Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Strokes at Sea

Strokes at Sea

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Every responsible boater has a first aid kit, but it’s not possible to be prepared for all emergencies. Everything seems well as you head away from shore, but then someone aboard begins to look or act quite strangely. You suspect something serious is happening — what should you do? Let’s put our engine into neutral […]

Salty Poetry

Salty Poetry

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

You might send a text to inform a friend, I’m working on my boat today. Craig Parmelee Carter, also known as The Salty Bard, might instead write: It’s a ceaseless discussion at every marina, Should you finish the teak or just let it patina. You can let it turn silver, in an interim stage, But […]

Whooshing on the Water

Whooshing on the Water

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

    Sometimes it’s hard to find a cover for this magazine where the models aren’t wearing blue and white striped shirts. Women, men, kids, and even a dog or two all seem to wear stripes on boats. I wondered, why do stripes convey a nautical feel to so many photographers? It turns out there’s […]

No Straws, Less Spritzes Aboard

No Straws, Less Spritzes Aboard

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Some environmental issues are hard to tackle. It’s a hassle and an expense to sell a gas-guzzling car and replace it with an electric one, and it usually doesn’t happen at the snap of a finger. However, reducing plastic and aerosol can waste is pretty easy — you just cease using disposable straws and properly […]

Food for Glowing Skin and Hair

Food for Glowing Skin and Hair

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  If I wanted to toss off a super-quick story about hair and skin health and radiance, I’d just type the realest of all clichés: “You are what you eat.” As I have the space, however, I’ll elaborate on simple tweaks to your eating that pay big dividends. There are many foods that contain nutrients […]

Brr! Boating in Cold Weather

Brr! Boating in Cold Weather

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When temperatures drop, water safety precautions hold steady. In fact, harsher conditions combined with scarcity of boaters in the vicinity — to lend a hand or call for assistance — requires cold weather boaters to remain vigilant about every aspect of boating safety. How you feel when you step outside is not a reliable gauge […]

Seeing into the Seas

Seeing into the Seas

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  We are all caught up in what happens in this world, and yet in truth, we know so little about a large part of our planet — the seas. They occupy about 71 percent of the earth and at least that same measurement of its mysteries. Who occupies the oceans and what happens beyond […]

Boater Hacks:  Tips for Success in Boating and Life

Boater Hacks: Tips for Success in Boating and Life

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are boat excursions you remember most fondly —  perhaps one is an outing friends and family refer to again and again, another a trip your kids call “the best day ever.” What made these outings outstanding? Most great boating days don’t necessarily involve location (though that certainly helps). The times we recall with a […]

Tips to Tame Your Tresses

Tips to Tame Your Tresses

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  No matter the season, unmanageable hair is always unwelcome. Now that the weather is colder, hair often becomes drier and starts flying in every direction. You can opt for a very short haircut, hide flyaways under a hat, or you can change up your grooming and styling routine so your tresses look their best. […]

Driven to Survive

Driven to Survive

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. I recently read two books that, on first consideration, were completely distinct. Yet once the initial reviews reached the page, I realized that there was a similar steely determination running through both about staying afloat following tragic situations suffered on the water. Waterski Girl Wonder is Shellie Blum’s autobiography. She describes herself as “the […]

Boating Dogs Need Our Protection

Boating Dogs Need Our Protection

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Plenty of dog lovers bring their pooches along for a relaxing day on the boat. However, relaxing is not the same as letting down your guard — our furry friends depend on us to keep them safe. Kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and trailered boats often launch from areas ringed with reeds, brush, and grasses — the […]

Let’s Get Lost

Let’s Get Lost

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Ages ago, I had a tee shirt that proclaimed, I never get lost because everybody tells me where to go. I’m not really sure what statement teenage me hoped to make, but if I had that tee today, author George Michelsen Foy would likely say that people telling me where to go were stunting […]

Offshore Payback

Offshore Payback

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Port Fee, Garrett Dennis’ third novel in the Storm Ketchum adventure series, doesn’t disappoint fans of his earlier novels. Set as always on the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, the novelist draws us, via his main character, “Ketch,” into a world of mystery and danger. Divers wash up dead, shipwrecks are revealed, and […]

Smooth Joints

Smooth Joints

August 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. You rarely hear someone list elbows or knees as her best feature. That’s likely because these areas of the body lack moisturizing oil glands and are on the receiving end of more than their fair share of friction. The scaliness and crepiness seem to grow more troublesome as we age, as skin doesn’t naturally […]

