Insuring Your Boat

When it comes to insuring your boat, it’s often best to separate your boat insurance from your homeowner’s policy. Many homeowners’ policies limit or don’t cover marine-specific risks, such as salvage work, wreck removal, pollution or environmental damage. But there are exceptions. Many homeowners policies include perfectly good coverage for smaller boats and motors, usually…

How-To Tie a Bowline Knot

Boater Tip: Remember this knot with a saying – the rabbit comes out of the hole (step 2), around the tree and back into the hole (step 3).  VIDEO 1. Lay the line (rope) across your left hand with the free end hanging down. Form a small loop in the line in your hand & leave…

Common Sense Docking

These old-fashioned skills can help you get your boat on and off the dock smoothly PAT MUNDUS FEB 27, 2019 My mother of all docking humiliations happened more than four decades ago. Docking a catboat with no engine and with no choice but to make a downwind approach, I thought we had a sufficient plan:…

The Future of Pontoons

Elux Pontoons is hoping to catch the pontoon-buying public’s imagination this week, as it shows its first 24-ft. model at the Minneapolis Boat Show. The Elux 24 is unconventional in that it’s powered by an electric motor with an innovative topside layout. It’s even more unusual because its owner is the former chief executive of a…

How to Keep Pets Safely Afloat

How to Keep Pets Safely Afloat by Ann Cameron Siegal Special to The Washington Post July 7, 2002 Yes, you can teach on-board dogs new tricks, like how to swim safely and wear PFD’s. Ed Johnson of Washington knows from experience that waxed fiberglass decks and running dogs don’t mix. His 125-pound Great Dane, Isabella,…

Clean Boating – How to do Your Part

Clean Boating – How to do Your Part Environmental Concerns: Petroleum in or on the water is harmful and, in some cases, fatal to aquatic life. Benzene, a carcinogen, is in gasoline. Oil contains zinc, sulfur, and phosphorous. Once petroleum is introduced into the water, it may float at the surface, evaporate into the air,…