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BLUEWATER YACHT SALES - John Riggs • pg. BC 40’ Heritage Boatworks 2007 • Cummins Power. Helm A/C. 30kt Cruise. Asking $399,000 • Call (910)256-6643

BLUEWATER YACHT SALES - John Riggs • pg. 17 50’ Ricky Scarborough 2008 • T/825hp 60 Detroits • 30kt Cruise           700 hrs – Very Efficient.  Asking $999,000 • Call (910)262-5566

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BLUEWATER YACHT SALES - Kelly White • pg. BC 48’ Ocean 2002 • 60 Series Detroit 700hp Asking $329,000

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BLUEWATER YACHT SALES - Sean Doyle 40’ Gary Davis 1995 • 2006 Cummins 490hp 28kt Cruise. Asking $279,000 • Call (910) 620-1900

KEVIN PARKER YACHT SALES • pg. 15 Carver 46’ 2003 Model • Three State Rooms, Bow And Stern Thrusters. The Best Boat At The Best Price!

RELIANT MARINE • pg. 13 World Cat 266 with Half-Tower, Efficient, Smooth & Stable Offshore Fishing!

CURTIS STOKES & ASSOCIATES, INC. • pg. 3 2002 38’ Regal • Excellent condition • Located in Port Royal, SC. Reduced to $114,000 • Curtis Stokes • (954) 684-0218

CURTIS STOKES & ASSOCIATES, INC. • pg. 3 No Problem - 2000 48’ Ocean Sportfisherman Reduced to $249,500 • Curtis Stokes • (954) 684-0218

CURTIS STOKES & ASSOCIATES, INC. • pg. 3 Sea Link • 1998 42’ Catalina sailboat. Reduced to $135,000.  Curtis Stokes • (954) 684-0218

CURTIS STOKES & ASSOCIATES, INC. • pg. 3 1976 58’ Hatteras LRC Reduced to $439,000 • Curtis Stokes • (954) 684-0218

DONNELLY YACHT SALES • pg. 4 1990 Viking 38 Convertible • 2010 CAT C-9 Repower 2010 Awlgrip Paint **FLAWLESS**

CHARLESTON HARBOR YACHT SALES • pg. 19 1997 Viking 50 Convertible Call John Douglas at 843-425-6888

BERRY-BOGER YACHT SALES, INC. • pg. IBC 43’ SILVERTON (IPS) 2009 • $399,000 • (843) 249-6167

TEAK BELL YACHT SALES • pg. 2 2002 52’ Tiara 5200 Express • CAT 3406E’s, low hrs Asking $444,500 • (910) 262-8622




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28’ Sea Ray Sundancer, 2003

Twin 220 hp MerCruiser V6 engines, generator, air, windlass, gps/chart plotter, vacu flush head system and more. Priced to sell at only $47,000-!!

32’ Bayliner Express, 2008

This is a loaded and gorgeous boat. She has been fully serviced and detailed and is ready for summer cruising. Twin 260 hp MerCruisers with very low hours, air, generator, flat screen TV, and much more. Perfect family weekend getaway at only $99,900-!!

41’ Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge, 2007

This boat is loaded with options including upgraded 425 hp Cummins diesels, full electronics, electric dinghy davit, bow and stern thrusters, generator and much more. Lowest priced ’07 available at only $299,900-!!

33’ Cruiser Express, 2003

Twin 320 hp MerCruiser V drive inboards, generator, huge forward bed, vacu flush head, air and heat, full camper canvas. NOT A MISPRINT, ONLY $67,000-!!



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2007 22.5 Triton • Like new boat with 200hp Verado with low hours and factory warranty. Upgraded trailer, sea foam green hull, a great electronics package including radar and many other options. Garage kept and fully serviced. A must see! $35,500.

32 Regulator FS Center Console 2004

T/300hp HPDIs, Furuno NavNet electronics, NEW curtains, cushions, coaming pads and and everything in the bilge has been redone this month! NEW (4) gel batteries moved to the console, fuel lines, pumps, hoses etc.. A like new aluminum triaxle trailer is included. You will not find a nicer 32 anywhere. $89,500.



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40’ Jersey Convertible 1978 • NEW Remanufactured 420hp CAT 3126s with less than 50 hours! NEW ZF transmissions, 21 kw generator, fuel lines, Racor system, thru hulls, dripless shafts and more! NEW Furuno NavNet and Garmin electronics. Owner started renovation but was unable to finish. Interior is nice but she does need some work. Offers encouraged $34,500. D!



48’ Viking SF w/ Tower 2005 • Well maintained customized tower boat with CR 1100hp MANs. 2007 tower, 3 staterooms, Furuno NavNet electronics and loaded! All service is up to date. Best looking tower boat on the market! Asking $749,900.

1997 34’ Pursuit Offshore • Efficient sportfisherman with the famous Pursuit quality. Powered by dependable 370hp Cummins 6BTAs that provide a 24kt cruise. Fully equipped with Furuno electronics, a great interior, Westerbeke generator, full enclosure, rocket launcher and much more! Asking $89,900

2003 29’ Fountain CC TE • A well maintained, clean boat with only 500hrs on 200hp Mercury EFIs. Fully equipped including Garmin and Furuno electronics and a Road King tandem axle aluminum trailer. This a 60 mph plus boat that will get you to the fish comfortably and also look good on a weekend cruise! Asking $39,000.




35 Cabo FB 2005 • 450 hp CATs, upgraded

generator, Furuno NAVNET electronics, cockpit controls,refrigerated fishbox, pancake teaser reels, a 6 person liferaft, NEW dripless shaft seals, NEW cockpit coaming pads and the 1000hr CAT service was just done! Asking $314,500.

2008 Grady White 305 Express • Yamaha F250 four strokes w/ extended warranties, low hrs and all service up to date. This boat is like new and features Furuno electronics, a diesel generator, bow thruster, fish box freezer plates, cockpit freezer and just about every other option available. She won’t last long! $158,500. 2

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28’ Privateer • 225 Suzukis on bracket, forward

cuddy with sink and v-berth, t-top w/ canvas top, over head radio box, cockpit coaming pad and more. Comes with a double axle trailer. A big, solid center console! Asking $17,500. Make an offer!

