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  • Meet the 2008 Chapman Award winners.

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The Ensign magazine

The Ensign

14th Street Bridge in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Cruising aboard Personality

The phone rang. Our former neighbors, John and Betty Graham, who now live in Raleigh, N.C., were looking at a trawler for sale near our home in Sanibel, Fla., and asked to spend the night. We hadn’t seen them in more than 25 years and spent the evening going … more »

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Close call yields valuable lessons

My husband, Ron, and I joined 4 other couples for a cruise down the Cane River to Natchitoches, La., for the Christmas Festival of Lights. more »

NOAA seeks comments on nautical chart changes

NOAA’s National Ocean Service is proposing the removal of tide and small-craft facilities tables from the following charts to improve … more »

Education sheds light on shocking experience

We keep our catamaran on a metal lift. One hot summer day, I raised the boat so I could work on the lower units from underneath while standing …more »

The Ensign now available online

All subscribers to The Ensign magazine now have access to the same print edition in a handy new electronic format. Your new iMag member benefit is in addition to your printed copy of The Ensign, which will continue to be delivered bimonthly. more »

Survey: mariners using outdated charts

A December 2008 survey of USPS Compass readers uncovered surprisingly low usage of USCG Local Notices to Mariners and NOAA Chart Editions among respondents. Learn more about the OceanGrafix survey here.

Online store sells hard-to-find parts

Repairing or upgrading your boat for next season? Online store ReplacementBoatParts.
sells hard-to-find boat accessories and hardware. If they don’t have the part you’re looking for, they’ll try to find it for you.