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Underway Column Editorial by Editor Bill Sisson | Soundings Online Column

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.



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



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.



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?



Some rescues involve walking a fine line

There is within our big tribe a much smaller band of wind-burned wanderers who live for blue water, who push at the margins in search of adventure, solitude, records, wide-open spaces, a pot of gold, something more. You name it.



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