Tuesday, February 20, 2018

From the Editor

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 2, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Without boating to distract us from the bleak and frozen landscape outside our door, it’s easy to catch a bad case of cabin fever. However, we know a magical medicine — reading stories on the boating lifestyle will cure (almost) anything that ails you! The antidote to boating deprivation is an immersion into tips and articles that will help with new (and old) boating resolutions, prevent you from going crazy while the calendar creeps towards spring, and enhance your year-round lifestyle on and off the water. While you have the time, take a look around at our different sections and features.... [Read the full story]

Blue Water, Green Boat

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

February 1, 2018 · Leave a Comment 

Is Electric Right for You?   Engines are like people — the older they get the crankier and more in need of repair they become. As soon as you have replaced one part another goes; after doing that for a while, it doesn’t make sense to sink more money into repairs. Once you’ve reached the point of swapping the old engine for a new one, consider going electric. Electric power systems for your boat are much lower in maintenance and running costs than internal combustion engines (using gas or diesel), are almost silent when you use them, and have far lower carbon emissions than fossil fuel... [Read the full story]

Style

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

Straight Stripes, Round Body?

March 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes it’s hard to find a cover for this magazine where the models aren’t wearing blue and white striped shirts. Women, men, kids, and even a dog or two all seem to wear stripes on boats. I wondered, why do stripes convey a nautical feel to so many photographers? It turns out there’s fashion history. The long-sleeved shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes, known as a marinière or Breton shirt, is based on the cotton shirts worn in the 1800s by seamen in the French Navy (many sailors were from Brittany). Fashion history says Coco Chanel would take seaside holidays and be inspired... [Read the full story]

Kids

Boating on Melted Snow?

Boating on Melted Snow?

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

Did you ever think about where the water under your boat comes from? Could it possibly come from that white stuff that falls from the sky in winter? Yes, it can. Water’s forms — liquid, solid, and gas — are found on the ground but also above and below it. You’ve likely studied the water cycle in school and know that water changes due to evaporation (like steam), condensation (including clouds), and precipitation (such as snow). Bodies of water, from oceans to snow-covered mountains, become heated and cooled, changing forms as the cycle repeats over and over. Snow that falls onto land eventually... [Read the full story]

Marina 411

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Don't Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

December 31, 2017 · Leave a Comment 

If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we put into Greenport on Long Island, getting up early the next morning in anticipation of our 29-mile slog to Block Island in Rhode Island. The weather turned against us with a foul tide and wind gusts on our nose up to 25 knots. We hunkered down for a long day of heavy wet going, but after an... [Read the full story]

Features

Top Ten Secret Gems of the Canal du Midi that Every Traveler Must Discover

ADVERTORIAL Oh summertime in France. The food. The wine. The stunning landscapes. The warmth. The romance. The architecture. The history. It’s no wonder France is the world’s most visited country. But there’s a whole lot more to summer travel in France than the Eiffel Tower, the Riviera, and Monaco. While many know of the South of France,... Read more of this article


Foiling Boat Fires

Foiling Boat Fires

While it would be great if we could avoid adversities of all types at all times, of course we can’t. However, taking steps to prevent calamities that are avoidable lessens our risks and eases our concerns. One such event is averting a boat fire by practicing preventative maintenance and taking simple precautions. Courtesy BoatUS Foundation According... Read more of this article


Alone and Together on the Water

Alone and Together on the Water

Each summer, my husband and I manage to get out on the boat for one afternoon — alone. Of course, we enjoy including our kids, friends, and family on our voyages, but we also need a dose of “we” time. Although going to dinner or seeing a movie are other venues that offer us an uninterrupted and calm atmosphere, being alone on the boat together... Read more of this article


Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Take a Beat for Boating Safety

Ever wish for a one-stop database for boating safety, training, and awareness that combines the knowledge of multiple boating authorities and includes many helpful resources? Wish no more and start searching www.boatbeat.org to access the National Safe Boating Council, the National Administration of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast... Read more of this article


Deadly Carbon Monoxide

Deadly Carbon Monoxide

This time of year brings colder temperatures and chilly winds, but the hardiest of boaters still enjoy their favorite activity. When they or their passengers shiver, the temptation is to put on the boat covers to block out the cold. Without being overdramatic, that could be a fatal mistake. Carbon monoxide (CO) is termed “a silent killer” because... Read more of this article


Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care   When the air turns frosty and the indoor heat turns on, skin reacts in a negative way. We may become quite itchy or develop flaky patches. However, it’s not just a matter of discomfort or unsightliness. Cold weather changes may be more than skin-deep — vulnerable skin can’t act as a barrier against wellness enemies... Read more of this article


Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?   Engines are like people — the older they get the crankier and more in need of repair they become. As soon as you have replaced one part another goes; after doing that for a while, it doesn’t make sense to sink more money into repairs. Once you’ve reached the point of swapping the old engine for a new one, consider... Read more of this article


Reading Clouds

Reading Clouds

Clouds are signposts in the sky — if you know how to read them, they are the most accurate weather forecast tools available. They are so local they can predict storms that are half a mile away and may hit your area in the next 10 minutes. Where else can boaters get that kind of real time information? Professional mariners and anglers spend years... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did!

Don’t Do What I Did!

If it’s not your habit to check a marina’s hours of operation when you pick up or discharge guests or crew you might be in for a surprise. Three of us were heading out to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts at the end of September, looking forward to uncrowded anchorages along the way. The first night we put into Greenport on Long Island, getting... Read more of this article


Keeping Pain at Bay

Keeping Pain at Bay

  The advice “pace yourself” is often expressed when someone appears in danger of burning out by doing too much, too fast. It’s also excellent counsel to persons trying to cope with painful or fatiguing health conditions including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, heart conditions, lupus, fibromyalgia, and depression. Stacey... Read more of this article


Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Eco-conscious boaters want to support our planet, waterways, and sea critters all year round. In a season of sharing and gifting, selecting presents from groups and organizations that share your goals will make gift recipients happy and lift up the earth at the same time. Here are eight sites working to improve the world and a selection of gift ideas... Read more of this article


Salud! Drink to Your Health

Salud! Drink to Your Health

The Ancient Mariner may have bemoaned his thirst (”Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”) but we live in an age and area that allows us access to clean water. Yet the fact is that plenty of us take in too little water to keep our minds and bodies going full-tilt. I promise this article won’t demand you drink a gallon of water daily... Read more of this article


Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

We pulled away from the dock behind our house shortly after sunrise on a clear, calm August morning and entered the canal to join friends for a cruise. My wife and guests were drinking coffee in our 35-foot Chris Craft Catalina aft cabin while I was at the helm. We met up with Bob and company, who took the lead in his 31-foot Sea Ray Express cruiser.... Read more of this article


Off-Season Boating Tips

Off-Season Boating Tips

Many of my particular boating stressors disappear once the temperature drops. The water becomes a serene and peaceful place without the jet skiers playing chicken with my wake, boaters cranking out loud music, and the maddening traffic. The silence comes from an absence of boaters, which means that it isn’t all good news. There’s some comfort in... Read more of this article


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