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Boating Destination Reviews for Travelers Along the Eastern Seaboard

Tangier Island, Va.

A traditional deadrise workboatA way of life that generations of watermen have followed still exists on Tangier Island, 12 miles off Virginia’s lower Eastern Shore. Some 420 people cluster on the 1.2-square-mile island’s three ridges, clinging to that self-sufficient way of life and battling erosion; rising waters; Chesapeake Bay pollution; depletion of oysters, crabs and waterfowl; stricter fisheries regulations; and the resultant emigration of their young people.

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Smith Island, Md.

The slow island paceTen miles off Chesapeake Bay’s lower Eastern Shore lies Smith Island, Md., where 240 residents of three villages eke out a living as their ancestors have for generations.

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Fort Jefferson, Fla.

The massive fort has 8-foot-thick masonry walls.Land ho! It’s that exciting moment when a dark smudge appears on the horizon between the Florida Keys’ turquoise waters and azure sky. The smudge grows larger and more distinct, morphing into not a palm-fringed island or mangrove tangle but a massive brick fort nearly covering 16-acre Garden Key. It’s incongruous and awe-inspiring in this endless expanse of ocean.

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Lunenburg: a special place

The Dory Shop on Lunenburg's waterfrontKevin Feindel is a good example of how deep the roots go in Lunenburg. He and his wife are descendants of immigrants who arrived there 260 years ago on one of the very first ships that brought settlers to the well-protected harbor.

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The Tribe

The Maine Boatbuilders Show arrives at just the right time. Spring is typically delayed, cabin fever is boiling like sap in a sugar house, and it’s high time to find like-minded boat addicts to share the fever.

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