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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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‘East Wind off Seguin’

Painting by Christopher Blossom 

A big rolling swell, lobster boats pulling traps — you can feel the deck heaving, the boats rocking and the east wind blowing off Seguin Island. Christopher Blossom captured this Maine scene and puts us right in the picture.

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The Smart Buyer: Insurance getting costlier post-Sandy

Superstorm Sandy’s destruction was massive in New Jersey and New York, but the damage stretched as far west as Ohio, and the boating community absorbed much of the loss. Boats littered highways and lawns. Thousands of damaged vessels were being auctioned, and weeks later, officials were still trying to identify the owners of others.

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A ‘mini-mansion’ on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Sweeping water views and easy boating access to the Gulf of Mexico, Anclote River and surrounding interconnected waters are why Joshua and Tania Goldman built their five-bedroom, three-bath home on a residential peninsula in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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The smart buyer: Shopping for equipment at a boat show

Looking for a new windlass? Considering a stabilizer system? The boat show is the best place to do your first round of shopping and research. But if the show is big, you need a strategy.

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