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Twas The Night Before Christmas - Sailor's Version

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Twas the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook.  Passed out on the settee, asleep with my book. When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff:  I’ve been boarded! I thought, and I tried to be tough.  Then down the companionway hatch came a dude. 
He was dressed like a nut and I thought “I am screwed”!
But he laughed and he hummed and he surveyed my junk.  So I figured he must be the resident drunk. His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed.  But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need.  Like rum and cigars, new charts and a dinghy,  And some kind of fancy electrical thingy. I thought it was stolen but I wasn’t telling.  I hoped he was giving and wasn’t just selling. I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink.  Then I poured one for me (I sure needed a drink). Then he staggered above to the dark tropic night.  As I peaked I beheld an incredible sight. Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh.  And the dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way.  The dolp…

Six Nautical Knots Every Boater Should Know

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So here we are again, sitting at home looking out the window as the wind blows the leaves around the yard.Maybe even some of us are looking at snow.We are wondering how another boating season has gone by so quickly.For those of you who live in places like Miami or Phoenix this does not apply to you, so I guess you can skip this paragraph and move to the next one.For the rest of us, we are once again wondering how to pass the winter months as landlubbers.Here is a suggestion:Learn how to tie some knots.

Here are six of the most useful knots for boaters, what you should use them for, and how to tie them.

Bowline

This is definitely one of the most versatile knots you can have in your arsenal.I have heard a lot of boaters claim that if you only learn one knot it should be the bowline.Some call it the life saver because it is taught to sailors as the knot to use to tie themselves to a lifeline should they fall overboard but is has an almost unlimited number of uses.

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EPIRBs, PLBs, DSCs, and Why Your Boat Needs Them

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Written by guest writer Brian Kearin You’re a hundred miles offshore and your boat is rapidly taking on water. You reach for your boat’s VHF and broadcast a desperate mayday call with your position. As you don your lifejacket and crawl into your boat’s life raft you think of that last mayday call you made, did anyone hear it? Did your radio have the range to reach the Coast Guard station on shore? Are there any other boats around who may have heard it?
It’s a scenario we all hope to never find ourselves in. However far too many boaters are almost entirely reliant on their boat’s VHF radio or worse - their cell phone - for emergency communications. While your boat’s radio is a vital piece of equipment, both for regular use and in emergencies, it has its limitations. In the scenario above, range is limited and dependent on there being someone in range who happens to be monitoring the channel you’re broadcasting on. Additionally, each broadcast is done manually meaning you have to actu…

Dont Let the Cold Weather Scare You Away From Boating

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Once again, it's that time of year where the weather is cooling off and many of us are putting our boats away for the season.  Is it just me or does it seem like summer went by too quickly?  If you are like me, you really don't want to put your favorite floating toy up until spring.  Do we really need to do that?

Let's think about this for a bit.  There are plenty of things we can still do with our boats over the winter months.  Don't misunderstand me.  I know that if you live in upstate New York and you keep your boat on a trailer in your back yard, you are going to have to winterize. But do you really have to leave it there until spring?  Here are some things that you can do to enjoy the boating lifestyle during the winter months and make the boating off season on season.

Fall Foliage Cruise

Fall is an awesome time to cruise local rivers and lakes to check out the colorful showcase that nature presents.  The air is cool and crisp but not so cold that you can't en…

Boating Maintenance Items That are Commonly Ignored

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Maintenance on you boat is important.We all know that.Sometimes, we don’t know all of the items that we need to take care of though.Even a non-boater can tell you that you need to change the oil, but do they know about impellers or outdrives?Here are some important maintenance items that are commonly ignored on boats, what they do and why you should pay attention to them.

Impellers

What they do:They are responsible for drawing water into the engine’s cooling system to keep the engine operating within proper temperature range.Depending on your boat’s propulsion system, they can be located in the outdrive, on the front of the engine or in a separate housing.

Maintenance:They should be replaced every two years.If you use your boat extensively, you may need to replace them every year.Don’t forget that if your boat has a generator, it will have an impeller also.

What happens if you ignore them:Engine overheating due to lack of water flow.Fins from impellers left in too long can break off caus…

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