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Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

Put a Bow on a Greener Planet

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

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 […]

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

Take Responsibility for Our Waters

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As inhabitants of a planet that’s more than 70 percent water, it’s easy to take water for granted. If you do treat our waters carelessly, that’s a choice. However, the shore and sea creatures, aquatic plants, and coastlines don’t have any say in how they are handled. Treat them with disrespect and they’ll die off […]

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

Don’t Medicate Our Waters

September 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps your doctor changed your prescription, or you didn’t need to finish a prescription, and now there’s a half-filled bottle of pills left over. If you’re like most people, that bottle now joins a collection of other unused prescription drugs in your medicine chest, taking up space until you decide to dispose of them. But […]

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

Captain, Teacher, Water Protector

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Captain Suzanne “Suky” Cannon lives the life that many boaters dream of having. She lives aboard Shambala, a 41-foot sloop classic built by Morgan Catalina, and travels where she likes. “Shambala is my home, and I do travel with her to various locations. I call it the turtle lifestyle. She is new to me, and […]

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 […]

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

Change a Habit, Clean the Water

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

So much of what we do and use affects our waters, yet I’d venture that there’s none among us who says, “I’m going to damage the ecosystem today.” Rather, we just go about our lives, doing what we always do — use, toss, flush, release, wrap, and other actions that are mindless and seem harmless. […]

Become a Green Boater

Become a Green Boater

April 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  We all want a non-polluting boating environment with clear waters, clean beaches, and healthy marine life. While we cannot control every assault on our environment, boaters can curtail or eliminate our human-generated pollution. Petroleum products are high on the list of marine foulers. Before you leave your slip, take a look over the side […]

Pack Your Bags!

Pack Your Bags!

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Plastic bags accompany just about every purchase we make — even for an item we could easily carry out without one. The numbers are staggering: U.S. consumers annually use approximately 380 billion plastic bags to transport purchased goods for an average of only 12 minutes! After those dozen minutes, what happens? Bags that […]

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