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Making The Best Out Of Boat Shows

Boat shows are a great way to find out about the latest innovations and technologies, discover new and improved products, see lots of different types of boats all in one place, and find incredible dea…

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A Boater's Guide to Hurricane Preparation

If you boat anywhere down the East Coast or the along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, you'll have to deal with some direct or indirect affects associated with a hurricane. There are some things to k…

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7 Secrets to Winterizing Your Boat

Boaters are known to be a hands-on, do-it-yourself breed, so consider the 7 following secret tips if you're taking on the task of winterizing your boat yourself.…

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Secrets to Fall Freshwater Fishing

All you have to do is tweak your tactics and your gear a little, and you'll be a committed autumn angler for life. …

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Buyer's Guide To Bowriders

Read our guide on what to look for in a new bowrider.…

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Buying a Pontoon Boat or a Deck Boat?

Want a versatile boat that handles easily and is designed to be able to bring along a big crew? We'll help you choose between a pontoon boat and a deck boat.…

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Discover Boating at the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco

We have a plethora of San Francisco Bay Area boating resources for you to test the waters - from rentals and charters to fractional ownership and on-water lessons.…

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Guide To PWC Safety

Driving or riding a personal watercraft (PWC) is a fun, unique way to enjoy time on the water. Before grabbing the throttle, it is important to learn about responsible riding.…

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Guide To PWC Environmental Awareness

As PWC owners & riders, you may think our impact on the environment doesn't really matter. But every little bit does add up, and by following a few basic guidelines we can make a difference and still …

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Buying a Personal Watercraft (PWC)

Are you considering buying a personal watercraft (PWC) as your first boat or adding one to your existing fleet? With these tips, you'll be off of the dock and having fun on the water in no time.…

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Onboard First Aid Guide

When someone gets sick or has an accident on board your, it's important to do be prepared and know what to do to help.…

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Why Choosy Parents Choose Boating

The important part about boating is that it gets you out on the water together where there is no schedule, few distractions, just a focus on family time.…

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Safety Tips for a Fun-Filled Father's Day on the Water

Before you embark on a fun-filled day on the water, check out West Marine safety expert Chuck Hawley's quick tips for smooth sailing.…

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Cooking Aboard Your Boat

With a little planning and the following handy tips, your taste buds (and your guests) will be happy and satisfied out on the boat…

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Top Spots to View Autumn Colors from the Water

Discover Boating surveyed a network of boating experts to compile the eight top U.S. waterways for viewing fall foliage.…

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Sail Away with Our On-Water Playlist

Discover Boating has once again compiled their ultimate boating playlist to keep the party rocking this summer. Here are the top ten boating songs.…

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Top Ten Boating States

The U.S. Recreational Boating Industry Announces the Top Ten Boating States and Top Boating Destinations for On-the-Water Getaways.…

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America’s New Pastime: Boatgating

Discover Boating names best stadiums for the latest trend in on-water tailgating …

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Detroit, MI National Marina Day Events

Detroit, MI National Marina Day Events …

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Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio National Marina Day Events

Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio National Marina Day Events…

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Central California National Marina Day Events

Central California National Marina Day Events …

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Saint Joseph, MI National Marina Day Events

Saint Joseph, MI National Marina Day Events…

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Spokane, WA & Coeur d'Alene, ID National Marina Day Events

Spokane, WA & Coeur d'Alene, ID National Marina Day Events…

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Knoxville, TN National Marina Day Events

Knoxville, TN National Marina Day Events…

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Pensacola & Destin, FL National Marina Day Events

Pensacola & Destin, FL National Marina Day Events…

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Lake Havasu City, AZ National Marina Day Events

Lake Havasu City, AZ National Marina Day Events…

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Washington DC National Marina Day Events

Washington DC National Marina Day Events…

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Hilton Head, SC & Savannah, GA National Marina Day Events

Hilton Head, SC & Savannah, GA National Marina Day Events…

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Denver, CO National Marina Day Events

Denver, Colorado National Marina Day Events…

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San Diego, CA National Marina Day Events

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Connecticut National Marina Day Events

Connecticut National Marina Day Events…

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Madison, WI National Marina Day Events

Madison, WI National Marina Day Events…

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Miami & Ft. Lauderdale National Marina Day Events

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale National Marina Day Events…

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Central Illinois National Marina Day Events

Central Illinois National Marina Day Events…

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Milwaukee, WI National Marina Day Events

