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Tom’s Tips About Dealing With Real Life Piracy
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Posted: April 03, 2014
1. Be sure you mean what you say. For example, consider not flying the skull and crossbones unless you're confident everyone around knows you're joking or playing games. This has been a serious and deadly threat to many people for many centuries.
2. Don't assume someone is a threat merely because they're different. Always start out with politeness and a smile. If it looks like this isn't appropriate for the situation, change the situation by leaving. You're on the water to have fun, not to be uptight about your surroundings.
3. Beware of boats that are particularly severely unkempt. Most boat...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Fire Extinguishers
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Posted: March 04, 2014
1. Fire extinguishers should be rated for marine use and USCG approved.
2. They should be within immediate reach, even in a fire, and mounted with approved brackets.
3. For example a fire extinguisher mounted over a galley stove may be easy to reach if a fire is in the engine space, but impossible to reach if the fire is on the stove.
4. Have enough aboard so that you can have them well distributed for instant easy access. The minimum required by law may be nowhere near enough.
5. Sometimes you may need to place a fire extinguisher where it is somewhat exposed to the elements, as on...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Emergencies
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Posted: January 02, 2014
1. Give a pre-trip briefing to your passengers before you leave the dock.

2. Even if it's short and very basic, it will probably help should something go wrong.

3. It should instill in them confidence in you and confidence that something can be done to remedy a bad situation.

4. At a minimum, tell them location of life jackets (and how to put them on), location of and how to use fire extinguisher(s), location of flashlights and a few other basics relevant to your boat such as, for example, how to use the VHF, the local USCG appropriate phone number...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Storm Anchorages and Other Boats
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Posted: December 04, 2013
1. Factoring the other boats into your considerations as you prepare for the storm anchorage can mean a huge difference, not just for them, but for you.
2. When a boat's anchor breaks loose, that boat usually sails madly downwind, beam to wind, yawing fore and aft on the anchor line that's still trailing with the anchor skipping along the bottom behind. Thus its path of destruction can be quite large.
3. When setting your anchor, try to provide for more than the scope of your swing and that of nearby boats. Boats seldom swing in unison in bad storms and usually drag some, if only a little...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Boating Trips
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Posted: November 04, 2013
1. When planning a trip to a particular destination, always plan for alternative destinations that are closer and easier.
2. In most boating trips you will be at the mercy of the weather and other factors beyond your control.
3. There is nothing wrong with cutting a trip short or turning around.
4. It may be wise to do this for safety reasons or simply for reasons of comfort and fun.
5. Remember, that's what it's all about. Fun for all aboard!


Boating and water sports involve risk. Any comments herein should be followed at your own risk. You assume all responsibility for ri...... Read More

Tom’s Tips On Restoring Old Boats
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Posted: October 03, 2013
1. Many people do this and find great joy in the process, but then find they're not interested in using the boat because they've burnt themselves out or for other reasons.

2. There's nothing wrong with this ... whatever turns you on. Maybe you can sell it and do another.

3. But never underestimate this job. Even fiberglass boats may have rotten timbers that support the glass, the replacement of which can necessitate cutting out and then restoring the glass.

4. Unless you're really good at all the skills requ...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Our Wakes
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Posted: September 06, 2013
1. Some talk about leaving clean wakes, which is good. But it's also important to leave gentle or no wakes when we can.
2. Wakes made by boats are often different from the wind waves to which banks have been "accustomed" for eons.
3. Wakes made by boats also, depending on your location, more frequently impact the shoreline than natural wind waves.
4. Some boats are even designed to throw extra wakes for wake surfing; these should be used in appropriate areas where their wakes do no harm to persons or property.
5. It will benefit us all if we're mindful of what our wakes ca...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Our Concepts of the Sea
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Posted: August 06, 2013
1. Even though we use the feminine when we refer to her, the sea is not a person.
2. The sea is not forgiving.
3. The sea is not subject to our laws and rules and conventions.
4. The sea doesn't care about our notions of romanticism.
5. The sea makes life worthwhile and beautiful for some of us. But it has also killed thousands of us at a time.
6. We have no business going on the water unless we realize these things, and we go with great humility and we are prepared.


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Tom’s Tips About Diving Your Bottom
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Posted: July 08, 2013
1. If you go swimming around your boat, do a little bottom checking if your skills and health are good for it and if it's safe. Even a few barnacles, especially on running gear, can slow you down.
2. Don't do this at a dock or boat where AC electricity is on. Take full precautions in this regard. Read the article entitled "ESD Explained" in the July 2013 edition of Seaworthy. Type ESD into the search block in the upper right hand corner of the BoatUS site and read all the material there about this very serious danger.
3. A paint scraper is usually a good tool for cleaning your ...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Finding Brokers
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Posted: June 06, 2013
1. Brokers can provide an invaluable service, but aren't always necessary, depending on the boat, you, the seller and other circumstances.
2. Some states have a qualification process of one sort or another for brokers and a requirement that they be bonded. This is excellent, but there are plenty of good brokers who aren't in these areas.
3. Look for established knowledgeable brokers. Avoid the person "playing at it" unless you know that it's OK.
4. Ask a broker hard questions. If he doesn't know ask him to find out. He should.
5. Check web site and magazines to try to get ...... Read More

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