A Dream Cruise | Regal 23 OBX | Riviera 395 SUV - 01/11/2019
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Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62:
Sailing Made Easy and Fun

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62
Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62

Let us tell you a little secret: sailing a big boat is no more difficult than sailing a small one. And, they are a lot more comfortable. Yes, we know that sailing magazines are full of stories of how to reef in a gale, lying ahull techniques in 25’ (7.62 m) seas, and all of the fishing gear needed to survive 60 days in a liferaft. The reality is with modern satellite weather forecasting, GPS, and fiberglass hulls, sailing a large vessel to Bermuda is a lot safer than driving down I-95. The genius of Beneteau – and the reason why they are the world’s largest sailboat builder – is that they have made sailing easy. For nearly everyone. More...

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Test Video

Riviera 395 SUV:
CZone System for Easy Control

Riviera 395 SUV
Riviera 395 SUV

The Riviera 395 SUV includes a standard CZone system, which with a Bluetooth connection can be controlled from an iPad or other portable device from anywhere on the boat. The system controls all lights, tank levels, air conditioning, generator, engine diagnostics, battery charge, electronics, refrigerator temperatures, underwater lights, watermaker, stereo, TV, and much more – and turns it all off with one touch. More...

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Test Video

Regal 23 OBX:
Simple Helm Station w/Standard GPS

Regal 23 OBX
Regal 23 OBX

The helm of the Regal 23 OBX is finished in dark gray French-stitched vinyl, adding eye appeal as well as reducing reflection in the windshield. The standard Garmin 7607 provides all engine and navigation information on a centrally-positioned digital screen. A digital depth finder is standard, as is the tilt wheel. The Fusion Marine Sound system links to six water-resistant cockpit speakers. More...

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Cheoy Lee CLA 76 Flybridge:
Designed for the Owner/Operator

Cheoy Lee CLA 76 Flybridge
Cheoy Lee CLA 76 Flybridge

A sea chest mounted on the centerline of the Cheoy Lee CLA 76 Flybridge reduces the number of necessary through-hulls. Raw-water comes into the boat through one opening in the bottom of the yacht instead of having one fitting for each of the engines, and two others for the generator and the air conditioning system. Plumbed to the sea chest, the Groco sea strainers are easy to open and clean. The fittings are all wired for positive protection against galvanic corrosion. More...

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Wellcraft 182 Fisherman:
Robust Freeboard and Cockpit Depth

Wellcraft 182 Fisherman
Wellcraft 182 Fisherman

The Wellcraft 182 Fisherman has good cockpit depth and exterior freeboard for her LOA. We measured 29” (.74 m) from the deck to the covering boards amidships, which adds a level of safety especially for kids and pets, as well as helping to keep everybody aboard dry in upwind runs. More...

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Boating Tips

Never Give Up The Dream!

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We once asked Ted Turner what he did when he finally met one of his goals. His answer was, “I set a new horizon.”

Most of us are not getting any younger, but to those who are, we say stick around on the family room couch watching the tube; you can go cruising later along with 3 billion other people from China and India when they have a fully developed middle class. You’ll enjoy the company. For those that hear the clock ticking, we say don’t give up the dream, and what are you waiting for? Do you think it will actually be less expensive or less crowded, or a better experience in the future?

Following are some thoughts about where to go, how to get there, along with a few other considerations. The time to plan is now...



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