Monday, December 18, 2017

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

November 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

There’s plenty of notice that the holiday season is approaching. Stores smell like cinnamon, carols fill radio playlists, invitations arrive, and, boom, we’re up to our ears in tinsel, cranberries, and nog! Yet despite the multiple warning signs, December still seems to arrive before I’m ready. I need a little more time to organize and a lot more ways to relax while celebrating with family and friends. That’s when I remember some of the lessons I’ve learned from boating. If the sun’s shining and the breeze is gentle, we might postpone our plans and just hang out, savoring the moment,... [Read the full story]

Features

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

November 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and a selection of gift ideas to put a smile on the faces of children and adults:   Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc. sells sweatshirts and tee shirts to fund research, education, outreach, and volunteer programs promoting conservation of coastal... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

November 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and a selection of gift ideas to put a smile on the faces of children and adults:   Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, Inc. sells sweatshirts and tee shirts to fund research, education, outreach, and volunteer programs promoting conservation of coastal... [Read the full story]

Kids

Moving and Shifting

Moving and Shifting

November 30, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

  Courtesy NOAA When you’re on the boat, you’re always moving, even when you seem not to be going anyplace. Although you’re tied to a dock or attached by an anchor or mooring, the wind and current moves you. Perhaps there’s wave activity as well. But that’s not all, as far beneath you there’s movement of the earth’s crust shifting the entire covering of the planet. The crust of the earth is not one solid surface like the outside of an egg. It’s instead composed of plates that are miles thick. There are major and minor plates underneath the land (continental plates) and below... [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

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and a selection of gift ideas... Read more of this article


Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

The Ancient Mariner may have bemoaned his thirst (”Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”) but we live in an age and area that allows us access to clean water. Yet the fact is that plenty of us take in too little water to keep our minds and bodies going full-tilt. I promise this article won’t demand you drink a gallon of water daily... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

We pulled away from the dock behind our house shortly after sunrise on a clear, calm August morning and entered the canal to join friends for a cruise. My wife and guests were drinking coffee in our 35-foot Chris Craft Catalina aft cabin while I was at the helm. We met up with Bob and company, who took the lead in his 31-foot Sea Ray Express cruiser.... Read more of this article


Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Buying, wrapping, and sharing gifts are easier than coming up with gift ideas. This holiday season, we’ve done the thinking for you, no matter your budget.   No Break, No Spill Glasses They hold breakfast smoothies as easily as evening libations, they don’t break, and they roll with the flow rather than topple over. At four for under $20.00,... Read more of this article


Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!   Courtesy NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)... 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


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


A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron   We boaters are a strange breed. We are all thrilled when we buy a boat, and quite a few are equally thrilled when they sell their boats. What gives? I don’t have all the answers, but perhaps my experiences during a quarter-century on the water can provide some clues. Marriage drove me to my first boat. You see, when my wife... Read more of this article


An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

I recently spent 18 days at sea on an Atlantic Ocean crossing, and time feels like it stretches out forever when you’re stuck on the same boat as 15 other crewmembers. I realized I had two choices: I could focus on the beauties of earth and nature, or I could lose my mind! I’d been on a mission to get a job on a yacht and travel to the Mediterranean.... Read more of this article


Boat Show Shopping Tips

Boat Show Shopping Tips

There’s something about a boat show that puts a spring in our step (in any season). Maybe it’s the eye-popping glint of new vessels, the fun of acquiring a new gadget we didn’t even know existed, or the chance to talk about accessories, upgrades, and destinations with an abundance of knowledgeable professionals. Chances are it’s all those things... 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


MY, MY — WHAT A SKY!

MY, MY — WHAT A SKY!

By Donna Cantwell By Tom Maier By Phil Caputo By Pasquale Cosenzo By Ken Jacobs By John Wilson By John Roulett By Derek Coppola By Dave Flanagan By Csaba Nemeth By Anna Brice By Alexis Morris    Read More →


Racing and Chasing

Racing and Chasing

Perhaps you followed the great America’s Cup races in 2013, in which Team USA overcame a massive deficit in points to snatch victory from Team New Zealand. I did as well, but if Team USA captain Jimmy Spithill sat next to me in a launch, I wouldn’t have recognized him, as speed racing on open waters is mostly shown on TV from afar. Reading Chasing... Read more of this article


Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

This time of year brings colder temperatures and chilly winds, but the hardiest of boaters still enjoy their favorite activity. When they or their passengers shiver, the temptation is to put on the boat covers to block out the cold. Without being overdramatic, that could be a fatal mistake. Carbon monoxide (CO) is termed “a silent killer” because... Read more of this article


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