Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Joys and Challenges of Boating with the Family

The Joys and Challenges of Boating with the Family

Like anything else in life, boating with your children is multi-faceted. There are pros and cons to boating with the kids in tow. The shared experience can be joyous, heartwarming, and downright fun. However, it can also be stressful, chaotic, and challenging! We share many happy memories out on the water with our kids. However, […]

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 […]

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

Boating Fun Calls for Plans A & B

February 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Boating season is never long enough, and for many, time on the water is mostly limited to weekends, holidays, and days off from work. With time on the water so valuable, I get the most out of boating by having a Plan A and a Plan B so that I may adapt to changes […]

Accident Avoidance

Accident Avoidance

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A recent BoatUS study on collisions at sea noted that most accidents happen for three reasons: (1) inattention (the U.S. Coast Guard calls that “situational awareness”), (2) blind spots (“failure to keep a good look-out” in USCG-speak), and (3) speed (which everyone recognizes as dangerous). Inattention may be failing to heed the weather. You go […]

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 […]