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Life Jackets Work!! But Only If You Wear It

Last Saturday as we were putting out the fenders at the end of the sail, I heard a splash followed by a couple of expletive deleted words, a quick look around the boat indicated we were short one crew member. … Continue reading

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The View From The Fremont Drawbridge Tower – The Bridge Operators Perspective

Recently I had a chance to visit the Bridge Operator Tower on the Fremont Bridge and talk with some operators about the challenges they face daily balancing the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and vessels (both recreational and commercial).  I … Continue reading

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Video: How to Launch a Sailboat Like a Boss

This has to be one of the best how to launch a sailboat videos around, no big errors just the coolest quickest and smoothest launch ever. This video was made for AV-OG-TIL, a Norwegian NGO, working to reduce the harmful … Continue reading

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Dead Tired – Tips For Preventing and Dealing With Fatigue On The Water

Tired, lack of sleep and environmental stress factors (sun, heat, cold, vessel movement) are often overlooked by recreational boaters as well as professional mariners and this can contribute to accidents on the water. A person who has been awake for 17 … Continue reading

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An Ode To Credit Card Captains Around The World

Have you ever see someone that makes you wonder if a Boating Safety Class would have helped at all? These folks crashed 6 boats in 45 minutes, cut a mooring line or two, and the list went on. These are … Continue reading

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Chafe Protection – Or keeping your boat tied up in a storm

As the fall storms and winds increase, chafe protection on mooring lines is often overlooked until a line parts or breaks. Lines should be protected anytime they go over or around a sharp or abrasive object. Chafe is increased anytime … Continue reading

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How To Tie The Sheet Bend and Double Sheet Bend

The Sheet Bend / Double Sheet Bend is used to fasten two lines together of different diameters.  But it can also be used to fasten two lines together of the same size. The Sheet Bend / Double Sheet Bend is … Continue reading

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2014 Boating Accidents & How You Can Reduce Your Risk Of Having An Accident

Nobody wants to have a boating accident, here are my thoughts on how not to be a boating accident statistic, this is based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s study of 4,064 accidents in and compiled their 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics. The … Continue reading

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