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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 […]

Choose the Right Boat Insurance

Choose the Right Boat Insurance

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Many skippers look upon the experience of filing a boating-related claim with their insurance company as being on par with a root canal. While there’s always pain or hassle preceding a claim, having the right insurance company shortens the duration of aggravation. In my experience, the key to a pain-free encounter depends upon choosing a […]

Anchors Aweigh!

Anchors Aweigh!

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing sounds as satisfying to a sailor as the splash of an anchor. I consider it the ultimate nautical security blanket. However, without the right anchor for the job at hand, security quickly turns to anxiety. The first seaman to set sail thousands of years ago likely attached the heaviest stone he could lift to […]

The Case for Paper

The Case for Paper

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  My marina neighbor boasted to me that the only paper he had aboard was “a roll in the head.” Really? With all of those shiny electronic navigation gadgets lighting up the bridge like a Christmas tree, what would my boater buddy do if a key component, such as a chart plotter, went down? Unless […]

Become a Green Boater

Become a Green Boater

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  We all want a non-polluting boating environment with clear waters, clean beaches, and healthy marine life. While we cannot control every assault on our environment, boaters can curtail or eliminate our human-generated pollution. Petroleum products are high on the list of marine foulers. Before you leave your slip, take a look over the side […]

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If a maritime disaster such as terrorism on the high seas, a hurricane, fire, grounding, or sinking occurs, it’s comforting to know that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will respond 24/7. As the principal federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and waterways, the USCG protects and defends more […]

Boating or Camping? You Decide!

Boating or Camping? You Decide!

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you think there’s a world of difference between boating and camping, you’re likely someone who goes home when the sun goes down. As far as I’m concerned, sleeping on my 19-foot catboat is an exercise in advanced survival camping. At six-feet, six-inches, my boat’s two bunks are long enough, but as each narrows down […]

A Seaworthy Toolbox

A Seaworthy Toolbox

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you have an onboard toolbox? If so, does it contain the most helpful tools? Toolboxes are neither space wasters nor for show. Having a properly stocked toolbox may save you from a soaking, a tow, or from running up a big repair bill. Let’s start with the toolkit itself. As space on small recreational […]

When It’s Time to Quit

When It’s Time to Quit

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating may be your passion, but do you know when to call it quits? I’m not talking about canceling an afternoon’s outing because of nasty weather — I’m referring to gradual changes in physical and mental capacity that pose challenges. If not acknowledged and addressed, these challenges may endanger the safety of the captain, the […]

Know the Ropes

Know the Ropes

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing the right ropes for your boat can become a rat’s nest of confusion. Three strand, laid, braided, hollow core, solid core, single braided, double braided — it’s a challenge to match the right rope to its intended application. An anchor line, a dock line, and a towline each perform a specific function. Get it […]

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