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Bayport Winterfest 2012

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Happy Valentine's Day

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Batteries for Boats

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a quick review of battery types available for your boat. Whether your just looking to extend the time between charges to keep your bilge pump running or intend to go hybrid and use some combination of internal combustion and electricity to propel your boat, you'll find this primer helpful.

Flooded Electrolyte: The basic battery we all know. Cells composed of lead or antimony plates submerged in an acid bath.

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How to make an Eye Splice

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 9, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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Common Electronics Acronyms

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 7, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)


NMEA

Pronounced “knee-ma,” this is the National Marine Electronics Association. Products meeting NMEA standards are clearly indicated, like the Good Housekeeping Seal on your fancy French mandoline.

NMEA 2000

This is the latest standard for serial-data networking established by NMEA, operating 50 times faster than NMEA 0183. Warning: 0183 instruments may not be compatible...

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Launching Day Countdown

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you watching the Countdown


How to do a Rope to Chain Splice

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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Timeless Splendour

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (2)

By J Ball

Mrs. Whalen's Great=Great Granddaughter and Granddaughter of Roy Gropp


Sitting here a galaxy away from my natural habitat, I watch the rainfall from the skies as if it were its duty to cleanse the dirty city. Reflections that are only mine . . . what is happening in my own private realm of paradise? It is as clear as if I were there now. The island lies nestled in a blanket of crystalline water, still icy to the touch, but slowly being war...

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Inverter

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Just ordered at Xantrex 2000 Inverter. Getting ready for this summer. Going to be spending lots of time on the water.


Fugawi

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 27, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Skipper of Laramar has ordered an update for his Chart Plotter software. Check out the Link Below

http://marine5.fugawi.com/features/cleardash.html

Extreme Explorer

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 26, 2012 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

On most megayacht charters, adventure means motoring from one idyllic Caribbean cove to another, or hopping among the Mediterranean’s most glamorous ports of call for cocktail hour. But a new breed of explorer yachts is bringing the same level of comfort and service one might find in Monte Carlo to the extreme ends of the Earth. From Greenland to Patagonia, these durable, long-range expedition vessels offer safe access to rarely visited regions of the world—and a host of tenders a...

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News about Wye Heritage Marina

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 24, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

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Tips for Safe Refuelling a Boat

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)



All Ashore

Insist that your crew stretch their legs while you fuel up. Aboard the boat I saw explode, the skipper was thrown overboard by the blast, but was rescued and lived. Your crew may not be as lucky.

Batten Down

Close all hatches, doors and ports. Gas fumes are heavier than air and will sink into the lower parts of the boat, lying in wait for a spark, or just a rush of fresh ...

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Cut Glare on Laptop Screen

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you use a laptop as your chart plotter screen? Check out this product.

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Thanks to the Skipper of Laramar for sharing this.

Lessons for Boaters

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)



Based only on what we’ve read and seen on the news, the name of Captain Francesco Schettino will most likely live in infamy. As the story ofthe horrific and very avoidable Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster unfolds,we asked ourselves if there are any lessons here for us recreational boaters.It’s unlikely that those of us who take our bass boats, ...

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Plastic Boat serves as Stretcher in Rescue

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hoquiam, WA - One Hoquiam reisdent learned Wednesday that while an 8 foot plastic boat might not make a good sled, it makes a decent rescue platform when you break your leg.Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us just before 4 this afternoon, Hoquiam officers responded to assist Hoquiam Fire with a reported sledding accident in the city cemetery. Myers tells us when two friends and the 21 year old victim decided to “sled” in an eight-foot plastic boat down the snowy c...

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