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Great Store for Boaters

Posted by Gary Pickering on November 25, 2011 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 A friend of mine took me to a great store with Marine Electronics: Click on the image to go to their website.

Outboard Motor Care

Posted by Gary Pickering on November 17, 2011 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It's easy to keep your outboard in tip-top shape, even if you're not a mechanic. A little TLC and preventive boat motor maintenance facilitates safe boating and can keep your motor running well and reliable for years to come.

After every outing, flush out the engine. This doesn't just apply to salt water adventures, but to fresh water outings as well.Buy a set of "rabbit ears": two flexible rubber seals connected with a metal clamp. Slip the apparatus onto the lower unit where the water...

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Posted by Gary Pickering on November 10, 2011 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Make every trip a safe return trip. I’m John Gullock from Canadian Power and Sales squadron, and it’s time for another safe boating tip.Today we’re going to talk about winterizing your boat. This is something that comes sooner than you think.

First of all, your oil. Make sure you change your oil before winterizing. This will avoid any residue acids in the system and it will clear out any water that might freeze during the winter.

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Carbon Monoxide and Boating

Posted by Gary Pickering on November 10, 2011 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Article by William L. Gills aka Bos'n Bill


Jim Hart and his wife Judy took their three sisters out for a boating overnighter.  They watched a movie with the generator running to power their air conditioning one hot evening in late July, then went to bed.  At 2:00 a.m. Jim awoke and slid off the berth to get a glass of water. When his feet his the deck his legs bu...

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Steps to Smooth Anchoring

Posted by Gary Pickering on November 7, 2011 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

At some point in your boating career you will probably want to anchor. You may want to stop and fish, swim, have lunch or stay overnight. A second reason to drop anchor may be to control the boat if bad weather is blowing you ashore or if your engine has quit and the wind and current are pushing you into shallow water or other boats.

The first step in anchoring is to select the proper anchor. In spite of claims to the contrary, there is no single anchor design that is best in all con...

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Boating Gadgets

Posted by Gary Pickering on November 6, 2011 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Going out to sea can be a very enjoyable experience if you have the perfect weather and the perfect boat and equipment. Well, it’s quite impossible, right? Certainly these can’t be attained at once. However, you can maximize your boating experience by installing some modern marine devices to help you in your water navigation. Gadgets such as Raymarine A50D can be helpful in navigating in the sea. After all, a regular cellphone will most likely not get enough signal whenever you...

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Portable GPS For Boating

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

If you’re pondering trying out recreational boating as a hobby, then a marine GPS unit is a must buy. Take a look at our assortment of popular handheld and fixed Marine GPS Receivers and chart plotters. These models are available at competitive prices that simply cant be matched. Versatile units that pack a terrific punch when it comes to features and are a pleasure to possess.

It will likely be difficult so that you can find such a mix of features and affordable prices at one sin...

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What is GPS?

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 30, 2011 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a satellite-based navigation system developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide a consistent, accurate method of simplifying navigation. It was originally designed for the military, however, it provides both commercial and recreational users 24 hour, worldwide navigation coverage with a possible accuracy to 15 metres (49 feet). Like any other method of navigation, you should not rely solely on your GPS. You should use every method of navigation...

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Is there an App for everything?

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 28, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The  Clean Marine app debuted on the Android Market in September 2011 and will soon be available in the Amazon Appstore. The free app streamlines the process for boaters to report large debris in waterways.

“Reporting debris, like abandoned marine vessels or oil barrels, is absolutely critical,” says Murphy, the app developer and a lifetime resident of the S.C. coast. “When debris goes unreported, there is no way of knowing how much is out there and lawmakers are ...

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C Map Chart for Boating I Phone App

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Solar Boat Racing

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 25, 2011 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Private Energy Solarboateam won the Frisian Solar Challenge. The team navigated their solar powered boat 220 kilometers (137 miles) in 11:26:32.

The race starts in Leewarden, the capital of Friesland, and follows the classic route of the Eleven City Tour, following canals, rivers, and lakes. Fascinatingly, the distinctive terrain of 220 km of canals means that there are sometimes bridges and dykes which require the boats to be ...

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Technology making boating safer

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 21, 2011 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's electronics are so technologically advanced, they're taking the "search" out of search and rescue. At the same time, the new equipment is making for safer, easier navigation.

EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacons) and PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons) are designed to be used when your boat is disabled or sinks. The units, which must be registered with your name and contact information, broadcast a unique signal that is picked up by satellites that are constantly monit...

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Folding Cart

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

DELUXE FOLDING CARTLawn & Garden Laundry & Shopping Holds up to 100 lbs Camping ,Boating, Firewood, Laundry, Beach and more Durable PolypropyleneRolls Easily on Large 9 rigid black rubber tires Large 23 ?L x 16W x 12 ?High (Basket in Open Position)Detachable HandleFolds Flat For StorageWeight: 13 lbs Shipping Weight: 14 lbsWe have reinvented and improved on the wheelbarrow!

2-Way Radio - GPS/FRS/GMRS with Sensors

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 13, 2011 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

What sets the Rino 130 apart from the Rino 110 and 120 are the built-in electronic compass, barometric sensor, and the 24 megabytes of internal memory. Unlike the Rino 110 and 120, which requires movement to show a heading, the built-in electronic compass will give a heading while the user is standing still. The barometric altimeter provides extremely accurate elevation and pressure information, which ...

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CTV News Coverage VHF Radio Georgian Bay

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Click here to see the news broadcast Highlighting the problems with VHF radio transmissions on Southern Georgian Bay. Thank you to David Holding of the Ontario Boating League for bringing this issue to light

Blocking your Boat

Posted by Gary Pickering on October 3, 2011 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Campaign for VHF Repater Tower

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have received several e-mails advising me of the response to letters to Mr. Bruce Stanton, MP for Simcoe North. They are all the same but as has been pointed out by one person, they tell us nothing we don't already know. Unfortunately, there is no assurance by Mr. Stanton that he would support any funding requests for this project as was requested of him.

Sadly, this is a Life Safety issue that is effectively being ignored because of no funding by our government representatives AT OUR...

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Boat Bedding

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 28, 2011 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Trying to adapt standard size sheets to your boat can be difficult, especially if your mattress is not a standard size. Custom sheets can be ordered but they are expensive and usually not easy to maintain. You will pay a premium for any custom sheet set. Along with a fitted or flat bottom sheet, you will also need a top sheet and pillow case. How many sets you carry on board depends on how many beds you have as well as how often ...

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Home Buying a Marine Air Conditioning System �?? Considerations for Boat

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 24, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Buying a boat for the first, second, third or tenth time is always an adventure and outfitting it with the latest hi-tech gear is all part of the fun. This should also be the case when selecting your on-board air conditioning (A/C) system. To make choosing the right system for you a care-free experience, just ask yourself these questions:  Do I need one?It’s a common misconception that air conditioners simply cool the air, but in fact, there’s a lot more to it....

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Boat Battery Tips

Posted by Gary Pickering on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (2)

It is fall now and most people are cleaning up their boats and preparing them for winter storage. But what most people forget about is their boat’s battery. They usually just leave it on the boat through the winter and let it get weak. Many of the people who take time to bring them inside still don’t do enough to make sure their battery is properly taken care of. But if you want to make y...

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