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More heat than light in Florida anchorage flap

Vincent Sibilla has been cited for using a solar-powered garden light as an anchor light on the Katie J and is appealing his conviction.Vincent Sibilla is the Robin Hood of the Stuart, Fla., anchorage where he keeps his boat. Five years ago Sibilla, who had been arrested four times, convicted once and given a jail sentence for anchoring in the St. Lucie River more than 10 days, achieved a settlement of his federal civil rights lawsuit that opened Stuart’s waters to boaters who wish to anchor outside its mooring field.




When the school year ends, students in the two-year Boatbuilding & Restoration program at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., launch the boats they restored. Here, second-year students give a 25-foot twin-cockpit, double-planked motor launch a champagne christening.

August 2013 issue

Spit and Polish

Photo by Paul Todd/Outside Images

Camera: Nikon D800

Shutter Speed: 1/800 second

Lens focal length: 70mm

Aperture: f/2.8

ISO: 500

August 2013 issue


Chronicling the joy of boating

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday on the Chesapeake, a clear westerly blowing on the heels of a cold front and riffling the river so that it shines and flickers like mica. If I were being true to the Soundings ethic — the ethic that existed when I joined up there in 1989 — I would not be writing this essay sitting down below in my boat, Osprey, on such a day.



Stamps to feature N.E. lighthouses

On July 13 the U.S. Postal Service will issue a series of five postage stamps commemorating New England lighthouses, marking the fifth time since 1995 that the agency has produced a set of lighthouse-themed stamps.



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