Monday, December 18, 2017

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

November 30, 2017 by · 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 […]

Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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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 […]

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

Holiday Gifts for Boaters

October 31, 2017 by · 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 […]

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

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Watch Out for Whales!   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) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage recreational boaters and cruisers from […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 31, 2017 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), […]

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

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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 […]

A Nautical Oxymoron

A Nautical Oxymoron

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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 […]

An Ocean Tale

An Ocean Tale

October 1, 2017 by · 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 […]

Boat Show Shopping Tips

Boat Show Shopping Tips

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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