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Boating February 2017

Boating is the world's foremost magazine for boating enthusiasts. Written by experts for those who love the sport, the editorial covers the waterfront -- from runabouts to sportfish convertibles to luxury showpieces, and everything in between.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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buying time

THERE’S NO QUESTION THAT boat shows exist to sell boats. Sure, they offer a fun day or weekend for dedicated boatoholics to while away time, especially if their boats are stored on the hard and winter winds blow any thoughts of actually going boating right out of their minds. The shows offer a great way to see what’s new, and to touch and feel the advances in materials, workmanship and marine accessories that this publication brings to you in words and pictures every month. At a show, one can stand at the helm of some gleaming, powerful beauty and, if just for one moment, daydream off to a day on a favorite body of water — or off to some new horizons. At some shows, like the Miami International Boat Show,…

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dirk petersen coral sexologist

ON BOARD WITH ... MORE ONLINE! To read the full interview, scan this tag or go to boatingmag.com/coral. Your group, Secore, stands for sexual coral reproduction. Coral sex sounds … intriguing. We focus on sexual reproduction. There are two critically endangered species, elkhorn coral and staghorn coral — the first reef-building coral ever included in the Endangered Species Act — that have trouble reproducing. We do fertilization under controlled conditions and get fertilization rates of 90 or more percent. Then we put them back to the reef. When will you be able to completely restore a reef? It is not possible to restore a complete coral reef. We focus on a few key species. We are convinced that once the key species are established, it will attract other animals and plants to establish again. How much time…

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refrigerators

Dometic CoolMatic CR Compressor THE COOL: The CR series features a full-width freezer compartment and adjustable shelves, including an egg tray and stainless-steel hardware. Other features include double locking doors with a vent position. Capacity is 2.3 cubic feet, and it draws 5.7 amps at 12 volts dc: It weighs 49.7 pounds and measures 20.5 inches tall by 21.5 inches wide by 17.6 inches deep. THE MELT: It’s the most expensive of the three, and some reviewers complained about the flip-up handle. PRICE: $859; dometic.com Isotherm Cruise 49 THE COOL: The lowest priced of our trio is one of the most popular. Capacity is 1.75 cubic feet, and the compressor can be remote-mounted up to 4.9 feet away. It draws 2.5 amps at 12 volts and 1.25 amps at 24 volts. The Isotherm Cruise 49…

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being prepared matters

MY FRIEND’S 31-FOOT JUPITER WAS LOADED DOWN AND ready for me to run to Treasure Cay, Bahamas, a 170-mile trip that I had completed 100 or more times in the past. There were some storms approaching from the west, so I pushed off from the dock and initially outran them. A little shy of the Little Bahama Bank, the boat’s engines and electronics started to act in a peculiar manner. I throttled back and tried to figure out a solution. At this time, both motors died, and the electronics on the boat shut off. I could hear an unfamiliar humming sound coming from the outriggers. My initial thought was the boat had been, or was about to be, struck by lightning. I was eventually able to get the port motor started,…

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fools rush in

Running the inlet, navigating the channel, backing into the slip: So much of what constitutes seamanship involves forging ahead with confidence. (Poetic license allows me to use the phrase “forge ahead” to reference the phrase “backing in.”) Well, there are times when taking one’s time, if not stopping altogether, proves the best and most seamanlike course of action. Let’s start with coastal inlets. Approaching from offshore, say at about 3 miles out, suppose you spy a band of white instead of a gap in the beach where the inlet is supposed to be. What then? Maintain course and speed because you have a big-name boat powered by brand-new engines? Know that Mother Ocean doesn’t give a shiver-me-timbers about labels. In that circumstance, a better course of action might be to get closer, cautiously.…

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q&a

ASK THE MASSES Go to boatingmag.com/forums to ask fellow boaters your questions or to answer theirs. Fuel-Starved [ Q ] Hi Mick. I have a 1973 25-foot Hunt Surfhunter with a 2011 5.7L MerCruiser mated to a Bravo Two drive. The engine and drive have 310 hours on them. The boat has a 70-gallon tank, and I had about 25 gallons in the tank when the problems arose. After about three hours of cruising around at varying speeds, including extended times off plane and at cruising speed of 3,200 rpm, I experienced two issues. First, after anchoring for about a half-hour, the engine was difficult to start, as if it was fuel-starved. After a couple of attempts and giving it full throttle, the engine fired up. A few minutes later, after having…

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