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VIDEO: Past the tipping point

There are plenty of failed-boat-launch videos out there, but here’s one we hadn’t seen before — a quick clip, courtesy of Eastern Europe.

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VIDEO: What a local knows

Lecanvey is a seaside village in County Mayo, Ireland, known for big tidal swings.

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VIDEO: Outlaw inlet

Transiting a tricky inlet is among the biggest challenges of boating.

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VIDEO: Out for a spin

It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but that doesn’t mean it was.

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VIDEO: Ready for rescue

Two anglers wisely invested in an EPIRB, and it led to a speedy rescue when their 25-foot boat capsized.

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VIDEO: Hazard to navigation

Video camera-rigged unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, seem to be everywhere these days — like gnats at a quiet anchorage.

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VIDEO: Technically, it's a boat

With winter finally and mercifully releasing its grip in the Midwest and Northeast, here’s one more look at the conditions that preceded the thaw.

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VIDEO: Help on the way

The setting: Force 9 winds and 13-foot seas about 8 miles southeast of Stornoway, a fishing village on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

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VIDEO: From the depths

We don’t know how the tow vehicle and trailer came to be underwater, but when that happens, you need a better plan than this.

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VIDEO: Performance pontoon

Racers come in all stripes. Beyond the familiar performance powerboats is a different breed of speed freaks: pontoon boat racers.

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VIDEO: Whale of a catch

We don’t know a lot about the circumstances, but this video appears to be from a whale-watching expedition.

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VIDEO: Finding the Musashi

A research team led by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen says it has located a World War II Japanese battleship that was considered one of the world's largest and the most technologically advanced warship of its time.

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VIDEO: 'Like a freight train'

Surveillance video was released of a boat crashing into a popular beachfront restaurant south of Tampa, Fla., and it’s amazing that the skipper didn’t kill anyone.

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VIDEO: Safe haven

Life in Antarctica as a penguin is dicey business.

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VIDEO: Splashing debut

The tradition of ceremoniously launching a new vessel, whether it be with a bottle of champagne smashed across the bow or a few carefully chosen words of blessing, dates back thousands of years.

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VIDEO: Ready for takeoff

Boats and waterskiing have gone hand in hand since at least the 1940s, and jumping is among the most impressive parts of the sport.

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VIDEO: Beware, Capt. Ahab

It doesn’t boast the drama of Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick, but a charging sperm whale got the attention of a Chilean fishing-boat crew recently.

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VIDEO: Tight fit

The drawbridge at Simpson Bay in St. Martin opens six times a day to let megayachts into the Isla Del Sol Marina. The width of the opening is 56 feet. The beam of Venus, the Feadship built for the late Apple CEO and chairman Steve Jobs, is about 39 feet.

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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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