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Thursday, May 24, 2018

About this time each spring, I am reminded that my wife is what I call “reverse challenged.” That’s a PC way to refer to a condition that my wife suffers, along with thousands of other drivers, who just can’t seem to get a handle on steering any direction but forward. She’ll park a block away to avoid the

by: Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman Radio, www.buckeyesportsman.net

tags: Boating 101, Hauling

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Your new rig sits proudly in your driveway - the outboard shining brightly in the sun, even the trailer is sleek and polished. You haven’t even had a maiden voyage, and yet you’re already thinking “How can I keep it looking and performing at least close to how it does now, fresh from the dealership?”

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Spring Commissioning

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cleaning boat canvas and boat windows — sounds simple. Yet, as with everything, there is a back-story. Rest assured I will give you quick answers for cleaning products and methods later in this article, but, for those who like back stories, read on, as I also explain what products not to use when cleaning your boat canvas and

by: Russ Griffin, Co-Owner of Northcoast Marine Specialties LLC

tags: Boating 101, Canvas & Upholstery

Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Intro to Boating’ and ‘Women Making Waves’ courses to be offered at Freedom Boat Club Annapolis Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Annapolis offer a choice of two fun on-water

tags: Boating 101, Education, Events

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