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Bay windows: iconic Long Island houses

bay1Two small boats carrying 10 visitors pulled away from the village dock in Freeport, New York, and headed down Long Creek toward the open water. They soon approached a ramshackle wooden house on pilings with a “No Wake Please” sign mounted on the end of its long plank dock. Two American flags flew from staffs flanking the house, identified by a sign over its door as “Wally World.”

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Baltimore’s Liberty ship is a labor of love

The John W. Brown is a museum ship and a memorial to those who served aboard her.The yacht club’s T-shirt reads: Clinton Street Yacht Club: My yacht is 7,176 tons of gray steel because it is the official off-duty hangout of the crew of the SS John W. Brown. And the shirt almost always has grease on it, since it is a reward to the hardest workers on the Brown, one of two surviving Liberty ships from World War II.

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Blue crabs, poached fish and powdered booze

Sitting at my perch as the last piles of snow on the docks melted, the vision of May in the Bay was a marvelous thing, indeed. If you are a regular reader of this column, perhaps you remember my prediction of a mild winter in the eastern United States. In reference to that prediction, I received the following email from an old friend in Maine:

Question: What do Peter Bass and the Farmer’s Almanac have in common?

Answer: Both forecasted a mild winter for 2014-2015.

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Boat shows and print magazines are my nirvana

Peter BassHere at the bottom of the Bay, April can be downright pleasant, with an average high of 68 degrees and only around 3.5 inches of rain. Nice cruising, with cool nights. One reason I moved here was to have a longer boating season. The hot midsummer months of July and August are nicely bracketed by New England-style summer weather in June and September. Not bad. Years ago my daughter and I moved my Wilbur 38 back north in April, with a couple of lovely days on the Bay. I waited another month, however, to take it from Annapolis to Maine.

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Cruise to Cuba? Maybe mañana

The boating ban remains unaffected by President Obama’s new travel policy, but changes are coming.

The Marina Darsena, in Varadero, Matanzas, is atypically modern for Cuba.Now that President Obama has moved to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba and eased the embargo against visiting this long-forbidden Caribbean island, will Americans finally be able to cruise there legally in their own boats?

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