Monday, February 19, 2018

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 by · 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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

February 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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), […]

Past Meets Present

Past Meets Present

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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) […]

Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

Don’t Delay — Go to Sleep!

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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, […]

Paw Prints on Deck

Paw Prints on Deck

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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, […]

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

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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 […]

Reading Clouds

Reading Clouds

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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 […]

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

How Much Boat Can I Afford?

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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. […]

Alone and Together on the Water

Alone and Together on the Water

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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 […]

Foiling Boat Fires

Foiling Boat Fires

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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. According to Ted […]

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