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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...

February 26, 2019

Many of us have heard of satellite systems hailing the USCG when a boater pulls the (chord, pin, string, wire – pick one).  A signal goes up from the boater’s device to a satellite (in the old days it went up to planes that were, hopefully, flying by) and down to the C...

January 28, 2019

As we exit the holiday season, and meals, we keep getting reminded that we are getting heavier as we get older.  No matter where we turn, someone is telling us that we are getting fat and need to be thinner!
Guess what?  So are our boats!  Yes, as boats get older, they...

December 31, 2018

In last months issue, we started the 2-part series on Set and Drift.  We noted that there is a precise way to calculate the correct amount of “leaning in” to do in that column.  Here is it and, despite the “math” part of it setting some hearts racing, it is easy…!
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November 7, 2018

Imagine that you are walking along the sidewalk, trying to get to the coffee shop on the corner.  But the person next to you is leaning against your shoulder, keeping pace with you and pushing you away from it…  There is only one way you are going to make it to the cof...

September 25, 2018

Going back centuries, journals of seafarers are peppered with language indicating that they knew the Earth was round.  “In the offing” meant, and means today, the waters you can see from where you are to the horizon.  “Ahoy, captain, vessel off the starboard bow!  Hull...

August 23, 2018

For many years, we referred to life-jackets as “PFD’s” – Personal Flotation Devices.  Jeesh, can the lawyers get over it?  OK, not everyone in a life jacket survives.  Roughly only 15 out of 16…  Conversely, if you go in the water without a life jacket, only one guy co...

July 26, 2018

Drunk driving, whether that be in a car or in a boat, is one place where I actually feel the legal penalties are too lenient.  If a person, uninfluenced by booze, drove a car or a boat recklessly and hurt or even killed someone, they would get a more severe sentencing...

June 26, 2018

Hurricane season is in gear.  This column is about rip tides, rip currents and undertows – which are what distant storms leave us.  Lest one of us comes to grief…


Undertow v Rip Tide v Rip Currents
Anybody that has ever been to a beach understands undertow.  It is...

December 27, 2017

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...

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