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The 2015 Miami boat shows promise to be the most exciting of the last few years. Here’s what you should see.

The boat shows in Miami this month will be hopping, coming on the heels of a successful Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall that saw attendance jump by 6 percent to its highest level since 2006.

The 27th annual Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach takes place Feb. 12 to 16 along a mile-long stretch of Collins Avenue.

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But WAIT! That’s not all …

These new boats are coming soon

Not all of the boats we wanted to feature will be at the Miami shows. Here are sneak previews of four boats from 23 to 66 feet: the Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boat, the Vanquish 26 Dual Console, the Hunt 32cc and the Sabre 66.

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Atlantis Stories

Atlantis Stories — Before the Mast on a Sailing Research Vessel, 1944-1948, recently published by Woods Hole Historical Museum, is the memoir of William B. Cooper, who in his retirement taught boatbuilding in the museum’s Boat Restoration Program, where he also became a fascinating raconteur. At the age of 17, Cooper crewed on a schooner from Thomaston, Maine, delivering her to the new owner in Quissett Harbor, Massachusetts.

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The Smart Buyer - A Lifestyle change could mean it’s time for a new boat

The author's son Jake and husband, Darrell, fishing near Sarasota, Florida, on their Parker.

My husband, Darrell, and I lived aboard our 32-foot classic ketch Tosca for a decade, sailing her from Miami through the Caribbean to South America, the South Pacific and Asia. When we sold her in Malaysia and moved to Newport, Rhode Island, the first thing we did was buy a new boat.

On the surface, the two sailboats had few similarities.

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Vacation-style living in a Florida island villa

The house has an 80-foot dock and a large first-floor porch.Cruising with friends 25 years ago, Fred and Connie Boos discovered their personal tropical paradise: Useppa Island on Florida’s west coast.

“It was unbelievable, right here in our own backyard, and it flies the American flag,” says Boos, whose business is based in Tampa, Florida.

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