Meanwhile, we're all taking a collective breath after putting the final touches on the October issue you now hold in your hands. Timed for publication in conjunction with the string of major East Coast fall boat shows, it's always the year's biggest, most jam-packed edition.
We had a good time putting together this month's offering. Well, actually, some of us had a better time than others. Senior editor Darrell Nicholson and our electronics editor, Ed Sherman--with able assistance from colleagues Nim Marsh, Jeremy McGeary, and Dave Norton and from photographer Billy Black--will certainly be glad to have this one in the figurative rear-view mirror. Supported by a small army of industry representatives and volunteers, Nicholson and Sherman directed a week's worth of extensive (and, from all reports, exhaustive) testing of RIBs and outboards for our whopping 14-page gear review of the latest in hard-bottomed tenders and power plants. Their findings regarding the cruising sailor's equivalent of the family SUV begin on page 120.