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How to Know If You Have Right of Way When You Are On the Water

Who has the "Right-of-Way?" Hierarchy of right-of-way; from highest right-of-way to the lowest right-of-way on the water explained. Which vessel has the most right-of-way of all is the main question, so here's a quick guide to situations. I think of it as a totem pole; with the vessel with the ...
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29 Cruise Hacks You Need

New Dive Cruise Techniques If you're considering a cruise, especially a dive cruise, you'll like these techniques I've developed for making the trip easier and a total success. These procedures can help ensure you have a smooth trip, make all your connections, and enjoy your dive vacation. You don’t have ...
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5 Elements to Evaluate Before You Return to a Dock

Some of the scariest moments in boating are when you depart from or approach a dock. This simple five-point checklist will help you evaluate most situations so you can maneuver safely when you leave a dock. 1. Wind Both sailing and power vessels are affected by the wind direction when ...
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How You Can Memorize the Waterway Marker System

“Red Right Returning” is so easy to remember that it’s usually the first aspect of the U. S. Aids to Navigation marker system that new boaters learn. In teaching sailing classes, it's one of the topics new sailors are most concerned - and confused - about. I've been teaching sailing ...
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How You Can Find Boats That Need Crew

If you're looking to find boats on which to crew, or to get experience on crossings, there are websites and apps to help you with exactly that. Here are some websites that will help you find either crew or captain for your boat, or, positions for you as crew or ...
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3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Weighing the need for equipment versus the sheer weight of my sailing bag; three more items made the cut and are now staples in my every day carry captain's sailing bag; I added binoculars, a head lamp, and a solar charger. In my work as a sailboat captain, there are ...
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How to Rent Your Dock to Boaters for Extra Income

Boaters Were the First Airbnb’ers The best innovation ever for boaters and waterfront homeowners is here; the ability to search for privately-owned dock rentals worldwide using an online system similar to Airbnb for finding a slip for your boat. It's called PierShare, and can you even imagine the benefits and ...
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Ingredients in Your Chemical Sunscreen Can Become Carcinogens; Switch Now to a Physical Sunscreen

Physical Versus Chemical Sunscreen There are two basic types of sunscreens — chemical and physical. Each work differently to block the sun’s rays. As consumers become more ecoconscious, we learn there are a lot of differences between types of sunscreen. One confusing distinction is between "physical" and "chemical" sunscreens. Sometimes ...
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Are You Still Using Toxic Sunscreen? In 2018 Hawaii Banned Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Sunscreens; Now They’re Banning Avobenzone and Octocrylene

The Sunscreen Bans Maybe, you heard of the sunscreen bans - Hawaii, Palau, Bonaire, and - even closer to home - right here in the continental US, the Southernmost Tip of the United States; Key West. Now, Hawaii plans to ban even more toxic chemicals found in some sunscreens. These ...
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