Mar 14

Aquaglide Multisport – a Quick Review of our Latest ‘Boat’

We’d been looking for a small boat to carry on our Regal 2760 for use at anchor or at our favorite beach locations. The Regal is big enough for a modest dingy, but we’re not yet in the position to spend for the necessary outboard to go with it. I’d seen advertisements for the Aquaglide products, but hadn’t had a chance to evaluate one up close until our trip to the Miami boat show last month. At the show, we got to see the Aquaglide Multisport, which is a combination towable, windsurfer, sailboat, and kayak built on an inflatable hull for easy portability. We decided this fit the bill as a carry along ‘toy’ for our cruising adventures and would give us a nice platform to teach the kids some basic sailing techniques. Read on for our review: Continue reading

Dec 06

Sea Ray 320 Sundancer Express Cruiser Photo Review

320 Sundancer Side ProfileThe spacious 320 Sundancer is powered by twin 300HP 350 Magnum MPI engines and Bravo III outdrives. It is also available with inboards which improves suitability for longterm in-water storage at the expense of speed and fuel economy.

This cruiser sports an incredible amount of cabin storage and a big cockpit for entertaining.

Basic specifications: 35’6″ Overall Length, 11’5″ Beam, 43″ Draft (drive down) or 33″ with inboards, 21 degree deadrise, 14,150 Dry Weight, 200 gal Fuel, 40 gal Water, 28 gal waste

Click on the Photo to visit our 320 Sundancer Photo Gallery.

Nov 20

Four Winns 258 Vista Photo Review

The 258 Vista is Four Winns entry level cruiser. Pictured is a 2006 model. Built with great fit and finish, the 258 is a good choice for light overnights by a couple or day trips for a small family. New for 2007 is a reversible seating option at the transom.

Basic specifications: 26′ Overall Length, 8’6″ Beam, 36″ Draft (drive down), 17 degree deadrise, 6,270lb Dry Weight, 70 gal Fuel

Engine Options include Mercruiser and Volvo twin prop drives from 260-320HP.

Nov 17

Sea Ray 290 Amberjack Photo Review

The larger of Sea Ray’s two “Amberjacks” the 290 offers the creature comforts of a high-end express cruiser with an aft cockpit suitable for serious fishing. The 290 is large enough to include twin inboard or stern drive engines and a small mid cabin berth. Click on the photo to visit our 290 Amberjack Photo Album.

Specifications: 31′ 4″ Overall Length, 10’6″ Beam, 34″ Draft (drive down) or 35″ with inboards, 21 degree deadrise, 11,300lb Dry Weight, 230 gal Fuel, 30 gal Water, 28 gal Waste, twin 260HP 5.0 MPI Mecruiser engines w/Bravo III as standard power

Sep 19

Regal 2760 / 2860 Express Cruiser Review

In our biased opinion, the Regal 2760 / 2860 Commodore express cruiser built from about 1999 to 2005 is one of the best 28′ cruisers ever produced. The model number was changed for 2004-2005 to the 2860 with only minor changes in fixtures and finish items. Twin 4.3L engines provide great performance with reasonable gas consumption while an 9’11″ beam yields a class leading cabin and cockpit. The current 2860 Commodore Window Express cruiser is a completely new vessel. Click on the picture to go to our photo tour and read on for a detailed review.
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Aug 26

Death after Oriskany Dive not Diving Related

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Chester “Chet” Robinson who suffered cardiac arrest shortly after reboarding his boat following a dive on the USS Oriskany last Saturday. The general consensus is that his passing was not directly related to the dive itself, but stemmed from pre-existing heart conditions. I happened to be monitoring channel 16 on our Regal during a break from photographing the Emerald Coast Poker Run and heard the land side of the Coast Guard response. Hearing the exchange made me think about handling on-water medical emergencies – especially one that might incapacitate the primary “captain”.
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Aug 06

When the Forecast Fails – Riding Out a Severe Storm in Our Regal


Friday evening was one of those great times to be on the water – pretty skies, a quiet anchorage, and good company. We knew there was a slight chance of scattered showers during the night, but nothing like the wind storm and drenching we were due to receive. Click on the radar image to play the movie. You’ll need Apple Quicktime to it play it.

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Aug 06

Unofficial Ft Walton Regal Gathering

Today was the annual Navarre Beach Yacht Club Spectre Island Shrimp Boil. This event always draws a big crowd and we likely had the single largest “gathering” of Regal boats in our area today.

We arrived 1st yesterday evening with our Regal 2760 followed shortly thereafter by Larry and Violet in their nice 3560. Saturday morning saw the arrival of Roger and Teri in their recently aquired 2860 and finaly Greg in his 3860. All told, not a bad showing of Regals amongst the crowd of hungry boaters.

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Aug 02

Inflatable Kayak Review

seaeagle330_13.jpgThis spring my dad purchased a Sea Eagle SE 330 inflatable kayak from to use on local lakes and rivers and carry in our Zenair CH-701 seaplane during longer camping trips. He chose the SE 330 based on its quality construction (it is a real boat, not a toy like department store inflatables), weight (26lbs for the boat, about 40lbs for the entire kit), size (everything fits in the optional storage duffel bag), cost, and reliability of the Sea Eagle brand name. For dad, the ultimate test came during a mute swan attack while paddling the local lake. He was able to verify that the SE 330 is capable of carrying 1 adult and a very angry mature swam – at least temporarily – without capsizing.

Last week, my wife and I got to test the SE 330 ourselves while vacationing in Ohio. Read on for detailed photos and discussion.

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Jul 06

Maiden Voyage of our new Hi-Tech Marine Trailer

IMG_3553.jpgWe hauled out our Regal 2760 for the 1st time on our new Hi-Tech Marine aluminum trailer. The day was as uneventfull as we could expect for handling such a large boat at the ramp and around town.

We considered most of the major trailer makers – ez-loader, loadmaster, shorelander, and others before settling on the Hi-Tech brand. Most of the brands had a trailer suitable for our needs, but the Hi-Tech had the best set of features vs. price and had the advantage of being produced in nearby Panama City.

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