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My grandfather first took me fishing when I was too young to actually hold up a rod on my own. As an avid camper, hiker, and nature enthusiast I'm always looking for a new adventure.

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How to Drive with a Boat Trailer

Driving for the first time with a boat trailer is not necessarily going to be difficult, but it won’t be easy, either. This is something you will need to practice to master. I strongly recommend practicing in an open space like an empty parking lot until you are comfortable enough with all aspects of driving…

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220 Banned and Inappropriate Boat Names

Coast Guard rules ban certain words in the naming of boats, even though it may not seem like it sometimes. These are the specific guidelines for boat naming, which are actually pretty lax.   “The name may not be identical, actually or phonetically, to any word or words used to solicit assistance at sea; may…

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How to Winterize a Pontoon Boat

There are a handful of steps you need to take to prepare your pontoon boat for winter that include prepping your engine, getting the boat clean, removing all the gear and equipment, lubricating your fittings, running antifreeze through the lines and more. Because it can be such an in-depth process you may be tempted to…

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Types of Sailboats: Classification Guide

Sailboats can be divided into three basic types based on their hulls (catamaran, monohull or multihull), their keel and their rigging, and then further subdivided from there. The result is that there are actually well over a dozen different kinds of sailboats out there. Sailboat Hull Types There are three main hull types that you’ll…

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The Largest Cruise Ship in the World

The biggest cruise ship in the world changed in the year 2022 when Royal Caribbean unveiled their Wonder of the Seas, one of their Oasis-class line of cruise ships of which there are five with a sixth one in construction. It measures a stunning 1,188 feet in length. If you Google it, the answer you’ll…

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How Do Surge Brakes Work on a Boat Trailer?

Surge brakes are one of several kinds of brakes that a boat trailer may have. Surge brakes are a kind of hydraulic brakes and arguably the simplest and easiest to both use and understand of the brakes a trailer might employ. The process of braking your tow vehicle will cause the trailer’s momentum to push…

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How to Apply Sunscreen

You need to use about one ounce, or an entire shot glass worth of sunscreen, to cover your entire body 15 minutes before going out in the sun. This should be applied in a layer that is 2 mg per cm square of skin thick and you should be applying it to clean, dry skin…

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How to Anchor a Pontoon Boat

Anchoring a pontoon boat is slightly different than anchoring other kinds of boats and it may throw you off. Proper anchoring of a pontoon boat requires positioning your pontoon correctly and also having a good understanding of the depth of the water you’re in. Because pontoons are so much more buoyant than most other kinds…

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140 Latin Boat Names

Latin boat names add a touch of sophistication to any boat. Not every boat you run across has to have a funny boat name, although many are and they’re great. But choosing a Latin name can give new meaning and gravitas to your boat. If you like a boat name to be distinguished and powerful,…

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Why Does Oil Float on Water?

Oil floats on water simply because oil is not as dense as water. This is doubly true in salt water which is even more dense than freshwater, meaning oil will remain on top where it can be seen and it poses a threat to marine life. As responsible boaters we need to make sure we…

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Jet Boat vs Propeller Boat: What’s The Difference?

Most boats on the water are propelled by one of two main systems – jet propulsion or propeller propulsion. Jet boats use an impeller pump to draw water in before forcing it out in a high velocity jet that moves the boat forward. Propeller driven boats use a propeller to push the water away from…

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How Long Does a Sunburn Last?

The summer sun tempts a lot of us to get out and soak up some rays but the risk of a sunburn is always high. The average sunburn may take around 5 days to heal. That’s a very rudimentary rule of thumb however and there are several factors we need to take into consideration that…

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How Much Is a Pontoon Boat?

Pontoon boats, like most other kinds of boats, can cover a remarkably wide range of prices from as low as $12,000 to as much as $400,000. With such a huge range to cover, there are a lot of variables that go into determining figuring out pontoon boat price. What is the Range of Pontoon Prices?…

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Biggest Ship in the World: Listed By Ship Type

The biggest ship in the world is a bit hard to pin down because the definition of “ship” can be a little malleable. As well, biggest could refer to either length or gross tonnage. The largest ship ever built was the Seawise Giant, also called the Happy Giant, the Jahre Viking, and the Knock Nevisa,…

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What’s the Best Way to Avoid Overloading Your Boat?

The best way to avoid overloading your boat is to have a clear understanding of your boat’s weight capacity and then simply not exceed that capacity. Every boat has either a capacity plate that explains how much weight it can safely hold or an explanation of the same in the owner’s manual. If you have…

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What is a Pontoon Boat?

