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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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Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

A great Fender Knot is the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches, it is also a great all around knot for both using on a boat and at home. I find the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches just as … Continue reading

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Pelican Hooks

The simple Pelican Hook seems to befuddle many crew members (and a fair number of skippers also).   Here are some simple tips to take the mystery out of the Pelican Hook. Improper operation of the Pelican Hook can damage the … Continue reading

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Laundry Day & Washing The Life Jackets

Cleaning Life-Jackets seems to be overlooked on many boats, and is not a job that anyone looks forward to. Having clean Life-Jackets makes it easier to get the crew to wear them.  Cleaning the Life-Jackets from time to time helps … Continue reading

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Your Fire Extinguisher

On a cold Sunday last winter some friends were on their way from Kirkland to a Frostbite Series race on Lake Union when the Coast Guard pulled along side their sailboat. The Coast Guard Boarding Officer ask if they had … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Seattle Harbor Patrol’s Attention

Being stopped by the Harbor Patrol is one of those things very few people look forward to. To help avoid unwanted attention from the Seattle Harbor Patrol, they have produced a booklet covering Seattle area Regulations & Information for local … Continue reading

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Don’t Drop the Cell-Phone

When I got my new smarter than I am Cell-Phone I was worried about dropping it overboard. The new phone did not have any attachment points like my previous Cell-Phone and was quite slick. Talking to the salesman he pointed … Continue reading

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Free NOAA Charts!

NOAA  now has over 1,000 Free BookletCharts™ available for free  download in PDF format for printing  yourself.  BookletCharts™ are 8.5 by 11 inch reduced scale nautical  charts designed for recreational and small boats.  NOAA has been developing these charts that … Continue reading

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