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PREVENTING SPILLS

on February 27, 2021

Prevent Fuel Spills Here’s some useful tips to prevent fuel spills with your boat. 1. Make sure that you’re putting fuel into the correct tank. Insurance carriers claim that each year they get hundreds of claims from people pumping fuel into a rod holder or water tank. A easy way to prevent a fuel spill. 2. Fill tanks only to about 95% capacity to allow for expansion and sloshing as the boat moves. 3. Do […]


SUNGLASSES

on February 20, 2021

Protection There are two essential attributes all sunglasses should have from the protective perspective: They should block out 99% or more of the sun’s UV-A (invisible long wavelength) and UV-B (invisible short wavelength) radiation, and they should cut visible light transmission (VLT) intensity by at least 75%. Many manufacturers of quality sunglasses specify how much VLT their lenses block, but not all do. Some may instead rank them by category, from zero (blocks about 20% […]


WHAT TO GET THAT NEW BOAT OWNER

on February 13, 2021

So you know a new boat owner. Owning a new boat is like becoming a new car owner, only better! A boat is the ultimate grown-up toy. It’s all about FUN! So what do you get the new boat owner for the occasion? I recommend a cool-looking, comfortable-wearing, sturdily built pair of boat shoes. A quality pair of boat shoes are one of the most prized possessions in every boat owner’s life. Since the 1930s, […]


CAN I DO MY OWN SURVEY?

on February 6, 2021

No! There’s no substitute for a proper marine survey, but there are some basic DIY inspection techniques. Depending on the type of boat, you may save yourself grief, time, and money by looking at the vessel with a critical eye before calling in a surveyor. The first step? Take off those rose-colored glasses and take a hard look at the boat, which can help you spot potential problems. First Impressions First impressions count for a […]


WEATHER FOR BOATERS

on January 30, 2021

What to Watch Out For The U.S. Coast Guard, in its “A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats,” offers these clues to an approaching weather change, which usually brings the most challenging conditions. Signs of bad weather approaching for boaters: Flat clouds getting lower and thicker; Puffy, vertically rising clouds getting higher; Dark, threatening clouds, especially to the west/southwest; A sudden drop in temperature; A halo around the sun or moon; Increasing […]


Thinking of a Key West Getaway? (Try the Lower Keys)

on January 23, 2021

Consider the mecca of many a Florida Keys pilgrimage- Key West, the last stop on the line before you’re headed for Cuba about 90 miles away. The place has long drawn legions of colorful characters ranging from Tennessee Williams to Ernest Hemingway. Several presidents also vacationed here; Franklin D. Roosevelt was a particularly big fan. If heading ashore, many often head to Duval Street. You can even take part in the Duval Crawl, a do-it-yourself […]


How Does an EPIRB Work?

on January 21, 2021

When a locator beacon is activated it transmits an SOS message on the 406 MHz frequency (which is reserved for emergency distress communications) to the Cospas-Sarsat international search and rescue satellite constellation, and other geostationary satellites. The distress signal is then relayed to a network of ground stations and the U. S. Mission Control Center (USMCC) in Suitland, MD. Once alerted, the USMCC alerts the appropriate local or national authorities to initiate a search and […]


LOOKING TO SAVE SOME BUCKS?

on January 13, 2021

Here’s some tips to save from our friends at BoatUS: CONSIDER NON-MARINE PRODUCTS In general, purchase marine products, especially anything electrical. But some items, such as oil filters, air cleaners, cable ties, spray lubricants, quality stainless fasteners, and sandpaper, can be bought at local hardware stores or online at a lower cost than at a marine retailer. Read labels and specs to be sure that a product is not inappropriate for your boat and circumstances. […]


DON’T RELY SOLELY ON CHART PLOTTERS

on January 6, 2021

BASED ON AN ARTICLE IN BOATUS Data, Not Intelligence Chartplotters have made everyday navigation a dream. But, like all technology, they have their limits. The first is the user. As in the case above, if you’re going fast enough it’s possible that the screen might not refresh quickly enough to keep up with your position. That could be because of processor speed, but it could also be a function of the GPS chip, and the […]


WHEN DID RESOLUTIONS FOR NEW YEARS START?

on December 30, 2020

When did New Year’s resolutions start? Religious origins: The Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. How long does the average person keep their New Year’s resolution? Surprisingly, 75% of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46% make it […]