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Underway Column Editorial by Editor Bill Sisson | Soundings Online Column

Sunset came too soon for a fishing friend

“Fishing on the reefs is good in the evening. We fished twice last week for 26 bass from 25 to 37 inches, plus the first blue of the year. We could give that a whack and then head down the island after dark if you have the time?”
— email from Tim Coleman

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Has our maritime culture forgotten the Golden Rule?

It is a long-standing tradition of the sea to stop and render assistance to fellow seamen in distress. That’s simply the right and moral thing to do.

And the mariner who today comes to the aid of his sailing brother knows he might well find himself in dire straits tomorrow and be in need of a similar helping hand. That’s the way of the sea.

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Maine-built boats find a home with Japanese fishermen

I stood next to boatbuilder Stacey Raymond at the Maine Boatbuilders Show, talking about deadrise, Down East boats and a fleet of special 19-footers he recently built for some very special clients.
Raymond, the owner of General Marine Inc. of Biddeford, Maine, spent the winter building 20 composite boats for fishermen in Japan whose lives were turned upside down by the devastating tsunami of a year ago

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Unmanned Queen Bee’s incredible 3-year voyage

A good, well-built small boat can take far more punishment than its operators will ever care to endure. That’s just one of those truisms about well-found boats in the hands of experienced helmsmen — or perhaps even in no one’s hands.

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Hubris can lead to a betrayal of the senses

How could it happen? How could a $450 million state-of-the-seas cruise ship with more than 4,200 passengers on board run aground in calm conditions on familiar waters just a day into its Mediterranean cruise?

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William Sisson, Editor

A 1981 Phi Beta Kappa journalism graduate, Bill has been writing about boats for more than two decades. His boating travels have taken him from the Persian Gulf to the Baltic Sea, and always back home to Little Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. As editor, Bill is responsible for planning and executing the publication's boating coverage each month, and his Under Way column starts each issue. Bill has been with Soundings for 20 years and in 1997 won the Moulton H. "Monk" Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary.


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