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35 Viking Convertible, 1987 • Twin reliable 3208 Cats, Gen, Nice electronics, Island Berth, Sep. shower stall, great boat for fishing and cruising. $79,995. Call Andy Farmer at 910-264-4818 or andy.farmer@

2010 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer • EXTENDED WARRANTY UNTIL 12/17. UPGRADED Mercruiser 496 Magnum (60 hours) with Seacore Bravo 3 drive. 375 H.P. 5 KW Kohler Generator, Camper Canvas, Grill, Garmin Color Chartplotter, INDOOR DRY STACKED SINCE NEW! $99,990. Call Mike Stidham 910-515-4122 or

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1978 25’ Wellcraft Nova $3,800 OBO 230 hrs on rebuilt Mercruiser 350, 2 yr old electronics, NEW Bimini top W/ISIN glass, completely rewired, NEW fuel tank. Contact: Mike (732) 674-3019

1996 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer 3 00 • 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, NC

1996 36’ Silverton Sedan Cruiser 00 • 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

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

1969 Classic 43’ Egg Harbor $24,000 Dive boat or live aboard on OBX. Captain maintained. Original mahogany interior. J/T 671 Detriots. Generator, AC/Heat, shower, head. Motivated to sell. Contact: (910) 368-7145

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) 793-8844 Located: Wrightsville Beach, NC

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

‘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. Contact: Marc (910)-5998707 Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC.

2000 Sea Ray Sundancer 270 $35,900 Excellent condition inside and out. Extra low original hours, only 89. Garaged for 9 years. Contact: Bob (252) 638-6916 or Jeremy (252) 617-2260 or

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

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:

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

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

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

2000 28’ Four Winns 268 Vista 2 000 • 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

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

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Personal Floatation Devices for Recreational Craft By Capt. Wayne Canning Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) or more commonly known as Life Vests are wearable or throwable devices designed to help keep a person in the water afloat. The USCG requires vessels carry one PFD for each person onboard. It does not matter what type of craft, or the type of propulsion, each person onboard must have their own PFD. Any craft larger than 16 feet in length (except canoes and kayaks) must have at least one throwable PFD as well. Additionally children less than 13 years of age are required to wear a PFD when above decks. Some states will have a different age limit that will supersede the federal law, so if boating with young children it is best to check with local agencies about what laws may apply. Different types of PFDs are designed for different conditions and uses. Understanding the differences will help in making the right selection for your specific type of boating. Inherently buoyant PFDs: This means the part that keeps you afloat is buoyant without having to be inflated. Life vests of this type were originally made using cork and balsa wood blocks. Later these were replaced with Kapoc. Sealed in vinyl plastic packets, Kapoc is a water resistant natural fiber found in tropical tree pods. One problem with Kapoc is that the vinyl packets can be punctured, this can lead to the Kapoc material becoming waterlogged greatly reducing bouncy. Kapoc has been replaced in the last 10-20 years with synthetic closed cell foam. Pros: Inexpensive to purchase, require little maintenance, most are USCG approved, very rugged. Good for swimmers and non swimmers, approved for water sports such as operating PWCs and water skiing. They are made in wearable and throwable designs, and come in adult, child and infant sizes. Cons: Bulky and can be uncomfortable to wear, can be hot in the summer. Buoyancy is less than that of the inflatable’s. Inflatable PFDs: These inflate with air or CO2. On Sept. 24, 1996 the USCG began approving some inflatable PFDs although not all are USCG approved so check before purchasing. The USCG approval for inflatable’s is only valid if you are wearing the PFD. Inflation is normally done by pulling a release on the CO2 cartridge, they can also be inflated manually. Some models have a water activated automatic release as well. With the automatic release the vest will inflate after a few seconds in the water. This can be a real asset if the wearer is injured or unconscious. Pros: Less bulky and more comfortable to wear, good in water performance, greater buoyancy than that of the inherently buoyant types. Cons: Higher purchase price, requires regular inspection and rearming to be reliable. Not all are USSCG approved, not approved for children (under 16 years of age), not approved for PWCs and water skiing. Only recommended for those who know how to swim, not considered approved unless worn. Hybrids: These are a combination of the inherently buoyant types and the inflatable’s. They offer the reliability of an inherently buoyant PFD with the additional buoyancy of an inflatable PFD. Pros: Provide initial buoyancy and can have higher deployed buoyancy, reliable, available in adult, youth and child sizes. Recommended for swimmers and non swimmers, some are designed for water sports.

