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Couple cruises far afield with help from a yacht transporter

Dockwise Yacht Transport shuttles boats to and from cruising grounds in the Mediterranean and beyond.First-time powerboaters Mary and Larry Mason accelerated their learning curve to world cruising by having their Nordhavn 57, No Plans, delivered to the various ports where Dockwise Yacht Transport offers float-on/float-off service.
The retired Sacramento, Calif., couple spent four seasons cruising the Mediterranean.

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Teen solo sailor circles the globe

Jessica Watson made port May 15 in Sydney, Australia, the end of her quest to become the youngest non-stop solo circumnavigator. The Australian, who completed the voyage in 210 days, celebrated her 17th birthday two days later.

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Talkin' Boats with Ed Sherman

of the American Boat and Yacht Council

Ed Sherman (right) is one of those people who likes both power and sail, and he has cruised extensively.Ed Sherman is senior instructor and curriculum developer for the American Boat and Yacht Council (www.abycinc.org), an advisory group that develops, reviews and publishes manufacturing and service standards for the boating industry. In the mid-1990s as a consultant, he helped ABYC develop its first technician certification programs.

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In Haiti, used sails help the homeless

Draped over PVC A-frames, canvas donated by sailors is sheltering thousands of the displaced

Sailor John Eide (right) coordinates a project collecting donated old sails. The bagged and bundled sails were trucked to Miami, then shipped to Haiti to be used as shelter for residents left homeless by the January earthquake that struck the island.Reaction to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was global, and the subsequent public outpouring has been just as far-reaching. The sailing community, however, realized it had something to offer beyond credit card donations.

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Sniffing out treasure in a sea of stuff

Recession hones the deal-making instincts of buyer and seller alike at Florida's big marine flea market

Rick Gray came from Ontario to sell reconditioned outboards and lower units at Dania.Julio Cordero wheels a box full of boat parts on a hand truck as he walks the aisles of the Dania Beach (Fla.) Marine Flea Market with a friend.

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