Milwaukee, WI National Marina Day Events…

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Key West National Marina Day Events

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Tampa & St. Pete's National Marina Day Events

Tampa & St. Pete's National Marina Day Events…

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Hawaii National Marina Day Events

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Minnesota National Marina Day Events

Minnesota National Marina Day Events…

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Austin, TX National Marina Day Events

Austin, TX National Marina Day Events…

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Iowa National Marina Day Events

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Vermont National Marina Day Events

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Las Vegas National Marina Day Events

Las Vegas National Marina Day Events…

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New Orleans, LA National Marina Day Events

New Orleans, LA National Marina Day Events…

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Don’t Rock the Boat: A Guide for Guests

On the receiving end of an invitation to head out on the water aboard a friend or relative's boat? Make the most of the opportunity and show off your nautical know-how with our tips on boating etiquet…

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Five Simple Ways To Preserve Fishing

If you've enjoyed fishing all your life, you've got a great opportunity to say thanks and help preserve that way of life for the next generation.…

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Fish & Ski Boat Buying Guide

When shopping for the popular hybrid boat style, appropriately called a Fish & Ski, the key in finding the right boat for you is to decide which will be your primary activity.…

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Buyer's Guide to Offshore Fishing Boats

When searching for the perfect offshore fishing boat, you need to focus on models that give you plenty of room for fighting your catch, while providing easy access to all of your angling gear and safe…

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Sailing Capsize Recovery: Scoop and Single-Handed Methods

The best sailors in the world have experienced capsizing & falling overboard. Read this article to learn scoop and single-handed sailing capsize recovery methods. …

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Sailing: Directional Terms

Just as parts of the boat have specific names, a sailor needs terms to describe things relative to the boat. Directional terms help you locate something onboard, or describe where to look for somethin…

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Sailing Navigation: Basic Rules

Learning how to sail? Read this helpful article on the four basic rules for navigating your way through some common sailing situations.…

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Points of Sail and Directions of Sail Trim

Sailors should know where the wind is coming from and the wind angle relative to their boat for sail-trim purposes. Learn the five points of sail in this illustrated article.…

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Angler’s Guide To Preparing For Spring Ice Out

All northern fisherman look forward to spring ice out. It's a new season filled with phenomenal fishing on lakes, ponds, reservoirs and rivers.…

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The Secrets of Tide Fishing

If you live and fish near the coast, you always have to be aware of (and plan around) the ebb and flow of tides. …

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Tips For Boating In Shallow Water

While you should always be aware of your surroundings when you're at the helm, you should be on full alert whenever you're entering an area with shallow or "skinny" water. …

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Winter Fishing Tips

Think Your Fishing Season Is Over Just Because It’s Winter? No way! Follow these great tips to catch your limit in colder weather. …

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Deck Boat vs. Bowrider

What’s the difference between a deck boat and a bowrider? While both are great options for dayboating, each has its own strengths.…

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Boat Show Season Shopping Tips

Whether you’re a newcomer to boating or you’re a veteran on the water, there’s something about boat show season that rekindles your excitement and has you counting down until launch day. …

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Boating & Fishing Charities

We've rounded up a list of boating and fishing charities that need your support.…

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Gift Guide for Boaters

Whether you’re looking for a nautical-themed stocking stuffer or the latest, cutting-edge electronic gadget, the best place to start is with Discover Boating's all-new Gift Guide…

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Gift Ideas for Boaters Part II

There are and wide variety of books, instructional DVDs, and other educational materials that truly enrich your boater's enjoyment of their favorite pastime.…

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The Trailer Laws

Ask anyone who has taken a boat and trailer across state lines about laws and you’ll receive one of two answers: “I was legal” or “What state laws?” …

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Don’t Lose It When You’re Not Using it

There are going to be times when the trailer isn’t used for an extended period of time. Winter is one of those times as is being away. …

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Keeping Water Out

Your trailer exists so that it can be rolled into the water whenever and wherever you want. Keeping it waterproof allows you to keep doing the boating you love. …

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Weather Tracking

Boaters seeking weather updates while at sea have a dizzying array of available sources. …

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Beyond Wi-Fi

Satellite communication services are evolving rapidly. …

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Mega Yachts

What makes a mega yacht noteworthy and memorable?…

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Tips From the Pros

Mariners who spend a lot of time on the water, along with electronics dealers and manufacturers share their tips.…

