2018

New to the market, a 40′ Azimut 2013 located in Key West. Upon entering the salon from the cockpit, there is a large leather sofa which converts to a sofa bed...

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The 31’ Jupiter 2003, “Changes in La Attitude,” just reduced by 30K!

February 20, 2018

The 31’ Jupiter 2003, known as “Changes in La Attitude,” was just reduced by 30K! She is now listed at $109,000 USD. The 31′ Jupiter is most commonly known for...

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Price Reduced! 90’ Hargrave with a 2017 Center Console Tender

February 12, 2018

The 90’ Hargrave 2001, known as “Common Cents,” includes a 2017 Center Console Tender. Not to mention, her price was just reduced! Completed January 2018, this vessel had a complete...

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Vessels on display in the Miami Yacht Show February 15-19, 2018

February 6, 2018

The Miami Yacht Show will mark its 30th year as the city’s premier luxury yacht show February 15-19, 2018.  The in-water-only display of new and pre-owned vessels, covers more than...

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Considering selling your yacht or boat? List with Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc.

February 5, 2018

Sales were hot in 2017 and we are looking for new inventory. Considering selling your yacht or boat? Here’s why you should list with Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. With...

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This 48′ Vanquish is styling and profiling with her Ferrari red seats!

February 2, 2018

The 48′ Vanquish 2016 is absolutely stunning. Her bright white Awlgrip paint job and Ferrari red seating gives a presence on the water like no other. Twin Cummins Diesel 600’s propel...

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The 101′ Hargrave is designed for comfort and laid-back luxury!

February 1, 2018

The 101′ Hargrave, “La Dolce Vita,” is designed for absolute comfort and laid-back luxury at sea and in port. Uniquely, the 7’2″ ceilings and counter-top heights convince you that you are...

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The Pearl 80 is the Queen of Gems! A class-defining line of yachts!

January 30, 2018

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. is the exclusive U.S. dealer for Pearl Motor Yachts. The new Pearl 80 is available now at our Dania docks. Reflecting our owners needs and...

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The 104′ Sanlorenzo 2011 has a coveted on deck master!

January 24, 2018

The 104′ Sanlorenzo 2011, “Rare Diamond,” will be displayed at the Miami Yacht Show February 15-19, 2018. For more show information and where she will be located, click our Event...

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Check out this beautiful used 66′ Viking yacht for sale in Florida!

January 23, 2018

Come see this stunning used 66′ Viking yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale and ready to go! In the first place, this beautiful used 66′ Viking is known as...

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Price reduced on this beautiful 96′ Hargrave yacht with an elevator!

January 22, 2018

Do not miss this beautiful used 96′ Hargrave yacht that  Chris Carroll and Joe Marino have for sale with an elevator! This lovely used 96′  Hargrave features a one-of-a-kind option. That is a two...

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From Italy to Florida, the 42′ Canados Yachts 2018 begins her journey!

January 18, 2018

The 42′ Canados Gladiator 2018 is on its way to Florida! Canados Yachts has began the journey from Italy. Her current location is 35°57’28.79″N and 006°02’06.32″W. Making her approximately eight days...

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The Key West Fishing Tournament started in Jan. and will continue until Aug!

January 17, 2018

The Key West Fishing Tournament was founded in 1965 by Gainey Maxwell, a charter boat captain. Key West residents and non residents come from all over to partake in this...

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75′ Hatteras Motor Yacht reduced by 60K! Will be at the Miami Yacht Show!

January 16, 2018

This used 75′ Hatteras Motor Yacht was reduced by 60K today! “Coho,” is by far the most well equipped and upgraded 75′ Hatteras Motor Yacht on the market today! The very...

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This 72′ Uniesse yacht is a lot of boat for a great deal!

January 15, 2018

Are you in the market for an used Uniesse yacht for sale in the United States? Then you must see this 72′ Uniesse Yacht that Brent DeSellier has for sale...

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Come see this Stuart Boat Show 66′ Viking yacht for sale this weekend!

January 12, 2018

Come see this Stuart Boat Show 66′ Viking yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale and on display this weekend! In the first place, this beautiful Stuart Boat Show 66′...

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Watch the 44′ Zeelander 2013 in the water. She glistens in the sun!

January 10, 2018

This 44’ Zeelander 2013 has remained behind the owner’s home and has always been captain maintained. Likewise, no expense has been spared in her maintenance or upgrades. Her metallic midnight blue...

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In the market for a beautiful pre-owned 82′ Monte Fino yacht for sale?

January 9, 2018

Be sure to check out this beautiful pre-owned 82′ Monte Fino yacht that  Brad Nelson has for sale in Florida! In the first place, this lovely pre-owned 82′ Monte Fino yacht...

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The 2018 Stuart Boat Show starts this weekend! January 12-14, 2018!

January 8, 2018

The 2018 Stuart Boat Show  marks its 44th year on Florida’s Treasure Coast this weekend, January 12-14, 2018. Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. is gearing up for the start of the...

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Yacht Walk at Harbour Towne Marina 10-4pm! This Satuday 1/6/18

January 5, 2018

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. has partnered with our neighbors at for Yacht Walk at Harbour Towne Marina to bring you a special event. You are invited to the Yacht...

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Price reduced on this beautiful used 62′ Fairline 2013 yacht for sale!

January 4, 2018

There has been a major price reduction on the used 62′ Fairline  2013 that Chris Carroll has for sale! In the first place, this used 62′ Fairline 2013 is known...

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Check out the video on this beautiful pre-owned 116′ Lazzara yacht for sale!

