Tom Kane has bought and sold a fleet’s worth of small boats through the years — in fact, his wife, Michaela, counts a dozen. But there’s one builder he keeps coming back to. “My favorite boats have always been the Rampages,” says the 41-year-old Narragansett, R.I., resident, a police detective in nearby Providence. “I remember the first one I saw at Kenport Marina. It was a Rampage 24 Express that had all the bells and whistles on it. I remember thinking how nice the boat’s lines were, and it looked impressive in the water.” He went on to buy a 1984 Rampage 24 Express and later a 28-foot Rampage, which he refitted in 2002. So when Kane started looking for a boat to replace his 1993 Luhrs 25 Tournament last summer, Rampage naturally came to mind. “I had run the Luhrs for the season and completely enjoyed it but knew that I wanted something with more creature comforts, something in the 30-foot range,” Kane says. “Also, I wanted a very stable boat with a wide beam, a large open cockpit for fishing, and it had to have good diesel power and be under $40,000.” After looking for about a month...
Buying a 43-foot trawler without your wife seeing the boat first? Some might consider that a risky move, but for Sandy Fink, it wasn’t much of a stretch. The 64-year-old retiree and his wife, Fran, agreed they were interested in buying a trawler, with the shared intention of cruising out of their home port in […]
Bill and Nancy Webster have spent a lifetime boating together, dividing the duties and sharing the work and the pleasures of their avocation. So when it came time to downsize from their much-loved 42-foot trawler, the couple from Clinton, Conn., shared the buying experience, too. And the Grand Banks 38 Eastbay EX they bought a […]
I found a power catamaran at this year’s Miami International Boat Show that actually has nice lines – the Freeman 40, whose sharply raked bows and reverse sheer immediately got my attention. “Catamarans have been boxy-looking, aesthetically unappealing to people,” says Billy Freeman, the founder and owner of 4-year-old Freeman Boatworks in Charleston, S.C. “We […]
On a boat, especially a cruising boat, space is a precious thing. With that in mind Beneteau has introduced the Swift Trawler 44, successor to its Swift Trawler 42.”We have kept the hull bottom and propulsion the same because it performs very well, but other than that it’s a completely different boat,” says Laurent Fabre, […]