Wednesday, October 18, 2017

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

October 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

When we first started this magazine, know-it-alls told us that we’d never survive unless we forgot about boaters and focused exclusively on boats. We didn’t follow that advice — we were certain that having fun on the water didn’t depend on the type or size of a vessel. No one laughs more on a cabin cruiser or less in a kayak, and a gorgeous sunset over the water is breathtaking whether glimpsed from a jet ski or a sailboat. Are mega-yachters more excited than water-skiers? Of course the answer is no (just for the record, I’d love someone to invite me along on a ginormous boat to double-check).... [Read the full story]

Features

An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

October 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

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. My favorite quote from Christopher Columbus inspired me: “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Therefore, I was thrilled to receive an offer to travel to Europe by sea. I met up with the crew... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

October 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

As inhabitants of a planet that’s more than 70 percent water, it’s easy to take water for granted. If you do treat our waters carelessly, that’s a choice. However, the shore and sea creatures, aquatic plants, and coastlines don’t have any say in how they are handled. Treat them with disrespect and they’ll die off or otherwise disappear, and that will change the complexion of life on earth for all of us. Valuing our planet’s waters requires a bit of common sense and some knowledge. While the list that follows is not all the ways that you can emphasize water’s worth, each step can... [Read the full story]

Kids

Spooky Sea Dwellers

Spooky Sea Dwellers

October 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Though you can’t see them from your boat or along the beach, ghostly creatures live below the ocean’s surface. They frighten and then eat other creatures, and can also be pretty scary if spotted by a sea diver or scientist. Courtesy USFWS Pacific Region   The Pacific lamprey can grow over two feet long. They are parasites that attach to much larger creatures such as whales, using their teeth to attach to its prey. Look at those teeth!   Courtesy David Shen / SeaPics.com   A goblin shark grows up to 13 feet in length and resemble a slow-moving prehistoric creature. Its long,... [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

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


Take a Deep Breath Already!

Take a Deep Breath Already!

Are you getting all you can from breathing? Chances are you might not be getting the most out of each inhalation and exhalation. As an instructor of both yoga and meditation, perhaps the most important thing I teach people is how to breathe mindfully. It sounds crazy, but in my experience, most people who come into class are not actually taking a... Read more of this article


Take Responsibility for Our Waters

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

As inhabitants of a planet that’s more than 70 percent water, it’s easy to take water for granted. If you do treat our waters carelessly, that’s a choice. However, the shore and sea creatures, aquatic plants, and coastlines don’t have any say in how they are handled. Treat them with disrespect and they’ll die off or otherwise disappear,... 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


A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

A Water Ambulance Buoys an Island

Approximately two miles off the southeastern coast of Connecticut, there’s a small island called Fishers Island. Though part of the town of Southold on Long Island, Fishers Island is accessible by ferry from Connecticut and via the Long Island Sound by experienced boaters. Home to less than a few hundred people year round, Fishers Island swells to... Read more of this article


Cracking Boating’s Codes

Cracking Boating’s Codes

To an outsider, the world of boating can seem filled with all sorts of undecipherable abbreviations. While most boaties are welcoming, newbies and landlubber friends can get lost if we lapse into confusing and opaque jargon. Our coded talk may be merely exclusionary, or it might just jeopardize a passenger’s safety. Safety is the concern if the... Read more of this article


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