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Talkin’ Boats with Steve D’Antonio, Marine consultant

With nearly 25 years of experience as a marine mechanic, electrician, consultant and boatyard manager, Steve D’Antonio ranks as one of the most knowledgeable boating experts in the country. He has operated Virginia-based Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting since 2007, advising boat buyers, owners and industry professionals (www.stevedmarineconsulting.com).



Local Waters

Boston Lighthouse
The second beacon to sit on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor was built in 1783 and is the second-oldest working lighthouse in the United States, after Sandy Hook (N.J.) Lighthouse. It is the only lighthouse still
actively staffed by the Coast Guard.



Nautique ski boat goes all-electric

The prototype Ski Nautique E has a top end of 40 mph.Correct Craft has developed a prototype 19-foot ski boat powered only by electricity. The Ski Nautique E — a 2008 model with an LOA of 19 feet, 6 inches, and a beam of 7 feet, 7 inches — can make as many as 30 passes towing skiers before it needs recharging, about 90 minutes of continual use, says Greg Meloon, vice president of marketing and product development for Nautique Boats.



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.

“We have several significant boat maintenance facilities here,” says Carl Blow, the commissioner for the Florida Inland Navigation District. “We get a lot of transient traffic, guys moving up and down the East Coast — rather large yachts that tend to run offshore, not in the Intracoastal Waterway.”



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