Posted by: Tom Keer
January 12, 2012

Tom Keer

Safe Boating

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 Keer
November 17, 2011

Tom Keer

It’s All in a Name

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 Deeter
November 2, 2011

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 Deeter
September 7, 2011

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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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
August 18, 2011

On Angling Etiquette…

I’m often asked about angling etiquette. It’s an important topic, because how anglers interact with each other often dictates the quality of the overall fishing experience for everyone. 99 percent of the time, you’ll find other anglers to be kindred spirits, and you won’t have any issues. On those rare occasions when there is a problem, the root cause is usually that the person just didn’t realize they were doing the wrong thing. While there…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 11, 2011

Tom Keer

Gas-Saving Tips for Boaters

When fuel is expensive at the gas station, think of how much it costs on a gas dock.

As gas prices at the pump hover around the $4.00/gallon mark, I’m glad I keep my boat on a trailer.  Out here in Massachusetts it costs $5.50/gallon to fuel up my boat at the gas dock.  Like many other boaters, I’ve been looking for ways to increase my fuel efficiency and keep more money in my wallet.  Here’s what I came up with.  Go with as light a hull as possible. Light hulls require lower…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 4, 2011

Tom Keer

All Hands on Deck

Seals!

I smiled as I watched a grandmother and her granddaughter prepare for a sail.  They were trying to get their sailboat on the water in the midst of a very busy harbor.  The grandmother and the granddaughter worked as a team; clearly they had done this before.  They were a Cap’n and a First Mate. The first order of business was to navigate the tender boats that were moored on the inside of the dock fingers. …

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2011

Tom Keer

Simplify Your Launch

Launch #3

Having spent a lot of my life around fresh and saltwater boat ramps, I’ve never gotten used to the cussin’, the spittin’, and the fightin’ that oftentimes comes with getting a boat off of the trailer and in the water.  Most of the frustration seems to come from a little organization and familial team play.  I admit that when I was doing all the running around my attitude needed an adjustment. The first order of…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 16, 2011

Tom Keer

Gunkholing in a Kayak

Kayak

The word “gunkholing” means cruising in shallow waters with a wide variety of shallow-draft boats.  Day sailors, dinghies, jon boats, and canoes are some of the popular hulls that can get into the skinniest of waters.  One that has recently appealed to me is the hard chine kayak.  To my mind they are the perfect craft for gunkholing. The origin of the word kayak is up for debate.  Some paddling historians literally translate the word…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
June 1, 2011

Guide Tip: Keeping Your Fishing Boat Organized

bassboat

It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing from a canoe, or a 38-foot Bertram, any captain will tell you that having a neat, organized environment is the key to happiness… and fishing success.  I know, there are times when the bite just explodes, and chaos ensues… that’s exactly when and why you’ll appreciate having everything in order. I recently had a chance to spend time fishing the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon with guide Jon…

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