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Naples, FL National Marina Day Events

Naples, FL National Marina Day Events…

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Seattle & Tacoma, WA National Marina Day Events

Seattle & Tacoma, WA National Marina Day Events…

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Houseboat Vacation Destinations

For the ultimate boating vacation, nothing beats spending time on a houseboat. Here are ten popular houseboat destinations, along with listings of places where you can find a vacation rental.…

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Chasing Fish with Marine Electronics

Today even little skiffs venture well out to sea to catch fish that they once could only dream about. …

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Holiday Lighted Boat Parades

We've put together a listing of Christmas and Holiday lighted boat parades. …

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VHF Marine Radios

If there's one piece of safety equipment on your boat that rivals a life jacket in terms of being valuable in an emergency, it's your VHF marine radio.…

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Tips for Trailering or Towing a Boat

With a little practice and some preparation, you can master the fine art of towing and trailering your boat, spend less time behind the wheel and more time on the water!…

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How To Choose The Right Wakeboard

Just like any piece of sporting equipment, there are lots of considerations to make when choosing a wakeboard.…

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Keep America Fishing: The Voice of the American Angler

Find out how you can take an active role in keeping our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams open to recreational fishing now and for generations to come.…

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Boat Owners Association: BoatUS

Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) offers benefits and services that support the boating lifestyle. …

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Get Kids Involved in Family Boating Fun

Learn how you can get your kids involved in family boating fun with these helpful tips.…

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Ultimate Summer Giveaway Weekly Winners

Here's a list of the weekly winners and their prizes!…

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Boat Radar, Marine Radar and Broadband Radar

Learn about the different types of boat radar, marine radar and broadband radar and how they are used in marine navigation.…

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Watching Fireworks from Your Boat

Talk about the best of both worlds! Enjoying a fireworks show from your boat is a wonderful way to combine two favorite activities.…

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Boat Design, WaterSports & Photography Competitions

If you are looking for a way to spice up your boating experience, there are many boating-related competitions you can enter. …

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Trolling Motors

Trolling motors are generally small electric outboard motors, frequently mounted on the bow, used to quietly maneuver into fishing areas. …

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Fish Finders

The right fishing boat accessories, such as electronic fish finders, can help to greatly improve your catch at the end of the day. …

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Boating Safety: Close Calls, Near Misses and Lady Luck

Five tips on how to avoid close calls and near misses when cruising or sailing, written by a lifelong boater.…

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Boats That Stand Out in My Life

It's not so much the boats, but the memories that stay with us. Read one sailor's account of the stand-out boats he's owned in his lifetime.…

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Boating Tips: A Little Marlinspike Seamanship

Five tips on marlinspike seamanship, written by a lifelong sailor who learned from his grandfather, a Naval Officer. …

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Powerboating & Sailing: Favorite Destinations

A look at favorite destinations of a lifelong seaman with more than 40 years on the water in sail- and powerboats. …

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Boat Wear: Foul Weather Gear

Get tips on the proper boat wear and gear for foul weather from a lifelong boater with over 40 years on the water.…

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Saltwater Fishing Tips from the Pros

Both seasoned fishermen and beginning anglers alike can learn something from these helpful fishing tips…

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Rail Jam - Coming to a Boat Show Near You!

Watch as pro wakeboarders perform spectacular tricks and stunts on 160' landing pool. Unlike on-the-water competitions where the riders are 100 feet away on the lake, this is up-in-your-face action wi…

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Tips On Using Marine GPS Based Devices

Marine GPS units are a welcome addition to the boater's arsenal of necessary equipment. GPS is an acronym that stands for Global Positioning System. The GPS is an elaborate network of satellites orbit…

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A Boater's Guide to Seabird Protection

Approaching too close to seabird colonies causes birds to panic and fly, resulting in abandoned nests and potential decreases in populations. …

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Freshwater Fishing: Yellow Perch

For many anglers, yellow perch are the first fish to "arrive" in the rivers after the first of the year.…

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Freshwater Fishing: White Crappie

White crappie are sought after by both bank and boat anglers. …

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Boating with Children

Take your kids boating! Read helpful tips on how to have the best experience when boating with children.…

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Tips from Pro Barefoot Water Skier, Zenon Bilas

There are few thrills in watersports to match gliding across the surface of the lake on your bare feet. Read tips from a pro Zenon Bilas.…

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Sinking Boat Insurance Myths

The experts at DiscoverBoating.com will tell you the reality behind common myths about boat insurance. Read the facts before you buy.…

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Boat Financing: Choosing the Right Company

Learn everything you need to know about choosing the right company to finance your boat, from the experts at DiscoverBoating.com.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Brown Trout

Fishermen consider Brown Trout to be among the smartest, most difficult trout species to catch.…

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Freshwater Fishing - Brook Trout

Brook trout have cream colored spots on a dark background, distinguishing them from many other trout species.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Lake Trout

Lake trout are distinguished by their white or yellowish spots on a dark green to grayish background and a deeply forked tail.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Bluegill

The bluegill is a popular game fish with many fishermen. They are found throughout the continental United States in various lakes, streams and ponds. Bluegills are quite easy to catch and make a great…

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Livewells & Baitwells

The best livewells are big enough to hold enough water for the fish to remain upright & have some room to move. A baitwell helps keep your bait alive & swimming.…

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Fishing with Kids: Tips from Bass Pro Kevin Van Dam

Get tips of fishing with kids from Bass Pro Kevin Van Dam. Help the kids stay tuned while fishing, and soon they'll be reeling them in like little pros…

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Boating and Navigation – “There’s An App For That”

There are few of us these days who haven't heard the phrase “There’s an app for that.” It refers to software applications (apps) that can be downloaded and used on mobile devices, such as iPhoneTM, Bl…

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Finding Your Way in Unfamiliar Waters

For sailors of old using antiquated methods, finding their bearings and navigating the waterways was an art. Modern technology has made navigation much easier; mariners today rely on global positionin…

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Ten Tips for Safety in Boating & Watersports

Safety is extremely important when you are participating in boating and water sport activities such as fishing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, or scuba diving. However, because water sports and b…

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"One Mom, Two Teens, No Exit"

At 21, she was the youngest woman to sail around the world alone, and her inspirational book about this odyssey, Maiden Voyage — co-authored with BoatU.S. consulting editor Bernadette Bernon — went on…

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Sportfishing: Gaffing Tips & Techniques

Proper gaffing techniques lead to more fish in the box. Yet, you'd be surprised at the number of quality fish lost due to poor gaffing technique. While they won't readily admit it, even the most seaso…

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New Gulf Reef Fish Gear Requirements

By adopting just a few simple habits, recreational anglers will greatly increase the chances that the fish they catch and release will survive, meaning each and every saltwater angler can positively i…

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Hurricane Preparedness

Can you believe it? Hurricane season is once again upon us, and if you own a boat now is the time to start preparing for the unthinkable. It doesn't matter whether you store your most prized possessio…

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Sportfishing Tips: 6 Steps to Rigging

Start by acquiring the freshest bait possible. If you cannot catch your own, frozen individuals will suffice – stay away from packages that appear to have freezer-burn, as these baits will most likely…

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Combat Corrosion

When replacing hardware, properly seal screws and bolts with a high-quality marine compound. Periodically check the wiring on your vessel for nicks or damaged sections. If you find any corrosion pee…

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Catching Live Bait: Tips from the Pros

Live bait is king! It doesn’t matter where around the peninsula you ply your craft, live bait certainly plays a key role in every angler’s success. Without question there is always a place and time fo…

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Safe Boating: Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Make sure seals and tamper indicators are not broken or missing. Make sure pressure gauges or indicators read in the operable range. (CO2 extinguishers do not have gauges and instead must meet a mini…

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ABC’s of Portable Fire Extinguishers

Class A Fire Ordinary Combustibles (anything that burns and leaves ash)…

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Underwater Lights

Due to the heat that may develop, underwater lights should only be illuminated when your vessel is in the water. Consult with your boat manufacturer to see if they have any reservations about the hull…

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Float Plan App for iPhone

When we were little and headed outside to play, there was always one simple rule we had to follow: Tell Mom where you were going and what time you planned to be home. When we got cars, that rule becam…

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Good Boaters Carry Spare Parts