2004 28’ Pursuit 2865 Denali • Beautiful one owner boat that has been meticulously maintained and is loaded! 375hp FWC Mercruiser I/O w/ dual prop Bravo III outdrive with only 255hrs. Garmin electronics, factory hard top, full enclosure w/new strataglass, new exterior upholstery and much more. Asking $62,800.

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1996 Cruisers 3580

(2) Stateroom : 2011 Electronics Priced to sell and EXTREMELY clean $55K

2006 Silverton 38 Convertible 440hp Yanmar Diesels ONLY 440 hours MINT:MINT $229K

1977 Post 42 Sport Fisherman

1999 Regulator 26 Forward Seat

1982 Choey Lee 48 Motor Yacht

1990 Californian 55 Cockpit MY

2005 Mainship 34 Pilot Rumrunner

2005 Maxum 2500 SE

1990 Viking 38 Convertible

2005 250 Yamaha HPDI’s Trailer / Shows well $39K

(3) Stateroom, Huge cockpit and aft deck Aggressive Pricing $179K

HARDTOP : 370hp Yanmar diesel Very light use : MAKE OFFERS $149K

1990 Viking 50 Convertible

Superb Condition, (3) Stateroom, Painted, Full Tower : 820hp MAN’s, Economical and Many Custom Upgrades $399K

2006 Tiara 3200 Open

Low Time on Cummins QSB 355’s Hardtop / Loaded $204K

2005 Camano 31 Trawler


Still like new : only 100 hrs Mercruiser Power $47K

2010 CAT C-9 Repower 2010 Awlgrip Paint **FLAWLESS** $209K

500 hours and flawlessly clean Yanmar Very Efficient and well equipped $167K

2007 Pro Line 35 Express

1989 Hatteras 40 Double Cabin MY

2003 Mainship 390 Trawler

2006 Carolina Classic 35 Express

Triple 225 Honda (4) Strokes Gen & Air $97K

Only 1100 ORIGNAL hours on CAT 3208’s Very Clean and Missing Nothing $119K

36’ Luhrs CNV 2000 : Repowered : $132K 30’ Pursuit Exp 1999 : Diesel : $75K 2007 Cobia 21 Bay Boat: Yamaha Power : $21K


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Bow & Stern Thrust 2011 Updates : Extremely CLEAN $175K

2007 Viking 64 Convertible Twin 1825hp C-32A’s Full Tower : (4) Stateroom $2.185M

Cummins Power / Electronic Controls Very well cared for : $185K



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22’ Grady White • w/ 250 Yamaha 4-stroke, 150 hours, Hard Top, Outriggers, trailer, head, GPS, VHF, nice boat, 2006 motor, nice package. Asking 29,995 with the trailer. Call Andy Farmer 910-264-4818 or

36’ Carver Motor Yacht DIESEL, 2005 • less than 200 hours on 315 hp Volvo diesels, new canvas, just buffed and waxed. A MUST SEE!!  Only $179,900-!! Call Mike Knoll 910-620-9903 or mike.knoll@

2005 Sea Ray 500 Sedan Bridge • $475,000. Auto-pilot, New Canvas, Boat Davit. Call Robert Sparkman at 843-251-1321 or robert.

1975/2011 46’ HATTERAS SPORTFISH • This boat is a fine example of a RESTORED CLASSIC. A real HEAD TURNER at every port of call. This boat has had over 150k spent on her in last several years and is a MUST SEE!! Recent Survey, $125k. Call Mike Stidham 910-515-4122 or mike.

305 Conquest 2006 • $119k. Clean, well maintained, includes triaxle trailer, generator, AC/Heat. Call Robert Sparkman at 843-2511321 or

2008 Sea Ray 400 Sundancer • Low hours on Cummins diesels, Cockpit AC, Hardtop, 2- Raymarine C-120s w/Chart/Radar, Auto Pilot. Priced to SELL! Bring Offers! $289,900 Call Mike Stidham 910-5154122 or

445 Caver 1998 • This well maintained 445 shows unbelievably well. All new gauges on the fly bridge, new canvas and isinglass enclosures, professional maintained are just a few of the highlights. This boat has all the room of a condo with the added feature of mobility with twin diesel Cummins. If you are looking for an ACMY call Andy Farmer 910-264-4818 or

34’ Sea Ray DA 2004 • V-drive, 8.1L, Genset, AC, Radar, Full Galley. This is the best gas powered Sea Ray built. If you are looking for an express with all the amenities of home this is the right boat for you. Asking 119k. Call Andy Farmer 910-264-4818 or andy.farmer@

340 Cruisers Express 2006 • Freshwater boat in great shape, twin8.1L V-drive Volvos w/130 hours, separate shower stall, Genset, mooring cover, nice boat price to sell at $119k. Call Andy Farmer 910264-4818 or

Sea Ray 300 Sundancer 2006 • $84,000. Exceptionally clean! Call Robert Sparkman at 843-251-1321 or

320 Cruisers Yacht 2005 • $95,000. Bow Thruster, Mercury 6.2L Horizon Engines. Call Robert Sparkman at 843-251-1321 or robert.

42’ Sea Ray Aft Cabin, 1999 • twin Cummins diesels, this boat has seen excellent care and maintenance, she is loaded and ready for summer cruising!! Recently reduced to $179,900-!! Call Mike Knoll 910-620-9903 or

310 Sundancer 2001 • Freshwater boat most of it’s life and it shows, dry stored now, mooring cover, camper canvas, 5.7L V-drive engine package, Gen-set, she is loaded and shows great! Asking $64,995. Call Andy Farmer 910-264-4818 or

1989 Bertram 37 Convertible • Fresh professional rebuilds on UPGRADED Detroit 671 TA with 450 H.P., 26K cruise, Warranty remaining. Raymarine E-120 w/chart/radar/sounder, Auto pilot. She is VERY NICE! BRING OFFERS!! $129k. Call Mike Stidham 910-515-4122 or mike.stidham@

Sea Ray 45 Express Bridge 2003 • Cummins 480 with super low hours, ALL NEW canvas and isinglass, Loaded with Maptech I-3 Computer/Chartplotter, Bow Thruster. She is SUPER STAND TALL! $229k. Call Mike Stidham 910-515-4122 or

