Captain’s Tips – Risk Assessment

Captain’s Tips – Risk is part of life. Anything that adds adventure to our lives adds risk, but seeking unbridled escapades doesn’t have to mean accepting unlimited risk. Boating is one of the most rewarding adventures, and fortunately is one in which related risks can be easily managed.  Knowing the most likely cause of boating Read More

Smart Boater – Sacrificial Anodes

For some, being a smart boater and maintaining a boat is a chore that interferes with the enjoyment of boating, but for others the upkeep is actually the joyful part of boating. Regardless of which category you fall into, the simple things often give us grief. It’s fairly easy to keep up with big items Read More

Eco-Friendly Boating – The Clean Scene

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, spring cleaning! Whether starting a boating season or enjoying the middle of year-round boating, the task of cleaning is inevitable. A clean boat is good, but a lot of products and processes can be environmentally harmful. Here are eco-friendly boating techniques to protect the environment and your Read More

Monitoring Systems – Early detection takes stress out of your travels

Modern marine engines have come a long way from the sputtering, oil-dripping beasts they used to be. Electrical systems with smart chargers, inverters and advanced sealed batteries are light years ahead of the leaky blocks of energy that used to start our engines and power our coffee makers. Today is the age of Monitoring Systems. Read More

Shore Power Paradox – Captain’s Tips

New code requirements are causing marinas around the country to update their electrical service and address the risk to life safety caused from faulty or incorrectly wired boats. As a result, some boaters are experiencing trouble by tripping newly installed, more sensitive shore power breakers. Understanding Electrical Safety Devices Most people are familiar with a Read More

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