Carry spare parts, be a self-sufficient boater! Read a list of important accessories and equipment to bring aboard with you to ensure safe boating.…

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Better Boating Tips for Better Buying

It just may be true that there's never been a better time to own a boat. While that statement may seem to fly in the face of some trying economic times these days, the very opportunity to experience t…

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Small Boat Tips that Matter

Just as in any manufacturing or production business, our crew always looks for ways to im-prove our efficiency and reduce the effort needed to get the best possible results for the job. Throughout the…

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Restoring and Upgrading Your Boat

Increase your "dock appeal" with these helpful tips on restoring and upgrading your boat.…

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Unlocking the Mysterious Lake Winds

Lake sailing is more complex than sailing on the open sea, but more predictable. A lake, like any body of water enclosed by land, is subject to gradient winds, always offshore, and by thermal winds --…

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Stuck Between Two Winds

In my April ’07 column, "Review Your Options", I discussed my failure to properly analyze and manage a "two winds simultaneously" situation during the Soling Worlds and promised a second analysis. Aft…

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Review Your Options Often

There's a difference between some tacks (or jibes) and others, and that difference is what makes sailing so much more difficult than golf. Sometimes the choice is obvious, in all Category I (oscillati…

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Four Ways to Win the Sea Breeze Game

This is a story about the physics of sea breezes. Yeah, I know...the last thing you want is a physics lesson. But take it from me — someone whose grade point average was ruined by Calculus — knowing w…

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Four Puff Tips

1. Try to determine the temperature of the air relative to the temperature of the water. If, for example, a cold front moved through overnight, there is a good chance that mixing puffs will be prevale…

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Knowledge Rules

I once worked for a captain who told me that if I ever thought I knew everything, I'd better hang up my foul-weather gear and take up pottery. He was right. That's one of the many nuances of boating I…

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Boating Apps for Apple's iPhone

Laptops are dead. The trend now-and it's a fast growing one-is to access and share information via your smart phone using 3G mobile networking technology…

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Refinishing Your Boat's Bottom

Ethanol is reducing your engine's efficiency. Fuel prices are sure to rise. And, the way things are going, I'd bet fuel taxes spike as well. These things are out of your control, but you can combat th…

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Rig a Foul-Free Anchor

At best, a fouled anchor is a nuisance. At worst, it can be the worst kind of dangerous. According to the official investigation into the tragic deaths of three football players in February, a fouled …

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What Boaters Should Know About Lake Weeds

One common problem shared by all lake shore owners is weed management. Not only can aquatic weeds clog up and potentially damage a boat’s motor, but quite frequently they are an unpleasant sight and a…

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Finding the Perfect Hot Spot

Once you Discover Boating, you’ll soon find yourself looking for great new places to boat. You probably already know where the best boat ramps, docking spaces and restaurants are in your own area, but…

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Heading Offshore

Make your next blue-water adventure safe and enjoyable with these trip-planning and boat-handling tips. …

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Boat Handling: Riders on the Storm

Will you know what to do when you’re caught in a serious squall?…

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Making the Most of Favorable Conditions

If the weather allows, don't let a pre-set schedule keep you from pushing ahead. …

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Boat Handling: Out of Sight

Running in limited visibility can be tricky business. Here's what to do to stay safe when the fog rolls in or the night curtain falls. …

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Navigating Rough Seas at an Inlet

How do you get back in when a potent wind and opposing tide put breakers at the mouth of the inlet? One answer: slowly.…

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Bring the Heat

Logging extra days on the water in late autumn or launching into a new season ahead of the crowds can add another dimension to the boating experience. Of course, you could tough it out aboard an unhea…

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Enclosure Disclosures

By far, some of the hardest working gear aboard a boat is its fabric and clear vinyl enclosures. On the job 24/7, an enclosure endures sun, air pollution, rain, salt spray and bird droppings while pro…

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Boat Handling: New Moves

An unfamiliar marina could challenge your maneuvering skills. Here's what you need to know to dock your boat right the first time.…

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The Other Power Source

A few months ago, I joined some friends for a coastal cruise on their vintage trawler. The weather was mild, so we anchored out most nights with the hatches open, free of machine-cooled air and the co…

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Coming Clean - The Truth About Screen Care

When i told the electronics technician that I had been spraying everything on my bridge with glass cleaner and wiping it down with paper towels, I thought his head was going to explode. I had no clue …

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Boat Buyer's Cheat Sheet

You're headed to the boat show to make the most important purchase of your life. You've called in sick on a Tuesday so you can prowl the aisles without fighting weekend crowds. The kids are at school …

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Softhearted

A good riding boat can make up for deficiencies elsewhere on the vessel -- and a harsh riding one can make even the most luxe boat feel like a dump truck. Try getting your crew to smile when they're g…

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Law and Disorder

We live in a society of laws. And with laws come a special subset of our species-lawyers. They need to eat, too. And they get to because any time something goes wrong, someone is always looking for so…

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Top Ten Reasons to Go Boating

Boating is about adventure, bonding, craftsmanship, personal growth and more.…

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Inside or Outside Storage

I was walking the docks this past weekend listening to all the football games on the radio and talking to all the boaters as they were enjoying the sunny fall day and getting their boat ready for wint…

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College and Boating?

With another school year starting, who says just because you go away to school that you can’t go boating. Better yet, why not get an education in something that you love doing, like boating. Whether i…

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Labor Day Weekend on the Water

There's nothing better than spending Labor Day weekend on the water with friends and family. Lucky for us, the weather was amazing and we took advantage of every minute. On Friday night when I got hom…

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What Are Your Reasons To Go Boating?

We're working on a Top 10 List why people go boating and we have the following reasons. Do you have anything to add to this? Would love to hear from you! …

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Discover Boating Becomes a Chicago Sun-Times Headliner

As part of our ongoing efforts to reach mass audiences about the benefits of boating, our team continuously works with reporters at a variety of newspapers, magazines and television stations across th…

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Have You Ever Rented A Boat?

I always tell people that renting a boat is the best way to find out what kind of boat is the perfect fit for their family. This past weekend my family and I had to go out of town for a family event.…

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Boating with a Four-Legged Friend

If you enjoy boating, you probably enjoy taking your best friends out on your boat. What if some of your best friends happen to have four legs and a tail? Here is a cool story that proud dog owners Ja…

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Staying Close to Home This Summer?

It’s summer vacation season and we anticipate this summer to be one of the busiest for boating, as more Americans are looking to spend time with family and friends close to home. To coincide with the …

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Check Out Boating Videos & Photos

All the entries are in for the i-Discovered Boating photo and video contest— that means it’s judging time! Discover Boating will choose two winners; one video ad and one print ad. Each ad’s creator wi…

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How To Choose The Right Boat?

There is no secret formula when trying to select the right boat for you or your family. You first need to determine what you want to do with your new boat. Do you want to spend the night on the boat a…

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For the Boater on Your List – Perfect Presents

This past weekend I was asked by two different people what would be a great gift for the boater in their life. As I sat there and thought for a minute what I would want, what I need, and what i can al…

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A Newly Discovered DESTIN-ation

I recently visited the beach town of Destin in northern Florida with a few friends and a very clear personal mission: to catch a fish big enough to beat out any fish my friends may catch. What I found…

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Special Offers on Boating Magazines, Books and More

I wanted to share with you this link to the “Special Offers” section on www.discoverboating.com. You can order a couple of free boating magazines to enjoy when you are sitting on the back bench of the…

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Celebrities on the Water

Zac Efron eases his ride into the water as he prepares to set sail Wednesday in Vancouver, where he continues to shoot his latest film, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. …

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How to Choose a Good Boating Club

Joining a boating club or organization is another great way to enjoy your boat and meet people who share the same passion as you do. Personally, I am a member of my local United States Power Squadron …

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Do You Practice Green Boating? A Guide to Being Green on the Water

As boaters, we have a responsibility and it is up to us to help protect the environment. Protecting the environment takes a conscious effort by all of us and starts with how we boat, where we boat, an…

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Sailing Around the Tahitian Islands

Sailing trips are a great value, especially when splitting costs with another family…

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Boating Loves NYC

So many people think of boating, fishing and watersports as something you can only do in coastal towns or on vacation, but New York City is an amazing city for boating and more than ever before, our M…

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On-the-Water Training with Capt. Russ

Some of the Discover Boating staff were fortunate enough to have Captain Russ Cohen, Founder of Boatboy Marine Training, fly into Chicago last month to get us some on-the-water boat training. Boatboy …

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Congrats to the 'i-Discovered Boating' Winners!

