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Weathering Catalina's Year-End Storm on a Mooring - Part 2

By Daniel Sipes | Posted July 2015

One California mariner learned the hard way that staying with your boat in a storm can quickly become a matter of life and death. This harrowing tale will draw you in from the get...

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Weathering Catalina's Year-End Storm on a Mooring

By Daniel Sipes | Posted July 2015

One California mariner learned the hard way that staying with your boat in a storm can quickly become a matter of life and death. This harrowing tale will draw you in from the get...

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Anchoring Basics

By George Sass Jr. | Posted June 2015

Anchoring may seem like a very basic thing, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to get better at it. Fine-tune your anchoring skills here.

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How to Use Electronic Charts

By Capt. Daniel S.... | Posted June 2015

Electronic charts are great, no doubt. But the second you start thinking they’re foolproof is the second you’re in trouble. Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls.

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Know the Weather When You're Boating

By Lee Chesneau | Posted May 2015

While many boaters rely on a weather forecasts generated thousands of miles away, all the information you need to make good decisions may be right outside your window. Here's how...

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How to Prepare for a Day on Your Boat

By George Sass Jr. | Posted April 2015

It turns out the Boy Scouts were right, preparation is key, particularly when you're boating. Here are some things you should be doing on dry land to maximize your time on the...

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How to Navigate in Fog with Your Boat's Electronics

By Peter Swanson | Posted January 2015

It used to be that if it was too foggy out, you simply didn’t use your boat. No longer. Developments in electronics have made it so boaters can navigate nimbly and safely...

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A Close Call with a Container Ship

By Kevin Koenig | Posted December 2014

Sprague Theobald is an accomplished author, filmmaker, and adventurer. However one night long ago, on a small boat bound for Bermuda, all of that almost never happened. Read about...

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Simple Seamanship in a Hurricane

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

When all else fails, go simple, simple, simple.

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How to Deal with a Man Overboard Emergency

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

Knowing what to do when someone falls into the drink could mean the difference between life and death. Prepare yourself for these kinds of emergencies by reading our complete...

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Why You Need a Life Raft on Your Boat

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted September 2014

A boat fire can spread in minutes, and have dire consequences. Read one man’s tale of the time his boat caught on fire while at sea, and learn why a good life raft might be...

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How to Find the Best Cruising Speed for Your Boat

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2014

Here’s something you might not know about your boat’s optimal cruise speed.   Finding your boat’s “sweet spot” when it comes to cruising speed isn’t...

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When Anchoring Goes Wrong

By Eric Sanford | Posted December 2013

Finding a secluded cove and dropping the hook is hard to beat—and a key part of the experience for many boaters. Seasoned cruiser Eric Sanford had a great long weekend cruising...

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