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Properly Preparing For A Day At Sea

Don't be shy, go ahead and roll up those sleeves.

*+-It often seems that when ardent boaters sit around the cockpit talking about seamanship, the conversation inevitably transitions to the topic of harrowing feats. However, I maintain there are steps that we can take before we even leave the dock that reflect sound seamanship practices and which may help us avoid calling on our survival skills.

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Examining Your Marina’s Docking Contract

Read the fine print and avoid any surprises later on.

*+-Before boaters sign any dock contract, the national advocacy, services and safety organization Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips for recreational boaters searching for a marina for their boat.

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Pop Quiz! Power & Propulsion Exam, With A Few Added Goodies


*+-Power plants are always moving forward (pardon the pun) and there is a seemingly endless supply of latest and greatest in the works; Here are a few things I spotted at the recent shows. I’m also slapping you readers with a little quiz, juuust to see if you all have been paying attention to my ramblings.

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Heads-Up Cruising: How AIS Really Works

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*+-Sometimes being a one trick pony ain’t all bad. AIS may only serve one purpose—collision avoidance—but it does it in a very smart way. After all, staying in one piece isn’t the worst thing when spending time afloat.

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