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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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
May 19, 2011

Tom Keer

Safe Boating Week: use your head (no pun intended)

Put the safe in Safe Boating Week with a thorough inspection of your crew and your vessel.

A long time ago Mark Twain said, “common sense ain’t all that common.” Since this upcoming week is National Safe Boating Week – May 21 – 27, 2011 – those words ring loud and true. Unless you live in a Tropical region where boating is a year-‘round activity, many of us get rusty in the offseason. In the fall many of us turn our attention to hunting and in the winter we might shift to…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
March 18, 2011

Stephanie Vatalaro

Boat Safe

3.18 boat safe

We’re about to launch into peak boating season and if you haven’t bought your boat yet, now is the time! Once you do (or if you’re renting a boat this season), you’ll want to keep in mind some responsible boating best practices so you and your friends and family stay safe on the water. Believe it or not, boat safety begins long before you ever leave the shore. There are a number of things you…

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