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LEGEND

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whaler ­president’s­letter Keeping the legend growing.

President,­Boston­Whaler

Huw Bower Vice­President­of­Sales,­ Marketing­&­Customer­Service

Jeff Vaughn Manager­of­Content­&­Event­Marketing

Traci Davis

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Marketing­&­Sales­Event­Coordinator

Anna Higginbotham

WHALER

Magazine

President/Publisher

Douglas Leik Account­Executive

Annie Brown Editorial­Director

Randy Hess

Growth

Managing­Editor

Amy Wideman Senior­Editor

Alexa Poteet

It’s been a big year for us at Boston Whaler. Certainly one of the major highlights came during October’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show: the world premiere of the 420 Outrage, our largest and most advanced model yet. You can learn all about it in this issue, starting on page 38.

Associate­Editor

Elaine Short Content­Marketing­Associate

Samantha Meltzer Contributing­Editor

Jennifer Chesak Creative­Director

Russell Duncan Digital­Creative­Director

Kraig Devenport Production­Director

Robyn Bendle

Demand for the 420 Outrage has already been incredible—humbling, really. And in order to deliver on its promise, and the promise of many innovations to come, we’ve recently expanded our Edgewater manufacturing facility by nearly 60,000 square feet. In the process, we’ve added over 120 jobs and dramatically increased our production capability. is investment in growth is important because it signifies our The Boston Whaler commitment to you, our boating family. e Boston Whaler name name has always stood has always stood for progress, for listening deeply to our customers and seeking out the newest and best ways to make your boating for progress, for lives easier, better, more memorable than ever. listening deeply to our I’m gratified to see people out there living those big moments. customers and seeking People like the Roses (page 42), a family with four young children out the newest and best fast growing into passionate boaters in their own right. Or Texan ways to make your David Horner (page 16), still relatively new to the sport, yet with every outing he ventures farther offshore in search of the Gulf’s boating lives easier, biggest fish. better, more memorable When you’re prepared for it, growth can be a powerful thing. than ever. Cheers to a future where the possibilities just keep getting bigger.

Huw Bower President — Boston Whaler

Art­Director

Cameron Anhalt Graphic­Designer

Brittany Huisenga Graphic­Designer

Arlene Waclawek Photographers

Jim Barrett, John Bildahl, Mike Calabro, Steven J. Conway, Mark Kellum, Richard Steinberger

Whaler magazine is published two times a year for Boston Whaler by Dino Publishing LLC. Any correspondence should be directed to: Dino Publishing 350 W. Hubbard St., Suite 400 Chicago, IL 60654 Tel: 312-822-9266 Fax: 312-822-9268 email: dleik@dinopublishing.com The opinions expressed in this magazine are not to be considered official expressions of Dino Publishing or Boston Whaler. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject all editorial or advertising matter. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, or artwork. Reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photograph, or illustration without prior written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Printed in U.S.A. Copyright © 2015 Boston Whaler.


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whalermagazine

Contents

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features

16 Far Out David Horner battles high rollers and big species out in the Gulf on his Boston Whaler 320 Outrage.

24 Dyed in the Wool Jim Collins went from being a vintage Whaler restorer to a Whaler salesman to a bona fide owner enjoying his retirement on the Mississippi coast.

30 Whole Lobsta Love For the sports-loving Zawaski family, owning a 210 Montauk has put them ahead of the game.

38 Like No Other e remarkable 420 Outrage ushers in a new era in the Boston Whaler legend, packing a host of design and technology breakthroughs.

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Navigate e latest navigation tech from Raymarine, a delicious seafood recipe, Dogfish Head’s founder charts a course for charity, Whaler news and more.

Towing Hit some of the Pacific Northwest’s best inland lakes and waterways in your Boston Whaler with a reliable GMC. Plus, tips for a smooth journey.

Coming Up Roses e Rose family enjoys a laidback Sanibel lifestyle with the help of their Conquest and their kids’ passion for all things water.

on the cover: Enjoying the view is a given on the new 420 Outrage, whether from the spacious bow or the optional flybridge’s comfy lounge seat.

Photo by Mike Jones


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hooks, news, gear and info

navigate whaler

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A Bolder New View

W WHEN THE 230 AND 270 VANTAGE CAME ONTO THE SCENE, THEY CHANGED THE GAME FOR DUAL-CONSOLE CAPABILITY. Soon, this multifunctional and undeniably fun-

to-drive family of boats will offer an even bolder new view on the possible with the 320 Vantage. Vantage is all about versatility, right down to its seating. The 320 features a portside companion seat that converts effortlessly to face forward or aft, upright or fully reclined, feet up or feet planted. Meanwhile, a large portside console (shown at right) offers added conveniences and a comfy place to get out of the sun. It’s all part of a larger layout intended to facilitate everything from watersports to fishing to pure relaxation with family and friends. Witness the 320 Vantage’s official debut at February’s Miami International Boat Show.

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towin style You count on your Boston Whaler to deliver smooth, safe, enjoyable performance. Why should your tow vehicle be any different? The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali elevates the SUV experience with high-end finishes including wood accents and leather-appointed seats, while a standard 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 engine provides 460 lb-ft of torque and towing capability of up to 8,400 pounds.* So whether you’re cruising on water or on pavement, you can enjoy the ride. Visit gmc.com for more on the Yukon Denali and the full GMC lineup. *Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. e weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

wonder wisely When you’re out on a Whaler, you’re faced with some big questions: Would I rather tube or water-ski today? Which bait will attract the biggest fish? Where should we do lunch, on the boat or at that dockside restaurant? But when it comes to selecting boat insurance, Boater’s Choice makes it easy to arrive at the answer that suits you best. e representatives at Boater’s Choice will walk you through all of your insurance plan options, helping you “shop” for the right coverage from A-rated carriers. Let Boater’s Choice take at least one decision off your plate, so you can get back to pondering the fun ones. Visit boaterschoiceinsurance.com for a competitive quote or call (800) 768-2121 to speak with a specialist.

