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A prow for displaying American prowess

A Connecticut shipyard wins a wealthy businessman's trust and builds a 281-foot superyacht

Cakewalk project manager Capt. Bill Zinser (front row, green shirt and tan pants) with members of the yacht's crew.The 281-foot Cakewalk, launched this summer at Derecktor Shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn., is more than a superyacht. It's a statement. Cakewalk is "Made in the USA" like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and L.L. Bean's hunting shoes.

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Need a superyacht? Try U.S.

Building Cakewalk was no cakewalk, but Paul Derecktor, CEO of the U.S. yard that built her, says construction of the 281-foot yacht - the largest launched in America in 80 years - is good for Derecktor Shipyards and U.S. boatbuilding.

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Dodge Morgan charted his own course

Brutally honest, the solo circumnavigator valued his independence, but he grew to value others

Morgan was the first American to sail solo and non-stop around the world.The interview lasted four hours and by the end I knew I wanted more. I had phoned Dodge Morgan at the suggestion of others. My assignment was to write a profile of yacht designer Ted Hood, whom Dodge had chosen in 1984 to create American Promise, the boat he would sail single-handed and non-stop around the world.

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Ethanol complicates winter storage

Experts recommend a fuel stabilizer and other treatments for protection from the additive's effects

The ethanol in gasoline can cause a number of engine and fuel system problems.When you put your boat to bed for the winter, remember that proper preparation of the fuel system and engine is crucial because of the damage ethanol-blended gasoline can cause. The ethanol in gasoline has caused older fiberglass fuel tanks to deteriorate, fuel lines to gum up, and pistons and valves to fail.

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E15 approval means boaters should beware

Paying close attention to pump labels will be important to avoid filling up with the higher ethanol blend

ValvTect says it won't sell E15 at any of the 600 marinas that carry its fuel, which is formulated to prevent ethanol problems.Now that the federal government has approved the sale of gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol, boat owners will have to check fuel-pump labels carefully to be sure the gas they use contains no more than 10 percent ethanol.

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