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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.

flares expiredDisposal of Marine Flares around the world has been quite a problem for boaters.

Some countries are finally offering some solutions. Check with your local boating authorities.

For Canadians, CPS-ECP(Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons) is excited to announce their partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and

how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares in 2016.


For Flare Disposal Dates and Locations click here

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laughingYou’re the ramp guy in that Youtube video” the waiter laughed as he seated Joe (not his real name for obvious reasons) in a window seat in the corner of the restaurant.

He had asked for an out of the way table, so no one would see him.

Joe’s day had started out perfectly.

He had planned and prepared for his first fishing trip of the season and eagerly towed his boat and trailer to the ramp, in anticipation of his first catch.

This is when everything changed.

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signs of spring2Spring is here, although you’d never know it—in some parts of North America, March is going out like a lion.

Spring officially arrived last weekend, so boating isn’t far off—fingers crossed. Boaters with trailerable boats, are hitting the road to enjoy fishing, early boating at the cottage, or if we are lucky, some early summer full blown boating enjoyment.

Many boaters have taken advantage of our FREE article about “27 Ways to Save Fuel” on the water. Dan Armitage a contributor to Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine has written an article on 7 Ways to Save Fuel Trailering (republished with permission) that we think you will find helpful in tandem with our 27 Ways of Saving Fuel on the Water. 

Whether you are trailering once a year, or every weekend, here are some fuel saving tips for your tow vehicle and boat trailer.

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“I can drive a car, so I should be able to drive a boat.”

driving car  vs driving boat 

Boaters believing this statement have no idea what challenges await them. Applying car driving techniques does get boaters into trouble—too often with very serious consequences.

So, what is the difference between handling a car and handling a boat?

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memory failure computerIn our highly computerized world, we are increasingly dependent on our computers; not just laptops, smart phones and iPads, but all our electronics, cars, appliances—everything.

So much so, that a “memory failure”, “email history missing” or a “blue screen” sends us into panic mode.

This only has to happen once, before you become paranoid about backups to external drives and cloud storage to ensure that the future of your data is secure.

But, what do you do—when your own memory fails?

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mid winter bluesThe boating season varies greatly around the world! Some boaters are fortunate enough to have 12 full months in the water, while others (like us) have to squeeze their boating into 3 or 4 months.

Unlike boaters, who enjoy a 12 month boating season, our boat “Windy” is hibernating under shrink wrap again this winter, causing a severe case of mid-winter blues. Our email box, probably like yours, is being bombarded with emails offering all sorts of “magic pills” to cure this condition.

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boatshow tibs kd 11Climate change is creating some very interesting winter weather; but, have no fear, the boating season is just around the corner and marine businesses are all displaying at Boat Shows to show you their new products.

Between now and summer is the time to take advantage of the winter Boat Shows to research and shop for your new boat and your nautical accessories to kick start your dreams. Google to find the Boat Shows closest to you.

It is a fantastic opportunity for you and your family or boating buddies, to view hundreds of NEW boats and nautical accessories on display with knowledgeable salespeople to answer all your questions.

What should you know before going to the Boat Show so you are prepared to take advantage of all that is offered and not lose out?

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santa windyWe would have visited our boat “Windy” on Christmas Day even if it had been below zero in the middle of a blizzard like it should be. But this year was different. There was no snow and the temperature was 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit).

 Sure, she is wrapped in a Shrink Wrap tarp in the driveway, but Doug had installed a door for regular checks; so, it was easy to climb aboard and “pretend” we were afloat.

While aboard, not only did Santa find us; but he also brought us some Christmas cheer. Wow! Thank you Santa.

Hope you had a great Christmas.

We wish you a healthy, happy and wonderful 2016, with lots of family boating.

Doug and Brenda Dawson

Merry Christmas
from us on our boat
to you on yours
winter boat

Christmas is coming,
     Is there someone you’ve missed?
Do you need one last gift     
for the boater on your list?

Don’t worry. Don’t panic.
     Just order on line.
Download a docking e-lesson
     and everything will be just fine.

Learning new docking tricks
     builds confidence and eliminates fear.
Give a gift that keeps on giving,     
to the boater on your list this year.

Doug and Brenda Dawson

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winterizing captain

Dawsons is a regular contributor to Upper Bay Boating Magazine. One of the other contributors wrote a humorous article that we would like to share with you.

Thanks to L. Alan Keene a contributor to Upper Bay Boating Magazine in the Chesapeake, and to Dave Bielecki, Publisher, for allowing us to share this article on our website.

Every fall, there are many articles on winterizing your boat, but we have never seen one before with tongue and cheek that addresses winterizing the Captain. Enjoy.

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