on June 27, 2022

Shifting gears and throttle control are two skills that, in conjunction with steering-wheel control, will dictate how well you handle your boat. If you drive a car, you’re used to working the gears and using a gas pedal. It’s tempting to ask, how different can it really be? Well, if you’ve ever been to a busy dock area, especially on a windy day, you already know the answer. There are a variety of shift and […]


on June 21, 2022

While chain may be tougher than rope, it’s not maintenance-free. Store your chain clean and keep it as dry as possible (especially off-season when the boat is on the hard). This reduces corrosion and helps keep the unhygienic smell of Davy Jones’ gym locker from your vessel’s interior. Giving both locker and chain an occasional freshwater wash down helps with the above, while also letting you verify that the locker drains properly. Avoid exposing your […]


on June 14, 2022

It’s important to ensure that the boat is secured to the lift. This is important to do as a matter of course, but especially critical when extreme weather is predicted

Right of way

on June 6, 2022

There is no right of way on the water. Every boater is obligated to do what is required to avoid collision. In any meeting of boats, one is deemed the stand-on vessel and the other the give-way vessel. The rules of the road explain the situation more completely and can be learned in a boating safety course. Crossing If the other boat is to your starboard (right), it’s considered the stand-on or privileged vessel and […]