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Feedback fuels Nordic Tug 39 design

Nordic Tugs turned to its customers for feedback in developing its new 39-footer, which replaces the Nordic Tug 37 in the Burlington, Wash., builder's fleet.
"We began with an enormously successful design and then contacted our many Nordic Tug 37 owners for their feedback on how we could improve it," says company president and CEO Andy Lund.

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Talkin' Boats

with Richard O'Meara, president and owner of Core Composites

Richard O'Meara is the president and owner of Core Composites, a division of ROM Development Corp. in Newport, R.I. Since 1990, O'Meara, 54, has worked as a distributor, sales agent and consultant for some of the leading manufacturers of advanced composite materials.

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Olympic hopeful adds ‘hero' to résumé

Kings Point graduate credits search pattern for the rescue of a kiteboarder missing offshore

David Wright, a world-class Laser sailor training off Mexico's Pacific coast, put his search-and-rescue training to use when a kiteboarder failed to return to shore.Good Samaritan David Wright didn't think he was doing anything heroic - just what he was supposed to do - when he launched a nighttime search for a kiteboarder and found him cold but very much alive after eight hours in the water.

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Survivor turned politician to the rescue

Congressman fights closure of Coast Guard air stations critical to quickly reaching mariners in distress

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Republican representing Illinois' 10th District and a Navy veteran, has been a consistent advocate for search-and-rescue funding. His support stems from his own rescue by the Coast Guard as a teenager.It may have been 34 years ago, but Mark Kirk remembers with great detail the events of June 15, 1976.
Unable to right his capsized Sunfish about two miles from shore on southern Lake Michigan, Kirk, then 16 years old, decided to leave the boat and swim ashore.

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Gulf oil spill leaves future uncertain

Anglers, charter boat captains wait for the fallout from the catastrophic oil rig explosion and spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is taking a toll on the environment and a host of industries, from commercial fishing to recreational marine.While BP Global tested a strategy for capturing oil from its Deepwater Horizon well and preventing it from spewing into the mile-deep water, Capt. Tom Becker was wondering if the damage already had been done.

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