January 3, 2018

Check out the new video on the beautiful pre-owned 116′ Lazzara yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale! In the first place, this sleek pre-owned 116′ Lazzara is known as “Long Aweighted”. Altogether,...

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Check out this explorer used 70′ Argos yacht for sale!

December 26, 2017

Andrey Shestakov reminds us of the used 70′ Argos yacht that he has for sale in Florida. The seller is motivated to sell and looking for offers / trade offers! In...

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Price reduced on this beautiful 65′ Ocean Odyssey yacht for sale!

December 20, 2017

If you are in the market for a beautiful 65′ used Ocean Odyssey yacht for sale then you must check this yacht out! It features a beautiful 65′ used Ocean Odyssey Yacht...

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Check out the video on this sleek 87′ Johnson motor yacht for sale!

December 19, 2017

Be sure to check out the video on Chris Carroll’s beautiful used 87′ Johnson yacht that he has listed for sale. In the first place, this lovely used 87′ Johnson...

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The 115′ Atlantic is making yachting history! Cabana/Beach Club!

December 18, 2017

Atlantic Yacht & Ship, Inc. and HeySea Yachts USA present the 115′ Atlantic. Atlantic Yacht & Ship is making history in the yachting industry through many of the features and designs...

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$50k price reduction on this updated 75′ Hatteras yacht for sale!

December 15, 2017

Be sure not to miss this beautiful used 75′ Hatteras yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale in Florida! In the first place, this alluring used 75′ Hatteras yacht is...

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Coming in January! The 2018 Canados Gladiator 428

December 14, 2017

Coming in January!!! This pedigree Italian designed 2018 Canados Gladiator 428 is making her U.S. debut at the 2018 Miami Yacht Show. The ultimate day-cruiser has a cruising speed of...

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The Christmas Boat, an old Greek tradition still thrives today

December 14, 2017

The Christmas Boat is an old Greek tradition known as “Karavaki”, meaning little ship. This holiday tradition still thrives today. In Greece, around the holidays, it is tradition to decorate...

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Price reduced on this beautiful used 152′ Baglietto yacht for sale

December 13, 2017

An EURO 500,000 price reduction has been announced on the beautiful used 152′ Baglietto yacht for sale that Andrey Shestakov has available! In the first place, this used 46m Baglietto yacht for...

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Docking etiquette to keep your fellow yachtsman happy

December 12, 2017

Once you are on the water you are part of the boating community. Therefore, it is always nice to follow the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have...

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Announcing a $400k price reduction on this beautiful used 96′ Hargrave yacht!

December 11, 2017

Do not miss this beautiful used 96′ Hargrave yacht that  Chris Carroll and Joe Marino have for sale with an elevator! This lovely used 96′  Hargrave features a one-of-a-kind option. That is a two...

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Be sure not to miss this beautiful used 69′ Ferretti yacht for sale!

December 8, 2017

Do not miss this great deal on a beautiful used 69′ Ferretti that  Joe Marino has for sale! In the first place, this sleek used 69′ Ferretti yacht is known as “Cloud Break”. In...

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MAJOR price reduction on this beautiful 72′ used Uniesse yacht!

December 7, 2017

Are you in the market for an used Uniesse yacht for sale in the United States? Then you must see this 72′ Uniesse Yacht that Brent DeSellier has for sale...

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Check out this beautiful used 75′ Hatteras yacht for sale in Florida!

December 6, 2017

Be sure not to miss this beautiful used 75′ Hatteras yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale in Florida! In the first place, this alluring used 75′ Hatteras yacht is...

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Do not miss this deal on a huge 70′ Real Ships yacht for sale in Florida!

December 5, 2017

Don’t miss this sea-worthy 70′ Real Ships yacht that Brad Nelson has for sale! In the first place, although this yacht was launched in 1995, she had a total refit in...

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Holiday lights on the water! The Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade is around the corner.

December 4, 2017

Holiday lights on the water, it’s that time of year! Bring on the Christmas lights, Santa appearances and holiday music. Everyone is gearing up for their holiday debut at The Seminole...

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Everyone is “Smitten” over this super-clean 45′ Sea Ray 2013 for sale!

December 4, 2017

Word from Dennis Rhodes brings news of an $80,000 price reduction on this used 45′ Sea Ray 450 for sale! In the first place, this beautiful used 45′ Sea Ray 450...

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Do not miss this beautiful used 88′ Sunseeker yacht for sale!

December 1, 2017

This beautiful used 88′ Sunseeker yacht is now offered for sale by Stephen Faraldo. This 88′ Sunseeker is known as “Velocity” and is a 2010 88 Yacht model that is...

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Check out the video on this beautiful used 116′ Lazzara yacht for sale!

November 30, 2017

Check out the new video on the beautiful used 116′ Lazzara yacht that Chris Carroll has for sale! In the first place, this 116′ Lazzara is known as “Long Aweighted”. Altogether, this is...

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DOG OVERBOARD! Pet safety for your boating adventures

November 29, 2017

Dog overboard! Those are two words animal lovers never want to hear. Living in Florida, its inevitable pets will accompany their owners on a variety of water adventures, boating being number...

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Just listed – this beautiful used 90′ Hargrave yacht for sale!

November 28, 2017

Word just came in from Chris Carroll that he has listed a deal on a used 90′ Hargrave yacht for sale in Myrtle Beach! In the first place, the expansive...

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Major price reduction on this sleek used 101′ Hargrave yacht for sale!

November 27, 2017

Check out the video on this beautiful used 101′ Hargrave “La Dolce Vita” that Joe Marino has for sale in Florida! In the first place,  you will simply love this pre-owned 101′...

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