With the shrill blast of a bo'sun's call, the 42nd annual National Motor Boat Show was opened in Manhattan's Grand Central Palace last week, and the first of some 250,000 sailors and would-be sailors were "piped aboard." Biggest news at the show this year are mass-produced, prefabricated "kit-boats," which an amateur boatbuilder can put to gether for as little as 50% of the cost of buying a finished boat. Completely precut, right down to drilled holes and fitted joints, the kit-boats range in size from an 8-ft. pram by Roberts Industries ($35)...

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