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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 […]

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

May 1, 2015 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 […]

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 […]