Boating Lifestyle

Shrink Wrap Recycling: Easier Than You Think

A photo of boats covered in shrink wrap.

It may not be the least-expensive way to protect your pride and joy from a long winter’s hibernation, but having your boat shrink wrapped during layup … [Read more...]

Shopping for Good Oars and a Nicer Ride

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As a racing sailor I love technology -- lighter, faster, stronger -- but as a professional sailor and someone who grew up in wooden boats I’m also a … [Read more...]

Five Great Boating Apps to Start Your Season

A screen shot o fthe Marine Traffic and Wind app.

I was having a backyard patio fire last night with my neighbors and we started talking about the ways that boating is different today versus 20 years ago. … [Read more...]

Selfie vs. Fishie? Easy Choice

Boaters tend to be outward-looking and adventure-seeking. This picture of a father and son is better than any bathroom-mirror selfie. Photo credit: Lenny Rudow.

A few days ago we posted a simple graphic on BoatTrader’s Facebook page. It showed an illustration of a runabout, and said "The world needs more people … [Read more...]

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 big boat show. (Here's a list of them.) … [Read more...]


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