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Staying Safe

Mention safety and survival to mariners and they picture liferafts and flotation devices. But if electronics don’t come to mind, you could be missing the boat. …

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When Things Go ‘Haywire’

What to do when you are presented with a situation when things go haywire while boating. Some of the fixes discussed here are quite simple.…

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Marine Antennas

We will discuss aspects of antennas such as types, purchasing, optimization, installation and operation.…

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Top 10 Cookbooks for Boaters: Recipes to Keep You Afloat

We've put together a list of the top ten cookbooks for boaters. These recipes are sure to keep you afloat on your next boating trip!…

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Top 10 Gifts for Boaters

Stumped on what to buy for the nautical or fishing enthusiast in your life? Check out our holiday gift guide for some sea-worthy ideas that are sure to please.…

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Ten First-Time Launching Tips

Trailering spoke with two seasoned trailer veterans who teach seminars for first time boaters, and trailer backers.…

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Returning To The Ramp And Heading Home

If you’re going to drop someone off to retrieve the tow vehicle and trailer, do so at the dock next to the boat ramp.…

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Personal Watercraft, Safety, And You

Man, these things are big fun. But please keep the basic safety rules in mind. …

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Top 10 Tips for Tow Sports Fun

Read our Top Ten Tips for tow sports safety. Learn how to be safe when wakeboarding, knee boarding, and tubing, and have more fun!…

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Your Ultimate Trailering Checklist

Before you hit the road, launch the boat, retrieve the boat, or head home, spend a few minutes with your trailer.…

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Before You Launch The Boat

Do these 10 things at the ramp and anyone behind you in line will say "Thank You"…

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Slip Sliding Away

If you've got a question about a boat trailer, this is the place to be. …

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What To Do When It’s Up To You

Here are seven simple rules to keep you in the clear, and tempers tamped down, as you pass boats in a narrow channel. …

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Hunting Hurricanes

With a season about to begin, this is prime time for hurricane prep. …

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Gone Fishin’

There are fish stories, and then there are Fish Stories! …

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Anchorline

News & updates from the editors of BoatU.S. Trailering.…

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Recycled Fishing Line Would Stretch Across America

Nearly 2,700 miles of fishing line has been recycled in one year through the BoatU.S. Foundation's Reel In and Recycle Program.…

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GPS, Fish Finders & Waterproof Binoculars

While every boater's "gotta-have-gear" and wish lists are different, there are a few items just about any boater will find useful, including GPS, Fish Finders and Waterproof Binoculars.…

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Living Aboard a Boat: Pros and Cons

Of course you’ve thought about living aboard your boat. Who hasn’t? Where do you feel most relaxed? Where do your kids forget to check their cell phone every five minutes? Where else do small, simple …

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Top secrets to finding the best fishing spots on vacation

You know your home fishing hole like the back of your hand, but here are some secrets to finding the best fishing spots when you're on vacation.…

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How a personal watercraft can get you into the boating lifestyle

One of the easiest and most fun ways to enjoy everything the water has to offer is by taking a ride on a personal watercraft (PWC). …

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How to Create a ‘Cruise Preparation List’ for Onboard Guests

Learn how to create a cruise preparation list of shared responsibilities for family and friends on your next boat outing.…

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Be a good neighbor: Know your marina etiquette

There’s only one word you need to know to master marina etiquette: Consideration. If you’ll consider your neighbor’s point of view for a moment, you will usually make the right decision. …

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Boating Etiquette: Reading between "The Rules"

There are certain customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others.…

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Gearing Up For A Boating Day Trip

Boating is one of the most enjoyable ways you can spend time with your friends and family. All it takes is a little preparation, and your day trip will be remembered for all the right reasons.…

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Riding Rules for Personal Watercraft

A personal watercraft (PWC) is a boat, and you’re the captain. You are legally in command of a powerboat, and you’re bound by the boating rules of the road as well as the laws and traditions of respon…

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Green Tips for Personal Watercraft Users

Read our environmental guide for personal watercraft users. Get green tips for operating your PWC. …

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How to Get Up on a Wakeboard…The Easy Way

With a little on-land preparation and a mental note to always relax and let the boat do the work, you will be well on your way to launching off waves in no time. …

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Are there any PWC-specific laws or rules in my state?

