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Required Equipment for Boats

U. S. COAST GUARD MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL VESSELS EQUIPMENT Less than 16ft/4.9m 16 to less than 26 ft/7.9m 26 to less than 40 ft/12.2m 40 to not more than 65 ft/19.8m Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) One approved Type I, II, III or V(must be worn) PFD for each person on board or being towed…

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Parents get help at BoatSafeKids

Parents get help at BoatSafeKids Frank writes: My son is reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and asked me what distance a league is. Also, he wanted to know what the water pressure per square inch per foot of depth under water is. Your help would be greatly appreciated. A league is a measurement of…

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Joshua asks: Where does the term figure head come from?

The figure head is the carved ornamental and painted figure erected on the bow of ships. The origin of the figure head in the early days of seagoing was twofold; a mixture of religious symbolism and the treatment of the ship as a living thing. Early sailors thought the figure head would please the sea…

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A Visit to the Niña

A Visit to the Niña You probably know the story of Christopher Columbus and the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. If you get the chance to see this reproduction of the Ni�a, now a “sailing museum”, you’ll be very surprised at how small these vessels were. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would…

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What is waterline length and does it affect boat speed?

That is a very good question. Waterline length is the length of the boat from bow to stern where it sits in the water. In other words, as it floats in the water if you were to mark the point on the bow where the water touched and marked the point on the stern where…

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Who came up with nautical miles and defined sea speed as knots?

A nautical mile is a distance on the earth’s surface of 6,080 feet, which is equal to one minute of latitude at the earth’s equator. Since there are 360 degrees around the earth, and each degree equals 60 minutes, the distance around the earth, at the equator or any other great circle, is 21,600 nautical…

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Just the Basics Required Stuff to Have on Your Boat

You need to have a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) for every person onboard the boat. PFDs must be approved by the United States Coast Guard. To see the kinds of PFDs available, look here . In addition, if your boat is 16 feet or over, you need to have a throwable PFD onboard, and immediately…

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Pets OnBoard

Ellie from Wisconsin wondered about taking her cat along for a day of boating. Good for you, Ellie, for wanting to make sure your cat would be safe!  Yes, you probably can take your cat boating if you plan ahead. The best way to introduce your pet to boating is to spend some time together…

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Do I Have to Wear a PFD?

Christa from Illinois asks, “Do I always have to wear my PFD?” The easy answer to that question is that Illinois has a law that says anyone 13 or younger must wear a PFD when underway on a boat. Also, a Federal law requires that children 12 and under must wear a PFD when onboard…

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Vicki asks “How Many People Can Fit in a Boat?”

That’s a very good question, Vicki, because overloading a small boat is a very dangerous thing to do. Luckily, there are some federal regulations helping to protect you. 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…

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Why Does a Boat Plane?

To answer this question, let’s first look at what kinds of boats you may see. Displacement Boat Planing Boat Hovercraft Hydrofoil Hovercraft and hydrofoil boats are not as common so we won’t cover them here. (A later article!) Most recreational boats are either planing or displacement. To get a better understanding, you should first read…

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Why do cigarette boats have a closed bow?

Cigarette boats are designed for a single purpose and that is to “go fast.” That is why you may hear them referred to as “go fast boats.” They are V-hull, planing, boats which means that they actually ride on top of the water, and they are equipped with high horsepower engines that are able to…

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Why do some sail boats have more than one sail?

Bramp asks: Why do some sail boats have more than one sail and how can some boats go faster than the wind? Good question Bramp! Most small sail boats have only one sail because the square footage of sail area is big enough to collect enough wind to push a light boat. As the size…

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How are flat charts and maps made of our round planet?

Sailors need accurate charts to find their way around the seas. The trouble is, nobody can make a perfect chart because the earth is a large ball and charts are drawn on paper, which is flat. You need to know a few things before you can understand how this problem has been tackled, so here…

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