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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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A Colonial-era beauty on the Connecticut River

Tim and Sharon Lynch’s 1780 home, tucked away on a private lane in downtown Essex, Connecticut, epitomizes the sophisticated charm and casual elegance of the quintessential New England seaside village.

Lynch, a retired 65-year-old who owned a medical advertising agency, and his family have summered or lived in Essex since 1980. Now that their children are grown, the Lynches want to move to a smaller house in Naples, Florida.

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Postcards from the Keys

Our mission was as shallow as the water in Biscayne Bay. After the winter of 2014 — arguably the harshest in memory, with higher-than-average snowfall and lower-than-average temperatures — we were impatient for summer. A posse of friends since college, on the hunt for sun and fun, we set our sights on a springtime, island-hopping tour of the iconic watering holes of the Florida Keys.

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