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Has the Cup gone off the rails?

AC72s are powered primarily by a rigid wingsail and are capable of heart-pounding speeds.Have the America’s Cup designs reached a point where they are “too big, too fast, too light” to be safe? No, I do not believe that this is the case.



A floating home is not a 'vessel'

The San Francisco Bay Area of city of Sausalito, Calif., is known for its houseboat community.Tangle with Fane Lozman at your own risk. The city of Riviera Beach, Fla., did in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Was Lozman’s floating home a vessel? By a 7-2 vote the justices agreed with him that it was not.



Bounty hearing raises questions on ship’s condition

Bounty first mate John Svendsen testified that he told the captain that officers had concerns with the plan to leave New London, Conn.After she rounded Montauk Point at the eastern end of Long Island, N.Y., a little after midnight Oct. 26, the Bounty steered a magnetic compass course just west of south, according to published coordinates of the tall ship’s path.



Mayday on the Illusion!

Editor’s note: This excerpt is from Michael Tougias’ newly released “A Storm Too Soon,” which tells the story of four boats in mayday situations off the Carolinas on May 7, 2007, during powerful Tropical Storm Andrea. Nine of the 13 sailors on the boats survived. This is the story of the three who were rescued aboard Illusion.



Sandy aftermath: recovering from ‘total devastation’

Superstorm Sandy left thousands of boats high and dry from New Jersey to New York and Connecticut.Superstorm Sandy upended just about every aspect of Steve Stavracos’ life. Not only did the Long Island, N.Y., marina owner suffer hurricane damage to his business, but Sandy also totaled his boat and flooded his home.



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