Boston Whaler 32 Outrage Cuddy Cabin 2006 • $117k. Radar/GPS-Freezer-Outriggers-Cabin-Twin 275 Verados. Call Robert Sparkman at 843-251-1321 or email robert.sparkman@

50’ Marine Trader Wide Body, 1986 • Three big staterooms and four heads. Huge full beam salon and master stateroom.  Perfect live aboard or boat for the loop.  Only 700 hours.  Over $25,000- in recent upgrades and updates!!  Reduced to $229,900-!! Call Mike Knoll 910620-9903 or

2002 Grand Alaskan 53 • This yacht was custom built for her owner under very meticulous specifications in regards to systems, fit and finish. She is truly beautiful and can meet the demands of the most discriminating Captain/Owner. Loaded with ALL the options. $595k Call Mike Stidham 910-515-4122 or

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1987-2011 Ocean Yachts 63 Complete Refit 150 hours on 1050 Mans - Loaded! Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587

1983 61’ Hatteras Motor Yacht Outstanding!! 12V71 Detroits Call Gary Galbraith 954-551-1016


2005 Tiara 42 Open

QSM-11 Cummins, 2 staterooms Many upgrades – Pristine Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2002 Azimut 42

Cat Diesels – Loaded!! Call David Hume at 843-446-6403


1999 Mainship 40 Sedan

Yanmar Diesels, 2 staterooms, large shower stall in head Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2001 Carver 396 MY

Clean, low hours deisels, loaded! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444



2003 Cruisers 3750 Motoryacht Yanmar Diesels Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080

2006 Cruisers 370 Express

Cherry Int. Bow Thruster, 8.1L VP 50 hours Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587



1984 Bertram 35 Convertible

All new curtains, new electronics, new diesels, new generator! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444 6 6 IIfound foundititin inThe TheCoastal CoastalMariner Mariner

2005 Rinker 342 Fiesta Vee

Immaculate! Must see to believe, LED lights, loaded! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444 May May2012 2012


1999 Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse Cummins Diesels, Tender, Very Clean Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2007 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Low hour Diesels, Bow and Stern Thrusters, Loaded! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


2004 Meridian 381

Cummins Diesels, Bow and Stern Thrusters Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


1988 Mainship 35 Convertible 454 Crusaders – Generator – Very Nice!! Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


1994 Silverton 34 Express

Incredible interior upgrades, Incredible Condition! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


1988 47’ Marine Trader Tradewinds Cummins Diesels Call Frank Stilley at 843-457-9727


2003 Cruisers 4050 Hardtop Yanmar Diesels, Bow Thruster Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


1997 Silverton 372

NEW Crusaders NEW Everything!! Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


2004 Carver 350 Mariner

New engines w/extended warranty, bow thruster, many upgrades, shows like new Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2004 Cruisers 340 Express

Big 8.1’s only 225 hrs, cherry interior, clean! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444

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Capt. Frank Stilley Little River, SC 843-457-9727

Capt. Doug Dickinson Wrightsville Beach, NC 910-228-6904

Lee Mogul Charleston SC 843-324-5649

Capt. Gary Galbraith Port St. Lucie, FL 954-551-1016

Capt David Hume Little River, SC 843-446-6403

Honesty! Reputation! Long Term Relationships! $139,900

2006 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer Bow Thruster and Hydraulic Platform!! Call David Hume 843-446-6403


2001 Wellcraft 330 Coastal

New FWC, 8.1L Mercs Fish and Cruise ready Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


Cruisers 320 Express

5.7 inboards, Generator, CLEAN! 325 hrs! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


2006 Mako 284 CC

Twin 275 Verado’s, Radar, Furuno Navnet, autopilot, trlr. Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


2008 Contender 27 Tournament TwinYamaha 250 Four Strokes, Garage Kept, Loaded and Pristine! Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2006 Mainship 34 Sedan Twin Yanmar Diesels Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


2007 Rampage 33 Barta Canyon REDUCED! C-7 Cats Extended Warranty Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


1999 32’ Silverton 322

MerCruisers 350 Mags Call Doug Ford at 843-340-0080


1996 Silverton 34 Aft Cabin

Newer Crusaders, Generator, 2 staterooms, 2 heads, 2 shower stalls, Great live-aboard or cruiser Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


1992 Carver 33 Aft Cabin MY

Great electronics, upper and lower helm, clean! Call Doug Dickinson at 910-228-6904


1990 Ocean 32 SS Sportfish Yanmar Diesels Turn Key – ready to fish! Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2002 Cruisers 3375

New autopilot and C80, Radar, 100 hrs on new 6.2MPI Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


1995 Sea Ray 33 Sundancer

Brand new engines & generator – Fresh Water boat Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587


2003 Wellcraft 290 Coastal

Generator, air, Yamaha F225 400hrs, radar clean! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


2008 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer

100 hours, generator, GPS, clean and loaded! Call Ric Stanley at 910-297-4444


2008 26 Sea Hunt Gamefish Twin 150 Yamaha 4 Strokers, Garage Kept w/trailer Call Bobby Gregory at 843-412-6587

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BUILD YOUR OWN By Ernie Horvath In the greater fishing community, the equipment we use is what the tackle manufacturer offers and for about 80% of us that is acceptable. It is easy to relate to most factory toys, but to me the fishing rod has to have a special feel and balance to enjoy a day of fishing. The opportunity to build your own rod gives you the chance to choose components that manufactures don’t always offer. I get new factory rods in my shop at times because the rear grip is too long or too short, the reel seat turns on the rod, the hookeeper is in the wrong place or it doesn’t have one. The latest is converting standard guide setups to the much lighter micro-guide configurations. Thankfully with the aide of computers you can select rod components from several manufactures and there are plenty of how-to dvd’s to assist you or guide you through the various steps of building your own rod. Selecting your first blank for a specific fishing application is your most important decision. With hundreds of blanks to choose from the task can get a little nervy. Have no fear, component distributors offer great technical assistance for beginning rod builders or you can contact a local rod builder. Most builders are more than happy to assist you in your efforts. Rod building is a great family hobby. It will teach patience because the process takes time and if you make a mistake, it is easily correctable. Get your children involved because it can possibly get them away from the computer games. They’ll enjoy catching fish on a rod they built or one you assisted them in building.



