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What Every Boater Should Know

What Every Boater Should Know

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

How many times in your boating life have you said, “I wish someone had told me that…”? If you’re like me — and most everyone else you’ll encounter on the water — you learned something about your boat and the hobby of boating the hard way. Although nothing beats experience and practice, I’ll share with […]

What Kind of Sailboat is Right for Me?

What Kind of Sailboat is Right for Me?

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you spend an enjoyable day on a friend’s sailboat this past summer, watching how much fun your kids had as well? Perhaps you spent time on sailboats growing up, or always see others enjoying themselves out on the water and want to be a part of the fun. Whatever the reason, the lure 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 […]

Introducing Friends to Safe Boating

Introducing Friends to Safe Boating

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do, which can lead to accidents at the dock and on the water. One of the top boat insurance claims (in […]

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 2014 Featured Writer

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Howard is a lifelong boater, retired U.S. Marine, U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master, and yacht broker with United Yacht Sales. He lives in northern Virginia, and boats primarily on the Chesapeake Bay. He can be reached at matt@unitedyacht.com.

What Kind of Powerboat is Right for Me?

What Kind of Powerboat is Right for Me?

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe you were on a friend’s boat and had a great time, and saw how much fun your kids had as well. Maybe you spent time on boats growing up or see others enjoying themselves out on the water and want to be a part of the fun. Whatever the reasons, the lure of boating […]

August 2014 Featured Writer

August 2014 Featured Writer

August 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Matt Howard is a lifelong boater, retired U.S. Marine, U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master, and yacht broker with United Yacht Sales. He lives in northern Virginia, and boats primarily on the Chesapeake Bay. He can be reached at matt@unitedyacht.com.

To Tie or Not to Tie?

To Tie or Not to Tie?

August 1, 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 […]

All By Yourself

All By Yourself

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

. You have the day off with no commitments, the weather is great, and water conditions are perfect— it’s time for a boat ride! But there’s a catch, as your usual first mate and all your boating pals are unavailable. Will you boat alone, or sit out the day? The thought of going solo may […]

The Brass Tacks of Boat Shows

The Brass Tacks of Boat Shows

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

. Boat shows are lots of fun. They bring together shiny new vessels, intriguing gadgets you didn’t know you needed until you walked in the door (plus plenty of things you know you need), and lots of knowledgeable professionals ready to talk boating and sell you their goods and services. If you’re just attending a […]

Rack Storage vs. Trailering

Rack Storage vs. Trailering

September 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to storing your boat in a rack or trailering it, which is the best way to go? In many areas of the country, trailer boaters have the option of rack storing their boat at a ‘boatel’ facility. Is it worth the extra cost? As someone who has used both methods over the […]

Know Your Limits

August 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating for many means experiencing exhilarating freedom and adventure. Out on the water, there are no drawn lanes to be dutifully followed, and boaters can enjoy breaking the surly bonds of land-borne life. At the same time, boating requires a measure of self-sufficiency and accountability; boaters need to be knowledgeable and prepared when heading out […]