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Make boater safety your priority this spring and go wireless

Springtime boating is here and boat owners are pulling their vessels from storage and deciding on what new upgrades they should do this season before they set out on the first voyage. Will it be new electronics, a full...

Ethanol could damage outboard motors

Ethanol, a corn-based fuel that is mixed with traditional gasoline, has been a boon to the fuel industry. It helps to keep costs down and provides a renewable, more eco-friendly option to fuel cars and trucks. While ethanol may...

Midwest Marinas Ready for Pressure Wash Water Regulation Enforcement

By Wendy Larimer For many years, coastal marinas and boatyards have grappled with regulations, rules, best management practices and guidance on how to treat their pressure wash wastewater to prevent it from running into the water and running afoul of...

Anchoring tips

By Wayne Spivak National Press Corps United States Coast Guard Auxiliary An often overlooked and unappreciated team member on your boat can be the very reason you may survive a mishap at sea. The term “at sea”is somewhat misleading, because it can be used to describe your vessel...

6 tips to stop theft

What can boat owners do to prevent theft? It’s hard to stop a determined thief, but you can reduce your chances of being targeted. 1. Take a look at your boat storage area. Is it lit at night? Does it have...

Rescuing a man overboard

By Jim Hendricks The difficulty in retrieving a man overboard (MOB) never hit me until I faced the real-life rescue of a swimmer in distress. We weren’t at sea, but rather in the harbor within 50 yards of the dock....

NEVER BE CARELESS ABOUT BOATING SAFETY

When you are out on the water it is your duty to enforce all boating safety rules and to have in your possession all mandatory boating licenses. People used to be able to drive a pleasure boat no matter...

Inexpensive protection for propeller blades and shins

It’s a toss-up as to which hurts more: a dinged shin or the bill from a propeller repair shop. Both are easily avoided with Davis Instruments’ patented Prop Sox. It’s an inexpensive set of three slip-on covers that protect...

Navigation rules

The Navigation Rules for vessels establish actions for boaters to take to avoid a collision. The Navigation Rules are published by the U. S. Government Printing Office, and are available in any boating supply store. Every boat owner should...

Please be aware of your own wake

By Rick Chapman, General Manager of Sunnyside Marina President of the Midwest Marina Association The Midwest Marina Association is made up of over 25 Marinas on the St. Croix River, Mississippi River, Lake Minnetonka and Lake Superior. We represent over 6,000...

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