Buddy Boat – Who’s your buddy? The Myths of Boating with Friends

Anchored off Rodriguez Key in Florida, we were waiting for sunrise to make the 10-hour run to Cat Cay, Bahamas, when the radio crackled to life. The voice coming over the VHF politely asked if any seven-to eight-knot boats were interested in a buddy boat crossing of the Gulf Stream that day. This sounded like Read More

Smart Boater >Tools to Save the Day

We find many reasons to enjoy boating, but working on the boat usually isn’t at the top of the list. Keeping the multitude of systems aboard a boat in good working order brings great satisfaction to many boaters. You may be the type who satisfies that need with a proven list of qualified mechanics. But Read More

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