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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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

All life vests have one thing in common - they don’t work if you are not wearing them. Automatic inflatable vests were developed to combat this shortcoming. They are lighter, more comfortable and provide greater freedom of movement, encouraging more frequent use. The first inflatable life vest was patented in 1928. They were

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Monday, March 27, 2017

The next time you are in the market to replace that dingy or ripped up carpet on your boat, you can approach the chore with some extra knowledge and facts and be assured you are getting what you want and need. Sparta Carpets, headquartered in Dalton, Georgia — the leading center in the production of carpet manufacturing in the

tags: Boating 101, Flooring

Monday, March 27, 2017

In-season or in storage, your boat should absolutely be covered when you’re not using it, to protect it from the elements. In any weather, the cover protects the boat’s finish, interior, and instruments from weather degradation, and helps keep critters out as well. In summer, the cover also helps keep water out, so if your

tags: Boat Covers, Boating 101

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weems & Plath, manufacturer of fine nautical instruments, adds to their line of safety products with the release of the Man Overboard Wheel. This easy to use, quick reference, safety tool can save lives. The two-sided quick reference Man Overboard Wheel made of durable PVC, shows the 5-step instructions for the Williamson Turn

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the boating season. The reminder coincides with the national Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign that runs March 19-25. “Educated boaters will have a safer, more enjoyable experience on the

tags: Boating 101, Education

Friday, March 17, 2017

If you get in an accident while trailering your boat, do you know which insurance policy will pay for repairs to the trailer? If it’s a simple accident with damage to the trailer only, it’s likely to be the trailer insurance coverage that pays. But what happens when you back the trailer into a neighbor’s stone wall

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Saturday, June 29, 2013

This is the final installment of a three part series on the Navigational Rules of the Road. Here we will focus on how the Rules of the Road apply to Inland waterways when discussing maneuvering and warning sound signals. Before we go into the Maneuvering and Sound signals it is first necessary to understand a few simple definitions

by: Mariners Learning System

tags: Boating 101, Education