Posted by: Tom K.
December 19, 2012

Tom K.

My 2013 Boating Plan

Assuming that the Mayan’s are wrong and that our world continues past December 20th, I’ve got my New Year’s boating resolutions all worked out.  This year I’m keeping a short, tight list to make sure I git ’er done.   1.  Check out areas outside my local area. It’s interesting for me to see the same area in different seasons and under different conditions, but truth be told my boating gets sloppy.  I know where areas run foul, I…

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Posted by: Tom K.
October 11, 2012

Tom K.

5 Tips for Cleaning Up Your Boat

The end of the boating season always brings about mixed emotions.  Knowing that we’re going to haul our boats and get them ready for storage means we’re not heading out on the water any time soon, and that just stinks.  There is also the routine maintenance that goes into winterizing engines, removing electronics, and fixing any of the hatches, railings, or canvas that experienced, well, heavy use.  Every cloud has a silver lining, and handling…

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Posted by: Tom K.
June 21, 2012

Tom K.

Small Mistakes, Big Costs

Make sure your drainage issues are resolved before you leave your boat.

I was at a boat ramp the other day and saw a boat off the trailer sitting directly on the ramp.  Probably the only thing grimmer than seeing a boat that should be in the water perched on the ramp, has to be the sound of fiberglass hitting concrete.  Ouch. In preparation for the launch, the owner unhooked the tow strap and chain, and proceeded to back down the ramp.  He had a buddy behind…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 19, 2012

Tom K.

Why I Love Docks

Boat docks are always a lot of fun

One of the best parts of heading out for a day on the water is the wide variety of docks that accompany the boating environments.  As I was checking out some fishing spots the other day I noticed a wide variety of docks and came to a conclusion; I’ve never met a dock I didn’t like. What I like best about docks is that they can be very simple or they can be complex.  One…

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Posted by: Tom K.
April 5, 2012

Tom K.

Safety First

Safe Boating

Many boaters have already logged significant hours on the water.  For me up here in New England?  I’m just getting ready.  The initial arrival of migrating striped bass combined with unseasonably warm temperatures has motivated me to get my boat out of the mothballs.  Part of my checklist is reviewing all of my U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) safety requirements.  I’ve got PFD’s for every passenger I intend to bring onboard, a whistle, a visual distress…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 26, 2012

Tom K.

Just a little bit more

Jon boats....an old favorite

There is something deep in our angling soul that motivates us to try and reach water that we traditionally have not been able to reach.  If we’re wearing waders we sometimes pull them up as high as they go and walk on tip-toes to get closer to where we believe the fish are holding.  Some times we get wet, other times we stay dry, some of us do it once in a while, others of…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 12, 2012

Tom K.

Safe Boating

What's wrong with this picture

My kids are getting to the age where they are ready to learn how to skipper our boats.  I’ve pulled out my Chapman’s Piloting guide to cover some rules of the road, as a family we’ll all take a safe boating course this winter, and then when the weather is nice we’ll get back on the water. Here are some shots I snapped this summer.  My objective isn’t to be critical of anyone, it’s to show…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 17, 2011

Tom K.

It’s All in a Name

Second Effort is moored next to Double Trouble.  Things come in two's....

My friend has a sailboat named “Aphrodite.”  I couldn’t exactly remember the significance of the Greek goddess (it’s been a while since I was in high school), and when I looked her up it said she symbolizes love, beauty and pleasure. Aphrodite was born out of sea foam, and hers is the absolutely perfect name for the sleek sailboat that cuts through the waves and brings her crew joy in beautiful surroundings. Buying a boat, any…

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Posted by: Kirk
November 2, 2011

Kirk

Thinking About a Boat? Start the Process Now

If you think you might be in the market for a boat next spring, now is actually the time to get your shopping experience started in earnest. Doing a little extra homework in the fall will inevitably save you some money—and help ensure you get exactly the right boat—a few months down the line. Besides, fall is usually a “buyer’s market” and spring is a “seller’s market” when it comes to boats. Not many people…

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Posted by: Kirk
September 7, 2011

Kirk

Safe Boating: When the Water Gets Rough

I just returned from a remarkable pike fishing adventure on Lake Athabasca in northern Saskatchewan. If your dream fishing trip involves big (I mean 40 inches or longer) northern pike, this is a great place to consider. Being so far north (above 58˚ N Latitude), on a wide open lake (over 175 miles long, and over 30 miles wide in places), we had to pay close attention to volatile weather conditions as we sought out…

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