Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Watch Out for Whales!

Watch Out for Whales!

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Watch Out for Whales!   Whether looking for them or not, cold weather boaters often spot whales (and other marine mammals). Did you know that these creatures are protected and may not be approached or disturbed? While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries division doesn’t want to discourage recreational boaters and cruisers from […]

Big Winds Ahead

Big Winds Ahead

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The time to plan for one of nature’s biggest blows — a hurricane — is not when the local weather forecaster warns in an ominous voice that disaster is just around the corner. That’s too late; the marina will be swamped with last minute requests to pull boats, the shelves at your local marine supply […]

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

Emergency Locator Beacons Provide Life Saving Communication

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A perfect day on the water can quickly change. A boat may hit an unseen object, a wave capsizes it, a sudden storm makes navigation impossible, or equipment fails. In situations like these, communication is key. Many boaters operate in locations beyond cell phone towers and the line-of-sight capabilities of their VHF radio, so owning […]

Fun and Games!

Fun and Games!

December 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a fun site for kids:   http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/ (there are sections for teachers, too). Different ages and interests will enjoy learning about our oceans and atmosphere. As examples, the games section http://games.noaa.gov/ has about two dozen games, including an online jigsaw puzzle of a lighthouse to assemble; a submarine game […]

She’s the Officer in Charge

She’s the Officer in Charge

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An energetic 29-year-old officer oversees a sophisticated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research boat. Lieutenant Junior Grade Sarah Chappel is the officer in charge of the NOAA Research Vessel (R/V) Bay Hydro II, a ship equipped with multi-beam, vertical beam, and side scan echo sounding sonar equipment to assist the crew’s mission. That mission is […]

Color and Learn!

Color and Learn!

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

There are apps for everyone and plenty of online games, but there’s still something satisfying about laying out a sheet of paper and coloring it in. We’ve compiled a list of free coloring pages for kids (and adults, too — no one is looking). The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has coloring pages on […]