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Speeding around the world is no ‘pie-in-the-sky dream’

Chris Fertig's favorite place is behind the wheel of a fast boat.Ask Chris Fertig what he dreams about, and you’ll get no hemming or hawing. He wants the record for the fastest powerboat circumnavigation. Fertig already has captured one of his dreams. In September, he and Tyson Garvin set the Bermuda Challenge record, a non-stop powerboat sprint of nearly 780 miles from New York to Bermuda.

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Talkin’ boats - with John Patnovic president, Post Marine Group

John Patnovic grabbed some headlines about a year ago for rescuing Post Yachts from bankruptcy, but his resume also includes some impressive  accomplishments. The 65-year-old’s Bertram 31 remanufacturing program has transformed eight old boats into refurbished icons. Patnovic and his wife, Libby, own and operate Worton Creek Marina in Chestertown, Md., which has been servicing, maintaining, repairing and retrofitting boats since 1949 (www.wortoncreek.com).

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Mexico cracks down on American cruisers

Tax agents raided marinas in Ensenada and other locations and impounded 338 foreign yachts.Yacht racers and cruisers are trying to digest how their enjoyment of Mexican waters may be changing after a dragnet in which tax agents from AGACE, a division of Mexico’s IRS, swept through 12 marinas in eight ports along the country’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts looking for violations of import tax regulations.

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Is the maritime sector lagging in the digital era?

New technologies could lead to remotely operated vessels with no crew on the bridge.Coming to a shipping lane near you: remotely or autonomously controlled ships. Imagine an oil tanker controlled by a deck officer sitting in an air-conditioned office in London, Singapore or New York — or by automated navigation and anti-collision shipboard technology. If you can’t imagine it, why not? asks Rear Adm. Nick Lambert, a master mariner, Royal Navy officer and the U.K.’s former national hydrographer.

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Search for schooner Niña continues with private effort

Months after its disappearance in May on a stormy Tasman Sea, the 84-year-old schooner Niña and its crew of seven remained the focus of an exhaustive, privately funded search by 13,000 volunteers who have pored over 2 million satellite images for some trace of the fabled 50-foot ocean racer.

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