Several years ago we replaced our satellite phone and SPOT 3 Satellite GPS Tracker with a DeLorme inReach Explorer Two-Way Satellite Communicator with Built-in Navigation. The DeLorme inReach takes satellite tracking/messaging to the next level with two-way and full global coverage through the Iridium satellite sy... Details
Okay. Raise your hand if you take a silent pleasure watching the next couple work their way towards their slip and THEIR attempt at docking their boat. How many times do wish you had score cards to raise with a high or low score?
Then, you see that couple who makes a beautiful docking or departure from the dock with... Details
I love it when a product like Bunk Sox comes along that makes me say "why didn't I think of that?" My boat has a v-berth, and I have never found a way to keep the sheets straight. Traditional fitted sheets don't work and flat sheets tucked in become loose and wrinkled, and they usually bunch up on one side of the bed. ... Details
Automatic identification system, known more commonly as AIS, is quickly becoming commonplace on moderately sized recreational vessels. Prices have dropped substantially in recent years, and many VHF radios are now equipped with AIS receivers. Transmitting an AIS signal, however, is less common, even though it adds anot... Details
My iPad is one of the most useful devices on the boat. The chart plotting apps are so useful, in fact, that I use it as a second plotter almost all the time. One of the challenges of this is keeping the iPad secure, especially aboard a small boat. My solution? The RAM (Round-a-Mount) Mount.
RAM Mounts has been in b... Details
You won’t want to take them off!
At last January’s Seattle Boat Show I noticed something new at the LFS booth: XTRATUF shoes. The word was “once you put them on, you will not want to take them off.”
The XTRATUF name is legendary for their legacy brown gum boots that have been a favorite with commercial f... Details
Thanks to John Wagner for forwarding this. There are some great tips!
U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away. Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I am working outside. It really ... Details
On page 173 of his book, Yacht Designs II, the legendary naval architect William Garden dropped in a sentence that has guided my boat owning experience for many years now. Bill was describing the rehabilitation of Merlin, the 1904 launch he used for commuting to Sidney from his island home off Canoe Cove. He described ... Details
Love the Waggoner guide, which is our onboard bible. I especially enjoy the sidebars, which are often so beautifully written.
I am emailing to see if you have time to answer some newbie questions on Tollycraft vessels.
We are looking at moving up from a 1991 3288 Bayliner to a larger twin diesel boat. Our boat is... Details
I have a 41' Fraser, currently living aboard. Am having water/humidity/mold problems. Would a dehumidifier be a solution?
A dehumidifier certainly would help, but dehumidifiers deal with the effects of excessive moisture in the boat, not the cause... Details
This correspondence applies to all boat purchases, not just one particular brand.
After much research, I am sold on the fact that I am going to buy a Tollycraft boat. After that, I am confused about which model to pursue. I would be perfectly happy with the 26' Tolly, but my wife likes the idea of having an aft c... Details
I’m so glad you’re in business. It is nice to have someone answer questions.
Does British Columbia have the same shore power as the US? Do I use the adapter etc. as in the US?
Thanks, and I'm buying your 2007 guide.
Good news. Canada and the U.S. have the sa... Details
I am interested in cruising the Puget Sound, but not sure that our boat is large enough. I have a 22-foot open bow Cobalt, so I not sure how much this will limit my ability to explore. I am from Portland, Oregon and was thinking of planning a weekend trip where we could driving up, launch the boat and then cruise up to... Details
We recently found out (the hard way) that Seadoos are not allowed on San Juan Island. Imagine our shock after travelling from Roche to Friday Harbour and being told by the Coast Guard that they were not allowed. We use our Seadoo as a tender so it was quite surprising. First I'd heard of it. I went back and read the 20... Details