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What we talk about when we talk about boats*

- Doing what you love for a living is a great blessing, but it also has its dangers. This thought surfaces every boat show season, but a good chat with myself quickly rights the ship: Don’t overschedule. Go in with a game...

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Bay Tripper

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Restoration saves the last of the log-built buyboats

The buyboat F.D. Crockett was in sad shape. Built in 1924 by Alexander Gaines with a Lathrop gasoline engine, she began her career moving cargo along the creeks and rivers of Virginia’s Tidewater peninsula and was later adapted for use as a...

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New England Fishing

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Cooler temperatures, hot action during the fall blitz

It’s often said that autumn is a time of plenty. Rightfully so, considering it’s a period when mature crops are bountiful and ready for harvest. Luckily for fishermen on Chesapeake Bay — as well as other areas up and down the East...

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Loose Cannon

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Peter Swanson's Soundings blog

PassageMaker executive editor Peter Swanson weighs in with his thoughts on recreational boating and the boating lifestyle.

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Swamp Yankee

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Bill Sisson's refit blog

Soundings editor-in-chief Bill Sisson details the refit of a 22-year-old Down Easter.

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