Seamanship

Lessons from the El Faro Tragedy

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted February 2016

When the cargo ship sank near the eye of the hurricane, many questions were raised. Executive Editor Capt. Bill Pike shares his thoughts here.

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Guide to Fire Safety on Your Boat

By Mike Smith | Posted January 2016

There’s a lot of flammable material on a boat, and once fire gets a foothold you’ll be facing a hot, smokey situation with possibly toxic fumes. And if the flames ignite the...

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A Near-Death Situation on a Scarab 35

By Kevin Koenig | Posted January 2016

After a high-speed, nighttime boat accident, one lucky captain is thankful just to be alive.

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How-to Guide to Knots, Hitches, and Linehandling Techniques

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

A guide to all the knots, hitches, and linehandling techniques you’ll ever need to know, including demonstation videos.

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How to do a Three-strand Splice

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

This is the easiest, most common splice. Typically, it’s used to put an eye in the end of a mooring line or anchor rode.

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How to Cleat a Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

A step-by-step guide of how to properly cleata a line, including a video demonstation.

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How to Coil a Line

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

Step-by-step instructions on how to properly coil a line, including a video demonstration.

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How to Stow a Line

By Capt Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

A video demonstration on how to properly stow a line on your boat.

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How to Tie a Boat up Properly

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

You should always strive to approximate this ideal, for the sake of safety and convenience.

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Clove Hitch on a Piling

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

How to do a clove hitch on a piling including a video demonstration.

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How to do a Rolling Hitch

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

Now and again you may need to secure a secondary line to a primary that’s under load (without slippage), so that tension is relieved.

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How to Tie a Bowline with Your Eyes Closed

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

The bowline can be used to make giant loops, temporarily fasten lines together, lift heavy objects, and serve a host of other purposes onboard.

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Safe Wind-Bound Departure

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2015

How to make a safe wind-bound departure with your boat.

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