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Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

December 31, 2017 by · 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 […]

A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

To be brutally honest, boating can become an expensive lifestyle. If you are a first-time buyer or if you are considering upgrading to a bigger or faster toy, you need to resist the urge until you consult your budget. Don’t be blindsided by those who make their living turning the boating bug into a sale. […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A marine sanitary device (MSD), aka toilet or head, is one of the most disliked pieces of equipment on a boat. That’s because an MSD’s equipment frequently breaks down, and if it’s not clogging, backing up, or overflowing, it’s not reliably containing its foul odor. An MSD serves as a handy garbage disposal for clueless […]

Reading Clouds

Reading Clouds

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

When There’s No Doctor Aboard

When There’s No Doctor Aboard

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Silly Sailing Superstitions!

Silly Sailing Superstitions!

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever since the first sailors stepped aboard a ship’s deck (always on the right foot), they have thought of the sea as a thing over which they had little control and even less understanding. To bolster their confidence, these seafarers built up a series of myths and superstitions over the centuries. They thought they were […]

Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply […]

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, […]

Fire Aboard

Fire Aboard

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A fire at sea, just as on land, may start for any number of reasons and quickly turn catastrophic. Are you doing all you can to , and would you know how to act if your boat began to burn? Solid boat materials, including wood, fiberglass, and fabrics, are highly flammable. Fires can start from […]

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