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Seafaring Jargon

Seafaring Jargon

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever wondered why a vessel’s toilet is a head, and instead of turning left or right on the water, you’ll turn port or starboard? Such seafaring terms are almost exclusively used as part of the language we speak on the sea, but the language of long-gone sailors migrated inland, coloring our language and […]

What Follows “Mayday”

What Follows “Mayday”

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When a Mayday! cry comes in from a boater in peril, many layers of experience, planning, and technology come together as rescuers spring into action. Search and Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially that of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Having saved over one million lives since its […]

Taking Better Photos

Taking Better Photos

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to take more professional looking photos when you’re out on the boat or exploring the waterside sights? Photographers provide pointers with terms such as F-stop, shutter priority, aperture, and depth of field, but I have some simple tips to correct common photo errors and improve the quality of amateur images. Some spectacular photos violate […]

Steer Clear of Injury

Steer Clear of Injury

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Should you spot Dr. Ronda Bachenheimer stretching on the beach, she may be preparing herself for boating. Stretching the neck, back, legs, and shoulders for seven to 10 minutes right before boating is her sensible way to avoid strains and sprains and to prevent injury. Dr. Bachenheimer, a licensed chiropractor (http://lichiropracticwellness.com),has met patients with […]

Whose Boat Are You?

Whose Boat Are You?

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever wondered about the story behind a boat you’ve seen up on the beach, or one that’s been found abandoned and adrift? It’s interesting to speculate on how the vessel came to be forsaken. Most boats and ships are registered in a number of ways. They can be federally documented by the U.S. […]

To Tie or Not to Tie?

To Tie or Not to Tie?

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Even though boating is all about freedom, sometimes you want (or need) to be tied down. However, you can’t just hitch your vessel to anything you choose, so knowing the general guidelines for proper fastening spots will help you enjoy your day on the water and keep you out of trouble. When arriving at a […]

Boat Insurance, De-Mystified

Boat Insurance, De-Mystified

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

That nursery rhyme about rowing your boat gently down the stream? Adult boaters know that real life situations can often be less tranquil. Treacherous weather conditions, unforeseen accidents, or carelessness by fellow boaters may quickly upset a day on the water. In order to ensure that boating life remains a dream and doesn’t turn into […]

Don’t Let Bad Weather Take You by Storm

Don’t Let Bad Weather Take You by Storm

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. Recreational boaters should never grow overconfident about their abilities to predict and overcome the weather. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics ranked weather as ninth in its report, Top Ten Known Primary Contributing Factors of Boating Accidents; weather was found to be a contributing factor in a total of 221 recreational […]

Sailing to Windward, A book review of “Harts at Sea”

Sailing to Windward, A book review of “Harts at Sea”

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As you pack up your boat after a fun outing, do your thoughts invariably turn to living aboard?  Would your life change for the better if you left your land-bound existence behind and your only commute was to warmer waters? In Harts at Sea – Sailing to Windward, Barbara J. Hart recounts her first year […]

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