Boating and the Barometer

Boating and the Barometer

Did you know… The barometer is a handy instrument for the boater to understand potential weather conditions. High-pressure systems generally bring fair weather with sunny days and little or no precipitation. Whereas, low-pressure systems usually bring foul...
Boat Stability

Boat Stability

Did you know… A boat is subjected to two types of stability, when it is at rest (static) and when it is moving (dynamic) through the water contending with wind and waves. The hull shape of the boat is an important factor in stability and the ability of the...
Nautical Twilight

Nautical Twilight

Did you know… Sunrise is defined as when the sun appears above the horizon and sunset is when the sun disappears below the horizon. This is important to boaters because of regulations when boat lights are to be used and personal watercraft are to be operated....
America’s Boating Course

America’s Boating Course

Did you know… Boating activity rose significantly during the pandemic. Unfortunately, accidents also increased 26% in 2020 compared to 2019 according to a recently released report by the United States Coast Guard. Where instruction was known, 77% of deaths...
Your Boat’s Impeller

Your Boat’s Impeller

Did You Know… The water pump impeller is essential for proper cooling of your boat engine to prevent over-heating. When starting your engine always look at the stern for ripples in the water showing the pump is working correctly, and on outboards that the...
Anchor Lines For Next Season

Anchor Lines For Next Season

As we near the end of the boating season for most of us, it is a good time to look over our dock and anchor lines to see what we need to replace next season. Most boats use rope made of synthetic fibers. Nylon is the strongest and most elastic which makes it the line...
Did You Know – Safely Cross Large Wakes

Did You Know – Safely Cross Large Wakes

Here is another Did You Know boating safety tip… how to safely cross large wakes. A boater should always be alert and take appropriate action when approaching boat wakes. Larger boats can produce 3 to 4 feet wakes that can be compounded from wind action on the...
Be Smart, and Safe, With Your Wake Displacement

Be Smart, and Safe, With Your Wake Displacement

Did You Know – When cruising the shoreline within 150 feet from it or a dock, it is important the boat is operated in the displacement mode. At this speed the boat will be almost at level trim and easy to steer with minimal or no wake generated. Another option...
Briefing on Board

Briefing on Board

Briefing people once they are on board the boat is an often overlooked, but a very important safety measure. Those that have taken cruises on large ships will recall practicing safety drills before the ship disembarks. Too often, we assume the crew or passengers have...
Faulty Electric Connections

Faulty Electric Connections

Many boaters and fishermen have added equipment to their boats in the off-season requiring electrical connections for power. Be sure the wiring is adequate to carry the load. Inadequate wiring and overloading of cables or outlets may cause overheating with the...