Ditch Bag When Boating Offshore

Written By: Captain Ricardo Mendez

Ditch BagIt is important to have a Ditch Bag when boating off shore. This bag should be easily accessible and ready to take with you over board or in any emergency. A rescue might take more than a couple of minutes. The items in this bag will help you survive or make you time of emergency bearable. No list can be considered complete, so add what you can think of. Having the bag with you is definitely a piece of mind. I hope I never have to Ditch, but glad to know I am prepared.

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The Winter Always Comes Too Soon for a Boater

Written by: Captain Ricardo Mendez

Frozen Boat

Before I start I want to give you a link for a handy checklist:

http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/winter/winterworksheet.pdf

Now that you’ve winterized … What to do in the winter while the boat hibernates? It is definitely a tough time for a boater, especially in the northeast. After you have winterized your boat, we tend to have some withdrawal pains that land lovers could not understand. It is a great way to start some planning for next season.

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Recreational Activities on the Water

Written by: Captain Ricardo Mendez

One of the best female water skiers in the world

One of the best female water skiers in the world

There are many great ways to spend days is on the water. On the water there are many recreational activities that one can choose from; such as fishing, swimming, tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, parasailing and more new ones coming on the scene every summer. Taking part in these activities and taking in the sun is great, but remember safety first. During the boating season the water has been home to many fatal accidents involving passengers partaking in these activities.

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All About Safety for Kids

Written by: Captain Ricardo Mendez

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When out on the water, be prepared, to expect the unexpected. Perhaps, the most vulnerable people to get injured are our kids. Taking precautions and schooling our kids will keep them safe when on the water with their parents and will complete an enjoyable day on the water.

Here are some tips I believe to be most important to keep our young ones safe on the water…

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Boating Safety Certificate & License 

Written by: Captain Ricardo Mendez

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FINALLY A “BOAT LICENSE”?  …. Almost

New York State has now implemented a program that will now permit you to having your NYS Boating & PWC Safety Certificate marked on your driver’s license or other identification document issued by the DMV Dept of Motor Vehicles

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Anchoring Tips

Written by: Captain Ricardo Mendez

ANCHOR

The boating season will soon be in full swing … Speaking of Swinging … When you anchor, you must be aware of your surroundings due to the current “swinging” your boat.

Being at anchor is a big part of boating life.

Let’s start with discussing different types of anchors. Here’s a quick rundown of which anchor is appropriate to a certain vessel:

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