Are there are PWC-specific laws and rules in any state, such as a minimum age or mandatory education?…

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Sleeping Onboard Your Boat

The calming sound of waves gently lapping against the hull can lull even the most wound-up insomniac into a peaceful night’s slumber. But there are some tricks and tips you should know before you go o…

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Quick facts about PWCs or Personal Watercraft

What is a PWC? The official definition of a personal watercraft varies from state to state, but they are generally recognized as a vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its p…

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Environmental Guide for Personal Watercraft Users

Tips on how to fill your tank the environmentally friendly way.…

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Bass Fishing: Smallmouth Bass

The smallmouth bass is generally green, brown, bronze, or tan in general color with dark vertical bands rather than a horizontal band along the side. …

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Powerboating & Sailing: 11 Tips for a Better Summer Cruise

Cruising, whether on a powerboat or sailboat, will go more smoothly with these 11 helpful tips, written by a lifelong cruiser.…

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Boating Tips: Preparing Your Boat for the Season

Boating is a fun activity that can be shared with the entire family. But you’ll need to perform a few check-ups to get ready for first trip of the season.…

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Fishing: Natural Bait vs. Artificial Lures

Read the pros and cons of using natural fishing bait or artificial lures. Earthworms, grubs, crank baits, spinners, and more are all covered in this helpful article.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout favor clean, clear, cold streams. .…

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Bass Fishing: Rock Bass

Rock bass have a very deep and laterally compressed body. They usually have red to orange eyes, large, terminal mouth, body coloring from golden brown to olive, with white to silver belly, and 5 to 7 …

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Bass Fishing Tips: How to Catch Bass

Read 10 of the best bass fishing tips written by seasoned anglers. Learn how to catch more bass with these secrets from the pros!…

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Tips for Taking Your Dog Boating

Nothing is more exhilarating that the smell of the sea and the wind in your hair as you sail carefree under a warm sun. If you enjoy boating, there's no reason not to take your best friend with you, a…

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Boating Safety Quiz

Take this Boating Safety Quiz, brought to you by Manitou Boats.…

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Boating Playlists

At Discover Boating, we spend a lot of time on our boats. So, we've put together a playlist of our favorite songs to listen when we're out on the water.…

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Stay With the Wind You Have

In one race of the Spring Soling Bowl off Annapolis in a dying northwesterly, we led up the second beat until nipped at the mark by Manfred Kantor, of Canada, who had come in from the right corner. Af…

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Gas Saving Tips for Boaters

Reduce pain at the pump! Read these helpful tips from Captain Chris and learn how you can save money on gas this boating season.…

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On Maneuvers: Driving Your Boat After Dark

Preparation is the key to navigating at night without getting lost or banging into an underwater obstacle. …

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Tips For Being a Savvy Boater

You don't have to hang around a busy marina long to see boaters of all skill levels operating at their best — and worst. This is what I learned about both during my job as a dock boy. …

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Summer Sailstice - June 22, 2013

What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than by kicking off a worldwide celebration of sailing? …

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Bass Fishing: Ten Biggest Myths

Every angler group has its widely held fallacies, perhaps none more than bass anglers. That’s perhaps surprising, given the volume of research directed at black bass. Moreover, superbly skilled profes…

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Light-Air Tips

Light Air is the term used to describe when weather conditions barely offer enough wind to move a sailboat. Follow these tips and you'll be moving along in no time.…

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10 Tips for Choosing a Wakeboard

Read these 10 tips for choosing a wakeboard, because having the right piece of gear under you can make all the difference. Ask any experienced wakeboarder, and they’ll tell you one of the best ways to…

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Wakeboarding: How To Get Better This Winter

Unfortunately, not all of us live in a part of the world where we can wakeboard all year long. So what can we do while the weather is cold to become better wakeboarders? The following are some differe…

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Wakesurfing - Tips on How to Get Started

Wakesurfing has exploded onto the wake scene in a big way. What started in the 1950s with a couple of guys goofing around on longboards behind their boat has become one of the fasting growing waterspo…

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Beginner Wakeboarding Tips

Our wakeboarding tips section is no exception to this important boating safety rule. Be sure to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when you are in the water. A basic boating safety ti…

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Wakeboarding Boat Buyer Guide

Is wakeboarding your first love? Read through our helpful boat buyer guide for information on which types of boats are best for wakeboarding. With direct links to manufacturers and more, we can help y…

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Sailing is Easy

Read the how-to books and the boating magazines and you might think sailing is hard, but that’s not the case. Sailing is really very simple; a skilled instructor can teach you the basics in an afterno…