Congrats to David Knight of Pittsboro, N.C. and Ken Lancaster of Highland Village, TX, winners of the 2009 'i-Discovered Boating' national video/photo ad contest! …

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2009 'Mac' Race Winners! ...and Fun Facts

Congrats to DogDayz (cruising class) and Windquest (racing class), the winners of the 101st Chicago-to-Mackinac race! …

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What You Need to Know Before Boating With Your Dog

For some, the deck of a boat is their home away from home, a passion and a joy they want to share with their closest companions— and who is closer than The Dog?…

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Lightning-Proof Your Boat

Is your boat protected if it should be one hit by lighting? Find out the steps that you can take to protect your boat and crew if you get caught in a lighting storm.…

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Re-rigging Outriggers

Outriggers are critical fishing gear for trolling that -- unlike rods, reels and lures -- are part of the boat. The easiest way to think of them is as a system consisting of three main parts: mounting…

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Storm Survival Strategies

Of the three damaging elements of hurricanes — wind, rain and storm surge — wind is the most underestimated. Windage increases by the square of the wind velocity. Five square yards of flat surface gen…

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Generator Maintenance Tips

Marine generators don't have it easy. They labor away in tight, stifling corners of the engine room or lazarette and, all too often, are overlooked until something goes wrong. If it's been awhile sinc…

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On Maneuvers: Understanding Channel Markers

There are probably a hundred or more different navigation markers on American waterways, so learning to follow them can be a full-time endeavor. Most markers are set by the United States Coast Guard a…

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Fresh Perspectives: Keep Your Gear Like New

Most of us put away water-sports equipment the way Clark Griswold stored lights in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation — in a heap, wherever it lands. But a hasty retreat from the boat will only spe…

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When Wind is Your Friend

The wind is blowing and you’re boating. Should you retreat for calmer waters? If it’s choppy but safe, no. Experts say fish are easiest to find along shores taking the full brunt of the breeze. Here’s…

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Fishing Snag-Free

You did it. That super-duper $12 lure is snagged in your favorite fishing hole. Now what?…

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Best Boat Names

You can get a little insight into the psyche of a fisherman by the boat he owns and runs. Here are some boat names to ponder, with some poignant thoughts about each handle.…

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How to Take a Great Photo on a Boat

If you're not an experienced photographer, and you want to take better photos from your boat, try these suggestions:…

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Top Ten Reasons to Go Boating: Recreational Boating Activities

There are so many reasons why you should explore recreational boating activities. Read the top ten reasons to go boating at DiscoverBoating.com today.…

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How to Make the Most of the Least, Part II

Light air, heavy traffic: Tony Rey tells you how to outsmart the crowd on your next light-air run. …

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New Rules for Marks And Obstuctions

The new racing rules go into effect Jan. 1, 2009, and Dick Rose guides us through the important revisions. …

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On Maneuvers: Right Down the Middle

Joystick docking controls are making docking as easy as playing a video game. Just push the stick sideways and you can moonwalk a boat sideways toward the dock. That's great, if you have a 35-foot cru…

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Watersports Tips: Rope for Tubing

In all watersports, including waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing, it's crucial to make sure you have the right kind of rope. …

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5 Best Tips on Tows

After several hundred thousand miles on the road, Tim Horton says these are his top tips…

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Live Bait: How To Keep Fishing Bait Alive and Healthy

Nothing catches fish like live bait, the trick is to keep it healthy. …

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The Timber Hitch

When reefing, don’t get in a bind. Use this simple knot instead.…

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Choose the Right Crankcase Oil

Understanding the letters and numbers on the container helps ensure that you use the right lubricant in your diesel engine. …

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How to Make the Most of the Least, Part I

Light air can be maddening, but Tony Rey has the advice to make the most of it. "Boatspeed" from Sailing World's June 2008 issue.…

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It's Time For That Boat

Admit it—you’ve stood on shore and watched people in boats enjoying themselves out on the water and though “I wish I was out there.” Well, it’s time to stop wishing and start boating, because NOW i…

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Houseboat Movers and Tips for Transport

Personal experience in shipping a number of houseboats via houseboat movers, has led me to the following conclusions: First, you get what you pay for, and second, choose a good hauler in order to Do i…

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Play It Safe with Gas on Board

Properly constructed lockers or on-deck installations keep explosive fumes where they belong: out of the bilge. …

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Why are Boat Shows held in the Middle of Winter?

When looking at the Michigan boat show calendar, you see there are a significant number of boat shows within the first quarter of the year and many might wonder, “Why hold a boat show in the dead of w…

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Marine Lending Consumer Finance Tips (during the US market downturn)

US banks are making boat loans. Yes, there are fewer banks doing this today than one year ago. However, proportionately both boat sales and loans are down so the service capacity for boat loans remain…

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For the Boater on Your List

Having trouble buying the perfect gift for the boaters on your list? Here are some ideas that will float their boat!…

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New Year’s Resolutions We Can Keep

‘Tis the season to make New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions relate to changing bad habits or attempting to change negative aspects of our lives. It’s time to put a more positive spin onto this ti…

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TOWING THE LINE: NINE TIPS FOR TOWING

With the proliferation of affordable commercial assistance outfits such as Sea Tow and TowBoatU.S. plus the constantly improving reliability of marine engines, it’s not nearly as common as it once wa…

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ARE YOUR FLARES STILL GOOD?

ARE YOUR FLARES STILL GOOD? If you find yourself in need of a tow or some other kind of assistance and can’t contact anyone by radio or phone, you’ll need to use some kind of visual distress signal — …

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How to Find a Fishing Guide

Need help finding that perfect fishing spot or landing the big one? A fishing guide might be the perfect solution. Follow these tips to find a fishing guide that's right for you.…

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Deep Sea Fishing Tips

Read our tips on saltwater fishing. The experts at Discover Boating have advice to make your deep sea & offshore fishing experience more successful & enjoyable.…

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Things to Know About Fishing Charter

Recreation is an essential factor in the life of every human being. The anglers or the fishermen represent the largest single group of recreational seekers, and have a decided advantage over the other…

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Wakeskiing: 3 Quickies to Hittin’ It Right

With freestyle snow skiing gaining popularity, you had to figure it was only a matter of time before the latest rage of big-air boosts, crossed-up skis and tweaked-out grabs transferred onto the water…

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Edge It Out: 5 simple reminders for your onside turns

Follow these 5 simple reminders for your onside turns for safe and clean tricks. By Jon Travers…

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Loosen Up: Pre-Ski Warm Up

When does your set officially start? Ball one, the pre-gates or your deepwater start? If improving your scores and avoiding injury sound appealing to you (of course they do), we need to rewind 20 minu…

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Spins — Get a Handle on Them

Spins can be easy if you work on a few simple techniques. One of the most important things to focus on is your handle position. Whether you’re working on a heelside frontside 360 or you’re ready to st…

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What is the Best Fishing Bait?

There is such an assortment of bait that it is difficult to recommend any particular color, size, or type as the best. There are more than a thousand good baits on the market. All will catch fish at s…

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What You Need To Know About Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

If fishing is your hobby, protective eyewear is a must. As your eyes are one of the most delicate organs in the body, you should protect them from the sun's damaging rays as well as from intrusive ele…

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Start planning for next summer, NOW!

It’s not off-season for boaters—It’s planning season! What can boaters do to help them through the long wait for the next boating season? If your boat comes out of the water shortly after Labor Day, …

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Clean Water and Access -- The Glue that Binds Michigan Boaters

Whether you own a power yacht, wakeboard boat, fishing boat or sailboat, if you enjoy recreational boating then you share two common interests with all other boaters, clean water and access to it. The…

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Is it really the end of boating season?

