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Yachtsmen typically know Maine from the water, as Camden, Brooklin and Jonesport beckon with gunkholing adventures.

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VIDEO: Mast Hoop Loop-The-Loop

In the golden age of sail, a ship’s sails were attached to the masts with wooden hoops. Today only a few artisans have the tools and know-how to craft sailing tackle for traditionally rigged ships and other vessels. Ralph Johnson is one of them.

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Building Arabella By Hand

Plenty of people might call friends Stephen Denette and Alix Kreder crazy. The two are building a 38-foot Atkins ketch in their backyard — from the keel up, using trees they felled and milled themselves.

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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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Preparing For Passage: Pack, Lash And Stow

Many of us don’t cruise in large trawlers with stabilizers, vast stowage lockers and workshops, yet we do cruise with provisions, spare parts, gear, tools and consumables.

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THINK TWICE

A Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook heavy-weather crew rescued four stranded men from an “unseaworthy” 22-foot boat in Raritan Bay, New Jersey, late last year.

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Repairing Composites

When a single-skin fiberglass boat has a hole or severe gouge, the damaged fibers have to be replaced with laminates that match as closely as possible the construction of the original.

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Coast Guard Seeks Bridge Comments

If you’ve ever had a day on the water held up by a bridge with a complicated opening schedule, you know how frustrating that sort of holdup can be. Florida boaters could soon experience additional closures at two railroad bridges across the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers if a high-speed rail company gets its way.

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Extreme Sailing

The ferocious Southern Ocean can bring the best sailors to their knees. Watch as crewmembers aboard a Volvo Ocean 65 struggle to maintain control of their boat as they blast through heavy seas on a reach.

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A Surf-Smashed  Home With History

It’s nice to have a place to return to year after year, through thick and thin, from childhood and the teenage years to your single-minded, hard-fishing adult decades and into whatever lies beyond.

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Winter Resolutions

Fall and early winter are always a busy time for marine journalists, with boat shows and travel ramping up the time away from home and the race to get each issue of the magazine out.

Features

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Whaling Ships at Delano Bay, Baffin Island

“In my dreams, I am standing a 2 a.m. wheel watch, running down some long, lonely reach of flat water, snow-capped mountains glistening in the moonlight on either side … [cruising] endlessly through the black Alaskan night,” says watercolorist Cooper Hart.

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Only From Owens

Just $250 a month. That’s what it took to buy the 35-foot Flagship Cruiser from Owens Yacht Co., a boat the company called the “crowning achievement of Owens’ revolution in boatbuilding.”

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The Christmas Ship

Come, boys and girls, just listen to this news for you and me: They’re going to send a Christmas Ship across the deep blue sea!

Gear

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Torqeedo Kayak Outboard

Designed for fishing kayaks, Torqeedo’s Ultralight 403 A electric outboard produces the equivalent of 1 hp, weighs 16 pounds (including its lithium-ion battery), hits 6.2 mph and has a maximum range of 25 miles, depending on the kayak’s type and weight.

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Raritan Manual/Electric Head

If there’s a power failure on board, Raritan Engineering’s PH PowerFlush converts from electric to manual flushing by disconnecting one bolt and inserting a retractable handle.

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Remote-Control Trailer Dolly

Parkit360’s Transformer 15K trailer dolly lets one person move a 15,000-pound fifth wheel, tagalong, gooseneck or traditional trailer with a wireless remote control.

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C-Map Genesis Edge

C-Map Genesis Edge mapping service allows subscribers to access bottom-hardness and submerged-vegetation map layers.

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2-Wire LED Lights

Imtra’s 2-wire LED lights are available in 10 models and a variety of trim-ring sizes, styles, profiles and finishes.

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Vesper deckWatch

Vesper Marine’s free deckWatch app sends collision avoidance and other alerts to Android Wear 2 smart watches.