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Boatyard Rhythms

Leaving the idyllic village of Stonington, Maine, in our rearview mirror, driving down West Main Street past Allen Cove, my wife, Lindsay, spotted Billings Diesel and Marine beyond the driver’s side window. In an instant, I was like a dog with two tails. I had never visited Billings, but knew of the yard’s reputation for being a salty, serious working yard. Now I could see the huge, shingled shed stretching across the cove beyond the morning fog. For me, a surprise discovery like this is akin to a four-year-old’s virgin sighting of the Magic Kingdom.

By George Sass Jr. |

Stomping Out Ocean Pollution with New Shoes

Created as part of a partnership between the German sneaker manufacturer and a conservation group called Parley for the Oceans, the shoes are the first to be made completely from pollution from the ocean. According to Adidas, the upper is made from yarns and filaments from plastic waste (including offshore gillnets) and the base is made from a “sustainable cushioning material.” 

By Daniel Harding |

Tossing Darts

There are only a couple of things that I am more proud of than helping first-time boat owners meet their cruising goals and suceed with their endeavors—my two daughters. Spirited first-time owners with a cruising goal are not much different than children. They shop for their boat and accessories like kids perusing the toy section in a Sears and Roebuck Christmas catalog, almost smelling the newness of every toy. (Okay, I guess now it’s Amazon and eBay.)

By Capt. Steve Creel |

Friendly Advice

There are all kinds of sage recommendations about when and how you should make decisions. You’ll find some of this advice on the kind of motivational posters that are framed on office walls across America. They usually feature completely irrelevant and disconnected imagery—mountains, babbling brooks, soaring eagles—that frankly have nothing to do with actually making a decision. 

By George Sass Jr. |
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