Charter Cruising to Alaska | Cobalt R7 | Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius - 11/08/2018
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Charter Cruising to Alaska with Mother Goose

Charter Cruising to Alaska with Mother Goose
A NW Explorations 46’ Grand Banks Classic in front of the Tracy Arm Glacier this past summer. Only eight charter legs are available for the summer of 2019.

One of the very best cruising grounds in the world is the Inside Passage from Bellingham, Washington to Skagway, Alaska – 1,700 miles of mostly protected water through some of the most pristine nature left on the planet. Every year, NW Explorations runs a flotilla of five charter boats – plus the Mother Goose. As its name implies, Mother Goose and her five person crew lead the way, but they also provide a remarkable concierge service. This summer we went back for our second Mother Goose cruise in 10 years, and we’ve already signed up for our third, given the fact that our summers are in short supply.

What follows is a report on what the NW Explorations Mother Goose Flotilla is all about. Let us just say that in 50 years of boating, it is one of the very best bareboat chartering experiences we have ever had. And, we’re not the only ones that feel that way. Of 40 charter legs for the summer of 2019 cruise, 32 have already been booked, and only eight remain available. You could be one of the lucky ones next summer. Read all about it...

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New Editor's Report

Cobalt R7:
Big Single-Engine Bowrider

Cobalt R7
The Cobalt R7 is 27’6” LOA and has one of the largest carrying capacities possible with a single sterndrive engine.

The Cobalt R7 has seating and sunning space for a large crew of friends and family, with the finish level expected from this premium brand. She’s got an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam so she can be trailered, and single stern-drive power gives her the oomph she needs for tow sports. With a long list of available options, boaters can spec out this bowrider to make it their own. More...

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Entertaining Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
5 Entertainment Venues,
2 En Suites

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius

The broad aft deck of the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius is designed for guests to see and be seen when she’s docked stern-to. The large wood-grain polyurethane table here is completely weatherproof, and readily provides seating for six or more for dinner. A console to starboard, nestled in the boat's sweeping superstructure, can hold a refrigerator and icemaker. More...

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Test Video

Larson FX 1850 DC:
Evinrude-Powered Entry-Level Dual Console

Larson FX 1850 DC
Larson FX 1850 DC

The wide variety of cowling color choices on the 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC makes it possible to match the trim of almost any boat, including the Larson FX 1850 DC. The high tech two-stroke pushed the 2,400-pound (1,089 kg) hull to a top speed of 44.1 mph in our tests, while at a cruise of 23.8 mph she got 5.6 mpg. The dual-console has an aerated livewell, rod storage, and bow and stern casting decks, and could also function as a family watersports platform. More...

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Captain's Report

Beneteau Oceanis 38.1:
Easy to Sail and Improved Layouts

Beneteau Oceanis 38.1
Beneteau Oceanis 38.1

The Beneteau Oceanis 38.1, the improved version of the Oceanis 38, includes upgrades such as additional layouts and a new galley design. Beneteau took it a step further by improving quality in key areas of the boat. This boat carries its 13’1” (3.99 m) beam far aft to create more space below deck and on deck the wide beam adds stability, accommodates her twin rudders, and allows for a more generous cockpit. See what else she has to offer here...

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Test Video

Back Cove 32:
Affordable Downeast Cruiser

Back Cove 32
Back Cove 32

The Back Cove 32 has evolved from the Back Cove 30 which hit the market years ago and became an instant success. The 32 is not only larger, but is more refined and upgraded from the original version. She is designed for cruising couples who want to work the coast and be seen in something that looks more like a traditional workboat than a blown-up bowrider. On the other hand, she is also targeted at people who realize that their self-esteem does not need the succor that extravagantly priced Downeasters promise to bestow on their owners. More about the boat...

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Safety Tip

How To Avoid Capsizing

safety tip
The government and industry standards require level flotation for all powerboats with an engine of 2-hp or greater and 20’ long or under. But that doesn’t mean they won’t turn turtle, because they probably will.

The statistics don’t lie: Boaters’ odds of surviving a day on the water fall precipitously if the boat capsizes. Learn why boats swamp and capsize – some boaters may be surprised – and what to do if it happens. Have a look at our tips here...



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