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Out After Dark? A Guide To Boating At Night

May 30, 2012

Even with endlessly long summer days, sooner or later you may want to stretch your boating fun past sunset and into the evening. And while there are some things you need to consider before you take this step, you are missing out on half the fun if you only hit the water under blue skies. Here’s what you need to know to be safe when the sun goes down. SLOW DOWN Cruising under the moonlight can make you feel like you’ve got the place to yourself. More than likely, you don’t. You’ll...    Read More ]

Victor Hotel Foxtrot! Know How & When To Use Your Marine Radio

May 22, 2012

Leave it to those Hollywood movies to teach all us boaters a bad habit or two. When they've run out of gas and are running late for a wedding, the first response for actors on the big screen seems to be to grab the radio microphone and start shouting MAYDAY! But while that may be fine for dramatic effect, it's the last thing you should do in real life. More on that in a minute. For now just understand that if there’s one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms...    Read More ]

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Basic Boating Etiquette

May 15, 2012

Even if you’re new to boating, you probably already know the basics about the “Rules of the Road.” Those are the general things you need to know when operating your boat, especially when there are other boats in the area such as how to know who has the right of way and when it’s okay to pass another vessel. But there is another category of customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. We’ll just call...    Read More ]

Hitting The Road? Here’s How To Find Fish Away From Home

May 11, 2012

Since so many of you are planning to take your boat on vacation with you this summer, we thought it might help to go through a few ideas to help you make the most of your time on the water. Today, let’s take a look at some ways you can tap into “local knowledge” when you decide to wet a line in a new area. Sure, you know your home fishing hole like the back of your hand. You know what bait to use and when to use it. You know exactly where everyone dumps old Christmas trees in the...    Read More ]

GPS Has Changed How We Navigate…Here’s How It Works

May 4, 2012

By now, you’ve no doubt come in contact with Global Positioning System (GPS) in one form or another. After all, if you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve probably already got an app for that. But what is GPS? And, more importantly, how has it changed the way we approach boating? From the days when ancient mariners practiced coastal “landmark” navigation, through the complicated process of “dead reckoning” using a compass, ship’s speed and the hope you’ll...    Read More ]