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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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A Little About Lyn St. James
A Little About Lyn St. James
I'd have to say that working with Lyn was probably one of the best times I ever had working with a driver. She trusted me. She believed in me. If I told her do something in the car, she did it. Do you know what? It's almost like trying to teach a man and a wife how to drive a boat. I can tell the man, this is what you do, and he'll do it his own way first and find out it doesn't work. The woman will listen to you and try your method first because she doesn't know for sure or she's not as macho as a man, and that was Lyn. If I told Lyn, this is what I'd like to see you do, come out closer to the wall, she'd come out closer to the wall and actually rub the wall. Is that close enough?
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Indy Race 5/24/2015 (Commentary by Dick Simon)
Indy Race 5/24/2015 (Commentary by Dick Simon)
WOW! What a race yesterday. It reminded me of the old days... Everybody was competitive, everybody was on the edge, everybody was running hard, and the competition was tremendous! 37, I believe, lead changes, and 15 lead changes in the last few laps! That was exciting. The cars were very competitive, they were safe, obviously you saw the accidents... So the change in the rules went in the right direction.
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Sea Trialing a Boat
Sea Trialing a Boat
Conducting A Sea Trial A sea trial is a fancy term for a test drive, designed to test a boat’s seaworthiness. Surveyors use sea trials as an opportunity to test speed and maneuverability, as well as check for vibrations and observe other systems that can only be tested in the water. There are established standards for sea trials leading to a vessel’s certification, but unless a buyer insists on a survey, a casual boat ride is usually all that is expected.
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Boat Buying Guide: CYBA
Boat Buying Guide: CYBA
Looking for a Used Boat? Be Smart. Buy Smart. Whether you're going to sail the open ocean, fish your favorite coves or chart a course to your dream retirement-buying a boat is the adventure of a lifetime. You can find many exceptional values in used boats-they can be affordable, seaworthy, well built, well maintained. To make sure you get years of pleasure and adventure out of your used boat, buy smart.
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Scientists Now Predicting Near 100% Chance Of Strong El Nino
Scientists Now Predicting Near 100% Chance Of Strong El Nino
(CBS SF) — Climate experts say El Nino is growing stronger and could bring drought-busting wet weather to California this year. While the ocean condition is nearly guaranteed, rainfall doesn’t always follow the sea temperature increase.
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Dick Simon, History
Dick Simon, History
Dick Simon (born September 21, 1933 in Sandy, Utah) is one of the oldest men to ever have raced in the Indianapolis 500. He was 55 years old during his final Indy 500 start in 1988. A multiple starter and top-ten finisher in the race, he also became a car owner, founding Dick Simon Racing helping to begin the IndyCar careers of Stéphan Grégoire, Arie Luyendyk, Raul Boesel, and others. Simon also fielded cars for Lyn St. James. He sold his race team to Andy Evans who formed Team Scandia in 1997. He was back in the game in the late 90's and entered cars in 2000 and 2001.
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About Dick Simon Racing
About Dick Simon Racing
Dick Simon Racing was a race team owned by racer Dick Simon that competed in the CART Championship Car series from 1983 to 1995 and the Indy Racing League from 1999 to 2001.
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Catalina Smiles... (Common Cracks in Catalina Yachts) - An Inexpensive Fix!
Catalina Smiles... (Common Cracks in Catalina Yachts) - An Inexpensive Fix!
There's doing things the correct, effective way, and there's doing things the insanely expensive, difficult way. We here at Dick Simon Yachts like to get things done the right way, saving you time, money and heartache! Catalina smiles are extremely common, and don't require extensive repair. One of our clients was almost duped by a shipyard in Newport into stripping and re-glassing their entire keel! Absolute nonsense. Being in this business, and knowing what we know, we saved them thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs. 
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Anti-fouling Paint for Your Boat
Anti-fouling Paint for Your Boat
There's a lot of speculation among shipyards and other yacht maintenance companies, but fear not, we've done quite a bit of research into the best practices of hull painting so you can get the best job done, avoiding expensive premature haulouts
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Boat Test No. 866 Stalking Tall Cabo 35: Rises to the occasion. Boating By Peter Frederiksen
Boat Test No. 866 Stalking Tall Cabo 35: Rises to the occasion. Boating By Peter Frederiksen
You know the car commercial where they roll a marble in between the crease of the hood and fender? Big deal. If the car was really cool, the marble would roll up the hood. Good thing for car makers that Cat Harbor Boats, builders of the Cabo 35 Express, isn't in the automobile business. These guys could make that marble stay in the groove, roll uphill over the windshield and back down the trunk crease doing 30 knots.
