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Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

Sober Boaters are Safer Boaters

June 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing’s more invigorating than being out on the boat without a care in the world. However, the reality is that some boaters don’t have a care for your safety or their own, as they boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intense sun, winds, sea spray, vibration, and the rolling motion of a vessel […]

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

A Newbies Guide to Safer Boating

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Those of us who have been around boats for a while regard safety precautions and smart maneuverability as second nature. However, our non-boating friends and family don’t always possess the same instincts that we do around slippery and moving surfaces, leading to avoidable accidents at the dock and on the water. Skippers should make it […]

Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply […]

Family to the Rescue

Family to the Rescue

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Who takes better care of you than your family? If your family doesn’t own a towing business, then the Frohnhoefer family is quite happy to consider you a relative. Now celebrating its 34th year in operation, Sea Tow is the Frohnhoefer family’s joint enterprise. Started by spouses Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and Georgia Frohnhoefer when Joe […]

Better Docking

Better Docking

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Docking scenarios are quite variable. Since I can’t describe every possible docking scenario you’ll encounter, I’ll instead offer a few guiding principles and practical ideas to make you a more confident boater and save you from frayed nerves.   Enlist a teacher. Seek experienced, hands-on help. Classroom knowledge, while eminently valuable, cannot take the place […]

Sunscreen Every Day

Sunscreen Every Day

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Skip brushing your teeth one day and you probably won’t cause yourself any harm. Forget to take your multivitamin on occasion? There’s likely not going to be any effect. However, there will always be consequences if you forget to slather on sunscreen before a day on the boat — the best case scenario is a […]

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

Weather Growing Worse? Ask a Verse!

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to gauge the weather like the ancient mariners? These little jingles and rhymes may help.* North winds send hail, South winds bring rain, East winds we bewail, West winds blow amain. Northeast is too cold, Southeast not too warm, Northwest is too bold, Southwest bows no harm. When the dew is on the grass, […]

Make Like a Boat — Float

Make Like a Boat — Float

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Does floating in a relaxing environment sound appealing? Of course it does — you love boating! However, there are many precautions and responsibilities that accompany the joy of boating, and then there’s gravity. Those issues (and pull) are eliminated when you enjoy the benefits of a float pool or tank. Tom Wunk, the founder and […]

Letter To The Editor

Letter To The Editor

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor, I am a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire seeking help from recreational boaters for my master’s thesis on Crowd-sourced bathymetry. The issue. Accurate bathymetric maps are vital for all of us who travel on the ocean. In the US (and often elsewhere), many of the soundings used for the current […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

This isn’t a story I like to tell in person because it really makes me look foolish. However, I will tell you anonymously how I lost my boat. I travel a lot for business so I rely on my staff to help me out with personal matters from time to time. Yes, it was outside […]

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