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: Kirk
May 23, 2012

Kirk

PFDs… Make Them Fit

This week is National Safe Boating Week, which is a great campaign to heighten awareness of the things we should know as we get into the boating season in earnest. Take a little time to check out this link and remember the useful tips. After all, every week should be considered safe boating week. One thing, I want to talk about is a subject that I find particularly important, yet I notice gets overlooked frequently.…

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Posted by: Kirk
May 2, 2012

Kirk

Safety: The Whistle Works Wonders

Some of the best safety devices don’t cost a ton of money, don’t take up a lot of space, and aren’t that hard to operate. Take for example, the simple whistle, which I believe is the best “self rescue” tool other than a personal floatation device (PFD). I carry a whistle wherever I go in the outdoors. When I’m fly fishing on the river, even when I’m walking and not rowing, I have a whistle…

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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: Kirk
April 4, 2012

Kirk

Sun Sense is the Key To Happy (and Effective) Fishing

The more I fish, the more I pay attention to the sun. There are two reasons for that. The first has to do with common sense, health, and safety. There are obviously a number of risk factors every time one goes fishing; sharp hooks can stick you, knife blades can cut you, it’s easy to slip and fall on wet docks or river rocks, and we all (hopefully) know the importance of basic boating safety.…

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Posted by: Kirk
March 28, 2012

Kirk

Boating Safety Tip: Master The Throw Bag

You’re looking at the pieces of equipment that—aside from personal floatation devices—all boaters (and every angler who fishes from a boat) should know and understand. The throw bag can and will save someone’s life, but it’s your responsibility to know how to make that happen. Unlike the PFD that works almost by itself, provided you have the right fit and buoyancy rating, the throw bag requires a little practice to master. And the key word…

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Posted by: Tom K.
March 22, 2012

Tom K.

Guilty as Charged

Don't walk on by...

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this one there is a gal walking past a rack of life preservers on her way down the gangplank.  She is following a bunch of anglers who are also heading down to a boat, the trio being equally bereft of a life preserver.  Rods, check.  Tackle box, check.  Lures, check. Sunblock, check.  Life preserver…um???? The line of horse collar life vests are about as appealing as an…

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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.
September 29, 2011

Tom K.

Never Seeze

A little dab will do....and save you a trip to your chiropractor!

A few years ago I was hauling my boat home from a fishing trip.  Up ahead there had been an unfortunate accident.  No one was injured, but one of the three cars involved was totaled.  It seemed that most of the glass from the windshield wound up in the road. I must not have seen a shard, because the next thing I knew I had a flat tire on my boat trailer.  Not a big…

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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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