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The sea as school of hard knocks

The DeMotts had the 1982 Marine Trader 38 completely refurbished.Most of us have done it, and all of us have seen it done - trawlers, yachts and sailboats towing a tender or a dinghy. But except for a short hop on calm water, I'll never even think about doing it again, and here's why.



A modern mission for a Hemingway-era resort

Guy Harvey is a passionate angler, diver and painter. His renovated resort opened last July.Guy Harvey knows the water from many perspectives - as an artist, angler, diver, conservationist, biologist and entrepreneur - so it makes sense that his new Guy Harvey Outpost Resort & Marina on Bimini is as multifaceted as he is.



The big one that didn't get away

A trophy bonefish that guide Ansil Saunders helped a client land in 1971 remains a world record

Ansil SaundersThe Bimini Big Game Club planned to celebrate a bit of local fishing lore late last month with a ticker-tape parade for bonefish guide and boatbuilder Ansil Saunders, who 40 years ago scared up a 16-pound, 3-ounce bonefish for Jerry Lavenstein to hook and land, setting a world record that stands today.

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'They're not going to find me in time'

A TowBoatU.S. operator goes from rescuer to the object of a search when his boat capsizes

Norm Manley spent more than three hours in the water, drifting out of St. Augustine Inlet and into the ocean before he was rescued.It had been more than three hours since the sea flipped Norm Manley's towboat and tossed him into St. Augustine Inlet on Florida's northeast coast. Manley was trying to rescue a trio of sailors who had run aground, but he turned out to be the one who needed saving.



Coast Guard reconstructs mystery sinking

Analysis points to a capsize caused by instability, but families of the two victims suspect a collision

A sense of mystery surrounds the Jan. 3, 2009, sinking of the Gloucester, Mass., dragger Patriot. The 13-year-old vessel was built as a shrimper, without plans or blueprints, and later was modified to work as a dragger.Taking a cue from the high-tech sleuths on television's "CSI," the Coast Guard has used underwater audio recordings from 19 acoustic whale-tracking buoys to help reconstruct the sinking of the fishing vessel Patriot, a 62-foot dragger that went down off Gloucester, Mass., with its two crewmembers in 100 feet of water in January 2009.



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