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Boating Know-How with Mike Saylor

Sweat the small stuff and you’ll survive

saylor_mikeI recall going sailing in my friend John's new 23-foot sailboat. The boat had been hurriedly berthed on a mooring, using badly worn three-strand nylon line. We hadn't had the time to replace the line. In fact, we hadn't properly set up the anchoring system or the jiffy reefing system. It was the first available chance to sail her and we were anxious to try her out.

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Mistakes from fatigue can put you at risk

I remember hearing about a couple in their late 50s to mid-60s who decided to follow their dream while they still could. They sold their home, put some of their more precious and sentimental belongings in storage, and bought a boat.

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Reunited with my old sweetheart

If Tiger Woods can make confessions, so can I. Last summer I was reacquainted with my mistress. She still has a long, relatively lean body with wonderful curves. My wife, Lou, knows about her and loved her as much as I did.

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11 tips for a better summer cruise

It's summer - time to go cruising. Whether in a powerboat or under sail, cruising has always held a special place in my soul. I've never been much of a day sailor. When younger, I used to race, but even racing was a means to an end.

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A prudent seaman in an electronic world

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was the second Cunard ship to bear that name. She was not named after the present queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, hence the Arabic 2 instead of the Roman numeral II. She was built as an ocean liner, not a cruise ship.

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