Tag Archives: boating safety

Is This Your Cleat?

Walking down any dock and you will soon decide that tying a cleat is a dying skill.  Many docks have up to 40% and sometimes more of the cleats tied strangely, this includes the docks of  yacht clubs that bear … Continue reading

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Tips on Tying Your Boat to the Dock

Here  are a few tips that my crew and I have found very helpful when tying my boat in it’s slip. Tying the boat to the dock seems to be taken for granted by many and not much thought put … Continue reading

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Introduction to U.S. Aids to Navigation

A short illustrated introduction to the U.S. Aids to Navigation System with pictures of Aids to Navigation (ATON’s) from the Seattle area.  The PowerPoint presentation is narrated and is about 10 minutes in length.  A formatted for printing PDF file … Continue reading

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Great Windstorms of the Pacific Northwest with Cliff Mass

Video of the May 4, 2010  presentation of The Great Windstorms of the Pacific Northwest by Cliff Mass gave at the Science Café of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Cliff Mass   Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of … Continue reading

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Washington State Boaters Licensing

A common misconception is that Washington State requires recreational boaters to have a license.  This is not accurate, what is required is that boaters have successfully taken an approved Boaters Education Class and gotten a Washington State Boaters Education Card.  … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Ferry, Tanker and Navy Ships Security Zones

Puget Sound has a large amount of vessel traffic and has very specific safety zones around whales and many types of ships.  All mariners need to understand and observe the safety zones. Washington State Ferries and other Passenger Carrying Vessels: … Continue reading

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Important Seattle Area Boating Information

Information to help you stay out of trouble with the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard when boating in the Seattle area. July 1, 2013 – Post Updated The Seattle Harbor Patrol has published a very nice booklet (available from the … Continue reading

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Anchor Types and Tips

What size and type of anchor do you need? To fully answer the what size and type would require a book and even then not everyone would agree on the conclusions. What size and type of an anchor is a … Continue reading

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