Autumn in Michigan offers warm days, quiet lakes, and unbelievably beautiful displays of leaves changing colors. But despite this, some Michigan boaters insist on taking their boats out of the water a…

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Set up for Success: Better driving equals better skiing

By Chris Eller Pre-game boat setup is crucial to any three-event skier and driver. Whether you are hand-driving or using cruise control, making sure boat speeds and balance are set accurately can m…

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Backing Into A Slip

Your palms are sweaty, your mouth is dry, and you have a knot in your stomach – you must be backing your boat into a slip. Despite the initial anguish of attempting this seemingly difficult task, ther…

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Straight From the Experts: 21 Waterskiing Tips for Your Best Summer Ever

The start of water ski season, a glorious time of year when anything is possible. A new PB (personal best) on the course, a new barefoot trick, the first trip off a jump — it’s all within reach. The t…

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A New Era: Fish the Aggregate

Upper Gulf Coast anglers are countering tightening restrictions by finding creative ways to deck their daily limits of a variety of legal fish. By John E. Phillips…

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Battery Basics

Here’s how to select the right batteries and maintain them in peak condition. by Tom Ireland …

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Wakeboarding and Wakeskating Glossary

Check out this comprehensive glossary for definitions of everything wakeboard and wakeskate. Get familiar before your hit the water or figure out the correct terms for all the cool tricks you are alre…

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Michigan Boating - Great Lakes Shoreline

Whether you trailer your boat to new inland lake destinations or have a boat large enough to cruise from port to port along the Great Lakes coast, the abundance of water in and around Michigan will ke…

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Great Lakes Marinas: Michigan's Harbor Program

Boating on the Great Lakes is an experience that once enjoyed, will never be forgotten. These lakes are designed by nature to charm and capture the spirit of boaters. As residents of Michigan, we are …

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Entertaining on Your Boat in Michigan

Looking for a great place to throw your next party or social gathering? Look no further than your boat. A boat can serve as a fantastic setting for your next big bash, business entertainment party, or…

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DIY: Handy Under-Hatch Tool and Fly Stowage

Small, easily-misplaced items like hook removers, fishing and/or split-ring pliers, and hook sharpeners can be kept organized and quickly accessed if you stow them on the underside of a hatch. The onl…

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No-Mess Baitfish De-Hooker

Capt. George Warren of the Charger out of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, came up with this simple yet foolproof way of taking baitfish off a rig without having to touch either the hooks or the fish.…

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Life Jackets for Dogs

The truth is not all dogs can swim. And not all those that can swim are great swimmers. Additionally, water or weather conditions can cause problems even for a pet that is typically a strong swimmer.…

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Odyssey's Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure

Embark on a quest for deep-ocean treasure! Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure opens at the Detroit Science Center March 24, 2008 and runs through September 1, 2008. This fascinating exhibition wi…

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Recreational Fishermen Can Actively Help Manage California’s Coasts

Have you ever heard of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)? No. Well, you’re not alone—70% of Californians don’t know what it is. The MLPA is legislation passed in 1999 to “sustain, conserve and …

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAKES TAKING QUAGGA MUSSEL THREAT SERIOUSLY

The recent discovery of Quagga mussels at Lake Mead and Lake Havasu is prompting water district officials to initiate measures to prevent further Quaggas outbrbeaks. Although they are hardly noti…

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CALIFORNIA MULLS MANDATORY BOATER EDUCATION

After losing legislative steam in mid-2007, California's Mandatory Boater Education bill appears to be ready for a return engagement in 2008. The bill proposed last year would have required anyone op…

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The Puget Sound Partnership and An Action Agenda for Puget Sound

It was in the early 1920’s that local shellfish growers noticed pollution in Puget Sound. Since then, there have been several sporadic efforts at the state and federal level to control pollution. In 2…

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Washington now requires Boater Education

As of January 2008, Washington is phasing-in a law requiring all operators of motorboats with 15 horsepower or greaterto take a boater safety education course and carry a Boater Education Card when op…

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Northwest Salmon Derby Series grows to 14 derbies in 2008

There‘s no better way to get out on the water and enjoy some of Washington’s “good news” on salmon fishing than the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Directed by the Northwest Marine Trade Association, a…

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Rendezvous aren’t just for Big Boats

Rendezvous for large boats have long paved the way to fantastic weekends filled with fun, friendly boat owners ready to get to know each other or reunite. Offering a guaranteed good time and great cam…

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Michigan Boating Events

Check out these dates for an exciting summer on the water!…

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Preparing for Spring Boating Season

Making a "Next Boating Season" list will not only help you get ready sooner when spring finally does arrive, it will also get you thinking about other ways you can enjoy your boat while spending quali…

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Marine Warranties

You can protect yourself from costly repairs on both new and pre-owned boats by purchasing an extended warranty. It’s an easy way to limit out-of-pocket costs due to mechanical failure of major system…

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Fall Lay-Up

Nothing is harder on your boat than neglect, and neglect is exactly what recreational boats are subjected to when cold weather settles in. But proper lay-up techniques can minimize the ill effects win…

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Come Sail Away with Discover Boating

Experience why life is better with a boat on this different kind of vacation. See somewhere new every day without having to pack and unpack or pay extra travel or hotel expenses.…

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Freshwater Fishing Boats

One of the most popular boating activities, freshwater fishing can be enjoyed by experienced boaters and beginners alike. Whether you’re interested in extreme sports fishing or a laid-back jaunt aroun…

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Saltwater Fishing Tips

Are you new to saltwater fishing? Just getting started with your boating adventures? Check out these basic saltwater fishing tips for beginners: Practice makes perfect As a first step towards perfecti…

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Finding a Well-Fitted Wetsuit for your Watersports Adventure

Water absorbs body heat 25 times faster than air, so unless you’re frolicking in a hot tub that’s set above 98.6 degrees (body temperature), you’re going to get cold. …

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Best Freshwater Fishing Techniques

Before catching fish, anglers must locate them. Unless you live in the middle of the great southwestern deserts there should be a body of fishable water within an hour of your home. You can find fish …

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Best Times for Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing

Experienced anglers will tell you that there are "best" times to fish. These "best times" can be related to the amount of sunlight, to warming trends, to depth at which fish are found...…

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Fishing Tackle Guide: Spincasting, Baitcasting & More

Fishing tackle is used to get your bait or lure to the fish. You don’t need a lot of equipment to begin fishing. In fact, it’s a good idea to begin with basic, simple tackle. So here are the basics. Y…

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Where Do Fish Live?

To catch fish the angler must first locate them. Fish are found nearly everywhere there is water with enough food, oxygen and cover. Near your home there should be a body of water that has fish living…

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Safe Fishing Tips

If using a boat to fish, wear your life jacket and make sure that your passengers wear theirs, too. Inspect waterfronts daily – the natural environment is subject to change without notice. …

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Sailing Basics: 10 Beginner Sailing Terms To Know

While our glossary page provides a comprehensive list of boating terms, we’ve also compiled this short list of 10 beginner sailing terms that everyone should know.…

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A New Sailor’s Approach to Learning Navigation

We would encourage a new sailor to take advantage of Power Squadron and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Seamanship and basic navigation courses long before they head out to sea! In addition, I would recomm…

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What To Expect From a Sailing School

The short answer is that sailors can benefit from sailing school at any stage in their sailing lives. Perhaps the greatest benefits can be gained by attending a sailing school when people are beginnin…

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The Benefits of Joining a Sailing Club or Organization

The major benefit of being involved in a community boating organization is that you can enjoy the great sport of sailing without the cost or expense of owning a boat. Professional instruction is also …

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Charter Sailing Vacations: Frequently Asked Questions

A charter sailing vacation is one of the all-time greatest vacation options in the world! You have the opportunity to take a vacation in an idyllic setting that offers relaxation, freedom, exhilaratio…

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Buying a Sailboat New vs. Pre-Owned

Analyze your budget situation to determine if you can afford to buy new. If you’re not sure what your budget can afford, do some shopping at your local dealership or at the boat show, and/or speak wit…

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Racing In the Local Community: How to Get Underway

No matter where you live, the quickest way to find out about racing activities is to find a sailor. Most any sailor can refer you to another sailor who races and will be able to fill you in on racing …

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Tips for Planning the Perfect Overnight or Weekend Getaway!

