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Two charges dropped in Coast Guard crash

The Coast Guard dropped two of three charges against one of the crewmembers involved in a San Diego boating accident in 2009 that killed an 8-year-old boy, according to the Eleventh Coast Guard District.




Close call captured

Lester Hunt, a retired schoolteacher living near Point Lonsdale, a coastal town in Victoria, Australia, took his camera to the harbor on a late-October Sunday, hoping to snap a few frames of a new pilotboat being launched.



Not just a grounding, a 'local spectacle'

Owner runs his brand-new Contender 200 feet onto an island; pulling it off took five boats and 11 hours

Talk about running aground. Only a few hours after taking delivery of a new 2010 Contender 37 center console, the owner ran the boat onto an island in New York's Great South Bay after dark.

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A good surveyor is a sleuth on your side

One longtime boat inspector details the way he works and the agreements he has with his clients

A surveyor will tap the hull with a small hammer to check for delamination.The marine surveyor is a fact-finder hired to go over a boat with a fine-tooth comb, find out what's shipshape and what's not, and through careful inspection help the client make an intelligent decision about whether to buy the boat.



Beneteau slips into joystick docking

Similar to powerboat systems, Dock & Go enables a sailboat to spin and move sideways or diagonally

Beneteau demonstrated its new docking system on a Sense 50 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., in October.Docking a 40- to 50-foot sailboat in strong crosswinds and currents is hard work, especially for a shorthanded crew or older sailors who might lack the physical ability to muscle the thing into a narrow slip.

And then there's the emotional drama.



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