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Going Big

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The Pacific Northwest’s largest boat builder (by units) may be built in cattle country, but with their newest and largest build to date — the 290 Adventure— and bigger facilities in their crosshairs, this classic brand is getting big enough to take on the open ocean. A large tumbleweed explodes into a disparate cloud of twigs as my car, unleashed on an open country road somewhere on the Colville Reservation, passes through it. Around me are dusty pine forests, some touched by the summer wildlife season, that smell like new beginnings. A roadkill jackrabbit

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carcass and herd of cattle bound by barbed wire fencing go by. The shriek of a red-tailed hawk is the perfect accent. Based on the scenery alone, one wouldn’t guess that I am nearing the factory of the largest boatbuilder by units sold in the Pacific Northwest. I’m headed east to the Wild West to visit the Hewescraft factory,

specifically to get a first look at their newest and largest build, the 290 Adventure. This whole scheme was hatched many months before when I met Clint Kirry, a director and vice president at Hewes Marine Company, for the first time at a Northwest Marine Trade Association conference in Spokane, Washington. As per usual, I get

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NW Yachting October 2018  

The latest on power and sail boating in the Northwest, featuring Wendy Hinman's tips for Cruising Hawaii; a preview of Hewescraft's newest p...

NW Yachting October 2018  

The latest on power and sail boating in the Northwest, featuring Wendy Hinman's tips for Cruising Hawaii; a preview of Hewescraft's newest p...