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Better Than Uncle Weatherby? Just Look Up!

Anybody born before 1970 can remember the newscaster/weatherman Tex Antoine, aka, Uncle Weatherby. While weather forecasting is far more reliable than ever before, it pales in our esteem ...

Float Plans, Nothing but Upside…

As we often pine to be afloat with a deck beneath our feet, we might feel compelled to venture out with proper planning. If so, the Float Plan is vital. Float Plan The Float Plan is ...

Ahoy, Skipper, Prepare To Be Boarded!

Unlike any other law enforcement arm, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) may board your boat at their discretion — they need no search warrant, no provocation, and no reason other than ensuring ...

May-Day, May-Day, May-Day!! We Are Lost and Sinking!

Search & Rescue (SAR) is the most recognizable and time-honored task of any mariner, especially the United States Coast Guard. “You have to go out but you don’t have to come ...

Calling Dr Skipper – the onboard medical kit

About 35 years ago, while trying to sail out of Hurricane Alberto’s way in the North Atlantic, a rogue wave hit us and I went air-borne. Catching the side of my head on a brass runner, ...

“Hello? Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?”

When I have written in the past about the need and use of a VHF radio, I noted that if you didn’t have a radio aboard that you were risking your life over a couple hundred dollars ...

We’re Sinking!

When I wrote about why 4 out of 5 boats sink at the dock, I promised you that there would be another article on that 5th boat – the one that sinks underway. This is far more dangerous ...

Safety First – In 10 Easy Steps

The United States Coast Guard characterizes their Auxiliary corps as a “force multiplier”, enabling the active-duty and reserves corps to do more with the budgeted dollars allocated ...

The Rule of the Road – Set to Poetry

Over 130 years ago, Captain Eldridge set to poetry the most essential aspect of the Rules of the Road (COLREGs.) From this, the renowned Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book, the marine industry’s ...

An Act Of God – Just What Is That?

Any school child knows, or at least believes, an terrible storm or other natural phenomena that causes damage to your property, or, causes your property (your boat) to damage someone ...
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