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USCGC Eagle

On board the bark Eagle

Boaters don't need to enlist to experience being aboard Coast Guard tall ship Eagle. They can experience it from the comfort of their living room.

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Cape Cod Surprise: Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol

Reliving the past

For fans of "Oliver's Surprise," a nautical tale of a young boy who gets transported back in time to the infamous Hurricane of 1938, a sequel has been published, this time about Hurricane Carol in 1954.

"Cape Cod Surprise: Oliver Matches Wits with Hurricane Carol" ($9.95, GemmaMedia, 2010) by Olympic sailor Carol Newman Cronin has Oliver once again on the schooner Surprise, this time battling the elements and using all of his skills to get back to his own time.

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2011 Calendar of Wooden Boats

Sailing through the year in style

A nautical gift to consider this holiday season is the "2011 Calendar of Wooden Boats" ($15.95, Noah Publications, 2010) featuring the photography of Maine resident Benjamin Mendlowitz. Each month features previously unpublished photographs of classic vessels such as Thetis, a 26-foot Herreshoff Alerion built by the Beetle Boat Shop of Wareham, Mass., that debuted at this year's WoodenBoat Show held in Mystic, Conn.

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Sea Change

One small boat, one huge ocean

When Peter Nichols' marriage dissolved, the last item to be settled was Toad, his 27-foot sailboat. After it sat for nine months in a yacht broker's yard with a price tag, Nichols, a Brit, decided to sail it alone across the Atlantic and attempt to sell the boat in Maine.

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Log or blog: one teen solo sailor’s account

12d_booksAustralian teen Jessica Watson drew international attention - and criticism - when she undertook a solo circumnavigation attempt at the age of 16. She completed her sail around the world May 15 aboard a Sparkman & Stephens 34 sloop.

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