Flag Etiquette Afloat

flag

In my merchant mariner deck officer days, I was the designated flag officer onboard—responsible for signals. I was taught that the right flag flown in … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irene: Lessons Learned

Hurricane Irene damage

When your boat is shown on the nightly news, it isn’t good! Even though I couldn’t see the news on my own TV because of the widespread power outages … [Read more...]

Safety: View from the Launch Driver

launch ride

It’s nearing the end of the summer and the kids who’ve been driving the yacht club launch are leaving to go back to college. So, I’ve been recruited … [Read more...]

Boat Service Is Not Car Service

car boat

Many boat owners expect the same type of service on their vessels from boat yards as they get on their automobiles. And some yacht yards are even trying … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of an Old Boat

scrap boat

Buying a new or used boat is difficult for any prospective owner who already has an old boat. The presence and backlog of used boats is actually hindering … [Read more...]

Marine Battery Types and Charging Tips

flooded or wet type battery

Most boats under 50 feet in length have 12-volt electrical systems. Yet many experienced boaters can’t tell you much about the batteries they have on … [Read more...]

How to Spend More Time on Your Boat

boating family

A late Sunday afternoon - people are leaving their boats in the mooring field and hitching a ride back to shore on the full yacht club launch.  So many … [Read more...]

LED Lights For Your Boat: Green Boating Upgrade

LED cabin lighting

New boat builders have had to improve their products to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. High-end builders like Sabre, Trinity, Morris Yachts, … [Read more...]

Plotting Positions on a Paper Chart

shipwreck_SS American Star

Many boaters today prefer to use electronic navigation tools such as GPS rather than traditional position fixing techniques. While I use and appreciate … [Read more...]

Navigation: How to Identify Hazards on a Chart

A hazard such as a wreck can have multiple symbols to indicate the type of hazard

I mentioned in last week’s blog, How to Judge the Tide and Not Run Aground, that to become a competent boater there are three basic things you will … [Read more...]



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