Auto-Inflatable Life Vests: Light, Safe & Wearable (No Excuses)

March 20th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Life Jackets & Flotation - (Comments Off on Auto-Inflatable Life Vests: Light, Safe & Wearable (No Excuses))

A friend of mine is a member of what is jokingly called the Elk Lake Yacht Club, which is a loose and freewheeling group of folks who like to sail small boats on the jeweled lakes in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. So, when he invited me to go sailing one summer, I jumped straight …
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The Best Seat In the Boat

March 20th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Fishing - (Comments Off on The Best Seat In the Boat)

There we were, happily puttering around the lake, taking in the sights, enjoying the fresh air and relaxing in each other’s good company. My sister, Raine, and I took her aluminum boat, with its sweet little outboard motor, for a cruise on Montana’s Placid Lake last Fall – just for the fun of it. We …
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Trailering My Boat: From Humiliation to Happy Launches

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by SavvyBoater in Trailering - (Comments Off on Trailering My Boat: From Humiliation to Happy Launches)

You should see me launch a boat. My goodness. It used to be a fiasco. Men would flock to my aid from nearby boats, cars, and docks. Yes, I was that bad. First off, I backed the Jeep too far into the lake. The exhaust pipe was percolating the water. I then waded around the …
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Boat Props: How to Choose the One For You

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by Kyla in Boat Propellers - (Comments Off on Boat Props: How to Choose the One For You)

If you’re like me, you love your boat and you want your boat to love you, too – and to show its devotion in responsive performance. Give it the coddling it needs from time to time, including attention to the hard working propeller and your boat will respond in kind, with many happy hours on …
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AnchorLift: An Anchor Puller Does the Work for You

February 19th, 2014 | Posted by SavvyBoater in Docking & Anchoring - (Comments Off on AnchorLift: An Anchor Puller Does the Work for You)

I’m breaking a sweat. It’s hot out, I’m anxious to get underway, and I’m hauling up my anchor, hand-over-hand, one grueling foot at a time. The rope is accumulating in snarls at my feet, my back is killing me, and one slip of my grip and the anchor is heading back to the bottom, with …
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