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Top Flight Cat Harbor Cabo 31: Hitting new highs: Boating By Lenny Rudow
Top Flight Cat Harbor Cabo 31: Hitting new highs: Boating By Lenny Rudow
I love crawling around in bilges and engine rooms. I've found them exciting-even mystical-ever since I discovered an antique goop-encrusted Sears screwdriver in the lowest reaches of dear old Dad's 31' Trojan. Many years and bilge-archeology projects later, I still keep my fingers crossed whenever I creep belowdecks. So stepping under the helm of the Cabo 31', raised via hydraulic rams, I felt like Indiana Jones on the verge of a great discovery.
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Boat Review Cabo 35 Express: Sport Fishing By Dean Travis Clarke
Boat Review Cabo 35 Express: Sport Fishing By Dean Travis Clarke
There are plenty of great boats to like out there. But when you start talking love, over the period of a lifetime there are very few. The new Cabo 35 Express captured my heart without even breaking a sweat. In close quarters, the boat stays where you put it, turns when you tell it, and incremental adjustments measured by the inch. The twin 3208TA Caterpillar diesels churning out 35 horse-power each gets the 35 going quickly. The effect is much like watching the star ship enterprise engage warp drives. Put the throttles to the wall from a stop and the Cabo moves forward mildly while you listen to the diesels " wind up." No sooner do the turbos kick in than the Cabo is on plane. You almost expect a flash of light.
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Cabo 35 Express: A Tale of Two Boatbuilders; Robb Report By Chris Caswell
Cabo 35 Express: A Tale of Two Boatbuilders; Robb Report By Chris Caswell
It's one of those situations that harried businessmen daydream about. First, you're in the sailboat business, which means that you get to wear Hawaiian shirts, live in a temperate climate, and fool around with boats all over the world. Then your boatbuilding company is picked by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 best manufacturers in America, and in 1988, a conglomerate comes along with a suitcase full of cash and offers to buy you. So there you are: happily out of the business and without a care in the world.
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The New CABO 35: The Sportfishing Report BY TERRY BEERS
The New CABO 35: The Sportfishing Report BY TERRY BEERS
It was mid June and we were 1-2 mile off Wrightsville Beach. The winds were blowing a friendly 15-20 knots and the seas were 3-4 with white caps on most of the waves. Pete Horst was leaning his left arm on the port side of the windshield while sitting in the optional forward facing companion seat. Pete's friend, Joe McLeod, was along for the ride and telling funny story after funny story. Joe has a CABO and my guess is that Pete was as much interested in his opinion as mine. However, my current mission was to see if I could get Pete's arm wet or at least some water in the cockpit!
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CABO 35 Express Review: On the Water By Captian John N. Raguso
CABO 35 Express Review: On the Water By Captian John N. Raguso
Every Fisherman reader has their version of the ultimate dreamboat, you know, the one that you would pick up in the event that someone in your immediate family' hit the Lottery or had some dot com stock magically multiply itself by 100 fold overnight. Cabo's recently updated 35 Express Sportfisher has been the subject of my dreams and hallucinations on more than one occasion and someday, if the planets are in proper alignment, “I'll get me one”. Let me tell you why.
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CABO 48 Flybridge: A bigger bang, Boating Magazine Review
CABO 48 Flybridge: A bigger bang, Boating Magazine Review
Two hours into the fight, you finally see the glow stick zinging back and forth below the boat. The silhouette of a bigeye tuna-certainly more than 100 pounds and maybe your biggest ever-comes into view.  Another 20 minutes playing tug of war, and the fish is within gaffing range. Your buddy gets ready to strike and you're wondering how the heck you're going to help him outmuscle the Herculean psychotic squid-killer when, after this epic battle, you can barely turn the crank on a 50 International. You wish you had a boat with coffin-size fishboxes in the deck, so you could just drag the fish through the transom door and slide it into the ice pack. Damn, why didn't you buy the CABO 48 Sportfish?
