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Consider the Oyster

Now you can try them before they ever reach land.

No delicacy is more polarizing than the raw oyster. Some people loathe the consistency. Some can’t stand the briny flavor. Still others would rather sit before a simple platter of the iced, raw bivalves than a table groaning with just about any other dish. But indifference is not an option.

Even those who dislike the taste should love this creature for its stewardship of our waterways — just one oyster filters more than 25 gallons of water a day.

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Pearls of wisdom

If you’re going to explore any of these oyster trails by boat, here’s information on dockage in the areas I visited, as well as local restaurants where you can best enjoy your bivalves.

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A cozy cottage on Narragansett Bay

The three-bedroom house is on Prudence Island.Joel and Jane Maguire spent two years aboard their 36-foot trawler following the coastline from New England to Alabama, searching for the perfect waterfront home site. A Soundings ad in 1998 led them to Prudence Island, Rhode Island, accessible only by private boat or ferry from Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Bring it!

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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