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Marina Etiquette

Good Manners Matter–Marina Etiquette

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The world just works better when everyone uses a little common sense and consideration. That’s why we have protocols, etiquette and customs. If everyone’s on the same page, the majority of the people can be happy. And if not happy, at least not inconvenienced or annoyed. Continue reading

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Get on Board with Boating Safety Education

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SlideMoor is a simple yet ef­fective system that secures your boat tightly to a sliding bumper on one side only. SlideMoor has provided thousands of customers with satisfaction and peace of mind for 15 years!
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Do you know which states require the successful completion of a boating safety course? Several states require that an operator 18 years old and under complete a boating safety course. The state of Alabama requires that all operators born after April 28, 1954 have a valid certificate of successful completion of an Alabama Marine Police Division-approved safe boating course to obtain a boating license. Continue reading

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Are You Connected To Your Boat?

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

I enjoy living in Seattle, where boating opportunities abound. My goal is to take advantage of them all!
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Seriously, are you connected to your boat?

Have you ever considered that some people may view your boat (whether a canoe or a yacht) as an opportunity for their own personal gain?  No, I don’t mean obscure “friends” and long-lost relatives who want to spend time out on the water with you (or without you). Rather, I’m referring to those with a criminal mindset, who may see your boat and your boating accessories as lucrative items to steal. Continue reading

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Naples Spearfishing

John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Executive Partner at SlideMoor
I am an avid boater, spearfisherman, and pilot. I have always had a strong love for the water and all of the beauty and mysteries the ocean contains.
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One of my favorite hobbies is spearfishing while freediving. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you’re multiple stories under the water searching for that prized fish. Keeping calm while having surges of adrenaline makes for an intense experience to say the least. For those freedivers out there I don’t need to say anymore, but for those unfamiliar with the sport, please see my post on freediving here!

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Curious about the big vessels around you? Here are some ways to learn more!

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

I enjoy living in Seattle, where boating opportunities abound. My goal is to take advantage of them all!
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One of the things I love about being on or near the water is seeing the incredible variety of traffic. I enjoy all of it, but often wonder about some of the larger or more unusual vessels. Where are they from? Where are they heading? Continue reading

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How to Maximize Your Marina’s Efficiency

John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Executive Partner at SlideMoor
I am an avid boater, spearfisherman, and pilot. I have always had a strong love for the water and all of the beauty and mysteries the ocean contains.
John D'Orazio

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Is your marina looking to increase its annual revenue?
Do you have docking constraints and unleasable, wasted space?
Are you tied up in knots adjusting lines and bumpers with tidal change, surge, wind, and wave activity?
Then the SlideMoor Boat Docking Systems are right for you! Continue reading

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Can’t Bolt Install SlideMoor? No Problem!

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SlideMoor is a simple yet ef­fective system that secures your boat tightly to a sliding bumper on one side only. SlideMoor has provided thousands of customers with satisfaction and peace of mind for 15 years!
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Marinas typically won’t allow you to alter their pilings in any way. Fortunately, we’ve found a way for our marina friends to install SlideMoor. The Marina Installation Package (“MIP”) is a great alternative to bolting the track to the piling, and it provides the same strength as the traditional attachment method! Continue reading

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The Best Fender Board Alternative

John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Executive Partner at SlideMoor
I am an avid boater, spearfisherman, and pilot. I have always had a strong love for the water and all of the beauty and mysteries the ocean contains.
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Too often, I see boaters looking for better mooring solutions wondering what, if anything out there will properly secure their boat. Having heard of a few do-it-yourself solutions, you eventually ask yourself, “What are fender boards and are they right for me?” Continue reading

Start with Starters When Dining Aboard Your Boat - SlideMoor Blog

Start with Starters When Dining Aboard Your Boat

Entertaining aboard your boat can be simple and classy at the same time. Dropping anchor and digging in the galley for an orphaned bag of chips or your kid’s goldfish crackers can be a thing of the past. Whether you are hosting friends or enjoying time with family, keeping a few basics in the galley will allow you whip up tasty appetizers or tapas to serve along side cold beer and wine. Several of these items can be stocked at the beginning of your boating season and left aboard, ready at a moments notice. Continue reading

