Boating Tips


Boating: Tips for the Cruisers and Yachtsmen of 2015

...for both first time boaters and seasoned veterans

Coast Guard Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check
Coast Guard Online Virtual Vessel Safety Check
Use our Virtual Vessel Examiner to check your vessel by simply answering a series of questions. Note that tool only covers the state registered vessels and not Documented vessels or Kayak's and Paddle Boats.
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Public Vessel Safety Check Questions & Answers
Public Vessel Safety Check Questions & Answers
ARE ALL PASSENGERS REQUIRED TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET OR HAVE ONE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PASSENGER?Question: Are all passengers required to wear a life jacket or have one available for each passenger? Answer: Each state has their own laws about the wear of life jackets. For more information, contact your state boating agency. Also, any boat over 16' is required to carry (except for canoes and kayaks) a Type IV throwable device.
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A look back at the 1998 Chaparral Signature 29
A look back at the 1998 Chaparral Signature 29
There was a lot of hype in the 90's about bottom designs. When Chaparral's Extended V-Plane running surface took to the water back in '95, they turned recreational boating upside down. Their twin-strake, modified V running surface- incorporated into the 240, 260 and 300 Signatures- extends the full length of the hull including the critical area under the fiberglass swim platform. Unlike competitive cruisers where the centerline and the running surface don't measure up, Extended V-Plane means that every inch of fiberglass you paid for is at work whether you're idling through a no-wake zone or motoring along at full throttle.
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Sea Trialing a Boat
Sea Trialing a Boat
Conducting A Sea Trial A sea trial is a fancy term for a test drive, designed to test a boat’s seaworthiness. Surveyors use sea trials as an opportunity to test speed and maneuverability, as well as check for vibrations and observe other systems that can only be tested in the water. There are established standards for sea trials leading to a vessel’s certification, but unless a buyer insists on a survey, a casual boat ride is usually all that is expected.
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Boat Buying Guide: CYBA
Boat Buying Guide: CYBA
Looking for a Used Boat? Be Smart. Buy Smart. Whether you're going to sail the open ocean, fish your favorite coves or chart a course to your dream retirement-buying a boat is the adventure of a lifetime. You can find many exceptional values in used boats-they can be affordable, seaworthy, well built, well maintained. To make sure you get years of pleasure and adventure out of your used boat, buy smart.
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Sail Talk- Winch Servicing
Sail Talk- Winch Servicing
Sail Talk is an ongoing series of articles from either Hunter Marine’s knowledgeable crew or valued suppliers, offering maintenance advice and sailing tips exclusively for Hunter owners. If you are like most sailboat owners, you haven't serviced your winches since you bought your boat. You need to grease your winches because they are probably one of the more expensive items on your boat. Winches can be a little intimidating. They are not as bad as they look — even though when you first pull off the drum it looks like the gears and bearings are laughing at you. Every winch is different from the next, so there is no good way to try to memorize how a winch goes back together. However, the one thing that works to your advantage is that a winch cannot be put together wrong because the parts will only fit one way — with the exception of maybe getting a washer in the wrong place. If you do find yourself in trouble, Harken has assembly
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