Hot Reads! Books You’ll Enjoy

Hot Reads! Books You’ll Enjoy

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  Give me a good book, a large iced tea, and hours on the boat’s deck with no interruption and I’m in heaven. Many of our magazine’s readers have the same love of reading and happily sent along their recommendations for our annual list of good summer boat reads. Connie The Bronze Horseman by Paullina […]

Save Lives — Boat Sober

Save Lives — Boat Sober

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Though inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, there is […]

Awash in Stolen Money

Awash in Stolen Money

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Beth Swahn is drowning under the weight of what she discovers to be her part in the theft of millions of dollars from a powerful Chinese-based international business, but what can she do to right the ship? The mastermind of the financial crime, Leonard Sloane, has died at sea, leaving her behind to answer […]

Begging Off to Go Boating

Begging Off to Go Boating

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend there are 15 Saturdays and Sundays. Let me put it another way: during the “official” boating season there are ONLY 15 weekends. Mother Nature gets unpleasant from time to time, ruining boating plans, and then there’s the most insidious of all weekend-wreckers: backyard and banquet hall get-togethers! […]

Cold Weather Boating

Cold Weather Boating

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Though the majority of area boaters have disappeared, none of the basics of safe boating have vanished. In fact, more laws and precautions crop up as the temperature drops. Sunshine on your shoulders has zero to do with keeping yourself safe on the water. It’s the chilliness of the water that poses the […]

Boat Sober, Save Lives

Boat Sober, Save Lives

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Once we’re out on the water, our ear-locked shoulders relax and our oxygen levels become invigorated. Yet time spent boating could become more carefree if we were confident that other vessel operators were sober. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, but public service announcements and safety-conscious articles don’t seem to get […]

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summers fly by fast; the official calendar only affords us 13 weekends during the season. Unless you work in a school, it’s likely you’ll cobble your summer boating days together by taking a vacation, tacking a Friday and a Monday onto the July 4th weekend, and knocking off of work for a few additional Fridays. […]

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

Keep on Rocking in the Lighthouse

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Every year, thousands show up at the Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival by boat, kayak, canoe, SUP, and dinghy on the Saturday before Labor Day. Everyone on the water surrounding the lighthouse is just looking to have fun, while behind the scenes, a dedicated group of volunteers makes sure that the only music festival held […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

Brr! Cold Weather Boating

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When the warm weather wanes, the throngs of boaters disappear. However, none of the basics of safe boating vanish. In fact, there are more laws and precautions that crop up as the temperature drops. Though there may be abundant sunshine when you venture out, never relax your vigil or remove your life jacket. While warm […]

Letter From the Editor

Letter From the Editor

July 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s say you are writing up a crossword puzzle filled solely with words that convey fun. You’d certainly include the six-letter words EXCITE and THRILL, incorporate five-letter words like ENJOY, AMUSE, GREAT, MERRY, CHEER, and BLISS, and have three-letter word clues with answers such as JOY (and maybe YAY!). Inasmuch as you’re reading this boating […]

Sober Boating Saves Lives

Sober Boating Saves Lives

June 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational boating is a fun activity available to all. Yet there are skippers who think that a day on the water can’t be any fun without imbibing alcohol. This misguided thinking jeopardizes their safety as well as the lives of their crews, passengers, and fellow boaters. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, […]

Universal Stories

Universal Stories

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. A Chilling Tale Set Nearby Book review by Effie Speyer In his debut novel, The Face of Fear: A Powers and Johnson Novel, R.J. Torbert utilizes the infamous ghost mask from the Scream movie franchise. That’s not all that’s instantly recognizable, however — the location for this murder mystery is set in the village […]

OOPS!

OOPS!

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. We’ve all been there. Something happens, and everyone onboard or on the dock laughs. Everyone, that is, but you! It may take you a few years to find the humor in a mishap or a misstep, but now you can tell the story and smile. I asked our readers if they had any chuckle-worthy […]

Is Sunscreen a Summer-Only Necessity?

Is Sunscreen a Summer-Only Necessity?

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. You wouldn’t leave your house without shoes in December, so why head out without sunscreen? Shoes are important to keep your feet from suffering frostbite, and sunscreen prevents your skin from absorbing sun radiation that leads to premature aging and raises the risk of life-threatening conditions, including melanoma and other skin cancers. Though many […]

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