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CURRENT ISSUE | MARCH 2014

World Cruising | Destination Niue: The Rock of Polynesia: Experiencing a unique and pleasant isle along the Coconut Milk Runby Nadine Slavinski Classic Passages | Marquesas to Panama: Onwards and upwards from French Polynesia eastwards to Panama by Eithne Sweeney more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MARCH 2014

SEA  TIME Over the last few years we have been involved with several rallies and offshore sailing events and have literally seen thousands of sailors take off on passages. We are one of the founding sponsors of the Salty Dawg more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2014

Cruising Life | Sweet Spots on the Rio Dulce Part II: Getting to one of the western Caribbean’s best hurricane holes by Christine Myers. World Cruising | We Come to Bear Witness: Sailing Haida Gwaii Exploring the amazing history and more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | FEBRUARY 2014

CHECKING IN This month we are happy to bring you our annual guide to communications for cruisers and offshore sailors. There are so many ways to stay in touch these days that you almost have to make a philosophical decision more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JANUARY 2014

Bill Biewenga Offshore North to South: Pointing the Way. How magnetic compasses work in the real word.  David Burch, At the Helm: Limitations of GPS. Why we should learn to navigate. Cruising Life Bar Exam Part I: Getting to one more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JANUARY 2014

BLIND FAITH • Almost all of us have been sailing with GPS for so long that we take its accuracy and reliability for granted. It just works. We have it in our phones, tablets, cars, even wristwatches, as well as more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2013

DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Bill Biewenga Offshore: Bitter Winds Cold weather sailing can be hard and dangerous. Or, it can be a rare pleasure. Daniel Collins: Tech Talk Moving Pictures: Tall Tales and Seascapes How to get more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2013

The Departure • Experienced cruisers will tell you that the hardest part of getting away for a long cruise—such as heading to Mexico or the Caribbean for the winter—is the process of getting your boat and yourself ready to get more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2013

NOVEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Living Aboard: Tsunami! Tsunami! Handling the unsettling warnings of a potentially destructive force by Heather Francis. Classic Passages: Galapagos to Marquesas Part II: Life is but a dream on a passage from one more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2013

On Your Own • There is an old saying that cruising is nothing more than sailing your boat from one exotic repair facility to the next. But while the locations can be exotic, they are often without what we would more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | OCTOBER 2013

OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Living Aboard: The High Life Boatyard living’s delicate mix of timing, work and life. Classic Passage: Panama to the Galapagos Islands Part 1: The mighty Pacific Ocean shows its serene and tender disposition more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | OCTOBER 2013

Our Cruising Community • When I think back to the day we sailed into Bermuda from Europe on our last leg of a five year circumnavigation, I remember well how pleasant it was to anchor in St. George’s Harbor among more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Classic Passages: Uphill to Tahiti A couple takes the road less traveled across the South Pacific by Eithne Sweeney. Cruising Life: Which Island is Best? Experienced Caribbean island hoppers answer an unexpected question more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2013

New Dreams, New Boats • It is no secret that Blue Water Sailing fosters the cruising dream in many sailors and helps those who are getting ready to set off for a season or a year of cruising to prepare more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2013

AUGUST 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Sailing Adventures: 12 Caribbean Charter Hot Spots. Southern Learning by Andrew Cross. A World of Opportunities by Andrew Cross. World Cruising: Wintering at 70 Degrees North, A couples challenges in high lattitude more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | AUGUST 2013

Pure Sailing • As we look over the harbor in Newport, RI now in late June, there are boats everywhere sailing in all directions having fun. But it was a long winter. We took our boat more or less apart more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JULY 2013

JULY 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. Cruising Life: Navigating a successful partnership. How a cash-strapped 24 year old fulfilled a dream by Daniel Shea. World Cruising: Samoan Sojourn, A family finds more than just a great destination in the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JULY 2013

