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Designer recounts Wild Eyes' intent

I designed Wild Eyes - the yacht Abby Sunderland was sailing around the world - as BT Velocity for racing in Class II of the 2002 Around Alone. Being a 40-footer, she was at the low end of the allowable size range for the class, which was 40 to 50 feet. She was part of a new generation of single-handed vessels that was required to meet the new International Monohull Open Class Association rules for self-righting and flotation.



Gulf oil spill spurs nautical innovation

Dragonfly Boatworks and singer Jimmy Buffett are building flats boats to aid distressed wildlife

The wildlife rescue vessels are equipped with solar fans, a misting system, laptops, webcams and a collapsible canopy. Singer Jimmy Buffett is funding the project.A Florida boatbuilder - with financial support from singer Jimmy Buffett - will build at least four flats boats modified to rescue wildlife from oil-soaked marshes along the Gulf Coast.




Are your charts current? Probably not

With electronic chart update rates as low as 8 percent, alliance stresses the risk of navigational surprises

This comparison shows chart alterations that can occur between the start and end of a season.It's easy to take the accuracy of nautical charts - paper or electronic - for granted year after year. After all, boaters' home waters are their waters and they're familiar with the shallows, hazards and tricky spots.



Fishing vessel hauls up mustard gas

A clam dredger's surprise catch of 10 rounds of munitions filled with mustard gas is a reminder that oil isn't the only hazard humans have unleashed in the sea.
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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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