It was not your typical day cruise on Florida’s Pine Island Sound. A frigid, 30-knot northwest blow lashed us from above, while angry seas boiled us from below with a confused chop and sloppy rollers. There was no lee to be had during our three-hour leg up the Intracoastal Waterway from Fort Myers to Captiva, nor did any other boats care to join us out there. On a normal January day, this route would have been littered with day cruisers, but today it was just us against Mother Nature. And boy, was she pissed.
“Worst conditions I’ve seen in here by far,” said the owner of Exhale, the first hull of the North Pacific Yachts 49 Euro version. “If you had wanted to postpone this a day or two, I would’ve understood.”
But, as any seasoned skipper can attest, there’s something inherently “trawlerly” about weathering a less than perfect day on the water. And the North Pacific 49 Euro is a trawler to the core—made to handle elements just like these, a fact that became clearer with each lumbering roller we tamed...
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Photos by Jim Raycroft
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