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Fly rails and flying jibs

Preserved history

Between 1926 and 1947, Robert H.I. Goddard photographed many of the last coasting schooners on the East Coast, catching them in their glory under way, laid up for repairs and eventually abandoned — on board and at a distance.

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Lost Maine Coastal Schooners

Wooden ships of a bygone era

Wooden schooners graced coastal Maine for more than a century as vessels of trade and commerce.

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Caribbean Passagemeking

Caribbean cruising advice

The chain of islands from the Virgins to the southern Caribbean comprises some of the most desirable tropical cruising grounds on the planet.

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“Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961”

Hemingway and his boat: a love story

There are numerous biographies of Ernest Hemingway and his larger-than-life personality. Author Paul Hendrickson approached his from a different angle: the novelist’s beloved 38-foot Wheeler Playmate, Pilar.

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Safer Offshore — Crisis Management and Emergency Repairs at Sea

Coping with trouble when you’re offshore

Far from shore, where options for help are limited, self-reliance is essential. When something goes wrong, the way the skipper and crew react can be the difference between life and death. “Safer Offshore — Crisis Management and Emergency Repairs at Sea” by Ed Mapes (2010, Paradise Cay Publications, $19.95 paperback, 283 pages) catalogs solutions to problems boaters can encounter on the ocean.

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