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An older crew, a raft and an Atlantic voyage

The rafters sailed 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to St. Martin in 66 days.In the United Kingdom they call the over-65 crowd OAPs - old-age pensioners - and that's what 85-year-old Anthony Smith asked for when he advertised for crew to help him plan and undertake the trans-Atlantic rafting voyage he recently finished.

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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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True North 34 goes hybrid

True North Yachts plans to build a version of its 34-foot cruiser with diesel-electric propulsion - the 34G. "We're tooling things up now," True North director Patrick McLoughlin says. "We have two or three potential buyers."

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Talkin' Boats with Donald Blount

Donald Blount has been driven all his life to do one job: design high-speed powerboats that can comfortably and efficiently run through rough water. Blount's fascination with hydrodynamics began when he was a Virginia Tech co-op student working at the David Taylor Model Basin, the Navy's premier hydrodynamic research facility.

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Q& A - Boat Handling

What are some factors to consider when  negotiating an inlet?

It's often easier to safely go out an inlet than to come in. Your bow likely will be into the waves, you're looking ahead toward them, and you're choosing weather and conditions. When you go out an inlet, think ahead as to conditions that will exist when you re-enter, including weather, current direction, tide level, light, glare and direction of sun. Will it be in your eyes, making it difficult to see buoys ahead?

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