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Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As autumn’s colors put on a show and temperatures drop, boaters know it’s time for the winter layup. It may seem like an arduous task — especially since we rarely want to put our vessels away — but preparation and checklists help. Begin by cleaning the boat thoroughly. Be fastidious, as that leaf laying on […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

My girlfriend and I spent hours repairing, sanding, painting, washing, compounding, waxing, buffing, rubbing, and polishing our boat to start the season. Our extended labor of love yielded a boat that was so good-looking it even garnered a compliment from the boatyard mechanic. I put the boat into the slip. Using the “tighter must be […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

My girlfriend and I were boating when we noticed two men and a young boy in a 14-foot dinghy waving us down. We motored over — they said that that their motor had died. New attempts to start the engine failed, so we agreed to tow them to their marina. We had never performed a […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was September 24, 1985. I knew Hurricane Gloria was approaching so I ran over to my marina to lash down the boat. Upon arrival, I noted a lot of activity — boats were being hauled as folks feverishly prepared for the storm. Fellow boaters urged me to have my boat hauled too, but as […]

A First-Rate First Aid Kit

A First-Rate First Aid Kit

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As a long-time boater and medical professional, I have found first aid kits sold at marine supply stores to be lacking. Therefore, I stock my floating first aid kit to match the realities of a day spent offshore. The kit itself should be waterproof, able to float, and a solid color (never opt for clear, […]

Towing with the Flow

Towing with the Flow

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. No one wants to have a towboat operator come for their vessel, but everyone is happy to see that towboat heading towards them when they need one. I met with such a two-phased tow operator recently. Captain Jim Reynolds, owner of Towing and Marine Service of Bay Shore (part of the nationwide TowBoatU.S.), has […]

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. You have a smart phone containing marvelous technology that does everything but make coffee. Since one of its more basic features is making phone calls, is there any reason for a boater to have a single function, very high frequency (VHF) radio as well? Yes! Veteran mariners recommend a VHF as your primary tool […]

Night Moves

Night Moves

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. I was once on a friend’s boat on a foggy moonless night trying to find a cut leading to his channel. He says, “It’s easy, we just stay between the two red flashing lights ahead.” We were seconds away from smacking into a bulkhead! It turns out what he was using as a navigation […]

Safe Water Sports

Safe Water Sports

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. Jet skiing, tubing, and water skiing have grown in popularity, and though much is written about safety for boaters, I believe the safety issues concerning these other water sports require attention. Jet and water skiers and people in tubes are vulnerable as they are unprotected by a hull, so those engaging in the activities […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was one of those autumn days with cobalt blue skies and high cirrus clouds. It was cool and breezy, but still a good day for boating, so Robin and I spent the morning in my 17-foot Mako. I had shut down the engine so we could drift off the beach. About that engine — […]

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