Recreation: Plug-In Boats

Yachtsmen once prided themselves on being a hardy lot who asked only for "a tall ship and a star to steer her by." Even those who liked their ships squat and motorized took a certain pleasure in the austerities of self-sufficiency. The most popular models were made with no frills, on the reasoning that the buyers' basic impulse was to get away from it all, at a minimum expense. But in the past five years, more and more people have more and more money, and price no longer seems an object. Furthermore, the little woman has become a backseat helmsman,...

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