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One step closer to the ‘paperless’ helm

Fixtures on the navigator’s table since the Civil War, NOAA’s traditional lithographic paper charts soon will be history. Come April 13, NOAA no longer will publish those charts, but it will continue to offer other options, both paper and digital.



Seamanship Quiz

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute




In an exercise to test the accuracy of laser-guided bombs launched from the air, an Air Force B-1B Lancer dropped a GBU-10 smart bomb on an unmanned mock pirate skiff in the Gulf of Mexico. The test was a success.

December 2013 issue

Talkin’ boats with Steve French owner, Applied Concepts Unleashed

Steve FrenchSteve French, the owner of the industrial design firm Applied Concepts Unleashed in Stuart, Fla., has been designing powerboats from 19 to 100 feet for 30 years. His reputation has grown because of his progressive thinking and high-tech design and building methods, and his portfolio ranges from Garlington and Spencer sportfishing boats to the high-tech Makaira 64 and the F22 center console, as well as the Hydra-Sports 3300 Vectra.



The wanderlust of a true beach boy

John Garau was an avid adventurer and a skilled ocean navigator who sailed the world.Life after 60 for John Aurelio Garau was an endless summer of surfing, sailing, scuba diving and rollicking adventure. Home for him the past 35 years was a slip on F dock at California’s Dana Point Harbor, where he kept his 27-foot Erickson sailboat, Salome. Garau, the “Jefe of F dock” and Laguna Beach’s oldest former lifeguard, died Aug. 23 at age 88.



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