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by Catherine Pearson

Palm Paradise

By Catherine Pearsonphotos by Tom Salyer | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

"We need to pick a fight," I whispered to my boyfriend, Ben, needling him in the side. "Let's make it a big one with lots of shouting. And tears. I can't handle all this dreaminess."It was night one of our three-day trip to the Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the lower Florida Keys. After

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Sunny Days

By Catherine Pearson | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

Protective PoloCraig Wallace DaleThe new Fast-Dri Pique Polo from Henri Lloyd may look like your standard issue T-shirt, but that traditional styling belies some decidedly high-tech features. The company's signature Fast-Dri fabric is lightweight, durable, and replete with a so-called Durable

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Turkey's Time

By Catherine Pearson | Posted August 2008 | Add a Comment

Sandwiched between Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia sits the Republic of Turkey, a country which has endured centuries of political and economic turmoil. And yet this Texas-size constitutional republic is currently in the throes of a financial renaissance (albeit one strained by a high national deficit and significant foreign debts). Between 2005 and 2007 Turkey's GDP increased by some

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Fancy Feet

By Catherine Pearson | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

Classic LuxuryThis may look like an old-school Sperry style, but don't be fooled: The new Gold Cup Toggle ($160) has been updated with some serious bling: 18K-gold-plated eyelets that won't corrode in the face of spray and salt. Now just because it's got real sartorial panache doesn't mean the Gold Cup skimps when it comes to performance. It has a

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Bluewater's Big Cruise

By Catherine Pearson | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

It is often said that couples who play together, stay together. My parents, for example, have been happily married for nearly 40 years. And while it would be a gross overstatement to claim that it was only shared hobbies that kept their marriage afloat, it certainly hasn't hurt that they both love to travel and are rabid Yankees fans. That said (and my apologies, Mom and Dad), my parents have got

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Space Savers

By Catherine Pearson | Posted June 2008 | Add a Comment

Seat StowageAs a boat owner, you understand that space onboard is at a real premium, particularly if you're readying your vessel for a long trip. The Seat Organizer from Boatmates ($27.99) is a great space-saving tool: It lets you keep your boat organized without eating up extra room. This heavy-mesh pocket organizer with tab

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Shady Business

By Catherine Pearson | Posted May 2008 | Add a Comment

Sticky ShadesCosta Del Mar BlackfinsSun, wind, and chop are no match for Blackfins ($139 to $239), the newest offering from the sunglass gurus at Costa Del Mar. Hydrolite, the company's signature rubberized compound, lines the frames and bridge of this aggressive-looking shade. According to Costa,

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Kid Control

By Catherine Pearson | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Game OnWhen your kids aren't splashing around in the water, they're probably lazing in front of the TV or listening to their iPods. Fed up with the tube-and-tunes routine? Encourage them to—gasp!—play a board game. Deep Sea-Opoly ($24.95) is Monopoly with a twist: Players buy bodies of water, catch big fish, and duke

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Monster Marinas

By Catherine PearsonIllustrations b... | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Let's be honest. When people think megayachts, they think money—and for good reason. Not only are these vessels costly to own and operate, they have an enormous positive impact on local economies. Take, for example, a recent study conducted by Thomas J. Murray & Associates on behalf of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. It found that nearly 1,500 megayachts cruised into

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Green Machine

By Catherine Pearson | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Fuel EconomyStar brite says its Star Tron Diesel Additive is an eco-friendly fuel treatment that disperses fungi, mold, and yeast, allowing the engine's filtration system to function more efficiently. According to the company, this additive reduces excessive emissions while stabilizing diesel fuel for at least two years. Adding

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