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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A boat is a small city that must be completely self-sufficient and managing power, water, and trash aboard is a whole different matter than it is at home. Whether you’re on a week-long charter in the tropics or a summer cruise in your local waters, you’ll have to be your own tiny city manager. That means living within a

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: Environmental Impact, Travel, Boating 101, Charters

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic is dumped into our oceans from coastal regions. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, at the current rate of pollution, there will be more plastics than fish, by weight, in the ocean by 2050. To help reverse this trend, here are three tips from the nonprofit BoatUS

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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 Grand Haven offer a choice of two fun on-water boat training courses taught aboard single-engine powerboats: Intro to Boating and Women Making Waves, Saturday, August

tags: Boating 101, Education, Event, Events, Lake Michigan, Women in Boating

Friday, August 2, 2019

There is no questioning the effectiveness of live baitfish as a means to catch fish, but careless use of minnows can also cause irreparable harm to a fishery, including those established in inland waters as well as the Great Lakes. For example, the state fish of New York, the brook trout, has been pushed out of much of its original

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact, Fishing

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries include more than 600,000 square miles of marine protected areas, from the rugged Olympic Peninsula of Washington to the “shipwreck alley” of Michigan’s Thunder Bay and the turquoise-hued shallows of the Florida Keys. These national treasures present great opportunities for

tags: Boating 101, Travel

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Question: I recently read that distracted boating can be as dangerous as distracted driving. Is this true, and what’s your best advice for avoiding distractions while at the helm? Answer: What you read is true. In fact, increased use of personal electronic devices by vessel operators is such a growing problem that

by: John Bishara, Director, Newport, Rhode Island office, Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Whether your watercraft is large or small, motorized or non-motorized, following some easy inspection steps each time you retrieve your personal watercraft or boat will help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), maintain the quality of recreational waters, and protect aquatic life habitat. CLEAN Before entering and

by: New York Sea Grant

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

As water levels reached record highs across the Great Lakes earlier this summer, boaters in several states were prompted to be sensitive to the wakes their watercraft leave. That’s especially true in designated no-wake zones, where high waters have exacerbated the erosion problem caused by boat wakes. One example is

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Law & Politics

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

All across America boating season has begun. With some help from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, here are six ways boaters can help keep waters clean and be good environmental stewards all summer long. Cleaning and waxing: When making your boat sparkle, understand that some general cleaning soaps may have

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Monday, July 15, 2019

Boating season is in full swing. Have you given thought to what would you do if you broke down out on the water? Could you do a quick fix on something aboard your boat should you experience a malfunction? While in many cases of breakdown you could get a quick tow back to where you presumably have more in the way of tools and parts,

by: John Tiger

tags: Service & Repair, Boating 101, Safety