Splish Splash: Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe Around the Water

Water safety tips for kids around boats, lakes, pools and at the dock to keep summer swimming fun safe for your little ones Trips to the marina, long weekends at the lake, and pool parties galore — there is nothing quite like splashing the summer away. As with any summer activity, swimming, boating, and playing…

Long Island Boating Advocates Fight for Stricter Boating Laws

Boating advocates call for crackdown on drinking and boating, enforcing stricter laws for safer boating in Long Island Boating is one of the most relaxing and fun activities — the water splashing below, the cool breeze, and hitting the open waves can truly be a magical feeling. Unfortunately, boating can be just as dangerous as…

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Something Fishy: Canadian Sailors Were Exposed To Deafening Noise Levels

Report: Excessive noise hazards aboard fishing boats and ocean ships could cause hearing loss; advice for recreational boaters A new report from Canada’s Public Sector Integrity Commissioner says that a senior manager of the federal Fisheries Department held a report about serious noise hazards aboard Department of Fisheries and Oceans ships that could potentially cause…

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Peace of Mind on the Water with Kristen Frohnhoefer

Sea Tow’s president shares tips to keep your boat working (so you don’t need a tow!), boating safety and more in Anchors Aweigh boating podcast Anchors Aweigh is a podcast for all boaters, from aspiring to experienced. Featuring in-depth conversations with boating experts and industry leaders, and packed full of tips, tricks, gear, and industry info,…

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Marine Weather Prediction and Assessment

Sometimes decent vision and a few functioning brain cells are all you need. For sailors and power boaters alike, understanding marine weather conditions is vital to your safety on the water. You need to be able to assess changing weather patterns and adapt float plans accordingly. When it comes to predicting conditions for boaters, there are a…

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3 Checklists You Should Create for Your Boat

In my last article on boat checklists, I identified reasons why one might want to use various checklists and how to create and use good checklists for your boat. I also pointed out that creating a checklist can be as helpful as referring to one. A few types of lists were mentioned, but generally better…

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How to Create and Use Good Checklists for Your Boat

As a person of a certain age, I have come to appreciate the value of lists. However, the attraction is not new. When I began my flight training in the early 1980’s, there were checklists for pre-flight activities, pre-departure, entering a Terminal Control Area, landing, securing the aircraft, and on and on and on. When…

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Hope Boating or Know Boating – Which Type of Boater are You?

Are you a boater that hopes for the best, or a knowledge boater prepared for the unexpected? If you don’t know the systems on your boat; if you aren’t sure of the condition of your systems; if you rely on the reliability built in by your boat manufacture then restrict your boating to nice weather…

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Is a New Life Jacket Design on the Horizon for Boaters?

Aside from the rising popularity of inflatable life jackets, the basic design of life “vest” has been around for quite some time. So, in an effort to test the limits of creativity & innovation, some boating industry associations joined forces in 2015 to challenge entrepreneurs and inventors to come up with some new ideas that just…

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How to Find A Reliable Boat

You cannot buy a reliable boat, but you can buy, configure and operate a reliable boat. It is up to the Boat owner/operator to make sure everything has been done to increase the chances to getting where you are going and back again, safely, without a tow. Whenever Navy Captains go to sea they know…

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Lands End Sun Safe Gift Tote to Support Melanoma Research Alliance

Support Melanoma Research Alliance with a sun safety essentials monogramed gift tote When it comes to sun safe clothing, Lands End always delivers with a nice variety of quality & stylish sun wear for both adults and kids on the water. Their sun wear clothing is ideal for boating – providing effective UPF 50 protection to…

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“I Float!”: Prevent the Unthinkable and Wear a Life Jacket

By now most of us know that life jackets can literally be the difference between life and death out on the water. However, even with the constant news of tragic drowning deaths each summer, people continue to take the risk of boating without their life jackets. While some feel that life jackets are only meant…

Life Jacket Type Code Labels for the U.S.

  U.S. Coast Guard to eliminate requirement for life jacket code labels by manufacturers How to pick the right size and type for life jackets has often been a bit confusing for boaters. One of the biggest reasons is the “type code” labeling system that U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has required manufacturers to use. The…