Lobster pot with a white toggle tied to it; the connecting line is underwater and in position to snag the keel of an unsuspecting boat. Avoid this pattern of two floats—one vertical and one horizontal.

Hook knife saves the day

After Maine boater goes afoul of lobster pot lines, he uses a hook knife to cut at the lines that wrapped around his prop.

Shot of Port at Vieux-Montreal

Octogenarian Odyssey Part IV

To celebrate both of us turning 80 and our 60th wedding anniversary, my husband, David, and I took a long-distance cruise on the Down East …

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photo of a paper chart

Updating paper charts

If you’re considering a significant voyage this coming boating season, now is a good time to examine and update your backup paper charts—especially those printed …

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Photo of the sailboat Pauline after being sunk by Hurricane Ian

The Resurrection of Pauline

After Fort Myers Power Squadron Commander Gene Kent’s beloved 1976 Irwin sailboat, Pauline, sank at the dock during Hurricane Ian in September 2022, he told …

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Cloud Nine at the Devil's Thumb in Lure of High Ice

Lure of High Ice

Photography by David Thoreson There’s a rule of thumb veteran ice skippers like Roger Swanson come to understand about the Arctic: You don’t know what …

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The Boat Loan Ranger in front of the Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay

Exploring the Inside Passage

The Inside Passage, which runs along the northern U.S. west coast and British Columbia, Canada, has been one of my family’s favorite cruising destinations over …

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