For 30 years, Mark Sutherland has fashioned New England's maritime history from blocks of wood and bits of bone. Part shipwright, part folk artist, he builds ships of all sizes from intricately detailed models of 19th century whalers and merchant vessels to life-sized sailboats.
The summer boating season is still going strong up and down the coast, but autumn is inevitably on the way. In the Northeast, that means boat show season.
Ray Dintino and his wife, Judy, maintain a home in Amherst, N.Y. They also spend many summer days and nights aboard their 32-foot Carver, Cloud IX, docked at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island.
The boating world is setting a course for Maine's Rockland harbor, because of an old boat that is suddenly state of the art. The 45-foot Northern Spy is actually 56 years old - but is the first older vessel anywhere in the country to be equipped with a Volvo IPS joystick-controlled pod-drive propulsion system.
If you've been out on the water lately, you've probably noticed one of the hottest trends on the New England fishing scene: kayak fishing. What started as a novel way to sneak up on fish in shallow, inshore waters has blossomed into a vibrant sub-community of devoted kayak fishermen.
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