The Origins of Fish Capture Flags

I’ve never had much luck saltwater fishing. My first outing as a young boy was holding a handline over the side of my grandfather Pop Hunter’s motorboat in the shallow bay behind Alligator Point east of Apalachicola, Florida. Pop and my father were after redfish, and I wasn’t expected to catch anything. Sit and be Read More

We Bought a Boat… Now What?

Trial by fire… that’s not exactly how I envisioned gaining my introductory seamanship skills. I enthusiastically signed on as an inexperienced crewmember aboard a tiny sailboat bound for Tahiti, even though I had never been on an overnight passage before. “In for a penny, in for a pound” came to mind during the 32-day nonstop Read More

California Sunshine in Marina del Rey

In the early 1900s, the area around what is now known as Marina del Rey was primarily salt marsh and wetlands where Ballona Creek emptied into the Pacific Ocean. A favorite destination for duck hunters and bird watchers, the estuary had been eyed as the ideal location for a commercial port serving nearby Los Angeles. Read More

The Best Holiday Boat Parades

If Santa lived in a warmer climate, he’d trade in his sleigh for a boat before you could say “ho, ho, ho” – sorry Rudolph! It’s just that everything is better on the water, and that includes holiday parades. November and December are magical months for boaters, and landlubbers alike, as holiday boat parades light Read More

There’s an App for That

This year seems to have heightened our use of technology. Remote education and work, online shopping, curbside pick-up and virtual experiences for everything from museums to medical appointments feel oddly normal these days. Technology can also help us find new ways to be advocates for the environment as we enjoy the summer boating season. If you Read More

Lake Tahoe, Nevada

At 191 square miles long and 1,645 feet deep, Lake Tahoe ranks just behind the five Great Lakes when it comes to total water volume. A couple dozen U.S. lakes are bigger, but what Lake Tahoe lacks in surface area it makes up for in unmatched beauty. Sitting at an altitude of 6,225 feet, it straddles Read More

Chicks Marina – Kennebunkport, ME

Where the Kennebunk River flows into the Atlantic awaits an idyllic destination that belongs at the top of your cruising wish list. Chicks Marina, just 20 miles south of Portland, is synonymous with the best of coastal Maine boating. Created a half century ago by local boat builder Booth Chick, the marina has been run by Read More

POTUS Pilgrimage

Over the last 100 years, “getting away from it all” for America’s presidents (POTUS) has involved traveling to the rugged shores of the northeast United States, the sunny climes of Florida or the Pacific coast. Our commanders in chief seek places where they can leave the pressures of the office behind, relax and breathe some Read More

Your Boat Wants to Pay You Back

Did you know that every year the demand for boat rentals increases? That’s pretty good news if you own a boat. Because although we love our boats, it’s no secret that we boat owners have chosen one pricey hobby. Or, some might argue that it chose us. Either way, that’s precisely why Sail.me has come Read More

The Art of Provisioning your Boat

YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT by looking at me, but I am a recovering boat show junkie. Years before we departed on a long family journey, I attended every cruising seminar on topics ranging from The Care and Feeding of the Sailing Crew to The Secrets of Making the Perfect Fish Jerky. I thought I knew everything Read More