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Investigation to look at canopies

Big Thunder Motorsports was doing around 130 mph when it blew over.With three dead at the Key West championships this year, questions of safety in Super Boat racing have come up, as they often do when tragedy haunts the racecourse.

“I believe there is a safety issue,” says John Connor, a 40-year veteran of powerboat racing who has retired from competition. He is calling for stricter equipment standards for cockpit capsules, in particular, and tougher inspections to weed out non-compliant boats.

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Cause of trawler capsize unclear

Southern Marine Towing refloated the DeFever and transported it to a marina in Pickensville, Ala.Moonstruck, a DeFever 43 trawler, capsized and sank Sept. 30 while meeting a tug with barges head-on at an “S” curve on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway north of Pickensville, Ala.

Built in 1979 and registered to David Harris, of Pearl, Miss., the DeFever was downbound just below mile marker 317 when it encountered the 85-footer Chippewa pushing nine barges, says Capt. Shane O’Neal, owner of Southern Marine Towing, which refloated the trawler and towed it 10 miles to Pirate’s Marina Cove in Pickensville.

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Operating around tugs and barges

Commercial vessels, including towboats and tugboats, operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Here are some tips for sharing the water with them.

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Seamanship Quiz

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

www.captains.com

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Sunrise from the foredeck

Amory Ross

(Puma Ocean Racing/
Volvo Ocean Race)
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens focal length: 14mm
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 800

This image originally appeared in the January 2012 issue.
   

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