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April 3, 2019

Well, it’s almost here, a new boating season. As always, we need to commission our boats before we can use them. However, in our rush to get our boats in the water, we often overlook some critical commissioning steps. Here are some suggestions to help avoid future prob...

April 3, 2019

Often referred to as the 21st Century Submarine the new Columbia class FBM is the most vital acquisition program the U.S. Navy has today because it represents a significant investment in maintaining America’s strategic deterrence far into the future as well as furtheri...

April 3, 2019

A phone call to one of the captains I interviewed about commercial fishing last year confirmed the potential and Capt. Mike Uttecht’s willingness to supply information and pictures for an article about Alaskan canneries and fish processing boats. Capt. Mike lives in Ki...

April 3, 2019

“Monday morning everyone’s a bit grumpy. Not people- wise, but the engines,” Captain Ralph Accardo remarks as he attempts to turn over the engines of the Ida May III before dawn on a chilly December morning.
Despite any grumbling, th
e engines start and the Ida May III...

April 3, 2019

 Last fall I took two sorry oars home from my beach house on Oak Island.  I used these oars for over twenty years with my skiff and they had more than lost their luster. When I purchased them they were beautiful “feather lights” made of highly varnished ash and over th...

April 3, 2019

The season has finally arrived. Boaters everywhere are in their yards or at marinas where they store their vessels, working hard at getting them ready for a summer of fishing, travel and lots of fun. While I don’t own a boat, I’m looking forward to another summer drivi...

April 3, 2019

Back in November 2018 we had the boat hauled and the water-logged coring in the foredeck and port side walkway repaired. After that, the boat was moved to Bayshore to have the engines removed and gone through, in an effort to make them more reliable and easier to maint...

April 3, 2019

Did the U-853’s Captain not get the message, or did he simply choose to ignore it? On or about May 4, 1945, German Admiral Karl Donitz had ordered the cessation of all U-boat operations. Following Hitler’s suicide, the Admiral was actively involved in preparing documen...

April 3, 2019

The conventional wisdom for owners of larger sailboats powered by an auxiliary diesel engine is to top off your fuel tank at the end of the season after adding additives to prevent water buildup, algae growth and fuel deterioration. The reason for keeping the tank full...

April 3, 2019

It’s sometimes said that the happiest two days for boat owners are the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it. How much that actually holds true is something that can only be decided by the individual boat owner. There are young sailors who manage to squeeze...

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