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Oh #!*&@! You’ve Run Aground!

Sooner or later, if you use your boat, you will have an unexpected encounter with the bottom. Just knowing that it happens to everyone can help, preventing you from doing something rash to save face in the heat of the moment. So, after the intial "Oh #!*&@!" what should you... Continue reading
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Tips on Surviving a Thunderstorm on Your Boat

Our friends at Boating magazine recently wrote an excellent article on “Surviving Lightning Strikes While Boating.” We thought much of it was worth sharing, so we’ve excerpted the article here. Powerful, dangerous, highly unpredictable — all are common descriptions of lightning. A direct strike that results only in ringing ears... Continue reading
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Tips on Understanding Channel Markers

You probably know “Red Right Return” as a basic rule of navigation, but there are more than a hundred different navigation marker variations in U.S. waterways. Here is a rundown on the most common aids in all navigable waterways except Western rivers. Learn to identify them on the chart and... Continue reading
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How to Use That Little Red “Distress” Button on Your VHF Radio

It’s called DSC (Digital Selective Calling), and it allows today’s VHFs to send an automated mayday that alerts the Coast Guard and other vessels to your emergency. The idea is that the red button is pre-programmed with information about your boat so that, in the event of a life-threatening situation,... Continue reading
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Keep a Sharp Eye Out for Whales

The Center for Coastal Studies has issued a note of caution with regard to boating in Cape Cod Bay. An increasingly high concentrations of plankton, food for endangered North Atlantic right whales, has a resulted a high concentration of whales in the bay. It presents a risk to both mariners... Continue reading
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Getting Your Boat Ready for Spring: Safety Equipment and Paperwork

We've written a lot this off-season about structural and mechanical items to consider before your boat is launched.  We've begun launching season, so it's time to make sure the all the details are considered.  Like compliance and paperwork.  Today, let's check the glovebox and safety locker. Be sure that you've... Continue reading