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Freeze Now, Chill Out Later

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2012-03-14 00:00

There’s something to be said for grilling or eating fresh food aboard. But sometimes, thanks to a late arrival to an anchorage due to challenging conditions, or better yet, too-good-to-leave-on-time conditions at your last stop, it’s good to have an easy backup plan for a great meal—you know you can do better than hot dogs or a can of Dinty Moore. What better dish to have on hand than a frozen pot pie?

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Does Yacht Design Matter?

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2012-02-10 12:31

photo courtesy of Riva Yacht           

To answer this blog’s titular question in short: Of course it does. The real question, masked by that rhetorical one, is “How much does yacht design matter?” It matters to boaters, and to those who are thoughtful enough to understand the importance of boat design in the greater context of how it represents and reminds us of our collective past, and how its halo affects other kinds of design.

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Go Toward the Light

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-11-18 10:33

One night in the well-lit rivers and canals of Fort Lauderdale (during the boat show, no less) gave me a sense of what boaters can’t see when they rely on the naked eye. Seems that the docklights, street lamps, and hotel-walkway lights could confuse boaters nearly as much as they help, thanks to the glare and reflections. But I really didn’t know what I was missing until I was able to compare the view through a FLIR thermal-imaging camera. I brought my own video camera along to see what its lens recorded of the view from the bow and what I could see on the thermal-imaging display. See for yourself how they match up here.

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Saluting the Coast Guard… and its Families

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-10-17 10:11

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NMEA Showcases Smart Development

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-10-07 16:22

I had the good fortune to attend the NMEA International Conference and Expo, where manufacturers put their best foot forward and give dealers and media a peek at what’s new.   

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Quick! Take a Kid Boating

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-08-26 11:57

As summer winds down, the kids in your life will start thinking about the school lunch program, playing organized sports, and, yes, even classes and books. What does this mean to you? It’s a stark reminder that your opportunities to get out on the water with those young people will be even more limited.

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Hinckley Fleet Breezes into Nantucket

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-08-05 15:26

The heat of late July had settled into every crevice and shadow in the urban canyons of Manhattan. Just when I thought it was too late to escape, the invitation came through the mail slot on a salt-tinged zephyr: “Join us on Nantucket.” I had been saved by the kind folks at Hinckley, who hosted a rendezvous for their owners at Nantucket Boat Basin.

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Action Alert: Stand Up for Your GPS Rights

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-07-26 14:41

In January, the FCC granted a conditional waiver to a broadband wireless communications provider called LightSquared to permit expansion of the land-based use of the mobile satellite spectrum. In plain English, this private company’s cellular system may interfere with the weak GPS signal our electronics use for positioning. The public comment period ends on Saturday. Fill in the form completely—it needs your address to locate your Congressional representatives. Click here to speak up now.

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On the water with the Simrad NSS 12

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-06-27 13:05

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Epilogue for Father’s Day

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted 2011-06-20 12:31

As the sun began its downward track, I looked around the picnic table at the group of our friends laughing as they enjoyed cheese and crackers and crisp, chilled white wine. We were gathered on a yacht-club deck to celebrate as Father’s Day drew to a close. Our young children played nearby in the golden light before the backdrop of the mooring field and Long Island Sound beyond.


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