Boatload Returns! is fall, to help kick off the new school year, Boston Whaler held its fourth annual Boatload of Backpacks fundraiser, donating 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to three local elementary schools near Whaler’s home in Edgewater, Florida. Burns Science and Technology Charter School, Edgewater Public School, and Indian River Elementary each received 50 backpacks and two boxes of paper. A group of Boston Whaler staff members, including President Huw Bower, arrived at each school towing a 170 Super Sport filled with supplies. “We’re proud to support our local community,” Huw said. “Education is fundamentally important, so we’re happy to contribute in a way that helps young students prepare for a successful academic year.”


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Better Engine Protection and Better Mileage

Running your Whaler on automotive gasoline can eventually cause carbon deposits and gunk to build

A MOVEABLE FEAST Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Founder and President Sam Calagione and his son, Sammy, recently took their Boston Whaler 190 Montauk on an epic 600-mile journey up the northeastern seaboard. At five stops along the way—Atlantic City, New York City, Block Island, Boston and Portland, Maine—Sam pulled the Whaler into port and proceeded to host a delicious multicourse dinner at some of his favorite restaurants—with beer pairings, naturally. Each location participating in this “Moveable Feast” donated $2,000 to e Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving land and water alike. “Boating is how our family stays connected to nature, so cruising from one location to the next made perfect sense,” Sam explained. “Making the trip by Whaler was the only logical way to go.”

up, increasing fuel consumption. No one wants that! Unlike conventional gasoline, ValvTect Marine Fuels and marine fuel additives are designed to improve engine efficiency, thereby reducing fuel consumption—and saving you money at the pump. Check out valvtect.com to learn more, including videos and tips for optimal performance.

TIP-TOP SHAPE If the years of great boating memories are starting to show on your Whaler’s canvas, or if you’re just craving a new pop of color, Great Lakes Boat Top has the solution. Great Lakes is a trusted source for high-quality original replacement canvas options and superior customer service. eir beautiful Sunbrella® canvases feature a 10-year fabric warranty for added peace of mind. Shop the rainbow of durable, stylish marine canvas products: Visit greatlakesboattop.com.

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[ Lights, Camera, Dauntless! ]

Boston Whaler recently launched an exciting new partnership with professional angler and celebrity TV host Henry Waszczuk. The noted sportfisherman sought out Boston Whaler as the ideal boat manufacturer to be featured on his award-winning TV series Fishing the Flats, as well as the Fins & Skins Classic Adventures TV series and across various properties of his Fins Media Group. With decades of fishing experience under his belt, spanning 20 countries and hundreds of tournaments, Henry is excited to be captaining a new 270 Dauntless, as well as a 240 Dauntless, for much of his 2014-2015 season. “We catch big fish on camera and need a boat that’s able to run far offshore and be able to get into shallow, skinny water,” he says. “The Whaler is that boat.” Follow Boston Whaler on Facebook or Twitter for details on upcoming events and appearances by Henry Waszczuk and his Dauntless.

MAKE NOW YOUR TIME Sure, “carpe diem” sounds romantic—but the reality is we often get tied up in the red tape of seizing our dreams. ere’s no need to harbor aspirations for a new Boston Whaler any longer. Essex Credit will be your first mate, helping you cut through the red tape of loan approval so you can stop dreaming and start doing. And with top-quality refinancing options from Essex Credit, you can easily maintain financing options that fit you best, season after boating season. Essex Credit makes seizing your Whaler dream simple with competitive fixed rates and a convenient online loan application process. So go ahead, seize the day from behind the wheel of the boat of your dreams.

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It takes 70 years to grow the oak trees that make our casks. Then a further stretch of time spent aging bourbon. Only then can the casks reach Glenfiddich to be rebuilt and filled, then set aside again. In the case of Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old, for more than a quarter century. The result is rich, balanced and full of character. In a word, excellent.

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When It’s WORTH IT Good things don’t happen quickly; they take time.

Quality is the result of tremen-

dous effort and attention to detail. Just as every Boston Whaler features unsinkable construction and top-notch components, a bottle of Glenfiddich single malt scotch whisky is the result of generations of careful craft. take, for example, the Glenfiddich 26 Year Old, a rare and aged single malt scotch whisky that has spent 26 long years maturing in American Oak ex-bourbon casks. A series of techniques handed down generation after generation nurture this expression into something soft and delicate that deepens upon taste with a complex balance of sweetness and dry oak tannin. no, good things take more. But, as Glenfiddich knows, in the end you get more back.

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THE CONFIDENCE TO GO ANYWHERE

A HELPING HAND For more than 30 years, Sea Tow has been proud to provide extra peace of mind to Boston Whaler owners. From coast to coast, on major water systems, Sea Tow’s fleet of knowledgeable Captains is always on call to assist you on the water, should you accidentally run out of fuel or find yourself in need of a tow. Every new Boston Whaler comes with a standard 95-day Sea Tow Trial Membership. Benefits of membership include free boat towing, jump starts and fuel drops, to name a few. As an added bonus, members of the Boston Whaler Owners Club are eligible to receive 14 months of Sea Tow membership for the price of 12. Just use the code BWF when you visit seatow.com.

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With Raymarine® onboard, you and your crew are equipped to navigate any situation. Enjoy greater confidence than ever with the latest advancement: Several new Boston Whaler models now feature Raymarine’s thermal night vision as a fully integrated option. e cutting-edge T200 Series thermal night vision camera detects floating objects, navigation aids, other vessels and even people in the water using FLIR thermal imaging technology, providing clear, reliable visual information, even in total darkness—and it’s just as effective at seeing through early-morning haze and bright midday glare. As the worldwide leader in thermal technology, FLIR systems are the choice of military and law enforcement professionals. Easy to use and instantly accessible, those otherworldly images aren’t just cool looking—they’re the next ermal vision helps you distinguish step in navigation. objects like this ferry, day or night.


