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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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