Cons: Higher cost, require maintenance, fewer market choices, not considered approved unless worn. All three of the above types can fall into one of the classifications below. Type I: Referred to as the “offshore PFD” it s designed for rough water use and provides the most buoyancy. Designed to turn an unconscious person face up without outside assistance. A good choice for young children, non swimmers, and adults in open water. Type II: The most common type found on recreational craft. Better suited to inland and calm waters as it does not have as much buoyancy as a Type I. It is also somewhat less effective than a Type I in turning an unconscious person face-up. Good for small children, infants and non-swimmers as well as adults. Type III: Commonly known as the “sport vests” they are designed for inland waters. Generally not able to turn an unconscious person over without assistance. Considered useful only when rescue is immediate and in calm waters. They come in many styles and types, the most common being the vest used for water skiing and operating PWCs. You can also find type III float coats helpful for use during cold weather boating. They are available in adult, youth and child sizes. Type IV: Are throwable devices not meant to be worn. The most common of this type are the square seat cushions, Ring buoys, and Horseshoe buoys. Designed primarily as a short term life saving device for anyone in the water without a PFD. Note that Type IV PFDs no longer fulfill the personal PFD requirement for vessels under 16’. Type V: Are special-use devices designed for particular water activities. They may be carried in place of another PFD only if used according to the conditions on its label. These include full exposure suits, safety harnesses with a PFD built in, and kayaking vests among others. Floatation requirements are the same or greater than other types of PFDs. All USCG approved PFDs will have a label on them indicating Type and size (adult, youth or child) intended use and weight limits. Every boater should verify their PFDs have a proper label and are approved for the intended use as well as being the right size for the passengers onboard. Selecting PFDs When selecting the best PFDs for your boat you should consider the following: 1. Type of waters you will be boating on. 2. The size, weight and age of the persons onboard. 3. The activities you will be doing such as sailing, skiing and so on. 4. The swimming abilities of your passengers. 5. Special care should be made with fit, when selecting PFDs for infants and young children. Once you have picked your PFDs make sure they fit the intended users and that everyone knows how to use them and where they are located. If vests are to be used for sports like water skiing make sure the fit is snug and the vest will not come off if you fall and hit the water at speed. Make sure all passengers know where throwable deceives are and how to use them.

Maintaining PFDs Inherently buoyant PFDs require little maintenance and will last many years if properly cared for. Each PFD should be inspected annually. Check the condition of the straps and buckles as well as the fabric cover. If a PFD is found to be bad it should be disposed of. Before you put it in the dumpster cut it up so that no one else will ever try to use it. If cleaning is needed use a mild detergent with water. Never dry clean, put in a washing machine or dryer. Inflatable PFDs require a bit more care, however they are still fairly easy to maintain. The same visual inspections should be made as with the inherently buoyant type. Additionally the CO2 cylinder and release mechanism should be inspected. The release mechanism will have green indicators for both the manual and automatic releases. If either shows red the units need service. Rearming kits are not very expensive running about $25.00 or so and are owner replaceable. Manufactures recommend rearming once every 1-3 years even if the vest has not been used. Additionally it is a good idea to manually inflate the PFD once a year to check for leaks. Extra care needs to be given to Type IV throwable PFDs. In addition to the above checks, check for weathering and sun damage as these PFDs are often stored outside for extended periods. Often polypropylene line is use grab and throwing lines. Polypropylene is used because it floats (making it easier to grab hold of) however it has poor UV resistance. Mounting brackets need inspection as well. One of the biggest problems I see is in improper storage of PFDs. Often PFDs are just thrown into a locker and buried under more “useful” equipment. The PFDs need to be easily accessible, kept dry and not compressed. Many boaters use soft storage cases designed to hold 4 Type II PFDs at a time. Often these cases use zippers for the top closure; however the zippers tend to get corroded and cannot be opened. Eight out of ten I check are stuck closed leaving the PFDs inside useless. If you have one of these cases I strongly recommend you stop using it or replace it with the type that uses Velcro for the closure. Label lockers used for stowage with a “Life vests inside” label so that all persons on your boat will know where the PFDs are. The above information should help you decide what types of PFDs are best for you and the type of boating you do. I recommend any vessel going out beyond an ocean inlet or into any body of water that can have waves over one foot have at least one Type I PFD for each person onboard. Wearing a Type III inflatable PFD when underway is also highly recommended. Often it is best to carry several different types for different uses aboard. Stow you’re PFDs in accessible, well marked, dry locations, inspect them annually and they will give you many years of peace of mind. Capt. Wayne Canning lives on his Irwin 40 VAYU, in Wilmington NC. A marine professional for more than 35 years he is now a full time Marine Surveyor, freelance writer, and consultant/project manager on major repairs. Capt. Wayne also runs web sites for those restoring project boats. Visit and for more information.

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70’ HATTERAS 1988


58’ HATTERAS 1979

52’ HATTERAS 1987


45’ HATTERAS 1985


52’ HATTERAS 1987


49’ HARGRAVE DESIGN 1995 $194,900

48’ OCEAN 1989



37’ LARSON 2004


37’ SILVERTON 1998




35’ RINKER 2008


35’ MAINSHIP 1999


28’ SOUTHPORT 2008


26’ SEA RAY 2005


25’ HYDRA SPORT 2006


One of the nicest Cockpit M/Y’s on market

Nice boat repowered w/3406 Cats

A solid sportfisher priced to sell

Very Clean





She shows great

A very clean, low hour express

Total refit in 2004!!!


Been very well kept w/lots of extras



We have over 150 listings available. Both Power and Sail from 28’ and up. We have over 150 listings available. Both Power and Sail from 28’ and up. See all of our boats download specifications See all of ourand boats and download specificationswith with photos photos at:at: October 2009

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