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Talkin’boats with Mark Richards

Mark RichardsRichards is founder, president and CEO, Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Talk about a well-rounded mariner. Mark Richards is not only one of the best-known contemporary sailors in the world, but he is also an established powerboat builder who recently displayed two of his yachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — the Palm Beach 55 Flybridge and the new Palm Beach 45.

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How the strongest recorded storm formed

The warming of western Pacific waters to a depth of 100 meters generated the energy that fueled Typhoon Haiyan and enabled it to intensify into a massive 195-mph “super typhoon” that roared ashore at Guiuan on the Philippine island of Samar Nov. 8. It was the strongest tropical cyclone at landfall in recorded history.

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Seamanship Quiz - January 2014

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

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HOLD FAST

The Clipper Round the World Race fleet ran into some nasty weather during Leg 4 from Cape Town, South Africa, to Albany, Australia, in November.

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A big cat with plenty of ponies

I had a chance this fall to test Seven Marine’s 557-hp outboards, and they were hanging on the transom of a cool new power cat — the Insetta 45 from American Marine Design, a small builder in St. Marys, Ga.

Vice president Robert Presby worked for Boston Whaler in the design, R&D and construction departments, which explains the high standards that are evident on this center console.

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