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Cruising Life through the Eyes of Tom Neale

Precious days with Cap'n Wilson

The Chesapeake Bay waterman taught Cap'n Tom a lot about fishing and even more about life

Linda R at her mooring off Gwynn's Island in Viriginia. Waterman Wilson Rowe worked the Chesapeake Bay all of his life.Cap'n Wilson's day begins as usual, more than an hour before first light. He drives down to the Linda R in his old pickup - the one in which you need boots because the water from puddles splashes up through the holes in the floor.

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NDZ or MSD: keeping waters clean

Boaters are often a punching bag, even though we're not the main culprits of dumping sewage

Clean water is every boater's business.We share a passion, you and I. Our passion is for clean waters. And we share a commitment to work together to achieve clean waters. The issue is how to best do so.

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Nurturing the next generation

Passing along your passion for the water can be a fun learning experience for both parents and children

A passion for boating runs deep in the Allard family of New York. Chris Allard's grandmother christens the new family cruiser, circa 1935.I recently gave a talk at a prestigious yacht club on the East Coast. Before my talk, the commodore spoke to the members about a major issue facing the club. He said the average age of the membership was 60. He warned that unless something was done to attract and hold young members, the club couldn't survive, even though it was a very healthy club at the time.

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Secrets of boating on the cheap

There are things you can scrimp on and things you can't, and knowing the difference is critical

Tom knows  all about living aboard on a limited budget, starting with a thrifty  approach and some do-it-yourself skills.The new vogue in boating magazines is writing about boating on a budget. But boating on a budget is like skydiving from a stepladder. Which is why the top of my head is flat.

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Staying wired on the water can be simple

With the right equipment, taking care of business ashore while cruising won't be the headache it used to be

Army Corp of Engineers surveyor Tommy Thomas attends to business in his office aboard the survey vessel Florida.Taking care of business is the last thing you want to worry about on a cruise. But being unable to take care of business can become the first thing to ruin a cruise. It can eat into your pleasure like a piranha.

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