Boating Lifestyle

Trolling at 10 Knots – Wahoo!

This wahoo took the hook when Grande Mariner was running at 10 knots in five-foot following seas.

Boat Trader visitors have read about safety operations and shallow-water operations aboard the small cruise ship Grande Mariner. Well, this one's about … [Read more...]

EPIRBs: Your Lifeline to Search and Rescue

This is a top-of-the-line 406 MHz Category II EPIRB with supplemental GPS. Category II units are manual release; Category I units automatically deploy. Photo courtesy of ACR.

OK, first of all, what the heck is an EPIRB, and why do you need one? Let’s get the acronym out of the way first. EPIRB is short for “emergency position-indicating … [Read more...]

Rafting Up: Tips and Tricks

Rafting up with friends is one of the big pleasures of boating, but there are procedures and protocols that make it safe and enjoyable.

Rafting up with other boats can serve two purposes – it can either provide you a docking place when the boat slips are already full, or it can be strictly … [Read more...]

Safety Gear Checklists: Smart on Any Vessel

The safety checklist aboard Grand Mariner runs to 273 line items.

I sometimes write about the routines and challenges of running a charter schooner in busy Newport, Rhode Island. Now I'm reporting from  Belize city, … [Read more...]

Best Dog Breeds for Boaters

Standard poodles make excellent water dogs. They're natural swimmers and are easily trained.

Man’s best friend can be a great companion on land or at sea. There are many breeds of dogs that were bred to be on the water and are considered a natural … [Read more...]

Visiting a Boat Show: Game Plan!

Going to a boat show without a plan is like walking into fiberglass forest. You'll just get bewildered.

One of the best things you can do to kick out the winter doldrums and start getting psyched for spring is to visit a nice, big boat show. It doesn’t … [Read more...]

Plan Your Annual Boat Budget, Plus Money-Saving Tips

Boats idling at a dock because you didn’t anticipate operating costs are in a sad state. Don’t be boat poor, use the guidelines in this article to control and plan your annual operating expenses.

There is no doubt that the boating lifestyle can be expensive.  Just how expensive depends on the size of the boat, where you keep it, and what you do … [Read more...]

Towing Safety: The Art of Getting There

Start getting ready for your weekend of boating the night before you leave. That will lead to fewer mistakes. Photo Courtesy of General Motors.

Of course, we all want to get on the water as soon as possible. That leads to hurrying, which in turn leads to mistakes. So while the water is frozen (at … [Read more...]

Choosing a Boat: Ski and Wakeboard Boat Pros and Cons

A purpose-built ski boat has the engine in the middle. This helps the boat get out of the hole fast and provides a flatter wake for the skier.

It has been said time and again that all boats are compromises. That logic applies probably most pointedly to tow boats: ski boats and wakeboard boats, … [Read more...]

The Rude Trailer Boat: Highway Blabbery

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Remember those old station wagons with rear-facing seats? Sometimes you’d get stuck behind one on a long highway ride. There would be two kids in the … [Read more...]



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