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Abundant river views grace Virginia home

“We love the water, and this house is such a fun place to live,” Nora Spradlin says of her home at the confluence of the Coan and Potomac rivers in Virginia. “We have fantastic views of the water from every room in the house (except one bath) because we’re at the end of a point.”



In the Roaring Forties

Oil painting by Christopher Blossom

A full-rigged ship labors in heavy seas through the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean in this historic work by the noted artist Christopher Blossom. This part of the world is known to sailors as the “Roaring Forties,” the 40-degree latitudes where winds and waves sweep west to east around the globe almost uninterrupted.



The endearing appeal of a classic Whitehall

A Life In Boats

Rowing a Whitehall brought the writer back to the boating days of his youth.When I was a kid, almost every boat was built of wood, and rowing was how you got out to your mooring. Now inflatables have replaced just about every oar-powered pram, dinghy and dory.

In our family, the progression for young boaters was clear and unvarying for seven children: learn to swim before you could row, learn to row before you could sail, learn to sail before you could use a powerboat.



Fish On!

Our trio of fishing writers brings you the spring and early-summer forecast for their local waters:



Florida Keys - tarpon, snook, mahi, swords, snapper

Permit caught on light tackle at Sugarloaf KeyMarch and April are transition months in the Florida Keys, as winter winds die down and water temperatures rise. During this six- to eight-week period it’s possible to catch a variety of species that bridge both the winter and summer seasons.



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