8 Tips for a Memorable Boat Feast! - SlideMoor Blog

8 Tips for a Memorable Boat Feast!

We spend a great deal of our time doing it. We talk about it multiple times a day with close friends and even strangers. You must do it for your very survival. That’s right, you have got to EAT!  Add a boat and water to the recipe and that just brings out the fun. That is if you give a little thought to the process and plan it right! Here’s what you need to keep in mind. Continue reading

Put an End to the Mooring Whip Circus! - SlideMoor Blog

Put an End to the Mooring Whip Circus!

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SlideMoor is a simple yet ef­fective system that secures your boat tightly to a sliding bumper on one side only. SlideMoor has provided thousands of customers with satisfaction and peace of mind for 15 years!
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Many people have wondered how we measure up to the popular mooring whips. We simply demonstrate to them the many limitations of whips and the ways in which SlideMoor resolves those limitations. Continue reading

Gear up on hurricane essentials during the 9 day Florida sales tax holiday! - SlideMoor Blog

Gear Up on Hurricane Essentials During the 9 Day Florida Sales Tax holiday!

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SlideMoor is a simple yet ef­fective system that secures your boat tightly to a sliding bumper on one side only. SlideMoor has provided thousands of customers with satisfaction and peace of mind for 15 years!
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The Florida Department of Revenue is having a brief 9 day tax free holiday on hurricane supplies for Florida residents only! Hurricane essentials such as batteries, flashlights, and generators can now be purchased without the states hefty 6% sales tax! Continue reading

3 Ways to Maintain Boat Safety During a Storm - SlideMoor Blog

3 Ways to Maintain Boat Safety During a Storm

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

A tropical storm is brewing in the West Atlantic and it’s headed straight for Florida. What are your options? First you better have a hurricane plan in place long before any storm shows itself on the maps. Small boats should be hauled out and taken to a place of refuge. Preferably someplace high and dry! What if you can’t haul it out or don’t have any place to take the boat if you could? You have three options. Continue reading

The Joys of Docking a Boat

The Joys of Docking a Boat

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

Docking any boat can be at the best of times, problematical. If there is no one on the dock to catch your lines, you are left to your own devices, and your wife’s athletic ability. (Hopefully you will have a crewman on board that recently worked at the Cirque du Soleil, and is an accomplished aerialist.) Continue reading

5 Tips for Preparing Your Boat for Bad Weather | SlideMoor Blog

5 Tips for Preparing Your Boat for Bad Weather

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
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Last week saw some of the most violent storms ever recorded in the Deep South. Some areas in Alabama and Florida actually received over 21 inches of rain in 24 hours! Boats that were tied off to their docks in some cases fared better than those stored on boatlifts. The rain came so fast and hard that deck drains couldn’t keep up. The result? Continue reading

What to Do When Asked to Tow a Boat - SlideMoor Blog

What to Do When Asked to Tow a Boat

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
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At some point we will all be asked to tow a broken down boat back to its mooring. Never, and I mean never accept a line from the vessel you are asked to tow. When you accept a line from another boat you are accepting responsibility for that boat. Heave them your line and get them to accept it. They are now the ones accepting responsibility. Continue reading

A Trick to Bottom Painting Your Boat

A Trick to Bottom Painting Your Boat

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

We all know that the modern formulations in boat bottom paint are great for the environment, but not so great at keeping marine growth off the boats hull. It seems that these little creatures will find a nesting spot wherever the brush misses its mark or the application is too thin. Continue reading

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Tips on Sailboat Electrical Maintenance

