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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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The wonders of late-season boating

Hey, look here. The waters are empty.

Well, not exactly empty, but after Labor Day there certainly are fewer boats out there. And the trend accelerates as we move down the calendar. Late-season boating — it’s my favorite time to be on the water, whether sailing or powerboating.

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The lessons of Bligh and Shackleton

Superior leaders and seamen, both beat impossible odds in small, open boats without losing a man

Before I began research for this column, I envisioned Capt. William Bligh as the harsh disciplinarian I read about in “Mutiny on the Bounty” and saw portrayed by Charles Laughton and Trevor Howard in film adaptations.

Ernest Shackleton, on the other hand, was a faintly remembered Antarctic explorer around the time World War I started.

Boy, did I have it wrong.

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I’ll take a set of oars over an outboard

I don’t know why I wrote a column on outboards.

I hate the darn things. I’ve never owned an outboard that I trusted, that didn’t let me down. Wait a minute … maybe it wasn’t the outboards. Maybe the problem rests with me.

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