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VIDEO: Sailor daredevil

British sailor Alex Thomson has a reputation for taking risks, whether sailing solo around the globe or using his boat as a platform for stunts.

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VIDEO: Swallowed by Jaws

Pe‘ahi, on the north shore of the Hawaiian island Maui, earned its nickname “Jaws” for having some of the largest surf in the world.

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VIDEO: Waterfront dining

“Consider the subtleness of the sea,” Melville advised us in “Moby Dick.” But more than a few diners in Southern California would beg to differ with his characterization.

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VIDEO: Whale's tail was no tale

A young Canadian woman on a whale-watching boat off Mexico had a close encounter with nature in the form of a slap in the face.

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VIDEO: Coming-out party

Yacht owners tend to be a discriminating crowd — and a restless one.

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VIDEO: 'Everything stowed'

The open ocean has a way of making even a big boat look small — especially in a storm blowing 85 knots and kicking up 50-foot seas.

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VIDEO: Crew overboard!

We found this video on Vimeo, apparently filmed on Spain’s Basque coast this month, showing a sailboat with seven aboard attempting to enter a narrow channel into the port of Zumaia.

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VIDEO: Last stop

“Love, exciting and new … Come aboard. We're expecting you” won’t have the same bouncy, happy ring it used to after you see photos of the poor Princess of the Pacific, otherwise known as the Love Boat, being towed to the wrecker’s yard in Turkey last August.

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VIDEO: Good or lucky?

Even a seasoned pro can be forgiven for a less-than-graceful approach to the dock under tough conditions. And then there’s this guy, who frankly just makes most of us look bad, right before we stand up and applaud.

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VIDEO: Can't wait to get back on the boat?

The winter storm cycle for much of the country has left us feeling as if we’re stuck in the movie “Groundhog Day,” with none of the fun of Bill Murray’s company to leaven these gray days. One storm finishes and another one begins.

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VIDEO: Mud runners

Running a boat in shallow water is a challenge. Running a boat without any water is impressive.

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VIDEO: Safer in the water

Billfish anglers are a hearty breed, typically with strong wills to match their strong backs.

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VIDEO: Think you had a bad weather week?

If you thought you had a bad weather week, as many on the Eastern Seaboard did, you can at least be glad you weren’t shipping your car from Japan to Russia aboard the vessel Astongate in winter seas.

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VIDEO: A story with a nice ring to it

In early 2008, as the world economy went into free fall, Capt. Shane O’Neal of Chickamauga, Tenn., had an opportunity to start a TowBoatUS franchise. He was a full-time firefighter at the time and barely making ends meet.

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Bounty captain was 'reckless'

The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the sinking of the tall ship Bounty on Monday, and the probable cause was the captain’s “reckless decision to sail.”

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VIDEO: A tale with miles to go

Nearly two weeks after Jose Salvador Alvarenga and his small fishing boat beached in the Marshall Islands, his tale of surviving 13 months at sea continues to amaze — and draw skepticism.

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VIDEO: Crunch time

If a tired old boat must be retired, why not have a little fun doing it?

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VIDEO: Britain braces for a tempest

As many Americans deal with the relentless winter freeze and a parade of ice and snow storms, on the other side of the Atlantic the British coast is being pounded by record-breaking surf.

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VIDEO: Cargo ship breaks in two

A 333-foot Spanish cargo ship broke in two on a jetty in heavy surf Wednesday near the French port town of Anglet.

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VIDEO: Surf's up

Mike Tokheim is a charter captain out of Destin, Fla., who makes his living putting customers where the fish are, but there’s always time for a little fun.

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