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CG small-boat crew ‘blinded’ by laser

A Coast Guard boat crew was “blinded” by a laser in August while on patrol about 3,000 yards off Clearwater, Fla. The crew of the 25-foot response boat reported to watchstanders at 10:18 p.m. that they had experienced a 3- to 4-second green laser burst.



Across the pond without a skipper or crew

Students from Wagner Middle School in Winterport, Maine, with their mini-boat, Pridetanic, which landed in Portugal after seven months on the Atlantic“Charger has landed in Wales! We are sooooo psyched!” wrote Barbara Nidzgorski, a teacher at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, Conn. Her email was sent after a 4-1/2-foot fiberglass sailboat her class sponsored was discovered by a beach patrol on Pendine Sands earlier this year.



SEAMANSHIP QUIZ - October 2013

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute



On the rocks

The 138-foot Dutch training ship Astrid awaited salvage in August after running hard aground off Kinsale, Ireland. She was driven onto rocks by high winds and seas after the engine gave out. All 30 crewmembers were saved.

October 2013 issue


Chris-Craft’s retro runabout

Chris-Craft pulled the cover off its new 21 Capri this summer — a throwback to the original, with a tumblehome transom and bow with a stainless steel covering.

“With this boat we are connecting with the origins of the company,” says Nick Karpuck, marketing coordinator for Chris-Craft, referring to the 21 Capris of the 1950s and ’60s.



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