FIRST PASSAGE • Every July we turn our attention to the world of small cruisers and daysailers and this year we have three compelling small boat cruising stories for you plus a roundup of some of the new and interesting more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JUNE 2013

JUNE 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Cruising: Reprieve at Rum Cay by Todd Duff, Living Aboard: Balance Pose, Striking the balance between work and cruising by Sarah Curry, Cruising Life: The Voyaging Galley, foods from around the world more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JUNE 2013

Performance Cruising There are some cruising sailors who consider performance cruising to be an oxymoron and anyone who suggests it to be a moron. But performance means a lot of different things to different people. That’s why we asked a more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MAY 2013

MAY 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Cruising: New Zealand’s Unknown Isle. Discovering rugged yet laid-back Stewart Island by Katie Thomsen. Sailing Smart – Atoll Cruising 101: The Tuamotus. How to safely negotiate atolls of the South Pacific by more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MAY 2013

The Three P’s. As the sailing season around most of America gets underway this spring we are happy to bring you our annual special report on Safety at Sea, starting on page 40 with an in depth look at “safety more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | APRIL 2013

APRIL 2013 ISSUE OF BLUE WATER SAILING. World Cruising; Bountiful Bonaire. Spend hurricane season soaking in Bonaire’s laid back beauty by Diane Gorch. Classic Passage; Newport to Annapolis. Traversing the inside route between two great sailing cities by Skip Pond. more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | APRIL 2013

Take Her Apart • It is almost March here in the Northeast as we go to press with this issue. The snow is still piled up on both sides of the driveway and there was a new dusting of the more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MARCH 2013

March 2013 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Practical Passagemaker: The Five Stages of Crisis Management; how to deal with the unexpected and learn more from your experience. By Dennis Jud. World Cruising: Discovering the Eastern Mediterranean; The Eastern Med Yacht more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MARCH 2013

200 Issues and Counting • When Rosie and I returned from a five-year circumnavigation with our sons, Si and Tim, we needed to launch ourselves into the next chapter of our lives. We’d sailed 40,000 miles aboard Clover, our Mason more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2013

February 2013 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. World Cruising: Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Whiling away the weeks in a friendly, history-filled cruisers’ paradise by Connie McBride. Classic Passages: The Strait Route. Sailing from Thailand/Malaysia to South Africa by Marci Paravia. Cruising more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | FEBRUARY 2013

Real Inspiration • Following last summer’s London Olympics, in which U.S. sailors failed to medal, there was a lot naval gazing and second guessing in the sailing community as the Olympic Committee struggled to understand the problem. A thoughtful report, more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JANUARY 2013

January 2013 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. BWS Interview: Multihull Master: Gino Morrelli. World Cruising: A Feast for the Senses A leisurely cruise in Fiordland, New Zealand by Katie Thomsen. Practical Passagemaker: In Mosquito Country Learning about malaria’s lesser known more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JANUARY 2013

Experience Matters • With this, our 198th edition of BWS, we are happy to bring you a new logo on the cover and a new layout inside. By renewing the look of the magazine, we are setting our sights on more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2012

December 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Seamanship: Unleashing Women’s Potential. Thinking beyond “pink and blue” boundaries leads to smoother sailing by Teresa L. Carey. Destinations: Feliz Navidad! Celebrating a colorful Christmas in Z-town by Emily Fagan. Practical Passagemaker: Surefire more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2012

This fall as we made the rounds of the boat show circuit, we spoke with dozens of readers who were buying gear, sails and even new boats. The spirit of the shows was upbeat. It’s as though we’re ready to more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2012

November 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Avoid Boom Doom Rigging a preventer or boom brake by Andrew Cross. Destinations: Long Island, Bahamas Fast boats and tranquil diversity by Bill Kund. Cruising Life: Barracuda! A cruiser in Cuba more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2012

Energy Independence • The rest of the world is taking its time learning what cruising sailors have known for generations. If you want to be self-reliant enough to sail all about the planet in your own boat, you need to more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | OCTOBER 2012

