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CARVING THE TURKEY

on November 21, 2022

Carving, and serving, the perfect turkey Many beautiful Thanksgiving feasts have been spoiled when the golden brown turkey is hacked to pieces by an improperly trained carver. Whether you are looking to improve your technique, confirm that you are doing it right, or getting ready to pass the knife to Junior this year, here’s a quick look at the proper way to look good slicing up and giving your family the bird. What you’ll need: […]


MARINE SURVEY

on November 14, 2022

Get A Marine Survey It’s easy to fall in love with an appealing sheer line, shimmering gelcoat, and gleaming teak, but DON’T let your heart guide you; you need an objective marine survey to avoid buying with rose-colored sunglasses on. A marine survey is an independent evaluation of a boat’s condition and value, performed by a qualified inspector who has no stake in the outcome. In fact, even experienced surveyors will usually hire a fellow […]


What is The Pitch of a Propeller ?

on November 7, 2022

The pitch of a propeller is defined as “the distance a propeller would move in one revolution if it were moving through a soft solid, like a screw through wood.” For example, a 21-pitch propeller would move forward 21 inches in one revolution. Propeller pitch explained: Think of a propeller as you would a car’s axle ratio. The lower the ratio, the more pulling power from a standstill. The same is true with a prop. […]


Marine Survey

on October 31, 2022

Why a Marine Survey? You are at a boat show. It’s easy to fall in love with an appealing sheer line, shimmering gelcoat, and gleaming teak, but DON’T let your heart guide you; you need an objective marine survey to avoid buying with rose-colored sunglasses on. A marine survey is an independent evaluation of a boat’s condition and value, performed by a qualified inspector who has no stake in the outcome. In fact, even experienced […]


Witches and Warlocks

on October 23, 2022

Witches and Warlocks have had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 – the eve of May Day and the other was on the eve of October 31 – All Hallow’s Eve. The witches and warlocks would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on unsuspecting people, transform […]


Halloween and Jack-o-lanterns

on October 17, 2022

The origin of Halloween and Jack-o-lanterns dates back at least 3,000 years to the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced “sow-ain”). The festival was held starting at sundown on October 31st and lasted until sundown on November 1st. It was similar to the modern practice of the New Years celebration. It is thought on this magical night, glowing jack-o-lanterns, carved from turnips or gourds, were set on porches and in windows to welcome deceased loved ones, […]


Columbus 3 Ships

on October 10, 2022

Columbus had three ships on his first voyage, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. The flagship Santa Maria had the nickname La Gallega. It was a nao, which simply means “ship” in old Spanish; today, we might call such a ship a carrack. She was fat and slow, designed for hauling cargo, not for exploration. Some sources say that the Santa Maria was about 100 tons, meaning that it could carry 100 toneladas, […]


DOCK LINES

on September 25, 2022

What dock line is best for you? When it comes to dock lines the proper materials and size can make all the difference. But how to determine what’s right for your boat? Dock lines are essential to keep your boat safe and secure, but for many boaters the decision probably comes down to price…or color. Educate yourself about the best materials and sizes to choose the right dock line for your boat and docking scenario. […]


Cleaning Boat Seats

on September 19, 2022

Cleaning boat seats is not easy. Nothing is worse than dirty seats. Those black dots and blobs look unsightly, cause the crew to stand instead of sit, and cause your boat to diminish in value. Unfortunately, making mildew-stained vinyl look like new proves nearly impossible — and in many ways, it’s a unwinnable battle. Mildew is a fungus You can clean it off the vinyl’s surface and kill the spores with a disinfectant, but unless […]


Post-Hurricane Tips

on September 11, 2022

With a few storms hovering around, it is always good to review some post hurricane tips. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates. American Red Cross If you have become separated from your family, use your family communication plan. If you don’t have one, now is a good time to […]