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How To Dock Safely and Easily, Even If You’re Alone

Here’s some great advice from Practical Boat Owner about how to tie up at a dock, and then how to leave it, even if you’re single-handing. It tells how to plan for the effects of tide and current and the presence of nearby boats, and how to use slip lines to help you get underway.   Casting off with confidence – safe ways for solo sailors to get off the dock Duncan Wells describes a number of easy methods to leave the dock with both sail and power vessels Getting a boat on and off the dock – coming alongside and casting…

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New Vanquish VQ16: 40 Knots of Pure Fun

Here’s a new fun watercraft that the company calls a crossover between a water scooter and a yacht tender – the Vanquish VQ16. It holds five passengers and goes up to 40 knots, although you can get an optional supercharged Veloce version that hits 50 knots. The VQ16 is built by Vanquish Yachts in the Netherlands, who specialize in high-end, high-performance vessels from 16 to 90 feet. They’re semi-custom builds, and the company says they are “not for everyone.” There’s a definite wow factor at work here. The swift-looking new VQ16 is a collaboration between Guido de Groot Design and…

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3 Rescued After Tug Sinks in Atlantic Hurricane

Three crewmen were found in a liferaft in the Atlantic, two days after their tugboat took on water and sank during Hurricane Lorenzo. An international search effort, coordinated by the French Navy, found the bodies of four other crewmen, and they are searching for seven more who are still missing.   Bourbon Rhode, the ocean-going tug, was near the center of the hurricane, about 1,200 nm off Martinique, when it issued a distress call. It was en route from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands to Georgetown, Guyana. Lorenzo was a Category 4 hurricane at the time. The French Maritime Rescue…

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If You Live On Board, Do You Have To Pay Taxes?

Every week, Mansion Global poses a tax question to real estate tax attorneys. Here is this week’s question. Q. Can I live on a yacht and not pay property tax in the U.S.? A. Those always at sea may be able to avoid property taxes, according to J. Dirk Schwenk, a managing member at Baylaw, a law firm based in Annapolis, Maryland. “If you really are in motion all the time—touching in ports, but not staying very long—you’re much less likely to be subject to tax as you go,” he said. But most people have to keep the yacht somewhere.…

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Historic House Takes 50-Mile Cruise on the Chesapeake: Video

Here’s a great story from Chesapeake Bay Magazine. See the video: HISTORIC MANSION TAKES 50-MILE BAY CRUISE Yes, you read that correctly: an Easton, Maryland mansion built in the early 1760s was picked up and moved – first by flatbed truck and then by barge – up the Eastern Shore to Queenstown this week. It was a spectacle for anyone near the Tred Avon River Wednesday, a 400-ton literal “house boat” on a barge with tug. The Town of Oxford, Md. posted video on their Facebook page, taken from the Oxford Bellevue Ferry. https://www.facebook.com/579789318707909/videos/403632177002828/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARBUI3hmUM-Yf0cxzeEv2TKdaK4IhwedeD1mTlk8_NCD4eBtWDNSXXde9_ZTbx5en2asphTtcUVi5vZe&fref=mentions&__xts__[0]=68.ARBhUFYAdj6DZMidPhMbwfhbU74zYbYG8Ur_8QrIgMsHnK1SUN8rbIN_LnE2pbkaNVIWtqs8Zq5yLpdsW2aqihL0YkW-BVbtmNPyGl0ytO8xUHz81rr8PjaA-qXGDe1_yfga0WXPX5VKbPdnU30J3o7RTeZ5cC3R-y8Zid_lHeowZ7NZr2PdQrSUOrVCTF9Ui6pgXgPmarlc5E__Mgm1BdI7aHCReGBLMjYBnsZxvtU6p51QqsxuUKNnXFibtaenq2TO-TmZR9g49CyhrU5QqT-Ey1KCeliKpCi5CYXJ7Hp7GI8-HXFKx7z6KSh1SBFSqIXVeF6TSIdtAPitaw The historic Galloway house, a Georgian mansion…

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Florida Broker Arrested on Charges of Running a Ponzi Scheme

Matthew Taylor, 42, a former fishing guide who’s been president of Savage Yachts in Madeira Beach, Florida, since 2004, has been arrested on charges of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his customers of about $1.5 million. Detectives with the Economic Crimes unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor and charged him with four counts of grand theft, four counts of money laundering, one count of scheming to defraud, and one count of escrow depository violation. They took him to the county jail. The detectives started investigating Taylor when they received a complaint from a person who said…

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NTSB Issues Annual Safer Seas Report of 30 Boating Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board just released its Safer Seas Digest 2018: Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations, and it has some interesting lessons for those of us who go cruising on recreational boats. It’s a summary of 30 marine accidents, including collisions with fixed objects, sinkings, fires, floodings, groundings and other vessel damage, involving vessels from recreational boats to passenger liners. The safety issues include: High-water/high-current conditions, watertight integrity, training for emergencies, remote emergency shutdowns, ice accumulation, mooring in strong winds, identifying navigation hazards and fixed ventilation openings. As in the past, towing vessels/barges topped the list of vessels…

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Wealthy Dad Kills Son with Boat in San Francisco Bay

Javier Burillo Azcarraga was arrested on charges that he caused the death of his 11-year-old son in San Francisco Bay after the boy and his brother, 27, where thrown from Azcarraga’s 33-foot Targa Protector (pictured above) and he tried to retrieve them. Azcarraga was driving the twin-outboard Protector near Angel Island at about 7 p.m. on Sunday when the accident occurred. Police say they do not know why the boys were thrown off the boat, and that the boat hit them when Azcarraga tried to pull them out of the water. After he got the boys back on board, Azcarraga,…

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Popular Annapolis Power Boat Show Opens Oct. 3

The United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis is always popular, for a whole lot of reasons. It’s easy to get to, it’s easy to see a lot of new boats and gear there, and it’s in Annapolis, the hub of the Chesapeake, a cruising mecca with boatyards and marinas and waterfront restaurants and watering holes all around. And then there’s the U.S. Naval Academy with grounds next to the show, historic Annapolis stretching up Main Street to the state capital, and Washington, D.C. is an easy drive away. Centered around City Dock (also known as Ego Alley) in the middl9…

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Picture of Great White Shark Near Surfer Goes Viral

Here’s a picture of a great white shark surfacing near a surfer on Cape Cod that went viral. The surfer, Devon Zimmerman, from Brooklyn, New York, told the Daily News that when he saw the shark “I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ in my mind this thing’s real. And it’s between me and the beach.” Fortunately, the encounter, off Nauset Beach in Orleans, had a happy ending. The great white slowly swam away and Zimmerman paddled nervously back to shore. But when his wife, Sarah McAteer, saw the picture, she said, “It made me nauseous. It made me sick to…

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