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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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Please Act to Prevent Ethanol Fuel from Ruining Your Boat’s Engine(s)!

The EPA has just announced its plans to further increase the country’s ethanol mandates, surpassing the current record high levels finalized less than one year ago. By next year, the EPA is requiring the American public to consume 700 million more gallons of renewable fuel, whether they want to or... 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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Product Spotlight: Navionics’ Dock-To-Dock Auto-Routing Software

Reprinted from Panbo, by Ben Ellison 12/31/2015 Let's (begin 2016) with some new technology that will really make a difference. I think it's Navionics' new Dock-to-dock autorouting system, and it may not be getting the recognition it deserves because Navionics already offered autorouting that was only marginally useful (like the... Continue reading