Archive | Seamanship

True or False: Take the boat winterizing quiz

BoatUS sent out this true/false quiz talking about popular misconceptions that go along with winterizing your boat. Are you getting it right when you pack up for the winter? You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive’s tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association [...]

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Burning Question | Marina etiquette

It’s fall again and folks are settling into their slips again for the winter, filling marinas and reacquainting neighbors with one another, both cordially and otherwise. And nothing is more grating than a neighbor, new or old, who doesn’t respect your property or the common areas of the marina. This survey was inspired by a [...]

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For paddlers, it’s high season for safety

Even if you’ve got the big boat winterized and tied up securely for the winter, with such gorgeous days as we have had lately, it’s been very easy to get the paddleboard or kayak out on the water for the day. BoatUS sent out the following tips for small boat boaters to keep in mind [...]

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Understanding engine overheating problems

Why is the engine overheating? Our Yanmar engine’s shrill alarm was the jarring start to some stressful hours during the last five months, and we asked that question many times. The answer was not one root cause, but more likely a series of related events, as a domino effect of different issues cascaded. I’ve written [...]

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Pop quiz on the Continuous Marine Broadcast!

If you spend much time cruising north of the Canadian border, then you no doubt also spend a lot of time listening to that ubiquitous service offered by the Canadian Coast Guard and Environment Canada, the Continuous Marine Broadcast. The United States, at least in the Puget Sound region, has no corresponding service with quite [...]

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