Posted by: Tom Keer
May 28, 2014

Tom Keer

Boating Basics

A stitch in time saves nine, goes the saying, and those true words popped into my mind a few decades ago.  I had pulled over into a rest area because my trailer tire had a flat.  Not a problem, I thought, for I had everything I needed to fix the flat.  So I put the truck in gear, applied the emergency brake, chocked the tires and got after it.  I’d be splashing at the ramp…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 1, 2014

Tom Keer

How (and When) to Register your Boat

If I think long and hard enough I can remember buying my first boat.  I prefer not to think of it ‘cause it makes me feel old.  That said, I do remember being far more interested in launching and running my boat than wanting to fill out the registration paperwork.  Who wouldn’t be?  A new boat is exciting, so here are a few pointers so you can be compliant with rules and regulations.  You can knock these out in no…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 3, 2014

Tom Keer

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 Keer
February 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Just What I Need, a New Boat

My non-fishing friends (which are few and far between I might add), shake their heads when they look at my side yard.  They’ll see my Maritime Skiff center console that I use for fishing.  I bought it new 20 years ago, and it’s been worth every penny.  Next to the skiff is my duck boat, and I got it used about 15 years ago.  Next to the power boats is a Hobie Cat that my…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 10, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Show Your Fishing and Boating Spirit

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I am a fishing and boating enthusiast.  And I don’t have to look far to determine that I am not alone. I constantly notice fishing rods in backseats, outboard motor brands on truck tailgates and rear windows, and license plates with the “jumping fish” upgrade. Here are some ways people show their fishing and boating love: 1) A kayak is always sticking out of the back of the truck, (and grinning all the time). 2) A…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 15, 2014

Tom Keer

Keep Your Boat Ship Shape

Now that the Polar Vortex is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to give your boat a once over to make sure that the cold temperatures, high winds, snow, and ice hasn’t created problems. A thorough check this time of the year won’t take long, but if problems aren’t detected now then they might create issues later on. A stitch in time so the saying goes…. 1. Boats in the water need the most attention.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 8, 2014

Tom Keer

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: Andy Whitcomb
January 6, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Water and Wildlife

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Water attracts not only boaters and anglers, but wildlife as well.  Among my sightings last year were an otter munching on crayfish, a family of black bears, and a fawn swimming in the Allegheny River. Experiences like this certainly make an outing memorable, whether the fish are biting or not. Depending on your location this winter, open water may be at a premium and can concentrate wildlife.  Plus, there is generally less boating and fishing…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 14, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

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

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: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 21, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Family Camping Trips

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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