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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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Going to the Boat Show? Here are Some Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Visit.

Thanks to our friends at Boston Yacht Sales for contributing some good ideas! DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU GO TO THE SHOW. The major boat shows all have an official web page complete with everything you need to know about arrival, directions, parking, exhibitor lists and more. Here’s the link... Continue reading
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Tips on Avoiding a Boating Collision

Collisions between boats are one of the most dangerous and frequently occurring mishaps on our waters. Collisions not only result in vessel damage, but often cause serious personal injury and death. For the casual, recreational boater, the “rules of the road” are often difficult to understand and remember, so let’s... Continue reading
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Mast Up or Mast Down Winter Storage? Our Tips.

Our recommendation: Remove the mast every three years unless circumstances require more frequent mast-down storage. Mast-up storage can save many hours in dismantling and reassembling rigging and electrical wiring. Since mast-up storage is quicker and a lot less work, total annual hauling and storage expenses are usually somewhat less compared... Continue reading
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So Your Boat Has Trim Tabs?  Some Tips on How to Use Them Most Effectively.

A trim tab presses down on the water coming off the transom, lifting that side of the boat — effectively changing the running surface to suit changing conditions.  Independently controlled trim tabs compensate for differing loads and hold the boat’s attitude in crosswinds or crossing seas, easing the captain’s job... Continue reading