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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the bleak looking landscape outside our window, everything about January is optimistic. The year is new, we hatch resolutions anew, and that aching for summer we abandoned in November and December? We renew our hopes about this time, as spring’s arrival on March 20 lets the countdown to summer officially begin. While we await […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cold weather and I are completely incompatible. I don’t like hats, I don’t like gloves, I don’t like fleece, and I sure don’t like anything frozen unless it’s a dessert. As we embark upon the coldest (and shortest) days of the year, I always seek ways to warm up without having to bundle up. The […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You’re reading our seventh anniversary issue; I hope that you’re enjoying it as much as we love bringing it to you. Since we started this magazine in 2007, we’ve had fantastic support from readers and the advertisers who support us. Yet there have been a few know-it-alls eager to tell us that our business is […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When it’s time to prepare your boat for the cold, harsh winter, there are two ways to ensure that your fresh water system will not get damaged from freezing: filling the hoses with non-toxic antifreeze or blowing out the lines. Anyone can undertake this project, as it doesn’t require any mechanical skills. Drain all the […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The weather reporters are predicting a major storm heading our way.What should you do to prepare and protect your boat? Visiting your boat before the storm arrives can make the difference between a season-ending repair and enjoying the rest of the boating season.  Make sure all bilge pumps are working properly. Inspect the wires to […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

November 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With apologies to Shakespeare, the real question — when it comes to boat maintenance— is, To do or not to do? The simplest answer is always to do the maintenance that is required.  However, since there are no slings and arrows involved, your decisions may be more complex than just doing or not doing maintenance. […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if you used the best bottom paint before launching, growth may have started to collect on the bottom of your boat by this point in the summer. When we say growth, we mean barnacles, mussels, algae, kelp, protozoan, sea weeds, and other undesirables looking for a free ride on your boat bottom! Typical symptoms […]

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

May 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Before you get your trailered boat on the road to the water, give your trailer some attention.  Besides following manufacturer’s directions, use our checklist for trouble-free traveling. Inspect the tires for cracks and wear. Check the winch to make sure it operates freely (or if electric, that it turns on). Make sure all rollers are […]

Keep Your Boat Afloat

Keep Your Boat Afloat

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to boats, rule number one is staying afloat. But winter weather and the various ways we store our boats may affect their sea-worthiness in the spring. It’s best to do a thorough visual inspection for water tightness, and then double-check yourself by turning a hose on every vulnerable location.  Keeping on top […]

Letter From The Editor

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

WE’LL BET YOU‘RE LOOKING FOR OUR TERRIFIC STORIES, FUN DAY TRIPPERS, RESTAURANT REVIEWS AND SO MUCH MORE.  SO ARE WE! WE HOPE TO GET OUR SITE RESTORED SHORTLY. PLEASE CHECK BACK WITH US VERY SOON!  

Winterizing Personal Watercraft

Winterizing Personal Watercraft

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Once the chill takes the thrill out of jetting around on your personal watercraft (PWC), it’s time to stow it away. Properly winterizing your PWC now increases the likelihood of a safe and trouble-free start-up when the weather warms again. We’ve outlined the general off-season steps to prep a PWC for hibernation. Please follow the […]

From The Editor

From The Editor

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

July begins with colorful pyrotechnics and continues to sparkle all month long!  In fact, we have 16 opportunities to see fireworks from your boat this month, compiled by our firecracker writer, Joey Pignataro. Boating’s in full throttle in July, and unless Mother Nature thwarts our efforts, we want to spend every minute on the water. […]

From The Editor May

From The Editor May

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Our spring-into-summer issue is brimming with all the boating related activities that we want to enjoy this year, along with ways to overcome the things that try to hold us back.

Steer Clear of a Spring Sinking

Steer Clear of a Spring Sinking

April 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter storage of boats in the water is hard on vessels and the equipment aboard them. Warming weather and the rush to be back on the water can provide some surprises for the unprepared. A blocked scupper or failed thru-hull can leave an otherwise sound boat on the bottom of the marina.

