On Deck

Pay attention to the direction of both wind and tide any time you beach your boat or are anchored in shallow water. A shift in either one can leave you and your boat high and dry and in need of assistance to get back afloat.

Be smart when retrieving beached boat

March 25, 2008 at 11:12am
Asking for trouble, these passengers are a slip away from an overboard situation, which requires careful boat maneuvering on the part of the captain to initiate a safe rescue.

Overboard situations can turn deadly

February 29, 2008 at 1:58pm
Autumn is as good a time as any to give your fishing rig an annual visual inspection. And if you pull your boat out for the off-season, fall makes an excellent time to learn what needs to be fixed or replaced.

Annual autumn inspections in order

October 30, 2007 at 10:56am
When it’s time to put the boat away for the season, either top-off or drain the gas tanks to make sure the fuel you start with next season is up to the task.

Care for fuel now for a happy spring

August 22, 2007 at 11:59am
As high as it may be, the price of gas at roadside pumps is still likely to be at least 20 percent less than the per-gallon rate for the same fuel sold at waterfront fuel docks. One of the benefits of owning a trailerable boat is being able to fill its fu

Seven tips to save $$ while trailering

July 30, 2007 at 11:15am
Even boats with lots of deck space like this pontoon model can cramp a kid’s style after too long on the water. When boating with children, make sure to factor in plenty of stops along the way to allow them to get ashore, stretch their legs and see sights

Take kids on boating vacations

June 28, 2007 at 3:19pm
False albacore aren’t exactly the most desirable of species, but a kid who catches one doesn’t need to know that.

10 tips for teaching kids to fish

May 22, 2007 at 4:36pm
Safely towing a boat and trailer is tough enough without adding dangerous distractions to the mix, such as eating or talking on a cell phone — or both — while at the wheel.

Distracted drivers asking for trouble

April 24, 2007 at 3:59pm
The road is no place to learn that your boat’s trailer needs service. Give your trailer, as well as your boat and tow vehicle, a pre-season tune-up to make sure it is fit for travel.

Trailer often overlooked by eager boaters

February 22, 2007 at 2:30pm
Before you even think about launching for a trip across exposed waters of the open Gulf or large bays, you need to make sure your boat is prepared to tackle any rough stuff that may kick up.

Get rigged right for winter’s rough seas

January 25, 2007 at 2:48pm
More people get their new boat information at boat shows than from any other source. The shows offer respite from the weather and a great place to find a boat deal.

Play the game to save money at shows

December 28, 2006 at 10:03am