Every boater needs dock lines, and choosing the best ones for your boat is vital.
Safe boating starts before you leave the dock. Be sure your boat is equipped with the gear you need to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
The mere mention of the Pacific Northwest conjures images of snow-capped mountains, orcas breaching, and crystal-clear waters and skies. From big cities to quiet towns, and from bustling marinas to cozy coves, the region has something for everyone. Here are six perfect Pacific Northwest destinations in Oregon and Washington to put on your must-visit list.
What makes a good marina? Like boats themselves, different marinas have different characteristics – and they can be much more than just a place to park your boat. Choosing the marina that is best for you and your boat is a matter of personal preferences. Different marinas offer different service levels, amenities, and convenience. And, of course, different levels of pricing. So, how will you pick? Keep these five critical considerations in mind:
Being a female captain is still a novelty. Recently, I went into a marina restroom. Unfortunately, I walked into the men’s room because it was marked, Captain. Oops! I hadn’t noticed that they only had two choices, “Ladies” or “Captains.” I am a female captain, and I love operating boats. It’s probably time we change the perception about women and boating. I work with many female boaters seeking a little extra training and a lot more confidence on the water.
Connectivity on the water is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity for everyone who works remotely, needs to check in with family or just wants to surf the net for answers or weather information. So how do you bring the Internet aboard? There are three main options and depending on the size and complexity of your vessel as well as where you boat, one will be right for you.
There’s nothing like a boat outing: the sun on your face, a warm breeze, waves gently rocking the boat and…oh, wait. Did you forget to pack sunscreen? Once you’re out on the water, the last thing you want to do is head back to shore for a forgotten item. Here’s how to pack the perfect boat bag so that you can enjoy your boat day to the fullest!
Properly fueling a boat is easy, but there are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind.
After a year of being cooped up, everyone is looking for some sort of getaway or mini-vacation. If you have a boat, you’re in luck because you can skip crowded highways, packed national parks and crazy airports and instead, plan a multi-day outing on the water. Of course, pulling off a successful long weekend of boating takes more effort than jumping in your car and stopping for fast food on your way to a hotel, so let’s look at some planning you’ll need to do before untying the dock lines.
Even if the weather outside is frightful, the holidays are a great time to give gifts that the whole family can use come boating season. That includes the kids, who can quickly outgrow everything from life jackets to water skis—and whose expectations for having fun out on the water will continually evolve with age.