Saturday, February 24, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

If you’ve caught a bad case of cabin fever during this time of year, we know a magical medicine — reading stories on the boating lifestyle will cure (almost) anything that ails you! The antidote to decreases in boating is an immersion into tips and articles that will help with new (and old) boating resolutions, prevent you from going crazy while the calendar creeps towards spring, and enhance your year-round lifestyle on and off the water. While you have the time, take a look around at our different sections and features. The boating lifestyle encompasses healthfulness, mindfulness, accident... [Read the full story]

Features

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

February 6, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

ADVERTORIAL Oh summertime in France. The food. The wine. The stunning landscapes. The warmth. The romance. The architecture. The history. It’s no wonder France is the world’s most visited country. But there’s a whole lot more to summer travel in France than the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Monaco. While many know of the South of France, did you know you can explore the picturesque region by boat? When it comes to river cruising in the South of France, the scenic Canal du Midi is a must. Cruise this 300-year-old waterway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on your own provide boat and savor... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

February 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them. But then what do you do? Should you flush them down the toilet or drop them into the sink and run some water until they dissolve? No! Pharmaceutical contamination is a threat to our fisheries, local economies, and public health. Many people don’t realize that the drugs... [Read the full story]

Kids

Boating on Melted Snow?

Boating on Melted Snow?

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Did you ever think about where the water under your boat comes from? Could it possibly come from that white stuff that falls from the sky in winter? Yes, it can. Water’s forms — liquid, solid, and gas — are found on the ground but also above and below it. You’ve likely studied the water cycle in school and know that water changes due to evaporation (like steam), condensation (including clouds), and precipitation (such as snow). Bodies of water, from oceans to snow-covered mountains, become heated and cooled, changing forms as the cycle repeats over and over. Snow that falls onto land eventually... [Read the full story]

Style

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

March 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes it’s hard to find a cover for this magazine where the models aren’t wearing blue and white striped shirts. Women, men, kids, and even a dog or two all seem to wear stripes on boats. I wondered, why do stripes convey a nautical feel to so many photographers? It turns out there’s fashion history. The long-sleeved shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes, known as a marinière or Breton shirt, is based on the cotton shirts worn in the 1800s by seamen in the French Navy (many sailors were from Brittany). Fashion history says Coco Chanel would take seaside holidays and be inspired... [Read the full story]

Marina 411

Marina 411

Marina 411

July 15, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Name Harbor Island West Marina Marina Cortez Cabrillo Isle Marina Address & Phone 2040 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego 619-291-6440 1880 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego 619-291-5985 1450 Harbor Island Dr. San Diego 619-297-6222 Website harborislandwest.com marinacortez.net cabrilloisle.com Monitors VHF Channel 16 N/A N/A Total Slips 620 525 463 Transient Slips Yes Yes Yes Transient Space Fee $35/night up to 35’ $45/night 36’ to 45’ Call to Request $1.50/ft Low Water Depth N/A N/A N/A Electrical (Amps) 30, 50, 100 30, 50 Metered Moorings No No No Travelift No No No Gas Yes No Nearby Diesel Yes No Nearby Haul... [Read the full story]

Features

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

ADVERTORIAL Oh summertime in France. The food. The wine. The stunning landscapes. The warmth. The romance. The architecture. The history. It’s no wonder France is the world’s most visited country. But there’s a whole lot more to summer travel in France than the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Monaco. While many know of the South of France,... Read more of this article


Check Out These Boating Apps!

Check Out These Boating Apps!

Smartphones are the go-to technology choice for many boaters. They want forecasts, access, and safety right at their fingertips and that’s what a vast amount of applications (apps) promise to deliver. I’ve scoped out some of the most useful boating apps available to install on your smartphone or tablet. Some are free and some charge a nominal fee.   ... Read more of this article


Reading Clouds

Reading Clouds

Clouds are signposts in the sky — if you know how to read them, they are the most accurate weather forecast tools available. They are so local they can predict storms that are half a mile away and may hit your area in the next 10 minutes. Where else can boaters get that kind of real time information? Professional mariners and anglers spend years... Read more of this article


Alone and Together on the Water

Alone and Together on the Water

Each summer, my husband and I manage to get out on the boat for one afternoon — alone. Of course, we enjoy including our kids, friends, and family on our voyages, but we also need a dose of “we” time. Although going to dinner or seeing a movie are other venues that offer us an uninterrupted and calm atmosphere, being alone on the boat together... Read more of this article


Stay Alert, Boaters!

Stay Alert, Boaters!

It’s easy to relax while spending a day on your boat. However, you cannot always surrender completely to relaxation, as being on a boat requires alertness and attention. Sun, alcohol, skipping meals, and dehydration lead to diminished focus, muscle cramps, disorientation, and an inability to concentrate — the opposite of what you need if you’re... Read more of this article


When There’s No Doctor Aboard

When There’s No Doctor Aboard

Boat owners are a happy lot — just ask any of the estimated 13 million skippers in the U.S.! However, according to Dr. Michael Jacobs, our fun in the sun pastime involves some health risks. A longtime sailor and co-author of Marine Medicine, Dr. Jacobs identifies seasickness and sunburn as two of the most common offshore medical emergencies. Seasickness,... Read more of this article


Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast... Read more of this article


Is Your First Aid Kit Fully Stocked?

Is Your First Aid Kit Fully Stocked?

  Often, a boat’s first aid kit is overlooked until it’s needed. At that point, you don’t want to dig out a dusty box half-filled with dried up or expired items, so before you set out on your next adventure, check the kit. Properly dispose of anything that has expired, open non-sealed bottles and boxes to make sure they are reasonably full... Read more of this article


Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

This time of year brings colder temperatures and chilly winds, but the hardiest of boaters still enjoy their favorite activity. When they or their passengers shiver, the temptation is to put on the boat covers to block out the cold. Without being overdramatic, that could be a fatal mistake. Carbon monoxide (CO) is termed “a silent killer” because... Read more of this article


Boating + Brunch = Bliss!

Boating + Brunch = Bliss!

As summer wanes and cooler temperatures arrive, boating excursions still appeal. Brunch is the perfect meal to serve family and friends — enjoying satisfying food makes shorter days aboard still feel leisurely. Cute Lil’ Zucchini Quiche Cups will wake up any meal but are especially appetizing for brunch. The crispy little bread crust cradles a... Read more of this article


Boating with ADHD

Boating with ADHD

For a boater with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), safety is the first consideration. According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, “ADHD is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors… important functions such as attention, concentration,... Read more of this article


Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them. But then what do you... Read more of this article


Paw Prints on Deck

Paw Prints on Deck

Memories made on the water last a lifetime — for everyone aboard. Yes, our furriest four-legged companions enjoy the experience as much as we do, savoring hours and days on the water with loved ones. However, as these stories relate, you need to observe your dog’s reaction and safeguard them in unknown circumstances. Encourage, reward, praise,... Read more of this article


Take Responsibility for Our Waters

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

As inhabitants of a planet that’s more than 70 percent water, it’s easy to take water for granted. If you do treat our waters carelessly, that’s a choice. However, the shore and sea creatures, aquatic plants, and coastlines don’t have any say in how they are handled. Treat them with disrespect and they’ll die off or otherwise disappear,... Read more of this article


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