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Iconic Theodore Tugboat Now for Sale in Halifax: $495,000

If you want to ride out the pandemic in style, or just entertain the children and grandchildren, take a look at Theodore Tugboat, a 65-feet-long fixture in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the past 20 years. Used for tours, parties and promotions, Theodore Tugboat is now for sale. Asking price: $495,000, Canadian. The wooden-hulled tug was built in Dayspring, Nova Scotia, in 2000, and it’s registered to carry 49 passengers. It spent a few years promoting Nova Scotia tourism by cruising through the Great Lakes and the east coast of Canada and the U.S., and then settled down in Halifax Harbor as…

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Bahamas Shuts Down to U.S. Tourists; Boaters Still OK

The Bahamas just closed its borders to tourists from the United States in an effort to control an uptick in COVID-19 since it reopened them on July 1. Tourists from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union are still welcome there, as are recreational boaters and private charters from the U.S. Dr. Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, announced the new measures in a nationwide address on Sunday night. “Our current situation requires decisive action,” he said. Under his orders, all Bahamasair outgoing flights to the U.S. stopped immediately. As of midnight, Wednesday, July 22, international flights…

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Canadians Worried About Influx of U.S. Boats

Some Canadians in British Columbia are worried about what they view as an illegal influx of boaters from the United States in their waters. The U.S.-Canada border has been closed since March to nonessential traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic; the ban was just extended the fourth time to continue through August 20. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the U.S. Coast Guard have formed a joint operation called Shiprider to intercept U.S. vessels that are in Canadian waters illegally. And the Canada Border Services Agency warned Americans that crossing the border for recreation or tourism is prohibited. It said…

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Best Boat Names of 2020 from Dockwa

Dockwa, the marina reservations service, just announced its annual list of best boat names. Hundreds of boaters entered the contest, Dockwa says, and the entries honored family traditions, favorite songs, family pets, and much more. Dockwa added five new categories this, making a total of 20. Take a look at a few of our favorites in various categories: A Boater’s Best Friend: Alpha Dog (Winner) Catnipped Salty Dog Current Events: Covid Therapy (Winner) Social Distance Final Escape Workaholics: Between Wakes (Winner. The owner is a funeral director) Operatunaty (The husband is a tuna fisherman; the wife, a professional opera singer.)…

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Mayflower Heading for Plymouth, Mass., – Again

The Mayflower is heading for Plymouth, Massachusetts – again. A replica of one of the most historic ships of all time, the Mayflower just left Mystic, Connecticut, after a major restoration, and is sailing up the coast to Plymouth, where the original landed in 1620. The real Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, on Sept. 16, 1620, and made landfall in the New World 60 days later on what is now Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown. (It actually had been headed for Virginia, but got blown off course.) It carried a crew of about 30 and 102 Pilgrims. The ship probably had…

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Nuclear Sub Almost Hits Car Ferry in UK

A Royal Navy nuclear submarine almost hit a car ferry with 282 people on board after the sub’s crew misjudged the ferry’s distance and speed, an official report said. Only “rapid and effective action” by the ferry’s crew reduced the “serious risk of collision,” the report said. The British Maritime Accident Investigation Board studied the near-miss on November, 6, 2018, in the North Channel between Northern Ireland and the southwest coast of Scotland. After the incident, the master of the ferry notified the Coast Guard and reported that the sub’s periscope passed down the starboard side of the ferry at…

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NOAA: Record-Breaking Coastal Flooding To Continue

July 14, 2020: Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding last year, forcing their residents and visitors to deal with flooded shorelines, streets and basements — a trend that is expected to continue into 2021. The elevated water levels affected coastal economies, tourism and crucial infrastructure like waste and stormwater systems, according to a new NOAA report. The report, 2019 State of High-Tide Flooding and 2020 Outlook, documents changes in high-tide flooding patterns from May 2019 to April 2020 at 98 NOAA tidal gauges along the U.S. coast, and provides a flooding outlook for these locations for…

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Two Ships Hit Head-On in Welland Canal. See Video

This video is like watching a slow-motion train wreck, except that it shows two massive cargo ships in a head-on collision in the Welland Canal in southern Ontario. The 26-mile-long canal connects Lake Ontario with Lake Erie. The Alanis, a 452-feet-long cargo ship flagged in Antigua Barbuda, was heading up the canal to Duluth, Minnesota, with a cargo of wind turbine parts. At about 4 in the afternoon, it collided with the Florence Spirit, a 446-feet-long ship flagged in Canada and carrying a load of coal to Quebec. They hit, horns blaring, with a crunching impact. No one was injured,…

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Fall Boat Shows Update: Lauderdale Still On

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show just announced that it would be held, as scheduled, on Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Some other shows, however, have been cancelled or gone virtual, while others are still scheduled, with health guidelines, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a current report about the status of some of the major fall shows, listed chronologically. Cannes. Sept. 8-13. Still scheduled. For updates: http://cannesyachtingfestival.com Tampa. Sept. 11-13. Cancelled. “We believe this is the most prudent course of action to protect the health and safety of our staff, sponsors, members, exhibitors and attendees,” said Jennifer Thompson, senior VP, National…

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Why Boating Is Perfect Recreation This Summer

By Frank Hugelmeyer (President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association)  FOXBusiness Over the last four months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a growing sense of uncertainty for Americans about what life may look like in the days, months, and years ahead. Amid ever-changing state orders, social-distancing guidelines, and the new normal, it is clear that there will be lasting impacts to the way we previously carried out our daily lives. This new reality also applies to how we vacation, relax and blow off steam as summer enters full swing. As springtime came to a close, fears of a “lost summer” echoed throughout the country. Thankfully, our natural resources are wide open for the recreational activities that have long been…

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