Boating Weather: Atmospheric Pressure

Pressure changes in our atmosphere are due to uneven heating of air. Wind flows from high pressure toward low pressure.

“Man lives at the bottom of an ocean of air,” reads the opening of the chapter on the atmosphere and its circulation in Knight’s Modern Seamanship. … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: A Bit of Oceanography

Over many thousands of years, the outflow of the Hudson River has created the well-known undersea canyon.

I was fortunate to go to sea right after high school on a Woods Hole Oceanographic vessel, the Lulu, sub-tender for the deep submersible Alvin. I was only … [Read more...]

Fairhaven Memorial to Fishermen and Their Families

New Bedford/Fairhaven harbor in Massachusetts lands more pounds of seafood than any other port in America and deserves a tribute like the whaler memorial to all sailors lost at sea--fisherman included.

Just the other day I discovered a lady working on tribute to lost fisherman in my hometown of Fairhaven, Mass. Debbie Charpentier works at the town’s … [Read more...]

Boating Weather: Thermal Sea and Land Breezes

As sunlight warms the land during the day, the air above the land rises. and cooler air from over the water is drawn inland.

All summer long I’ve been describing the southwesterly sea-breeze conditions typically found on Narragansett Bay to my boating guests. While the shape … [Read more...]

Dripless Shaft Seal Installation

The PSS dripless shaft seal from PYI works by mechanically compressing a carbon to "float" against the shaft

Tired of leaky shaft seals filling the bilge with water or having to replace the packing? The solution is to replace the old stuffing box with a new dripless … [Read more...]

How Long Will a Fogged Outboard Last in Storage?

Spraying fogging oil into the engine's carb and cylinders prevents corrosion -- but for how long?

This is the time of year that people start thinking about pulling their boats and winterizing them. Part of that routine is the so-called fogging of outboard … [Read more...]

Heating Systems for Boats

Diminick Marine manufactures a wide range of boat heating stoves, including this propane fired Newport model for bulkhead mounting.

Many thoughts came together to lead me to write this story about heating systems on boats. The first was my usual annual fall chore of stacking five cord … [Read more...]

Nautical Sound Signals: The Prolonged Blast

Horns can be mouth-powered, hand-held, or fixed-mount, like this one, which has a DC-powered compressor to produce a 126 dB blast.

It’s a clear, sunny day, and you hear a 4- to 6-second blast of a ship’s whistle or horn. What should you do? Please, look for the source! This signal … [Read more...]

Stuffing Box Maintenance

You can use a 3M kitchen pad (not metal) to help scour out the hreads of the packing nut. Doug Logan photo.

It happens every spring: Right after launching their inboard-engine-powered boats, owners are left wondering why they didn’t repack the engine shaft … [Read more...]

Boat Trailers: New or Used?

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Having a trailer for your boat  means that you can be independent of boatyards and haulers for launching, transport, and storage. Storing a boat in your … [Read more...]



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