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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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Proper Bridge Opening Signals and Conch Shell Horns

Sometimes boaters have trouble getting a bridge to open for them, there are several reasons why a bridge might not lift as soon as you sound your horn. The email below is from a Seattle Bridge Operator and was forwarded … Continue reading

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Selecting The Correct Life-jacket / PFD

Selecting the correct Life Jacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) today can be a daunting and confusing task.  Go into most any well stocked boating supply or sporting goods store and you will probably find what looks like miles and … Continue reading

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My New Cold Weather Insulated Sailing Gloves

This spring I bought new pair of Gill Three Season Gloves having gotten so tired of cold fingers. The gloves are made of 1.5mm neoprene insulation  with a high tech non-slip fabric on the palms and fingers.  The entire hand is  … 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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Tips & Hints For Preventing or Dealing With Oil and Fuel Spills

Yes recreational boaters on average behave responsibly, but accidents do happen and nobody wants to see an oil spill gathering around their boat in the marina.   Small Oil Spill Kits are being given out free to help boaters keep the … Continue reading

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New ACR Firefly Pro Series Rescue Strobe Light

ACR has finally came out with a worthy successor to the classic Firefly Rescue Lite ACR / 4F.  The ACR Firefly PRO Series is Brighter, flashes longer and has more functions (Strobe, Flashlight, SOS) than the 4F model.  I found … Continue reading

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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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