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Freshwater Fishing Tips

There are always plenty of things to keep in mind when angling for the perfect catch, but these basic freshwater fishing tips can help provide a general overview of what you need to know: …

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Water Tubing: 5 Reasons to Love Boat Tubing

Water tubing always conjures up images of big splashes and big fun. Here are our favorite reasons why we love boat tubing:…

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Water Tubing Tips: Boat Safety Tips for Water Sports Tubing

The next time you or your family decide to go out boat tubing, keep these boating safety and water sports tubing tips in mind to make sure your experience is safe and enjoyable: …

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Water Tubing Tips: Which Tubes are Best for Your Family?

While wakeboarding may get the TV coverage on ESPN2, most boaters in America are towing tubes for family fun. Suitable for all members of the family, tubes are among the most popular types of towables…

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Wakeboarding Trick: Backside Lipslide

Learning the backside lipslide will give you a good base for more technical grinds down the road. …

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Wakeboard Trick: Kicker Perspective

Spinning off a kicker behind the boat or on a cable can be really easy if you take your time and wait for the top. …

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Wakeboarding Tips

Follow these easy steps and you will become a wakeboarder in no time...…

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Knee Boarding Tips

Knee Boarding made easy! Read some of the basic information to get started in knee boarding...…

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Fishing with Kids: Teach Children to Fish

So you are going to take some kids fishing! You want our future fishermen to have fun, so read these helpful tips on fishing with children.…

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Boat Buyer Guide: Tips on How to Buy a Boat

Plan ahead… There are a lot of choices. Allow enough time to explore many different types of boats, and several different brands within each category… This is a big investment that will change your li…

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Teaching Someone to Ski

Eliminate the intimidation of engine noise and the fear of being 75 feet from the boat. Stay close, and make the first time on skis fun. …

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Before you Buy a Boat

Tips and helpful steps to take before you buy a boat of your dreams.…

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Houseboats Turn a Passion for Boating into a Way of Life

The reality is most new houseboats manufactured today are luxurious, and not just for boats, but houses as well. Some even rival neighborhood estates. …

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SURVEY SAYS - Boaters are happier!!!

A recent survey conducted by Impulse Research Corp. found that boaters are healthier and happier than their non-boating counterparts.…

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How to Get Up on a Wakeboard

Learn how to get up on your first try with these beginner wakeboarding tips. Get all of the basics of wakeboarding.…

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Money Saving Programs for New Boaters from West Marine and BoatU.S.

Whether you are looking to outfit a recently purchased boat or are preparing your existing boat for an extended cruise, our Discount Outfitting Service can help.…

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Boat Buying Tips

Buying a boat can be confusing and stressful. Follow these easy tips to make it a smooth purchase.…

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Maintenance Tips

Maintenance tips on some of the most important items on your boat.…

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Winterize Your Boat Yourself and Save Hundreds of Dollars

Proper winterization will prevent costly damage that can result from freezing, dormancy, corrosion and moisture, and will allow for a smooth launch come springtime.…

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Featured Book-"First You Have to Row a Little Boat"

"First You Have to Row a Little Boat" unfolds lessons learned on a boat from the point of view of someone who discovered boating.…

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Anchoring Tips

Anchoring is done for two principal reasons: to stop for fishing, swimming, lunch, or an overnight stay or to keep you from running aground in bad weather.…

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Displaying Numbers

Numbers must be painted or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel.…

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Garbage in the Water

Garbage in the water looks bad, and can cause problems for both wildlife that mistake it for food and eat it, and for boaters.…

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Pollution Regulations

There are a number of Pollution Regulations while boating and vessels must display a placard.…

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Heads (Toilets) and Pumpouts

A quick overview of the issues, laws and regulations to the water closet on-board.…

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Winterize Your Boat

Winterizing a boat and motor is the most important maintenance a boat owner can perform to help ensure safe boating next spring. …

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Ten Minute Walkaround

This 10 Minute Quality Walkaround is designed to help you learn enough about any boat - power or sail - to determine the basic quality of its construction.…

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Mistakes on the Water

Learn to keep some trouble, (not all) away.…

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Boat Trailer Tips

The ability to trailer your boat opens up a world of boating adventures. Trailer boating is convenient- and can be transported just about anywhere.…

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The Price of Ownership

We’ve talked to several San Diego experts to give you the details on boat ownership.…

