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Gulf Sickness?

Hey readers, I'm looking to gather information on anyone who may have gotten sick from the BP Oil Spill or subsequent cleanup.  If you or anyone you know has been afflicted with something that you can prove, or otherwise you highly suspect was a result of the spill—particularly if you believe the oil dispersant known as Corexit was the culprit—please email me at I'd like to hear your story.

Weekend Plans Sunk?

A 70-foot boat named Atlantic Traveler capsized in the Manasquan Inlet yesterday, apparently blocking off the inlet for some say, as much as a week. All three crew members escaped the boat unharmed after being dumped into the chilly waters in the pre-dawn hours. I'm glad everybody was safe, and hats off to the Coast Guard for making a successful rescue.

Those Crazy Aussies

So what's a really good way to empahasize the power and performance of your new $2.75 million Riviera 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge? Well, if you're one of those crazy Aussies, how about towing a waterskier? In fact, how about towing 12 waterskiers?


Italian Shipyard Tour: Ancona and Cattolica

I have just finished day two of a whirlwind Italian shipyard tour. The week was kicked off by the launch of the Pershing 108 on Monday. (The previous night, the launch was celebrated by an approximately 42-course dinner.)

But Monday was serious boating business. The day began at the Pershing shipyard, where Hull No 2 of the 108 (and of course other boats that were not the star of the event) was under construction.

Paying the Price

A Florida boater was ordered to forfeit his boat and serve one year’s probation for killing a manatee near Merritt Island.

In February, Joseph Miata, Jr., 62, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges for speeding through the Sykes Creek Manatee Refuge last summer and killing a female manatee who was nursing a ten-month-old calf. The case marks Florida’s first conviction for striking and killing a manatee in the 40 years since the Endangered Species Act was passed.

An All-American Boat

One thing that makes boatbuilding in the United States unique is its regionality. Many areas have spawned distinctive styles of vessels that are the product of local sea conditions, the work they do, and the personalities of the people who use them.

Some folks were born made to wave the flag ...

I'm down in Lauderdale staying at the Marina Hilton at the moment, and right outside is docked a 65-foot 2002 Viking sportcruiser named Unfortunate Son. What a great name for a boat. The second I saw it I stopped and took a picture for this blog but unfortunately my iPhone is on the fritz at the moment. But really, as a name Unfortunate Son has it all.