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Boating Know-How with Mike Saylor

Don't lose sight of the simple approach

To paraphrase Occam's razor: When there are alternative solutions to a problem, the simplest solution is usually the best - in other words, keep it simple, stupid. This maxim holds true for boating, both power and sail.

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Start the new season with a proper fitting out

The Earth has made another circuit around the sun, and it's time to get ready to launch another boating season. Same game, new day. We can bid a sobbing farewell to the miseries of winter, as those of us fortunate enough to own a boat begin spring preparation and fitting out.

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America's Cup: the good, bad and ugly

The next Cup regatta is to be staged on San Francisco Bay.News flash: BMW announced it is withdrawing from its partnership with Oracle Racing because it accomplished its purpose by winning the 33rd America's Cup last year in Valencia, Spain.

News flash: Oracle Racing - representing the San Francisco Yacht Club - will defend the Cup in, you guessed it, San Francisco.

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Winter reading that serves up a history lesson

This has been an interesting year (in the sense of the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times"), so I haven't read as many books as I usually do. But I have read and reread some, and I submit them for your consideration.

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The bug-out bag: your insurance policy

I got used to go bags and bug-out bags while I was in the Army and was transferred to Germany. My wife and baby daughter came along as dependents. I had a go bag stowed in our car so I could respond to an alert, regardless of where I was. It included a set of field gear, underwear, three pairs of socks and my field boots, plus cigarettes, candy and coffee. It was the 1950s, the height of the Cold War.

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