Boats and boating terminology for beginners. Learn the specialized language of boating and watercraft.
Boating in rough water is inevitable and all boaters should know how to handle it. Boating through chop requires common sense and following some basic rules. Well designed boats can handle rough water, but it's always the captain's responsibility
(Photo by Steve Smith) (Photo by Steve Smith) (Photo by Steve Smith) I enjoyed a wonderful childhood full of whitewater rafting trips. Both my father and big sister worked as river guides, and I have been informally trained as a river guide...
Sailing with children is a rewarding experience: this article contains tips for parents who want to develop a love of sailing in their children.
Boats anchors can be expensive. For your main anchor, I definitely recommend you have a real, store bought anchor, but you can make an inexpensive second anchor yourself.
Tennessee has a lot of rivers and humid summers, making it no surprise that kayaking, canoeing, and tubing nearby rivers is quickly becoming a popular past time of state residents.
An enlightening review of the Nor'sea 27' small cruising sailboat, designed by Lyle C. Hess. One of the most seaworthy small trailerable sailboats ever built, the Nor'sea 27 has become an instant classic.
The New River Gorge, WV is home to zip lines, whitewater rafting, and the iconic New River Gorge Bridge. It’s a great vacation destination for families and friends.
Do you need to replace that old wear ring on your jet ski? Steps, photo's and instructions on the process of replacing the wear ring.
Detailed description of how to make the seats, yoke, gunnels and decks for the project I described in "Building a Cedar Strip Canoe: The Basics."
The Cotee River and the James E. Grey Preserve are located on the Great Florida Birding Trail in New Port Richey and offer a scenic and relaxing kayak experience.
This is a simple homemade portage yoke that is inexpensive and simple to construct. It works well with no slippage and is quick and easy to attach.
A brief history of the Duck River that runs through Middle Tennessee, the endangered species that thrive in its waters, and the unique and diverse animal life that lives in its ecosystem.
Have you been wanting to float the Edisto River, but don't know what locations to use to access it? I've outlined a few for you here.
Storing a Catalina 27 sailboat for a long winter on the Great Lakes can be an expensive proposition. We found an inexpensive solution that every practical sailor can appreciate.
What's the difference between epoxy and fiberglass surfboards? This can be confusing to those just starting out and thinking about buying a surfboard.
Plumbing aboard a boat is different from anywhere else. There are certain special precautions that must be taken.
One of the major material costs of building a cedar-strip canoe is epoxy and fiberglass cloth. There are a number of suppliers and epoxy costs vary a fair amount.
My dream of owning a Jeep Wrangler came true a few years ago. My dream of owning a kayak came true more recently. This is how I solved the dilemma getting the kayak to water on my soft top Jeep.
Here is an in-depth yet easy-to-follow description of the starting solenoid used on most Yamaha jet ski starting systems.
Looking for a little outdoor adventure on your next trip to Florida? A day of kayaking down the Hillsborough River may be just the thing for you. You'll encounter a variety of wildlife including alligators, turtle, owls, hawks, and numerous water birds.
The stems on a wood strip kayak are ¼ strips of wood which are steamed, shaped and glued together with thickened epoxy. The sheer clamp is what is used to attach the deck to the bottom of the hull.
There are old sailors and bold sailors. Which would you rather be? Learn about basic boating safety, the legally required minimums for safety equipment and documentation, as well as additional equipment you can have on board to increase your safety on the water.
Researching ice swimming has been fun, and just downright hilarious with some of the information my research discovered.
There are many great locations to launch your boat at Clear Lake if you are going to Lake County for boating or fishing, it is free to launch, but you will need an inspection permit from the county to use your boat on the lake.
We aren't quite sure when people decided to start floating down the Edisto River but it's been happening for a while and with good reason! It's just plain fun and relaxing!
Endless lakes, rivers, dams, and ponds make Michigan a kayaker's paradise. This article features kayaks for sportsmen, adventurers, and lovers of leisure.
Snorkeling is one of the top must-do things in Hawaii. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions for all snorkelers – to ensure a safe and fun underwater experience!
A practical account of my experiences and a brief guide to building the cedar strip canoe I use for wilderness camping and fishing.
How to be safe on a boat during a thunderstorm. Information about boat insurance is included, along with informative videos.
A description of how shape and sand the hull then apply fiberglass and epoxy. Expansion of "Building a Cedar Strip Canoe: The Basics". More details this time.
Looking for the top surf spots in Portugal? Then read this article about the best beaches for surfing along Portugal's coastline.
We took an old boat trailer and welded onto it a structure that would carry multiple boats, have a low center of gravity, not wobble too much, and not create too much wind resistance.
The Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) is a 28-ft sailboat designed by Lyle C. Hess and is quite possibly the most perfect small cruising sailboat ever created.
For a great adventure and something a little different on your next trip to the west coast of Florida check out Paddling Adventures for a kayak or canoe trip down the Weeki Wachee River.
A description of how to create canoe plans from a table of offsets which are hull measurements (lofting). Expansion of "Building a Cedar Strip Canoe: The Basics" with more details this time.
If you're ready to quit your job and buy a sailboat, find out how these four sailing entrepreneurs are making it work through crowdfunding.
