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Boating Tips and Articles

Anchoring

  • Steps to Smooth Anchoring
  • Anchoring Tips – by Bill Wallace

Boat Operation & Handling

  • Tilt? Trim? What Those Trim Tabs Do
  • Tilt & Trim for Outboards and I/Os
  • Boat Docking – An Introduction by Charles Low
  • Docking Broadside to Wind by Charles T. Low
  • Station Keeping by Charles Low
  • Boat Docking Around an Obstacle by Charles Low
  • Boat Docking in a Quartering Wind by Charles Low
  • Close Quarters Maneuvering by Charles Low
  • Docking Stern-to – by Charles T. Low
  • Boat Docking – Alongside in a Headwind by Charles T. Low
  • Maneuvering in a Narrow Channel
  • Docking & Undocking
  • Docking Tips continued
  • Operating Around Barges and Towboats
  • View from the Bridge aka The Rule of Tonnage
  • What to do if you’re suddenly in charge of the boat: Small Outboard Basics and Larger Inboard & I/O Basics
  • Navigating Inlets By CWO Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Navigating Bridges
  • How Locks Work
  • Low-head dams by Virgil Chambers, Executive Director, National Safe Boating Council
  • Heavy Weather Boat Handling
  • Passenger/crew orientation by Janice McArthur
  • Boating Etiquette
  • Dockside Do’s & Don’ts
  • Fueling Your Boat Safely
  • Facts About Fuel
  • Operating your Boat in Reduced Visibility
  • Your Boat’s Aground – Now What?
  • Estimating Time of Arrival
  • Calculating the Distance to Horizon
  • Taking Bearings on a Small Boat by Bill McNiel
  • Lightning Protection
  • Understanding the Danger of Propeller Strike
  • Operating Your Boat in accordance with Homeland Security Measures

Boating Checklists & Logs – Printable

  • A Float Plan
  • Float Plan for Trailer Boaters from Ed Schorr
  • Trip Log
  • Ship’s Log
  • Pre-departure Check List
  • New Pre-departure check list – in PDF format for printing – contains additional items for inland boaters.
  • Tools & Spare Parts List
  • Required Equipment for Recreational Boats
  • Chartering? Be prepared with our Charter Check List

Marine Communications

  • Marine Communications – Cell Phone vs VHF Radio vspacer.gif (821 bytes)
  • Marine Radio Procedures
  • When You Radio for Help on the Water By Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Getting Help on the Water
  • International Code Flags

Boating Environment & Sanitation

  • Clean Boating – Do Your Part (or get fined!)
  • Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products for your Boat
  • Maritime Environmental Regulations by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL

Equipment for Your Boat

  • Navigation Lights – Is your new (or not so new) boat legal?
  • Required Equipment for Recreational Boats

GPS

  • An Overview of GPS

Staying Healthy on Your Boat

  • Seasickness contributed by Bob Pone
  • Drug-Testing and Maritime Law by Capt. Alan E. Spears.
  • Sea Doc Tips: Sunscreen & Sunburn
  • Removing a stray fishing hook By Bob Pone, the Marine Do-it-Yourselfer

Hypothermia

  • Hypothermia
  • Beware!! The Hazards of Ice By Gerald M. Dworkin, Lifesaving Resources, Inc.
  • How to Use an Icesuit – by Gerald Dworkin, Lifesaving Resources, Inc.

Life Jackets – PFDs

  • USCG Approved Inflatable Lifejackets – A Review
  • Test Your Lifejackets
  • What kind of PFD do I need?
  • How to Read PFD labels
  • Care and maintenance of PFDs

Boat Maintenance

  • Spring Boating Safety Checklist
  • Can You Be Seen? – Check Your Navigation Lights
  • Basic Electrical Theory for Boaters
  • More on Electricity for Boaters
  • Prolong the Life of Your Marine Batteries
  • Marine Engine Cooling Systems Explained
  • Marine Engine Life Expectancy
  • Troubleshooting the Over-Heating Engine
  • Outboard Motor Maintenance
  • Electrolysis and Your Props
  • How to Winterize your Boat
  • Environmentally Safe Cleaning Products for your Boat
  • Get Your Boat Ready for the Season – Spring Boating Check List
  • Off-Season Project: Repair & Prevent Blisters
  • Changing Oil – made easy
  • Bright Ideas by Bob Pone, The Marine Do-It-Yourselfer
  • Winterizing Your Boat
  • Checking Bilge Pumps
  • Through-hull Fittings

Marlinespike

  • Marlinespike
  • How to tie some useful knots for boaters

Misc. Boating Articles

  • Ceremony for Renaming Your Boat
  • Paddling our National Parks – Part 1
  • Paddling our National Parks – Part 2
  • Anatomy of a Wave by Jay Holben
  • Boat Insurance – What You Need to Know
  • What Does SOS Stand For?
  • What do Mark Twain & Your Depth Sounder Have in Common?
  • Ship’s Bells & Watch Schedules
  • What to do if you think you’ve caught a world record fish!
  • Nautical Mnemonics
  • What does it mean to “Dress Ship” and how do you do it?
  • Windsurfing Don’t Get in Over Your Head by Lawrence Pearlman

Nautical Book Reviews

Navigation, Nav Rules, Rules of the Road

  • GPIRB – The smart EPIRB
  • Navigation Lights – Is your new (or not so new) boat legal?
  • Changes to the Nav Rules
  • Aids to Navigation Update
  • Can You Be Seen? – Check Your Navigation Lights
  • Safe Navigation Information By CWO Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Rules of the Road By CWO Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Fort Pierce
  • View from the Bridge aka The Rule of Tonnage
  • Identifying Aids to Navigation
  • Regulatory Markers
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Sound Signals in Restricted Visibility
  • Sound Signal Questions
  • Lights and Dayshapes
  • Dayshapes – what they mean
  • Estimating Time of Arrival
  • What Rule of the Road did the Captain of the Titanic Break?
  • Nautical Mnemonics
  • All About Nautical Charts
  • Nautical Chart Reading 101
  • NOAA’s Plans for Updated Nautical Charts
  • How to use Dividers and Parallel Rulers
  • Taking Bearings on a Small Boat by Bill McNiel
  • Nautical Miles and Statute Miles

