Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Are you ready to become new and improved, or are you just looking for some down time to catch your breath and feel refreshed? This month can offer you both if you’re open to it. Resolution “experts” all seem to agree that making lofty, pie-in-the-sky resolutions are likely to result in quick plummets back to reality. However, small, incremental adjustments in actions or attitudes seem to have long-term effects, so maybe you’ll try my 10-minute rule. Name a goal such as “get fitter” and pick an activity that will help, such as walking. Assign it just 10 minutes a day... [Read the full story]

Features

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we put into Greenport on Long Island, getting up early the next morning in anticipation of our 29-mile slog to Block Island in Rhode Island. The weather turned against us with a foul tide and wind gusts on our nose up to 25 knots. We hunkered down for a long day of heavy wet going, but after an... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

November 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and a selection of gift ideas to put a smile on the faces of children and adults:   Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc. sells sweatshirts and tee shirts to fund research, education, outreach, and volunteer programs promoting conservation of coastal... [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

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we put into Greenport on Long Island, getting... Read more of this article


Keeping Pain at Bay

Keeping Pain at Bay

  The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression. Stacey... Read more of this article


Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and a selection of gift ideas... Read more of this article


LE BOAT BEGINS RIDEAU CANAL BOOKINGS

LE BOAT BEGINS RIDEAU CANAL BOOKINGS

Advertorial LE BOAT BEGINS RIDEAU CANAL BOOKINGS FOR 2018 CRUISING SEASON Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a state-of-the-art cruiser, NO EXPERIENCE OR LICENSE REQUIRED! Le Boat, Europe’s largest operator of self-drive boating vacations, will officially begin taking reservations for its first North American destination in Ontario, Canada’s... Read more of this article


Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

The Ancient Mariner may have bemoaned his thirst (”Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”) but we live in an age and area that allows us access to clean water. Yet the fact is that plenty of us take in too little water to keep our minds and bodies going full-tilt. I promise this article won’t demand you drink a gallon of water daily... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

We pulled away from the dock behind our house shortly after sunrise on a clear, calm August morning and entered the canal to join friends for a cruise. My wife and guests were drinking coffee in our 35-foot Chris Craft Catalina aft cabin while I was at the helm. We met up with Bob and company, who took the lead in his 31-foot Sea Ray Express cruiser.... Read more of this article


Explore Europe’s Wine Country like a Boss on Your Own Private Vessel

Explore Europe’s Wine Country like a Boss on Your Own Private Vessel

Top Five European Cruising Destinations that Every Wino Must Visit Once upon a time, vacations were all about the beach, sand and crystal-clear waters. Now, it seems there’s a new reason to stamp your passport – welcome to enotourism. Enotourism, the emerging trend of traveling specifically to experience the wines of the world, is rapidly growing.... Read more of this article


Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Buying, wrapping, and sharing gifts are easier than coming up with gift ideas. This holiday season, we’ve done the thinking for you, no matter your budget.   No Break, No Spill Glasses They hold breakfast smoothies as easily as evening libations, they don’t break, and they roll with the flow rather than topple over. At four for under $20.00,... Read more of this article


Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!   Courtesy NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)... Read more of this article


Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care   When the air turns frosty and the indoor heat turns on, skin reacts in a negative way. We may become quite itchy or develop flaky patches. However, it’s not just a matter of discomfort or unsightliness. Cold weather changes may be more than skin-deep — vulnerable skin can’t act as a barrier against wellness enemies... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), and considered suitable... Read more of this article


Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?   Engines are like people — the older they get the crankier and more in need of repair they become. As soon as you have replaced one part another goes; after doing that for a while, it doesn’t make sense to sink more money into repairs. Once you’ve reached the point of swapping the old engine for a new one, consider... Read more of this article


A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron   We boaters are a strange breed. We are all thrilled when we buy a boat, and quite a few are equally thrilled when they sell their boats. What gives? I don’t have all the answers, but perhaps my experiences during a quarter-century on the water can provide some clues. Marriage drove me to my first boat. You see, when my wife... Read more of this article


An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

I recently spent 18 days at sea on an Atlantic Ocean crossing, and time feels like it stretches out forever when you’re stuck on the same boat as 15 other crewmembers. I realized I had two choices: I could focus on the beauties of earth and nature, or I could lose my mind! I’d been on a mission to get a job on a yacht and travel to the Mediterranean.... Read more of this article


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