RORC Transatlantic Race 2023

Marie Tabarly’s 73ft ketch Pen Duick VI (FRA) finished the RORC Transatlantic Race on Sunday 22nd January in an elapsed time of 13 days 19 hours 33 mins 53 secs. Proudly displaying the flag of the Yacht Club de France, the Pen Duick crew of 12 are the youngest in the race and also have […]

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Cape 31 Key West Regatta

Sunshine sailing in the picturesque blue waters of Key West is what the Cape 31 Class signed up for and that is just what they got. Roosters. Mount Gay Rum. Key lime everything. Blue water. Island culture. As well as some great competition – the Southernmost Regatta has it all. A perfect week for the […]

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Great Lake Escape

Photo Adobe Stock On the northwest shore of Lake Michigan are two tiny Wisconsin communities — Algoma and Kewaunee — with a huge reputation for sportfishing. Go deep with one of the area’s 50-some fishing charters or cast your own line into tranquil tributaries. Count Viking River Cruises among those en route to the pretty […]

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Wintertime Tuna Fishing off Venice, Louisiana

Yellowfin tuna are a main attraction at Venice Marina. And the biggest fish don’t always get caught at the rigs. Courtesy Relentless Sportfishing The most reliable place on the planet to catch yellowfin and blackfin tunas is offshore Venice, Louisiana. Venice is located advantageously at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River. And as fall […]

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The Evolution of Power Catamarans

A veteran marine journalist reflects on how fast power cats have evolved over the last few decades. When I first cranked up my marine-magazine career eons ago, most of the big magazines dispatched editors every year to the Chicago International Boat Show. And toward the end of the festivities in 1989, in a crowded aisle […]

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Tips for Chartering a Yacht

Tips for a Successful Charter Dos, don’ts, and simple steps to a great boat vacation There’s no vacation like a boat vacation, so if you want to spread your wings and explore new territory, consider chartering. Powercats have made great inroads into crewed and bareboat charter in the past few years, so there are lots of […]

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The Fish Painter

Skin mounts kill. Replicas don’t. But turning raw fiberglass blanks into lifelike reproductions takes an artist who knows his fish. Jon Whittle Chris Murrah is really into African pompano right now. Surfer, angler, jazz musician, and now lead painter at King Sailfish Mounts, he grew up in East Fort Lauderdale fishing on the Tarpon River. […]

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Making the switch: How we become a liveaboards

A gentle introduction to the cruising life set Kate Ashe-Leonard on course for a full transocean liveaboard adventure We’re sailing by the Gulf of Venezuela as we approach the Colombian coastline, a notoriously difficult stretch of water with frequent high winds, big swell and current. This night is no exception. It’s 0100 and Jim and […]

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Right Whale, Wrong Tack

The right whale named “Snow Cone” and calf sighted off Fernandina Beach, Florida in 2022. Snow Cone has been entangled in rope since March 2021. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01 If you know me, you likely know that in addition to owning a charter fishing business, I’ve dedicated a […]

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Visit Hutchinson Island

Hideaway on Hutchinson Island Just far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets is the secret gem of Florida’s Treasure Coast—a 23-mile stretch along the Atlantic Ocean from Fort Pierce to Stuart known as Hutchinson Island. This serene barrier island attracts visitors in search of beautiful weather, an abundance of […]

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Proper Propellers

Proper Props Ensure your propellers are the right size and pitch for fuel efficiency and comfort.  Utilizing correctly tuned propellers is crucial for a boat’s optimum fuel efficiency and speed. Unless your boat is brand new, it’s possible that over time, added weight and reduced engine power has affected your propeller’s performance. Almost all new boats […]

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Exploring Florida’s Treasure Coast

Treasure Hunt Florida’s Treasure Coast is a hidden gem. Tangerine and cotton candy-colored clouds billow along the horizon creating the perfect backdrop for this laid-back, picturesque Florida region. Tucked along the Atlantic Coast just north of Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast comprises Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. This hidden gem is a wondrous […]

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40-Year-Old Albacore Record Broken

Matthew Florio with the New Jersey record longfin albacore tuna. Courtesy New Jersey Fish & Wildlife Matthew Florio now officially holds the New Jersey record for longfin albacore tuna. The commercial fisherman was fishing the Hudson Canyon Oct. 22 when he boated a 78-pound, 2.4-ounce fish. The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife […]

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BOAT SHOW BRINGS NEW BEGINNINGS

Notwithstanding the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, everyone seems to be ready to return to our waters for boating, recreational and commercial fishing. The Ft. Myers Boat Show will ‘kickoff’ the ‘New Year’ (January 5-8) with extensive displays of new boats, marine equipment, the Marine Industries Association’s “Know Before You Go” Display and ‘FISHING SEMINARS’ by […]

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