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July 23, 2020

  Sailboat operator cited for "Rule 9" Violation after crossing in front of tanker near Stockton

Back on April 18, 2020, the skipper of a sailboat blithely sailed in front of 550-foot tanker in a narrow channel near Stockton, California.  Even if you are not an experien...

June 30, 2020

Every boater has (hopefully) heard of the rule of “red, right, return” meaning to keep the red buoys on your right when returning from sea.  What many don’t realize is that this old chestnut is one of many that represent the embedded knowledge of centuries of seafaring...

February 27, 2020

 Now, I’m the first to say, “You’ve got a $50,000 boat tied to the dock and you’re fretting about $200 in fuel?  Wassup, doc!?”  But, with that said, “Waste not, want not!” and this column is about that.

Some Basics
Would it be any surprise to know that heav...

January 2, 2020

In the days that followed September 11, 2001, those words kept running through my head…  What could I do that would be something more concrete than writing a check to the Red Cross?  While many Americans turned to volunteerism in order to put their hearts, hands and mi...

November 8, 2019

As the temperatures continue to drop, we need to focus now on skippering in heavy weather – because it is coming. This column is about that.

Heavy Water
Why is heavy weather more dangerous as we move into the Fall? Well, putting hurricanes aside which are in their own...

September 25, 2019

Usually, as soon as I write a column on de-commissioning the boat for the winter season, Indian summer arrives to bathe us in the last warmth of the year.  But I think we’re safe now! This is but a reminder that the many months of kindly weather are behind us and many...

August 29, 2019

Sometimes, the simplest thing can take on monumental proportions – if you get it wrong.  And setting a proper anchor, and retrieving (or “weighing it” so you can “make way”), can make all the difference in the world when the wind starts to stiffen and all the other fis...

July 29, 2019

When the perfectly calm day sneaks up on you while you are day-dreaming and turns into a snarly, life-stealing beast, all your training rushes to the front of the “screen.”  But sometimes, all your skill isn’t going to get you home.  And sometimes the boat itself is wh...

April 30, 2019

In the past, we’ve written about this topic with respect largely to the things we drop in the water.  So, what about the things we bring out there, like our copper-oxide bottom paint?  This column is about that.

Painting With Poison
Yes, if you really think about...

April 3, 2019

Back in the fall, we talked about how to get the boat ready for a long, cold and dank winter.  Time and tide are now on our side. Most bay constables allow moorings back in the water as of April 1 – and the weather will turn our way too.  So, BEFORE you start your engi...

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