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Crash highlights perils of night boating

Erica Blizzard was convicted of negligent homicide for failing to post a proper lookout

Erica Blizzard drove the Formula 370 Super Sport into a vertical granite outcropping on Diamond Island.The manager of a New Hampshire marina was sentenced to at least six months in jail and must pay the state $4,000 to promote boating safety for driving her 37-foot powerboat into an island, resulting in the death of her best friend.



Safety takes a proactive approach

Today's boater has an array of electronic safety devices if trouble strikes on the water

The fatal accidents involving Erica Blizzard and Jonathan Hemingway illustrate how even experienced skippers can face tragic results if they fail to practice prudent seamanship.



Questions raised in tall ship sinking

Why didn't Concordia right herself? And why was there a 26-hour delay in mounting a rescue?

The 188-foot steel-hulled barkentine Corcordia sank in about 20 minutes after being knocked down in a suspected microburst.The sinking of the tall ship Concordia off Brazil has raised questions about the 26-1/2-hour delay in launching a rescue as well as the vessel's stability. But the evacuation of the 188-foot three-master without loss of life was unquestionably a feat of crew discipline and training that prevented misfortune from escalating into tragedy.



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.



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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