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VIDEO: Bluewater highway

At some point we have all had to make our way through an especially busy inlet or been stuck in a “traffic jam” waiting for a bridge to open.

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VIDEO: Ice-wrapped

Boaters in the Northeast continue their long slog through an especially unforgiving winter, dreaming of a warm boating season that still seems far over the horizon.

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VIDEO: Over the top

Capt. Dennis Baxter runs the 53-foot charter fishing boat New Captain Pete out of Half Moon Bay in Northern California.

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VIDEO: Weighty work

Hauling out a 125-foot, 93-year-old wooden steamship is another day at the office for the crew at Pacific Fishermen Shipyard in Seattle’s Dutch Harbor.

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VIDEO: Bound for Jamaica

It’s every sailor’s dream: reaching with the spinnaker up and just blasting across the water.

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VIDEO: Rescue in a blizzard

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection suggests that certain variants give some people extra survival probability.

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VIDEO: Four-wheel navigation

We don’t know the story behind this video, which some Russian anglers apparently shot on a fishing boat.

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VIDEO: Tight squeeze

A 43-foot Hinckley worth more than $1 million got stuck in a snowbank and tied up traffic Wednesday in Boston as it was being delivered to the Progressive New England Boat Show.

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VIDEO: Letting go

Sailing writer Andrew Heathcote posted this catamaran mishap video with no description, so we’ll have to let the imagery speak for itself.

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VIDEO: Electromagnetic appeal

Why do sharks seem to be attracted to boat engines? Plenty of anglers know from experience that sharks sometimes try to eat outboards.

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VIDEO: Labrador retrieval

Fed up with winter? Many in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions of the United States have had enough of record-setting snowfall and low temperatures, but the Coast Guard has offered up a video to warm the coldest heart.

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VIDEO: A fine line

Call it “vicarious adrenaline”: There’s something thrilling about watching someone do an audacious stunt that you would never consider performing yourself.

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VIDEO: Making the cut

Winter months are quiet on the rivers and coastal waters of the northeastern United States. All but the heartiest of recreational boaters are on the hard, leaving the icy aquatic to commercial mariners.

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VIDEO: No trailer? No problem

We don’t know the story behind this video we found at the website LiveLeak, but the 40-second clip needs little explanation.

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VIDEO: Sudden splash

Humor is subjective, but now that the American obsession with Super Bowl commercials is behind us for another year, we found this amusing nautical-themed advertisement for a Dutch insurance company to be worth a few laughs.

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VIDEO: Safety net

A Coast Guard crew captured some amazing video of a single-engine plane stalling in midair after it ran out of fuel off Hawaii.

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VIDEO: 'Wall of wind and water'

The Coast Guard rescued a millionaire Pinterest investor, his son and three crewmembers after his $2.5 million Gunboat’s mast broke in heavy winds and high seas.

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VIDEO: Circle game

We found this video filmed and posted by professional water skier Tadd Thorson that shows off a trick we hadn’t seen before.

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VIDEO: Rough rider

As responsible boaters, we’re always aware of the yahoos with whom we share the water.

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VIDEO: Smooth sailing

As a previously uneventful Northeast winter suddenly made its presence felt and the Blizzard of 2015 buried New England in snow, the Soundings crew in Essex, Conn., is embracing the season (or at least trying to).

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