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After the Great Loop, the McVeys Keep on Cruising: “There is so much more to see.” By Peter A. Janssen Charlie and Robin McVey from Louisville, Mississippi, just don’t know how to quit. Indeed, they’ve been cruising on their 42-foot 1986 Jefferson Sundeck trawler The Lower Place most of the time since they retired more than two years ago. After a few break-in cruises, they started the Great Loop at 5 am on Oct. 23, 2016, and completed it 343 days later, passing through 17 states, the District of Columbia and parts of the Bahamas and Canada. Back at their…

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Larry Polster Finally Takes His New Kadey-Krogen 50 Cruising in the Bahamas: “Damn, We Nailed This” By Peter A. Janssen For Larry Polster, a vice president and partner of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, this cruise has been a long time coming. Indeed, it started more than two years ago when Polster put in his order for hull number one of the new Kadey-Krogen 50 Open series; he wanted it for his personal boat so he and his wife Janet could go cruising again. The Polsters were intimately involved in every aspect of the new build, inspecting it in the factory in Taiwan,…

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Unlawful Search, Part 3. A Lot of You Wrote Us About Your Own Experiences Being Stopped and Searched for No Apparent Reason. Are These a Violation of Your Fourth Amendment Rights? By Peter A. Janssen We have written two stories now about the case of a Lake Erie boat owner whose 23-foot boat was searched by a Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission officer who gave him a citation with a $75 fine for having only four life jackets for the five people on board. The boat owner, Frederick Karash, 37, fought the fine in court, saying the search violated his…

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Unlawful Search Part 2. Can Local Officials Stop and Search Your Boat, Even If They Have No Reason To Think You’ve Done Anything Wrong? Or Are They Violating Your Fourth Amendment Rights?  What Do You Think? By Peter A. Janssen Last week we wrote about Frederick Karash, 37, of North East, Pennsylvania, who was fishing with four friends on his 23-foot boat in Lake Erie two years ago when he was stopped by an officer with the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission who checked to see everyone had fishing licenses. They did, but the officer then conducted a safety inspection…

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Lake Erie Boater Fights $75 Fine for Missing PFD, Says State Violated His Fourth Amendment Rights By Peter A. Janssen Here’s a court case that challenges our thinking about our constitutional right against unlawful search and seizure vs the enforcement of standard boating safety. But first, the facts: On May 23, 2016, Frederick W. Karash, 37, of North East, Pennsylvania, was fishing with four friends on Lake Erie on his 23-foot boat. At 7:30 p.m. James Smolko, an officer with the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission, who was patrolling the lake, stopped Karash’s boat to check for fishing licenses. After…

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After 48,350 Miles, Mystic Moon Cruises to Japan and Needs Help from Google Translator By Peter A. Janssen As even the most experienced long-range cruisers can attest, when you’re in foreign ports it helps to have a sense of humor, a lot of patience, and a handy Google Translator. At least that’s been the case for John and Kathy Youngblood on their 2004 Selene 53 Mystic Moon during their stay at Marinoa Marina in Fukuoka, Japan. But to start at the beginning… In 2003, the Youngbloods went to the Seattle boat show with the idea that they wanted to cruise around the…

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Aspen Power Cats Working on Two New Cruisers with Outboard Power, but Same Proa Hulls By Peter A. Janssen Aspen Power Catamarans is working on two new outboard-powered cruising boats, a first for the company, but they still will have Larry Graf’s innovative asymmetrical proa hulls. They also will be Aspen’s first twin-engine cruisers, and they join a growing trend to outboard power for cruising boats up to the 50-foot range. The new Aspens will start with a 3070 and a 3480 (pictured above). The 3070 will have a 200-hp outboard on the cat’s larger starboard hull providing the main…

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Maine Builder Back Cove Planning Its First Outboard-Powered Boat, a 34O, with Twin 300-hp Yamahas By Peter A. Janssen There’s big news this week from Back Cove, the Maine company that’s been building single-engine, diesel-powered cruising boats since 2003: It is now working on the Back Cove 34O, and the O stands for outboard power, as in two 300-hp Yamahas. The boat will be ready for sea trials in August and will make an appearance at the fall shows. This is a big change for Back Cove, which is part of Sabre, and an acknowledgement that the market, even for…

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Energy Observer Starts a Tour of the World, Powered by Hydrogen Produced from Seawater By Peter A. Janssen The first vessel in the world to produce hydrogen from seawater, Energy Observer, which looks a bit like something from outer space, just crossed from Marseille, France, to Corsica at the start of its six-year, 50-country trip around the world. It will spend this summer cruising the Med, and ultimately will make it to the Americas in 2020. Energy Observer was launched last April in Saint-Malo, pictured above, and made the first of its planned 101 stops around the world in Paris.…

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The Best of Both Worlds: A Kadey-Krogen 39 in the Pacific Northwest, and a Ranger Tugs 27 Anywhere East of the Mississippi By Peter A. Janssen John and Laurie Gray could easily serve as role models for the rest of us. They keep their big boat, Tribute, a 2004 Kadey-Krogen 39 pilothouse trawler, at their home port of Everett, Washington, just above Seattle. And they keep Trilogy, which they call “our other boat,” a 2012 Ranger Tugs 27, on a trailer almost anywhere east of the Mississippi River, ready to go cruising when and where the mood strikes. The Grays…

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