Assuming that you are just sailing during the day and sleeping at night aboard, you only need to be practiced in basic navigation, anchoring and/or docking, and have experience in safe sailing under g…

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Saltwater Fish - Pompano

Greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides. Fish living in dark waters showing gold on throat, pelvic, and anal fins. The anal fin begins slightly behind the second dorsal. …

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Saltwater Fishing - Atlantic Salmon Fishing Tips & Info

Two dorsal fins including one adipose fin, a narrow pointed tongue with four to six small teeth, dark pectoral fins, forked tail, and nine rays in anal fin.…

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Saltwater Fish - Chinook Salmon

Two dorsal fins including one adipose fin, inside the mouth and gums, black, small spots on upper back and tail, 15 - 17 rays in anal fin.…

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Saltwater Fish - Coho Salmon

Smaller than Chinook. Two dorsal fins including one adipose fin, inside of mouth black and gums between teeth gray, small spots on upper tail, 13-15 rays in anal fin.…

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Saltwater Fish - Pink Salmon

Large hump on the back of mature males. Both males and females have large, oblong or oval spots on both the upper and lower portion of their tail and very small scales.…

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Saltwater Fish - Chum Salmon

Silvery and has no distinct black spots, though it may have fine black speckling on the upper sides and back. Breeding males of the species have large, bared teeth,…

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Saltwater Fish - Steelhead

Steelhead is a name given to rainbow trout that live in the Great Lakes. Rainbow trout are native to the Pacific Ocean along North America and to rivers and other fresh waters of North America west of…

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Saltwater Fish - Shad

A large member of the herring family with green or greenish blue on the back and silvery sides, white underneath (colors darken when fish enters fresh water to spawn). The belly with sharp scales, or …

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Saltwater Fish: Tarpon

Tarpon are silver in color, with large heavy scales, a tubular body, a large up-tilted mouth with protruding lower jaw. The last ray of the single dorsal fin is extended into a long filament.…

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Saltwater Fishing: Albacore Tuna

Albacore is found worldwide in tropical seas and is one of the most prized sport fish on the Pacific Coast. The albacore is considered by anglers to be an excellent light-tackle game fish.…

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Saltwater Fishing: Bluefin Tuna

Fusiform body, robust, dark blue or black above and silvery white below with alternating pale lines and light dots.…

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Saltwater Fish - King Mackerel

The king’s back is iridescent bluish green; sides silvery. A streamlined body with tapered head; no black pigment on front of dorsal fin; lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second do…

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Saltwater Fish - Spanish Mackerel

Back is green, shading to silver on sides, golden yellow irregular spots above and below lateral line. The front of dorsal fin is black; lateral line curves gently to base of tail.…

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Saltwater Fish - Red Snapper

Brick red on its head and upper body, whitish silver below; long rectangular snout, and brilliant red eyes.…

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Tips for Saltwater Fishing - Amberjack Fish Profile & Info

Distinctive olive-colored bar from the snout through the eye, to the beginning of the dorsal fin and a broad amber-colored strip running horizontally, along the flanks.…

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Saltwater Fish - Blue Marlin

Cobalt blue on top shading to silvery white on bottom; upper jaw elongated to form a spear; dorsal fin pointed at front end; pectoral fin and anal fin pointed; lateral line reticulated (interwoven lik…

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Saltwater Fish: Sailfish

Dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally with a silvery white underbelly; the upper jaw is elongated into a spear.…

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Saltwater Fish - White Marlin

The body is dark blue to chocolate brown, shading to silvery white on the underbelly; noticeable spots on dorsal fin.…

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Bass Fishing: Black Sea Bass

Typically large-mouthed, bottom dwellers that are bluish black in color with light spots that form longitudinal stripes.…

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Saltwater Fishing - Bluefish

Blue or greenish blue on the back, sides silvery; mouth large; teeth prominent, sharp, and compressed. The dorsal and anal fins are nearly the same size; scales are small; lateral line is almost strai…

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Saltwater Fish - Bonefish

Silvery color with bluish or greenish back; slender, round body; long, conical snout, aiming downward and overhanging the lower jaw. Dark streaks between scales on the upper half of the body and faint…

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Saltwater Fish - Cobia

Long, slim fish with broad depressed head; lower jaw projects past upper jaw. Dark lateral stripe extends through the eye to the tail. First dorsal fin has 7 to 9 free spines. When young, has conspicu…

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Saltwater Fish - Dolphin

Bright greenish blue above, yellow on sides, with the capability of flashing purple, chartreuse, and a wide range of other colors. The body tapers sharply from head to tail with irregular blue or gold…

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Saltwater Fish - Croaker

Chin with 3-5 pairs of small barbells and 5 pores. Caudal fins are double concave. Body is elongate and somewhat compressed with a deeply notched dorsal finwith 10 spines in the anterior portion and 1…

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Saltwater Fish - Black Drum

Largest member of the Drum family. High arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; gray or black colored body with large scales in adults; young have 4 to 6 vertical bars.…

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Saltwater Fish - Red Drum

Member of the croaker family with large reddish scales on their upper body and a blunt snout. Chin without barbels; copper bronze body, lighter shade in clear waters; one to many spots at base of tail…

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Saltwater Fish - Sand Seatrout

Pale body color, yellow above, silver to white below; one or two prominent canine teeth usually at the tip of the upper jaw. Inside of mouth is yellow; no well-defined black spots on back; 10 to 12 so…

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Saltwater Fish - Spotted Seatrout

Specs have a streamlined body, dark gray or green above, with sky blue tinges shading to silvery and white below. Numerous distinct round black spots on back, extending to the dorsal fins and tail; bl…

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Saltwater Fish - Weakfish

Dark olive or blue-green back; sides covered in tones of blue, purple, lavender, gold and copper. Irregular diagonal rows of vaguely-defined dark spots appear above the lateral line.…

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Bass Fishing: Striped Bass

Striped bass is a silvery fish that gets its name from the seven or eight dark, continuous stripes along the side of its compressed body.…

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Saltwater Fish - Halibut

In the Pacific, from Washington State north to Alaska including the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Neah Bay, Sekiu, and Port Angeles. Also native to temperate waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean, where it …

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Saltwater Fishing: Flounder

Flounder have flat bodies with both eyes facing up. They are light to dark olive brown, marked with diffused dark blotches and spots on its back, undersides are white.…

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Fishing Tips: Freshwater & Saltwater Fish

Before catching fish, anglers must locate them. Much of North America is within a day’s drive of the oceans, an estuary, or some other marine environment. You can find fish nearly anywhere there is fo…

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Saltwater Fishing Boat Accessories: Baitwells & Livewells

Fishing in saltwater can be as simple as standing on pier or the edge of a bay or ocean and tossing out a line with a baited hook. But, using the right kind of boat equipped with the right gear, can g…

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Saltwater Fishing Gear: Rods, Reels, & Bait

Some 15 million Americans list saltwater fishing as one of their preferred recreational activities. In some respects, saltwater is a misnomer; marine might be a better term... Many of this country’s f…

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Boating is Affordable

Boating is affordable and there’s a boat for every age, lifestyle and budget. Most people don’t realize how affordable boating is: in some instances, you can buy a brand new boat financed for around…

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Anchoring Accessories

Given that I’m the “boating guy” what I’m about to say may surprise you, but here goes—“Anchoring your boat can be almost as much fun as cruising.” The truth is, the ability to anchor your boat secure…

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Basic Boat Maintenance

Big or small, basic or souped up, there is one thing every boat needs. Maintenance. Fortunately, routine maintenance and even small repairs aren’t that tough. And in the long run, a little elbow greas…

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Tips on Buying from a Certified Dealer

Marine Industry Certified Dealers have earned a reputation for taking good care of their customers. In fact, to become certified a dealership must meet independently verified high standards in everyth…

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What's New in Boat Design

Boats today are a lot faster than they used to be—thanks to advances in hull design. The material and processes used to build boats has also improved, resulting in vessels that are both lighter and st…

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Docking Accessories

Say you have a tire swing in your back yard—you know an old tire hanging on a rope. Take that rope off the swing and walk to the dock. In boating lingo, as soon as you step from the dock to the boat, …

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The Importance of GPS

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. GPS units receive signals from United States Government satellites that they use to determine location. Depending on the unit, a GPS can pinpoint your positio…

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Fishing Boat Accessories: Rod Holders

Using the right kind of fishing boat equipped with the right fishing gear can greatly expand your angling opportunities. …

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Freshwater Fishing Gear: Rods and Reels

With nearly 45 million Americans listing fishing as their preferred leisure activity, recreational anglers outnumber participants in most other outdoor sports. Successful anglers mix patience, skill, …

