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Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

July 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently upgraded some of the electronics on the boat and started to notice voltage issues when all the equipment was turned on. Looking at the bird’s nest of wiring that I’ve been creating as I’ve added additional equipment over the past two decades, I thought the best thing to do was to remove all […]

Dogs Need Sunscreen, Too

Dogs Need Sunscreen, Too

July 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Dogs love to sunbathe during the warm summer months, lying on their backs, soaking in the sun, with their feet up in the air. Despite their furry appearance, dogs are at risk of sunburn and skin damage from prolonged sun exposure, just like humans. And just like humans, they should wear sunscreen, says veterinarian […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

July 9, 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 […]

Don’t Let Your Boat Get Away!

Don’t Let Your Boat Get Away!

July 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you know how to tie up your boat to a dock? Surprisingly, many skippers don’t. BoatUS says more accidents, including sinkings, hull damage to one’s vessel or a neighbor’s, and damage to marina property, happen not when you are under way but when you didn’t adequately make your boat fast to your slip prior […]

Boat Sober, Save Lives

Boat Sober, Save Lives

July 8, 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 […]

Safety is Priceless

Safety is Priceless

April 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s talk about a great deal — a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on your watercraft checked to make sure it complies with all applicable standards. There’s no catch beyond taking a half-hour or so to interact with a knowledgeable inspector who’ll also freely share safety tips and suggestions. […]

Kids On Board: Simple Principles for a Safe Voyage

Kids On Board: Simple Principles for a Safe Voyage

Any boater who has kids knows that boating with them can make for incredible joy and/or incredible pandemonium. Boating is such an amazing family activity!  During the first days following their birth, most boaters already begin to picture junior sitting alongside them in the captain’s seat. Besides keeping your kids calm and entertained, you must […]

OOPS!

OOPS!

March 11, 2015 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 […]

What the What?

What the What?

February 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Rude is rude, on the land or at sea.  The fact is, bad-mannered people go boating, and we can’t always avoid them.  But according to the stories told by our readers, we can scoff at them! Fran invited a couple from the neighborhood to go boating. “We’d actually become friendly while walking our dogs, […]

Keep Your Head in an Emergency

Keep Your Head in an Emergency

February 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter how prepared you are and no matter how carefully you boat, mishaps happen. What occurs after an accident, however, may make all the difference between a crummy day and a catastrophe. Independent of your circumstances and the nature of your emergency, the most important first action is to immediately notify the U.S. Coast […]

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