An Ode To Credit Card Captains Around The World

An Ode To Credit Card Captains Around The World

An Ode To Credit Card Captains Around The World

Have you ever see someone that makes you wonder if a Boating Safety Class would have helped at all?

These folks crashed 6 boats in 45 minutes, cut a mooring line or two, and the list went on.

These are not trained professionals

Do NOT try this at home

In fact do NOT try this ANYWHERE!!

Why were they allowed to be in command at all??

See the video below

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2015 Year In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

A special thanks to everyone that stopped by in 2015, since I don’t have any ads on the site the only “payment” I get is someone stopping by.  I hope my tips worked well for you.  Also thanks to Marty at Three Sheets Northwest, a Northwest boating news and much more site for posting links to my articles starting some years back and sending some traffic my way.  Alexa (a site ranking service) estimates that my site is somewhere around the 2.0 to 2.5 Millionth (depending on the month) most popular site on the internet.

A note on the where traffic comes from – most of the traffic here comes from search engines, several times the listed referrals.

2015-emailteaser

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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DIY & Low Cost Gifts For Your Favorite Skipper

Your Favorite Skipper!! Image: USCG Aux

Finding an affordable gift for your favorite skipper can sometimes be difficult.  Not everyone can afford several hundred dollars for the new Hi-Tech Halyard or several thousand for a new Sail.

Here are some easy DIY projects you can do or low cost ways you can say thanks to your favorite skipper or boat owner.

Since they are low cost  they are also excellent for someone you want to do something for but don’t want them to feel obligated to give you a gift in return.

If you missed last weeks article on DIY gifts, they work well for skippers also, note the Lanyards for Pelican Hooks / Gate Hooks. DIY Gifts for the Holidays

And during the year there is always the old standby of offering to help clean the boat or help them when they need a hand working on the boat.

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DIY Gifts for the Holidays

pelian hook lanyard - key fob - shackel lanyard

More assorted Key Fobs and Pelican Hook / Shackle lanyards, the colors are only limited by your imagination z

Gifts for boaters and others can sometimes be a bit difficult, so I thought I would share with you several gifts I have made for boating friends and others, these are all low cost and you can make them yourself.  Being low cost  they are also excellent for someone you want to do something for but don’t want them to feel obligated to give you a gift in return.

For a few low cost and easy to DIY things for your favorite skipper, please see: DIY & Low Cost Gifts For Your Favorite Skipper

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My New Cold Weather Insulated Sailing Gloves

insulated sailing gloves

Insulated Sailing Gloves with protected palm

This spring I bought new pair of Gill Three Season Gloves having gotten so tired of cold fingers.

The gloves are made of 1.5mm neoprene insulation  with a high tech non-slip fabric on the palms and fingers.  The entire hand is  insulated with the neoprene and the cuffs are a bit longer to go under the sleeves of foul weather gear making these warm even in wet weather.

The fingers and thumb are curved in a natural curve that makes the gloves very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

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Chafe Protection – Or keeping your boat tied up in a storm

chafe protection

What can happen if proper chafe protection is not used

As the fall storms and winds increase, chafe protection on mooring lines is often overlooked until a line parts or breaks.

Lines should be protected anytime they go over or around a sharp or abrasive object.

Chafe is increased anytime a line passes over a rough spot, inspect all line contact areas for rough, abraded areas, nicks, scratches, or groves.  In some cases edges can be rounded or relieved to help reduce chafe.

Commercial chafe protection and gear comes in almost infinite choices or you can make your own chafe guard without too much difficulty.

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How To Tie The Sheet Bend and Double Sheet Bend

Sheet Bend - Double Sheet Bend

Double Sheet Bend

The Sheet Bend / Double Sheet Bend is used to fasten two lines together of different diameters.  But it can also be used to fasten two lines together of the same size.

The Sheet Bend / Double Sheet Bend is quick and easy to tie.  If the larger line is quite a bit larger than the smaller line or the larger line is stiff then the Double Sheet Bend should be used and the end of the bight in the larger line should be tied to itself to keep it from straightening out and becoming undone.

When tied in the end of a line with a loop in it, it becomes a Becket Bend.  The Becket Bend it tied exactly the same.

The difference between a Sheet Bend and Becket Bend makes a good trivia question from time to time.

Since the two knots are tied so close to the same, I have merged the instructions for both of them below.  I hope this does not confuse anyone.

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Flashlights For The Boat

Top to bottom, Streamlight Waypoint LED Flashlight, Streamlight 4AA ProPolymax LED Flashlight and Streamlight 4AA ProPolymer Lux LED Flashlight

Top to bottom, Streamlight Waypoint LED Flashlight, Streamlight 4AA ProPolymax LED Flashlight and Streamlight 4AA ProPolymer Lux LED Flashlight

As the days get shorter, the odds that you will be returning to your slip or  entering the marina at night are increasing.

Entering many marinas after dark can be a real stressful experience, here are three lights that I have added to my after dark tools over the last year  that can help make entering a marina as well as other after dark boating much safer.

Some marinas are poorly lighted and even going down your home fairway can be stressful and finding the right slip is many times very difficult.

The three lights that I have added all have different characteristics and each offers different strong points, match the light to the need.  They are different power, some are easier to carry, provide longer battery life or reach out farther.

All of these will reach out if you need to signal for help or signal another vessel that does not seem to be aware of your presence.  A note on the use of lights to signal another vessel, you are not allowed to shine a light into the pilothouse or the eyes of the people driving the other vessel, that can ruin their night vision and is unsafe.  Shine the light on the water in the direction of the other vessel, you can also shine a light on the side of your vessel or the sails if you have sails up to attract attention.  Two of the lights have a strobe mode that is real annoying and should attract lots of attention at night.

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