From the Pilothouse | PassageMaker

From The Pilothouse- Welcome to PassageMaker

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new publication, PassageMaker. We expect this magazine to become the leading source of information for all owners, designers, and builders of trawlers and displacement ocean motorboats. PassageMaker was born of our own interest in extended…

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From The Pilothouse- A Boat for Everyone

It is an exciting time for all of us. Never before have there been so many different styles, sizes, and types of powerboats so well–suited for our kind of cruising. It seems each boat show offers something new—in boats and equipment. Sure, the economic problems…

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From the Pilothouse-Trawlering A Social Model?

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed it yourself, but a funny thing happens to me when I walk down the dock towards a boat. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, or what my mood—when I get closer to a boat, a change…

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From the Pilothouse-What It’s All About

What it’s all about. I guess it’s no surprise that when I finally break free and get to go on vacation, I usually come up with a plan that involves going on a boat somewhere. Go figure… This summer we offed to Alaska, joining Bruce…

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From the Pilothouse – Put Me On A Boat Any Day!

I sit at the airport gate, seething with frustration at a system so dysfunctional that every person around me is fidgety, glazed, and stressed big time. The perpetrator of today’s events is Continental Airlines, hands-down winner of a “Misery Loves Travel” Award. The flight from…

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From the Pilothouse – Go Have Fun

Whew! The fall shows are done, and life can get back to normal. It was a fabulous fall season, and we met thousands of people at our TrawlerPorts and boat shows. As I think back on the last five years, I’m struck by how much…

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From the Pilothouse-Educate Over Legislate

It is probably inevitable that stricter boating laws or mandated owner competency testing and licensing will come. It hasn’t happened yet, but how can we avoid it? There is growing evidence that many people who take to the water these days don’t have sufficient training…

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From the Pilothouse – Back In The Groove

Boomer lies heavily against my side, pushing me into the side of the hull as she stretches her length across the V-berth. Laurene is quietly rolled up on her side, invisible under the covers, unaffected by our golden retriever’s need for continuous physical contact. We…

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From the Pilothouse, “Great News”

Great News! In every endeavor, there comes a time for a change. In this case, the change is both good and exciting. It is with great pleasure that I share with all of your some exciting news. We have joined the ranks of a large…

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From the Pilothouse, “Revvin’ Up!”

Revvin’ Up! It’s been a few months since we joined the ranks of Trader Publishing, and things are getting into the rhythm of the “new normal.” Initially, we took things at displacement speed to get acclimated to the workings of a large organization and its…

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