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Freshwater Fish: Trout

Trout are one of the most sought after angling species and will take a variety of natural and artificial baits. They favor cold, clear moving water—rivers and streams—but some species inhabit the dept…

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Bass Fishing: Largemouth Bass

For sport anglers, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are two of the most prized catches. Bass spend most of their time in lakes and rivers with plentiful fresh water. They tend to congregate in moss…

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Catfishing Tips and Catfish Species

Many anglers simply love catfish. There are 37 catfish families, with species found in both freshwater and saltwater. Perhaps their most recognized traits are their catlike whiskers, or barbells, and …

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Freshwater Fishing - Carp

Although carp have been considered a nuisance by North American anglers, they are highly prized as sportfish in Europe, and can be excellent fighters. A growing number of anglers in the US are becomin…

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Freshwater Fish: White Perch

White perch are an important recreational species and are considered a delectable game fish.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Black Crappie

Fish for crappie, also known as the calico bass, by using a float since they do not always stay near the bottom.…

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Freshwater Fish: American Eel

American eels occur profusely in the Mississippi’s tributaries, including the Minnesota, Saint Lawrence Seaway, Saint Croix rivers, and sometimes in Lake Superior.…

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Freshwater Fishing: Drum Fish, Gaspergou, Sheepshead

Except for color, freshwater drum resembles its marine relative the red drum. The fish is deep-bodied and equipped with a long dorsal fin divided into two sections. The dorsal fin usually has 10 spine…

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Freshwater Fish: Northern Pike

The northern pike is an elongated fish. Its dorsal region is bluish-green to gray in color, shading to white or yellow on the belly. …

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Freshwater Fish - Muskellunge

In general, identifying the hybrid tiger muskie from the muskellunge is fairly easy, though it can be more difficult with some individuals. The tiger muskie is named for the prominent light-colored, b…

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Freshwater Fish - Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel are aggressive fighters once hooked, thus making them an exciting catch. They are active through the winter, under the ice, so they can be caught by ice anglers. …

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Freshwater Fish: Walleye

The large reflective surface of its eyes gives the walleye a sight advantage over other fish. …

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How Sails Really Work

Sails work by “catching the wind” only when the boat is sailing directly downwind. The rest of the time a sail is essentially an airplane wing standing on end, and works the same way: When properly tr…

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How Does a Boat Sail Upwind?

If your destination lies upwind, how do you sail there? Unless the wind is blowing from directly astern (over the back of the boat), the sails propel the boat forward because of “lift” created by wind…

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Choosing the Right Sailboat for You

Once you learn to sail, you’ll want to buy a boat of your own. But what kind? Traditional wisdom says to start with something small, maybe a dinghy or simple sloop (single-masted boat with two sails),…

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Will I Capsize?

If you sail a dinghy, high-performance centerboarder, boardsailer or other unballasted boat, you will capsize sooner or later, probably sooner. It’s just a characteristic of these boats, and folks who…

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How Does the Rudder Work?

Sailboats steer by means of the rudder, a vertical, blade-like appendage mounted either on the transom (the flat surface of the stern) or under the boat. In both cases the rudder works by deflecting w…

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How Do I Find My Way While Sailing?

When you start sailing, you’ll navigate by looking where you want to go, and going there. Some people spend their whole sailing careers that way. But it’s a good idea to learn at least basic navigatio…

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Your First Sail

They say you always remember your first love. You always remember your first sail, too. What will yours be like? Here’s what happens during a typical sail. Chances are, the boat will be on a mooring, …

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What Does the Keel Do?

The keel is basically a flat blade sticking down into the water from a sailboat’s bottom. It has two functions: it prevents the boat from being blown sideways by the wind, and it holds the ballast tha…

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Tips For Reducing Fuel Usage

Cut down on the cost of boating by reading these helpful tips on how to reduce your fuel usage.…

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Sportfishing Boats for Saltwater & Freshwater Fishing

Trying to find a fishing boat that’s ideal for catching big game fish? Sport fishing boats are the high-performance answer to your needs. Designed to make fishing as convenient as possible, these fish…

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Fly Fishing Boats

What are important things to look for in a fly fishing boat? What are the best boats for fly fishing? …

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Quick Tips For Reducing Fuel Usage

Follow these easy steps and help reduce fuel usage this summer.…

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Why Learn How to Sail? Reasons to Learn Sailing

Considering taking up sailing? Well, there are many reasons why you should learn how to sail. Sailing is an invigorating sport that offers many rewards, not the least of which is that it’s simply so m…

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Learn How to Sail - Sailing Rules & Instructions

Mastering sailing basics means being familiar with essential right-of-way sailing rules. One thing to remember is that there are different right-of-way sailing instructions for sailboats as opposed to…

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Beginner Sailing Tips

New to sailing? Let us help you master the basics with these handy sailing tips and instructions for beginners. Both novice and experienced boaters alike can benefit from a quick review of these begin…

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Saltwater Fishing Boats

Whether you prefer calm coastal waterways or deep sea fishing adventures, saltwater fishing boats present a wide variety of options for family boating, sport fishing and more.…

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Learning the Basics of Sailing

Learning the basics of sailing is easy, but becoming truly expert can take years. There’s always something more to learn, and once you catch the sailing bug you’ll want to learn it all. …

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Where do Americans Boat?

The start of winter marks the start of boat show season when thousands of boats will be bought and sold across the country. To get ready, Discover Boating took a look at how many boats are already on …

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Ten Tips for Clean and Green Boating

Follow these easy top 10 tips for clean and green boating.…

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What’cha Eating? Bait Matrix

While some anglers lay claim to personal secret bait recipes, there are some “standard” baits that have been widely proven over time. Here are some of the more common ones.…

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Big Choices: The Basics of Big-Game Fishing Equiptment

Big-game fishing essentially didn’t exist until the advent of the motorboat. In 1898, C.F. Holder took a 183-pound bluefin tuna from a boat off Santa Catalina Island, California and inadvertently crea…

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Let’s Go Clubbing: Watersports Clubs and Organizations

Water sports can be the most exhilarating activities around—on or off the water. But they are not commonly taught in phys-ed classes, or at YMCAs or local recreation departments. …

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Cruising Essentials

If you plan to do more with your boat than tow your wakeboarding teenagers around in circles 100 yards from shore, you’ll need a few items in addition to that towrope. But what you’ll need depends on …

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A Crew of Kids: Family Team Work

Boating, like any family activity, is only a “family” activity if all the members are actually involved. If family members are nothing but hostages to Mom and Dad’s hobby, they’ll quickly lose interes…

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Flyfishing Essentials

The word “flyfishing” to many brings to mind bucolic scenes of men in waders standing in a river gorge. But those who know the sport also know that flyfishing from aboard a boat can be even more fun a…

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Traveling Toddlers: Keeping your Children Safe on a Boat

Boating with young children isn’t really all that different from putting them in the car and going out to the playground or swim park. You must have a process for preparing, traveling and enjoying you…

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Planning your Trip

A glassy expanse in front of you, a companion alongside you, and the weekend ahead of you – it’s what boating is all about. While you could just throttle out of the marina for points unknown, the fact…

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Air Conditioners for your Boat

It gets mighty hot on a boat in the summertime. So, you go down into the cabin to take a break from the sun only to find out the air in the cabin’s as hot as crawling into an oven. …

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Anchoring Accessories: Anchors, Chains, Cables, Rollers

Once you’ve found that secluded inlet you’ve been looking for, dropping the anchor will help hold your boat in place. The anchor rode (line, line and chain, or chain) connects the anchor to the boat. …

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Dinghies & Tender Boats

A little boat that runs back and forth to a bigger boat (or ship) is called a tender. Moderately sized recreational boats call their tenders dinghies.…

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Antennas: Getting Reception on Boats

No matter what kind of transmitter or receiver you have on your boat, each device requires its own unique antenna. …

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Antifouling Paints: Which Paint is Best for Your Boat

If you leave your boat in the water, especially salt water, for any extended period of time, all kinds of aquatic creepy-crawlies are gonna start growing on the bottom of the boat—not a good thing. …

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Autopilots/Self-Steering Gear

On a long cruise over open water, standing at the helm keeping your boat pointed in the right direction can grow wearisome, making the whole process of going for a boat ride seem a lot like work.…