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ACCIDENTAL RELEASE OF CO2 SYSTEM! - IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN AND TESTING OF EMERGENCY SYSTEM CONTROLS
ACCIDENTAL RELEASE OF CO2 SYSTEM! - IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN AND TESTING OF EMERGENCY SYSTEM CONTROLS
This safety alert serves to remind shoreside and vessel personnel of the importance of 1) designing and maintaining emergency systems to be logical and easily operated in high stress situations, 2) maintaining a high level of crew familiarity with emergency systems, and 3) exercising safeguards during testing to mitigate the risk of human error or system malfunction. Although regulations prescribe standards for safety systems aboard vessels, installations particularly those onboard uninspected vessels, can vary dramatically.
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INLAND EMPIRE
INLAND EMPIRE
Written by Amy Wideman  |  Photography by Cassie Wright Sometimes the most important voyage a yacht can embark upon is the route it takes to get to you, and sometimes that trip avoids the water altogether. For owner John O’Neill, a brand-new Meridian had to cover a lot of ground before making its first splash in freshwater. “Our 541 Sedan is the first Meridian ever shipped inland from saltwater,” John O’Neill explains. “Getting the boat from the factory in Merritt Island, Florida, all the way here to Lake Lanier in Georgia was quite the operation, but we’re really glad they made it happen.”
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CHAMPION OF BREAKFASTS
CHAMPION OF BREAKFASTS
Written and photographed by Randy Scott There is a line forming outside Richard Walker’s Pancake House and Richard Walker is distracted. Although he is curating one of the most sumptuous breakfasts in San Diego, he can’t seem to keep his eye from the growing line outside. To showcase his restaurant’s award-winning gourmet food, Richard orders a baked German pancake—a house favorite—for all of us to share. The pancake’s bottom dwarfs the plate and its sides are stiffly standing at attention. It is a giant “flour pot” best served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a dash of fresh lemon juice. Syrup? Nein! It would only mask the German pancake’s delectable flavor.
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SEA BLISS IN SEATTLE
SEA BLISS IN SEATTLE
Written by Matthew Grosinger | Photography courtesy of Peter Lynn A yacht should function like a world-class hotel, offering a comfortable escape that still manages, in all of its inimitable luxury, to feel just like home. It should integrate you with a community of people likeminded in their desire to relax and explore in equal measure; and finally—and most importantly—it should host you in a world-class location. The best resorts are always on the periphery, yet right in the middle of it all. Peter Lynn and his family have found their ideal luxury hotel aboard a Meridian 441 Sedan, which serves as a tasteful retreat in prime locations—the Pacific Northwest and the picturesque San Juan Islands.
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Meridian Lines Volume 4 Issue 2
Meridian Lines Volume 4 Issue 2
 Exhilaration Welcome Is there a better sensation than unfettered excitement? The kind that starts at gut level and builds as it heads north, tickling your chin and nose, before bursting into song somewhere just behind your eyes—a sweet symphony of anticipation and realization that plays only when something spectacular is about to unfold. For Meridian owners, this sensation emerges with welcome regularity. That’s because you know how to carve out precious hours aboard your home away from home and indulge accordingly. Your Meridian is a key that unlocks enjoyment, adventure and relaxation—and once that door opens, you know you can return to that headspace again and again. Excitement and exhilaration course throughout this issue of Meridian Lines. On Lake Lanier in Georgia, a Meridian owner and his family claim every free weekend for sunset cruises and onboard feasts. In New Hampshire, a couple frequently shares their idyllic surroundings with friends. In their readiness to embrace joy, they are prime examples of capturing those enchanting opportunities every time you step off the dock and onto your Meridian.
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[Boat Test 2253] Cabo 40 - West Coast Offense: Sets the record straight Boating By Lenny Rudow
[Boat Test 2253] Cabo 40 - West Coast Offense: Sets the record straight Boating By Lenny Rudow
Before your Acme Glitzcraft was trucked to the showroom floor, did the builders run the boat with the steering disconnected? Did they add and remove running strakes? Or change chine angles? Get real-the majority of builders don't bother. Instead, they mass produce a new model for a year or two, then tweak the hull and systems as they catch flack from customers. "Feedback;' they call it. But you and I know better. 
