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Big plans for Fort Lauderdale’s Bahia Mar

bahiamarIt looks as if the iconic Bahia Mar Yachting Center, home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, will get a makeover, including better digs for the show.

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FLIBS: Bigger and better than ever

flibsThe 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is rolling out some features that will brand the show as a world-class event, treat showgoers to VIP amenities, and offer fun and entertainment to exhibitors and their clients.

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New I/O engines from Mercury and Volvo

volvoMercury Marine and Volvo Penta have each introduced new gasoline sterndrive engines. Mercury unveiled a 6.2-liter V-8 engine in 300- and 350-hp models, and Volvo Penta countered with a 5.3-liter V-8 — also 300 and 350 hp — and a 280-hp V-6 4.3-liter engine (pictured below).

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Treasure hunting is a passionate family affair that has paid off

treasure1It was June 17, Hillary Schmitt’s birthday, and she had a “good feeling,” a mood that became infectious as Aarrr Booty, the Schmitts’ 44-foot Marine Trader, set out for another day of treasure hunting on a 300-year-old Spanish wreck off Fort Pierce, Florida.

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‘Death Ship’ inquiry reveals bullying, intimidation and fear

deathshipAn Australian coroner’s inquest into crewmember deaths aboard the 800-foot coal carrier Sage Sagittarius is looking as murky as an Agatha Christie mystery, exposing the dark underbelly of flag-of-convenience ships that employ people who are desperate for work, under appalling conditions.

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