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Used Boat Savvy

Getting a great deal on a boat doesn't have to be complicated.…

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Boating Insurance

Whether you\’re a novice or experienced watercraft owner, boating insurance works much like auto and homeowners insurance…

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Tax Breaks for Boaters

It is probably the secret dream of all boat owners - finding a way to deduct the cost of their boats every April when the IRS comes calling for the annual donation.…

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Boat Pricing Guides

There are three generally accepted price guides in the U.S.: the BUC Used Price Guide, the NADA Marine Appraisal Guide, and the ABOS Marine Blue Book…

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Sell Your Boat for More

With a little preparation and some elbow grease, you can improve your odds of selling quickly and at the best possible price.…

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All about Capacity Plates

Learn about the different capacity plates and what is required by law.…

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Why does my boat have a Maximum HP?

a regulation that limited the power and weight of outboard engines on all boats up to 20ft…

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How Safe is That Doggie in the Water?

Life jackets are essential pieces of equipment for the boater, even required by law. But Is it a help or a hindrance in a "dog overboard"…

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Float Planning Basics

If you ever wondered what would happen should something go terribly wrong out on the water, having a float plan could help.…

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Programs for Water Loving Dogs

Dogs are trained to perform life-saving tasks, like towing a person to shore, taking a life jacket out to a person, and towing a boat.…

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Boating Resources for Women

Associations and Committee's designed to help Women in boating.…

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Television Onboard Your Boat

Some of us go boating to get away from TV. Others like to see a broadcast program at the end of a fine day on the water. …

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How to power up your Boat Toys - Inverters vs. Gensets

The best way to power up your boat is determined by your engine.…

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Deep Cycle Batteries

Buying the right storage battery can be confusing. A number of different types are offered, at widely varying prices.…

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Safe Trailering

The most important thing to know is if you are certain that your trailer is right for your boat. …

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Suddenly In Charge

Learn what to do if you become Capt. Pay attention to the basics.…

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But I Don't Want To Be In Charge!

Even if you don’t own a boat, if you ever go out in one as a passenger, you should know the basics of boating.…

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Boat Safe this Spring or Fall - Avoid Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a condition that exists when the body’s temperature drops below ninety-five degrees. Learn how to avoid it!…

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Dockside Do's and Don'ts

Tips that you should adhere to to make dockside boating safer and more pleasant for you and your dockside neighbors.…

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Never Take Anything for Granted

Boating safety is nothing you can ever take for granted.…

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The Life Expectancy of the Marine Engine

An automobile engine may run almost twice as long (3,000 hours) as your marine gasoline engine. Marine engines normally work harder and under worse conditions. …

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Electrolysis Can Eat Your Prop

To complete the electrical circuit, the zincs must be connected to the items they are intended to protect.…

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Bilge Pumps

It is important to frequently test your bilge pumps by switching from the automatic to manual position on the bilge pump switch.…

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Looks Like Chicken Pox - AKA Blisters

Water being absorbed through the gelcoat and fiberglass laminates in the hull causes blisters.…

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Towing for Fun

The moment you hook a line to a derelict boat, you become responsible for it and all aboard it.…

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Rules of the Road Summarized

Collisions between boats are one of the most dangerous and frequently occurring mishaps on our nations waters.…

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Navigating Inlets

One of the most dangerous locations that a small boat can be located is in the jaws of an ocean inlet.…

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Heavy Weather Boat Handling - Part 2

Some of the most challenging conditions you may encounter as a skipper are the adverse conditions of "Heavy Weather."…

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Through-hull Fittings

Every through-hull fitting in your boat is a potential hole that could sink you in a matter of minutes.…

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Running Aground

Despite all efforts to stay off shoals, beaches, or rocks, groundings do happen. It is important that every boater be prepared for such an event.…

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Battery Saver

With a battery charger maintaining a constant voltage, those intermittent loads such as flushing a toilet will run down the battery capacity.…

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Engine Cooling Systems Explained

Most newer marine engines use an enclosed cooling system. There is a small tank on the top of the engine that combines of fresh water and coolant.…

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Play the Numbers Game

Hull Identification Numbers (HIN)are required. But, what are they and what do they mean?…

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Aids To Navigation

You encounter buoys in a specific order. What do they mean and what should you do?…

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Getting Help on the Water

The Coast Guard serves as Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator for all maritime emergencies.…