Building a custom rod isn’t about fancy wraps and decorations. The emphasis should always place a premium on performance and precision to ensure that form follows function. Today’s rod components are much lighter than just eight years ago. Better use of carbon fibers provides a stronger yet lighter and more sensitive rod. There are now blanks available that weigh 1.1 to 1.7 ounces that are a dream to fish with all day long. Cosmetics on a rod (fancy wraps) actually can detract from a rods overall performance because it adds weight to the rod. Remember a rod you build is built the way you want it because no large commercial manufacturer can take time to build to your specific needs. The price of components will cost about sixty to onehundred dollars to get started with the blank having the biggest effect on the price. Hand wrappers are available through component distributors, on-line from e-bay or Craig’s list. Some component distributors and custom rod builders offer rod building classes on a regular basis. Prices vary on location and some include the price of components in the class fee. Be open-minded because your choices are unlimited. Build the rod in your school colors or go stealth. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish Feel free to contact me for any assistance or questions you have: As my good friend Pat states: “NEVER FISH WITH AN UGLY ROD”. Editor’s note: One thing I’ve noticed over the years, is that a person who uses custom rods will always pick up the custom rod to use no matter how many rods they have on the deck or the rod holders especially if they built the rod!

Ernie Horvath – E.P.’S Custom Rod and Reel


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1967 44’ Hatteras Tri Cabin Motor Yacht. Very spacious and comfortable living space. Great for live aboard or weekend getaway! Engines and generator run well, vessel has a washer, dryer and standalone freezer on board! $37,000

2007 36’ Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge. This wonderfully maintained yacht is a great way to enjoy the water in style and comfort. You must see this boat for yourself to appreciate her appearance and many upgrades. $199,000

1979 38’ Uniflite Coastal Cruiser. Nearly completely refit with new Alexseal paint job professionallysprayed on hull and topsides, new bottom paint, customer har top and railings. Volvo diesel power and Onan genset. Owner outfitted this boat to do the Great Loop and Bahamas. $29,900

1978/2006 Complete Refit 44’ Trojan. New engines, new generator, new fuel tanks. $160,000

2005 30’ Sea Ray 300 Sundancer. Low hours, impeccably maintained and ready to go. $82,000

1981 33’ Pearson 323. Very clean boat ready to be sailed away. Volvo diesel power, same owner for 20+ years. Looking for offers! $22,900

2001 29’ Maxum Express Cruiser. Outdrive replaced in 2003 with new outdrive under warranty. New canvas from the factory this year! 400 hours, used regularly, ready to go! $30,900

2005 27’ Sea ray 270 Amberjack. Ready to go! $49,000

1998 35’ Cruisers Sedan Bridge. SLIP LEASE IS PAID TIL 2013, AT JOYNER MARINA IN CAROLINA BEACH, NC WITH THE SALE OF THIS BOAT. ALL UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED!!! This boat HAS BEEN PROFESSIONALLY MAINTAINED BY OUR Yacht Management technicians. Records available. This boat us ready to take off and cruise or keep in its slip at Joyner Marina with an unobstructed view of the ICW! $59,000

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS NO PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED Denies Congress’ Request To Allow More Comment On Oceans Takeover

(03/30/2012) House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) received official notice from the Obama Administration denying the Chairman’s request for a 90-day extension of the public comment period on the draft National Ocean Policy Implementation plan. “President Obama issued an Executive Order imposing a new bureaucracy to zone the oceans that threatens to deter new economic investment, suppress job creation, restrict even recreational fishing, block energy development, and stretch far from the shore to affect farmers and inland communities,” Rep. Hastings said in an official release. “Given the high economic stakes, the vast amounts of new red-tape set to be unrolled, and the fact that some 15 agencies spent over two years devising this scheme, it’s unreasonable that the Obama Administration won’t allow the American people more than just 75 days to review and comment on it,” added Chairman Hastings. The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has been a longtime critic of the over burdensome bureaucracy of the National Oceans Policy going back to 2003 following a report by the Pew Ocean Commission when original legislation to bureaucratize management of our nation’s oceans was first presented by Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) in the form of the Oceans 21 bill. RFA executive director Jim Donofrio, a vocal opponent of both the Farr bill and the President’s executive order to bypass legislative process, has testified numerous times in front of Congress to stop what he called a “takeover” of our U.S. oceans by radical, anti-access agenda. “RFA has been back and forth to the House Natural Resources Committee many times over the past 10 years in an effort to stop this bureaucratic nonsense, and we’ve been very successful in keeping this bottled up thanks to the efforts of congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle,” Donofrio said. “Then President Obama came in and essentially moved this bill out of Committee with the stroke of a pen, completely angering the legislative branch of government.” In a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on June 18, 2009 in which Donofrio was asked to testify (see, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) spoke out against the heavy influence of Pew Environment Group and their support of the Farr legislation, saying “this bill’s not going to go anywhere.” “You may try to work it through the House, you may have the Speaker help you out, but I’ll stop it dead in the Senate, because you’re not going to mess with my waters in Alaska, you’re not going to mess with my fishermen as you’ve done in the past,” Rep. Young added, calling the Farr bill “bad legislation” and warning fellow Committee members that the bill was being pushed by an “overzealous group of people” who were opposed to fishing. Despite the repeated failures by Rep. Farr to get his “bad legislation” out of Committee, President Obama initiated an executive order in July of 2010 (see release at KingObama_072010.pdf) which bypassed the entire legislative process and excluded from the debate all those concerns brought up by RFA and the Committee members themselves. RFA called yesterday’s announcement by the administration the final act by a President who is clouded by his own agenda. “This isn’t just about our oceans, but everything connected to our nation’s waterways will now be under federal control through this executive order,” Donofrio said. “It’s a complete takeover of every lake, river and stream that flows into the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, along with all the lands within.” In an October 17, 2009 letter to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Donofrio brought up the RFA’s critical concerns that the Administration’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force was treading dangerously close to violating the Constitutional separation between the Legislative and Executive Branch of government. “RFA believes that enacting laws through Executive order and proclamation sets a dangerous precedence,” Donofrio said. “RFA is concerned about the relatively rapid speed at which CEQ is advancing with this initiative and the apparent lack of opportunity the average recreational angler will have when the final Policy and subsequent bureaucracy is put in place,” he added. (See RFA’s official comments at press/CEQComments_101909.pdf). According to Chairman Hastings, despite all the Congressional hearings and numerous requests by his Committee for more information, the Administration has refused to tell Congress what programs will be cut to provide the money to fund this new bureaucracy. “This refusal to allow a thorough and open review of the plan to carry-out the President’s Executive Order is another example of the Obama Administration prioritizing their job-destroying agenda over the livelihoods of Americans from coast to coast,” added Chairman Hastings.

