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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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Truth or tale?

A castaway’s assertion that he was adrift in the Pacific for 14 months immediately fell under suspicion when the smiling, surprisingly healthy-looking man emerged to tell his story.

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Bucking Broncos

Anyone who has endured seasickness can commiserate with the Denver Broncos, who spoke to the press Thursday aboard a 210-foot “luxury party ship” in advance of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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VIDEO: Intentional grounding

Video of a 26,000-gross-ton ferry “beaching” has flooded the Web in recent days, but the grounding was intentional and actually happened Nov. 13.

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VIDEO: A history-making drug bust

A 25-foot go-fast was speeding south of the Dominican Republic in the dead of night last week when it caught the attention of a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft.

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VIDEO: Having a blast

We found this clip of a mishap on a bass boat and suspected it was staged, so we tracked down the guys who posted it. Sure enough, it was a setup, but a funny one that we think is worth sharing.

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VIDEO: Now that's a stretch

Old ocean liners were things of beauty and majesty, and although some of that aesthetic has been lost on modern cruise ship builds, we were wowed by a time-lapse video that shows the Norwegian Crown becoming the Balmoral.

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VIDEO: Living on the edge

A reef break on the southwest coast of Tahiti, Teahupo’o is known for generating some of the world’s heaviest and most intense waves.

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VIDEO: Weaving through the waves

Port Macquarie is a beach community in New South Wales, Australia, about 240 miles north of Sydney.

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VIDEO: An Arctic blast from the past

If you love the old Pathé newsreels, we've got a good one for you. Capt. Robert Bartlett, who was with Robert Peary when he “discovered” the North Pole in 1906, takes movie-goers of the 1940s on an expedition to the Arctic.

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VIDEO: Just in time

Bjoern Kils, a German who grew up sailing the Baltic Sea, makes his living on New York Harbor running two NYmediaBoat.com RIBs out of Liberty Landing Marina for a variety of jobs — sightseeing tours, movie and TV shoots, towing, diving or whatever someone needs done on the busy waters he knows well.

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VIDEO: Helicopter evacuation

Editor’s note: Charles Doane, cruising editor of Sail magazine (one of Soundings’ sister magazines), was one of four people rescued from an Alpha 42 catamaran off Virginia after the boat was disabled in a gale. Doane, the delivery skipper and the yacht’s owners were en route to the BVI from New York. Here is Doane’s account.

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