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Amazing Ancient Viking Sun Compass Even Worked After Sunset

Even the best Scout prefers to navigate during the day. The Vikings, apparently, would have laughed at such a preference—according to new research, the North Atlantic seafarers' sun compass was so advanced it even worked after dark, thanks to clever engineering and mystical crystals. Read More >>

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Simply Stunning—The World Famous Cutty Sark after Its £50 Million Renovation

The Cutty Sark is kind of a big deal. It's the last tea clipper in existence and is considered a national maritime treasure. So when she was badly damaged in a fire in 2007, the British government spent £50 million restoring her. These are the results: Read More >>

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A GPS Device Designed Specifically For Pirates (and Other Sailing Types)

GPS devices designed for land-lubbers work just fine on an engine-powered boat that can head straight across the water. But for sailboats who have to zig-zag—or tack— to catch the wind, The Sailing GPS is better suited as it understands that the quickest route from point A to B isn't always a straight line. Read More >>

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The Sleek Sailrocket 2 Looks To Set a New World Speed Sailing Record

There's not much room for a cooler, but the Sailrocket 2 isn't designed for a casual afternoon on the lake. It's engineered to set a new sailing speed record, and it's in Namibia right now trying to do just that. Read More >>

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6 Tools to Sail the High Seas Like Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was kind of a bastard. Still, here we are 519 years later celebrating his accidental discovery of San Salvador. So in honor of navigation and discovery — things that actually deserve adulation — here are six awesome nautical exploration tools, past and present. Read More >>

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Larry Ellison's Sail Boat Is Literally Faster than the Wind

Oracle founder Larry Ellison takes his boat racing very seriously. His team's entry in last year's America's Cup, the USA-17, is actually capable of sailing faster than the prevailing wind. And not just by a little bit — 2.5 times faster. Read More >>

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