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Out of the blue, into the mix

I climbed down from the Travelift at Brewer Dauntless Shipyard in Essex, Conn., as the engine clattered to a stop. It was the end of a long, hot day in late August 1993. I went to the employee head, washed up and changed into khakis and a short-sleeved shirt. I brushed my hair and hoped to look as presentable as possible under the circumstances: I was headed to a job interview at Soundings, “The Nation’s Boating Newspaper.”

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Soundings flashbacks

I signed aboard in 1977, long before Soundings was a full-   featured, award-winning magazine, long before it would pay for subject-matter experts. It was a monthly newspaper covering boat races and boating issues.

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A canal-front home on Key West

The view from the three-bedroom house in the Florida Keys is down a quiet canal. Photos by Robert L. Drake

Stepping into the living room and seeing the view down the length of the Riviera Canal’s side channel, Mike Jolly knew he had found the house he was seeking. He bought it immediately.

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A creekfront home with Bay access

The two-story contemporary home has a private pier.For many years after Rob and Linda Strieger purchased their Annapolis, Md., property on Meredith Creek they enjoyed the 1950s summer cottage and boating.

In 1991 they expanded and rebuilt the cottage from the foundation up, creating a year-round, 2,600-square-foot contemporary home on their 0.3-acre property. In 2008 they redid the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Past perfect

An artful look at South Florida as the sportfishing mecca was coming of age

Photos from the Edwin O. Swift Jr. collection

In the summer of 1965, Sports Illustrated touted the “new” Florida pictured here as a wonderland of sportfishing, boating and beaches. Looking at these black-and-white photos from that time, Old Florida looks wonderfully nostalgic.

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