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Not everyone is aboard Florida’s proposed railway

When Charles Thayer read that 32 passenger trains a day would not impact navigation on Fort Lauderdale’s New River, he was stunned. ... more

Micronesian fishermen saved after months adrift

Their outboard disabled, two islanders from Papua, New Guinea, spent more than four months adrift in the western Pacific and a third man in their small boat died ... more

The Beauty of Purpose

Nature’s splendor is more than a backdrop for those who make a living at sea. ... more

The collapse of cod: Will we fillet the last fish?

We Americans have what we see as a long set of traditions — cultural, ecological and, of course, economic — with codfish. It was the codfish, after all, that drew ... more

Postcards from the Keys

Our mission was as shallow as the water in Biscayne Bay. After the winter of 2014 — arguably the harshest in memory, with higher-than-average snowfall and lower-than-average temperatures ... more

Blogs and Columns

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Radio check, radio check

Since this is my first column as editor-in-chief of Soundings, I probably ought to take this opportunity to present myself in a flattering light — tell you about my nautical background, my professional accomplishments, my high IQ and my excellent parallel-parking skills. Instead, let me...


Sea Savvy

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Mud isn’t created equal, and no one anchor is best

On Aug. 6, 2014, the 81-foot research vessel Rachel Carson pulled away from her dock at Solomons Island, Maryland. Powered by twin 1,205-hp MTU diesels and a pair of Hamilton...




Little problem, big consequences

- What’s wild is how fast it can happen. Only a week ago, when you last visited the engine...


Used Boat Review

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Bertram 28 Flybridge

The boat looked like hell. After two and a half years on the hard, it was filthy. The plywood cabin doors were falling off their...


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Boat handling Part III: low-speed operation

While being able to maintain high planing speeds in rough seas makes a boat safer and more seaworthy, it’s also inevitable that you’ll have to occasionally run at slower speeds...


New Boats

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A single-diesel catamaran

Aspen Power Catamarans this winter will premiere its third and largest boat: the C111 Motor Yacht, a three-stateroom 38-footer with a flybridge and a single 330-hp diesel. That’s right: With company owner Larry Graf’s asymmetrical cat design, the boat needs...


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