Category Archives: Boating Safety

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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NOAA’s paper nautical charts get a needed update – literally

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Paper nautical charts hold a special spot in a sailor’s heart – and in the chart table. The October announcement that the federal government will stop bulk lithographic printing of nautical charts brought some…

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Our newest ‘quad maps’ arrive just in time for ‘Cyber Monday’ shoppers

Originally posted on Ear to the Ground:
Updated maps popular with hunters, backcountry hikers and others who use public lands for recreation are available now to order online (just in time for Cyber Monday when retailers are expecting some 131 million…

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