California has surprisingly few good places to snorkel because of its heavy surf, but La Jolla Cove in San Diego County is sheltered from the surf.
Just because you have a hole in your wetsuit doesn't mean you need to go and replace it. From having the manufacturer repair it for free to doing it yourself at home with or without a repair kit, see how I fixed my wetsuit and how quick of a fix this can be.
One of the things I fear is having my canoe sink or scuttle if I ever capsize. So, as an extra measure of caution I decided to add floatation chambers to the bow and stern. *corrected calculations
When thinking of purchasing a boat, the first thing to think about is the hull material. Fiberglass, wood, steel, aluminum or ferro-cement, all have pros and cons. Here is what we have decided.
Are you looking for the perfect name for your sailboat, luxury yacht, or fishing boat? Do you want something creative, unique, or funny? Look no further. In this list you'll find 500 creative names to choose from.
Many think that kayaking would be a great way to enjoy the water, but don't like the fact that they tire so quickly. Here is a method of paddling that will allow you to spend more time on the water.
Once you have completed all of the sanding and caressing of wood in the lower part of the hull it is time to apply the fiberglass and epoxy
Use these simple tips to have your child water skiing in no time. Enjoy the boat ride and the smiles!
The basics of what a skimboard is and how to skimboard as well as how to make your own skimboard our of wood. Skimboarding has become increasingly popular in the last few years at beaches everywhere.
Making forms that determine the shape of the hull and deck, then setting them up on a build table for construction of a Cedar Strip Kayak.
Ride nature’s best roller coaster by braving the rapids in the New River. Children as young as 9 years of age may take to Class V rapids in an oar raft.
Tennessee's Duck River, from Normandy Dam to Three Forks Bridge, offers good fishing, beautiful scenery and swift-flowing water .
A simple guide to selecting the best, most affordable backpack for your style of boating. This backpack is tough and cheap and will protect your valuables from water.
Kayaking alone might require a little more effort than going with a group, but it can be quite fun and rewarding. Learn how to kayak solo safely and smartly.
The Red Sea has some fantastic wreck diving sites, but did you know that Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, has its own share of great Red Sea shipwrecks?
I'm an avid kayaker and follow news feeds and local news reports. Every few days throughout each year, kayaking deaths are brought to my attention, some of which I'll share here.
Beginner kayaks are fun for all ages and safe when used on placid lakes and rivers or in sheltered bays. This page takes at a look at how to choose, with some of the best models available.
Almost all Coast Guard requirements for a recreational vessel depend depend on its overall legal length. The penalties for not having legally required equipment and documentation are high.
As kayaking grows in popularity, so do injuries and drownings related to this activity. So be prepared and paddle safe, utilizing proper safety equipment.
It can be unbearably hot in Texas during the summer. Finding a great swimming hole can help you beat the heat. A few of my favorites are featured here.
There are a few items you must have on your boat to keep it legal. Unfortunately, the law doesn't cover everything. Here are the top 10 things you need to have on board next time you leave the dock.
This is my journal from part of a longer Minnesota adventure that didn't quite go according to plan, when my backcountry travel buddy and I decided to canoe through the Boundary Waters rather than backpack the overgrown, hard-to-follow Border Route Trail.
Yet another fascinating kayaking destination is the Anclote River Park located in Hudson, Florida. Coastal mangroves, sleepy inlets, and amazing wildlife abound here on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Red Cedar strips are one of the larger components of the total material cost when building a cedar strip canoe. This is an estimate of the cost for Red Cedar strips.
An honest review of my personal experience with Get Up and Go Kayaking tour at Rock Springs in Kelly Park.
This is the step in the build process where your kayak actually starts to look like something. This can be a source of motivation.
Looking for the ultimate small cruising sailboat that can take you anywhere? Meet the Falmouth 22 Cutter! An amazingly small blue-water sailboat that can easily cross oceans with ease.
Nautical terms including boating terms and shipping terms often confound people. There are only a few things to know about nautical terms that will make your time on the water much more enjoyable.
Venice offers a lot of places for your outdoor enjoyment. If you are looking for the best places to kayak or use stand up boards on fresh water, look no further than Red Lake.
Whitewater kayaking, especially running waterfalls, is inherently dangerous, but there are precautions you can take to reduce the risks.
A description of how to attach the strips. Expansion of "Building a Cedar Strip Canoe: The Basics". More details this time.
A description of how cut and mill the strips, expanding upon "Building a Cedar Strip Canoe: The Basics."
This is so easy, it's embarrassing. Here is how to make your own kayak cart out of an old golf bag cart.
The equipment you select for a cruising sailboat should be items which will keep you safe and comfortable. Here are a few items we want on our sailboat.
Washing clothes is one of the most dreaded chores onboard a boat. The cramped quarters and limited fresh water compound the difficulty of the task.
Why not take up scuba diving? It's exciting and relatively expensive, but you have to learn a few new things and you might have a hard time finding diving buddies.
I hadn't thought of kayaking until my sons introduced me to it. When I decided to buy my own kayak, this 10-foot sit-on-top kayak from Future Beach turned out to be perfect.
This list includes some of the most important items to consider investing in after you purchase your kayak. It will assist you in sorting out all of the many items available for kayaks.