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Boating Tips

Boating Tips   Boating Safety Tips Safe Trailering by Jim Smith Boater’s Judgment and Maturity By Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL Crew Overboard by Jim Smith Crew Overboard – Quick Question Required Equipment for Recreational Boats Marine Radio Procedures Choosing and Using the Correct PFD Navigating Bridges How…

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Understanding and Utilizing the Secrets of Waves

Understanding and Utilizing the Secrets of Waves INTRODUCTION Any time you picture a body of water larger than a puddle, one of the first things that comes to mind are the rolling waves, or the surf lapping at the shore. Well, at least that’s what happens with me… But waves are much more than tranquil…

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International Code Flags or Signaling Flags

International Code Flags or Signaling Flags Although you may never see them displayed except at fleet parades, around naval installations, and areas with heavy international shipping traffic, International code flags are used to signal between two ships or between ship and shore. Also called signaling flags, they are a set of flags of different colors,…

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What is the Meaning of SOS?

What is the Meaning of SOS? Harmony asks “Do the letters in the term SOS represent three words? If so could you let me know what they are?” Thanks to Neal McEwen for allowing us to use information from his article “SOS”, “CQD” and the History of Maritime Distress Calls . There is much mystery…

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Everyday Phrases and their Nautical Origins

Everyday Phrases and their Nautical Origins A-K   Admiral An admiral is a senior ranking officer in the US Navy, and the word signifies a commander of a fleet, or part of a fleet, in all maritime nations. From the Arabic word amir meaning prince or leader. Adrift Not moored, at the will of the…

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Boating Basics Glossary of Terms

Boating Basics Glossary of Terms A  ABAFT – Toward the rear (stern) of the boat. Behind. ABEAM – At right angles to the keel of the boat, but not on the boat. ABOARD – On or within the boat. ABOVE DECK – On the deck (not over it – see ALOFT) ABREAST – Side by…

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Hull ID Numbers

Hull ID Numbers Play the Numbers Game (What’s a HIN?) Did you ever wonder what that strange series of letters and numbers on the transom of your boat are. Well, if you have taken the Nautical Know How course you know they are Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) and that they are required. But, what do they mean?…

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Ceremony for Renaming Your Boat

Ceremony for Renaming Your Boat Everyone knows that renaming your boat will bring nothing but bad luck and make your boating experience something that you will want to forget. But what happens when, after months of searching, you find your dreamboat with a name that you just cannot live with. For example, my first love…

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