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August 23, 2017

The Small Craft Advisory That Means You!

When we recently wrote about getting a proper weather report before making way, it illustrated how important it can be to drill down into a simple weather report for a day to get the projections by hour....more>
August 16, 2017

Float Plans: Nothing But Upside

As we often pine to be afloat with a deck beneath our feet, we might even feel compelled to venture out with proper planning. If so, the Float Plan, oft spoken of and more often ignored, can be key for you and those closest to you....more>
August 09, 2017

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded

Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the US Coast Guard may board your boat at its discretion. They need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring your boat is in full compliance with all applicable federal laws and regulations....more>
August 02, 2017

May-Day, May-Day

Search and Rescue is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially the United States Coast Guard. "You have to go out but you don't have to come back" is a wizened catchphrase long gone from the guidance offered by senior officers to eager-to-prove-themselves-worthy boat crews....more>
July 26, 2017

Is Your Boat "Documented" and Should She Be?

All of us are familiar with registering our vessels with the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Like a car, DMV wants to know her horsepower, fuel type (gas or diesel), and the Hull Identification Number, or HIN....more>
July 19, 2017

Calling Dr. Skipper, Calling Dr. Skipper

About 35 years ago, while we were trying to sail out of Hurricane Alberto's way in the North Atlantic, a rogue wave hit us and I went air-borne. Catching the side of my head on a brass runner, I managed not to be thrown below at a high rate of speed....more>
July 12, 2017

Fog!

Anybody notice the intense fog we had on several days this season? "Can't see my hand in front of my face" kind of stuff. For those of a more scientific-bent, fog that forms when water is warmer than the air is called steam fog....more>
July 05, 2017

'Can You Hear Me Now?' Cell Phones And Boats

When I have written in the past about the need and use of a VHF radio, I noted that if you didn't have a radio aboard that you were risking your life over a couple of hundred dollars it was "nutty" not to have a radio aboard....more>
June 21, 2017

Hurricanes May Miss Us - But Rip Tides Don't

We've written often about hurricanes, great and small. Of note, forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which between five and nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher) for this season....more>
June 07, 2017

Quick, Honey, Put This On!

A number of years ago, as I was doing a (free) vessel exam for the owner of a very substantial yacht, I got to the part where I ask to see the life jackets....more>
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