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VIDEO: Waterspouts 101

Waterspouts are basically tornados on the water, though usually much less powerful than those on land. The prudent skipper steers clear of them, but they’re a sight to see from afar.

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VIDEO: Inside a waterspout

Seeing a single waterspout while you’re on the water can pique your curiosity, but several spouts on the horizon meant one thing to these Florida boaters: run hard into the fray.

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VIDEO: ‘I was scared the boat might blow’

A tour of London became a swim-for-your-life emergency when a duck boat caught fire on the River Thames.

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VIDEO: Hold fast at the top of the mast

For most of us, going to the top of the mast is best done at a dock. Hopefully there will be no waves or wakes and rescue equipment will be nearby.

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VIDEO: Between a hull and a hard place

Cruising Western Europe’s busy rivers requires its own form of seamanship when navigating through a series of locks.

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VIDEO: Stick with a traditional towboat

For boaters in need of assistance, Sea Tow and BoatUS are solid options.

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VIDEO: Situational awareness? What's that?

Regardless of your state’s law, there should be a designated spotter when someone is water skiing so the driver can devote full attention to safe boat operation.

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VIDEO: Oracle: ‘We finally broke the code’

Oracle Team USA’s stunning America’s Cup upset — eight straight wins culminating in a 1-point victory over Emirates Team New Zealand Wednesday on San Francisco Bay — didn’t just happen.

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AMERICA'S CUP: Comeback complete!

Dogged by penalty points, outclassed by a Kiwi team honed to clockwork precision, Oracle Team USA was down 8-1 at one point only to come back and win eight straight races to capture the 34th America’s Cup Wednesday in one of the great comebacks in sports history.

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VIDEO: Table for one, Mr. Crab?

It’s a scene any casual crabber who has ever caught his or her dinner should see: the crab’s perspective.

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VIDEO: The biggest? No, the baddest

Billionaire superyacht owners and their competition for the “biggest in the world” title make good comedic fodder for the rest of us.

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Leaving a legacy of reform

Those who knew him say he was just a humble everyman, but Capt. Robert M. Cusick Jr. is remembered today for his role in sweeping reforms in U.S. maritime safety standards.

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VIDEO: Going up

Those who have had to be rescued by Coast Guard rescue swimmers speak glowingly of these angels who descend from above to save their souls.

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VIDEO: A smooth, wakeless and silent ride

Pushing limits is the name of the game in extreme sports, as athletes continually push themselves closer to the edge.

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VIDEO: Big surf, big trouble

Wooden skiffs provide livelihoods in coastal villages around the world — for the builders and the people who use them. The simple, sturdy boats often are time-honored designs refined through the generations.

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China to Holland via the Arctic

The container ship Yong Sheng steamed into Rotterdam, Holland, on Tuesday to a throng of media after a voyage the shipping industry watched closely.

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VIDEO: Captain crunch

And you thought you were having a tough day at the office.

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Adrift at sea for 12 days

Four men were rescued and in apparent good health Monday after spending nearly two weeks adrift on the Caribbean.

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VIDEO: Oh, the humanity!

A boat sinking after a collision is hardly a laughing matter … except in this case.

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VIDEO: Salvage of the century

A salvage team tasked with removing the Costa Concordia, which ran aground off Giglio, Italy, is preparing to rotate the ship into an upright position using a technique known as parbuckling.

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