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[ Divine Dessert ] “As every kiwi knows, any holiday or family gathering must end in a ‘pav’!” says New Zealand Chef Matt Lambert of the classic pavlova, a sweet, creamy cloud of a dessert. As the head chef and owner of Michelin Star restaurant The Musket Room, Lambert knows a thing or two about pairings, and suggests serving the show-stopping recipe at right with a glass of Nobilo Wines’ crisp, lightly fruity Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Then raise a glass and toast to another year of excellent boating memories!

PAVLOVA RECIPE Ingredients So Pavlova Mix 1/2 cup water 2/3 cup corn syrup 4/5 cup sugar 1/2 cup egg whites 3 gelatin sheets 1 pinch salt Swiss Meringue 4 large egg whites 1 cup sugar 1 tsp citric acid 1 pinch of salt

Whipped Cream 2 cups heavy whipping cream Garnish Berries Passionfruit

Directions So Pavlova Mix Heat water, corn syrup, and sugar until dissolved (223-235°F). Use a thermometer to ensure the temperature is correct. Slowly pour into egg whites that have already been whipped until very foamy. Add salt, whipping until it has almost doubled in size. Set in fridge to cool for 45 minutes or overnight. Once cool, spoon into a blender and blend. Pour into a piping bag.

POWER WHEN YOU WANT IT e unsinkable legend is a reputation built around Boston Whaler’s unfailing reliability. So it should be no surprise that DieHard® is the marine battery brand Boston Whaler trusts most. DieHard’s Portable Power 1150 provides reliable power in rugged and convenient non-spillable housing. An easy-to-use digital display offers in-the-moment information, whether you’re in need of a jump start or juice for your handheld devices via two 2.1 AMP USB ports. Whatever situation arises, rest assured that DieHard is ready to give you the boost you need. For more information visit www.diehard.com.

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Swiss Meringue Set up a bain-marie: simmering water in a smaller pot than the bowl you are using. Whisk all ingredients in this bowl over the steam until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from steaming pot and whisk until very stiff peaks form. (A stand mixer is best for this.) Spread a thick layer over 8 acetate sheets. Fold to make 8 cylinders, tape, and dehydrate in your oven overnight for about 8-10 hours at 140°F. Remove acetate within 3 minutes of removal from oven.

Whipped Cream Whip the heavy cream with a whisk or charge with one N2O charger in a canister.

To serve, pipe the soft pavlova mix into the Swiss meringue cylinders. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with berries and passionfruit seeds, if desired.

For more tips on plating and an accompanying recipe for passionfruit curd, visit the Entertaining section of nobilowines.com.


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When you pair a GMCŽ Yukon Denali with a Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless, you unlock a world of possibility. The eastern realms of Washington and Oregon, and northern Idaho oer trailering boaters a wealth of natural resources, from wildlife to watersports to spectacular mountain views.

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Inland Wonders Hit some of the Pacific Northwest’s best lakes and waterways in your Boston Whaler with a reliable GMC. Story by Samantha Meltzer | Photos by Mike Calabro

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The Pacific Northwest teems with some of the most magnificent natural beauty in the United States, and there’s no better place to take it all in than from your Boston Whaler. Last spring, we brought you some highlights from the coasts of the Pacific Northwest. In this installment, we head inland with our GMC® Yukon Denali and 170 Dauntless in tow to discover even more inviting waters throughout the region. Keep in Mind Safe boating StartS long before you hit the dockS. keep theSe trailering tipS from the expertS at gmc in mind to enSure a Smooth journey. (for more helpful advice, head to gmc.com/trailering-towing.html or conSult your local boSton whaler dealer.) ❚ Before you hit the road, examine the tire pressures on your tow vehicle and boat trailer to ensure they meet manufacturer specifications. Over- and under-inflated tires wear out faster than properly inflated ones, but tire maintenance is simpler than you think. Check the label on the inside of your driver’s door for recommended inflation levels and adjust accordingly. ❚ Be sure to perform routine maintenance on your towing vehicle, and don’t forget one of the most important mechanisms of your vehicle: the shocks. Shocks are crucial for maintaining the ride quality and handling of your vehicle, so have yours inspected regularly for wear.

With its pristine blue waters surrounded by breathtaking mountains, Lake Coeur d’Alene is a true gem.

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Eugene, Oregon Head 15 miles outside downtown Eugene to discover Fern Ridge Lake nestled in the Coast Range foothills. Built in 1941 as a reservoir along the Long Tom River, Fern Ridge offers plenty of opportunities for boating and watersports. Birdwatchers are sure to love this destination: Fern Ridge’s extensive wetland habitat is home to over 250 species of birds, and its southeast shore is a dedicated wildlife refuge. Water levels are highest in the early summer months, making it a perfect time to launch your Boston Whaler from your Yukon Denali. Spokane, WaShington e Spokane Valley boasts such a wide array of inland lakes for boating and fishing that it’s difficult to choose just one to explore. One notable spot is Liberty Lake. is warm, calm lake is popular among water-skiers and other watersports enthusiasts, and anglers enjoy the long fishing season, which runs from March to October. Liberty Lake is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Spokane, where you can take a tour of Washington’s renowned wineries in the Cork District and make a stop in South Perry to sample fresh produce at the ursday farmers’ market. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Steer your Yukon east along I-90, crossing the Washington/ Idaho border, to discover one of the area’s true gems: Lake Coeur d’Alene. With its pristine blue waters surrounded by breathtaking mountains, this 25-mile lake will be the highlight of any Pacific Northwest journey. Launch your Boston Whaler from the city of Coeur d’Alene on the north side of the lake, where you’ll have access to the city’s fine dining, resorts, boutiques and outstanding golfing. On the water, anglers can hook smallmouth and largemouth bass, and it’s one of the only places in the U.S. where you can catch landlocked Chinook salmon. With so much to explore and a dependable GMC and Boston Whaler in tow, there’s no limit to what you can discover.


