About Chris

Early days of fishing and wakeboarding boats. These days a little more relaxing and sailing time, mostly on catamarans. Still too poor be a yacht man.

Articles by Chris

Nautical Know How Basic Boating Safety Certification Final Exam

To take the final exam online:  This is the quickest way to receive your documents. You will also know right away whether you have passed or failed. If you cannot take the final exam online, you can print and mail this exam. This option is much slower than taking the final exam online . INSTRUCTIONS : After you have…

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Kansas Basic Boating Safety Course

This chapter contains information on Kansas Boating Regulations that are in addition to the Federal Requirements covered in the Basic Boating Course. If you have not reviewed the course material, please do so now. All Federal Requirements in the basic boating course apply to Kansas; this section lists Kansas Boating Requirements that are above and beyond Federal Requirements. o receive your…

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Using the Net to “Boat Safe”

Even the most recent “Newbie” to the Internet has discovered that there is a tremendous amount of information available. The problem is sorting through it and identifying what is useful and of value. We have collected some safety links for recreational boaters that you can access from any page by clicking on  Safety Links. Why would…

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Dr. Eisenberg’s Pocket Guide to CPR

Please print this guide and place in your purse or wallet as a reminder of the basic steps of CPR.

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Hull Designs And Uses

Boat designs encompass a vast range depending on the specific use for which the boat is planned. Boats are basically designed in two categories: displacement and planing. Displacement vessels are designed to move through the water with a minimum of propulsion. They will have a large underwater profile and will ride comfortably although slowly. Trawlers and…

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The majority of recreational boats in the United States are trailered to and from the water. Your boat trailer is only one part of the entire boating package which includes the boat, trailer, hitch and towing vehicle. Neglecting the trailer’s maintenance can result in damage to your boat, your towing vehicle or both. The trailer…

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Boat Capacity Plate

Chapter III – The BoatSection 7 – Boat Capacity Plate Boat Capacity Plate Boat builders must comply with Federal law by putting a Capacity Plate in sight of the helm (steering area) on motorized boats less than 20 feet in length. This plate displays three important items: the maximum weight of persons on board in…

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Rules of the Road

There are two sets of navigation rules; inland and international. A nautical chart will show you the demarcation lines where the rules change from international to inland and vice versa. In general, these demarcation lines follow the coastline and cross inlets and bays. On the seaward side of the demarcation lines international rules apply. We…

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Chapter 3 Review Quiz

You have, hopefully, just finished reading Chapter 3 – The Boat. If you are ready to take the review exam, click the button below. If you have trouble with the quiz, please review the chapter and try again. You need to score at least 70% on the chapter review quizzes in order to take the…

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Propulsion Requirements

Each vessel, depending on its design and intended use, will require different types of propulsion. Most recreational vessels in the United States today use outboard engines and are less than twenty feet in length. Outboard – Outboard motors are popular and quite useful on smaller boats. They are light and powerful and modern outboards are extremely…

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