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International Code Flags or Signaling Flags

International code flags are used to signal between two ships or between ship and shore.…

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Cone of Protection from Lightning - Faraday's Cage

With heavy thunderstorms you will often find lightning. Lightning on the water can bring life-threatening circumstances.…

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Boating in Heavy Weather - Part I

If you have kept a proper lookout, developed a "weather eye" and monitored the weather on your VHF radio, you should have time to get prepared. …

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Bridge Procedures

Dealing with draw bridges takes some knowledge of how the system works and knowing what you are looking for, especially at night.…

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Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Here you can find a list of the many things to consider before, during and after a hurricane.…

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Weather 101 - Cloud Formations

Clouds are a tool you can use to predict or forecast weather. The type of cloud and direction of movement can warn you of weather changes that are imminent. …

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What can you say about Seasickness?

Seasickness is caused when the minute inner ear organs that enable a human to balance are disturbed by the motion of the boat swaying and pitching. …

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GPS Overview

GPS is a satellite-based navigation system developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a accurate method of navigation.…

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Electricity 101 for Boaters

Understanding the terminology of electricity is the first step to starting to understand electrical theory.…

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Ceremony for Renaming Your Boat

Renaming a boat is, of course, not something to be done lightly. Sailors have sworn the unluckiest ships of all are those who have changed their names.…

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Sun Burns and Sun Screens

Exposure to the sun means exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation which comes in different wavelengths (medium and long). Some cause more damage to our skin than others.…

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Docking Tips Continued . . .

The best way to get good at docking is practice, practice, practice. With repetition, you start to get a feel for wind and current.…

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Float Plans Save Lives

With a minimum amount of information, the Coast Guard begins its search. The Coast Guard begins contacting all local mariners, and visually checking boat ramps. …

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Trailer Without Tears

If you’re one of the legions of trailer sailors, you know the advantages of having your boat in your driveway or storage yard instead of in a slip or on a mooring. Storms are not likely to be a concer…

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Distress Signals

Signals, used or exhibited together or separately, indicate distress and need of assistance.…

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Boat Docking

Learning to dock is done on the water, in our boats. Book learning and good teaching are important to however, we must accept the responsibility ourselves.…

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Help Prevent Drowning with These Tips

Drowning occurs rapidly and soundlessly, averaging 20 seconds in small children and up to a minute in adults. Simply observing may cancel a needless tragedy.…

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Around an Obstacle in a Cross Wind

Boat Docking is a wonderful book. Its descriptive subtitle, “Close Quarters Maneuvering for Small Craft”, says it all. Boaters of all types have taken to this book.…

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Stern To Docking

Stern to docking has many advantages over docking with the bow in towards land. In many boats, it’s just easier to load gear and get on and off from the cockpit.…

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Docking Broadside to the Wind

Docking in an “off-the-dock” wind, when done well, brings praise even from experienced marina dock hands.…

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Docking & Undocking

Prior planning and practice will not only keep you and your passengers safe and protect your boat, it will also help you avoid serious personal humiliation.…

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Alongside in a Headwind

Boat Docking-"Take it as slow as possible." This is because the wind demands that the boat have very strong "steerability". Things can change very quickly. …

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Boating Accidents:

Each year hundreds of people are involved in boating accidents. U.S. Coast Guard reports show that only 5 to 10 percent of non-fatal boating accidents are reported.…

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A Scrape in the Dark

When you purchase an anchor, make sure you get the right type for the bottom conditions where you go boating. Buy at least 1 good, heavy anchor for each type of bottom.…

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Marine Batteries

Most marine batteries onboard boats today are of the lead-acid type. This type of battery has been used for many decades beacuse of the low cost to purchase and maintain.…

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Basic Electrical Theory for Boaters

Digital multimeter gives a more accurate digital readout over the less expensive analog models that have a needle that moves over a set of printed numbers on the dial.…

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Turning the Tide on the ICW

About 13,000 recreational vessels transit the ICW each year, according to the most recent estimates available. It’s been called "the boaters’ Route 66".…

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Preventable Tragedy

Alcohol can decrease a person’s ability to handle a boat in many ways. As a depressant, alcohol goes straight to the nerves, blood stream, and the brain. …

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EPIRBs - You Bet Your Life

An EPIRB is a small battery-powered transmitting device that is carried on board. As the name implies, it is used only in case of emergency and as a last resort.…

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