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Dispatches: A Hydra cat with pod power

13_hydracat_01Custom builder Hydra Powerboats, of Cream Ridge, N.J., is building its first sportfishing catamaran with Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Zeus pod-drive propulsion.

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18 Talkin’ Boats with marine surveyor Jonathan Klopman

N18.KLOPMANJonathan Klopman has been a marine surveyor for more than 20 years. While he continues to perform prepurchase surveys, the bulk of his work involves damage surveys and accident investigations. He specializes in failure analysis of metals, wood and composites.

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AIS is a safety tool, not Twitter

N17.AISThe collision-avoidance system is being used to send inappropriate text messages between boats

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The question now: where will the oil go?

N16.OIL.MAPEighty-six days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, BP finally capped the blown-out well, virtually stopping the leak. But with all five states on the northern Gulf Coast reporting oil on their shores, NOAA has issued a long-term model projecting where the spill - the largest in U.S. history - might threaten other shorelines as winds and current carry it farther afield.

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Rescuers were there when I needed them

N15.RESCUERSTo most anglers, especially coastal anglers, the Coast Guard is something like the local police. They are there to protect you, and you know that. But they are also there to enforce the law, and that can mean an occasional costly citation.

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