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The Whales' Tale

The Whales' Tale

At any given time, researchers at Allied Whale — a marine mammal laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine — are likely to be away from their small offices and instead somewhere in the Southern Ocean.

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Battery Types

The world’s most common big batteries are called flooded or wet cell, as they have enough liquid acid to cover the battery plates.

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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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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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Divers Solve 76-Year-Old Mystery

Divers working 70 miles off Cape May, New Jersey, last week discovered the wreckage of the Octavian, a Norwegian freighter that went missing in 1942.

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VIDEO: Going Electric In Style

More builders are getting in on the electric boat movement, but a Finnish electric propulsion maker, which has been installing its electric saildrives in various manufacturers’ boats, is now getting into the game with its own stunning motorboat. WATCH

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Manta Ray Airlifted To Ocean

Apparently, manta rays can fly. It took less than two minutes for a helicopter to airlift a nearly 900-pound manta ray with an 11.4-foot wingspan from a Bahamas aquarium to the nearby ocean. WATCH

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Spring Tides

The handwriting is familiar, but I have a harder time picturing the boy who wrote the words.

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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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The Krogen 50 Open

The day was glorious by any standards but it was early February and anything short of a blizzard would have thrilled the winter-weary crew that had just cast off for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Boating Books Review: Wrecks As Relics

Packed with powerful photographs of shipwrecks from all over the world, Stefano Banazzo’s 144-page Wrecks: The Memory Of The Sea commemorates these ships’ histories and the sailors who ran them.

Gear

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Relief from Seasickness

The Reliefband 2.0 is a drug-free way to control the nausea caused by motion sickness, virtual-reality activities, chemotherapy and morning sickness. It does so via Neurowave technology, which emits programmed pulses.

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Stay Connected

The mazu mSeries system provides worldwide up-to-date weather, e-mail, SMS texting, position reporting, charts and onscreen tracking, and real-time and NMEA navigation.

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Steering Comfort

Schmitt & Ongaro Marine designed the Primus cast stainless steel steering wheel for ergonomic comfort and durability.

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Westerbeke Genset

Westerbeke’s 29.0 EGED marine diesel generator set (rated 29 kW at 60 Hz and 23 kW at 50 Hz) meets Environmental Protection Agency emissions requirements.

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Icom VHF Radio

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