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Easy Maintenance

Easy Maintenance

July 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently upgraded some of the electronics on the boat and started to notice voltage issues when all the equipment was turned on. Looking at the bird’s nest of wiring that I’ve been creating as I’ve added additional equipment over the past two decades, I thought the best thing to do was to remove all […]

Liveaboard Family Raises Funds and Awareness for Veterans and Service Dogs

Liveaboard Family Raises Funds and Awareness for Veterans and Service Dogs

July 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

“The fact that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day is extremely disheartening,” says Miami Phillips, a veteran of the Vietnam War, from his Irwin 41 sailboat, YUME. “And of course, add to that the mess at the VA, no jobs to be had, little support from the military for broken soldiers — it is […]

Boat Sober, Save Lives

Boat Sober, Save Lives

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Once we’re out on the water, our ear-locked shoulders relax and our oxygen levels become invigorated. Yet time spent boating could become more carefree if we were confident that other vessel operators were sober. Inebriation is the chief contributing factor in boating fatalities, but public service announcements and safety-conscious articles don’t seem to get […]

Don’t Let Your Boat Get Away!

Don’t Let Your Boat Get Away!

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you know how to tie up your boat to a dock? Surprisingly, many skippers don’t. BoatUS says more accidents, including sinkings, hull damage to one’s vessel or a neighbor’s, and damage to marina property, happen not when you are under way but when you didn’t adequately make your boat fast to your slip prior […]

Kids Aboard

Kids Aboard

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating is a family-friendly activity. While it’s exciting to spend quality time together with all family members, boating with little ones can be quite daunting.  Images of kids wailing about boredom and falling overboard flit through parents’ minds, playing out like two alternating horror movies stuck on repeat. Click off those images and watch instead […]

Dogs Need Sunscreen, Too

Dogs Need Sunscreen, Too

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. Dogs love to sunbathe during the warm summer months, lying on their backs, soaking in the sun, with their feet up in the air. Despite their furry appearance, dogs are at risk of sunburn and skin damage from prolonged sun exposure, just like humans. And just like humans, they should wear sunscreen, says veterinarian […]

Man Overboard!

Man Overboard!

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most frightening cries heard on a boat is “Man overboard.” Falling into the drink can be brutally unpredictable and sudden; the lack of a quick rescue response can result in death. Grim U.S. Coast Guard statistics over the years reveal that the majority of Man Overboard (MOB) incidents happen to people of […]

What Every Boater Should Know

What Every Boater Should Know

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

How many times in your boating life have you said, “I wish someone had told me that…”? If you’re like me — and most everyone else you’ll encounter on the water — you learned something about your boat and the hobby of boating the hard way. Although nothing beats experience and practice, I’ll share with […]

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

Heck, No! We Won’t Go!

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Summers fly by fast; the official calendar only affords us 13 weekends during the season. Unless you work in a school, it’s likely you’ll cobble your summer boating days together by taking a vacation, tacking a Friday and a Monday onto the July 4th weekend, and knocking off of work for a few additional Fridays. […]

Safety is Priceless

Safety is Priceless

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s talk about a great deal — a no-cost, no-risk way to have the equipment and personal protection gear on your watercraft checked to make sure it complies with all applicable standards. There’s no catch beyond taking a half-hour or so to interact with a knowledgeable inspector who’ll also freely share safety tips and suggestions. […]

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