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February 15, 2017

I Want to Help But I Don't Know How

Hello! I am Vincent Pica. If you read this column, you've seen me here for over 10 years, writing about seamanship, safety and service. I am a Commodore in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the volunteer arm of United States Coast Guard Forces....more>
January 11, 2017

Flu Symptoms But No Sniffles? CO Poisoning Is A Killer

Most of us have heard a tragic story of some poor soul giving it all up by ending their life in the garage. Close the door, start the car and wait for a precious few moments....more>
January 04, 2017

The Dangerous Dock

If I told you that statistics on boats sinking showed that the dock is four times more dangerous than the open waters, you might tell me to check my calculator, amongst other things....more>
December 28, 2016

The Dangerous Dock

If I told you that statistics on boats sinking showed that the dock is four times more dangerous than the open waters, you might tell me to check my calculator, amongst other things....more>
November 09, 2016

Cybersecurity And The Private Boater

We all keep reading about cyber security, or better said, cyber intrusions, in the corporate and government worlds. It even touches the average Joe or Jill when one of those corporations loses a file with social security numbers on them OMG! And none of us has to be reminded that we must guard our credit card numbers, passwords and other personal data that some creep (did I call them just a creep!) might use to steal our "identity....more>
October 05, 2016

Heavy Weather Skippering

As the temperatures continue to drop, we need to focus now on skippering in heavy weather because it is coming. This column is about that. Heavy Weather Why is heavy weather more dangerous as we move into the fall? Well, putting hurricanes, which are in their own class, aside heavy weather in the colder months has its own set of challenges....more>
September 28, 2016

Weighing The Anchor Or Is It Waying?


Sometimes, the simplest thing can take on monumental proportions if you get it wrong. And setting a proper anchor, and retrieving (or "weighing it" so you can "make way") can make all the difference in the world when the wind starts to stiffen and all the other fishermen around you start to look askance at you -- as you drag your anchor towards them....more>
September 21, 2016

Vessel Afire!

It would seem to me that one of the most frightening circumstances to be caught in is a boat afire. It is loaded with high-octane fuel creating toxic smoke; using water to fight the fire can sink the boat; leaving the boat may entail going into another hostile environment cold and unforgiving water....more>
September 14, 2016

No Fuss, No Muss Vessel Exams

As a follow-up column to last week's "We're Being Boarded Now What??"l et's stop for a moment and consider, if you haven't done it already this season, getting the "gilt edged" United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check better know as the Vessel Exam....more>
September 14, 2016

A POX ON TV WEATHER FORECASTERS

They never apologize. They never say, "We're sorry that we ruined your weekend." Or to the business community: "We're sorry that we killed your store's business on what would have been one of the three most important and profitable weekends of the summer....more>

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