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Donofrio said while there may be partisan gridlock in Congress between democrats and republicans at times, the House Natural Resources Committee has always provided a stellar example of bipartisan unity in support of issues related to the management, conservation and utilization of our nation’s resources. (Watch Committee member Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida cross-examining Pew Environment Group consultant Terry Gibson at the most recent hearing on National Oceans Policy at www. “Some folks don’t want to hear it, but the fact is that President Obama and his appointees have completely disregarded the legislative process, that they have ignored the requests by Congress, while supporting the input of environmental business leaders like Pew and Environmental Defense Fund over that of the American people,” Donofrio said. “The only way to stop this federal takeover of our public resources now is to have a new executive order rescinding the previous one, and that can only be done by a new president.” “That’s not partisan politics, that’s just simple truth,” Donofrio said, adding “If you don’t like the king’s decree, you need to participate in an American revolution on Tuesday, November 6.” RFA encourages anglers to sit down and view testimony from the 10/26/11 House Natural Resources Committee hearing archived it its entirety at: For a select look at NOAA’s bad day in Congress in support of the President’s National Oceans Policy, use the scroll bar in the media window to fast-forward ahead to a few of the best parts. 1:15 - Committee Chairman Doc Hastings describes lack of response from Obama administration regarding National Ocean Policy bureaucracy. 40:20 - Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) provides single token letter of angler support for the executive order, that of John McMurray, an advisor for Environmental Defense Fund hand-picked by Dr. Jane Lubchenco to represent New York fishermen at the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC). 1:34:10 - Rep. Don Young (R-AK) grills Dr. Lubchenco on her comments that “quite a few fishermen” support the executive order, though she’s unable to produce a name except to say the MAFMC (“same one as you put catch shares involved into,” replies Young.) 1:42:00 - Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) questions the use of new “regulation” under the executive order, though neither Dr. Lubchenco nor Sutley seem willing or capable of appropriately answering the congressman’s question about regulations and enforcement. 1:54:40 - In his opening five-minute remarks, Donofrio calls executive order “a complete government takeover of our fisheries,” while criticizing NOAA for not funding scientific efforts which he calls the “administration’s complete disregard of personal liberties and state’s rights.” 2:13:03 - In answering a question from Chairman Hastings about science, Donofrio says NOAA “couldn’t run a kindergarten playground,” charging the fisheries service with perjuring itself in a recent black sea bass lawsuit, saying “they lied to the judge, yet they’re keeping us at the dock based on MRFSS data.” 2:23:30 - Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) calls the ocean policy “ideological” and asks Donofrio about how stakeholder input is considered by NOAA. “Dr. Lubchenco’s administration has been whacking people off the councils and stacking them with their own people,” Donofrio replied. “So of course she throws it back to the council now and said ‘okay the councils are going to make the decision.’” 2:28:10 - In response to a follow-up question from Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) about the state of the fishing industry, Donofrio said fishermen are “disgusted with federal regulations that are not allowing them to fish on rebuilt stocks and NOAA’s not doing a thing about it.” ­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________ About Recreational Fishing Alliance The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation’s saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit




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With this past winter being really mild the spring fishing season really got off to a early start with lots of

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Park service signs ruffle feathers on Outer Banks By Gabriella Souza - The Virginian-Pilot, © March 20, 2012

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. - New National Park Service signs at five spots on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands where waterbirds are known to nest tell visitors to leave kites, pets and vehicles at home. They also make another request. “Leave no footprints behind. Walk in water where footprints wash away,” the signs read. Images of the signs have become fodder for chain emails and social media posts by local residents, who said they thought the message meant people couldn’t walk on dry land on the stretches of seashore that total 1.5 miles. “My first thought was, is this for real? I couldn’t believe the park service had put something up like this,” said Jim Keene, a Nags Head resident who is director of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, an organization that supports vehicle access to beaches. “How unfriendly can they be to visitors?” The park service said it meant to convey only that visitors could walk along the shoreline, the area of sand the high tide reaches, but not venture into the dunes where birds could be preparing their nests. Bird-nesting closures have been common in previous years, and as waterbird nesting starts this spring, beach access could be more limited, park service spokeswoman Cyndy Holda said. On Monday, the park service shuttered nine-tenths of a mile of seashore near Cape Point on the southeast portion of Hatteras Island because of signs of American oystercatcher and piping plover nesting. Holda said the kite- and pet-restricted areas could also be closed when nesting picks up. Participating in any prohibited activities in those areas could result in a $150 fine, she said.

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New Legislation Addresses Major Threats to Recreational Fishing Take action today to protect recreational fishing’s conservation heritage On February 27, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) introduced the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089) with the support of Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus leaders Reps. Dan Benishek (R-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Don Young (R-AK) and Dan Boren (D-OK). This legislative package addresses two very significant threats to recreational fishing: attempts to ban lead fishing tackle and loss of access to public lands. The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 includes language from the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act, which seeks to prevent a federal ban on lead in recreational fishing tackle and will ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established based on scientific fact instead of unjustified, unsubstantiated petitions. In 2010 and 2012, anglers nationwide twice defeated anti-fishing efforts to federally ban lead fishing tackle. Despite these monumental wins for anglers, attempts to overregulate our sport have not ended, as anti-fishing organizations are currently challenging these wins in court, further demonstrating the need for a legislative solution. Another major threat to recreational fishing that is addressed in the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 is lack of access. In fact, it is the primary reason that keeps anglers from enjoying a day on the water. With expanding land development and growing regulations restricting angler access, federally owned lands are more important than ever for recreational fishing opportunity. The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 will increase access to angling, hunting and recreational shooting on federal lands by prioritizing these activities within agencies’ land management plans. Take Action! The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 will increase public access to our nation’s public lands, prevent an unjustified ban on fishing tackle and also promote the conservation values of hunting and recreational shooting. This legislative package offers tremendous opportunity to the sporting community and it is important that sportsmen and woman speak up in support.

