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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. […]

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 — […]

Don’t Do What He Did

Don’t Do What He Did

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I was enjoying a peaceful sunny afternoon on our sailboat, tied up opposite a dock, when I witnessed something that gave me cause for reflection and a change in attitude. The area we were in hosts a multitude of sail and power boats and a myriad of water-related activities, including jet skiing, canoeing, paddle boarding, […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Insurance was a top priority for my spouse and me when we purchased our third sailboat. We had been sailing for 14 years on smaller boats, and had moved up to a keelboat — this vessel was an investment we meant to protect. We knew that we needed a comprehensive policy that protected us from […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t ever try to outwit a railroad bridge. I know from first-hand experience that you will lose and be one unhappy boater. A number of navigable Connecticut waterways, such as the Housatonic, Thames, and Connecticut Rivers, empty into the Long Island Sound. These are popular destinations for Long Island boaters, as are the historic seaport […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

March 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a warm and sunny August day with 10 to 12 knot winds out of the southeast. The day was made better because our daughters Christin and Annie were visiting my wife Suzy and me. Christin’s college roommate, Alex, and Annie’s fiancé, Matt, were also along for a boat ride. The six of us […]