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Time seems in short supply for many of us these days, which is why daysailers and weekenders are a great choice for maximizing your time on the water.

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A Shocking New All-Electric Pilot Boat

Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, has released the design for a 52-foot, all-electric, aluminum pilot boat with a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 5 nautical miles. The boat is powered by twin 720-volt, 500-kW electric motors.

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Steam Box Art

If you’ve ever examined the complex, curvy shapes of the planks that make up a wooden boat’s hull, you might have wondered, “How do they get straight pieces of wood to bend that way?” Steam is part of the answer, brute force is the other.

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Don’t Wait For An Emergency To Learn How To Use Your EPIRB

If your vessel has an EPIRB, you’re not alone in an emergency. Distress signals can be received and acted upon within minutes, typically taking less than an hour for your position to be known to within 3 miles. That’s almost a miracle for a $500 purchase.

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Charger Wiring

The size of battery-charging equipment has grown to keep pace with larger and more sophisticated batteries.

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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ

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

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Impeller Tricks

Getting an impeller back into its housing with all the vanes aiming in the proper direction can be a challenge. This tip from Soundings reader David J. Mahler should make life a lot easier and get you to lunch much faster. READ

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A Shocking New All-Electric Pilot Boat

Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, has released the design for a 52-foot, all-electric, aluminum pilot boat with a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 5 nautical miles. The boat is powered by twin 720-volt, 500-kW electric motors.

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VIDEO: Coast Guard Deploys Francis Scott Key Buoy

The Coast Guard on Monday deployed the Francis Scott Key memorial buoy in the Patapsco River off Baltimore, Maryland. The red-white-and-blue buoy marks the approximate position where Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” while imprisoned aboard a British ship. Key’s poem would go on to become the national anthem of the United States.

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How Drones Cover The Volvo Ocean Race

Drones have completely changed the way the Volvo Ocean Race is covered. This Volvo Ocean Race drone video compilation shows footage that was unattainable in the pre-drone era and is worth a look. WATCH

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Lifelines: Ask Mario

For the past year, former US Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone has been teaching Soundings readers how to be safer on the water through his “Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea” blog. He will continue to educate us, but first, he wants to hear from you. READ MORE.

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Orphans Of The Titanic

The Titanic survivors staggered down the gangplank of the Carpathia, chilled from the cold and numbed from the sinking of the “unsinkable.”

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Special Delivery

Nearly 20 years ago I moved off my 30-foot sailboat and started developing a fancy for stout-looking pilothouse trawlers and other full-displacement vessels.

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Boating Books Review: Can You Canoe?

With masts reaching high into the sky and carrying more canvas than any boat their size should, Chesapeake Bay log canoes require a hefty crew perched outboard on long boards to keep them balanced and upright. Watching crews manhandle these graceful, overpowered vessels is a summer Eastern Shore tradition.

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Icom VHF Radio

Icom’s M85 marine-land VHF radio is small, lightweight and waterproof to a rating of IP67.

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B&G Glass Helm

Designed for bluewater sailboats, the Zeus3 Glass Helm from B&G has a high-definition display that can be seen from nearly any angle and through polarized lenses.

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Speed Sensors

Airmar’s next-generation “Smart” speed sensors combine speed, depth and fast-response water temperature in a compact through-hull fitting with no moving parts.

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Razor-Blade Knife

Outdoor Edge added the 3-inch RazorLite EDC to its line of razor-blade knives. A holder coated with black oxide supports the razor blade, making it as strong as a standard knife, the company states.