How to Dock Your Boat Like a Pro

How to Dock Your Boat Like a Pro

Docking Your Boat 101 Docking a boat seems easy until you do it a few times. A few gashes in your gel coat will make even the boldest of us admit that it isn’t as easy as parking a car. But what exactly makes it so different? Docking your boat can be simple and look pretty cool if you follow …

How to Make a Rope to Chain Splice for Your Anchor

How to Make a Rope to Chain Splice for Your Anchor

Rope to Chain Splicing: An Overview If you have a length of chain between your anchor and the rope, you’ll want to know how to make a splice connection. Many boaters use a shackle to connect the chain to their rope. If you have a windlass, the shackle won’t fit though the cylinder, so you’ll have to splice the rope …

Do I need an Anchor for my Boat

Do I need an Anchor for my Boat?

Is an Anchor Required for a Recreational Boat Do I need an anchor for my boat? This is a question that many new boat owners often ask. Those with very little boating experience may often feel as though they do not need an anchor because they primarily drift or troll while out on the water. Some may think an anchor …

Best Pontoon Boat Anchors

Best Pontoon Boat Anchors

Best Pontoon Boat Anchors Pontoon boats are one of the most popular boats today. You can take them on leisurely cruises, fishing, or an afternoon of water skiing and wakeboarding with your family. They also offer plenty of room for your extended family and friends for a day of fun in the sun.  Their greater size makes them a little …

Navigation for recreational boaters everything you need to know

Navigation for Recreational Boaters | Everything You Need to Know

Navigation for the Weekend Boater When you’re just starting, navigation can seem like one of the most daunting things to learn. Where are you going, how are you going to get there, and then how are you going to get home? Everything looks so different from the water! But there are three basic ways that it is done, and believe …

Understanding Your Boats Speedometer

Understanding Your Boat’s Speedometer

Your Boat’s Speedometer | Key Facts If you own a powerboat, chances are pretty high that it has a speedometer. These nifty devices allow you to quickly and accurately gauge your vessel’s speed so that you can better navigate and avoid damaging your boat. A speedometer is an instrument that provides a readout of your boat’s speed. Your boat may …

Picking the Best Spot to Anchor

Picking the Best Spot to Anchor

Learn the Art of Anchoring Your Boat Nothing makes successful anchoring easier than picking the right spot on your first try. From a distance, the pros make it look easy. You just pull up and drop the heavy thing in the water, right? But once you do it a few times, you’ll start to realize that there are all sorts …

Beginners Guide to Anchoring Ground Tackle

Beginner’s Guide to Anchoring: Ground Tackle

The Best Anchors for Small Boats Anchoring requires equipment that every boat should have. Even if you never plan on staying the night, an anchor is a necessary safety device. At the very least, you should have a folding anchor on nylon line ready at the bow should you need to stop the boat from drifting. Most owners of small …

How to anchor your boat in wind

How to Anchor Your Boat in Wind

Mastering One of the Most Important Boating Skills Anchoring is one of those fundamental boating skills that some boaters practice far too little. The anchor on your boat is fundamentally a safety device. It should be rigged and ready to drop in the water at a moment’s notice should you have an engine failure or other problem. If you’re near …

Should You Rent or Buy a New Boat

Should You Rent or Buy a New Boat?

You Have Options When it Comes to Buying or Leasing a Boat If you love to be out on the water, at some point, you’ve probably considered owning a boat. But is it right for you? For many would-be boat owners, the thought of having their own vessel conjures up images of cruising around on bluebird days, making the most …