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DYNAMITE FISHING CABO 47 : Start with a bang. Boating February 2000
DYNAMITE FISHING CABO 47 : Start with a bang. Boating February 2000
BY LENNY RUDOWPhotographs BY Forrest Johnson ADD TOGETHER ONE DEADRISE CHANGE, TWO STRAKE eliminations, one keel addition and one keel sub traction, two chine widenings, and a three inch hull deepening. Mix in three dozen sea trials, add a dash of tank tests with a five foot scale model. Bake for one year. The end result? Cabo's new 47 Convertible is so hot, you'll need oven mitts to handle it.
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Cabo Dacious - Sport Fishing Boats April 2001
Cabo Dacious - Sport Fishing Boats April 2001
In the world of production sportfishers, there are many legendary builders, but one stands apart from the crowd - both literally and figuratively. Offering express and convertible models from 31 to 47 feet, Cabo Yachts has developed an enviable reputation for quality and performance. Its boats are so well engineered that they often are used as benchmarks for comparison. Cabo breaks the mold in other areas, too. The company builds its boats in the Southwest, not the East - and in the Mojave Desert , not on the coast. Recently, we enjoyed the opportunity to sea trial a 2001 model 47 Flybridge Sportfisher that the company claims is the most tricked-out Cabo ever built. 
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Going Themselves One Better - The Cabo 47
Going Themselves One Better - The Cabo 47
Cabo's 47 foot convertible embodies the builder's philosophy... Only the best materials, design and construction When Henry Mohrschladt and Michael Howarth sold Pacific Seacraft, they were not ready to stop building boats. Those who now them, might say they couldn't stop, anyway.. Instead, they turned their talents to building sportfishers. Their reputation for building quality boats, earned at Pacific Seacraft, was continued in this new direction. And that, too, was no surprise. This concern with quality is not just a marketing ploy. It's a business philosophy that results in only the best materials, design and construction being employed.
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United States Coast Pilot® 9 Download Feb 2017
United States Coast Pilot® 9 Download Feb 2017
The United States Coast Pilot® consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart. Topics in the Coast Pilot include channel descriptions, anchorages, bridge and cable clearances, currents, tide and water levels, prominent features, pilotage, towage, weather, ice conditions, wharf descriptions, dangers, routes, traffic separation schemes, small-craft facilities, and Federal regulations applicable to navigation.
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Coast Guard Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check
Coast Guard Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check
Use our Virtual Vessel Examiner to check your vessel by simply answering a series of questions. Note that tool only covers the state registered vessels and not Documented vessels or Kayak's and Paddle Boats.
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Mainship 400 Trawler Review
Mainship 400 Trawler Review
New Generation Of Mainship Begins With The 400 WHEN I GO TO A BOAT SHOW THESE DAYS THE ASSORTMENT OF CRUISING BOAT choices is staggering. From heavy displacement battlewagons to speedy custom cruisers, the options are endless. Most of the offerings come from smaller yards that produce a couple of yachts a year. Even the revered names in the business create boats one at a time, with annual production numbers that often seriously lag behind customer demand. For the majority of people interested in cruising motorboats, the cost of entry into the trawler lifestyle represents a significant financial investment, and one that requires planning and managed priorities. Despite the gleaming brightwork on custom and high-end yachts that draw crowds and bring smiles, having the boat of one’s dreams is ultimately less important than simply having a good boat. It is foolish pleasure indeed to hold off boating enjoyment because one hasn’t quite got the budget for the ultimate.
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California Harbors and Navigation Code Article 2. Yacht And Ship Brokers Act
California Harbors and Navigation Code Article 2. Yacht And Ship Brokers Act
CA Codes (hnc:700-740) HARBORS AND NAVIGATION CODE SECTION 700-740 700. This article shall be known and may be cited as the Yacht and Ship Brokers Act.
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Alloy Yachts - Janice of Wyoming Project Details
Alloy Yachts - Janice of Wyoming Project Details
Alloy Yachts began construction in June 2003 of the 39.6m (130ft) sloop Janice of Wyoming. She is the twelfth design from Dubois Naval Architects built by Alloy Yachts since 1991 and features a low profile hull that offers a sleek shape and high performance. After completion of the hull, deck and superstructure in the construction bay she was moved in January 2004 to her finishing bay. 