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Bathrooms/Toilets/Heads

Time to learn some more nautical-speak—the bathroom on a boat is called the head, the toilet on a boat is also called the head. The head facilities on a boat range from simple to super. On one end of …

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Bringing Your Pet On Board a Boat

Read helpful tips on how to safely bring your dog on board a boat.…

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Chart Plotters for Nautical Navigation

A chart plotter combines the functions of your charts, compass, and GPS into one, easy-to-use device.…

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Cleaners, Waxes, Polishes

One of the less glamorous aspects of boat ownership is giving your pride and joy a bath on a regular basis. Even if your boat spends most of its life on the trailer or if it sits patiently at the dock…

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Cleaning Equipment/Tools

Cleaning your boat’s pretty much a low-tech proposition, right? Tear up a couple of old T-shirts, grab a bucket out of the garage, drag the garden hose out to the driveway and you’re in business—maybe…

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Computer Systems/Software

Computers are all around us in our everyday lives; you’re reading this on a computer screen—and this document was created on a computer. If the engine on your boat is less than about five years old, c…

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Corrosion Inhibitors

By design, boats are supposed to spend their lives in the water, exposed to the elements, suffering quietly without complaint. But being the doting boat owners that we are, we must take it upon oursel…

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Winterizing Products

Winterizing your boat isn’t all that difficult, if you follow the engine manufacturer’s instructions, use a lot of common sense, and have the necessary winterizing products on hand.…

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Fenders/Bumpers

Fenders are cushions that prevent a boat from being damaged by rubbing/impacting a dock (when the boat’s tied up) or from being hurt by contact with another boat (when multiple boats are tied/rafted t…

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Fire Extinguishers

The law requires fire extinguishers for most boats—a good idea, if there’s anything on your boat that could possibly burn. Read on to find out which extinguishers you should have on hand and what othe…

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First Aid Supplies

As much as we try to be careful, accidents can happen while we’re boating—usually miles away from professional medical care. That’s why it’s important to have a well-equipped first aid kit on board, a…

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Echo Sounders

One of the great mysteries of boating is wondering what lies beneath us, between the water and the bottom. An echo sounder can help us in our exploration of the world below the depths.…

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Inverters

So, you want to go boating, but you just can’t live without your TV? Sure, you can buy a 12-volt television, but they’re tiny—and expensive, too. And stretching an extension cord’s kinda out of the qu…

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Lettering/Numbers

Depending on the state in which you live, most boats are required to have a state registration decal, as well as registration letters and numbers prominently displayed on either side of the bow (front…

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Multifunctional Radar Systems

If you’ve ever wanted to have superhuman powers, like the ability to see things in the dark, or in the rain, or fog—you might be a good candidate for a radar system on your boat.…

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Navigation Accessories

To be a good navigator, you need the right tools. Here are some tips on the equiptment you need and what you need to know.…

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Navigation Lights

Of all the electrical devices on your boat, the navigational lights are probably the most important when it comes to on-water safety. The purpose of having navigational lights on boats is so others ca…

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Paint/Varnish

Paint is a pigmented chemical coating that you can use to protect and beautify nearly every surface of your boat—except the natural-looking wood stuff. What kind of paint you choose depends on how you…

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Refrigerators/Coolers

Out on the boat, few things are more rewarding than popping the top on your favorite canned beverage and taking a long swig to cool your parched throat. The trick is, how do you keep refreshments and …

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Sanitary Systems/Toilets

After you flush the toilet on your boat, what happens to the waste? It goes to a Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) for further processing. All boats with a permanently installed toilet are required to ha…

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Shore Power/Transformers

The connection between a land-based source of electricity and your boat is called shorepower. …

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Sun Protection

Being on the water’s all about sun and fun, isn’t it? As they say, you can have too much of a good thing—and it’s all too easy to soak up more sun than you should’ve.…

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Switch Boards/Power Panels

Your boat probably has several electrical devices that you turn on and off by pushing a button or flipping a switch. For convenience and ease of installation, many boat builders consolidate these vari…

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Utility Lights/Spotlights

Things can get pretty dark when you’re on the water at night; shedding a little light on the subject might help. …

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Waste Disposal/Recycling

So, what happens to the stuff after you flush the toilet? The waste goes through the plumbing into a Type I, II, or III Marine Sanitation Device (MSD) where it gets chopped up by a macerator, and then…

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Wind Indicators (Mechanical & Electronic)

A wind indicator, called an anemometer, is an instrument used to measure the wind’s speed, direction, or both.…

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Windlasses

When it’s time to weigh anchor (retrieve the anchor), a windlass can make the job a whole lot easier.…

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Anchoring Accessories

Once you’ve found your slice of heaven on the lake, how do you keep your boat in place? Easy, just lower the anchor over the side, make sure it’s got a good grip on the bottom of the pond, then open t…

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Boat Cabin & Galley Accessories

Read Discover Boating's guide to bringing the right cabin and galley accessories that will allow you to live on your boat for an entire weekend, or even longer!…

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Boat Tops

Being on the water means prolonged exposure to sun, wind, and rain. The proper boat top can extend your cruising time by protecting you from whatever Mother Nature dishes out.…

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Boat Care, Chemicals, Coatings, Maintenance

Maintaining your boat and even doing small repairs yourself isn’t as tough as you might think—a little diligence and a lot of common sense can definitely pay off in the long run. …

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Control Units

Let’s take a look at your boat’s control system, and some aftermarket solutions to outdated control units. …

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Docking Accessories

Ready to learn some more nautical-speak? Let’s say you have a tire swing in the back yard—an old tire hanging on a rope. Now, take the rope off the swing, and walk down to the dock. …

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Electrical: Batteries

The batteries on your boat are responsible for starting the boat’s engine, and for powering lights, electronic devices, and other accessories. …

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Fish Finders

One of the great mysteries of boating is wondering what lurks beneath the waves—more specifically, how deep is the water, where are the submerged rocks, and where are the fish? …

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Engine Parts/DIY On-Water Repairs

It’s an indisputable fact of life that things on a boat break—as the sun’s going down, and the crew is looking to you to heal your broken boat and get them back to shore safely. …

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Fuel Tanks & System

If your boat has an engine, it needs adequate nutrition—it needs a place to store its fuel and a way to get the fuel to the engine—your engine needs a fuel system.…

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GPS

Finding your way on the water doesn’t have to be intimidating, thanks to developments in electronic navigation technology. …

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Inflatable Boats

Inflatable boats have come a long way in the past several years—with better, more durable construction, and real sport-boat performance. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more excitement for the money th…

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Nautical Gifts

Got a boater, angler, or sailor on your list? Finding just the right present for someone who loves being on the water is easy.…

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Clothing (Foul Weather Gear)

Like any other recreational activity, boating has its own wardrobe requirements, but not to worry—any day on the water is considered “casual”. Bright summer days and high temps call for a minimum of s…

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Powerboat Hardware

All of the shiny (and not-so-shiny) stuff that’s bolted to your boat is called hardware. Fasteners are the screws, nuts and bolts that attach the various pieces of hardware to your boat. Due to their …

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Propellers

The right propeller can help your boat reach its performance potential, while the wrong prop can inspire you to take up another hobby.…

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Sailboat Hardware

Due to the nature of using the wind for power, a sailboat’s hardware endures a lot more stress and strain than a powerboat of comparable size. Over the years, all this hard work takes its toll and thi…

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Seats & Tables

Whether you’re refurbishing an older boat or simply want to make better use of the space available on your vessel, updating the seating arrangements can go a long way towards a new look and better fun…

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Footwear

“What kind of shoes should I wear when I’m out on the boat?” Might seem like a dumb question, but yes, they do make footwear specifically for boating—really.…

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The Fun of Watersports: Types of Watersports

Having fun on the water is more than just going for boat rides or doing a little bit of fishing—real fun means watersports—and water toys…

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Trolling Motors: Freshwater Fishing Accessories & Gear

A trolling motor is a small electric motor, located on the bow or stern (sometimes both), that’s used for moving a fishing boat through the water quietly, to avoid spooking the fish. …

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Trailers & Parts

Although your boat will spend about 95% of its life on a trailer, the trailer is one of the most neglected aspects of the boating equation—not a good thing. …

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More Boating, Less Monthly Payments

