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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.



Seamanship Quiz

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




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.

Talkin' Boats with Dirk Boehmer - Vicem Yachts

Dirk Boehmer is president of Vicem Yachts’ U.S. operations. The Turkish company builds yachts to 151 feet, and classic, graceful Down East-style boats with impeccable interior woodwork comprise the Vintage fleet. The 52-footer is the smallest model in the Vintage line, but there are plans for 33- and 45-foot boats in the new Vanguard line.



New Point Comfort Lighthouse

First lighted in 1805, New Point Comfort Lighthouse stands 58 feet tall on the southern tip of Mathews County, Va., at the convergence of Chesapeake and Mobjack bays. The sandstone masonry beacon is the third-oldest-surviving lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay and the 10th-oldest in the country. Shoaling to the south rendered it useless as a marker, and the light was replaced by an offshore light and deactivated in 1962. A preservation group warns that erosion and neglect have left the beacon in danger of collapse.

This image originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.


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