|Toms Tips About Storm Anchorages and Other Boats
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|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
|Toms Tips On Boating Trips
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|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!
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|Toms Tips On Restoring Old Boats
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| 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
|Toms Tips About Our Wakes
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|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
|Toms Tips About Our Concepts of the Sea
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|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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|Toms Tips About Diving Your Bottom
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|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
|Toms Tips About Finding Brokers
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|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.
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|Toms Tip About Mother Ocean
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|1. While it's nice to be a romantic about the Sea, this can obscure the truth and get us into trouble.
2. The Sea is indeed the last frontier on Earth and we know relatively little about it.
3. The Sea is, among other features, a variety of dynamics that we'll probably never truly understand.
4. We will hopefully never come close to creating a power anywhere near equal to the multitude of powers displayed daily by the Sea.
5. We should not allow ourselves to be influenced by the cute marketing hypes that give a false sense of security about being on the water.
6. Getting into boa...... Read More
|Toms Tips About Staying Turned On
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|1. Don't get into the frame of mind that you've got to have a big boat to be happy.
2. If you like your rowboat, be proud of it. Rowboats are great. I've had a bunch of them.
3. If you like your boat, whatever it is, fix it up with things that make it better. It's fun to do, it gives you fun and it adds value to your boat.
4. For example, on that rowboat you can add drink holders just aft or forward of the oarlocks out of way of your sweep.
5. Or you can add a "front view mirror" to the transom so you can see where you're going.
6. Or, if you really want to "dude i...... Read More
|Toms Tips About Fixing Metal
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|1. It helps to have the right tools.
2. A set of hardened punches is invaluable. They may be used to make an indentation to avoid a drill bit "walking" to knocking out stuck pieces.
3. A hardened pick, such as a larch straightened fishhook will come in handy.
4. A Dremel tool is invaluable. The attachments with industrial diamond will cut even case hardened steel. Be patient and don't let the fitting get to hot. Withdraw if from the work frequently (probably every second or so) to avoid overheating and damage to the cutting attachment. Dremel tools work with speed, not pressu...... Read More