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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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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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