Peter d’Anjou

How Big an Outboard will Fit on my Boat?

outboard twin

In this world of bigger-is-better, I’ve often been asked, “Just how big an outboard can I put on my boat?” The answer, of course, depends on the … [Read more...]

Boat Handling Basics: Docking in Breeze


The day-long parade to the dock of boats unloading equipment at the end of the season got my attention. It was a windy day, and many skippers had trouble … [Read more...]

Price Assessment: How Boat Brokers and Surveyors can Help

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Most people would prefer to sell their boats without a broker and not have to pay the broker’s fee. For smaller boats, less expensive boats, and common … [Read more...]

2012 Newport International Boat Show Report


I am usually a little skeptical of “new” boats being last years’ models with a touch more freeboard, another foot in length, or a few more bells … [Read more...]

Fall: Best Season for Fishing


The weekly “hump day” gathering of friends for a beer after work is in full swing in my neighbor’s garage. The trades are well represented: a mechanic, … [Read more...]

VHF Radio Protocol

VHF Radio

The other day, while working my part-time launch-driver’s job, I got a call from a young child requesting a ride to shore from his family’s boat. The … [Read more...]

Boat Registration vs Documentation


Recreational boat owners in the U.S. are required to register their vessels with their respective state governments. I won’t get into each state’s … [Read more...]

Buying a Used Boat: Accessories Count

sabre 36

I know a couple who own a Sabre 36 sailboat. It is a well-maintained boat they’ve owned for five years. They’re trying to sell it and downsize to a … [Read more...]

Not Getting Wet while Boating


Boating is a pastime that requires water, but I don’t know too many sailors who like getting wet. Whether it is spray, rain, or green water over the … [Read more...]

Catamaran Powerboats: Offshore Fishing in a Small Package

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Driving a launch around a harbor with over 1,200 moorings gets you acquainted with many kinds of boats. I’ve come to know several avid recreational fishermen … [Read more...]