Every couple of weeks, Doug and Brenda write seasonal articles informing boaters of new products, regulations, checklists of things to do for summerizing and winterizing, and covering topics like canvas, head, holding tank, cleaners, upholstery, teak, ropes and numerous other boating activities.
Here you will pick up tips and tricks to help make your boating easier and more enjoyable.
Boats, both power and sail, that are wired for 110V, need Shore Cords to plug into marine power at the dock. Some use one while others need two cords.
But, there some things you should know before handling your Shore Cord.
How do you safely run the shore cord from the power post/pedestal on the dock, to the power inlet fitting on your boat to supply power without causing harm to you, your guests, your boat or others?
Joe and Judy (not their real names) had launched a few days ago and were organizing their boat for a great summer season, when they heard a cry from the First Mate aboard the boat attempting to dock beside them. “Honey, DON'T HIT THE DOOOCK!” she screamed, sending shivers through Joe’s spine.
What followed was a huge CRUNCH and “Too late”, as he smashed into the dock, damaging his hull and leaving his screw-up mark forever on the dock.
How many times do you check the contents of your Boat’s First Aid Kit? Probably, not very often. It’s one of those things you have on your boat, just in case you need it, hoping you won’t ever need it.
First Aid Kits come in all shapes, sizes and prices, resulting in different contents. Do you have what you might need when something goes wrong? Not having the correct contents can be just as bad as not having a First Aid Kit at all.
But, one boater says there is something more important than having a First Aid Kit on your boat?
“My husband orders me to put out the fenders, but never says how high or how low. Regardless where I put them, he yells at me that they are at the wrong height. Help me, before I hang him up from the nearest yardarm!”
This request greeted me in my emails the other day.
Freda and her husband have a 28’ cruiser with single sterndrive. I thought a whole article would be better than an individual reply in this case, as many First Mates run into this same situation.
Fender height is very important when docking and, knowing how to figure it out each time, is key. My advice to Freda so she could stop fender height fretting.......
Thanks to all boaters (power and sail) who sent in their lists of “Top Ten Tools”.
We had such a tremendous response, that we not only have a list of your Top Ten Tools, but a comprehensive list of all the tools that should be in every boaters toolbox.
Since there are many types of boats, the toolkit contents would vary; but the list we have compiled from all submissions is a great starting point. Most have sample uses.
“Nothing will go wrong”, is the hope of all boaters when they shove off the dock. None of us want to have to repair anything while underway.
But, we all know that as sure as it is going to rain on your holidays, things do break or come loose and need to be fixed.
So, all boaters need to carry a tool kit.
Too often the one tool we need, isn’t in the box for that unforeseen repair(s) that you may be faced with either underway or at the harbor.
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Captains love boating
First Mates should too.
Give your First Mate a Valentine promise
To put your yelling aside.
Improve your docking skills
so you’ll both enjoy the ride.
If your dockings include any of the following:
- Boat Hooks
- Dock Helpers
- Hissy Fits
See also: Communicating Aboard
Boaters love looking at boats and what better place to look than at a Boat Show!
Whether “just looking” for interest sake, or because they are suffering from “foot-it is” and ready to move up a few feet, they are adding Boat Shows to their calendars and planning a get-away-day at the Show.
Deals will be made and excited boaters will take delivery of their new pride and joy; BUT, a good percentage of them will make a huge mistake.
Are you in the market for a new boat?
Boat Shows are the best place to go, to see, to touch and to compare a variety of new boats (and used boat listings) displayed by manufacturers, dealers and marinas with knowledgeable staff just waiting to answer your questions.
But, far too often, show goers suffer from “Boat Show Overload”. Prospective boat buyers get home from the Boat Show and quickly realize that all the information has merged in their brain and they can’t remember which boats had what features, what was standard on each one, what the options were, the interior colour choices, motor options, etc, etc, etc.
We’ve all heard horror stories of bad boat dockings—some of us have even experienced them.
There is nothing worse than a bad docking to put a damper on boating, a bruise on your ego, total embarrassment and too often a dent in your bank account. Well, maybe, like when "the tides went out a bit faster than expected while we were at the back side of Crane’s Beach at the mouth of the Essex River."
John has sent us his docking story and you will be amazed at what he had to overcome to dock his boat---and, he did!