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Court-martials set in Coast Guard crash

Father of the 8-year-old killed in a collision on San Diego Bay calls dispositions to date 'disappointing'

The 33-fooer that struck the Sea Ray is similar to this boat.The court-martial for the Coast Guard petty officer who was piloting the patrol boat that killed a young boy on San Diego Bay in 2009 was expected to begin in early March.

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Plea deal costs manatee killer his boat

Florida man with prior speeding citations avoids prison term in rare federal court prosecution

Of the 767 Florida manatee deaths in 2010, 83 were boat- or ship-related.A Merritt Island, Fla., boater has forfeited his 21-foot boat as part of a plea deal for killing a manatee while speeding through a refuge.

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Dispatches

Wooden runabout nets nearly $1M

After five days of high-energy crowds and bidding, the top seller at Mecum's 2011 Kissimmee Auction was a wooden runabout known as "The Last Riva."

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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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