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David Horner likes to tell people that, aside from being on a cruise ship once, he’d never boated far enough offshore to lose sight of land. That is, not until last spring, when he bought his 320 Outrage for the express purpose of doing just that, in hot pursuit of game fish.

He’s since traveled more than a hundred miles out into the Gulf in six-foot swells and 25-knot winds. “I feel very comfortable on the boat,” David says. He pulls away from the dock at the Galveston Yacht Basin and heads toward the boat cut. Onboard with David is his high school buddy Mike Fry, an avid offshore angler and surfer. e two are taking a midweek work break to get out on the water to see what they can rustle up in Galveston Bay. “I think what really steered me in the direction of the Whaler was the safety,” David says. “A lot of it had to do with the research I did online. I saw the videos on bostonwhaler.com. And in my discussions with other boat owners and even dealers of other brands, nobody denied that Whalers are the better brand.” He admits that being out in the rollers and losing sight of the horizon as the boat dips between the waves can be intimidating, but reiterates that he feels completely at ease on the Whaler. “I’m not normally a scaredy-cat, but I also don’t have a death wish,” he says. “I chose the boat I knew to be the original and one that I trusted.”

David Horner hoists the day’s trophy, a sizable bull redfish, before releasing the fish back into Galveston Bay. His Outrage’s three massive fishboxes stand ready, just in case there’s a catch he can’t part with.

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David bought his Outrage from the friendly staff at MarineMax of Seabrook, which serves the greater Houston area and boasts a beautiful showroom right on Clear Lake. Its convenient location just north of Galveston means that if David has a question about his boat, a helpful MarineMax employee is never far away. Once outside the boat cut, David heads to an area just beyond the north jetty where he and Mike plan to target bay species like black drum, redfish and more. His setup involves a 100-pound swivel and a stainless steel cable that’s three feet long. He uses a 16/0 circle hook and 16-ounce egg weight on the same leader. For bait he alternates between shad and mullet. “A usual day on the water for us involves going about a hundred miles out,” David says. “We’ll start fishing in 230 feet of water, targeting grouper and wahoo. And then we’ll head eight to ten miles farther south and fish in 830 feet of water. It’s a big drop out there, and that’s where all the big fish like to hang.” David talks shop as if he’s been fishing saltwater for years, but it’s a relatively new hobby for him. He grew up fishing lakes and rivers with his father and his grandfather, who actually likes to noodle for catfish. His father used to compete in bass tournaments, as well. But David wanted to try something different. “I really didn’t have an interest in lake fishing anymore,” he says. “Out here is where it’s at.” As if on cue, David has something on the line. He works with the calmness of an old salt who has hauled everything and anything over the gunnel. at’s not to say that David lacks enthusiasm, however. He peers into the watery depths of the bay with a satisfied grin, but he also shows an impressive amount of patience as he lets the fish run out some line and then reels it slowly to the boat. Finally a bull red breaks the surface. Mike grabs the net, and soon they have the 38-incher

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“ ” A usual day on the water for us involves going about a hundred miles out.

in the Whaler. After a quick photo, they send the creature back into Galveston Bay. “A bull red is just a bay-type redfish that has traveled to the offshore waters and has gotten huge,” David explains. “ey’re a lot of fun to catch close to shore.” Galveston Bay is where David likes to take his son, Colton (11), and his wife, Lisa, while they get used to being out on the water. e versatility of the 320 Outrage was a huge selling point for David, who knew he’d want to fish a little inshore with his family. He knew he needed a boat he could maneuver in shallow water or close quarters, but also something that could hack the rough conditions offshore. “I told Colton that a Boston Whaler is the safest boat a man can own,” David says. “I wanted to assure him that it wouldn’t sink.” When the family’s not out on the water, they’re busy with Colton’s Little League football games or circle-track car racing. Sometimes they enjoy just kicking around Galveston, too. ey like to stay at the San Luis Resort and indulge in the rides, museums and good food at Pleasure Pier. e Horners live in Katy, just west of Houston. David has quick access to Galveston and other great launching spots, where he can head


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“ ” I like all the under-gunnel storage. You can store stuff, yet be ready to fish with just a moment’s notice. Twin 300-hp Mercury® FourStroke Verados propel David and Mike to fishing victory. Underway, David commands the 320 like an old pro, having taken to the Whaler immediately.

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far out to deep waters or fish structure like oilrigs. “What I’ve enjoyed so far is the ability to target specific species,” David says. “You can target tuna here or fish for wahoo, sailfish and marlin there. You have specific areas and methods to target these fish.” Good advice from longtime fishermen like Mike, coupled with David’s own obsessive research, has served him well in his short career as an offshore angler. He rattles off some catches that include a 60-inch wahoo and a 100-pound amberjack. “It’s fun to look at the different methods and the best procedures,” David says. “I’m systematic in my approach, and that’s the same approach I took to buying a boat.” David raves about the two nearly silent 300-hp Mercury® FourStroke Verados that power his 320. (Twin 250-hp Verados come standard.) “We were offshore about 20 miles from Galveston, fishing around a rig for kingfish,” he says. “A storm popped up pretty quick behind us. We were watching it on the Raymarine® weather radar. But you get hooked up on kingfish and you aren’t really paying attention to what’s around you,” he continues. “We looked up and saw a waterspout. Mike says to me, ‘Start this thing up! Let’s get out of here!’ I said, ‘What do you mean, start this thing up? I never shut it off!’” David owns an oilfield equipment manufacturing business and uses fishing as a way to relax. Eventually, however, he’d like to start tournament fishing on the 320 Outrage after he’s had a little more time

