Archive | Seamanship


How is your nautical winter weather awareness?

The gale warnings that had been issued for much of Puget Sound over the weekend have been downgraded. Anyway, they weren’t the first of the season and chances are your lines have already been tested and found firm (or wanting, and been replaced, as the case may be!) for our winter storms. And we’ve dodged […]

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How to improve your life with LED

The advent of affordable LED lighting has created a quiet revolution in boating power systems. If you have ever settled down and done the math on your DC-side power system on board, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that the best bang for your buck in increasing your system power capacity comes from creating savings. […]

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This boat was “winterized” by placing a space heater in the engine room. While afloat in the slip, it caught fire when the extension cord used to power the heater shorted. - (Photo courtesy of BoatUS)

True or False: Take the boat winterizing quiz

BoatU.S. 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, wives 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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Dressed warmly and ready for any foul weather, these paddlers are prepared for a safe day on the water. - (BoatUS Photo)

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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