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Owners mourn loss of two classic yachts

Twenty-six boats were destoyed when McCotters Marina in Washington, N.C., went up in flames.Mike Wright and Jody Reynolds were asleep at their home in Syracuse, N.Y., when a knock at the door awakened them at about 4:30 a.m. It was two police officers.

“I wondered, What have I done now?”  says Wright, 64.
The police wanted to know whether the couple owned a boat docked at McCotters Marina in Washington, N.C. Yes, they were storing a boat there for the winter.

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Grounding raises concerns about inlet

This 48-foot Viking ran onto a shoal in Florida's St. Augustine Inlet.St. Augustine, Fla., is a convenient stop for sportfishing skippers and bluewater sailors making passages off the Eastern Seaboard.

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