Looking for the marine equivalent of an SUV? One with some New England tradition? Look no more. The test of Pearson’s True North 38 Explorer was just a tad unusual for a couple of reasons. First, I’d already spent a fair amount of time aboard the boat earlier this year while doing a feature article for PMY’s sister publication Voyaging. The three-day excursion that inspired the feature was a kick and a half—gunkholing the Ten Thousand Islands area of Florida, a vast, skinny-water mangrove wilderness near Everglades City, with a cockpitful of camping gear, a wild-and-crazy bunch of friends, and a roof rack stacked with kayaks. Second, flying the friendly skies hadn’t been necessary. Now, more than 6,000 nautical miles into a promotional cruise of the eastern United States, the test boat was docked in Carrabelle, Florida, at The Moorings, a fine, full-service marina just a short drive from my home.
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