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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.



The Beauty of Purpose

Nature’s splendor is more than a backdrop for those who make a living at sea.

“In the recurrent rhythms of tides and surf and in the varied life of the tide lines there is the obvious attraction of change and beauty. There is also, I am convinced, a deeper fascination of inner meanings and significance.”

— Rachel Carson, Edge of the Sea, 1955

The coast of Maine. Winslow Homer didn’t discover it, but the 19th century dean of American marine artists made it famous.



The smart buyer: Lessons Learned: 25 Year of Boats and Marriage

My husband, Darrell, and I are passionate boaters — and boat buyers — so people who know us sometimes wonder how we’ve made it through 25 years together. We’re diligent researchers and patient shoppers, so I thought I would pass along some of our experiences buying and selling boats over the years.

Making a decision to buy or sell a boat can be amazingly stressful. People take sides. People get attached.I’ve seen two people look at the same boat on the same day and hear one say, “My life will end if we don’t buy this boat!” and the other say, “Your life will end if we do.”



Once a carriage house, it’s now a castle

The house was constructed as an accessory building for Norumbega, the estate of Joseph Stearns,While looking for a home on Maine’s premier sailing waters Sam Rowse discovered the Carriage House, a run-down stone castle-like structure in Camden.

The New Hampshire resident was drawn to the turreted building because of “its uniqueness, its history, the work required to restore it and its proximity to Penobscot Bay,” Rowse says.



Rockfish, a Liberty ship and southbound sailors

It’s early November as I write, and the deep-water sailors who like the mouth of the Chesapeake as a departure point for the Caribbean are ready to go. The insurance companies that have latitude restrictions generally lift them Nov. 1, so there are usually some departures at this time, including the Carib 1500 and Salty Dog Caribbean rallies.



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