Posted by: Tom K.
August 11, 2011

Tom K.

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 K.
August 4, 2011

Tom K.

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 K.
July 7, 2011

Tom K.

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 K.
June 16, 2011

Tom K.

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
June 1, 2011

Kirk

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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Posted by: Liz
April 7, 2011

Liz

License and Registration, Please!

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Do you feel that? The tingling in your spine, the beating of your heart, the magic in the air? That’s the start of fishing season, and it’s RAPIDLY approaching! Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it: woken up one beautiful morning in late April or early May and said “It’s a great day to get out on the water!”  We make breakfast,  gather our gear, load the car, hitch up the boat and finally remember.…

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Posted by: Stephanie
October 8, 2010

Stephanie

Take Me Out to the Boat Show

Miami Boat Show

I grew up in Florida, and as the daughter of a fishing guide, my dad took me to the Miami Boat Show nearly every year, just for fun. If you’re in the market for a new boat – and are a beginner or avid boater – boat shows are a great place to get special deals and incentives on new boats, meet dealers and manufactures and explore many different makes and models.

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Posted by: Stephanie
April 8, 2010

Stephanie

Get Your Boat Ready for Spring

As I stood on the fly bridge cleaning off the 10+ pounds of pinecones and pine needles that accumulated on my boat over the winter (I’m sure anyone in the South can identify), I could already imagine being on the water. And a sense of relaxation came over me, making the many grueling hours of labor doing engine prep work, sanding and painting all worth it!

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