In the early morning hours in August, there was a strange current in the air about the sleepy seaport town of Beaufort, N.C. It’s always a place where a seafaring soul can venture ashore without fear of standing out, yet ...

Since this is kind of a personal article about boating, I should start out with an admission. I’m one of those women for whom a boatyard is the equivalent of a particularly attractive shopping mall. I don’t just like boats ...