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smuggleA recent spike in human and narcotics smuggling attempts off San Diego County’s so-called “Smuggler’s Corridor” has kept members of the San Diego Marine Task force busy over the past week.

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 1,100 pounds of marijuana off Mission Beach, on Jan. 17. Then, on Jan. 28, an abandoned boat thought to have been used to smuggle undocumented individuals was discovered adrift off Torrey Pines State Beach. That vessel contained 21 lifejackets…  More info


What’s true of real estate in 2009 is also true of the boating world: It’s a buyer’s market. So if you’ve always wanted to hit the open water but didn’t think you could afford it, now may be the right time to reconsider.

Prices on new boats dropped steeply in the past year as used boats flooded the market, so start your search at a boat show or local dealer, where you can find surprisingly good deals on new models. For instance, Chaparral Boats, a subsidiary of Marine Products(MPX Quote – Cramer on MPX – Stock Picks), is running a “Wow Now” sales event with cash rebates and free extended engine warranties. Marine retailers like MarineMax(HZO Quote – Cramer on HZO – Stock Picks) can help you choose and finance the right boat. By cruising shows and dealers, you can get a firsthand look at different models and ask questions about them…  More info

Ken Lupton hung on with half one side of his boat missing to win the first round of the world grand prix hydroplane championship in Tauranga two weeks ago and has worked around the clock since to repair the damage.

The success of those repairs will be seen tomorrow when the Waverley driver attempts to guide his boat, Annihilator 3, to overall victory in the 2009 Union International Montoniquie World Grand Prix Hydroplane Championship at Lake Karapiro….  More info

LAS VEGAS – The National Park Service has reported visitation to Lake Mead National Recreation Area only decreased by about a quarter percent from 7,898,592 visitors in 2007 to 7,877,581 in 2008. The park saw an upturn in visitation this fall after a decrease over the summer months.

“Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a year-round destination. We have a wealth of inexpensive outdoor activities just a stone’s throw from Las Vegas and Laughlin,” said William Dickinson superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area…  More info