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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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An open letter from Bill Koch

The 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco was originally planned and marketed as a magnificent show and a quantum leap forward for sailing into the new age of high technology and entertainment.

Russell Coutts, CEO of Oracle Team USA, had said the event would “meet the expectations of the Facebook generation, not the Flintstone generation.” The traditions of the Cup were going to be ignored, and a revolutionary event would be created that would rival the Super Bowl and soccer’s World Cup.

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