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Talkin' Boats - Al Herum

Electronics expert

Al Herum, shown here with a permit, learned a lot about fishing and boats as a charter captain.Al Herum is a former Florida Keys charter captain who evaluates marine electronics in real-world scenarios for his website www.marine-electronics-reviews.com, which he launched in 2007. Herum, who is 53 and resides in Tavernier, Fla., uses his 1992 Contender, a 25-foot center console with a 250-hp Suzuki 4-stroke, as a testing platform for VHF radios, GPS/chart plotters, sounders and other marine electronics.

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NOAA fines ships that exceed whale speeds

Ship operators assessed thousands of dollars for violating the seasonal 10-knot limit off East Coast ports

A right whale breaches off Jacksonville, Fla.After a season of just getting the word out, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has begun levying fines running to tens of thousands of dollars for breaking the seasonal whale protection speed limit off busy East Coast ports.

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Carelessness cited in fatal broaching

Investigators say the charter captain was attempting to ride over the backside of a wave into Jupiter Inlet

Thomas Henry's Garlington is shown here coming over the crest of the wave in which it broached.Florida boating investigators have concluded that "careless" vessel operation was the main cause of a fatal accident last fall in Jupiter Inlet.

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Dispatches

Ranger Tugs-inspired cruisers

Cutwater 28Fluid Motion, the designer and builder of Ranger Tugs, has introduced two semidisplacement pilothouse boats designed for cruising, fishing and overnighting.

"The idea was to take one of the core strengths of Ranger Tugs, which is trailerability and the efficiency of one diesel engine, and add more speed, because the cruiser owner might want to run 30 mph or cruise at 25 mph," says Mark Mansfield, national sales manager of the new division, Cutwater Boats.

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Sculpture elicits that sinking feeling

French artist Julien Berthier's 'ambiguous image' of a doomed sloop isn't really what it seems

Julien Berthier's 'Love love' - the artist is on board in this photo - induces gasps and an occasional mayday call.It's a nautical work of art designed with a wry sense of humor. Yes, it looks like a stoic skipper going down with his ship, but neither the boat nor skipper is going to slip beneath the surface anytime soon.

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