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
September 29, 2011

Tom Keer

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 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: Tom Keer
September 1, 2011

Tom Keer

Get Ready for ‘Cane Season

Dry dock before the hurricane.

Planes were meant for flying, boats were meant for sailing.  Unfortunately, hurricane season is the time of year when we’re most likely to see a boat fly.  Here are a few tips to batten down the hatches and to keep your boat safe. Most folks scramble for boats when they should be scrambling for insurance  policies.  Some policies specifically dictate what damages they will  cover while others require some form of boat relocation (meaning hauling …

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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: Andy Whitcomb
August 16, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

A Strapping Lad

EmptyTrailors

While visiting Pennsylvania recently, I noticed something that might cause a touch of concern for boat owners: frequent sightings of vehicles towing empty boat trailers. I have a feeling that most of those “missing boats” are out on the water being maximized for use by their owners during the warm, summer months.  Or is there some sort of a boat trailer show at the Venago County Fair? What may cause that aforementioned concern – in…

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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: Kirk Deeter
August 3, 2011

Rubbermaid Containers: Make A ‘Family Boat’ a ‘Fishing Boat’

I grew up the only serious fisherman in a family of water skiers, and I learned quickly that the surest way to be considered the angling “black sheep” is to leave loose fishing gear in a boat that wasn’t designed specifically for fishing. But you’d be surprised how efficiently I could turn a ski boat into a bass boat. All I needed was a tackle box and three medium-sized Rubbermaid containers I “borrowed” from the…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 21, 2011

Tom Keer

Slip Sliding Away

Slippery #4

It’s rare to find a boat ramp in perfect condition.  Concrete cracks and breaks apart with hot and cold temperature changes.  Wooden ramps are no better, and they ultimately rot and chip.  Any boater knows that if you add algae or seaweed a ramp can be as slippery as ice. A few weeks ago I was checking out a ramp that was new to me, and I watched a truck slide sideways while trying to…

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Posted by: Kirk Deeter
July 13, 2011

Wading Safety 101

runoff

There’s something special about standing knee-deep in a river as you fish.  But wading can be tricky, and sometimes downright dangerous.  Follow these 10 tips to keep things safe: 1. Wear wading boots that offer good traction.  Either felt soles (where legal, and be sure to clean your boots after you fish), or rubber soles with cleats provide the best traction. 2. When crossing a river, go with the flow.  Angle downstream, so with every…

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