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A first-time boatbuilder dives right in

Peter Poanessa, an East Coast native living 100 miles from the ocean in Keene, N.H., chose a traditional West Coast fishing design for his first boatbuilding project.

Poanessa, 52, who spent a decade as a commercial fisherman, for years dreamed of building his own boat.

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The Real Bob Bitchin

Boats, motorcycles and Evel Knievel? That's right, and he's the larger-than-life sailor behind Latitudes & Attitudes magazine

Marine publisher Bob Bitchin is among the more colorful characters you'll find on the water.It's not hard to pick out Bob Bitchin from a crowd. At 6-foot-4 and dressed in a loud Hawaiian shirt, with sunburned skin and a gold earring in the shape of a cutlass, he is the life of the party and the center of attention.

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Bitchin on his boat

The Bitchin/Global 52 was designed by Walter Schulz at Shannon Yachts to be as green a boat as possible - without sacrificing comfort.

Bitchin's Global 52 is under construction at Shannon Yachts in Bristol, R.I.Powered by twin 75-hp Yanmar turbo diesels, the boat will be able to cross the Atlantic under power on 400 gallons of fuel. With both engines running, it will motor at up to 12 knots. Under a single engine, it will motor economically at 7.5 knots, burning just 1.1 gph.

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Unfinished business at the Horn

At 70, author-sailor-Iditarod racer Gary Paulsen still intends to take on the sea’s ultimate challenge

Best-selling author Gary Paulsen (standing) has a new boat (a Cape George 31).Gary Paulsen has a new boat, the sort of boat he’s made for, built for — a tough, stubby cutter that can take — maybe even welcome — the anger of Cape Horn.

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British adventure sailor makes history

Dee Caffari becomes first woman to solo-circumnavigate both ways after finishing the Vendée Globe

Dee Caffari says she looked to the competition in the Vendee Globe to push her in her goal to become the first woman to sail around the world in both directions.A former British gym teacher, who in 2006 became the first woman to sail non-stop and single-handed around the world against the prevailing winds and currents, recently completed the Vendée Globe.

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