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Cabo 35 Express: Seakindly - Motorboating and Sailing
Cabo 35 Express: Seakindly - Motorboating and Sailing
By Reg Bragonier The new Cabo 35 from California is bullet proof, nimble and roomy. Ed Rice looked up at his sleek new sportfisherman, sitting on the rocks at Point Loma. The props and shafts had been torn off the night before when he'd run the boat aground in the fog at ten knots. "But the hull was practically unmarred," says Rice, an avid 56-year-old San Diego fisherman. "The scratches didn't even go through the gelcoat." So awed was he by the vessel's strength and finish that he phoned the manufacturer to suggest that a photographer be assigned to document the lack of hull damage.
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THAILAND
THAILAND
Written by Roger Kamholz | Photography by Jamie Elvidge Twelve months a year of tropical-warm, boating-friendly weather, miles of magnificent coastline, and a national cuisine that he touts as “delicious and healthy” surely help to keep Meridian owner Hasan Basar firmly planted in Thailand. But those fine qualities are just bonuses for him; what he cherishes most about living in Thailand are its people. “It’s disorganized, and the city is noisy,” Hasan says of his hometown of Bangkok. “Things work, things don’t work. But the people are great. There is still among the Thais a genuine desire to be nice first to people. And that’s wonderful. No matter who you meet, people’s first reaction is to be decent toward each other.” Coming from a Western con-text, in which you’re typically on guard meeting new people, that may come as a surprise to some, he says. “The Thais have a genuine desire to please any person they meet.” As a result, his business dealings generally lack confrontation. “At the end of a day’s work, you can go home without stress.”
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MEXICO
MEXICO
Written by Rosa Martinez | Photography by Jamie Elvidge Five men dressed in red climb a 30-meter pole. Four of them suspend themselves with rope from a ring, while the fifth man teeters at the very tip. There he plays a flute and drum. The music directs the four “flyers,” who make a dizzying, yet rhythmic descent toward the ground. For centuries, the Totanac people have been performing the Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), which originated with other indigenous groups, to appease Xipe Totec, the rain god—and other deities—ensuring fertility and beauty to the region. There must be something to the ritual, because Mexico’s town of Veracruz (in the state of Veracruz) offers a heavenly retreat for the water lover. Meridian 441 Sedan owner Jorge Sosa, his wife, Vanessa Aguirre, and their two young kids show off the city’s most revered sites from the bridge of their yacht.
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FOR THE LOVE OF WATER
FOR THE LOVE OF WATER
Written by Jennifer Chesak | Photography by Steven J. Conway “Everyone’s life is an accumulation of events from the days when they were young,” Jerry Perkins says. Yes, he states the obvious, but Jerry’s unique on-water childhood is what ultimately led him to the well-appointed helm of his Meridian 441 Sedan, where the retiree relaxes with his wife, Jeanne, and their friends. “It has everything I like,” he says, “plus lots of modern, luxurious systems and options. We have been surprised at how often we have used the washer and dryer, for example.” The couple opted for the upgrade and even asked MarineMax Naples, their local Meridian Yachts dealer, to help them install a dishwasher. Other customizations include underwater lights below the swim platform, and a wood floor in the salon and galley, which gives the yacht an even sleeker interior and adds a home-like feel.
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WHISKEY RIVER
WHISKEY RIVER
Written by Jennifer Chesak | Photography by Steven J. Conway Tennessee whiskey is not Kentucky bourbon; nor is Kentucky bourbon Tennessee whiskey. So when I find myself overlooking the Louisville, Kentucky, skyline from the bridge of a Meridian Yacht and sipping Jack Daniel’s—a Tennessee whiskey—my head spins a little. And not from the booze. First of all, have you been to Louisville? It’s quite beautiful—especially viewed from a yacht floating on the Ohio River—but more on that later. Back to the whiskey. In the galley of the Meridian 391 Sedan are no fewer than five bottles of various Jack Daniel’s labels, including Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, a 94-proof whiskey drawn from individual barrels. And in the salon and on the bridge are folks from the Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns the legendary Tennessee-made brand. The executives have climbed onboard the 391 to experience for an evening the allure of the Meridian lifestyle.
