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Is Electric Right for You?

Is Electric Right for You?

October 31, 2017 by · 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 […]

Cracking Boating’s Codes

Cracking Boating’s Codes

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

To an outsider, the world of boating can seem filled with all sorts of undecipherable abbreviations. While most boaties are welcoming, newbies and landlubber friends can get lost if we lapse into confusing and opaque jargon. Our coded talk may be merely exclusionary, or it might just jeopardize a passenger’s safety. Safety is the concern […]

Lighter Footprints

Lighter Footprints

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Human-caused climate change is an issue of our time. While no figures are available for recreational boating greenhouse gas emissions, the National Marine Manufacturers Association says that over 87 million Americans participate in recreational boating at least once yearly. If over 35 percent of the population engages in a motor-driven activity, chances are that carbon […]

Why Get a Boat Survey?

Why Get a Boat Survey?

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  Buying a boat may be the second biggest purchase you make after buying a house; as with a home, a motor or sailboat is complex with lots of components. That means a lot can go wrong! Just as it’s smart to hire a home inspector or engineer before buying a new home, it’s advisable […]

Educating and Legislating for Safer Paddling

Educating and Legislating for Safer Paddling

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. According to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) statistics, 50 percent of 2015’s recreational boating fatalities were of people engaged in paddle sports. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are among the most affordable paddlecraft, but their easy accessibility may lead to errors resulting in harm. Legislators and regulators across the country are looking closely at how […]

Predicting and Planning for Heat Waves

Predicting and Planning for Heat Waves

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. While climate scientists are able to formulate ideas about what weather would be like in winter using the El Niño weather pattern, they did not previously have accurate tools available to predict when summer heat waves would occur. They do now with research on the Pacific Extreme Pattern. In early 2016, Karen McKinnon, a […]

Superstitions at Sea

Superstitions at Sea

July 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. No one has ever fully understood the sea— more people have been to the Moon than have been to the deepest parts of the ocean— so superstitions about it have been passed down through the centuries.  What scared a gnarled old sailor witless in the past, however, just makes us scratch our heads in […]

Seafaring Jargon

Seafaring Jargon

July 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever wondered why a vessel’s toilet is a head, and instead of turning left or right on the water, you’ll turn port or starboard? Such seafaring terms are almost exclusively used as part of the language we speak on the sea, but the language of long-gone sailors migrated inland, coloring our language and […]

Panic at the Water’s Edge – Overcoming Hydrophobia

Panic at the Water’s Edge – Overcoming Hydrophobia

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When someone in the family suffers from a lifelong fear of water (hydrophobia), or suddenly develops it after years of boating, it can be disruptive and often disabling.  The fear may be passed along by parents or arise from a sudden trauma, but however it arrives, the phobia can be effectively diminished or eliminated. Martin […]

Mental Fitness Through Boating

Mental Fitness Through Boating

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We know that an apple a day may keep the doctor away, but are there extra benefits from eating that apple on a boat? According to psychiatrist Dr. Sue Varma, who practices in Manhattan, being out on the water may help keep us mentally healthy. We instinctively know that sitting at a computer and interacting […]