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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.



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.



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.”



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