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The Smart Buyer: Hiring a Captain to Move Your Boat

Ken Appleton is president of the Chesapeake Area Captains Association (CAPCA) and a retired Coast Guard captain who spent 26 years on active duty.There may come a time when you must hire someone to move your boat. There is no law that requires you to use a Coast Guard-licensed captain to do this, although your insurance company may.



Your own beach on Summerland Key

This five-bedroom home in the Florida Keys has a 300-foot dock with a boat lift and a free-form swimming pool ansd spa."When we were shown this house I liked the open plan and the hardwood floors,” says Claudia Gukeisen of Summerland Key in the Florida Keys, “but as soon as I stood on the porch and saw the dock, beach and ocean before me I knew this was my house.”



‘On Position’

Oil painting by Marek Sarba

The salvage tug Foundation Franklin out of Halifax, Nova Scotia — Capt. Harry Brushett in command — maneuvers in heavy seas to take up a tow during a stormy day on the Atlantic. It’s March 1944, and the stricken vessel is the Joel R. Poinsett, a U.S. Liberty ship laden with heavy machinery bound for the European theater.

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Soundings enters the digital era

Soundings at 50 - Celebrating a half-century of boating

From newsprint to the iPad, Soundings remains ready to adapt.In 1937, William L. Shirer was a down-on-his luck newspaper reporter in Berlin, Germany. He had lost his foreign correspondent’s job with the Universal wire service, he was broke, his wife was pregnant, and all around him the Nazis were gearing up for war.



Fishing for perfection

These experts agree that the best boats start with a comfortable, dry ride and plenty of storage

The “perfect” fishing boat is somewhat of an elusive concept. There are just so many variables — big boat or small, inboard or outboard, where and how you fish, your budget, to name a few.



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