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A Luncheon Cruise & Tour on the Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy

Last Saturday I had the honor of an Elliot Bay lunch cruise on the USCG Icebreaker Healy which is home-ported in Seattle. This was a special trip set up to let the family and friends of the crew on the … Continue reading

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How to Tie a Spilled Hitch Bowline

Tying a Bowline using the Spilled Hitch method is a quick and easy, but not a well know way to tie a Bowline. The Spilled Hitch Bowline can be used to quickly tie a Bowline around an object or through the … Continue reading

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NOAA’s paper nautical charts are here to stay

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
New certified printing agents bring buying options It won’t be long before mariners and the boating public will have a wider choice of options and special services when they purchase NOAA paper nautical charts,…

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Pre-Season Checklist – Dewinterizing Your Boat for the Season

Originally posted on BoatSafe Blog:
Spring is here and it is not too soon to start thinking about dewinterizing your boat for the season. Even if you live in an area where the “boating season” doesn’t begin with the start of…

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The New Cabin Lights

Recently I needed to do something about the old cabin lights when the switches stopped working. I decided to upgrade the lights to Red / White LED fixtures.  I wanted the Red light  option to preserve the night vision of … Continue reading

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Catch the digital wave in NOAA navigation products #Data4Coasts

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Navigation manager Kyle Ward explains some of Coast Survey’s new products at the Savannah Boat Show. This week, NOAA’s National Ocean Service is inviting you to explore #Data4Coasts that NOS provides to the public, to…

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More TVMDC – Practice Problems – Correcting and un-correcting the compass

Correcting and Un-correcting a compass is still a useful skill.  Paper charts and plotted course lines are still in use, even with today’s Cell Phone Apps and GPS Plotters.   If you take a Navigation or Piloting class that lasts … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 83,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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