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Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

Be Wary of Whales!

Be Wary of Whales!

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Hardy boaters out in the coldest weather and people on whale cruises are often lucky enough to spot whales and other marine mammals. Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage viewing marine animals in […]

She’s the Officer in Charge

She’s the Officer in Charge

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An energetic 29-year-old officer oversees a sophisticated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research boat. Lieutenant Junior Grade Sarah Chappel is the officer in charge of the NOAA Research Vessel (R/V) Bay Hydro II, a ship equipped with multi-beam, vertical beam, and side scan echo sounding sonar equipment to assist the crew’s mission. That mission is […]

Tyranny of Timidity of the Tiller

Tyranny of Timidity of the Tiller

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

I used to glance at the flag flying off my front porch as a sign of whether the sailing gods were going to smile on me before a cruise. Never mind that the day dawned sunny with blue sky and lots of fluffy white clouds — what was the message from Old Glory? If the […]

Don’t Dip Into a Rip

Don’t Dip Into a Rip

July 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. If you’re spending a leisurely boating afternoon on the hook, not too far offshore, those waves breaking against the beach certainly appear cool and inviting. For safety’s sake, don’t jump in just yet! It’s important to assess the waves for dangerous rip currents. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “Rip […]

Conquering Wind and Waves

Conquering Wind and Waves

August 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating season is well underway; you’re ready for the adventures awaiting you in new and exciting ports.  The skies are blue, your friends and family are aboard, and nothing can hold you back. That is, nothing except whatever is pushing you off-course. You’ve installed all of your electronics (GPS, chart plotter, radar, etc.) and taken […]