October 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Classic Passages: Highlights of a Homeward Bound Voyage by Jessica Rice Johnson. Cruising Life: 30-Something Cruisers. Why wait for retirement? Put your cruising plans on fast forward and go now by Jen Williamson.  more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | OCTOBER 2012

Weather Windows • It is fair to say that most sailors are obsessed with the weather. When Rosie and I are aboard Lime’n coastal cruising, we monitor the VHF national weather service reports every morning and evening. If we have more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2012

September 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Adding Reef Points by Heather Hamilton. Destinations: Into the Wild, The perils and rewards of South Georgia Island by Peter Smith. Practical Passagemaker: Shake Down South, A cruising family gets reacquanted more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2012

Ways to Own Your Own Boat • Owning a boat is immensely satisfying. You’re the master of your own ship and you can fit it out just the way you want it, then sail it wherever you want to go. more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | AUGUST 2012

August 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Sheet Lead by Connie McBride. Destinations: Finding Refuge, A tale of two approaches to an enchanted Australian cove by Anthony Baxter. World Cruising Adventures. The Best Destinations for Long Weekend Charters. more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | AUGUST 2012

Enjoying the Journey • As we go to press in late June, we can look back at a great month for offshore sailing. June is usually the best month of the year for making passages along the East Coast, so more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JULY 2012

Small Boats, Big Voyages • On April 21st of this year, young Matt Rutherford completed a 309-day circumnavigation of the Americas via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn when he sailed into his homeport of Annapolis, Maryland. The voyage was more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JULY 2012

July 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. Sail Tips: Heaving-To, The ocean is your parking lot by Andrew Cross. Destinations: Great Heights, Exploring St. Pierre, Martinique from the ground up by Connie McBride Boatswain’s Locker: Fenders for Tenders, Strategies for more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JUNE 2012

June 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Fresh From the Oven, Jeffrey Stander writes  about  baking the best bread at sea. In Destinations, Elizabeth Brouse explores the clean green and serene of  Terrific Tobago. In The more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JUNE 2012

Cold iTurkey • In April, Rosa and I had the chance to get away to the Exumas in the central Bahamas for a couple of weeks of cruising aboard our 45-foot sloop Lime’n. This was the first time we had more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MAY 2012

May 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In The Well Dressed Cruiser, Shayne Benowitz writes about layering for comfort and safety from head to toe.  In Classic Passages: Pit Stop in Paradise, Todd Duff explores Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. In more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MAY 2012

On to Plan D • The term “cruising schedule” is an oxymoron. Every cruiser knows that when you try to construct a rigid timeline, one of two things happens: either you stay on schedule despite having to slog through weather more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | APRIL 2012

April 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Sail Tips, Sam Vineyard discusses “Sail Purchasing 101.” In Destinations: Mexico’s Costa Alegre, Emily Fagan  writes about cruising the “Gold Coast”. In Practical Passagemaker: Post-Its Be Damned, Marcia Paravia demonstrates the art more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | APRIL 2012

The DIY Age • Boat owners have always been “do-it-yourselfers” when it comes to maintenance like oil changes, varnish upkeep and bottom painting. But recently, the need to tackle projects ourselves instead of hiring workers at $90/hour has become more more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | MARCH 2012

March 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip, Sharon Dale writes of Food Heresy Offshore. Bill Kund writes “Why don’t Sailors sail anymore?” in Cruising Life: I See a Miracle. In European Charters: Athens, The Other Windy more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | MARCH 2012

CRUISING COMMUNITY • Over New Year’s, we left our boat Lime’n on a town mooring in Vero Beach, FL for a couple of weeks so we could fly back to the office while this edition of BWS was finished and more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | FEBRUARY 2012

February 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Should I Donate My Boat, Captain Charles Saylan writes about the nuts and bolts of vessel donation. In Sail Tips: Twist in Your Sails, Scott Akerman writes about how more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | FEBRUARY 2012

