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How to Start a Boating Business

Steps to follow when starting a business in the marine industry to transform your passion for boating into a prosperous career So you love boating and now you’re thinking – how can I start a boating business so I can spend every day on the water? There are many opportunities for boating businesses, from...

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How to Raft Up Boats for Summer Fun

A how-to guide to safe and secure boat raft ups – raft planning, anchor position, fender and line use, overnight rafting and boat configurations Have you ever dropped your hook in an anchorage and noticed 2 or more boats anchored and tied together? That is rafting… or a “boat raft up”. Maybe you have...

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So You Want to Buy a Used Sailboat: Buying the Boat

The final steps buying a used sailboat – from making an offer to boat financing and getting boat insurance (buying a used sailboat 3 part series) Congratulations… you have found the used sailboat you want to buy! It can be fun and exciting to research, visit, and test drive boats. Now that you have...

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So You Want to Buy a Used Sailboat: Making the Decision

From purchase price to recurring boat expenses, here’s everything you need to consider when making the decision to buy a used sailboat The spring boat show season is upon us with a variety of sailboats on the market for boaters. While there will be new boat models on display, spring is also the time...

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Vegan Boat Meal Planning with Chef Theresa Vollman

How to plan & prepare vegan and vegetarian boat meals that will satisfy the entire crew when entertaining guests with special dietary needs on your boat It becomes more likely that you will cross paths with a vegetarian or a vegan.  If you happen to have one on your boat, there could be disappointment…or...

AJ Meerwald

I Love What I Do

To say that I love what I do as a schooner captain is a gross over-simplification I do not dwell on the pleasure that I get from being a schooner captain. Operating the vessel required too much of my attention. Holding course, checking sail trim, monitoring traffic, keeping an eye on passengers, listening to...

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Those Damn Leaks: How to Find and Fix Boat Leaks

The source of a boat leak is not always easy to find (or fix). Here’s how I diagnosed and repaired a troublesome boat leak on my sailboat Spring (and the preceding winter) is the time to prepare our boats for the upcoming boating season. In this article, I will discuss finding and addressing two...

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How to Service a Two-Speed Winch on a Sailboat

Winches are often used in and left exposed to the elements, including salt water spray.  Routine maintenance will keep your equipment working as intended and ready when you need it. On any given sailboat, there are at least 2 or 3 winches and on larger boats, there can be many more. I...

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CAPCA Tours the MITAGS Ship Simulator

Professional boat captains experience handling of mega-ships with virtual simulator facility at Marine Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies As a licensed Captain, I have chosen to join the Chesapeake Area Professional Captain’s Association (CAPCA). Part of CAPCA’s mission is promoting the professional development of our members. Towards that end, there are courses, seminars,...

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How to Prep and Bottom Paint Your Boat

A step-by-step process for sanding, prepping and bottom painting your boat Bottom paint (also known as antifouling paint) helps protect your boat from barnacles, weeds and other aquatic organisms from attaching to the underwater portion of your boat’s hull. If you leave your boat in the water all season, you need bottom paint. One of...

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