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An advocate in Havana

Marina Hemingway in Havana is the exception to much of what you have read here.

The customs office at Marina Hemingway.While it is true the authorities are officious and may even ask for a small “gift” of cash, you will also find all of the amenities of a first-class marina and easy access to the attractions of Old Havana.

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Suffer the system, love the people

After cruising Cuba’s northwestern coast, one correspondent of mine rethought his plan for a passage to the South Pacific.

Marina Siguanea on the west coast of Isla de la Juventud.If he didn’t enjoy the need for self-reliance just a couple hundred miles from U.S. shores, he surely wasn’t going to enjoy the rustic pleasures of islands with a 2,000-mile ocean crossing as prequel.

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The two faces of Cuba

If allowed to return, U.S. cruisers will find a lost world of both beauty and bureaucracy

Maria la Gorda, on the Bahia de Corrientes, is home to an international diving center.As Washington moves closer to lifting the ban on travel to Cuba, American mariners are increasingly optimistic they will soon be cruising and fishing in the land of “rum, rhumba and revolution.”

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Rescue miracle miles from civilization

Recent expeditions help tell the story of the Saginaw, wrecked on a reef at a remote Pacific atoll in 1870

On the afternoon of Jan. 3, 1871, a ship’s carpenter marooned with 87 others on a desert island at Kure Atoll in the Pacific saw a smudge of smoke on the horizon, the first sign that five valiant men who had set sail from the atoll 46 days earlier on a jury-rigged 30-foot whaleboat had found help.

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Lessons from a tragedy

A small boat, a cold front and four anglers too far offshore —

Sole survivor Nich Schuyler was found atop the overturned Everglades 46 hours after the capsize.A combination that quickly led to a worst-case scenario

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