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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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

This isn’t a story I like to tell in person because it really makes me look foolish. However, I will tell you anonymously how I lost my boat. I travel a lot for business so I rely on my staff to help me out with personal matters from time to time. Yes, it was outside […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In my experience, there’s nothing more frustrating than having something go wrong that causes you to lose control of your vessel while underway. Running aground, engine failure, mechanical issues, or simply running out of fuel makes it impossible to continue or return to port. You’re stuck, but it’s more than an irritation. When you’re out […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

I can’t tell you a thing about the day that was remarkable, thought it was a perfect boating day — nice weather, good company, and a fun destination. On the way back, things plummeted quickly, and it was entirely my fault. The captain trusts me to make sure that the first aid kit is stocked, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

We can plan summer boating trips far in advance and invite only the people we really like to join us. However, there’s always a party-crasher lurking about, ready to ruin a good day on the water. Predicting Mother Nature’s mood several days in advance (let alone while planning an outing weeks in advance) is difficult. […]

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