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Talkin' Boats with Steve Potts CEO Scout Boats

I look forward to new models from South Carolina builder Scout Boats. The company consistently introduces well-thought-out fishing and day-cruising platforms. They typically are handsome, with impressive workmanship and fit and finish.

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Ill-fated Lake George tour boat for sale

The 1964 Dyer has been a tough sell, and Panzella believes its history is to blame.The owner of a Hudson River paddle-wheeler is selling the Lake George, N.Y., tour boat Ethan Allen, the Dyer 40 that capsized in 2005, with the deaths of 20 passengers.

A self-described "boat nut," John Panzella bought the boat about a year ago after seeing it sit in storage for several years and then hearing it might be destroyed.

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A chillingly close call for a longtime frostbiter

The first Sunday morning of December 2010 was cold, and I had to remove chunks of ice from my Laser's cockpit. The sun was shining, and the water temperature was still in the 50s, with a prediction for increasing winds out of the north - a nice day for frostbiting on the lower Connecticut River. It should have been a nice day of racing - with the proper gear.

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Neglect is your boat's dockside enemy

Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy, BoatU.S.'s insurance magazine, says the No. 1 cause of dockside sinkings is neglect - failing to maintain critical fittings and hoses that can flood a boat if they fail.

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Plumbing failure sinks $4.5 million yacht in its slip

Faulty workmanship by contractors is being blamed for the sinking.A Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher that sank at its slip in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, was a casualty of a PVC fitting the builder says popped loose from a tuna tube bait-fish system, flooding the engine room and lazarette while no one was aboard.

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