Tips for Boaters
-- Boat Tips --
Spring Start-up Checklist
Do a general cleaning of hull, deck and topsides using a mild detergent, make sure drains and scuppers are clear, put on a good coat of wax, clean and polish metal with a good metal polish
Tips For Reducing Fuel Usage
Follow these easy Discover Boating tips to get the most out of your boat's fuel efficiency, and save you even more money at the gas docks.
Have at least one Coast Guard-approved device per passenger and a minimum of two on board. Have an additional throwable device is required if the vessel is more than 16 feet long. Explain the location and use of all PFDs to passengers and crew that may be new to the vessel.
So your in-laws are in the bow, your wife next to you and two small children in the stern, and there's not a shred of nautical ability among them?
Compounding the problem is the dockhand sitting in the gas-dock shack talking to his girlfriend on a cell phone. You can expect to handle this docking situation by yourself.
Boat Trailering Tips
Discover the world of boating fun and freedom trailering offers. The ability to trailer your boat opens up a world of boating adventures. Trailer boating is convenient- a trailered boat can be transported just about anywhere. It's also cost effective-when you consider the cost of slip fees, bottom paint and blister repairs, trailering offers an affordable alternative. Following a few simple guidelines will ensure your towing experiences are safe and positive.
As with everything, if properly maintained your boat will provide years of enjoyment. Following are a few simple ways to keep your boat "ship-shape".
Courtesy of The US Coast Guard
Numbers must be painted or permanently attached to each side of the forward half of the vessel. The validation stickers must be affixed within six inches of the registration number. With the exception of the vessel fee decal, no other letters or numbers may be displayed
The right propeller can help your boat reach its performance potential, while the wrong prop can inspire you to take up another hobby.
Finding your way on the water doesn't have to be intimidating, thanks to developments in electronic navigation technology.
A Global Positioning System (GPS) unit receives signals from 24 US Government satellites orbiting at 11,000 miles above the earth.
Due to the nature of using the wind for power, a sailboat's hardware endures a lot more stress and strain than a powerboat of comparable size. Over the years, all this hard work takes its toll and things start to wear out or fail-not a good thing.
-- Water Sport Tips --
Water Tubing: 5 Reasons To Love It
Water tubing always conjures up images of big splashes and big fun. Here are our favorite reasons why we love boat tubing:
Water tubing is one of the easiest water sports you can try. Boat tubing doesn't require nearly as much agility, balance, or strength as waterskiing or wakeboarding
Water Sports Tubing Tips
The next time you or your family decide to go out boat tubing, keep these boating safety and water sports tubing tips in mind to make sure your experience is safe and enjoyable:
While it's always a good idea to wear a PDF (personal flotation device) when onboard, it should go without saying that you should wear a life jacket when water tubing.
Insure that you are comfortable with whatever foot you placed forward. (I have taught several people to wakeboard, and sometimes just switching feet is all that is needed.)
Let's Go Clubbing. Watersports Clubs and Organizations
Water sports can be the most exhilarating activities around-on or off the water. But they are not commonly taught in phys-ed classes, or at YMCAs or local recreation departments. There are camps and professional schools, but not everyone has the time or money for these things. Thus, amateur water sports clubs may be your best bet. Regardless of your age or experience level, a water sports club could be the best thing since the invention of the towrope.
Knee Boarding Tips
There are two types of boards: Trick boards and slalom boards. A good trick board needs a lot of rocker (curvature) on the bottom and the rails should be thick. While a good slalom board has a flat bottom and sharp rails. Fins are also good for slalom and cutting but not
Teaching Someone to Ski
These little 1-2-3's eliminate the intimidation of engine noise and the fear of being 75 feet from the boat. They bring Mom and Dad up close, and make the first time on skis fun.
-- Fishing Tips --
The word "flyfishing" to many brings to mind bucolic scenes of men in waders standing in a river gorge. But those who know the sport also know that flyfishing from aboard a boat can be even more fun and equally relaxing. Because of the casting motion required, most boat-based flyfishing is done from flats boats and skiffs that have shallow drafts, allowing them to enter the lagoons and backwaters. But many anglers like the challenge of chasing larger game on fly, such as pike.
Fighting A Fish
You listened to the bait shop guy and bought his equipment, so in return he offers a hot spot to try. After a couple of casts, you feel a strike and set the hook. The reel screams, and you're hooked up to a huge fish ...
Types of Fishing Tackle
Fishing tackle is used to get your bait or lure to the fish. You don't need a lot of equipment to begin fishing. In fact, it's a good idea to begin with basic, simple tackle. So here are the basics. You can try more difficult tackle after you've mastered some basic skills.
What'cha Eating? Bait Matrix
The most popular game fish are salmon, trout, bass, and pike in freshwater, but choosing bait to hook these fish is a very personal matter. Fishing baits usually weigh from 1/4 to three ounces. The most popular weight for bait casters is 5/8 of an ounce.
Big Choices: The basics of big-game fishing equipment.
Big-game fishing essentially didn't exist until the advent of the motorboat. In 1898, C.F. Holder took a 183-pound bluefin tuna from a boat off Santa Catalina Island, California and inadvertently created a multimillion-dollar industry (and a darn good reason for owning a boat). The moniker "big game" generally applies to tuna, marlin, swordfish, and shark. A good fight with these bad boys requires a bit more technology than the bamboo cane Mr. Holder probably used, but that doesn't mean you have to invest your life's savings to have fun.
-- Boater Tips --
What to do when bringing your pet onboard
What should I do before I bring my pet on board?
Planning your Trip
A glassy expanse in front of you, a companion alongside you, and the weekend ahead of you - it's what boating is all about. While you could just throttle out of the marina for points unknown, the fact is that you'll have more time for everything (even if that means just doing nothing) and be safer if you plan your weekend boating escape. Best of all, having a plan will actually allow you more time for spontaneity.
Although the law requires having Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) on board, statistics show that many of us don't wear a PFD while boating. Sure, we've heard all the excuses: a PFD is too hot, not comfortable, my boating buddies will think I'm a sissy, etc.
Automatically-inflatable life vests make all those reasons not to wear a PFD a thing of the past. Looking more like wide suspenders than a life jacket, automatically-inflatable life vests are actually very comfortable and non-intrusive