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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station, just south of Daytona Beach, Fla., was completed in 1887, when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. At 175 feet, Florida’s tallest lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The beacon was decommissioned in 1970, and a local preservation group spent decades restoring it. It was relit in 1982.

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.


Seamanship Quiz

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute



King-Size Efficiency

Stena Superior is the first of Swedish firm Stena Bulk’s new series of lower-consumption Suezmax tankers. Measuring 904 feet, the 158,000-ton Stena Superior consumes up to 15 percent less bunker than the most efficient conventional Suezmax tankers currently operating.

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.


Q&A: Cruising strategies

Should I “ride a cold front down” when I’m sailing south along the East Coast in the fall?

I recommend against it, except in rare circumstances. In theory, you exit the inlet after the front passes, with the wind from the west. Supposedly, it’ll shift to the northwest and then clock to the northeast, having significantly diminished, so although you’ll have sloppy seas on your quarter, it won’t be bad. And if the nor’east picks up too much, you can always “duck into an inlet.”



The best ways to shop a boat show

You'll be more productive if you approach boat shows with a plan - for example, knowing which models you want to see.If you’re thinking of buying a boat, you can learn a lot surfing the Internet, where an abundance of pictures, videos and statistics awaits. But you’ll still want to inspect boats in person — stand at the helm, stretch out in the bunks, stick your head in the bilge — and the best place to do that is at a boat show.



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