Monitor your Systems with Baselines

Modern marine engines have come a long way from the sputtering, oil-dripping beasts of earlier times. 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. But despite this improvement, items still wear, and Read More

Unwritten Rules of the Water

You learn boating rules and regulations in boat training courses. That’s where they teach you how to keep people and boats safe while on the water. What you won’t learn in one of those courses are the hallowed and steadfast unwritten rules of the water – the unyielding, established norms. These unwritten rules dictate how Read More

Boat Insurance – Navigating Changes

When shopping for new boat insurance, it’s easy to get confused by insurance policies’ variations in wording and coverage. Just the simple definition of a boat or yacht can be baffling, as insurance companies don’t always use the same criteria. Most insurers categorize vessels by size, with policies for boats under 26 to 30 feet 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 has come Read More

Dock Lines – What’s My Line?

WITH SO MANY choices available in dock lines, it’s easy to twist yourself into a knot deciding which is the best type to use aboard your boat. Let’s untangle some of this confusion and sort out different materials and composition to understand what works best for different situations. The first choice to make is in Read More

Cooling Systems Tips & Products

TYLER AND AMY were ready for their summer vacation aboard the boat. Slip reservations were confirmed, the refrigerator was stocked, and the weather forecast double checked. Tyler couldn’t believe what he was hearing when Amy came up on deck and said she didn’t think the air conditioner was working. Tyler checked the thru-hull and overflow, Read More

Wax, Sealants & Coatings – Primer Course

Whether it is a labor of love or a necessary evil, most boaters spend a lot of time and money keeping their boats clean and waxed. The cleaning and detailing products isle is one of the largest in any ship supply store. Just behind engine oil and fishing lures, wax and cleaners are some of Read More

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