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Stay tuned — E15 is not going away yet

The EPA will await the results of further testing before deciding on higher levels of ethanol in gas

Good news for powerboat owners: The marine industry has scored twice in its fight to protect engines and fuel systems from ethanol-blended gasoline’s damaging effects.
The Environmental Protection Agency delayed its Dec. 1 decision on whether to approve the sale of higher-ethanol fuels — up to 15 percent — until more testing is completed. A ruling is expected in June.

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Another dismasting prompts new alert

Rigging failures on passenger-carrying sailboats bring calls for scheduled rig inspections
Note the closed turnbuckle with threaded stainless steel T-toggle screw on this Vagavbond 42's bowsprit shroud.The 60-foot charter catamaran daysailer Sebago Cubed was dismasted in the fall during a charter out of Key West with passengers aboard. Though the Coast Guard is still investigating the incident, it says the 17-year-old cat’s rotating wing mast apparently collapsed when the port wire shroud parted at a swageless terminal that serves as a common connector for both the shrouds and stays that keep the mast in place.

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It’s a problem on pleasure boats, too

Rigging safety alert

The Coast Guard rigging safety alert to commercial operators has brought to light best practices for keeping recreational sailboat rigs in good shape, too.

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Connie Ray was ‘a step ahead of his time’

The Sea Ray founder built his company on a foundation of ‘superior products’ and customer appreciation

'Enthusiasm' was the buzzword in this 1961 brochure.Cornelius Nathaniel “Connie” Ray III, founder of Sea Ray Boats and an influential figure in the growth of the market for fiberglass boats, died Nov. 12 after a five-year battle with colon cancer. He was 84 and had been living at his ranch near Santa Ynez, Calif.

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Dispatches

Couple admits they spied for Cuba

The Myerses agreed to serve prison sentences under a plea deal.A well-known boating couple late last year admitted in federal court that they had spied for Cuba for the last three decades, receiving coded instructions over shortwave radio and passing them along.

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