Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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 […]

Winterizing Choices and Checklists

Winterizing Choices and Checklists

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If you stop boating once you carve the Halloween jack-o’-lanterns or you hold out until you need a parka, a cold weather storage destination and a winterizing plan are in your future. Our tips help you organize and make sure no detail is overlooked. Consult your vessel’s owner’s manual for specific winter recommendations. If there […]

Swim Safety and Drown Prevention Tips

Swim Safety and Drown Prevention Tips

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Relaxing in the water is one of summer’s pleasures — swimming safely means you’ll add many more summers to your lifetime. The most important rule of swim safety starts before your boating day begins: Learn to swim or don’t go in. Thereafter, when you choose to jump off the boat and swim alongside, mind […]

Hurricane and Storm Links

Hurricane and Storm Links

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Marine Safety and Awareness www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/marine_safety.shtml Storm Surge Info www.nhc.noaa.gov/ssurge/risk/ Emergency App www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps Tips and Checklists http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340160_Hurricane.pdf www.boatus.com/hurricanes/brochure.asp www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/ Pet Safety www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html Click HERE to go to Protect Your Boat and Minimize Storm Damage

Protect Your Boat and Minimize Storm Damage

Protect Your Boat and Minimize Storm Damage

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Whatever the meteorological term or name given to a massive storm, the possibility looms that high winds, lashing rains, rising tides, and flooding may cause widespread property damage and put lives in peril. The only shield against a storm’s full fury is to be prepared, and that starts well in advance of the […]

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most frightening cries heard on a boat is “Man overboard.” Falling into the drink can be brutally unpredictable and sudden; the lack of a quick rescue response can result in death. Grim U.S. Coast Guard statistics over the years reveal that the majority of Man Overboard (MOB) incidents happen to people of […]

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

Kids Can Be Junior Captains!

January 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When the family goes boating, everyone has responsibilities. Kids can pitch in when they are old enough and make a fun day even more enjoyable. Give your child or children this list and let them help at home and aboard the boat: Only bring what’s necessary. Boats can’t be overloaded. Are you helping us stay […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

September 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You may consider yourself a strictly daytime boater, but it’s important to ensure your running lights work.  Daylight becomes scarce as September turns into October and November, and you might end up unexpectedly boating as the sun sets, which means you will need to turn on your running lights to operate the boat safely and […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is a family-friendly activity. While it’s exciting to spend quality time together with all family members, boating with little ones can be quite daunting.  Images of kids wailing about boredom and falling overboard flit through parents’ minds, playing out like two alternating horror movies stuck on repeat. Click off those images and watch instead […]

Improve Your Docking Abilities

Improve Your Docking Abilities

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Whenever I was feeling complacent in my former career as a helicopter pilot, I’d think, “You are seconds from disaster.”  While boaters needn’t get that dramatic, newbies and old salts alike would all benefit from consciously ramping up the alert level when coming into a docking situation. Boaters looking to increase their docking skills […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

During all of my years on the water, I focused on power boating. My parents owned a 21-foot cuddy cabin when I was growing up, and I’ve owned boats of my own from 16 to 37 feet.  Before buying my current boat with twin engines, the boats I owned were single engine outboards and inboards. […]

Don’t Venture Out Without a Float Plan

Don’t Venture Out Without a Float Plan

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Know what float plans and water have in common? Both are vital components of every boating day. A float plan, which is just the name for sharing the details of your boating plans with someone on land, isn’t only necessary before a multi-day adventure out in open water. Let’s imagine some of the unlucky situations […]

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), nearly 95 percent of all boating incidents happen within three miles of shore.  This means that most recreational boaters are in that zone every time they venture out on the water. On land, help may be minutes away, but on the water, emergency medical treatment could […]