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After 70 Years of Sailing Straight and True, Norton Yachts Decides it’s Time to Tack

The letter began, “Dearest extended family, colleagues, and friends, as the saying goes, “You can’t control the wind but you can adjust your sails.” As is so predictable in life, the time has come for Ken and I to adjust our sails.” Carolyn Schmalenberger, Co-Owner, Norton Yachts Norton Yachts began in 1948 by Ed Norton. In 1961 the torch was passed to […]

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Jeanneau Leader 10.5

It’s hard to say whether the Jeanneau Leader 10.5’s accommodation plan or its hull design exhibits the most innovation. LOA: 34’8″ | Beam: 10’6″ | Draft: 2’9″ (engines down) | Displacement: 9,370 lb. | Transom Deadrise: 21.5 degrees | Bridge Clearance: 7’5″ | Max Cabin Headroom: 5’11” | Fuel Capacity: 210 gal. | Water Capacity: 42 gal. | Max Horsepower: 700 | Available Power:Twin outboard motors to 700 hp total | More Information: jeanneauamerica.com This article originally appeared in the February 2018 […]

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Jeanneau NC 795

As seen in Boating Magazine’s November/December 2017 Issue.  Jeanneau’s NC 795 combines a new dynamic profile with multiple innovations to improve onboard comfort. The Jeanneau NC 795’s biggest selling point is that it can be a pleasant express cruiser with the sliding doors wide open along with the sunroof and side windows. In that mode, it’s ­really a runabout with […]

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Two New Additions to the Leader Range to be Launched in Fort Lauderdale

Anyone traveling to this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, will discover two exciting new additions to the Leader outboard range, the Leader 6.5 and Leader 9.0. At 22 feet, the Leader 6.5 is a great little family boat, perfect for wakeboarding, water skiing or simply bombing around your local waters. Powered by a single 200hp Yamaha engine, the Leader […]

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Jeanneau NC 11 by: Dean Travis Clarke

This article originally appeared in Boating Magazine’s September issue.  Jeanneau’s NC11 melds the very best of traditional seakeeping and robust construction with a modern design aesthetic. In France, sailing and boating qualify as national pastimes almost on a par with soccer — and the sports heroes (and heroines) are oftentimes sailors. The French always do an exceptional job of designing boats […]

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Jeanneau NC 895 by: Mike Werling

This article originally appeared in Sea Magazine’s September 2017 issue.  A new concept gets an outboard redesign but keeps its performance chops and weekend cruising ability. THE STEADY ROAR of twin Yamaha F200 outboards. The whipping wind caused by our 44 mph top speed. The thrill of a sporty lean during hard turns. I was enjoying the ride in the […]

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Magical Isle

Here, in the Pacific Northwest, the boating season is short.  We don’t want to miss a single moment of the sunshine, especially in  the San Juan Islands.  It’s our local playground, but more than that, it is a place to reflect on nature and our place in the universe.  Sucia Island is our favorite San Juan Island, located to the […]

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Take the Wheel Anyone?

For the past several years, certainly one of the most popular programs offered during the Annapolis Sailboat Show, especially for those looking to purchase a new boat, is the Take the Wheel Workshop. What is Take the Wheel? In a nutshell, it’s an opportunity for people attending the Annapolis show to go for a sail on several different sized boats and […]

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