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Using both a paper chart and GPS to navigate through Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, where most of the islands look the same

Paddlecraft navigation

Having a basic understanding of marine navigation allows paddlers to know where they are, where they are going and how to return safely. Paddlers can …

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Boat in the water at the dock after being hit by Hurricane Ian

Strapping saves

Hurricane Ian teaches boaters valuable lesson We didn’t expect a hurricane forecast to hit the Florida panhandle or Tampa to slam Cape Coral as a …

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Ohio River cruise

A few Columbus Sail & Power Squadron/29 members drove to Ripley, Ohio, one Thursday in August 2021 to get a jump on the weekend. We …

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Lessons from a boat fire

Back in 2020, Beth and I took a cruise up North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound, accompanied by another couple in their boat. One morning, while putting …

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Paddlecraft safety features come in handy when you need to perform a self rescue

Paddlecraft safety features

Most recreational power vessels under 20 feet must meet minimum flotation requirements set forth in the Federal Requirements for Boats. Paddlecraft are exempted from these …

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Boat Tour Captain Summer

My Summer as a Boat Tour Captain

Over the summer, I captained tour boats for Original Soo Locks Boat Tours up north in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Interlake Maritime Services recently purchased …

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Canal boating in France bridge in Verdun

Canal Boating in France

France has two popular types of canal boats—large boats with captain and crew for 80 or more passengers and small boats with no crew for …

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Boat climbing gear

As you plan for the next boating season, you may want to consider outfitting your vessel with some boat climbing gear. Loop sling Among the …

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