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
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Sailboats have an especially high incidence of electrical terminal corrosion at the mast step. Some professionals advocate making up all wire-to-wire connections in a waterproof plastic box. I personally disagree, as there is really no such thing as a totally waterproof enclosure. They all leak at some point and the internal splices or terminal connections do end up corroding.  Continue reading

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The Evolution of Boat Docking

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
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Strange as it may seem, I’m going to actually write about SlideMoor this week! I am quite serious when I say that boat docking hasn’t changed since the first reed boat was floated on some long forgotten river in a distant past. Every aspect of marine technology has sort of kept pace with the times, with the exception of how people dock boats. Continue reading

Beware of the Goliath Grouper

Beware of the Goliath Grouper

Austin Perlmutter

Austin Perlmutter

I am a medical student with a lifelong passion for the the outdoors. Since childhood, I've spent as much time as possible on the Gulf of Mexico. My college research centered on marine biology, and my specific interests include spearfishing, fishing, and the study of marine ecosystems.
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You’re fishing off the coast of Florida, anchored up over a reef, when all the sudden you get the bite you’ve been waiting for. You know you’ve finally hooked the dinner fish, and start reeling it up towards the boat, when all the sudden a freight train snatches your line, and you hold on for dear life as the rod threatens to snap in half. The first time, you might think “sharks,” but soon you’ll know better. Continue reading

Additional Treatment for Defogging Your Mask

Additional Treatment for Defogging Your Mask

John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Executive Partner at SlideMoor
I am an avid boater, spearfisherman, and pilot. I have always had a strong love for the water and all of the beauty and mysteries the ocean contains.
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It’s a good practice to defog your dive mask before each dive to ensure optimal diving and visibility. Here are a couple of methods to further prevent fogging after pre-treating your mask. Please remember that each of these applications should be done on a dry mask. Continue reading

Tips on Winterizing a Boats Fresh Water System

A Trick to Winterizing Your Boats Fresh Water System

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

We don’t have to do this in Florida fortunately, but nonetheless here’s a little tip. Don’t use antifreeze in the fresh water system no matter what anyone tells you. It’s propylene glycol and it’s not safe for consumption by man nor beast. No matter how many times you flush the tank. Continue reading

Going Fast on a Boat Towable Tube

Going Fast on a Boat Tube

James Murphy

James Murphy

Partner/Head of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I've lived on the water for most of my life. I have an affinity for all things revolving around the ocean. Recently, my aim has been set on the thrills of spearfishing!
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Boat tubing is about having fun. If your definition of fun on a tube is to go really fast and try to stay on, then this should be helpful. Continue reading

The Best Way to Bottom Paint Your Boat

The Best Way to Bottom Paint a Boat!

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

I can’t think of a filthier job than prepping the hull of a boat for bottom paint. It’s a dirty, smelly job that can make you sick if you’re not careful. For starters you should use a full-face respirator and not just the 3M facemasks. Gel coat dust gets into everything and those cheapie masks won’t protect your lungs properly. Continue reading

Boating Tube Review

Best Boat Tubes

James Murphy

James Murphy

Partner/Head of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I've lived on the water for most of my life. I have an affinity for all things revolving around the ocean. Recently, my aim has been set on the thrills of spearfishing!
James Murphy

This is a review of the best recreational boating tubes.  Boat tubes are what you throw out the back of the boat and whip people around on.  It’s loads of fun. Continue reading

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Innovation in the Boating Industry

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

Last weeks post was a little grim so back to the main topic. Boats, or as we say in the trade “Break Out Another Thousand.” Boating has grown exponentially over the last 40 years. What was a sport for the rich is now accessible to a much wider population. The technology has gone literally into outer space. We’ve come far in how we navigate. Continue reading

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Helpful Guide to Selecting Boat Lines