to get his feet wet. e Boston Whaler, he says, is all set up for going pro. “I like all the under-gunnel storage. You can store stuff, yet be ready to fish with just a moment’s notice.” e Outrage has been a cinch to customize, as well. David added a Lindgren-Pitman (LP) electric reel he uses to target grouper. “You can yank them fish up off the bottom,” he says. He enlisted the help of a specialist to tackle the wiring for the electric reel, but he says that boat owners could handle most customizations themselves. “Everything on the Whaler is done just first-class, even the manual,” he explains. “e wiring is all laid out, and you don’t have to wonder. Man, those guys build a great boat!” Mike and David continue to shoot the breeze for a while, hoping they’ll get another bite. ey’re about to call it a day when suddenly David hooks up with something that begins to peel off line. Again he reels with patience until he gets it near the Whaler. Just below the surface is a black drum that appears to be about 30 to 35 pounds. David’s grin bobs up and down in the chop, and it’s clear that even though he’s only had his Outage a short time, he’s definitely got his sea legs. e new stroke of luck reinvigorates the collective spirit onboard, and all talk of throwing in the towel for the day dissipates. Instead, David looks at his watch, gives a little shrug at Mike, points the bow out into the Gulf and hits the throttle.


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jim collins calls himself a “dyed-in-the-wool boston whaler fella.” just like eating, sleeping and breathing, boating has been a part of his life for as long he can remember, and with that sport, the legendary whaler name has been a constant. “For Whaler there is no substitute,” Jim says. “I like the quality and the safety features as far as it being an unsinkable boat. If you’re 30 miles offshore, that’s good security.” He maneuvers his Boston Whaler 190 Outrage on Edwards Bayou toward the Jourdan River, which leads out to the bay. His wife, Becky, sits beside him on the helm’s leaning post, and the two look around at the colorful houses that line the canals. Although the Collinses live in nearby Long Beach, they often launch out of Bay Marina in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, a sleepy coastal town nestled between the GulfportBiloxi area and Slidell, Louisiana. For boaters and fishermen, the region offers a mix of bayou, river, bay and gulf. And, of course, it serves up a nice dose of southern style with craftsman architecture, a laid-back theater and arts scene, and coffeehouses that feature porch seating. “We like the quaintness of it,” Becky says. “It has a charm all its own.” Out on the Whaler, that charm can be heard in the rustle of the sea grass, the calls of the gulls and the gentle lap of the bayou against the hull. “Coming from a boating family,” Jim says, “I just like a day out on the water.”

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I like the combination of the Whaler and the Mercury power. It’s quiet and smooth.

Jim is not one to brag, but his wife doesn’t mind doing the boasting for him. “He was an excellent water-skier,” Becky says with a smile. Jim is now retired from the sport, but he used to be an avid slalom skier when his family owned a cabin on Lake Chicot in Lake Village, Arkansas. Now he likes to spend his time underwater, scuba diving in far-flung locales like St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Becky was not raised in a boating family, but it didn’t take long for Jim to convert her into being a water lover. “We had our second date on a boat,” she says. “He initiated me into boating.” That vessel was, of course, a Boston Whaler, because as Jim says, “for me it’s always been a Whaler.” Back then Jim used to buy older 13-foot Whalers and refurbish them. “Everyone seems to want a 13-foot Whaler that has come off a yacht and has been used as a tender,” he says. He’s quick to note that he was only fixing cosmetic issues, because the pre-owned Whalers, no matter how old, always seemed to be in great shape. “I’d sell them and make a nice profit.” After idling out to the Jourdan River, Jim points the bow toward the bay and pushes the throttle. The burst of speed is short-lived, however; Jim’s hat soon flies off, so he turns the boat around to retrieve it. Becky, still laughing, rings it out over the gunnel. Once back on course, Jim picks up speed again and grins into the breeze.

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A 135-hp Mercury® Verado FourStroke powers the 190 Outrage. “I like the combination of the Whaler and the Mercury power,” Jim says. “Mercury really reinvented the outboard motor with the Verado. It’s quiet and smooth and you can get quite a range.” He rattles off the benefits of saving money on fuel, thanks to the Verado’s efficiency. Jim knows a thing or two about quality boats. Before recently retiring, he spent 31 years working at Breath’s Boats & Motors, a Whaler dealership for the Mississippi coastline, where he was the sales manager. “Never wanted to do anything else,” Jim says of his job. Right before his retirement, he bought a boat from Breath’s so he could enjoy the fruits of his labor. He knew that the longstanding dealership would always have his back, because in his job, he’d done the same thing for customers for three decades. “Plus, I got a really good deal,” he says with a laugh. Out on the bay, a strong breeze provides relief from the hot, cloudless day. In the distance, Jim and Becky can see the St. Louis Bay Bridge. The structure is a reminder of all that the region went through when Hurricane Katrina hit in the summer of 2005. The town of Bay Saint Louis was actually in the eye of the storm. The pilings of the bridge were the only part of the span that withstood the water surge, so the deck and railway had to be rebuilt in 2007. Post-Katrina


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Having lived and breathed Boston Whaler for 31 years working at Breath’s Boats & Motors, Jim Collins has a strong appreciation for the unique advantages of the brand. The Collinses’ Outrage proves the perfect size and style for their boating life.

