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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

You have probably read numerous articles warning about the hazards of purchasing a vehicle after a major flood or hurricane. The articles often explain how additional care to identify damage should be taken when purchasing a motor vehicle of any type after a storm that involves flooding. All the same cautions should be exercised when

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Used Boats

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

More than 10,000 boaters take advantage of extensive how-to video gold mine With springtime’s arrival, more boaters are getting help with a variety of how-to and other boating topics by watching BoatUS videos at YouTube.com/BoatUS. The national advocacy, services and safety group announced today it has reached a milestone with

tags: Boating 101, Electronics, Software & Apps

Monday, May 7, 2018

Question: When shopping for a yacht insurance policy, what should I be looking for beyond the bottom line? Answer: Everyone loves a bargain, but when it comes to insuring your yacht, price shouldn’t be the deciding factor. There is nothing standard about a yacht policy. Its terms and conditions are not regulated by state

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A simple way to save a kid’s life is to ensure they have a life jacket when they go boating, sailing or fishing. But sometimes, it’s not easy to borrow a right-sized life jacket when an infant or young teen comes aboard. Marinas, boat and fishing clubs, waterfront businesses, organizations or other groups that serve

tags: Boating 101, Kids & Pets, Safety

Friday, April 27, 2018

Helpful tips just in time for the spring boat-buying season For many people, buying a boat is the second largest purchase they will make in their lifetime, and at the center of this process is your friendly marine surveyor. Ensuring that you know everything you possibly can about a used boat (and even some new boats) is a smart move.

tags: Boating 101, Used Boats

Thursday, April 26, 2018

As an avid trailer boater, you’ve probably spent endless hours in your driveway or at the marina laboring over your pride and joy to keep it looking brand new. But what about the trailer? When was the last time you gave your trailer the once over? On the road, some items may be tough to deal with. INSIDE GREASE SPOTS - If the

by: Capt. Fred Davis, www.tipsforboating.com

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

You own a boat trailer, now what? How do you ensure you are keeping your trailer safe to tow and store your boat? Every manufacturer uses different components and accessories on their trailers but often, the core fundamental maintenance is the same. It is common that boaters remember to do the proper safety procedures on their boat

by: Megan Straw-Meisler, Sales & Marketing Director of Loadmaster Trailer

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Most boaters shy away from anything to do with 12-volt DC wiring, even though it’s the basic system present on most boats and boat trailers—and it’s an easy system to troubleshoot and work on. This primer should help wary boaters to keep their trailer wiring working properly, and even replace the entire system with

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Do It Yourself (DIY), Trailers

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cary R. Wiener is President of Pantaenius America Ltd. and a maritime lawyer who has worked on many famous cases, including the Exxon Valdez. He is licensed in all fifty states and is passionate about safety on the water. Question: We are lifelong boating enthusiasts with three young children. We’ve taken them on short trips

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Kids & Pets, Safety

Monday, April 2, 2018

With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right: Before You Launch: Hose clamps should be inspected and replaced as necessary. Double clamp

tags: Boating 101, Engines, Safety