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A taste of Miami

Here's a look at the new boats, gear and accessories we found at this year's Miami International Boat Show

The Miami International Boat Show is one of the largest marine extravaganzas in the world. The 69th annual gathering earlier this winter attracted more than 90,000 visitors and about 2,000 exhibitors to its in-water and conference center sites. Despite the down economy, dozens of new boats and pieces of equipment were introduced.

Here are some of the new products gathered by the team of Soundings reporters and editors who scoured the show. To see a video report on the boat show, go to www.SoundingsOnline.com.

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A Haiti crisis-call for the motorsailer M.D.

Physician's team of volunteers in scrubs will spend a month there before their broader humanitarian mission

Dr. Benjamin LaBrot (kneeling, second from left) and a volunteer crew of profesisonals are sailing to areas where people are in need of medical care. First stop: Haiti.We're jumping in the deep end," says Dr. Benjamin LaBrot. The 33-year-old physician and his crew of 15 medical relief workers were about to set off from Palm Coast, Fla., aboard the 76-foot medical boat Southern Wind to bring more than 20,000 pounds of relief supplies to Haiti. This isn't exactly how LaBrot had planned it, but it is exactly the sort of thing he had hoped to do when he conceived of Floating Doctors two years ago.

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Delivery where trouble is a companion

Misfortunes plague the delivery of a 42-foot sportfisherman from the Dominican to Florida

Barry Terry at the helm in blue Caribbean waters.As we nosed Double Trouble toward the opening in the seawall, a Dominican navy man came running down the quay, hollering that we must not leave.

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America's Cup 2010

After 28 months of lawyers vs. lawyers, February's high-tech battle of the billionaires will finally pit sailors against sailors

A BMW Oracle Racing crewmember scales the 190-foot carbon rigid wing of the syndicate's trimaran.If all the legal shenanigans have turned the America's Cup into a big yawn for you, it's time to sit up and take notice. The regatta is on for Feb. 8-12 in Valencia, Spain, and America's challenger - BMW Oracle Racing - has the deep, deep pockets, the technology and the talent to bring the Cup home.

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First, you get the boat out of 'jail'

A dubious delivery job starts with navigating the hostility and agendas of Dominican authorities

With no autopilot, the boat would have to be hand-steered some 700 nautical miles to Florida.Editor's note: In the first of a two-part story, the writer and his pugnacious British friend must first get the boat they are delivering out of a Dominican port.

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