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Red Dragon - True Work of Art (By SuperYacht Industry)
Red Dragon - True Work of Art (By SuperYacht Industry)
As a Belgian industrialist and philanthropist with a strong Chinese connection owner Guy Ullens knew exactly what he wanted: A stylish yacht capable of fast passages and long periods of autonomy with a contemporary, bright interior. Red Dragon, defined as a true work of art, was born.
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Some answers to questions you've been asking about the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66
Some answers to questions you've been asking about the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66
Robert Perry designed the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66 as his "Ultimate Sailing Yachts" of their size categories. With grace, beauty, speed, seakindliness, and simplicity to suit the demanding seaman within us, and find-crafted luxurious accommodations to suit our aesthetic souls as well. What is the philosophy of the Lafitte44 and LaFitte66? Today, there are many excellent production and custom yachts being built throughout the world. Unfortunately, though, production builders must sometimes skimp on quality in one aspect or another of engineering, construction, accessories, or equipment in order to keep prices within affordable limits.
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Lafitte 44 Review (Nautical Quarterly Summer 1985)
Lafitte 44 Review (Nautical Quarterly Summer 1985)
At last we have had the opportunity to visit some yards in the Far East, one of them the LaFitte facility leased from the Chung Hwa yard in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Republic of China (R.O.C.). Before going into a detailed description of the Lafitte 44 it seems appropriate to set down some of our opinions and observations concerning the quality of Taiwanese boat building, since an earlier article on Taiwan in Nautical Quarterly 10 is now somewhat dated. The LaFitte 44 is an excellent vehicle for these remarks, since it represents the exact opposite of what many yachtsmen associate with Far East construction
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It's A Top Cat: Review of the Leopard 40 Catamaran (Moorings 4000)
It's A Top Cat: Review of the Leopard 40 Catamaran (Moorings 4000)
By The Cruising Helmsman Caroline Strainig Multihull fans will find much to like about the new Moorings 4000 – and it might even just convert a few monohull devotees too, writes Caroline Strainig. Okay, so I own a monohull, but occasionally, just occasionally, I can be tempted to stray, and I admit that this straying is becoming increasingly common. I’ve now gone from a “no way” to a “maybe” in terms of crossing over when retirement and some more serious cruising are in the offing. Much as devout monohullers hate to admit it, multihulls do have a lot going for them. Their shallow draft enables you to anchor close in, which gives you more protection from the elements and makes it easier to explore. Then there’s the benefit of being able to sail relatively flat. It’s wonderful to make lunch, have a drink or go to the loo without having to hang on like grim death. That’s not to say these boats don’t rock and roll – when seas get up a bit they do pitch and can slam – but the heeling feeling is absent and life is definitely a more upright affair.
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Leopard 40 Review (Yachting Monthly)
Leopard 40 Review (Yachting Monthly)
Leopards can't change their spots, but that's no bad thing since this new Leopard 40 Catamaran offers space, speed and safety says Paul Jeffes. Multihulls are one of the fastest-growing segments of the marine market. Visit any exotic charter location, from the Caribbean to the Seychelles, and you'll find a wide choice of cruising catamarans. Why so popular? They offer incredible living space for families. Two couples sailing together can have the privacy of a hull each, with their own shower and heads.
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82' Monte Fino Cockpit Motoryacht BOAT INTERNATIONAL Review
82' Monte Fino Cockpit Motoryacht BOAT INTERNATIONAL Review
Dag Pike believes that, with its raised pilothouse, the Monte Fino 82 Skylounge will have a worldwide appeal. Italian-looking and built in the Far East, the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht is actually aimed at the American Market, with particular emphasis on easy maintenance. Chris Caswell Reports. Whether you are designing a mousetrap or a yacht, there is no trick to creating a look-alike of an already existing style. The real genius, of course, is to do it better, which is exactly the case with the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht. Italian styling is a phrase so over-used that it has become as passé as "Euro-styling" but, in this case, the yacht seen here is ineffably italian. With melted edges and a steeply raked windshield and bridge, it fairly shouts "Ciao" to the competition.
