boating laws

The Laws of the Sea – Read Before Boating

From right of way to protecting marine environments, make sure you understand these boating laws before you head out on your boat There are multiple statutes governing the use of the sea that have been enacted by the governments of various countries around the world. These laws are implemented on the open sea and...

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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 Get Your Captain’s License –A Step-by-Step Guide

From Captain requirements to the Coast Guard application process – how to navigate the process of becoming an official boat Captain Like all other areas of professional endeavor, getting a Captain’s license is an essential and non-trivial process. Despite the years between my earliest thoughts on having one and actually applying…or perhaps because of...

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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...

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Be Prepared for Foul Weather on Your Boat

Weather basics to help boaters predict bad weather, understand changing conditions on the water and have the right gear on board If you are an avid boater then you are more than likely going to experience foul weather on your boat – from extreme weather like tropical storms and hurricanes, to severe storms and...