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Court Ruling Threatens Boating

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
A recent court ruling about pollution dumped from the ballast water of commercial ships is written to also require all recreational boats to get permits by September 2008, even though 99 percent of recreational boats do not have ballast tanks.

Boats and ships are different and should not be treated as the same. These costly permits—intended for commercial ships and supertankers that have


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Delays on the Panama Canal

by Sail Staff, Posted May 15, 2008
By Rebecca Waters

Ouch!

Over 150 recreational boats are backed up on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal with wait times of up to 2 months for transit. Officially, the delays are due to the arrival of an unusually large number of commercial ships, about 50 a day, up from the 38 expected at this time of year. However, speculation is rife as cruisers worry about crossing the


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Family Fun

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
Looking for an active family-bonding vacation? Why not learn to sail together. This summer Offshore Sailing School is offering its first Single Parents Week, July 13–18, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. Offshore has designed three course options (based on skill level) for single parents and their children, ages 7 to 17. Families will be paired together with a
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Net Time

by Sail Staff, Posted April 8, 2008
I’ll admit it: I was a catamaran newbie until last week when my wife, my family, and I chartered a Leopard 4300 from The Mooring’s base in beautiful Saint Lucia. Coming from a racing background spent on high-performance monohulls, I was a bit intimidated, especially when it came to maneuvering the boat in tight quarters. Luckily, this part proved to be the easy bit: It was sailing Steppin
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Lifestyle Upgrade?

by Sail Staff, Posted March 28, 2008
If you’re like me, your ability to fantasize about owning and skippering a globe-girdling yacht far out paces your ability to finance said endeavor. Still, it’s fun to dream, so when I saw some recent mention on the daily email newsletter Scuttlebutt that Tom Perkins’s mega yacht, the 290-foot Dyna Rigged Maltese Falcon, is for sale, I couldn’t resist listing the Flacon’s asking
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