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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