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November 8, 2019

Lifeboats and liferafts are not things that people at sea usually like to think about. Maybe it’s because they mean abandoning the warmth and safety of a large vessel for the cold uncertainty of the open sea. The setting is often one where distress calls have been made...

September 25, 2019

It’s amazing how quickly technology has turned the average boat into a sophisticated platform of computers and electronics. Fifty years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine navigational charts on a high-resolution screen or global positioning systems that told...

August 29, 2019

Criminal charges were recently announced by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the tragic 2018 sinking of a tour boat in Missouri. The vessel was a former DUKW, converted to passenger service for sightseeing cruises. These craft are commonly called “duck...

July 2, 2019

With July here, boaters look forward to a summer of fun and relaxation. Many will endure packed commuter trains and traffic jams as they rush home from work to make the most of each precious weekend. Once on the water, the urgency of those stressful commutes often slow...