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Five Tips for July Fourth Boating Safety

Updated 7/1/2022 Just like Americans’ hectic Thanksgiving Day holiday travel habits, July 4 is recreational boating’s biggest holiday of the year. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water predicts crowded launch ramp and marina facilities with significant recreational boat traffic congestion on lakes, rivers and coastal waters. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator […] Read More

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

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

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

Cruising & Cooking over The Holidays

Updated 11/24/2021 Plan on cruising over the Holidays?  Being aboard your boat over Thanksgiving and Christmas can be quite the experience.  And, sure, it can be easy to dock for those two holidays and escape to the comfort of a nearby restaurant to celebrate; however, cooking and entertaining aboard is enjoyable and something that your […] 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

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

Garmin Launches 360 View

According to a recent news release by Garmin International, they have released a Surround View Camera System, a breakthrough in video guidance for recreational boating and yachting. Utilizing six through-hull mounted cameras that act like multiple sets of eyes, Surround View provides a live 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vessel to help captains quickly view […] Read More