Friday, November 24, 2017

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

I am at my happiest when the temperature is 80 degrees or higher, but as that ship has sailed for 2017, I’m thinking about a new approach to November. I guess I might as well join in the pumpkin buzz and embrace the frostiness as everyone else does. Do you have any advice to share to bolster my new November attitude? What is it about this month that appeals to you — is it the nip in the air or the zip in your step while singing seasonal songs? Do you enjoy the vast array of twinkling lights or the returning sights of seals and whales? Where does your spirit soar — at the beach listening to... [Read the full story]

Features

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

October 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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, you can gift enough for the whole crew! www.yobistro.co/   Grip Suction Handle Hol-Tite’s handle is a great stocking stuffer or small gift for a boater who needs to get and keep a grip along their vessel while cleaning. Available at multiple... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

October 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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 going electric. Electric power systems for your boat are much lower in maintenance and running costs than internal combustion engines (using gas or diesel), are almost silent when you use them, and have far lower carbon emissions than fossil fuel... [Read the full story]

Kids

Float Your Boat Science Projects

Float Your Boat Science Projects

October 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Are you looking for a science project that isn’t same old, same old? Or do you enjoy boating so much you’d even focus on science when school’s out? We found four ideas that involve water but aren’t all wet. Check the links for full directions, get both your parent’s permission and help to stay safe, and craft these boat projects!   How Much Weight Can Your Boat Float? With foil, tape, a ruler, a sink or tub, water, and pennies, you’ll experiment with how much weight differently shaped boats can hold. https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Aero_p020/aerodynamics-hydrodynamics/how-much-weight-can-your-boat-float#summary Rocking... [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

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


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

A marine sanitary device (MSD), aka toilet or head, is one of the most disliked pieces of equipment on a boat. That’s because an MSD’s equipment frequently breaks down, and if it’s not clogging, backing up, or overflowing, it’s not reliably containing its foul odor. An MSD serves as a handy garbage disposal for clueless guests who’ll carelessly... Read more of this article


Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

Ready Your Boat for the Offseason

As autumn’s colors put on a show and temperatures drop, boaters know it’s time for the winter layup. It may seem like an arduous task — especially since we rarely want to put our vessels away — but preparation and checklists help. Begin by cleaning the boat thoroughly. Be fastidious, as that leaf laying on the fiberglass will be a brown ugly... Read more of this article


Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

If you haven’t entered your vessel in a holiday parade, chances are it will be tucked into its winter home by the time Halloween arrives. Though you want to make the most of every boating minute, you’ll thank yourself next spring if you take some time to write out a to-do list before saying au revoir to your boat for the off-season. If you still... Read more of this article


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