Support Conservation and Common Sense We’ve not had the habit of commentary or blogs at KeepAmericaFishing™ but it was inevitable that situations would arise that demanded elevated comment. Such is the case with the calls for Dan Richards, President of the California Fish and Game Commission, to resign for legally hunting and shooting a mountain lion in Idaho –hunting mountain lions in California was stopped by referendum in the 1970s. The shrill rhetoric is being led by animal rights groups, in particular the Humane Society of the United States and maybe not surprisingly being followed by advocates for ocean closures in California and elsewhere. More on these ocean groups in a moment. I expected this outcry from animal rights groups and especially the Humane Society of the United States. As sure as I awake every morning, I know what their position is on hunting and fishing and their philosophy of no animal use whatsoever – from eating meat to wearing leather shoes. No questions there. What is going on behind the crusade to remove Mr. Richards is quite interesting, as those groups advocating for closures of California’s oceans to recreational fishing under the state’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) have joined the chorus. Why? Because Mr. Richards is a hunter and angler and he believes in listening to all sides of an issue, he believes in solid science and he believes that decisions made by the commission must be balanced across

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biological, economic and social boundaries. These ocean groups don’t want Mr. Richards on the commission because he doesn’t accept their propaganda and will not always vote according to their agenda. For a moment, let’s digress and review the ocean closure groups’ oft-sung chorus of why massive closures to fishing are needed in California. Obfuscation is key to their claims. • They claim fish stocks in California waters are severely depleted. That is far from true and in fact the vast majority of fish stocks in California state waters are not overfished. To the media they often cite troubled fish species that are outside California state waters and don’t depend on California habitats as part of their life cycle and for which marine protected areas would serve no purpose. • They claim that marine protected areas are a proven technique to recover fisheries. Putting aside the fact that California’s marine fisheries are not in need of recovery, they say fish are more plentiful in two earlier established closed areas than adjacent waters in La Jolla and the Channel Islands. What they don’t acknowledge is there was always more fish in these areas because the closures were sited on the better habitat. There were always more fish there, marine protected area or not. • They claim that non-fishing activities will sustain more jobs and replace the ones that disappear because of closures to recreational fishing. Such claims are entirely unsubstan tiated. Recreational fishing is economically intense, demanding investments in equipment ranging from trucks to boats to a vast array of gear. California’s 1.7 million anglers contribute nearly $5 billion to the state’s economy annually. This far outstrips whale watching or other passive activities. Now back to Mr. Richards. At the heart of this issue is deep hypocrisy on the part of the groups that have fought so hard to mislead the public and close California’s state waters to recreational fishing. They know their actions don’t have to have accountability, they know that once they obtain closures they can walk away from them and by default they will remain because the state can’t afford to monitor their impact. They also know that Dan Richards is wise to their scheme, so they have joined the campaign to remove him. For the MLPA closure crowd, this is not the first time they have sought to demonize anyone who questions the MLPA. Throughout the process they have sought to smear individuals and companies that lawfully and tactfully stated their views on why recreational fishing in California waters should not be unnecessarily closed. Sacramento Bee editorial writer Dan Walters’ excellent editorial posed the correct question when he said, “Should any political figure who does something legally elsewhere that is illegal in California also resign?” The answer is, of course not. Dan Richards broke no law, but he is an avid hunter and angler and for that he is being pilloried. The animal rights community, joined by the ocean closure crowd is now seeking to have him removed from office by legislative action. As a fellow angler, and perhaps hunter, you can support Dan Richards by going to KeepAmericaFishing and sending the message to California legislators that you support Dan Richards’s position on the Fish and Game Commission – and that you support well-regulated and lawful hunting and fishing. What is at stake here is the future of legal fishing and hunting in California and having members on the commission that understand the importance of the heritage and the conservation investment of hunters and anglers. Let’s support that legacy. If you don’t speak up, anglers won’t be heard! Gordon Robertson Vice President American Sportfishing Association

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Normally you want to start with a larger bait/hook rig targeting the grouper or large red snapper. Grouper tend to stay on the bottom in holes while the larger red snapper are normally higher in the water column or away from the wreck. This bait will also tend to excite the other fish present. A chum bag might help too. After a few drops and you find you have lost your bait or find small bite marks in it, you are probably getting your bait nipped at by triggers. To target Triggers, replace your large hooks and bait with smaller ones as recommended above, and add a heavy sinker (say 8 oz). They are not really leader/tackle shy, so as long as you have small hooks and bait, you should be ok.

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TRIGGER FISH: TACKLE, RIGS, BAIT & TECHNIQUES continued from page 22 Drop your newly baited small hook and bait to the bottom as quickly as possible. Use enough sinker to reach the bottom fast. Once you hit bottom, immediately start reeling the bait back in slow and steady. This keeps tension on your line and allows you to feel the fish the moment he starts to nip at it. Since we are using circle hooks, it is important not to “set” the hook or jerk the rod when you feel the bite. When you feel the bit, start reeling real fast. If the fish has the hook point in his mouth, then so long as you keep the line tight by reeling quickly you will probably hook the fish. The inside of the triggers mouth is fairly easy to hook, so a small sharp hook works very well. If you yank the rod or attempt to set the hook by any method other than fast reeling you will be much slower in moving the hook which allows the fish time to spit it out. You will also rapidly move that heavy sinker which, if it doesn’t knock the hook out of the fishes mouth on the way up, will almost certainly do so on the way back down. OK, it is very difficult not to yank the rod when a fish bites but you need to learn not to do that on fast biting fish such as snapper and particularly on triggerfish. You will occasionally land one using a traditional hook set, but a savvy angler that uses the reel and not the rod to set the hook, will consistently do much better. Small sharp hooks and a rapid retrieve will beat out brute force every time. Another technique to use after you have been fishing the bottom awhile and have not had any luck, is to try starting to fish higher up in the water column and fish the line as it goes down. Like snapper, the larger triggers tend to be higher than the smaller ones. This works like this:

Before circle hooks were required, people would also use either a heavy duty sabiki rigs or small strong extra-sharp single hook with pieces of squid on them. If they knew they were on triggers, or after they had been fishing the bottom awhile, they would drop the squid tipped hooks about half way down the water column, stop the line, and immediately set the hook, before the bite was felt. HOW TO FILLET TRIGGER A serrated fillet knife is nice to have as it is easier to cut through the tough skin with one. A regular fillet knife just can’t penetrate the triggers armored skin whereas a serrated knife literally zips right through! Once you remove the two slabs of meat, use a regular fillet knife to remove the skin from the fillets. That armored skin that made it so difficult to remove the meat from the body, now makes it very easy to remove the skin from the meat. With a little practice, you can fillet these fish faster than any other species.