Pontoon boats are flat decked, recreational boats that rely on air-filled tubes called pontoons to achieve buoyancy in the water. Traditional pontoons use a pair of pontoon tubes located on either side of the boat under the deck to achieve stability and buoyancy. Some models may have a third tube located under the center of…

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Can You Bring Spray Sunscreen on a Plane?

Yes, you can bring spray on sunscreen on a plane. That said, the TSA and the FAA do have some rules about how much you can have and also where you have to keep it during travel. This can be a little confusing, of course, so let’s get into the specifics. Transportation Security Administration Rules…

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How Much Does a Boat Trailer Weigh?

The average fishing boat trailer weight will probably be around 600 lbs. There can be a fairly large potential range for these trailers however, running from just a couple of hundred pounds at the low end to well over 1,000 pounds at the higher end of the scale. And that’s for an unloaded trailer. Once…

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200 Best Fishing Boat Names: Funny, Classic, And Unique Names

A fishing boat should be named to reflect the fact that fishing is what it’s for. Every boat needs a name. It’s a rite of passage. But not every boat needs the same kind of name and fishing boats need good fishing boat names. You’re not calling your fishing boat Windancer or something if it’s…

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Tritoon vs Pontoon: Key Differences

Tritoon boats are a kind of pontoon boat that has three pontoon tubes rather than the standard two tubes you’ll find in a traditional pontoon. There are some key differences between the two that are worth understanding, especially if you’re considering purchasing one. Appearance In general, above the pontoons, you’re not likely to notice any…

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Can You Tan with Sunscreen?

Yes, you can tan even when you are using sunscreen. Though sunscreen’s purpose is to prevent your skin cells from absorbing ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays, it does not offer 100% protection. That means that can and will still be able to tan with sunscreen on but the process does take more time than…

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Why Are Boats So Expensive?

Boats cost more than other items we think of in the same ballpark, like cars, for several reasons. It costs more to build boats in terms of time, materials and standards. Boats are also less in demand than cars and, as such, it’s a much more niche market which means boat makers can charge more…

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Can a Pontoon Boat Go in the Ocean?

The answer to this question is yes, you can take a pontoon boat in the ocean. In fact, some modern pontoon boats with things like V-frame construction, tritoons and more durable materials may be fairly adept at handling open waters and strong enough to hold their own in the chop if you head out with…

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45 Types of Boats

There are literally hundreds of different types of boats in the world. For some, the difference between them is very little. For instance, a pontoon and a tritoon are the same boat save for the addition of a single extra pontoon tube. Other boats are highly specialized like a crane boat which may be used…

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5 Fastest Production Pontoon Boats

The fastest commercially available pontoon boats in the world will be able to reach speeds of around 60 to 78 miles per hour. This is rare for a pontoon boat and most do not achieve speeds anywhere near this fast. How Fast Do Modern Fast Pontoon Boats Go? Any pontoon boat that can pull over…

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How to Keep a Canopy From Blowing Away at the Beach

Anchoring your beach canopy will probably be the most effective way of keeping it from blowing away. There are several alternate ways to try to keep a stable beach canopy in place as well but using tent stakes to anchor it in place seems to be the best method for offering the greatest stability with…

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Can a Pontoon Boat Sink?

Yes, pontoon boats are capable of sinking. Please don’t go boating on a pontoon boat under the mistaken impression that they are incapable of being sunk. That said, a pontoon is also a very safe and reliable kind of boat. They offer great stability and in most circumstances they will hold up better than other…

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Boat vs Ship: What’s the Difference?

The internet is full of dictionaries with different definitions of what is and is not a boat. You may be surprised (or maybe not) to see that some describe a ship as a boat and a boat as a ship. Here are two ways to define both boat and ship. Boat Definitions a vessel for…

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What Does SPF Mean?

SPF stands for sun protection factor and is the unit of measure used in sunscreen to indicate the relative amount of time you can endure exposure to the sun’s rays before they begin to cause damage. Let’s take a look at what that means in practical terms and how SPF is even determined. How Sun…

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What Is A PWC? Understanding Personal Watercraft

A PWC is a personal watercraft. You might better know them by names like Jet Ski and Sea-Doo. Both of those are manufacturer names that have become synonymous with the product over the years, kind of the same as how we call any tissue a Kleenex, even though Kleenex is just one brand. Defining What…

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