Monday, February 19, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

To our readers without boating to distract us from the bleak landscape outside our door, it’s easy to catch a bad case of cabin fever. However, we know a magical medicine — reading stories on the boating lifestyle will cure (almost) anything that ails you! While you have the time, take a look around at our different sections and features. The boating lifestyle encompasses healthfulness, mindfulness, accident avoidance, and laughter (that often comes via another boater’s mishap in our Don’t Do What I Did series, but what the heck). Truth be told, it does appear as if we’re failing you... [Read the full story]

Features

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

February 6, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

ADVERTORIAL Oh summertime in France. The food. The wine. The stunning landscapes. The warmth. The romance. The architecture. The history. It’s no wonder France is the world’s most visited country. But there’s a whole lot more to summer travel in France than the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Monaco. While many know of the South of France, did you know you can explore the picturesque region by boat? When it comes to river cruising in the South of France, the scenic Canal du Midi is a must. Cruise this 300-year-old waterway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on your own provide boat and savor... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

February 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them. But then what do you do? Should you flush them down the toilet or drop them into the sink and run some water until they dissolve? No! Pharmaceutical contamination is a threat to our fisheries, local economies, and public health. Many people don’t realize that the drugs... [Read the full story]

Kids

Boating on Melted Snow?

Boating on Melted Snow?

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Did you ever think about where the water under your boat comes from? Could it possibly come from that white stuff that falls from the sky in winter? Yes, it can. Water’s forms — liquid, solid, and gas — are found on the ground but also above and below it. You’ve likely studied the water cycle in school and know that water changes due to evaporation (like steam), condensation (including clouds), and precipitation (such as snow). Bodies of water, from oceans to snow-covered mountains, become heated and cooled, changing forms as the cycle repeats over and over. Snow that falls onto land eventually... [Read the full story]

Style

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

March 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes it’s hard to find a cover for this magazine where the models aren’t wearing blue and white striped shirts. Women, men, kids, and even a dog or two all seem to wear stripes on boats. I wondered, why do stripes convey a nautical feel to so many photographers? It turns out there’s fashion history. The long-sleeved shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes, known as a marinière or Breton shirt, is based on the cotton shirts worn in the 1800s by seamen in the French Navy (many sailors were from Brittany). Fashion history says Coco Chanel would take seaside holidays and be inspired... [Read the full story]

Marina 411

South Carolina Marina 411

South Carolina Marina 411

October 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Name Anchor Marina Barefoot Marina Bohicket Marina Address & Phone 2200 Little River Neck Rd. North Myrtle Beach 2051 Bridge View Ct. North Myrtle Beach 843-390-2011 1880 Andell Bluff Blvd John’s Island 843-768-1280 Website anchormarina.wix.com thebarefootmarina.com bohicket.com Monitors VHF Channel 16 16 16/68 Total Slips 100 200 Transient Slips Yes Yes Yes Transient Space Fee $1.50/ft over 25 $37.50/night $1.50/ft $2.50/ft Low Water Depth N/A 7’ 15’ Electrical (Amps) 30, 50 30, 50 30, 50, 100 Moorings No No No Travelift Yes No Yes Gas No Yes Yes Diesel No Yes Yes Haul... [Read the full story]

Features

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

ADVERTORIAL Oh summertime in France. The food. The wine. The stunning landscapes. The warmth. The romance. The architecture. The history. It’s no wonder France is the world’s most visited country. But there’s a whole lot more to summer travel in France than the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Monaco. While many know of the South of France,... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), and considered suitable... Read more of this article


Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present

There are people to whom the past is just a memory, and others who dwell in the past to avoid the here and now. Then there are people like Fiona Malkin and her husband, Christopher, who saw a vessel firmly rooted in the past but refused to let her stay there. The loving (and frustrating) details of the voyage from 1949’s Wistaria to today’s Shemaron... Read more of this article


Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

Did you just stifle a yawn? Have you been struggling to stay awake all week and complete your work? You may be suffering from social jet lag, a superficial-sounding occurrence that actually is a gateway for poor health. “Social jet lag is the phenomenon of staying up later and sleeping in later on the weekends, compared to the rest of the week,”... Read more of this article


Paw Prints on Deck

Paw Prints on Deck

Memories made on the water last a lifetime — for everyone aboard. Yes, our furriest four-legged companions enjoy the experience as much as we do, savoring hours and days on the water with loved ones. However, as these stories relate, you need to observe your dog’s reaction and safeguard them in unknown circumstances. Encourage, reward, praise,... Read more of this article


Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them. But then what do you... Read more of this article


Reading Clouds

Reading Clouds

Clouds are signposts in the sky — if you know how to read them, they are the most accurate weather forecast tools available. They are so local they can predict storms that are half a mile away and may hit your area in the next 10 minutes. Where else can boaters get that kind of real time information? Professional mariners and anglers spend years... Read more of this article


How Much Boat Can I Afford?

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

To be brutally honest, boating can become an expensive lifestyle. If you are a first-time buyer or if you are considering upgrading to a bigger or faster toy, you need to resist the urge until you consult your budget. Don’t be blindsided by those who make their living turning the boating bug into a sale. No matter how they embellish the allure of... Read more of this article


Alone and Together on the Water

Alone and Together on the Water

Each summer, my husband and I manage to get out on the boat for one afternoon — alone. Of course, we enjoy including our kids, friends, and family on our voyages, but we also need a dose of “we” time. Although going to dinner or seeing a movie are other venues that offer us an uninterrupted and calm atmosphere, being alone on the boat together... Read more of this article


Foiling Boat Fires

Foiling Boat Fires

While it would be great if we could avoid adversities of all types at all times, of course we can’t. However, taking steps to prevent calamities that are avoidable lessens our risks and eases our concerns. One such event is averting a boat fire by practicing preventative maintenance and taking simple precautions. Courtesy BoatUS Foundation According... Read more of this article


Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast... Read more of this article


Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?   Engines are like people — the older they get the crankier and more in need of repair they become. As soon as you have replaced one part another goes; after doing that for a while, it doesn’t make sense to sink more money into repairs. Once you’ve reached the point of swapping the old engine for a new one, consider... Read more of this article


Keeping Pain at Bay

Keeping Pain at Bay

  The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression. Stacey... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we put into Greenport on Long Island, getting... Read more of this article


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