Instead of lowering your rig all the way to the bottom, stop it higher up in the water column, say a few seconds after it disappears from sight on the way down. Then slowly lift your rod tip up and down slowly about 3-4 times. You might call it a slow jig. You want to keep tension on the line at all times, don’t let any slack in the line. If you feel the slightest nipple, start reeling. If you have no bite, release the line and count to one thousand three again and stop it at a lower depth. Repeat the rod tip slow jig.

Another method is to just cut through the skin (not the meat) around the entire fillet then grab the skin with a pair of pliers and pull. The skin will come off in one piece, exposing all the white meat which will be completely intact and still on the bone.

Continue this until your bait is on the bottom. When your sinker hits the bottom, reel in for 2-3 seconds and start the process over, but on the way up. If you get it about half way up and still have no fish on, you need to just bring it on in to the boat as they have probably already stolen your bait.

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If the fish continue to steal your bait, you need to either go to smaller hooks to catch them or move on.

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The ribs on a trigger are fairly small and it is easy to cut through the rib bones. Then it is a straight fillet all the way down the backbone.

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Coastal Mariner Classifieds 1969 Classic 43’ Egg Harbor $32,000 OBO Dive boat or live aboard on OBX. Captain maintained. Original mahogany interior. J/T 671 Detriots. Generator, AC/Heat, shower, head. 1 owner. Alaska bound. Contact: (910) 368-7145

24’ Slickcraft $8,000 cuddy cabin, recently repowered Mercruiser 5.7L Bravo I/O, Low Hours, Excellent condition, one owner, kept indoors. Contact: Roger (772) 334-5356 Location: Stuart, Fl

2000 28’ Four Winns 268 Vista $27,000 Excellent condition. Single drive Inboard/outboard Volvo Penta engine with dual stainless steel prop. Boat kept in dry storage, 700 hours.  A/C cabin in pristine. condition.  Full Canvas. Contact: Joe Branton (843) 870-5144

1978 31’ Bertram $47,500 Twin Yanmar diesel 170hp 21 kt. cruise cabin with full head ready to fish or cruise. Contact: Ken (912) 429-3668 e-mail: Located: Savannah, Ga

1989 32’ Topaz Express $39,500 Twin Volvo diesel 306 hp 10 hours major rebuild cabin with full head, galley, sleeps 4-6. Contact: Ken (912) 429-3668. e-mail: Located: Savannah, Ga

1979 48’ Customized EggHarbort SF $169,000 892 Detroits, many recent upgrades, Rupps, chair, teak covering boards. New fuel tanks. Contact: Bill (910) 540-8364 or (910) 7938844 Located: Wrightsville Beach, NC

1997 Contender 35 $59,000 Side console twin 1998 250hp Yamahas Cabin, head, full canvas, downriggers, outriggers, excellent condition. Stored inside, serviced and detailed annually. Contact: (704) 906-0791

2008 21’3” Asis Ballistic Inflatable $29,900 w/ deep V fiberglass hull, twin 60hp Mercury 4-strokes w/ warranty to 2013, 80 hrs, 60 gal gas, 8.5 beam, 8 passenger, electronics, full boat cover, trailer. Contact: Ken (910) 846-5010

2005 28XF Albemarle Twin D4 210hp engines with 150 hrs, direct drive, new riggers, new rocket launcher,new 740S GPS, like new, fast, economical. Contact: Fred (910) 620 5524 Location: Morehead City, NC

1996 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer $35,900 Single 7.4 Mercruiser with Bravo III out drive. Good cruising boat with full camper canvas. Air condition and heat. CD player. Contact: Hubert (910) 409-0593 Location: Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

1974 42’ Grand Banks Classic $34,000 GREAT LIVEABOARD - LEAST EXPENSIVE, MOST ROMANTIC WAY TO LIVE! Solid, twin diesel, fiberglass boat. Needs minor work. See georgecameron. com for pics, specs and to-do list. Contact: Location: Hampstead, NC

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2009 26’ Southport $97,500 w/ Twin 250 Yamahas. 182 hrs. Furuno electronics, 2 Marine Radios, Windless outriggers. Storage kept at Fort Macon Marina Atlantic Beach NC. Contact: (252) 955-0343

1988 Luhrs Flybridge $37,000 Twin 454 Crusaders, fresh engines, all new electronics, sleeps 6 with full kitchen, Apprasial $ 45,000. Contact: (252) 813-5221

1996 36’ Silverton Sedan Cruiser $79,900 Boasts a surprisingly spacious cabin that includes a private mid-cabin stateroom and a private forward stateroom. This vessel has been completly remodeled by her very concientious owner. FRESH WATER kept. Contact: Scott (919) 388-3938

2008 Chaparral 270 Signature Series $79,500 Bought new in 2009. Lots of extras. Only 90 hrs., 2 yr extended warranty. Boat slip paid through summer. Contact: Donnie (910) 262-5551

2005 28 XF Albermarle $99,000 Very lightly used 2005 280 XF Albemarle, D-4 Volvo’s 210HP/160hrs,1.4 NMPG. AC, genset,riggers. Will consider trades for 2005 or newer 30-33’Pursuit, Robalo, 4 strokes. Contact: Fred (910) 620 -5524 Located: Morehead City, NC