construction along the canals looks different, too, with stunning homes set on high cement stilts to withstand future hurricanes. They also serve as sturdy symbols of the resiliency of the residents who call Bay Saint Louis home. “We are veterans of Hurricane Katrina,” Jim says. “But we got off light. All we lost was our roof.” The Breath’s Boats & Motors dealership, unfortunately, was completely destroyed, but out of the disaster came an interesting story. The dealership had several Boston Whalers shrink-wrapped behind the store. When Katrina hit and a group of people found themselves stranded in the water, they tore off the shrink-wrap, climbed into the Whalers and rode out the storm. “None of those Whalers had drain plugs in them,” Jim recalls. “But that didn’t matter. They saved a lot of people.” Jim and Becky had to evacuate, but they took refuge just north in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, until it was safe to return to their beloved coastline. The couple opted for the 190 because it can tackle all the waterways the Collinses like to explore. Plus, its spacious but manageable size has an important perk: “It’s just right for trailering and getting in the garage,” Jim says. That’s where the Collinses keep all their favorite toys, like a 2004 Harley Sportster 1200C, which Jim bought himself for his 60th birthday, and a 2005 Corvette. They even belong to a Corvette club. “To me it’s like being on the boat,” Becky says. “You’ve got the wind in your hair.” Clearly, retirement isn’t slowing them down. “We like to keep moving,” Jim says. As for growing old, he says, “I try not to do that.”


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Ask Rich Zawaski what he likes most about Boston and he’ll tell you it’s the Bruins. And lobster fishing.

“On days like this I take a little extra Lipitor®…” he jokes, dropping his eighth lobster of the day into his Montauk’s livewell. “I like a whole lot of butter with my lobster!” And the Zawaski family eats a whole lot of lobster, or “lobsta” in Bostonian. “We’ve caught 85 this season,” Rich says proudly, “and we’ve still got a few weeks to go.” This is the second season for the family’s 210 Montauk, the boat Rich and his wife, Donna, waited through career building and child rearing to buy. “We’d always look at boats and he’d try to convince me that one day we’d own one,” Donna says. “Then a couple years ago he started building one on the Boston Whaler website. That’s when things got serious. He’d say, ‘Hey Donna! Come see this!’ Then a week later: ‘Hey Donna, what do you think of this option? or ‘What if we changed this and added that?’ Then one day he was done. He just said, ‘Here’s our boat.’

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“I was amazed when we actually walked into Russo Marine and Richie said, ‘We want to buy this Whaler,’” she continues. “I was so proud. I thought, ‘Yeah, this is a good time for us to own a boat.” But before the Zawaskis’ order could be finalized, the 210 Montauk had to pass one critical test. “I’d always known I wanted a Whaler, but it had to have a head that was satisfactory to all my girls,” Rich laughs, referring to his three daughters, Dina, Michelle and Jenny; two granddaughters; and, of course, matriarch Donna. “So before I bought the boat I made each of my girls visit the dealership and pretend to use the head on the floor model, just to make sure they could fit in there happily.” ey did. ey also fit on the comfy cooler seat and on the spacious sun lounger. “We drove our salesman crazy,” Rich jokes. “We’d come in and look at the floor model while ours was being built, then before you know it it’s snowing outside and we’re coming in to have lunch on the boat once a week, right there in the middle of the showroom. ey were just great to us.”

Russo Marine, New England's leading powerboat dealer, is a thirdgeneration, family-owned-and-operated business that's been serving customers for nearly 75 years. e dealership gladly welcomed the Zawaskis' visits, and their enthusiasm. “We created a family-fun environment in our showroom where customers can hang out and daydream, especially in the winter months when being out on the water is an impossibility,” says President and CEO Larry Russo, Sr. “We really enjoy that. We’re a family business, and the customers become a part of that family.” When the family finally took delivery of the Montauk, they made those lunches a daily event. “I’m down here every afternoon,” says Rich, a recently retired utilities employee. Donna, a schoolteacher, joins him every day during her summer break. “Sometimes we don’t go out at all,” she says, “or we just take a cruise in the harbor to see the sites. But on my favorite days we go way out toward the islands, stop the engine and just float. It’s my favorite part. Just listening to the sounds of the ocean, barbecuing and relaxing as we drift back in.” But even with all the


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(Left) Dina and her boyfriend, Chas, seize every opportunity to head out on the family’s Montauk, whether it’s to put Dina’s Master scuba diving certification to use (opposite) or to help her parents catch a bountiful dinner.

float time, the couple has already put an impressive 300 running hours on the Montauk. Of the three Zawaski girls, it’s Dina who’s taken most passionately to the Whaler experience. “When my dad handed me a spare set of boat keys and said ‘Don't crash it!’ it was a pretty surreal moment,” says the ever-grinning Master scuba diver who works as a dive guide and volunteers at the Boston Aquarium in her spare time. “I love being on the water so much that to have this kind of unlimited access to the ocean, well, it’s kind of dangerous. It makes me feel like I never want to come back on land!” “When Dina was little, I took her swimming with the dolphins at Sea World,” Rich says. “She didn’t want to go in, but I made her. And that was that. Now you can’t get her out of the water.” Dina and boyfriend Chas Belliveau are always ready for an outing on the Montauk, especially one that involves anchoring out among the Boston Harbor Islands where Dina can dive from the boat, swim with the sea lions and explore the islands’ rocky ledges. Shipwrecks abound in these waters, their remnants so profuse you can actually buy a map of them that reads like a Hollywood Map of the Stars. A favorite hangout of the family’s is Calf Island, most famous as the summer home of actress Julia Arthur, who with her businessman husband, Benjamin P. Cheney, built an enormous colonial mansion on the island in 1902. Today, but a single ornate chimney still stands, the last of the building having burned down in 1971. After pulling the lobster traps and stowing their clicking treasure, the Zawaskis anchor the 210 in the shelter of Calf Island and spend the afternoon relaxing. Donna fires up the grill while Dina dons her gear for a dive. “It’s my favorite feature on the boat,” Rich says, reaching into the Montauk’s huge livewell and plucking out one big lobster after another, readying them for the pot. For Donna it’s the roominess created by the Whaler’s center console layout and wide forward beam. “It’s set up so

