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Dehumidifier

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For the past three years, we have been using the West Marine air dryer with fan for a dehumidifier in our cabin. The result has been a complete mold reduction. It is easy to use, just plug it in. No water drainage to deal w...

Bird Watching

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    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
My dad always taught me to read the color of the water to judge depth, but one other trick he showed me was to watch for groups of birds on the water. They usually swim and fish where there are mounds or shallow spots. If you spot a group of birds swimmi...

Boating Etiquette: Wake Crossing

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
On crowded, choppy water, especially on large lakes and coastal waters, wakes can be challenging. It's important to know the best way to cross a wake. Here are some good wake-crossing tips: If traffic allows, turn your direction to be almost parallel to the wake ...

How's My Waterway

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
Find out information about the conditions of your local waterways by visiting the US Environmental Protection Agency's new app and website How's My Waterway http://watersgeo...

Storage Is Always At A Premium

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At the end of a cruise or fishing trip, I drain and rinse my live-well, then I place my cans of water, pop, etc. in the well before it is put into a dry dock at the Marina. ...

Thermofoil (Wood-Grain Accents) Care and Cleaning Guide

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Regular Care and Cleaning (normal maintenance) Always use mild dish soap and a cotton cloth or non-abrasive sponge for cleaning purposes. A 50/50 mixture of water and Simple Green is acceptable too. ...

X Hose

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    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
The X-Hose (as seen on TV) contracts to about 18 feet for storage, then expands to 50 feet when in use. We used this hose on a four day trip and it worked great. There are 3 sizes available. Easy storage, no kinks, and e...

Blue Freezer Containers

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    • Dining Aboard
    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
In order to help our on board refrigerator, especially when first loading from the dock and on these hot summer days, I bring the Blue freezer containers (available at Walmart or Supermarkets) from the freezer at home. These Blue freezer packs fit in the on b...

Freezer

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    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
Edge Star makes a 12 volt/110 freezer in various sizes. I have not had a chance to use it on the boat yet, but in the car and on the 12 volt cycle, it took one hour to reach the "freezer stage". It also work...

Florida Resorts and Marinas

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Here are some places to consider for your boating pleasure. ...

Boating Etiquette: Keep It Clean

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
Pollution ruins the water for everybody. It kills fish and wildlife, detracts from the beauty of the landscape, and contaminates waterw...

Fuel System Tank Filling: Proper fueling helps ensure safety and efficiency

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Thanks to the innovative SeaV2 hull design, Grady-Whites are naturally fuel efficient, so you get more bang for your buck at the pump. When it’s time to refuel, be sure you’re using the proper technique as shown in this video. ...

Boating Etiquette: Docking and Relaunching

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
Speed, efficiency and consideration are the bottom line to minding your manners while launching and docking your boat. Remember these etique...

What To Do When Aground

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
Running aground can happen even in perfect weather, despite using the latest navigation equipment and local charts. Plus, some submerged hazards...