The following online reviews are available:
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  • Review Running Lights with this simulator
  • Review Rules of the Road
  • Review Aids to Navigation

Boat Ownership

  • Do you need a captain’s license? What is a ‘passenger for hire’?
  • Buying a Boat
  • Preventing Boat Theft
  • The Pros and Cons of Documenting Your Boat
  • Hull Identification Numbers – What they Mean

Boating Safety

  • Understanding the Danger of Propeller Strike
  • Can You Be Seen? – Check Your Navigation Lights
  • Navigation Lights – Is your new (or not so new) boat legal?
  • GPIRB – The smart EPIRB
  • Boat Accident Reporting – It’s the Law
  • When to Report a Boating Accident By CWO Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Boating Under the Influence
  • Anatomy of a Boating Accident
  • EPIRBs – Safety at Sea by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • EPIRBs – Life Insurance at Sea
  • Float Plans Save Lives By Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Distress Signals by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Boater’s Judgment and Maturity By Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
  • Help Prevent Drowning with these Tips
  • Graphic Chart of Distress Signals
  • Crew Overboard by Jim Smith
  • Crew Overboard – quick question
  • Procedure for Abandoning Ship
  • Be Prepared with an Abandon Ship Bag by Doug Ritter
  • What to do if you’re suddenly in charge of the boat: Small Outboard Basics and Larger Inboard & I/O Basics
  • Safety Link Section Boating safety resources on the net
  • Preventing Fires Onboard By CWO Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Fort Pierce
  • Firefighting Basics for all boaters
  • PWC Tips – Fire OnBoard -by Scott Collier and the PWC Zone.
  • Marine Fire Extinguishers – An Update

Sailing

  • Quick Sailing Tips & Techniques
  • How large a boat can you handle by yourself?
  • Are Single-Handed Sailors in Conflict with the Rules?
  • Sailing – Monohulls vs Multihulls
  • Rescue Techniques for Sail Racing – from the Rescue Chiefs of Cork

Boat Trailering

  • Safe Trailering by Jim Smith
  • Lighting Tips for Trailers by Jim Smith
  • Trailer Boaters – Is the Plug in?
  • Capt. Pat answers questions about trailering
  • Ramp Courtesy by Mark Fridl
  • Trailer Boaters: Ramp Safety – A True Story

Boat Towing

  • Towing Tips by W.J. Laudeman

Weather, Hurricane Prep,

  • Weather 101 – How to read clouds to predict approaching storms
  • Hurricane Protection for Boaters
  • Hurricane Tips for Liveaboards vspacer.gif (821 bytes)
  • Hurricane Preparation by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, USCG Station Ft. Pierce, Florida
  • Hurricane Preparation Checklist for Boaters
  • Heavy Weather Preparations
  • Weather Proverbs Tried and true?

Boating Stories, Adventures & Humor

  • Salty Talk – Nautical Humor from Owen in Norway
  • Buying a Boat?  Here’s ” An Open Letter to my Creditors ”
  • Linda goes to The Fort Lauderdale Boatshow
  • The Great Bahamas Cruise by Jim Smith
  • Caution for Pontoon Boaters
  • Top 10 Silliest Questions Asked on Cruise Ships
  • Adventures in Galveston Bay by Jeanne Hurr
  • Capt. Matt’s Boating Adventure (In 4 parts)
  • Nathan’s Kite Boat
  • Port Tack to Tortola by Jim Smith
  • Murphy’s Law at Work by John Sullivan
  • Boating experiences on the ICW .
  • Keel-Hauling In Havasu by Jim Smith
  • Tortola Torture by Jim Smith
  • Vicki & Ray’s First Bareboating Adventure
  • The Bahamas via Hong Kong by Jim Smith
  • Some Humor from Jim Smith

BoatSafe Kids

  • Maps and charts are flat. Our planet is round. How’d they do that? The “Limejuice Sailor” tells us!
  • Play Life Jacket Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Did you ever catch a fish bigger than you are? Alex did!
  • What does ‘pounds of buoyancy’ mean when referring to life jackets?
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • How Fast Can a Boat Go ?
  • Person Overboard
  • A Visit to the Niña
  • Why are Boats Referred to as “She”?
  • What are the Top 5 Boating Safety Tips?
  • Where did the Word “Port” Originate?
  • Why is it So Hard to Back a Trailer ?
  • How Many People Can Fit in a Boat?
  • How Does a Sailboat Sail?
  • What is “Hydrodynamic effect? ”
  • How does the moon affect the tide?
  • Why do people act crazy in boats?
  • The History of Navigation
  • Cats and Dogs on Boats
  • How to be a Storm Spotter !
  • Why do cigarette boats have a closed bow?
  • How Far is the Horizon?
  • Do I have to wear my PFD?
  • How do life jackets work?
  • Stuff you should always have onboard no matter how small your boat is
  • Why are life jackets orange?
  • What does “abeam” mean?
  • What makes a boat plane?
  • How do heavy boats float?

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1 Comment

  • Elizabeth on October 1, 2019

    There is no excuse for littering, especially on the water. The litter that you throw into the water can contaminate fish, the water that goes to our cities, and surrounding farmlands. Going out on the boat with your family can be a fun experience that can create many happy childhood memories for your children.

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