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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.

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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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Essex, via Illinois and Mississippi

Soundings at 50 Celebrating a half-century of boating

Veteran journalist Jim Flannery (right) has been an important part of the Soundings team since 1981.I didn’t know diddly-squat about boats, but I was a reporter, and I loved to fish. I had spent many an idyllic summer vacation and November blue blitz on the Outer Banks of North Carolina fishing with my dad. What better way to indulge two loves — fishing and writing — than coming to work for Soundings in the quintessential New England town of Essex, Conn.

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Seamanship Quiz - November 2013

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

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Volvo Penta’s D11 6-cylinder diesel

Volvo Penta’s new D11 inline 6-cylinder diesel will now power two new IPS pod-drive systems: the IPS800 and IPS950 (pictured). The package makes a good match for boats from 40 to 60 feet, especially flybridge yachts and convertibles, says Thomas Lantz, Volvo Penta’s chief project manager for the D11.

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