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you can have fun all day. And not just fishing—it’s so spacious and comfortable we spend all afternoon out here, having lunch, relaxing, and we’re never bumping into each other.” When they’re on the boat, the Zawaskis laugh a lot. And they talk about the Bruins, the Patriots, the Red Sox. And lobster. ere are lobster stories that go way back, like the time Rich went out on Christmas Eve to buy fresh lobster for the annual lobster pie and came back with 232. “I used to go to the dock and buy them straight from the fishing boats, but that night I bought all the lobster from all three of the boats on the dock. I got a great deal, and they were so happy to go home!” ere were lobster all over the family’s house that Christmas, Donna recounts: “In the sinks, in the bathtubs, they were everywhere.” “Yup, it was a great Christmas!” Rich laughs. Everything goes quiet as the family devours the day’s catch. It might not be Donna’s famous lobster pie, a dish that requires only Ritz crackers, lobster and copious amounts of butter, but today’s “sea bugs,” steamed in sea water and gobbled unembellished from paper plates, go down just as well. “Mmm,” Rich says. “Mm-hmm,” agrees Dina. And then it’s the sound of ocean and a few shrewd seagulls awaiting the scraps as the Zawaskis’ Whaler heads back toward Boston.


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likenoother These days the word “innovative” gets thrown around a lot, to the point where maybe we’re all a little suspicious when we hear it. Can a mouthwash really be innovative? Can a chicken sandwich? It’s not that innovation itself has lost its value; it’s just that everyone wants to claim a piece of it. For the term to hold weight, it has to mean more than simply new for new’s sake—“latest and greatest” only counts when “greatest” is actually part of the equation. As a company whose legend is steeped in leadership, in pushing boundaries and challenging the industry’s status quos, Boston Whaler takes innovation seriously. Each new boat comes with a promise to serve boaters’ needs, to perform admirably and to exceed the expectations of everyone who climbs aboard. New is about more than novelty, just as innovation is more than a buzzword—it’s possibility, brought to life.

The remarkable 420 OuTrage ushers in a new era in the bOsTOn whaler legend

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So when Boston Whaler introduces a model deemed “Like No Other,” you know it’s going to be good: Meet the extraordinary 420 Outrage, a true original and a Whaler through and through. “e 420 Outrage marks a new chapter in the Boston Whaler legend,” said President Huw Bower. “The level of sophistication, comfort, performance and capability is unparalleled—truly, this is a boat like no other. We’re thrilled to introduce this spectacular new flagship to our proud lineup.” Step onto the 420 Outrage and you’ll immediately notice how well suited it is for entertaining. Social zones throughout the boat are designed for the way people naturally gather and make use of space. Amenities for a variety of activities are readily accessible, right where you’d want them. Take, for example, the expansive bow area. Clever backrest configurations provide 360-degree seating around the large bow table, inviting easy conversation with a large group. An available sunshade easily deploys over the area, providing welcome protection from the sun even when anchored far from shore.

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Another standout feature of the boat is its gracious cabin. Even the most vertically endowed passengers needn’t fear the dreaded “cave” effect: With a whopping seven feet of headroom, the 420’s cabin offers superior comfort and an ideal place to escape from the elements—no stooping required. Ample skylights flood the area with natural light, and eye-level porthole windows add a sense of bringing the outdoors in. In the V-berth, a large dining table makes this a perfect place to gather with friends over drinks or a game of cards, and a convenient galley and head mean everyone’s needs are well taken care of. Come nightfall, the table converts easily to become a double bed. Additional portside sleeping space and loads of storage increase capacity for easy overnighting. And with a choice of three interior finish packages, you can even outfit the cabin to match your personal style. (This spread, top row, from left) Smart seating solutions create a highly social bow; one of three stylish cabin color schemes; the convenient galley and head; and the impressive quad Mercs that fuel the fun. (Bottom row, from left) The talented team behind the 420’s development; and the advanced helm area, featuring three Raymarine screens and seating for six adults.


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Combine those powerful quads with breakthroughs inCluding JoystiCk piloting and shadow mode teChnology and suddenly driving is a CinCh, and maneuvering into a tight slip is effortless. For cruising with a crowd, the helm area is another spot that boasts a uniquely advanced design. e zone accommodates up to six passengers while underway, standing or sitting. An ergonomic actuated captain’s seat and dual forward-or-backward facing companion seats are accompanied by a spacious conversion bench, providing an entire second row of seating. When the action is in the cockpit, that comfortable bench converts into a deluxe leaning post/bait-prep center, or select the Summer Kitchen leaning post option for premium entertaining. Both wellequipped versions include an electric grill, loads of storage and more. “e 420 Outrage breaks boundaries for center console capability,” said Jeff Vaughn, Boston Whaler vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “It embodies a perfect balance of powerful offshore performance and exquisite onboard comfort. ere is literally nothing else like it in the marketplace.” One surefire way to enjoy this boat is to take the wheel. The 420 Outrage features not two, not three, but four 300-hp Mercury® Verado engines. Combine those powerful, efficient quads with breakthroughs including Shadow Mode Technology and Joystick Piloting and suddenly reining in all those horses is a cinch, and maneuvering into a tight slip is newly effortless. (Never again dread docking in front of an audience!) From your post at the helm, enjoy seamless command thanks to three state-of-the-art Raymarine® G Series screens and

