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Cozy living on a Florida barrier island

In 1996 Carl and Johanna Loth designed their house in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with everything they wanted in a retirement home: a solar-heated indoor swimming pool, lots of space for family and friends, and easy access to boating waters and the Atlantic beach.



Quiet comfort on the Maryland shore

The dock at this Easton, Maryland, home has two 8,000-pound boat lifts.“The best location on the Eastern Shore” is how John Anderson describes the home he and his wife, Sharon, own in Easton, Md.

On protected Leeds Creek, their property is across the Miles River from St. Michaels, which is less than 4 miles by boat.



Reflections on a Summer Morn in Maine

Acrylic painting by Keith L. Reynolds

Keith L. Reynolds’ startling, distinctive style is a combination of the real and the surreal that sets him apart from other marine artists of his generation. Here he’s taken the ordinary — a Maine lobster boat depicted in painstaking detail — and set it in a plane of blue that’s made water by the faint ripples on the surface and the wavering reflection.



Valentine - The grand old lady of the river

Jody Dole photos

Herb and Sharon Clark still shudder at the memory of that day.

It started with the ringing of a telephone at 5:30 a.m in the fall of 2011.

“It was a friend calling,” says Herb, an Essex, Connecticut, businessman. “He said, ‘I see your boat lying on its side along the river.’ I said to him, ‘That’s impossible. She’s on a mooring in Essex harbor.’ ”



The Smart Buyer: It’s boat show season

Time to go shopping

You'll get more one-on-one time with sales personnel at the preview days offered at some shows - before the masses arrive.There’s no better place to check out a huge variety of boats than at a boat show. And with the fall show season gearing up, buyers will have plenty of opportunities to catch up on the latest boats, propulsion systems and electronics.

If you think you’re ready to pull the trigger on a boat, be sure to do your pre-show homework.



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