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.
You’ve been perusing our Boat Buyer’s Guide, trying to find the perfect pick for a brand-new boat in 2022? When you match the model year up against price tags, you’ll discover that finding affordable boats is not a problem. In fact, these 10 top picks all cost less than the number of the new year showing on the calendar.
Whether you know them as Christmas boat parades, holiday boat parades or lighted boat parades, these sparkling, festive events light up waterways all around the United States each year, bringing communities together and giving boaters a chance to show off their festive spirit.
Before you can go boating, you have to get the boat into the water. The last step in that process often involves backing a trailered boat down a launch ramp, an endeavor that can be sometimes be stressful or intimidating for many boat owners.
If you know a military veteran or someone supporting them, surely you know not all wounds are physical. Dealing with mental trauma is just as much of a challenge. Thankfully, the water provides abundant opportunities for therapeutic activities (see The Science is Clear: Boating is Good for Your Health & Mind).
If you’re new to boating, you may find yourself asking, “What do all those red channel markers and green buoys mean?”