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO TORTOLLA • Last fall, a group of boats that had sailed in the Caribbean 1500 (now owned by the World Cruising Club) in years past decided to skip the rally and go more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | JANUARY 2012

Janurary 2012 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Way Out There: Getting to Know the Galapagos, Todd Duff writes about a month relaxing and repairing in the islands of enchantment. Rachel Robertson writes about the rewards of venturing off the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | JANUARY 2012

THE THREE P’s • In November, three rallies left the East Coast bound for Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. November is the month boats sail south from the East Coast because October 30th is normally the end of the more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | DECEMBER 2011

December 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In Boat Rat’s Tip: Rust Not, Want Not, Pete Dubler writes about putting your engine up for a long rest.  In BWS Interviews, the king and queen of cruising, Lin & Larry Pardey, more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | DECEMBER 2011

THE GIFT OF SAILING • As we sail into the holiday season, we begin to think about the gift giving that goes on among families and friends. We sailors are easy, since we are always happy to receive anything to more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | NOVEMBER 2011

November 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In  Classic Passages: A Bounty of Adventure, Edo Ankum writes about chasing history down the Swahili coast. In Practical Passagemaker: New river Exit, we take a look at 10 tricks for a successful more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | NOVEMBER 2011

GO GREEN, GO SAILING • As anyone who has ever sailed knows, a boat under sail has no carbon footprint. Sure, running a diesel will create carbon emissions, and we all run our engines at times. But, in the raw, more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | OCTOBER 2011

October 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In  Classic Passages, Jessica Rice Johnson writes about building a cruising cat in New Zealand as a Maryland family starts their homeward journey. In Blue Water Boats, we take a look at the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | OCTOBER 2011

ROLLER FURLING REVOLUTION • It was not so long ago that blue water sailors looked askance at roller furling headsails on cruising boats. They were considered to be labor saving gadgets that were prone to failure at exactly the wrong more »

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2011

September 2011 Issue of Blue Water Sailing. In our Boat Show Preview,  European designs dominate the new boat scene this fall, but American builders have also stepped forward with some innovative and interesting cruising boats. In Blue Water Boats, the more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | SEPTEMBER 2011

LIFE WITHOUT GPS • Last July, word went out through the blogosphere, including our own Cruising Compass (www.cruisingcompass.com), that the FCC was considering licensing broadcast frequencies close enough to the frequencies used by the Global Positioning System to potentially degrade more »

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SHOWING HER STERN | Dufour 405 Grand Large

The new DUFOUR 405 GRAND LARGE combines a sweet performance hull and rig with a classic yacht-style interior. The old adage says that whenever you have two boats sailing in the same direction, you have a race. While casual cruisers more »

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2011 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW

2011 BOAT SHOW PREVIEW • BAVARIA CRUISER 32 • Last summer, Bavaria USA introduced four new models to the U.S. market. The smallest of the fleet is the Bavaria 32, which packs a lot in a fairly small package. Designed more »

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CAPTAINS LOG | AUGUST 2011

TURKISH DELIGHT • In early June, I had the opportunity to fly from the East Coast to Turkey to spend a few days test sailing the new Bavaria Cruiser 50….one of the perks of the job, I guess. You will more »

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CAPTAIN’S LOG | JULY 2011

Cruising with Pets • One of the hardest decisions to make when we head out for a day sail, a week’s cruise or even a winter away in the Caribbean is what to do with our pets. A lot of more »

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NORTHEAST CRUISING

The Northeast coast of the U.S. has a well earned reputation for being one of the finest, most varied and largest cruising grounds in the world. From the sandy shores of Long Island Sound and Cape Cod all the way more »

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BAVARIA IN AMERICA

BAVARIA IN AMERICA • The German production boat builder is all set to make waves in North America with a new line of cruisers. Bavaria Yachts of Germany has one of the largest and most advanced production boat building facilities more »

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