From The Editor February / March 2012

From The Editor February / March 2012

February 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We certainly get enough notice that the holidays are coming, don’t we? The carols start playing in stores sometime in September, and before the last Halloween scream, we’re up to our ears in tinsel! Yet somehow, this time of year seems to sneak up on me.

Create an Off-Season Checklist

Create an Off-Season Checklist

November 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even though it has been hauled and covered, don’t stop thinking about your boat. Now is the time to take care of those pesky projects that you put off while the sun was shining and summer fun was calling. Before the snows accumulate, you can work on these projects at your leisure.

Don’t Do What I Did

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We can plan and set up summer boating trips, and invite everyone we like to join us. But there will always be a party-pooper lurking about, ready to ruin the day if she feels so inclined.

From The Editor August 2011

From The Editor August 2011

August 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Buckle your lifejackets– the speediest month of the year is here! While February drags on and on for me, August zooms by in the blink of an eye. To make the most of this last full month of summer, our issue is jam-packed with tasty, frizz-free, calm, fast, and otherwise exciting ways to enjoy your […]

Don’t Start Your Engines Before Your Boat is Ready

Don’t Start Your Engines Before Your Boat is Ready

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Weather, time, and tide are now on our side, so before the season starts, be sure to ready your boat.

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The bilge blower is one of the most important systems on your boat. Every boater with an inboard or inboard/outboard engine should know to run the blower before starting the engine to be sure the bilge is free of fumes. However, even if the blower turns on, the bilge blower may not be working properly.

Late Winter 2011 Letter From The Editor

Late Winter 2011 Letter From The Editor

November 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I am a major fan of the month of August. I know there are people who add “horrible” to the “hazy, hot & humid” H-words that make August unbearable for some. As for me, when I’m on a boat and the heat is cranked up high, my H-word is HAPPY!

Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

July 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if you prepped your boat with the best bottom paint before launching, growth may collect on the bottom by mid-summer. Typical symptoms of growth on your boat include a lower running speed, an increase in engine temperature, and/or a vibration (all these indicators may be slight, so look out for them). Growth on the […]

July Editor’s Letter

July Editor’s Letter

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

We celebrate our nation’s independence early in July, but our appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy seems to buoy our spirits throughout the month. Take those good vibes out on your boat; our pages are packed with nautical know-how, docking & dining, and day trips.

Storm Preparedness

Storm Preparedness

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If your boat is moored, docked, or stored in a harbor, the threat of severe storms is a real concern. These high-density areas can be disasters waiting to happen because of the close proximity of vessels, faulty mooring maintenance, and a general lack of storm preparedness.

HURRICANE CHECKLIST  Be prepared before & ready after

HURRICANE CHECKLIST Be prepared before & ready after

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

NOAA forecasters are predicting a quite active hurricane season. Before the clouds gather and teh winds begin to blow, run through our checklist to maximize safety and minimize damage.

Easy Maintenance: Keeping Your Outboard Running Smoothly

Easy Maintenance: Keeping Your Outboard Running Smoothly

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Keeping your outboard running smoothly requires a few simple steps

Environmentally Friendly Bottom Paint

Environmentally Friendly Bottom Paint

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hull maintenance is the bane of boaters, yet it’s a truly necessary pursuit. Keeping the hull clean and covered with an effective bottom paint improves vessel performance, protects against aquatic organism damage, helps prevent invasive species from being carried from point to point, and lowers maintenance costs.

CLEAN UP & GO!

CLEAN UP & GO!

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

We want to enjoy glorious days on our boats, not squander our time cleaning. However, winter’s grime needs to be replaced with a springtime shine before we can get underway.

Easy Maintenance  Bottom Painting

Easy Maintenance Bottom Painting

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Prepping and painting the bottom of your boat may not be fun, but it is one of the most important jobs you’ll undertake. A clean smooth bottom, free of barnacles, slime, and algae, will increase a boat’s efficiency.

Easy Maintenance – Repairing Fiberglass

Easy Maintenance – Repairing Fiberglass

April 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There comes a time in every boater’s life when you realize that hiring a professional is a better idea than trying to tackle a particular project yourself. One of those times is repairing fiberglass, especially when matching the gelcoat color of your boat is involved.

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