Friday, January 17, 2020Boats and how we use them has led to some interesting changes that are improving the overall boater experience. Boats today offer more comfort, safety, convenience, and fun so let’s take a look at the evolution that got us here. 1) Outdoor Living We boat because we like to spend time outside so boats have morphed to make the
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Beyond the fuel asset feature, however, boat shows are a great resource for boaters who are looking for new dockage and destinations. Many show producers offer separate blocks or aisles of travel exhibitors offering information about boat-accessible destinations for guests who are seeking an interesting place to go, be it with their boat in tow or via an extended cruise.
Monday, January 6, 2020There comes a time in every sailor’s life when they must decide if they’ll go over to the dark side and purchase a power boat or just get out of boating all together. For some, the latter is not an option; being out on the water is too important. What better time to start looking and get answers than at a boat show?
Thursday, January 2, 2020A “short” seven-hour drive from Toledo, Ohio, landed us at the State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland – the houseboat mecca of the world! Fifteen of my family members met here, from all over the Midwest, to start our weekend adventure on the water. Lake Cumberland is located in southern Kentucky, just west of Daniel
Monday, December 30, 2019As any sailor knows, some of the best times we have are when we gather with other cruisers and it's time to, as they say in Hawaii, "talk story." It usually starts very innocently, with a, "Ya know, I was off the coast of Malibu when..." and the first story rolls out. Most sailors will listen attentively, but in their mind they are
Thursday, October 24, 2019Cruising life is rife with contradictions. One night, you’re the lone boat anchored in a bay, only the moon to keep you company. The next, you’re sandwiched between vessels in a marina like sardines on buttered rye bread, able to peer into your neighbor’s galley from your cockpit. While this latter setting could
Tuesday, October 22, 2019When you set out on a cruise, it's a lot like any journey. It begins with the first step, or in this case, the first day. One of the first things that a new cruiser has to overcome is that feeling of needing to accomplish something. To cruise and look for results would be sentencing yourself to constant frustration. The only sure
Friday, October 18, 2019Sail America’s Industry Breakfast kicked off the second day of the 50th United States Sailboat Show (October 10-14). With clear blue skies on the horizon, the Annapolis Boat Shows announced Robert Lipkin, aka Bob Bitchin, as the winner of the 6th annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Award. Trading in his Harley wheels
Tuesday, September 24, 2019On July 15th, 2019, I sailed across the finish line just off Mackinac Island. 51 hours earlier, I started off the skyline in Chicago, for the 111th running of “The Chicago to Mackinac” sailboat race. With 266 boats entered and approximately 2200 sailors, I was excited to be starting a long-time bucket list item. As I
Wednesday, August 21, 2019Sailing teaches you a lot of lessons. From the physics of making the boat go, to the geometry of navigation, it is an activity that offers plenty of educational opportunity. One of the most important of these lessons is the healthy respect for the environment that most sailors take away from their time on the water. The most obvious