Thursday, February 23, 2017

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

Who Has to Obey the Rules?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. 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 […]

Strengthening the Huntington Lighthouse

Strengthening the Huntington Lighthouse

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s a gem of a lighthouse in Huntington Harbor. Standing as a 48-foot-tall navigational director since 1912, its head and torso have been battered by winds, bullied by temperature fluctuations, and beaten by rain, while the harbor’s waters erode it from its toes to its knees. While the U.S. Coast Guard maintains the main signaling […]

Be Wary of Whales!

Be Wary of Whales!

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  Hardy boaters out in the coldest weather and people on whale cruises are often lucky enough to spot whales and other marine mammals. Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage viewing marine animals […]

Holiday Wish List – Top Waterproof Electronics

Holiday Wish List – Top Waterproof Electronics

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  As the holidays approach, the majority of us have moved out of active boating season and into that phase when we daydream about perfect days on the water. Daydreaming can be just a way to spend the off-season, or fantasies can turn into a brainstorming session on ways to enhance next season’s boating adventures. […]

Books to Savor and Give

Books to Savor and Give

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Give More This Holiday Season

Give More This Holiday Season

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  The holidays are a time of joy and sharing, so it’s nice to add groups and organizations to your gift-giving plans that support our waterways, shores, sea creatures, and our entire planet. By all means support your favorite sea charity or non-profit, but if you need a suggestion, here are eight organizations working hard […]

Reliable Repairs Within Reach

Reliable Repairs Within Reach

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

 You love your boat and have a lot invested in it, so it’s hard to know where to turn when it needs fixing or upgrades. (Our ads are great jumping off spots, letting you skip step 1 below.) In any case, it’s usually a matter of “boater beware,” so be sure to do the groundwork […]

National Coast Guard Museum Moves Forward

National Coast Guard Museum Moves Forward

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The Connecticut-based National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) recently announced the themes for the interior design of the National Coast Guard Museum. The design concepts are the product of a yearlong review of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) history conducted by an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm, Gallagher & Associates. The review included […]

Get Your Swim On!

Get Your Swim On!

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I love the holiday season for all its socializing and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. Unfortunately, I tend to overdo the food and beverage consumption at those gatherings — then I get on the scale and feel terrible. I’m not keen on most kinds of exercising, but I do love to swim, as it’s the […]

Name that Boat!

Name that Boat!

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  Just when you think there can’t possibly be any more good boat names out there, another season comes along and brings with it lots of fun surprises. I spotted names that reflect the pumped-up boater, including New York Minute and Kat-a-Tak, and the perhaps more easy-going boater in vessels named Air Waves, Seventh Inning […]

Tattoos to Technology: History at Sea

Tattoos to Technology: History at Sea

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Did you ever wonder why sailors ate lemons? Why some sail material was called duck? Or what was the smallest boat to sail across the Atlantic? Barry Pickthall’s A History of Sailing in 100 Objects has answers to all these questions and many more. It’s a whimsical, inventive, comprehensive, and scientific volume of sailing […]

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