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Yacht Crew Relations – Sex and the Superyacht

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While not all megayachts are the scene of tabloid sexcapades, onboard hookups are not unusual. In this rarified world where owners, crew and guests mingle in close quarters, flush with fine food, premium libations and breathtaking sunsets over turquoise waters, …

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Dark and Stormy: Hurricane Season Prediction 2013

Hurricane Damage

Thar’ she blows! Leading forecasters predict a very active hurricane season for 2013. Colorado State University’s Hurricane Forecast Team expects 18 named storms between June 1 and Nov. 30, nine of which are expected to become hurricanes with sustained, low-level …

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Gulf Coast Marinas Upgrading

Hurricanes that destroy valuable waterfront property and erode marina seawalls and precious wetlands are the perpetual cycle of living and boating on the Gulf of Mexico. If there’s any benefit to getting hammered by a hurricane, it’s getting state and …

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How to Charter a Luxury Yacht

You’ve seen the gleaming megayachts along the canals and docks in Fort Lauderdale. The champagne is chilled and the Jacuzzi is bubbling as they cast off for posh ports of call, complete with every water toy imaginable and a gourmet …

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Gulf Fishing Charters Move to Inshore Fishing

Everyone talks about the negative impact of oil on our environment, but the reality is scores of fishing boats regularly tie off fully operating, pumping production platforms in the Gulf where it’s not uncommon to limit out on 50 fish …

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Last of a Breed: Meet Lazzara Yachts’ Dick Lazzara

Pride and dedication to the pursuit of perfection are a Lazzara family tradition. Dick Lazzara learned that ethos from his Pop, Vince, in Chicago, where the elder Lazzara built his first fiberglass sailboat in 1954. Dick started sailing and fishing …

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International Workboat Show Rolls into New Orleans

Where can you see bigger boats than at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? There is an event. It’s called the International WorkBoat Show, and it’s rolling onto the Mississippi River in New Orleans Dec. 5-7 at the Ernest N. …

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Gulf Coast Dries Out After Hurricane Isaac

Weeks after slow-moving Hurricane Isaac relentlessly dumped water across the Gulf Coast, cleanup efforts continued, especially in New Orleans where many neighborhoods lost electricity for four days. Everyone in New Orleans’ West End worked over Labor Day weekend, tearing out …

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Meet the Swamp People

Swamp People - RJ (left) and Jay Paul on the hunt for ‘gators. Photo Courtesy of the Molineres

“One wrong step in the swamp and you can scream for hours, but no one will come and find you,” says Jay Paul Molinere. At 23, Jay Paul is the younger half of the father-son pop culture phenomenon on “Swamp …

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Biloxi Casino Marina Hop – By Boat

Biloxi Casino Marina Hop - The Palace Hotel is one of several which provide places to park your boat during your stay.

Whether you’re cruising east to west or west to east, the Mississippi Sound has much to offer beyond nature preserves on the pristine barrier Gulf Islands National Seashore and antebellum treasures such Jefferson Davis’ mansion, Beauvoir, onshore. Biloxi Casino Marina …

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Cruising the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast is hot, sticky, and humid in August. And I miss it – cruising the Gulf Coast. I’m ready to go back to Ocean Springs, Miss., to our bayou-front home. Located about one mile north of the Gulf …

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The Gulf Coast is OPEN for Business!

Back in the 1960’s, there was no interstate connecting Gulf Coast travelers from New Orleans to Mobile. Before the I10, you took Hwy. 90 through Mississippi and knew every landmark and bathroom stop: the Friendship House and its iconic Deer …

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Parham Bridges: On His Last Hurrah?

“I think I’ll fix another drink before the ice melts,” recalls Parham Bridges when the engine went out on his yacht many years ago, southwest of Tampa. At 85, Bridges, a former marine, doesn’t worry about much and has never …

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