Bob McCann

Bob McCann

My family owned a marina in Cape Cod and that's where I learned to love everything boating. I was a yacht captain and have made numerous trips from Maine to Texas and the Caribbean. When I decided to get a real job, I worked for Boat U.S. in a number of positions ending up as a Vice President of purchasing. I enjoy sailboats, powerboats, jet-skies, dingy's and kayaks. Any day on the water is a good day for me!
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One of the products used most often on a boat are its lines. A rope is a rope until it is on a boat, then it is referred to as a line, anchor line, dock line, or towing line. It is important to have a basic understanding of boat lines, and why different types of materials are used. Continue reading

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The Sticky Truth on Boating Glue

Bob McCann

Bob McCann

My family owned a marina in Cape Cod and that's where I learned to love everything boating. I was a yacht captain and have made numerous trips from Maine to Texas and the Caribbean. When I decided to get a real job, I worked for Boat U.S. in a number of positions ending up as a Vice President of purchasing. I enjoy sailboats, powerboats, jet-skies, dingy's and kayaks. Any day on the water is a good day for me!
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My absolute favorite glue hands down is heavy-duty epoxy. Epoxy glue is absolutely amazing. If you need something to stick together forever, epoxy is the way to go. One example, Marine Tex, has saved me many times when stuff on the boat was broken. I have used it to repair broken alternator brackets, blown mufflers, and broken water fittings. If you haven’t tried this product you must. Continue reading

How to Install the Strongest Boat Cleat

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

Someone once said, “you can’t have too many boat cleats.” Well if they didn’t say it, they probably should have. There are basically two types of boat cleats, “pop-up” and “surface mount.” The surface mount is the easier install, however, both require installing a backing block under the deck at the location of the new boat cleat. Continue reading

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Installing or Modifying Parts on Your Boat

Bob McCann

Bob McCann

My family owned a marina in Cape Cod and that's where I learned to love everything boating. I was a yacht captain and have made numerous trips from Maine to Texas and the Caribbean. When I decided to get a real job, I worked for Boat U.S. in a number of positions ending up as a Vice President of purchasing. I enjoy sailboats, powerboats, jet-skies, dingy's and kayaks. Any day on the water is a good day for me!
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I like to use 3M’s 5200 adhesive when adding a new accessory, especially at or below the waterline. Be warned that this can be a messy job. I like to use just enough of the sealant so that when the screws are snug the sealant squeezes out evenly around the whole part I am attaching. Continue reading

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The Best Way to Utilize Sandpaper

Bob McCann

Bob McCann

My family owned a marina in Cape Cod and that's where I learned to love everything boating. I was a yacht captain and have made numerous trips from Maine to Texas and the Caribbean. When I decided to get a real job, I worked for Boat U.S. in a number of positions ending up as a Vice President of purchasing. I enjoy sailboats, powerboats, jet-skies, dingy's and kayaks. Any day on the water is a good day for me!
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For those of you who are new to boat maintenance here is a tip on how to make life a little easier. If you find yourself doing a job that requires sanding take a full sheet of sandpaper and cut it in half. Fold the half of a full sheet in half along both the long dimension Continue reading

Boat Cleat

The Ultimate Guide for Exceptional Varnishing Results!

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

With the proliferation of different finishes on the market, it seems that varnish has lost some of its luster – no pun intended. For those traditionalists, there is nothing prettier than a properly varnished surface. And not the rubbed effect either. I’m talking the type of finish that you can shave in and looks like you could put your hand in it. Getting this level of finish is not for Continue reading

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All-Weather Docking Solution

Jesse Pariseau

Jesse Pariseau

Director of Marketing & Sales at SlideMoor
I have been in the marine business since 1974. I have a BSEE from Northeastern University, specializing in Marine Sciences Instrumentation. I've been an active offshore sailor for most of my adult life having sailed a couple of Whitbread legs and way too many Bermuda races to mention!
Jesse Pariseau

I’m sitting at the yacht club bar one afternoon having an adult beverage with two friends waiting out a storm when all of a sudden the wind starts to blow harder and harder. My two friends jump up, and rush down the dock to adjust their lines, while I sit fat, dumb, and happy. The bartender comes over and asks Continue reading