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Robinhood The 6 a.m. departure began innocently enough for Dave and Katrina Miller. It was calm, with just a sprinkle of late-June rain, as the eager couple slipped out of the harbor in Georgetown, Maine, in the 12-year-old, 33-foot powerboat they’d just bought. Destination: Annapolis, Md., 650 miles south.They were inspired by Mark Twain, who once said, in part: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. … Explore. Dream. Discover.” The Millers — he’s a 55-year-old loan officer — had come east and bought the cruising boat of their dreams. And once they reached Annapolis they planned to truck her to their home in Renton, Wash., to begin exploring beyond Puget Sound to the Inside Passage and Alaska. Heading out into open waters on their first leg, a 95-nautical-mile run to Gloucester, Mass., conditions began to change. “The seas built to 4 feet early on,” Katrina recalls. By noon, they’d reached 7 feet, with a stiff wind on the port quarter. White-knuckle time in the wheelhouse? In an unfamiliar vessel? “The boat was handling...

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