Boating Safety

Hurricane Preparation for Boaters

The cyclone Catarina, which made landfall in March 2004 in Brazil, was the first hurricane observed in the South Atlantic. Note the clockwise rotation. Photo courtesy NASA, from the International Space Station.

Editor's Note: Hurricane Matthew is currently making its way through the Caribbean, striking Haiti as a Category 4 with 145 MPH winds. The Boat Trader team … [Read more...]

Selecting an Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

An automatic inflatable life vest with integral harness. Note the D-ring attachment points. Photo courtesy of SOSPENDERS.

Most personal flotation devices (PFDs) have a major design flaw: the bulky flotation material makes them so cumbersome and uncomfortable that few boaters … [Read more...]

10 Boating Lessons Kids Should Know Before Climbing on Board


You can find boating tips for kids all over the Internet. BoatUS offers a bevy of them as do U.S. Power Squadrons, the American Boating Association, and … [Read more...]

AIS for Boaters: Part 2

These two VHF radios are integrated with AIS capabilities. Once networked with a GPS, the VHF units can be used to send and receive AIS information. Note the ship icons on the display. Photo courtesy of Standard Horizon.

In the first part of our discussion about the Automatic Information System (AIS), we covered the nuts and bolts about how the system works, why its use … [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...]

Theft Prevention Tips When – Times Get Tough, Criminals Get Tougher.

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Florida Sport Fishing Staff Report Boat and marine-related thefts are on the rise and with over 1-million registered vessels in the state of Florida, … [Read more...]

A First Step to Boat Safety – How to Write a Float Plan

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A float plan is a first step in boating safety that happens before you even leave dry land. It sounds simple: just leave a note telling people where … [Read more...]

SpongeBob keeps a boat from going under the sea

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The theme song for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants sings "Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!" They weren't kidding. This Coast Guard press release … [Read more...]

Clean your boat to protect the water against harmful critters

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The South Bend Tribune features a story on a request from the The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on keeping your boat clean. Animals, plants, … [Read more...]

Boating with your dog

Families who enjoy boating together can bring their pets along for the ride. If you are planning to take your dog with you on a boating trip, check out … [Read more...]