Editorial August 2007 Issue

When Plastic is Less Than Fantastic

Eavesdropping at autumn boat shows, always produces some curious snippets of conversation. "I want a boat I can plow into a seawall without any worries," I heard one prospective buyer tell a friend as he surveyed the boats assembled at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show last winter. As far as I could see, there was only one boat that fit the bill: a steel-hulled Miami River tug that was pushing Haitian cargo boats just north of the show.

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