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1979 39’ Morgan Trawler w/ 300 Volvo six rebuilt. Low hours, 8kw generator and loaded with electronics.  AC and heat. Asking price, BEST OFFER!! Contact: Dr. Charles (818) 642-6561 Located: Stuart, Fla 2000 Novatec 65’ Motoryacht $399,000 LOWEST PRICED 2000+, 60 FT+ IN THE WHOLE USA! This incredible 3 stateroom cockpit motoryacht has it all - speed, economy, space and goodies galore including even a hottub and jet skis! Contact: Jim (843) 997-9100. Located: Myrtle Beach, SC

1986 30’ Sea Ray Sundancer $20,000 11’ beam, air, heat, trailer. Boat is in great shape. Contact: (252) 943-5702

1998 Nordic Tug 32, NTK 32125 F98 $154,000

1976 38 ft. Bertram Widebody $159,000 (or trade for real-estate) Twin diesel, many upgrades, ready to fish …… beautiful boat! Contact: Don (803) 707-8345 Located: Charleston, SC

Cummins Diesel 220 w/900 hours, 6kW Northern Lights generator, IMTRA bow thruster, Ocean Marine air cond, Vacu-flush head, flybridge cover, blinds throughout, radar, sounder, GPS, and fully equipped electronics. Excellent condition. Contact: Frank Smith (910) 253-3570 E-mail: frankdsmith68@aol. com. Located: Southport, NC

1984 29’ Blackfin Combi $31,900 230 HP Volvo diesels, rebuilt w/approx. 650 hrs. Furuno GPS, radar and color sounder, plus more, full tuna tower, fighting chair, 6\’2\” head very good condition w/many more extras. Contact: Buddy Stewart (919) 496-2956. E-mail: Located: Atlantic Beach, NC.

‘88/ ‘06 32’ Bayliner Avanti $22,500

Make Offer Complete Volvo REFIT, 240 hrs. Ray. depth/ chartplotter, VHF, Windlass. Pipewelders Hard top w Izenglass. Heat & A/C. Teak & holly sole. Private strm foward, Queen aft. New int. & ext.upholstery. Transom shwr. LED underwater lights. same owner 18 years. MAKE OFFER! Contact: Marc (910)-599-8707

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2000 Carver Voyager 450 Pilothouse $235,000 Loaded, twin 370 HP Cummins Diesels, Updated Raymarine Electronics, Bottom Paint and Prop Speed November 2010, Excellent condition. Call or email for specs and pix. Contact: Sonny (757) 818-5440. Email: Located: Fort Pierce, FL

1988 36’ Carver Aft Cabin Motor Yacht $59,900 w/2 staterooms, 2 full baths w/ shrw&tub, full galley,7.5kw generator, twin gas, A/C & heat, vhf, radar,GPS. Great live aboard with recent upgrades. Must sell. Contact: (704) 577-2364. Located: Southport, N C

1988 Carver 3807 ACMY $59,900 “Floating condo” - 2 staterooms, 2 private heads w/showers, full galley, roomy salon, large flybridge. Contact: Scott (919) 645-8419 Location: Hampstead, NC

1998 45 Cabo Expressfisherman $279,000 Well kept, 660HP Cats-2400 hrs, 10kw genset, tower, 25 kts cruise, Furuno radar and DF, Garmin GPS, 2 new 12k a/c helm deck, washer dryer,etc. See on Yachtworld. Contact: Fred (910) 620-5524 Located: Morehead City, NC

2006 17‘ Mako $14,000 w/ 2007 Mercury 135 optimax, easy load trailer, Hydraulic steering-duel battery- GPS Nav. System-30 total Hours on boat and motor. $26000 invested. Contact: (919) 6612697. Located: Thunderbolt, GA

2011 Ranger Tug 25SC $134,900 Like new 25 foot 8.6 Beam. 2.5 foot draft. Yanmar 4BY2 150 HP electronic diesel. “CAN” connection to Garmin 5212 touch screen. Bow and stern thruster. A/C, radar. Top speed 18 mph. Stored inside during off season on EZ loader 8500 lb trailer. 100 hours. Contact: Winston Olive (910) 489-1805  E-mail:

38 ‘ Rampage Express $205,000 Yanmar’s 465 hp with 500 hrs. Twin 10” Furuno NavNet GPS,chartplotter,fishfinder and radar. Simrad AP ,Icom VHF radio. Marlin tower with 7” NavNet and Icom VHF. Well maintained ready to fish. Contact: (828) 2735557. Location: Charleston, SC

1987 44 DeFever $250,000 fuel polisher; 3 separate airconditioning units; 3300hrs on Twin Lehman 135’s; 2750hrs on Westerbeke 12.5kw. Contact: (215) 620-9453 E-Mail: Located: Palm Coast, FL

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Well maintained & upgraded. Call Joe 252-444-1805

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‘95 36ft Catalina Sloop $84,900 Well maintained. Call Joe 252-444-1805

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‘95 29ft Island Packet $69,500 Exceptional. Call Jack 252-514-7995

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1987 23’ SEA WOLFE $29,500

Fully refurbished fiberglass center console with new paint job, 125 gallon fuel capacity, new Lowrance graph, Minkota trolling motor, 6 stainless steel rod holders, live well, 2011 250hp digital gauge Yamaha 4-stroke engine with less than 55 hours, all service/maintenance records available, dual axle trailer with 2 5/8” hitch. Contact: (910) 897-5906 Located: Lake Wateree, SC 28 I found it in The Coastal Mariner

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24’ Inboard $8,900 or OBO w/ 353 Detroit Diesel. Pulls like a tug but only burns 1 gallon per hour.  Contact: Bob (954) 540-6618 or (910) 325-1412 Located: Swansboro, NC

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29’ Phoenix • Excellent condition, new engines low hours, twin 350’s inboard, fresh water cooled, auto pilot, GPS, Depth finder, shore power, sleeps 6. Call: Jim (919) 965-3713

1949/2011 45’ Huckins Motor Yacht & N. Myrtle Beach Slip $99,000

With financing available. Good credit, 2 Staterooms, A/C, Generator, twin 454’s. Contact: 803-315-9197 E-mail:

2008 Nitro 640 $11,250 firm

Red an White, grey carpet and has been kept covered. It has 2 storage area’s up front where the upright seat sit’s, and has 2 in the back with other upright seat. Also has a huge live well, fish finder, trolling motor, 90hp Mercury15 to 20 hrs. Contact: Boot (910) 331-7798 or home (910) 557-3188

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