Bottom Paint Removal: Part 3 of 3

This installment will be about the application of the final bottom paint. Most hulls that are wet-sailed (always in the water) have some type of ablative or anti-fouling paint, with something in them to help limit marine growth on the hull. Without a paint like these, critters and slime start growing almost immediately once the [...]

2016-10-04T16:17:10+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Categories: Boating, DIY, Letters from Steve, Repairs|Tags: , , , , |

Courtesy When Encountering Other Vessels

Brought to you by boat-ed.com Jumping the wake of a passing boat, or riding too close to another PWC or boat, creates risks and is restricted or even prohibited in some states. The vessel making the wake may block the PWC operator's view of oncoming traffic and also conceal the PWC operator from approaching vessels. [...]

2016-10-05T09:40:51+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Safety|Tags: , , , , , |

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: , , , , , , |

Paddle vs. Prop: Three Safety Tips for Stand Up Paddlers When Boats are Around

NEWS From BoatUS Boat Owners Association of The United States 880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304 Read this press release online at: http://goo.gl/Pp4b1M FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com Photo Available at: http://www.BoatUS.com/pressroom/previewImg/hiRes/1134.jpg Photo Caption: Using a stand up paddleboard in a congested harbor requires an increased focus on safety. [...]

2016-10-26T09:16:12+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Kayaking|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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: , , , |

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: , , , |


The best way to get found is with EPIRBs and PLBs. Rescue and retail have three things in common: location, location, location. Your odds in an emergency go up exponentially if authorities know your exact position. Two choices for signaling include an EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) or a PLB (personal locator beacon). Here is [...]

2016-10-26T08:49:17+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Categories: Boating, Electronics|Tags: , , , , , , |

ACR Electronics Launches USCG Flares

Fort Lauderdale, FL., February 11, 2015 – ACR Electronics, Inc. expands their marine survival gear offerings by adding two new USCG approved distress flares, the Aurora Red Hand Flare and the Orange Hand Smoke Signal. Built by the world leading manufacturer of commercial marine pyrotechnics, these non-SOLAS flares are the first specifically designed to perform [...]

2016-10-26T09:14:12+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Categories: Electronics|Tags: , , |