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This was a very good year for boat the pleasure boat industry, which had a banner year in sales, and for the boater who enjoyed hot but beautiful weather. The waters were more active than I have ever witnessed. A good portion of this can be attributed to Covid, which k...

September 24, 2020

I often wonder after doing interviews for articles, what will happen next to the people and  the businesses I write about. Some of the readers now and then inquire, especially about the old boats. They want to know if they were rebuilt, given early death by chainsaw or...

September 24, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Hines of Stratford, Connecticut stepped off of the rail car onto the cement platform of the train station. Clutching the hands of Mrs. Hines were their two young children. Mr. Hines looked at some of his fellow passengers from the steamer Gwent...

September 24, 2020

Due to the rigors of the sea, long periods of time away from home and the whim of tyrannical captains, seafarers have historically been treated as ‘wards’ of the court and with the “tenderness of a guardian.”  Boulton v. Moore, 14 F.922, 926 (N.D. Ill. 1883).  However,...

September 24, 2020

Last July, I lost one of my sailing icons, Larry Pardey. Since then, I have been reading many online accounts of his sailing resume and accomplishments; all accrues with his wife Lin Pardey. I won’t recount those exploits here, as this is more of a personal nature abou...

September 24, 2020

We find ourselves about to go pleasure boating into the twentieth century, no longer strangled by the fickle limitations of sails, frustrated by the inefficiencies of cumbersome paddlewheels, nor plagued by the permeating residue of coal dust and the bursting pipes of...

September 24, 2020

Maritime law is known for some fairly unique and arcane legal concepts not commonly seen in other areas of law. Some of these have their origins in an earlier age of seafaring when vessels powered by sail carried cargoes in wooden barrels. One of these concepts is the...

September 24, 2020

Hurricanes come and go and if you live aboard a boat as we do, you become, out of necessity, an expert on deciphering their unpredictability. There are many ways of obtaining useful information, which helps when you’re deciding what action to take to avoid a coming sto...

September 24, 2020

Phew, it’s October already, we’re not out of the woods yet with COVID and the country is in turmoil. I long for the day when things are not so chaotic. I hope you all had a good summer and at this point I’m sure most of you have your boats stored for the winter, so bac...

September 24, 2020

Summer has ended and the fall is upon us. Days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Boat traffic seems to dwindle as kids are back to school and boaters try to get ahead of winterizing their boats for the winter hibernation. The fall is one of my favorite seasons t...

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