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Boating Know-How with Mike Saylor

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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Stretch the envelope and conquer fears

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer."

Mike Saylor"Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - the Bene Gesserit mantra against fear, from Frank Herbert's "Dune"

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The sea's lessons amid the fog of war

"There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet"

- William F. Halsey-Admiral of the Fleet, United States Navy

Mike SaylorWilliam F. Halsey had always been called Bill. When a reporter, because of a typographical error, referred to him as "Bull" he liked it, and from then on it was his nickname.

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Should you carry a firearm on board?

To carry or not to carry, that is the question.

Whether ’tis … enough Shakespeare. This article is about carrying weapons on board. The issue is whether you are better off running the complications of dealing with officialdom in foreign waters should you, God forbid, need to defend yourself when voyaging, or leave your firearms at home.

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All I want for Christmas is ...

I went to several boat shows to come up with some cool holiday gift ideas.

I found great bargains on boats, but since I don’t think anyone is going to get me one of the beautiful Aldens I saw at the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show for $2 million or $4 million, I’ll concentrate on some of the more modest things I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree (hint, hint boss).

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