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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. […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

April 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The month of April feels like a reward for making it through winter. Sure, it’s a quirky month, but the likelihood is that we won’t be plunged into an extended Arctic chill. In other words, it may be changeable, but April is all about progress. Unless you’re exclusively an ice boater, the factors that matter […]

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 […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Should we consider March a month to celebrate or overlook? It does usher in the seedlings of spring, but March seemingly specializes in something else — dreary days. Days may get lighter towards month’s end, but they certainly don’t get bright enough fast enough for me. The best way to speed up the brightening is […]

No Straws, Less Spritzes Aboard

No Straws, Less Spritzes Aboard

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Some environmental issues are hard to tackle. It’s a hassle and an expense to sell a gas-guzzling car and replace it with an electric one, and it usually doesn’t happen at the snap of a finger. However, reducing plastic and aerosol can waste is pretty easy — you just cease using disposable straws and properly […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

February 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the stresses in our everyday world, living the boating lifestyle affords opportunities to escape. Once the dock fades from view, I enjoy a vacation from life’s big and small burdens. As family and friends laugh on the boat, gentle waves, sunshine, and sea creatures distract and soothe. The recipe for short-term relaxation is simple: […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Whether you greet January with a sigh of relief or a wave of disappointment, it’s an attention-grabbing month. Do you make multiple resolutions or decree yourself resolution-free? Either way, you’re likely open to self-improvement. Winter provides boaters with the opportunity to improve. Perhaps calling it an upgrade is more à propos. Let’s […]

Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Letter

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Really, December — you’re back so soon? It’s hard to believe that within this month, you’ll usher in winter and escort 2016 out the door. Once again, you’ll gather together our loved ones and those we only see once a year. You’ll be so joyous and festive, sprinkling us with good cheer, and then suddenly […]

Simple Steps that Make a Difference

Simple Steps that Make a Difference

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

When boating, walking a beach, or mopping up after a tidal flood, we see the effects of climate change. As sea creatures and reefs disappear and tap water isn’t drinkable in some locations, sustaining life and our planet become more important. Easy actions in our everyday lives when we’re on the water, in the stores, […]

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