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DIY – Historical NOAA Charts & Maps Place-mats

NOAA has made it easy for you to make Place-mats for gifts to friends. You can download Historical Charts, maps and current Nautical Charts and for no charge from NOAA.  The charts and maps can easily be cropped to place-mat … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light – Testing the Streamlight Siege LED Lantern

I have used the Streamlight Siege LED Lantern for several months and have been quite impressed by it. For boaters, the Lantern floats, has multiple light levels, should survive a 2 meter (6 foot) drop), has a nice handle to … Continue reading

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26th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival

What does a Lutefisk Eating Contest, Japanese Drummers, International Guild Of Knot Tyers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Wooden Boat Building and more seafood than most people can dream of have in common?? The Fall Fisherman’s Festival celebrating the return of … Continue reading

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The Untold 9/11 Boat Lift Story

Originally posted on Boating Safety Tips, Tricks & Thoughts from Captnmike:
Evacuation of 500,000 people from Lower Manhattan on 9/11 by boat Following the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, a problem faced by many New Yorkers was…

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2014 – Special Notice To Mariners

The Special Notice To Mariners is an annual safety publication for all Mariners, published as a 116 page PDF document by the Coast Guard District 13.  D-13 has included information from many sources in one handy place. The Special Notice … Continue reading

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Navigators Piloting and Charting Reference Card

The Navigators Piloting and Charting Reference Card puts the commonly used coastal navigation formulas and symbols on one handy card for easy reference.  This card helps prevent mistakes when tired, or when doing your Navigation Class homework. Even with today’s use … Continue reading

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A Face Plant at Speed

Running with the spinnaker up in good wind with a planing hull is a rush when the boat pops up out of the water and starts planing. If the wind is too big serious damage can be done, from the simple … Continue reading

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Correcting chart discrepancies at Alaska’s Whale Passage

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
by Ensign Sarah Chappel, NOAA Ship Rainier NOAA Ship Rainier recently surveyed Whale Passage, which separates Whale Island from Kodiak Island, Alaska. The area has never been surveyed with modern full bottom coverage methods,…

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