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

Boat Cleaning Products Shouldn’t Break the Bank

A walk down the aisles of any marine store will present a boater with more chemicals for cleaning, protecting and lubricating than one could ever imagine. Many of these products work well, and many are as worthless as snake oil with their exaggerated claims. It is also probably not a coincidence that cleaning and maintenance Read More

Spare Parts to Keep You Afloat

If you’re MacGyver, all you need to keep your boat running is a Swiss Army Knife, some wire and duct tape, but lacking that resourcefulness, it is best to keep a good set of spare parts aboard the boat. Like so many things in boating, how a boat will be used drives many of the Read More

How to Select the Right Boatyard

You’ve had a great first season with your new boat! You cruised to wonderful destinations, met fabulous boating friends and managed to find deep water … most of the time. Now you need to start thinking about boatyards, but how do you choose one? Going into a boatyard is not like dropping your car off at Read More

What’s In Your Boating Toolbox?

The success of a project aboard your boat depends on a combination of understanding the systems and working with the right boating tools. So a good place to begin our first “Smart Boater” column will be in the boating toolbox. Having the right tools aboard could mean the difference between going boating or staying tied Read More

How Cruisers Stay on Course – Knowledge is Power

Wowie! What a blast we just had cruising the Tennessee River! Spectacular fall colors, wide-open waters and a 90-foot lock to keep a little challenge in our spirit. When the GPS hiccuped, we traced our route on the paper charts close at hand. Our next adventure has us zooming out into the Atlantic from Charleston Read More