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Boating Basics: Weather Emergencies

Brought to you by boat-ed.com Weather can change very rapidly and create unexpected situations for boat operators. Even meteorologists have trouble predicting rapid weather changes. You should always monitor weather developments. One way is to tune a VHF radio to the frequencies listed below. You should always monitor weather developments. What To Do If Caught [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:12+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Safety|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dinghy Decisions

Time for a new tender? Here's a look at the pros and cons of different types of dinkys. Dinghies George Town, Bahamas Jen Brett One of the more important choices you’ll make while outfitting to go cruising is what kind of dinghy you want. And there are plenty of options: hard vs. inflatable? [...]

New Advances in Personal Rescue Beacons

Non-emergency communication with personal satellite transmitters augments essential SOS functions. By Glenn Law “Because it is a communicator, people take it along and use it, whereas with a personal locator beacon, the owner may never have to use it,” says Rich Galasso, Southeast distribution manager for SPOT. “Our customers use it all the time with [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:12+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Safety|Tags: , , , |

Navigating at Night

The night is alluring, especially with the right gear and crew. By Jim Hendricks, Photography by Grafton Marshall Smith Darkness creeps across the water as the glow of the sun fades below the western horizon. It is night. For some, it’s a time of high anxiety when running a boat. Humans are visual. When the [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:13+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Safety|Tags: , , , |

Shore Power 101

Boatbuilders prevent the dangerous situation of AC power being supplied by both shore power and the generator simultaneously with a transfer breaker — two double-pole breakers with a mechanical slide between them. Still, there’s a procedure you should follow that ensures safety when switching from one AC source to another. 1. When switching from shore [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:13+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Categories: Boating|Tags: |

Evaluating the Quality of Your Cleats

What to look for when examining existing cleats or installing new ones. Adding cleats to your boat? Assessing the quality of cleat installation aboard a boat you’re considering for purchase? Here’s what to look for. 1. Fastening Cleats should always be through-bolted with locknuts and washers. Though screws are nearly as tough on axial loads, [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:13+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Repairs, Safety|Tags: , |

Boat Safe This 4th

Credits: balboa-island.net As you and your family get out on the water this holiday weekend make sure to keep in mind boating safety. Not only checking off your safety list but be aware of other boaters. Don't let their inexperience put you at risk! Credits: balboa-island.net Be aware of causes of [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:13+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Boating|Tags: , , , |

Freshwater Fishing Rigs

A fishing rig is the way you tie together bait, lures, hook, swivels, leaders, sinkers, bobbers, flashers, dodgers, cheese doodles and anything else you can attach to a piece of fishing line. But just because you can tie a lot of different things to a line, doesn't mean that making a fishing rig has to [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:13+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Categories: Fishing|Tags: , , , , , , , |