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Cold Weather Skin Care

Cold Weather Skin Care

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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 […]

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

As a couple of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary friends and I planned a three week sailboat trip, thinking about it grew in excitement. Eventually, it took more time and effort in planning than would the journey! We went through an exhaustive checklist of safety items (based on what an auxiliary patrol facility boat would require), […]

Float Your Boat Science Projects

Float Your Boat Science Projects

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Are you looking for a science project that isn’t same old, same old? Or do you enjoy boating so much you’d even focus on science when school’s out? We found four ideas that involve water but aren’t all wet. Check the links for full directions, get both your parent’s permission and help to stay safe, […]

Silly Sailing Superstitions!

Silly Sailing Superstitions!

July 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever since the first sailors stepped aboard a ship’s deck (always on the right foot), they have thought of the sea as a thing over which they had little control and even less understanding. To bolster their confidence, these seafarers built up a series of myths and superstitions over the centuries. They thought they were […]

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 […]

Rafting Up!

Rafting Up!

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Everyone enjoys a day out on the water, but it’s even more fun if you have fellow boaters next to you — it becomes a party when you raft up with other boats!  A raft up is filled with friends, family, great food, kids playing around, and great story telling, which to me is […]

Vessel Safety Checks: Risk-Free, No Charge Inspections

Vessel Safety Checks: Risk-Free, No Charge Inspections

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  Boaters need to contemplate the consequences of taking to the water with a vessel that does not comply with all federal and state regulations (this applies to all vessels, including kayaks and PWCs).  These include the worst-case scenario of jeopardizing the lives of family and friends, and the lesser (but costly) receipt of law […]

Pregnancy at Sea

Pregnancy at Sea

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Boating season is underway, and it seems like everyone wants to enjoy the waves, the sunshine, and the breezes.  However, there is one group that can’t just head out on a power or sail boat with abandon. Pregnant women must first pause to consider whether they should be boating this summer, and if they are […]

Boys in the Boat:  On Abandonment and Togetherness

Boys in the Boat: On Abandonment and Togetherness

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

. I confess: I don’t like business trips because I have to sleep in hotel rooms.  Something about being alone makes me…well, lonely.  But until I read Daniel James Brown’s terrific book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, I don’t think I understood […]

Gluten Related Disorders

Gluten Related Disorders

July 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Picture a warm, sunny day on your boat. You’re relaxing with friends until someone aboard has a gastro-intestinal attack and you have to race to shore. If your friend has celiac disease and accidently ate something with gluten in it, he or she could have a severe reaction lasting from hours to days. Gluten, the […]