Monthly Archives: October 2010

BOAT COVERS

BOAT COVERS – A boat cover is, unfortunately, an item that is often ignored or seldom used. It is one piece of equipment that will reduce maintenance upkeep work; and prolong the value of your boat. It protects the boat’s exterior from UV rays when not in use. It keeps dirt and insects off so you reduce your clean up time and expense. Boats are not square – they have odd shapes and a wide range of sizes. Each boat needs a custom fit, sometimes that is hard to find. Continue reading

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Boat Insurance – Who Needs It?

Boat Insurance – Who Needs It ;An article from ZZiiggee.com; Q. I have a small boat – a row boat – why do I need insurance? The boat is worth very little.
A. Regardless of the size of your boat insurance is a wise investment. Even for a row boat. If your passenger falls overboard and dies, you, the driver or owner, of that boat will be held responsible. We live in an expensive and litigious world. Have a boat is fun but there are hazards involved. If the unexpected or unimaginable occurs you need to be protected. Insurance is a very wise investment. Regardless of the size of your boat from very large to very small dinghy: there are several main reasons to have insurance. Continue reading

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SURVIVING COLD WATER IMMERSION- Hypothermia

SURVIVING COLD WATER IMMERSION- Hypothermia

Falling in cold water is not fun, ever. In fact it can be fatal if you are immersed too long.

Hypothermia is when your core body temperature drops below what is needed for normal body metabolism. Normal core body temperature is 98.6’F. Hypothermia occurs when your core temperature drops below 95’.

Having sufficient gear on your boat to wear in time of emergency can help prevent loss of body temperature. According to the Coast Guard, being overboard in frigid, very cold, water will kill you in less than ten-twelve minutes. Continue reading

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Boat Safety Items You Cannot Live Without.

Boat Safety Items You Cannot Live Without.

Boating can be fun. It can also be dangerous. A fun situation can turn to a fatal situation in a heartbeat. Having the right items and the right training can save your life and those with you. The Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared. Continue reading

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For Sailors: How To Properly Store Your Sails.

There is a lot of discussion among sailors as to which is the best way to store your sails when not in use or during the off season. There are three main ways to store your sails. 1. Roll them up; 2. Fold them carefully; 3. Stuff them in a bag. Each of the methods has some good points of discussion. Continue reading

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How to Clean Your Sails

How to clean your sails: use the right soap, rinse well, and dry properly. The dangers of bleach, improper cleaning technique, and poor storage will shorten the life of an expensive sail. It is important to keep sail cloth clean. Over time mildew will stain or weaken the cloth. Continue reading

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EPIRB – A God Sent Technology Device

EPIRB, or emergency position identifying radio beacon, is a relatively inexpensive item that can save a boaters life. They are small radio devices which aid in the location of a person, a boat, or an airplane. EPIRB are used on all commercial vessels carrying passengers, most blue water (ocean) boats, large ships, and many US Great Lakes boats. EPIRB is part of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (or GMDSS). Continue reading

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