CZone Digital Switching Technology from Mastervolt. rough full integration of the boat’s electronics, CZone lets you monitor and control its various systems with the touch of a finger, via key fob or tablet. And yet it’s the pedigree of the 420 Outrage that makes all this innovation worthwhile. Boston Whaler’s legendary construction guarantees a stable, dry ride in any conditions—whether your desire to brave big water is an every-weekend reality or a bucket-list item. e center console design affords easy 360-degree walkaround, with high sidewalls for added safety and peace of mind. e 420 was designed to break boundaries, sure, but it’s also made with respect to yours. And because it’s an Outrage, you can count on serious sport-fishing capability: A well-outfitted leaning post offers several available configurations, including a fish-prep station with large work surfaces, ample gear storage and pressurized livewell. Plus, an optional upper station provides a superior vantage point for tracking game fish or soaking in views of the horizon. “e 420 Outrage offers a new level of sophistication,” said Bower. “It’s a culmination of so many fundamental Whaler attributes: Unbeatable safety and performance. Effortless style. Incredible versatility. Cutting-edge technology. It’s precisely those strengths that enable us to deliver something unique: the future of boating, brought squarely into the present.”


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“One day a giant ibis landed on the boat,” Paul says. “You only get that when you’re out on the water. We’ve also seen stingrays and giant loggerhead turtles.” e Whaler reputation also eases any apprehension the Roses might have originally felt about heading out into Gulf waters with their babies. e durability issue was a huge selling point for Lily, who often stays behind to keep the shop open. “I see it from a safety point of view, “ she says. “My whole life goes out on that boat, and I have to know they are safe.” Paul nods in agreement. “Even if it broke in half,” he says, “you’re not going to sink.” When they bought the boat from MarineMax of Fort Myers with the help of salesman Brian Kemmis, the Roses also thought about their long-term future and what the boat would mean to their kids as they creep into their teens. “Before you know it, it will just be the boys taking out the Whaler,” Paul adds. “And I would let them.”


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(Here) Matthew proudly displays a trophy specimen. (Opposite, from left) Lily proves she’s no slouch in the catching department, while Sammy proves that at age 10, he’s already a whiz with a rod and reel.

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“One day a giant ibis landed on the boat. You only get that when you’re out on the water. We’ve also seen stingrays and giant loggerhead turtles.” Paul and Lily have owned various smaller boats throughout the years. ey recall a time when Lily was eight months pregnant with Isabelle, and they’d run aground. “Paul told me he could move the boat,” Lily says with a laugh, “but he told me I had to get out first!” e dolphins are fun to watch, but the kids haven’t forgotten that the task at hand is fishing. ey wave goodbye to their flipper friends and head off toward an area near the Sanibel Causeway, where they’ve had good luck before. “Hey, that island looks like an alligator,” Matthew says to his younger siblings. Lily smiles at his creativity. When Paul lets off the throttle, the kids set to work rigging lines. Isabelle climbs all over the boat as if it were a jungle gym made just for her. Her bubbling energy is in sharp contrast to Aaron’s sleepy demeanor. After his parents razz him about being so mellow, the teen admits he was up late watching e Hobbit.

e Roses generally fish for red snapper, grouper and the occasional amberjack. “I’d rather catch a good fish than a shark,” Matthew says, “because then you can eat it.” He tells the story of how he once hooked and released a bonnethead. No matter what he catches, though, Matthew simply likes the challenge and the thrill of it all. “When you reel it up, you have the feeling that you just caught that thing,” he says. “I love to reel them in.” Paul smiles. He knows the feeling and says he’s elated that his kids have taken a liking to one of his favorite pastimes. He grew up fishing in New Jersey and tried to introduce the sport to the boys when they were much younger and the family lived in Coral Springs, Florida, but at first it didn’t take. “We weren’t on the right boat,” he says. “It was just a cabin cruiser that wasn’t set up for fishing at all.” When he finally traded that boat in for the Conquest, fishing


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“It really works well for a family of six. The fit and finish are excellent on the Whaler, and it’s something I notice.” became so much easier. “ere’s room for everything we need,” he says. “Plus it really works for a family of six.” Lily and Paul also rave about the quality of their boat. “e fit and finish are excellent on the Whaler, and it’s something I notice,” Paul adds. Something else came with the Whaler, too. e Roses not only bought a reliable boat, but they also became members of the greater Whaler and MarineMax families. Recently, they took their boat to the Keys on a coordinated MarineMax outing, and they’ve also gone to Bimini in the Bahamas as part of the annual Whaler Bimini Rendezvous. “We had such an incredible time,” Paul says, “and it was an experience we wouldn’t have had without being Whaler owners.” Of course, Sanibel Island provides the family with plenty to explore right at home.

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e Sanibel Island Lighthouse is a hotspot for visitors who like to hang out on the nearby pier and fish- or bird-watch. Although, the best bird-watching can arguably be found in the island’s J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. e refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States and is a great spot for spying on real alligators—not just islands that look like them. The soft sandy beaches of Sanibel offer the best there is for seashell hunting and gathering. Sand-dollar riches abound. That’s why it was the perfect locale for Lily to set up her bead and shell shop (www.thesanibelbeadshop.com) where she sells sea-life charms and supplies for making jewelry. She encourages visitors to the island to bring their beach finds to the store so she can help them select the right materials to turn their trinkets into wearable statement pieces. Paul, who likes to ride his bike to his Whaler slip, works in sales. He can be on the job anywhere he has a computer and a phone. at flexibility allowed the Roses to leave Coral Springs and move to Sanibel, making their former vacation destination their full-time home. Suddenly, Isabelle lets out a full-throated yodel and then casts her line into the water. Lily claps and then chuckles at the dramatic performance. “at’s her fish call,” she explains. It seems that in seeking out that “authentic Florida lifestyle,” the family has carved out an existence that’s truly authentic Rose.


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Whaler Volume 5 Issue 2  
Whaler Volume 5 Issue 2