Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

Learn Basic Safety as Yacht Crews Do

August 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The average size boat is between 25 and 50 feet. That’s a lot of vessel to handle, yet it doesn’t take much to buy one and head out. In fact, there’s no requirement for adults in New York to obtain a boater’s license (there is to operate a jet ski). It amazes me that […]

Schmitty the Weather Dog

Schmitty the Weather Dog

April 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. The question, “Hey Schmitty, what’s the weather today?” is asked by elementary school students of a tiny weather reporter. Schmitty is a Yorkie who travels the country teaching children about weather, science, and math in a fun, exciting way. Though most lessons about science and weather can be a tad boring, a visit by […]

Accident Avoidance

January 1, 2015 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 […]

One Summer Weekend

One Summer Weekend

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer goes by way too fast — we have so much fun boating, yet we have so few weekends to enjoy it. This year, we were not going to let summer fly by without having our fill of fun! My family loves boating, yet with all my cousins, my brother, and me attending college and […]

Nautical Rhymes Can Keep You Safe

Nautical Rhymes Can Keep You Safe

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Every skipper knows those little memory tools that may help keep you safe at sea. Mnemonics like “red right returning” and “red sky at night, sailors’ delight — red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” allow boaters to recall when and where precautions are necessary. Along with the standards, I’ll share some additional memory […]

Avoid Sinking in the Spring

Avoid Sinking in the Spring

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine arriving at the slip where your boat is moored, only to find a tight line running off the dock and an antenna sticking out of the water. One of the worst experiences for a boater is to find his or her vessel laying unexpectedly at the bottom of the marina. Talk about a sinking feeling!