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Celebrate the Fourth of July – On The Water!

Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade. Courtesy Murrells Inlet 2020

Just add water to make any Independence Day celebration even more special. Boat parades, star-spangled races and fireworks over the water are just a few choices. Here are suggestions of ways throughout the southeast to enjoy the Fourth of July. …

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A Class Act – Chesapeake’s Great Schooner Race

Mystic Whaler and Lady Maryland at Start of 2009 GCBSR. Credit: bobmadden.com

Right after the Annapolis boat shows in October, about 40 salty-looking, two-masted  schooners take off from a starting line just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and sail overnight 127 miles to Portsmouth/Norfolk. Welcome to the majestic fleet of the …

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2014 Waterfront Fireworks AND Festivals!

Fireworks explode over the USS Yorktown and vessels anchored off Patriots Point in Charleston Harbor. Courtesy of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Here are a few Fourth of July celebrations featuring parades, festivals and fireworks. A fun day for the whole family. MARYLAND Fireworks NOTE: Ocean City Maryland delays their fireworks until the 5th due to Hurricane Arthur July 3 – Independence Day …

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Eleven TOP Yacht Shipyards

Courtesy of Colonna Yachts

The Atlantic southeast coastline and the Gulf coast of the United States have noted steadily increasing growth in megayacht traffic over the last decade. Established businesses and new facilities have risen to meet the maintenance and repair challenges of these …

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High Hopes for Belhaven NC

Photo: Jake Dillon

August 28, 1928 was a big day in the history of Belhaven, North Carolina, as the tiny town celebrated the opening of the newest section of the Inland Coastal Waterway from Norfolk, VA to Beaufort Inlet, NC. The 22-mile dredged …

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Great Dismal Swamp – The Life of a Lockmaster

Arnold Parkinson at the bow and Robert Peek secure Pisces for the lock-through to the Great Dismal Swamp. Photo by Kathy Bohanan Enzerink

“Deep Creek Lock, this is Pisces requesting a lock through,” said the deep voice on the VHF radio. “Roger that, Captain. I’ll be opening the gates at 1100 hours. Have your fenders and lines ready on the starboard side and …

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Shipyards See Superyacht Purse Strings Loosen

Construction is in progress on Blank Check, Jarrett Bay Boatworks’ largest new build to date at 77’. Photo courtesy of Jarrett Bay Boatworks

Shipyards along the East Coast have felt the sting of the down economy since 2008, but many report signs of an upswing in business. While new construction of superyachts remains slow domestically, the market for refits and maintenance has seen …

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