Quimbys Editor, Author at Quimby's Cruising Guide
Inland Navigation 101

  If you’ve spent any time at all on the inland rivers and lakes of the United States, then you know that boating here is different. The scenery and atmosphere are different. The water and weather are different. Even the boats and some of the boating rules are different.   These differences are a big […] Read More

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The Complete Listing of Marinas and Locks on the Inland and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways

Entertaining on Board Your Boat

Hosting friends and family on board ranks as the No. 2 reason for having a boat on many U.S. boat owners’ lists — right after the vessel’s primary use of cruising, fishing, waterskiing, etc. With so much entertaining going on, it seemed appropriate to provide our tips for having a successful on-water gathering, whether your […] Read More

21 Summer Boating Tips

Updated: 5/12/2022 As you’re preparing for that summer cruise, here are a few “tricks of the trade” that could make your life easier. Sure, you’re familiar with some of this stuff, but if you’re not out there 24/7, important skills can get buried in the aft locker. Plus, as you read this article, you’ll likely […] Read More

Navigating in Fog

Updated: 11/4/2021 While working in my salvage business, I received a call from the Coast Guard requesting I determine the position of a vessel calling for help in foggy conditions. The captain said he needed medical assistance. So, using my radio direction finder (RDF), I located his boat and began communicating with him. I asked […] Read More

Putting Your Boat to Bed

The term “winterizing” normally refers to preparing your boat for storage during the months that are too cold for boating by cleaning it and stabilizing its systems. The goal, of course, is to reduce the chance of discovering problems when it’s time to head back out on the water the next spring. The following recommendations […] Read More

Fall Cruising Tips 2021

While it’s true that across much of the inland waterways the summer months offer the fairest weather for boating, by limiting your on-water adventures to a three- or four-month window, you’re not only cutting the available season short but missing out on some extraordinary conditions that many boaters consider highlights of their annual time on […] Read More

Cruising Kentucky

Updated – 7/15/21 Originally Published through Heartland Boating Magazine by Bobbye Miller Kenyon It’s summertime, and the livin’ is especially easy if you happen to be aboard a boat in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State lays claim to some of the most inviting and accessible waters in all of the eastern U.S. — 170 lakes and […] Read More

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The Complete Listing of Marinas and Locks on the Inland and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways

Spring Launch Prep

It’s that time of year when the weather starts to improve and the possibility of getting back on the water seems inevitable. With the excitement and anticipation of those first days aboard, it’s important to put together a spring commissioning to-do list or download one of the countless lists available online. Some are more comprehensive […] Read More