Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Boater’s Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

Boater’s Best Deal: Free Vessel Safety Checks

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  When it comes to boating, there’s usually a cost. Yet amidst the bills and expenses, there’s a boating freebie available to every vessel owner. This no-cost perk may save lives, prevent injuries, reduce risks, and potentially prevent costly fines. This great-sounding deal is a Vessel Safety Check (VSC), a no-cost, no-risk way to have […]

Cold Water Boating

Cold Water Boating

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.   Warmer days entice us onto the water after spending months seemingly trapped indoors. Though eager to get aboard our boats and go, we must never leave caution behind. While practicing safe boating is a year-round necessity, there are more precautions to take when water temperatures are chilly. As it will be months before […]

The Case for Paper

The Case for Paper

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  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 […]

We Survived Five Days on the Hook

We Survived Five Days on the Hook

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  The first time my husband mentioned dropping the hook and rafting up with our friends and fellow boaters for a few days, I asked him to repeat himself. Then, stunned, I just stared at him incredulously. After a prolonged pause, I reminded my spouse that we had two young children (then ages five and […]

Setting and Retrieving an Anchor

Setting and Retrieving an Anchor

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  Once an acceptable anchor is selected and ground tackle assembled, effective anchoring depends on good site selection and use of proper placement procedures. Anchor from the bow of the boat — attaching an anchor to the stern can swamp and upset a boat in bad weather. Placing and recovering a boat anchor is a […]

Anchors Aweigh!

Anchors Aweigh!

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  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 […]

A First-Rate First Aid Kit

A First-Rate First Aid Kit

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As a long-time boater and medical professional, I have found first aid kits sold at marine supply stores to be lacking. Therefore, I stock my floating first aid kit to match the realities of a day spent offshore. The kit itself should be waterproof, able to float, and a solid color (never opt for clear, […]

Choose the Right Boat Insurance

Choose the Right Boat Insurance

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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 […]

Clean Up Spring Prep

Clean Up Spring Prep

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  A boater’s winter goal is keeping the elements out of the vessel. In spring, it’s preventing toxins from entering our waterways. DIY boaters need to keep harmful substances from leaching into waterways directly from toxic bottom paint, parking lot overflow, and storm drains. Noxious elements also eventually enter our air and waterways from landfills. […]

We’re Ready For Summer!

We’re Ready For Summer!

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Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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    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 […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

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A wet winter plus spring rains may equal a sunken boat. To thwart that result, visit your boat with our checklist in tow. Look for drips, leaks, cracks, blisters, rips, and holes. Turn a hose on any spot that looks vulnerable. Repair or replace as necessary. Check and replace dried-out caulking around hatches and ports. […]

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 […]

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