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Soundings December 2018

Soundings is the news and feature publication for recreational boaters. Award-winning coverage of the people, issues, events -- and the fun -- of recreational boating. Check out our generous boats-for-sale section and our gunkholing destinations.

United States
Active Interest Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
travel that transforms

I got lucky. My first experience on a charter was aboard a classic Trumpy. Talk about a boat with stage presence. Each time she entered a harbor, the handsome motor yacht—with her signature white hull and polished wood—drew lingering stares. Yet, the boat was just one element that made that trip unforgettable. It was also my introduction to the British Virgin Islands. And it was my first real cruise. I’d been asked to write a story about the place and the Trumpy. This was a couple of decades ago, when the totality of my boating experience had been on a friend’s center console. I imagined the BVI would be a learning experience and an adventure. As it turned out, that elegant Trumpy and those beautiful islands left a big impression. My passing…

1 min
kadey-krogen now on plane

Kadey-Krogen, the renowned builder of full-displacement passagemaking vessels, is getting into the planing-hull game with a new company and contemporary, 26-knot motoryacht. The new venture will be called Summit Motoryachts by Kadey-Krogen and the plan is to launch its first model—a 54-foot flybridge—at the 2019 Newport International Boat Show in Newport, Rhode Island. “We’re not changing our focus,” said Kadey-Krogen vice president and partner Larry Polster at the Newport International Boat Show in September. “Summit Motoryachts is a completely different company that will build very different boats than Kadey-Krogen. The idea is to have an alternative for our customers who ultimately decide that motoring at six to eight knots is not conducive to the type of cruising they want to do.” The Summit 54 will be built alongside the full Kadey-Krogen model…

1 min
the moorings celebrates 50

It was a blizzard that created The Moorings. In the late 1960s, Charlie Cary, an avid sailor, was offered a promotion. His new job would take him from New Orleans—where he and his wife, Ginny, loved to sail their Alberg 35—to an office in the Northeast. But on an early visit to his new locale he watched a blizzard outside his hotel room. He took one look at the weather and turned down the promotion. He and Ginny sailed to the Caribbean, and when they got to the British Virgin Islands, bought six 35-foot Pearson yachts. On July 4, 1969, they started a little charter company called The Moorings. Soon, they collaborated with yacht builders Morgan, Gulfstar and Beneteau to build custom charter boats for The Moorings. Today, The Moorings’ charter…

3 min
facebook group rallies boaters against thieves

South Florida attorney Bruce Marx posted a message on his Facebook page last April, asking friends for the email addresses of local dockmasters. “It’s time that a marina community watch be established,” he wrote. In that post, Marx’s anger didn’t show, but he was boiling at his keyboard. Thieves had stolen a Garmin chartplotter off his 31-foot Contender. They’d struck while the boat was at a dock in Miami. “I’d had it for a little over a week,” he says of the plotter. “I was shocked, irritated and mad all at the same time.” And he was far from alone. Theft of helm electronics and outboard engines is skyrocketing, especially in Florida. CNBC analyzed Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records last year and found a nearly 20 percent rise in…

6 min
military veterans take a plunge to save the oceans

They say the job of a U.S. Air Force pararescueman combines the skills of a Navy Seal, an Army Ranger and a medic. The training alone eliminates more than 80 percent of the people who try out for the job. Those who make it through find themselves surrounded by explosions, pain and killing. These are the guys who might drop into a valley in Afghanistan and fight back out with fellow soldiers who were pinned down under enemy fire. That’s what Roger Sparks did in 2010, helping nine wounded soldiers and earning America’s third-highest award for valor: the Silver Star. He served 25 years in the military before retiring in 2017 with a memory that, he says, was full of “powerful, destructive awe.” His experiences resulted in a diagnosis of…

1 min
bertram 61

LOA: 61’1” Beam: 18’3” Draft: 4’10” Displ.: 88,000 lbs. Fuel: 1,720 gals. Water: 280 gals. Power: (2) 1,925-hp Cat C32A diesels Price: $3.49 million After prowling through the canyons for a few months, the Bertram 61 debuted at the Newport International Boat Show in September. “She rides like a dream, better than we ever imagined,” Bertram CEO Peter Truslow says of the convertible. “We’ve been sea-trialing her the best way we know how—by fishing her hard offshore. We couldn’t be happier with the ride and performance.” Michael Peters designed the 61’s seakindly hull. Seakeeper stabilization is standard. Top speed with a pair of 1,925-hp Caterpillar C32A diesels is 44 knots, while the 61 cruises at 34 knots, according to Bertram. The exterior of the 61 screams Bertram. Chiseled features are graceful and…