Buying boats isn't as painful as you might think! In fact, monthly payments for many entry-level boats can be less than $200.…

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First Cruise

Setting out on your first cruise can be a dream adventure if you follow a few simple steps. …

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All about Waterskiing and Wakeboarding

Getting started in competitive water sports is easier than you think. A common misconception is that in order to compete in any of USA Water Ski's 800-plus competitions, you need to be an expert. Noth…

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Fishing Tips from the Pros

10 All-purpose fishing tips and 5 Saltwater fishing tips from professional anglers.…

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Dos and Don'ts of Boating Safety

Remember: Boat Smart from the Start.…

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27 Ways To Tell If You're A Fishing Fanatic

You know you’ve got the fishing bug bad if your boat costs more than your house! Read DiscoverBoating.com's list of signs that you're a fishing fanatic.…

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Codes of Angling Ethics

Ethics cannot be dictated. They develop with time, experience, and interaction with others. The following code is offered as a guideline to increase awareness and encourage discussion.…

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Cheat Sheet for Winterizing

Too many boats die silently in their winter beds. But follow these easy tips, and your boat will be ready and eager to go in the spring.…

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Installing A Freshwater Tank

Tap into an onboard water source by installing a freshwater tank. Most larger boats have some sort of built-in tank specifically for holding fresh water, which can be nice for drinking, showering, coo…

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Installing A Keel Guard

You want to do everything you can to protect your boat. One place that’s susceptible to damage is the bottom of the hull. Concrete boat ramps, rocky shorelines and sandy beaches can scratch and ding t…

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Installing A Marine Stereo

A lot of boats these days come with a stereo installed, but many still don’t. That doesn’t mean that if your boat is lacking a factory-installed stereo system, you can’t enjoy your favorite tunes on t…

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Installing A VHF Marine Radio

The increased use of cell phones has decreased use of VHF radios by boaters who don’t venture too far offshore. But for those who like to do some long-range cruising, a VHF radio is a necessity. …

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Installing A Swim Platform

Most boat owners would agree there’s nothing like anchoring out in a quiet cove or enjoying a raft-up with friends on a summer afternoon. A swim platform can certainly update the look of your boat, wh…

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Top In-Water Destinations for July 4 Fireworks Displays

Discover Boatig names America’s Top In-Water Destinations for July 4 Fireworks Displays …

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Independence Day Fireworks

America's Top In-Water Destinations for July 4 Fireworks Displays …

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Father's Day

Celebrate Dad's Day! It’s Dad’s Day—time for the crew to celebrate their Captain! If your father loves being out on the water, say no to a new necktie and make a splash with gifts sure to put a smile…

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Mothers Day

Mothers Day is May 14 For a Mothers Day thats sure to be remembered, forget the flowers and spoil her with a nautical-inspired celebration! Great ways to Make Moms Day— Plan brunch on a boat, or dinne…

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Tombstones for Busy People

This nation has a big problem. I call it The Big O. No, not obesity. Overscheduling. Simon and Garfunkel diagnosed this ailment years ago with their Feeling Groovy song. Slow down, you mov…

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The Family Vacation

Summer’s here and many parents are contemplating whether to send the future of our country to manners school for three months or allow them to join the rest of the family on vacation. Recalling so…

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Party Time

Eager to entertain aboard your boat, but not sure how? Here are 10 fun ideas to help you get the party started.…

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Quick Tips For Reducing Fuel Usage

Slower speeds on the water will reduce use the proper use of trim tabs reduce drag, especially while accelerating up to planning speeds. Minimize the amount of time that you idle at the dock Minimize…

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Buying Your Next New Boat: Tips for Upgrading

As we learn more about the boating lifestlyle, we want to try new things, go further, bring more people, etc. Here are a few tips on buying your next new boat.…

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View from the Marina: OUR LABOR OF LOVE

By Barb Hansen. The year was 1984. Nuclear arms controls with the Soviet Union were unraveling. The prime loan rate was 13 percent. Vic and I started Southwest Florida Yachts.…

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Changing Trends-The Power of the Internet in the Boat Purchasing Process

Although purchasing a boat, new or used, will never be a matter to take lightly or to rush through, the popularity of the Internet has made researching the buying process easier than ever, putting inf…

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Top 15 Boating Phrases & Clichés

All hands on deck. Now, okay, pipe down. I'm starting with a clean slate. I want to be completely above board about this. I have no intention of barging in only to bamboozle you with mere scuttlebutt…

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Fishing Tips: Fighting A Fish

You listened to the bait shop guy and bought his equipment, so in return he offers a hot spot to try. After a couple of casts, you feel a strike and set the hook. The reel screams, and you're hooked u…

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Boating for Bliss: Boat Owners Happier than Most

Ah, spring. Romance is in the air... especially for boaters! THE BIRDS, THE BEES, THE BOATERS! HAPPIEST SPRINGTIME COUPLES LIKELY TO BE BOATERS National Survey Indicates Boat Owners Rate Marriage, R…

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California grabs top spot from Michigan with most boat registrations

There were 13.0 million recreational boats registered in the United States in 2002 according to the U.S. Coast Guard. This represents an increase of 154,000, or 1.2 percent from the previous year. “T…

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Anchoring Tips

Your anchor has many uses. From the obvious, keeping your vessel secured to the ground, so it doesn’t float away, to the not so obvious of keeping your vessel from straying into danger. …

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Choosing the Proper Propeller

When you bought your first boat, propeller selection was easy—whatever came with the boat, usually made of aluminum, was fine. Eventually your props stack up some miles and show significant wear.…

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Docking Tips

So your in-laws are in the bow, your wife next to you and two small children in the stern, and there’s not a shred of nautical ability among them? Compounding the problem is the dockhand sitting in t…

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Get Smart About Carbon Monoxide!

DO NOT OPERATE YOUR BOAT WITHOUT DOING THE FOLLOWING: Make sure you know where exhaust outlets are located on your vessel. Educate all passengers about the syptoms of CO poisoning and where CO may …

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Summer Boating Goes More Smoothly With This Spring Commissioning Checklist

To help boaters have a trouble-free summer boating season, BoatU.S., the nation’s largest recreational boating association, has a spring commissioning checklist. Whether you have a power or sailboat, …

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Consumer Tips: How To Buy An Inflatable That’s Right For You

Before buying an inflatable or RIB, consumers must answer some simple questions about their needs and lifestyle. Answering these questions will help to determine "which inflatable is right for you?" T…

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Discover Poker Running

A Poker Run is not a race. It’s a game of chance and an assembly of some of the hottest, fastest and most exotic boats in North America, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Call it a new version of 5-Ca…

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What to Do When Bringing your Pet Onboard

Get quick and easy answers to all of your pet and water safety questions. Q: What should I do before I bring my pet on board? A: Get a checkup, make sure vaccinations are up to date, carry a signed v…

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Watersports Trends

It may have been post-Sept. 11 stay-at-home syndrome or it may have been the industry’s promotional campaigns, but for some reason a lot more people went boating last year than in 2001.…

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Save Some Money This Summer!

Fuel prices are dropping, thank goodness… And on top of that, here are some Discover Boating tips to get the most out of your boat’s fuel efficiency, and save you even more money at the gas docks. …

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Spring Painting Tips

Want to make your spring paint job last? Follow these tips for a flawless finish that will weather the boating season.…

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This Summer, Let the Kids do All the Work

Every summer when I was growing up, we took a family cruise. The destinations varied, and most were pretty cool. But I distinctly remember my brothers and I having certain responsibilities onboard. Lo…

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Think Boating Safety

Are you in need of more boating education? Do you have piloting experience in the class of boat that you are purchasing?…

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Line Handling and Stowing

Neatness counts, especially because it’s also safer. Don’t throw lines in heaps about the boat. They’ll kink, tangle or jam when you need them and you and your passengers are likely to trip over them.…

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Choosing the Right Boat: Buying Guide for Recreational Boating

Choosing the right boat is easy when you use a boat buying guide from DiscoverBoating.com. Learn the ins and outs of recreational boating today.…

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Marine Surveys and Surveyors

Even if you think you know everything about boats, you still need a marine survey. A survey assesses both the structural condition and value of a used boat, and it's the seagoing equivalent of a termi…

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How to Sell Your Boat

Pricing, prepping and paperwork essential to the successful sale of your boat.…

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