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Alternative Anchorage Options in South Florida

South Florida anchorage options : Photo by Terry Boram

The 2016 Florida legislative session hit South Florida hard with anchoring restrictions in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. As of July 1, 2016, boaters can no longer anchor overnight in Middle River, Sunset Lake or between Rivo Alto Island and Di …

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Hauling Out Catamarans in South Florida

Hauling out Catamarans in South Florida

After spending almost a quarter century under sail, cruising catamarans are my favorite boats. As a professional captain, I have crossed oceans and seas on monohulls, catamarans and trimarans of all sizes, but it is always aboard a cat I …

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Belhaven is Back!

At Belhaven Waterway Marina, owned by Les and Brenda Porter. Photo by Jody Reynolds

Back in the day, Belhaven, North Carolina, was a very popular cruising stop and a destination for transient boaters. Located at the junction of the Pungo River and Pantego Creek, just eight miles north of the Pamlico River, Belhaven offered …

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A Journey from Sailboat to Trawler

  For the past three years my partner Barry Miller and I have taken the Intracoastal Waterway from Annapolis, Md., to the Bahamas on our 43-foot Irwin ketch. During those six-month cruises, I sometimes felt like I was living in …

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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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Ocean Springs MS Finds New Life

The pink bait shop at the Ocean Springs marina is the gathering place for boaters, charter captains and shrimp and oyster fishermen. Photo by Troy Gilbert

Nestled on a pine and oak covered bluff overlooking the Gulf Islands of the Mississippi Sound, Ocean Springs MS is an arts and fishing community rapidly transforming into a town filled with a vibrant music and culinary scene – what …

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My Core Talent

Everyone one has a core talent—and mine is saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I learned this in a Chicago Police station. The Irish cop was debating whether to arrest me or not. I was attempting to subtly …

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Saunders Yachtworks: Building Trust Since 1959

All photos courtesy of Saunders Yachtworks

When John Fitzgerald first joined Saunders Yachtworks in Alabama, the bulk of the company’s business was engine service, and their key clients were commercial boat operators, including tugboat skippers who were running 24/7. “Those clients lost money every hour their …

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A Wooden Boat Love Affair

This small vessel alongside of Cygnus is absolutely vibrant. Photo by Jody Reynolds

When you cruise aboard a classic wooden boat, it’s somewhat like living in a room at Downton Abbey. You don’t just admire the wood from outside – the elegance and beauty envelope you. A wooden yacht moves through the water …

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Cruising South Carolina Off The Beaten Path

Photography by Claire Gorgen

You might wonder how two accomplished Minnesota sailors wound up in one of the swampier areas of South Carolina aboard a 42-foot Hatteras. The story is as interesting as Chuck and Claria Gorgen are. The Gorgens were serious small sailboat …

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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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Christmas Boat Parade Schedule

Christmas Boat Parade - Photo Courtesy of Winterfest

Lighted boat parades mean huddling with friends along the shore and gulping hot chocolate while watching vessels adorned with lighted palm trees and crewmembers shivering in Hawaiian shirts. The magic of the holiday season is not reserved for towns with …

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Friends Await: Seven Seas Cruising Stations Growing

Since the first boat sailed over the horizon, sailors have shared experiences, knowledge (and a drink or two) with other sailors. That sharing of information and camaraderie was how the Seven Seas Cruising Association began more than 60 years ago …

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Georgia Liveaboard Law

Spotlight on the Georgia Liveaboard Law. The view from the dock in Savannah. Photo: Maria Karlsson

Until January it was illegal to liveaboard your vessel in Georgia, at least for any amount of time. All that is changed now with the Georgia Liveaboard Law. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources worked together with GAMBA, the Georgia …

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Cruising the ICW – 1500 Miles on the Inside

Cruising the ICW - The shrimping fleet in McClellanville, SC. Photo by Jody Reynolds

  Cruising the ICW 1500 Miles on the Inside Cruising the Universe that Parrallels Interstate I-95   Heading north from Beaufort, S.C., on the morning tide late in April, our 82-year-old motor yacht, Cygnus II, glides through the beautiful marshes …

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Back at the Helm

Sea Spell anchored along the ICW. Photo by Joanne Lucey

Nine years ago my wife and I sailed out of Houston with no plans to return other than to eventually empty out our 10-foot storage unit. We’d sold whatever didn’t fit in that unit or onboard our 38-foot Morgan sloop …

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Geocaching Along the ICW

“Are there any caches in the area?” That simple question has taken my husband and me to a top of a ridge with spectacular views of the river below, into an old mine shaft in a remote part of a …

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