Captain’s Tips – Boat Repair

Long-distance boaters like to say cruising can be defined as working on the boat in exotic locations. Hopefully, it’s more than that, but unexpected breakdowns happen. Even without emergency repairs, if you travel over long distances or time, stopping for regular maintenance during a trip is almost guaranteed. At home, most boaters have favorite service Read More

Smart Boater – Bilge Pumps

Most boaters agree with the simple but truthful adage: “Keep the water out of the boat, keep the boat off the bottom, and everything else can be worked out.” Unfortunately, many boaters neglect an essential way of maintaining this condition— properly working bilge pumps. Bilge pumps are a necessity aboard a boat, yet they often Read More

Water World – Worry Free Fresh Drinking Water

Fresh drinking water carried aboard for a day boater is a convenience. For someone cruising or living aboard, it is a necessity. It sounds simple: fill your tank with fresh clean water, use it and repeat. But managing the fresh drinking water system on a boat at times seems anything but easy. From poorly maintained Read More

Man Overboard

The call coming over the VHF radio was normal because boats following another in the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) often request permission to pass along narrow stretches. Joyce and Dave were used to being passed after years of traveling the ICW in their slow trawler. However, Joyce was not expecting the boat trailing them that morning Read More

Try Before You Buy

Chartering a boat can help you select the right vessel— for a lifetime of adventures. LET’S BUY A BOAT! So begins a new adventure, and like every journey, it starts with excitement and anticipation. But in this case, it’s also fraught with the peril and expense of purchasing the wrong vessel. Most long-term active boaters Read More

Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket

Two seaside towns that embody New England’s quintessential beauty and charm go toe to toe. Who wins in the Martha’s Vineyard vs Nantucket showdown? Beaches Martha’s Vineyard Carved by glaciers millions of years ago, the epic Aquinnah Cliffs line the half-mile stretch of pristine coastline that makes up Moshup Beach – a prime destination for sunning Read More

Boost Your Boating Education

There are very few recreational activities that involve as many different fields of knowledge as boating. From navigation and rules of the road to weather forecasting and vessel operations, boating education is critical and robust. Seamanship skills, handling the boat safely along with keeping all of the boat’s systems maintained and running trouble-free are just Read More

Which Weather Forecasting Model is the Best? Know Before you Go.

Whether it’s a day cruise to anchor and picnic off your favorite island or the start of a blue-water passage, boaters watch the weather intently to know if it’s going to be a safe and enjoyable day on the water. Fortunately, there is more weather information available today than ever before, but a certain amount Read More

Panama – The Path Between The Seas

Welcome to Panama, also known as the path between the seas. Not only does this beautiful country boast miles of beaches on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, pristine islands, fertile highlands, lush nature, historic landmarks and indigenous tribes, but it has a thriving, vibrant, cosmopolitan city and, of course, the Panama Canal, which recently Read More

Top Tips for Maintaining Thru-Hulls to Sea Water Strainers

Properly maintaining a boat can be a daunting task, yet most boat owners keep up with the major items fairly well. It’s the small less obvious items that tend to get overlooked. One particular small item left unattended can have disastrous consequences — the thru-hull, seacock, sea water strainer assembly. For as long as boat Read More