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VIDEO: In praise of small boats

Fun to sail and easy to maintain, daysailers and weekenders are small boats with big benefits.

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VIDEO: A dinghy with wings

Have you seen the Optimist dinghy built by students and researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology and SSPA Sweden, a maritime consulting company?

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VIDEO: Bay Area gets a new brigantine

After more than three years of work the Matthew Turner, the first new tall ship built in the San Francisco Bay Area in more than 85 years, touched water April 1.

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VIDEO: Irish Innovation

Although the work of Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries Ltd. in Northern Ireland is now centered on offshore renewable energy projects, the company began 156 years ago as a shipyard and it still refits and repairs ships.

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VIDEO: Restoring a Long Island landmark

Repairs began Monday on the foundation of the 158-year-old Fire Island Lighthouse, which Superstorm Sandy damaged five years ago.

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VIDEO: Weighty decision

Are you tired of raising a weighty anchor by hand? An ideal time to add that windlass you've been considering is now, at the start of the season.

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VIDEO: Supreme cruising

Voyaging down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which extends from Norfolk, Va., to Key West, Fla., is a treasure to experience.

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VIDEO: A galleon’s glitter

In 1985 treasure hunter Mel Fisher and his team found the wreck of Nuestra Señora de Atocha — a Spanish galleon that sank in a hurricane in 1622 near what is now Key West, Florida. Fisher initially found more than half of the ship’s registered cargo in one cache — an estimated $450 million in gold, silver, precious stones and artifacts.

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VIDEO: A floating school docks in Boston

Sørlandet, a Norwegian heritage vessel and the world’s oldest fully rigged tall ship in operation, arrived in Boston Harbor on Sunday to promote Sail Boston 2017.

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VIDEO: No frail beauty

In 1982 Loren and Lani Hart began the production of their first Lord Nelson Victory Tug — a 37 Victory Tug. Featuring a displacement hull with a full keel, high bulwarks and a raised pilothouse, the boat was designed to be a comfortable long-range cruiser.

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VIDEO: Racing his grandfather’s yacht

In 1896 yacht designer Capt. Nathanael Herreshoff designed the Newport 30, a class of sailing yachts that helped create the foundation for one-design racing with the New York Yacht Club.

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VIDEO: Preserving an American art

An art form that originated in the 18th century, the process of creating scrimshaw on whalebone is being kept alive by a dwindling number of artisans such as Mike Vienneau.

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VIDEO: A family of boatbuilders

Trained as a shipwright, George Lawley moved from England to Massachusetts in 1851 to seek a better life for himself and his family and was hired to work with East Boston ship designer Donald McKay.

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VIDEO: Making ‘mosquito boats’

Hubert Scott-Paine was a British aircraft and boat designer, and among his accomplishments was the design of the PV70 — the 70-foot boat that became a model for the patrol torpedo boats the U.S. Navy used during World War II.

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VIDEO: Displaying their mettle

Sailed in Paralympic-class boats, the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta is open to U.S. and foreign competitors using the three-person Sonar and the single-handed 2.4 Meter boats. It is North America’s premier regatta for sailors with disabilities.

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VIDEO: An epic Atlantic adventure

During a midlife crisis in 1985 Al Grover decided to cross the Atlantic in a Groverbuilt 26, an outboard-powered skiff of the kind that he designed and built.

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VIDEO: Protecting Chesapeake Bay

In 1983 the Chesapeake Bay Program was created to restore and protect the bay. The program partners with members of state, federal, academic and local organizations.

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VIDEO: America’s ‘Inland Seas’

Wind and weather conditions create the waves of the Great Lakes. The speed, direction and duration of the wind affect the size of a wave, as does the length of water the wind blows over and the bottom contours over which waves are breaking.

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VIDEO: Better-built Barbours

For more than 60 years Barbour Boat Works was a fixture in the North Carolina economy. Founded in 1933 by Herbert W. Barbour, the New Bern yard initially focused on the repair and construction of small commercial vessels.

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VIDEO: Passing it on

When commercial salmon troller Mike Hudson was asked to talk to San Francisco Bay Area high school students about his work and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, he enthusiastically accepted.

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