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Safety Alert: The Best Laid Plans for Safety Are Only as Good as Their Implementation!
Safety Alert: The Best Laid Plans for Safety Are Only as Good as Their Implementation!
Recently, while a bulk carrier was at anchor off the coast of Texas, a crewmember that could not swim was put over the rail in a Bosun’s Chair to paint the vessel’s mid-ship draft marks and load lines. Unfortunately, when his shipmates on deck commenced to haul him up, the Bosun’s Chair line parted and he fell into the water. He survived the fall and attempted to swim towards a life ring that had been thrown to him, but he ultimately submerged and was lost. Other crewmembers attempted to launch a rescue craft, but it failed to operate.
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Got to Go To Rotto - An Experience on the Riviera 36
Got to Go To Rotto - An Experience on the Riviera 36
‘Rotto’ is the local slang term for the island, a picturesque reef nine nautical miles off Fremantle, near Perth Western Australia. It’s been a Mecca for boat owners for many years, with skippers heading out on weekends to moor in the over than 20 reef-bound bays found around the island’s shores. In fact, Ken Sims, of Western Australian Riviera dealer Beacon Marine, says that on fine weekends the bays ‘fairly bristle’ with boats of all sizes, ranging from trailer boats to fifty-footers.
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Riviera At Work - In Southern Gamefish Tournament
Riviera At Work - In Southern Gamefish Tournament
For Tasmanian-based Riviera skippers Ron O’Connor (Riviera 43’ ‘Royale II’) and Greg Plunkett (Riviera 36’ ‘The Specialist’) the St. Helens Gamefishing tournament staged over the last weekend of February will remain memorable for different reasons. Ron O’Connor and his crew will recall the marlin they lost; Greg Plunkett and his team will forever remember the tough fight they were given by a 56kg (124lbs) Mako.
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Safety Alert: MAN B&W Cooling Jacket Failures Using the correct bolts is essential!
Safety Alert: MAN B&W Cooling Jacket Failures Using the correct bolts is essential!
Recently, a 738-foot bulk carrier ran aground while outbound on the Columbia River. The grounding resulted in limited damage to the vessel and no pollution or loss of cargo. This casualty occurred primarily because of cracks on the cooling jacket of a two-stroke crosshead design Mitsui MAN B&W MC-C engine. The cracks caused a loss of engine cooling water that eventually resulted in the overheating of the cylinder cover. This then triggered an automated slow-down of the engine and an unintended loss or reduction in the vessel’s propulsion and maneuverability. Although the investigation is ongoing, identical failures of the same engine type have occurred with similar results although the engines were of different piston diameters and cylinder arrangements: about two years ago a similar equipment failure contributed to a grounding on the Columbia River, and in 2012, a vessel approaching Corpus Christi, TX lost power due to the same cause and struck a jack up oil rig causing extensive damage to the rig.
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Blackfin 33 Slips to New Comer CABO 35
Blackfin 33 Slips to New Comer CABO 35
Reprinted from POWERBOAT REPORTS APRIL 1992... By Belvoir Publications. It would be interesting to give two boat builders a blank sheet of paper and ask them each to come up with the "ideal" convertible sportfisherman in the low-to-mid 30-foot range. For this hypothetical exercise, the requirements would be permanent berths for two, a galley and head suitable for overnighting, a big cockpit, and a gas-engine price tag under 200 grand.
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Beneteau Sailboat Service & Maintenance FAQ/Guide
Beneteau Sailboat Service & Maintenance FAQ/Guide
Here's a list of the common maintenance and service tasks associated with owning your Beneteau Sailboat.
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Safety Alert: Be Alarmed By All Alarms Correct Steering Gear & Other Nuisance Alarms Immediately!
Safety Alert: Be Alarmed By All Alarms Correct Steering Gear & Other Nuisance Alarms Immediately!
