Posted by: Tom K.
March 3, 2014

Tom K.

Get Ready to Splash

We’re coming off what seems like an Endless Winter, with even traditionally tropical regions getting cold temperatures if not snow.  Regardless, it’ll soon be spring and that means it’s time to get your boat ready for the water.  Here are some check points to consider.   De-winterize your engine.  Issues with oil are a leading culprit of engine problems, so start there.  If you didn’t winterize your boat, change your engine oil, your filter, and…

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Posted by: Tom K.
January 8, 2014

Tom K.

Cold Winter, Hot Boats

There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig…

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Posted by: Tom K.
November 26, 2013

Tom K.

Steer with a Homemade Drogue

  Drastic measures call for drastic means.  When your boat’s steering cable goes down for the count you’ve got to figure out a way to get back in. Make a drogue.  Drogues are commonly known as sea anchors designed to slow a boat.  If they’re moved from side to side, drogues can change a boat’s course.  While a traditional drogue is made from canvas and is hung off a boat transom on a bridle, you…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
November 14, 2013

Elizabeth

There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

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It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while fishing or boating, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, or you think you’ll get too hot. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, even when wearing a life jacket. At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe life jacket wear…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
October 21, 2013

Elizabeth

Family Camping Trips

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Marriage. Lotta hard work, no? To have a successful one, much compromise is needed. At least that’s what Caroline and I have found. And the most amazing middle ground we’ve ever reached just might be the one we sleep on each and every summer. You see, I’m an avid camper. I go at least four times a year. One of those excursions is my annual section hike of the Appalachian Trail. When we first met,…

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Posted by: Andy
September 25, 2013

Andy

Bow Fishing

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September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day.  Fishing shares some similarities with hunting. Both require stealth, scouting, and good aim. Bowfishing is a type of fishing that still requires a fishing license but it is very similar to hunting. However bowfishing is only for harvesting “rough” fish, rather than “sport” fish. Definitions vary from state to state so check your state regulations carefully. In Oklahoma, “rough” includes gar, but in Pennsylvania, gar are protected.…

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Posted by: Tom K.
August 28, 2013

Tom K.

Last Licks for Labor Day?

If September 21st is the actual first day of fall, Labor Day is viewed as the end of summer.  Think about it.  Kids go back to school (if they’re not back already), vacations have become memories, and work takes on an air of seriousness that makes us all shudder. Labor Day signals the end of the carefree days of summer that we have enjoyed for the past few months and it is bittersweet indeed.  We…

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Posted by: Andy
August 22, 2013

Andy

Raise the Rafters

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Have you ever built a raft? And I don’t mean just inflated something manufactured, but actually lashed together various hopefully buoyant objects?  Perhaps you were influenced by reading Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and yearned for adventure. This summer, Soggy Shorts Outfitters of Emlenton, Pennsylvania organized a raft race. Safety precautions were taken, life vests were on all rafts, and a rescue boat monitored the event.  With a maximum of four people per…

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Posted by: Debbie
July 29, 2013

Debbie

22 Essentials to Bring Aboard for a Day of Boating

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The day before a boating or fishing trip can be busy considering the planning that is required. Take full advantage of the time you spend on the water by being adequately prepared for a variety of situations that may come up. It’s fairly easy to avoid bug bites, motion sickness, hungry kids and soggy shorts. Just print or write down this handy list of 22 items to bring along before heading out on the boat.…

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Posted by: Elizabeth
July 17, 2013

Elizabeth

How to Fit Your Child for a Life Jacket

Fitting Your Child for a Life Jacket

  We know that life jackets are synonymous with boating safety and that everyone on board should be wearing a life jacket each and every time on the water. But when it comes to matching the jacket with the person, one size does not fit all. This is especially true for children. An ill-fitting jacket can put your child in harm’s way. Too small and it will not be able to keep the body afloat;…

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