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Boat Love is Universal

Boat Love is Universal

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Have you heard the one about an Irish woman, a Dutch boat, and the English waterways? No, this isn’t a joke, but my unusual tale has raised quite a few eyebrows amongst the sailing fraternity with whom I now find myself rubbing shoulders. I moved from my native Ireland to Essex (UK) seven years ago, […]

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

The Perils of Carbon Monoxide

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The subject of my story can’t be smelled, seen, touched, or tasted by boaters. However, these drawbacks don’t make my subject insignificant — I’m not overstating it to say that what you don’t sense can kill you. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a byproduct of the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, […]

Salt Spray Your Cares Away

Salt Spray Your Cares Away

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There’s something about the ocean that relaxes us. It may be the vastness, it can be the solitude, or it could be the salt. Actually, all of those are relaxing, and two out of three of these calming conditions are available in a salt cave… along with additional health-giving benefits. A visit to a salt […]

A Pool on the Plus Side

A Pool on the Plus Side

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Summer and public pools seem to go hand in hand. Yet there’s a worrisome thing about public pools — the high levels of chlorine used to kill as many germs as possible. So the creators of + POOL came up with an idea to avoid immersing people in chemicals: they can swim in a floating […]

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

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So much of what we do and use affects our waters, yet I’d venture that there’s none among us who says, “I’m going to damage the ecosystem today.” Rather, we just go about our lives, doing what we always do — use, toss, flush, release, wrap, and other actions that are mindless and seem harmless. […]

Plotting a Course for Dinner

Plotting a Course for Dinner

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Hey, skipper. Do you find your spouse or significant other is sometimes less passionate about boating than you are? In the early days of our marriage, after I had built a sailboat, Meg’s enthusiasm for cruising diminished like an outgoing tide. It wasn’t that she was inept — my first mate is a pretty savvy […]

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor: There are so many times I love to take my boat out alone. However, even if you know how to swim, you must follow some important rules when going solo. Wear a life jacket — don’t take anything for granted. File a float plan — inform someone about your trip. Also, carry some […]

Strokes at Sea

Strokes at Sea

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Every responsible boater has a first aid kit, but it’s not possible to be prepared for all emergencies. Everything seems well as you head away from shore, but then someone aboard begins to look or act quite strangely. You suspect something serious is happening — what should you do? Let’s put our engine into neutral […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

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Did you hear the one about three guys getting stuck and possibly struck after engine failure? Actually, it’s no joke — our cluelessness caused us to drift into a busy channel, exposing us to quick moving boats. We were in trouble. My friends Brandon and Steve were with me on the family boat. We were […]

Keep Your Ears Open!

Keep Your Ears Open!

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Boaters need to be alert at all times. That’s more than just keeping our eyes open and looking everywhere. When traveling over the water, boaters need to listen, understand, and react to the sound signals from other boats. Like turn indicators and the horn on a car, sounds are the ways boaters tell others on […]

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