Recently in the Pacific North West, Coast Guard marine inspectors experienced two different circumstances involving the alarm and control system of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries steering gears onboard relatively new vessels. Although neither event resulted in a marine casualty, they serve as a reminder to the potentially dangerous results that may occur when an alarm system is deliberately ignored. A false sense of operational safety develops when crewmembers continually silence what they consider to be a “nuisance alarm,” enabling a false perception of normalcy to develop.
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Boat Report: CABO 35 Express Salt Water Sportsman By John Brownlee
Boat Report: CABO 35 Express Salt Water Sportsman By John Brownlee
An innovative express design loaded with fishing features and high-tech engineering. There are lots of express boats on today's market that offer large cockpits, along with helm stations set on raised bridge decks that make it easy to fish with only two people aboard. Cabo's new 35 Sportfisher is also an express design, but it stands apart from the crowd, much as their popular 35 convertible did when it was introduced a few years ago.
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Public Vessel Safety Check Questions & Answers
Public Vessel Safety Check Questions & Answers
ARE ALL PASSENGERS REQUIRED TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET OR HAVE ONE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PASSENGER?Question: Are all passengers required to wear a life jacket or have one available for each passenger? Answer: Each state has their own laws about the wear of life jackets. For more information, contact your state boating agency. Also, any boat over 16' is required to carry (except for canoes and kayaks) a Type IV throwable device.
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Alloy Yachts - Red Dragon eBrochure
Alloy Yachts - Red Dragon eBrochure
Red Dragon is a 52m (171ft) performance cruising sloop designed and built for discerning European owners. The brief required a stylish yacht capable of fast passages and long periods of autonomy with a contemporary, bright interior. Inside and out, the Red Dragon project redefines the marque. The lines are clean and modern, with a near plumb bow, subtle sheer, low-profile coachroof and an extended aft deck flowing back to an elegant transom that slopes down to just above the waterline. The line of the coachroof extends into a long overhang floating virtually unsupported over the aft cockpit.
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2008 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Brochure
2008 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Brochure
While the 411 Sedan has the appearance and manageability of a true sedan bridge, this sleek, responsive yacht is much more. Within her stylish lines lie spacious master and guest staterooms, each with island berths, innerspring pillowtop mattresses and extensive storage space. In addition, her dedicated dinette converts to a comfortable double bed, her galley contains all the features for gourmet food preparation under way, and her impressive, wide-open salon incorporates comfortable seating and a well-appointed entertainment center.
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2005 Meridian 459 Cockpit Motor Yacht Brochure
2005 Meridian 459 Cockpit Motor Yacht Brochure
The 459 Cockpit Motoryacht’s innovative design allows her owners to fully enjoy life on the water. This attractive yacht’s highlight is her full-beam master suite, which boasts private access to the cockpit through large sliding glass doors as well as separate en-suite head and shower compartments. The impressive guest accommodations, located forward, also incorporate private head facilities. With fresh breezes and plenty of natural light through large salon windows, the 459’s welcoming interior is well-suited for live-aboard cruising, while the large bridge and aft decks – now available with Flexiteek decking – extend the yacht’s living spaces for the big cruise as well as for al fresco entertaining in style. Now, that’s cruising with flair!
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44' HUNTER 44 DECK SALON BROCHURE
44' HUNTER 44 DECK SALON BROCHURE
The Hunter 44 is offered in two distinct configurations - an aft cockpit cruiser and a raised deck salon. Each model has the space and accomodations usually found only in much larger boats along with the type of performance typically associated with class racing. Noted Hunter designer, Glenn Henderson, took his sportboat heritage and combined it with the Hunter interior designers to provide a truly versatile cruising boat. This hull has a special "bow hollow" just aft of the stem, which provides a longer waterline to increase speed.The aft underbody features a "stern reflex" giving a flatter edit, adding stability and decreasing the wake and turbulence - all providing better performance. Your choice of fin or shoal keel can match your sailing location and performance needs.
