Author Archives: Colin

About Colin

Short Bio. I have worked in the marine industry since I was 15 with the exception of a brief stint working on cars and RV's.

Automotive Oddities: Chevy Avalanche 2500

  If your into cars (well trucks I guess) you likely know that GM offered 2500 versions of the Suburban and Yukon XL. Most of these heavy duty people haulers were bought by government fleets for everything from security to Fire … Continue reading

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New London Water Taxi Update

New London Water Taxi Update – Seems I was a little behind on the news. looks like a operator for the ferry was chosen last week. Maybe I can try the service out this summer while visiting the Thames Yacht … Continue reading

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OMC Quiet Rider, a unique idea rides again.

  If you go walking thru a boat show today you will see a number of new boats with outboards hidden behind covers. The Searay 370  is one of the best known example of this. With Twin Mercury outboards hidden under … Continue reading

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New London Water Taxi update

Looks like New London has put out a call for operators for their water Taxi service. I hope some one makes a go of it. Seems like a really good idea for a city with such a large water front. … Continue reading

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Car sales vs US population

Was reading an article by Jack Baruth over at TTAC the other day on the affordability of New cars to the middle class. Made a quick spread sheet of new car sales vs us population to give an idea of … Continue reading

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Things I never knew existed Island Packet Power Yacht

The Island Packet PY 41 is a unique semi displacement trawler based on the IP SP cruiser . The 41′ shares many traits with it’s motor sailor cousin including a ballasted keel that should make for a very seaworthy 41′. My … Continue reading

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New boat for the fleet KINGFISHER III

Another boat for the family fleet. My father picked up a 1960’s KingFisher  III sailboat off craigslist a month ago. Interestingly this is a Rhodes design  like my Mariner. We haven’t had a chance to get it out in the … Continue reading

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Dealer leaks at Allpar

I have a bit of thing for Mopar’s I tend to cruise car forums under the name mopar4wd. Over the last 2 days a number of leaks have come out from a FCA dealer meeting in Vegas. It appears that … Continue reading

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Lithium Batteries

There is a lot of talk about lithium batteries for cruising boats these days. My guess is it will take another few years to shake out but eventually they will be common place. Anyways in the cruisers forum post above … Continue reading

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New Site

While looking online today for a new (used boat) I found a Donzi Blackhawk. Which were cool 22′ Donzi classic with custom paint and a Mercruiser surface piercing twin prop counter rotating drive. I’ve always kind of wanted one but … Continue reading

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