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A chillingly close call for a longtime frostbiter

The first Sunday morning of December 2010 was cold, and I had to remove chunks of ice from my Laser's cockpit. The sun was shining, and the water temperature was still in the 50s, with a prediction for increasing winds out of the north - a nice day for frostbiting on the lower Connecticut River. It should have been a nice day of racing - with the proper gear.



Neglect is your boat's dockside enemy

Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy, BoatU.S.'s insurance magazine, says the No. 1 cause of dockside sinkings is neglect - failing to maintain critical fittings and hoses that can flood a boat if they fail.



Plumbing failure sinks $4.5 million yacht in its slip

Faulty workmanship by contractors is being blamed for the sinking.A Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher that sank at its slip in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, was a casualty of a PVC fitting the builder says popped loose from a tuna tube bait-fish system, flooding the engine room and lazarette while no one was aboard.



'Mobile CEO' will be at two helms

Scott Leonard intends to use technology to oversee his company from the boat.At 43, Scott Leonard is a successful entrepreneur, husband, father of three and owner of a 50-foot catamaran he plans to cruise for three years with his family while using the latest technology to manage his company from the boat.

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An older crew, a raft and an Atlantic voyage

The rafters sailed 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to St. Martin in 66 days.In the United Kingdom they call the over-65 crowd OAPs - old-age pensioners - and that's what 85-year-old Anthony Smith asked for when he advertised for crew to help him plan and undertake the trans-Atlantic rafting voyage he recently finished.



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