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I arrived on a Sunday in Easton, Maryland to meet Captain Jack at his boat moored in the creek South of Annapolis, where he had found the fees reasonable and spent the previous week. It’s a short walk from the dinghy dock to the Annapolis dock master’s office, where th...

September 25, 2019

Being a lifelong boater, (that’s quite a long time), I hate it when some ‘Land Lubber” or former non-devoted boat owner says sarcastically, “A boat is a hole in the sea you pour money into!’’ Frankly, I have to control myself from laying them low with a ‘Belaying pin”...

September 25, 2019

The Main Induction system is a vital component to modern submarine operations necessary to manage the introduction of external air into the vessel. Its origins are rooted in the submarine snorkel mast that is one of the most innovative developments and important advanc...

September 25, 2019

It doesn’t take long to get into the spirit. 
Heading into Matlacha, you’ll rumble over the famous “Fishingest Bridge” and pass a half-dozen former fisherman’s bungalows and shacks now splashed with bright funky colors and house art galleries. Even the telephone poles...

September 25, 2019

Each month, an interesting aspect of the world’s oldest continuous maritime service will be highlighted. The men and women of the  Coast Guard follow in the fine tradition of the brave mariners who have served before them. As sentinels and saviors of the seas, the Unit...

September 25, 2019

Seasoned boaters know well that the weather cannot be taken for granted and has a great deal in common with its capricious homonym whether (or not). As a lifelong boater and angler, this writer learned about weather changes out on the water early on as a passenger aboa...

September 25, 2019

Backing his truck out of the Jersey Shore driveway where he lives, the harbor pilot heads to his next assignment. Leaving home and family around dinnertime when the rest of us are coming home from work is not unusual for a harbor pilot. Many of the big ships move in an...

September 25, 2019

The captain wired in he had water comin’ in And
the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went outta sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

- “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
  Song by Gordon Lightfoot

There is rarely a sole fau...

September 25, 2019

 I love my 46-foot Bertram, but I have always wished it had a 24 volt system rather than the 32 volt system Bertram installed when they built it. It has gotten so I expect to be told how impossible it is to get anything in 32 volts these days because “they just don’t m...

September 25, 2019

With fall approaching I got to review the many boat invoices over the season.
This was not a cheap year with water pumps replaced, a major exhaust cleaning needed and four new 24V batteries amongst other items needed to be kept up.
While looking at all these expenses I...

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