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Friday, December 1, 2017

Practical, affordable, and easy to take anytime If your boating takes you through crowded harbors, across shipping lanes or on foggy seas, then you know the feeling in your stomach when you have to ask yourself, “What’s that vessel doing?” Automatic Identification System, or AIS, can give you the answer, but is this

tags: Boating 101, Education, Safety

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thanks to the number of boat shows held this time of year, winter is a great time to begin shopping for a new boat — whether you are in the market for one or not. Some of us veteran owners are always on the prowl for an upgrade, and walk the show aisles as a matter of habit to see what’s new. If you are a first time buyer,

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101

Friday, October 6, 2017

In the winter, in northern states where freezing temperatures are the norm, boaters who put their boats into heated indoor storage have it made. With their boats warm and dry, they may have little concern for freeze-related damage to their engines. Winter storms can knock out power and heat, however, leading to ice forming inside the

tags: Boating 101, Insurance, Winterization

Friday, September 29, 2017

As the season nears an end for many boaters, one of the most important tasks arrives: proper preparation for storage. Proper winter storage should be as important as spring fitting out. The job should not be approached with a quick “get it over with” attitude. Make a checklist to include the following: Proper engine

by: Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Storage

Friday, September 22, 2017

Given that this issue highlights hauling, winterizing, and storage, I thought I would generate some good information for you readers to apply before pulling the boat this fall and putting it on the trailer. Safety is the most important aspect when it comes to hauling your boat. The consequence of cutting corners in terms of payload

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Trailers

Saturday, September 16, 2017

VesselVanguard, the leading maintenance management solution for boat owners and manufacturers, announced today the launch of its 24/7 customer support center manned by service professionals – the Customer Technical Assistance Center or CTAC. This new program had been previously launched for owners of Formula Boats with great

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Software & Apps

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Whether it be to stay put in that perfect cove for a lunch aboard, sleep overnight on the hook, keep a disabled boat from washing aground, or simply to keep anglers aboard within easy casting range of a productive fishing spot, it’s important you have the equipment and know-how necessary to securely anchor your boat in place. In

tags: Anchors, Boating 101

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering boating and boating education opportunities to help celebrate the designation of June as 'Ohio Goes Boating Month' by the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. The House Bill 84 designation highlights Ohio’s thriving boating and tourism industry. In an effort to

tags: Boating 101, Dept of Natural Resources, Events, Lake Erie

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fenders... no, not bumpers. They’re for your boat and the word is fenders. Fenders are something every boat must have and, in this case, bigger is always better. However, this is one area of boating equipment that is often overlooked. And, unfortunately, many boat builders and suppliers tend to provide insufficient fenders

tags: Accessories, Boating 101

Friday, April 28, 2017

By: Mark Pocock, Rocna Anchors, Anchoring can be stressful! But with the right ground tackle and a bit of preparation, it opens up a whole world beyond the marina experience. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your next cruising adventure. 1) Start with the right gear and setup. Next generation anchors,

by: Mark Pocock, Rocna Anchors

tags: Anchors, Boating 101