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Isle Au Haut Light Lighthouse

Built in 1907 by the Army Corps of Engineers, Isle au Haut’s brick tower on a granite foundation sits on the edge of Robinson Point in Maine and features a catwalk leading ashore to the 2-1/2-story Victorian-style keeper’s quarters. The 40-foot lighthouse was automated in 1934 and remains an active aid to navigation.

Photo by Jeremy D'Entremont

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.

 

Local waters Oct 2011

Bill Boes' attempt to pedal-boat across the Straits of Florida came up just 10 miles short.Pedal boater falls short of record

If not for a violent thunderstorm, Bill Boes of Stuart, Fla., might have completed a record-setting passage from Bimini to South Florida in a 12-foot pedal boat.

The crossing, which started early on the morning of Aug. 13 from the Bimini Big Game Club in Alice Town, ended abruptly that evening when Boes, just a few miles from Pompano Beach and success, was hit by a savage thunderstorm. “It got worse and worse,” says Boes, who had pedaled in the hot sun across the Straits of Florida to within 10 miles of his goal.

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Q&A GPS-enhanced beacons

What are the benefits of a GPS-enhanced EPIRB or PLB?

Coast Guard casualty investigations reveal that EPIRB users are largely unaware that GPS significantly improves vessel location and rescue efforts.

The addition of GPS typically provides a location accurate to within about 325 feet within 50 to 120 seconds, according to the Coast Guard. By comparison, the location of a 406 beacon without GPS can be determined within about three miles by the first satellite pass and within one mile after three satellite passes, according to the BoatUS Foundation, which runs an EPIRB rental program.

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AIM buys Soundings, Trade Only, PassageMaker

Active Interest Media chairman and CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III announced in July that the company acquired a group of key assets from Dominion Enterprises, including Soundings, Soundings Trade Only, Woodshop News and PassageMaker magazines and the popular Trawler Fest events. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Review panel looks into Mackinac capsize

In the wake of this summer’s fatal accident in the 103rd Race to Mackinac, US Sailing has convened a panel of experts to determine why the Kiwi 35, WingNuts, capsized and two of its eight crewmembers died.

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