Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whooshing on the Water

Whooshing on the Water

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Talk to Jimmy Cazzani and you learn that he’s passionate about many things, including speedboats, teamwork, safety, and the support of sponsors and fans. Spend more time conversing and be amazed at the complexity of superboat racing while discovering what recreational boaters can learn from a daring but cautious pro. Serafino V. Cazzani, known as […]

Marina Contracts

Marina Contracts

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The order in which you take care of boating season to-do’s is important. Once you’ve chosen where your boat will spend the summer, you’re presented with a contract from the boatyard or marina. The contract will likely cover risk shifting, subrogation, limited liability, and exculpation — if your boat is damaged while repairing, launching, moving, […]

Where Will Your Boat Spend the Summer?

Where Will Your Boat Spend the Summer?

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  Boaters and their vessels vary, and so do boating accommodations. Choosing a marina, yacht club, mooring field, or boatyard is based on what you need and can afford; our list of considerations and questions will help you make the best selection. Location. Do you head to your boat after work or dinner? A spot […]

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

Go, Coast Guard, Go!

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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 […]

Towing with the Flow

Towing with the Flow

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. 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 […]

Boating or Camping? You Decide!

Boating or Camping? You Decide!

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  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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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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, […]

Is It Summer Yet

Is It Summer Yet

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A Seaworthy Toolbox

A Seaworthy Toolbox

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  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 […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Even if you’re not doing work on your boat yet, now is the time most marine supply stores start promoting early spring sales. That makes this a great time to stock up on what you’ll need to get your boat in shape before launching it. Consult your list and then start shopping. It’s really that […]

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

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. If you’re strictly a non-motorized kind of boater, you might be unaware that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect watercraft of all types. The USCG considers kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kiteboards, bodyboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. Therefore, the rules of safety […]

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

Are VHF Radios Necessary?

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. 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

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. 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 […]

Do Life Jackets Right

Do Life Jackets Right

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. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the authority on boating safety, drowning prevention begins with requiring all boat operators to have wearable life jackets for each person aboard. Choosing the proper life jacket takes a bit of knowledge and effort, but it really comes down to remembering three simple rights: the jacket must be […]

Boating While Pregnant FAQ

Boating While Pregnant FAQ

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  When you’re pregnant, you may be wondering if it’s necessary to give up the boating lifestyle until the baby arrives. To answer that and other concerns on the minds of moms-to-be, we turned to Dr. Jessica Shepherd. She is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of minimally invasive gynecology at the […]

Boating with a Toddler in Tow

Boating with a Toddler in Tow

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. Part of the beauty of boating is that it’s an enjoyable activity for just about all ages. I played on my grandfather’s boat in his backyard as a toddler and soon graduated to day-long bay fishing expeditions in search of “Big Charlie” on my dad’s boat. My husband and his brothers spent their summers […]

Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

Boating with Dogs? Fur-Sure!

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Everything pleasant calls to you at the start of a boating day. There’s cool rippling water, toasty sun, cold drinks, and hot tunes to accompany the chill as family and friends relax. Lastly, but far from least, there’s the warmth from your canine companion, tail wagging, with eyes that say, “Let’s go!” The combination of […]

Safe Water Sports

Safe Water Sports

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. 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 […]

When It’s Time to Quit

When It’s Time to Quit

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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

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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 […]

Why Get a Boat Survey?

Why Get a Boat Survey?

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  Buying a boat may be the second biggest purchase you make after buying a house; as with a home, a motor or sailboat is complex with lots of components. That means a lot can go wrong! Just as it’s smart to hire a home inspector or engineer before buying a new home, it’s advisable […]

Boat Lingo

Boat Lingo

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Shiver me timbers, mate. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Salty boating language? You bet, right out of Hollywood. However, the actual language spoken by recreational boaters today has everything to do with safety. New boat owners and inexperienced passengers without boating experience need to understand and utilize common nautical terms to communicate […]

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

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A perfect day on the water can quickly change. A boat may hit an unseen object, a wave capsizes it, a sudden storm makes navigation impossible, or equipment fails. In situations like these, communication is key. Many boaters operate in locations beyond cell phone towers and the line-of-sight capabilities of their VHF radio, so owning […]

Books at Sea

Books at Sea

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  If something goes wrong on your boat, do you have the resources and the knowledge to fix it before you get into trouble? An onboard floating reference library of how-to books on the basics of seamanship and marine repair will give you that knowledge you need.   I know space is at a premium […]

Why Isn’t My Boat Selling?

Why Isn’t My Boat Selling?

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    Your broker hasn’t called in months and you’re still making payments to your lender, insurance company, and marina. The For Sale sign has faded and fallen off the boat. Your broker suggested your boat would make a good donation to a charity because no offers have come in and there is little interest […]

Candy Bars and a Canal

Candy Bars and a Canal

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For five years, I stood before the bay window at my work counter and watched the seasons change along the canal. I came to know the canal’s personality as well as I knew my children’s and husband’s. I learned to understand the signs of discontent, joy, and excitement as the weather played itself out on […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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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. […]

Thrills Aboard Sloop Anne B

Thrills Aboard Sloop Anne B

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When Maggie receives permission to board Hersh’s anchored sailboat, she’s partially undressed and he’s almost completely adrift. Shrouded in mystery, Maggie’s arrival soon invites danger and intrigue aboard — situations that excite skipper Hersh and reignite his days as an intelligence agent. In Anne Bonny’s Wake, Dick Elam creates a tale of trickery and deception […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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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 — […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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Batteries are the bane of many boaters. It’s best not to ignore them all winter and then just keep your fingers crossed in the spring. If you didn’t remove the batteries during winter prep, attach a marine trickle charger now and keep it running while the rest of your boat hibernates. Note we said marine […]

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