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Former Soundings writer was a ‘sailor’s sailor’

sherwoodJack Sherwood was a character who loved to write about characters — watermen, boatyard workers, vagabond cruisers and others he encountered on and around Chesapeake Bay.

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Flotsam & jetsam: Let there be light

nantucketOf the dozen historic lightships that remain, WLV-612 is one of the more notable.

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Flotsam and jetsam: What’s in a name?

fj_woodenboatNamed for her designer, William Hand was built in 1933 by Hodgdon Brothers of East Boothbay, Maine.

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Data recorder reveals El Faro’s final hours

elfaroThe National Transportation Safety Board has released a report of what its investigators heard on El Faro’s voyage data recorder: The captain expressed concern about conflicting weather reports as the container ship approached Hurricane Joaquin’s eye and twice rejected his mates’ advice to alter the ship’s course.

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Ocean Master updates its 31

OceanMaster31A legendary center console just got better. The Ocean Master 31 is faster and more fuel-efficient than earlier models, says Mark Hauptner, the company’s founder and president. Hauptner built the first 31 in 1975 for a customer who wanted a big outboard center console for a 2,200-mile journey through the Caribbean, and he has been making improvements to the boat ever since.

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