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CARE FOR A CRUISE
CARE FOR A CRUISE
Written by Roger Kamholz, Photography courtesy of David Hagen David Hagen estimates that, in the five years that he and his wife, Linda, have owned their Meridian 391 Sedan, the couple has made about 50 ports of call throughout the Pacific Northwest. That’s pretty ambitious stuff, particularly for a self-described “chicken boater” like David, who says he hardly ever ventures out into questionable conditions. Once, when the Meridian was caught in a heavy fog while heading into Seattle, David opted to putter the whole way back in the wake of a crane-hauling barge doing 6 knots, rather than risk any sudden encounters with Washington State ferries that his radar might not discern from land. But in spite of this, the truth of the matter—which comes to light after hearing his experiences threading through the rich cruising grounds scattered between Seattle and the northern tip of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island—is that David doesn’t really shy away from exploration at all. He just proceeds carefully.
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TUCKING INTO NANTUCKET
TUCKING INTO NANTUCKET
Written by Roger Kamholz, Photography courtesy of Cruz “You can go to places over the years by land, but when you get there by water it’s an entirely different experience.” I’m on the phone with a Meridian 441 Sedan owner who goes by the nickname Cruz. He needs little introduction to his fellow members of the Meridian Yacht Owners online forum, where Cruz acts as a moderator and is a frequent contributor. (Sensitive to his privacy, Cruz asked that Meridian Lines kindly not publish his or his boat’s name.) “You have a completely different perspective on everything,” he continues, “a better perspective, in my opinion. It’s amazing how you can rediscover something because you approach it from the water.”
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Meridian Lines Volume 4 Issue 1
Meridian Lines Volume 4 Issue 1
Form and Function Like matter and energy, they are two forces inextricably tied to one another. Form and function each alone can give rise to beauty and utility, but when their powers align, a special kind of art is possible, which leaves one unable to discern between fine aesthetics and exceptional craft. This is the space Meridian’s industry-leading designers and builders strive to create. They surely succeeded in marrying exquisite form and versatile functionality in crafting the 441 and 541 Sedans. This issue of Meridian Lines explores the similarities and common philosophy behind these two vessels. And given that the younger 541 carries forward principles originating with its elder sibling, you might say the 541’s recent accolade in the boating press—the flagship Meridian Yacht was named one of Boating magazine’s 10 Best Boats of 2012—is a title the two could share.
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Regal 35 Sport Coupe Review: ISLAND HOPPER
Regal 35 Sport Coupe Review: ISLAND HOPPER
A huge watersports platform, shallow draft and easy maneuverability makes this a great boat for The Bahamas... The Bahamas' Sea of Abaco is like a second home to Duane Kuck, President and CEO of Orlando, Florida-based Regal Boats. His wife, Cindy, hails from there, and they bring their children back to the island chain by boat each summer to enjoy the spectacularly clear waters, abundant marine life, charming towns and unspoiled natural setting. So it's no wonder that Regal Boats builds a line of cruisers that are ideally suited to cruising to and through the Abacos-particularly the 2011 Regal 35 Sport Coupe (SC).
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Regal 35 Sport Coupe Review: JUST RIGHT
Regal 35 Sport Coupe Review: JUST RIGHT
Regal's 35 Sport Coupe packs a full range of creature comforts into a midsize envelope... The sport coupe is the new express cruiser. A growing number of midsize boat owners are saying goodbye to radar arches and canvas enclosures as they discover the conveniences of glass-enclosed hardtops, climate controlled helms and power sunroofs.
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Cabo 31 Express Review: Fast (But Soft) Track to Blue-Water Fishing Powerboat Reports
Cabo 31 Express Review: Fast (But Soft) Track to Blue-Water Fishing Powerboat Reports
The builders of the Cabo 35 offer a smaller version with a smoother ride. One of the many things you can say about the Cabo 31 Express is that it is not a boat for everyone. At a base price of about $210,000 quickly ascending to $300,000 for a dressed-out boat, we're in heady territory shopped by those who'd also (if only they could) be making hull-to-hull comparisons with Blackfin and Bertram.
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Cabo 35 Boat Review: Sport Fishing By Chris Caswell
Cabo 35 Boat Review: Sport Fishing By Chris Caswell
Okay, let's cut to the chase here. You're a serious fisherman, and you don't care if a sportfisher's interior is lined in ultrasuede, the cushions are tufted, or the vanity has a lighted mirror. You know, the stuff you hear in most boat tests. What you want to know is how this boat backs down hard on a fish, how quickly it spins, and if the cockpit is big enough to do some serious fishing without everyone stepping on each other.
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