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2004 Chaparral Signature Cruisers Brochure (350, 330, 310, 290, 270, 260, 240)
2004 Chaparral Signature Cruisers Brochure (350, 330, 310, 290, 270, 260, 240)
You've never seen a line of cruisers quite like our new 2004 Chaparral Signature Series. From our flagship 350 to the value-minded 240, our 2004 fleet is sure to include a cruiser that's custom designed to your exact needs. Shopping for a cruiser but confused in a sea of claims and counterclaims? We can help. Get out your checklist and compare feature for feature. We not only invite the scrutiny, we welcome it. At first glance you'll notice a difference in style, workmanship and appointments. The Chaparral Advantage will be crystal clear. When you get to the bottomline, it's important to remember that our Signature cruisers are often equipped with standard equipment that rivals only offer as costly upgrades.
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2009 Formula 45 Yacht Brochure
2009 Formula 45 Yacht Brochure
The 45’s classic Formula design lines emanate an overall grace and beauty that immediately attracts attention and admiration. Well beyond state of the art, the very best materials and components are assembled with expert craftsmanship to produce this distinctively fine yacht. Measuring 48´ 2 ˝ overall with a 13´ 11˝ beam, the 45 Yacht design is equally suited to day cruising with family and friends, enjoying several days on the water or extended cruising. The coupe-top design effectively protects the forward cockpit from extreme weather conditions, yet affords ample ventilation through the expansive motorized sunroof. Fresh air also enters through the center walk-thru door and adjustable side vents. The tinted, totally integrated curved windshield reveals a panoramic vista in the absence of forward bracing, an unprecedented feature in this yacht class. (Formula Boats)
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2004 Carver Voyager 460 GS Brochure
2004 Carver Voyager 460 GS Brochure
After a full day of cruising, you and your family will undoubtedly appreciate the exceptionally well-appointed environment of the 460 Voyager. Here, you'll find the kind of amenities you would expect aboard a Carver yacht: comfort, abundant space, and the level of quality craftsmanship that typifies their luxurious interiors. The 460 Voyager GS Incorporates an incredibly spacious Grand Salon. 
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The Life and Times of Dick Simon (Vintage Motorsport)
The Life and Times of Dick Simon (Vintage Motorsport)
Having a phone conversation with Dick Simon is like reading a really good book; you just sit back and let it roll. At age 81, Dick has lost none of the optimism and unbridled verve that made him one of the more accomplished drivers and team owners in postwar Indy-car racing. Today, he's likely to apologize for lacking the sharp recall he once had for elates and people. But then he starts spinning stories in such telling detail and good-natured empathy that its hard to believe he missed a comma or a semicolon.
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A look back at the 1998 Chaparral Signature 29
A look back at the 1998 Chaparral Signature 29
There was a lot of hype in the 90's about bottom designs. When Chaparral's Extended V-Plane running surface took to the water back in '95, they turned recreational boating upside down. Their twin-strake, modified V running surface- incorporated into the 240, 260 and 300 Signatures- extends the full length of the hull including the critical area under the fiberglass swim platform. Unlike competitive cruisers where the centerline and the running surface don't measure up, Extended V-Plane means that every inch of fiberglass you paid for is at work whether you're idling through a no-wake zone or motoring along at full throttle.
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Caterpillar 3208 - Not A
Caterpillar 3208 - Not A "Throwaway Engine"
Disposable engines? Surely you jest. The 3208 is one of the better and longest running production engine ever put in a boat. Like all marine diesels there was a demand to squeeze more power out of them by increasing HP over the years. The buyer demand for speed of the modern day sportfisherman has greatly affected engine life across all brands not just Cat. 
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The SVRA Returns! Just a Little About Last Year's Race
The SVRA Returns! Just a Little About Last Year's Race
Hi everybody. I’m just that bald-headed old ex-Indy driver that loves racing with everything that you can imagine. I just wish I was still back there and engineering cars, but at least I do have a chance once again to be a part of the Indy program, although in this case, it's the Indy Vintage Race, which last year was the first time they had the largest Vintage Race in history. 700 cars entered that race. I had the fortunate chance to drive a 64 Corvette, owned by a gentleman that has driven it since the day he bought it, almost since it was brand spanking new.
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