Seamanship

Safety Drills: How to Prepare for the Worst

By | Posted August 2017

Most boaters are reluctant to rehearse emergency drills; they feel a little silly, or they don’t want to ruin the excitement of the day with a dose of reality. But if you are not...

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Maritime Signal Flags

By | Posted August 2017

Use this tool to create customized messages of your own. Whether you want to send a secret signal to a friend, craft a salty wall decoration for your home, or add a salty touch to...

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Navigating the Shallows of Murphy’s Creek

By | Posted April 2017

A leaky engine, a water-moccasin-filled creek, and a seemingly abandoned ferry boat: Experiencing Northern Florida aboard a Cape Dory.

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Crossing the Bar

By | Posted March 2017

Capt. Paul Lobo has seen it all—brutal storms, horrendous accidents, and countless hours of drama—in his 31-year career as a San Francisco Pilot boat captain. These are his...

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How to Choose the Right Marine Binoculars

By | Posted October 2016

Knowing what you’re looking at has a key component: Being able to see enough detail to make the right decisions. Understand what marine binoculars have to offer, and think about a...

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The Coast Guard Heroes of The Finest Hours

By | Posted August 2016

Learn the facts behind the events that became the Hollywood film The Finest Hours, featuring a dramatization of the most daring rescue in Coast Guard history, from the author who...

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How To Prepare Your Boat For A Hurricane

By | Posted August 2016

Expert tips on prepping yourself and your boat for a severe storm.

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How to Haulout a Boat

By | Posted June 2016

Jittery about that haulout? Take the edge off with this simple technique.

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What to do if You Run Your Boat Aground

By | Posted June 2016

Running aground is no fun. But there are ways to minimize the damage to your boat and her running gear. Do the right thing and you’ll save time and expense. See how to...

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Lessons from the El Faro Tragedy

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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