Category Archives: Boating

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Holiday Tidings

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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Happy December! Holiday activities and the end of the year are suddenly upon us. Are you, like me, surprised? Feeling behind or overwhelmed? Feeling energized and excited? Continue reading

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Shallow Water Boating

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SlideMoor

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While the sound of a hearty “crunch” may be a wonderful thing when you’re enjoying your morning breakfast cereal, a hearty “crunch” from underneath your boat is a bad thing–a very bad thing indeed. The damage from running aground in shallow water can not only ruin your boat outing, it can also put a significant dent in your wallet. Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

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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Have you ever struggled to come up with a suitable name? For a child? A pet? A business? Or, a boat? Continue reading

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Hurricane Prep Important, but Beware the Nor’easter!

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
M.J. Moye

How about all of those testimonials sent in attesting to the way SlideMoor’s docking system let boats safely ride out the ravages of Hurricane Irma? And I do mean “ride out,” as SlideMoor successfully helped many of the southwest Florida region’s boats smoothly go up and down with the massive storm surge. Little doubt that the 12 or so written comments represent just a small fraction of area boat owners who experienced limited boat damage due to the SlideMoor system.  Continue reading

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Do You Live Dangerously?

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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I suspect that some of the more sporting and adventurous among us would say yes, and perhaps flash back to long or solo voyages, or thrill-seeking activities on the water such as running difficult rapids. Some of the gentler souls among us might answer no, reflecting on a love of fishing, kayaking, or more quiet recreation. Most likely, many of us could answer that question either way. Perhaps we all take, or have taken, risks at various times in our lives. Continue reading

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Hurricane Protection: Secure Your Trailerable Boat

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SlideMoor

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Every year during hurricane season, generally the beginning of June until the end of November, anxious boat owners fret over what they should do if and when they receive the news that a storm is headed for their slice of heaven. Continue reading

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SlideMoor Weathers Hurricane Irma, and Then Ponders its Name

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
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It’s been a busy season! Just consider Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria…. Continue reading

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Have You Planned For Unwelcome Visitors…Such As Hurricanes?

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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Summer and the month of September are now in our wake. I hope that you were able to make the most of them, get out on the water, and that your days were full of more joy than stress. Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Kayak for You

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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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There is no one kayak that is going to fit all of your needs all of the time. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to do the math and decide what you’re going to use the boat for, and what you want to accomplish while in it. Continue reading

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Summer Sunsets

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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I’m writing this on September 11th, windows open to perfect weather here in Seattle. Those who love warmth (such as me!) and those who don’t (what can I say about them?), might agree that it doesn’t get much better than today’s sunshine, 70 to 75 degree temperatures, light breeze and clear blue skies. Continue reading

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Hurricane Preparedness

Ashley Hepperlen

Ashley Hepperlen

Executive Administrator at SlideMoor
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With Hurricane Irma getting ready to hit the U.S. your friends at SlideMoor suggest now is a good time to make sure you have some hurricane supplies. Continue reading

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Rebuilding the Wharf—Old School Style!

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
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Prior to 2010 I pretty much left the maintenance of our wharf to other people. Herb Rafuse had long been our go-to person to repair storm and age-related damage, and had probably rebuilt the entire wharf three or four times during the 50 or so years it had been in our family. He also took care of the annual Fall/Spring haul out/hook up of our two floating docks. Continue reading

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Staying Chill This Summer?

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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Summer weather here in Seattle offers almost endless possibilities – variations on boating, of course – as well as many other outdoor activities. More people are out and about on the water and on the beaches: tourists and other visitors, little kids and older students on break from school, and many locals who “stay-cation.” It’s a busy, interesting and vibrant scene. I enjoy the plethora of sights, sounds, experiences, and insights. Continue reading

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Choosing the Best Anchor for You

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There are almost as many anchors out there as there are differing situations for which they’re best suited. There are hundreds of opinions and thousands of words written about the subject. For the sake of brevity we’ll just cover the basics and not make your head spin right off the bat! Continue reading

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Dodging Icebergs

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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Has your summer been fun and exciting so far? Are you having wonderful boating adventures? Continue reading

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Find the Echinoderm Asteroidea Around Your Dock

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
M.J. Moye

I was on my dock last week checking out the pilings and trying to figure out how many more winters I might get out of it before the need for another major renovation job, when I noticed a sea critter that surprised me by its presence because I hadn’t seen one around my dock in several years. In fact, I mentioned the absence of this creature in a Sept. 9, 2015 SlideMoor blogPause and Consider the Micro-World that Thrives Around Your Dock. Continue reading

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Sail! Sail! Sale?

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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What does the scene above bring to mind for you? What do you notice or sense? Continue reading

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Can’t Miss with Fresh Fish!

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SlideMoor

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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You’ve put so much thought and effort into launching your boat, and casting your line. Now that you’ve caught a stringer full of fish, what are you going to do with this wonderful stuff? Continue reading

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Rewrite!

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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I hope you’ve had a wonderful month! Continue reading

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We Are Never Masters Over the Seas Upon Which We Transit

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
M.J. Moye

Whenever I set out for a sail on my sailboat, I tend to cast a glance back over my shoulder towards my dock as I’m heading out of the harbor. I’m not exactly sure why it’s part of my departure routine, but do know that when departing on an extended voyage the usual glance is replaced by a long, lingering look. I suppose this could be in relation to a subconscious understanding that perhaps my boat and I may not return; acknowledgement that while modern boating is relatively safe compared to seafaring 120 years ago, there is still an element of risk. Statistically the risks are minuscule, but storms can wreak havoc, boats can run aground, sailors do drown, and a 32-foot sailboat is never master over the seas upon which it transits. This lack of mastery is why a good captain will always be on guard, or keep a good watch, while at sea…. Continue reading

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Springtime!

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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This photo, taken a couple of years ago, might just as easily have been captured this week – that is, if I took advantage of a “sunbreak.” Blue skies and nicer weather seem about to prevail, yet are sporadic and short-lived at the moment. Feisty, tumultuous clouds still take parting shots and pelt us with rain, wind, or hail as they defiantly give way. Our tulips and other spring flowers are tattered, but standing. Continue reading

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How to Be a Safe Chef in a Little Galley

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Cooking on board can be quite a challenge. Even when you’re anchored at a marina, you can never expect a nice, smooth experience. An impolite, or inexperienced mariner, might decide it’s a great time to zoom by your boat just as you’re working with a pot of boiling water. Continue reading

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Destinations

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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My experience has been that travel – especially, to places far different than home — broadens my perspective. One might assume that would be the case for everyone; then again, travel itself has taught me that things are not always what they seem. Ironically, some perceived universal truths aren’t necessarily universal. We each have different ways of viewing, interpreting and reacting to things that happen based on our experiences and our understanding of what we’ve learned. Continue reading

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While Preferring the Wild, There is Joy in Urban Sailing

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
M.J. Moye

I love offshore sailing and adore exploring remote wilderness coastlines up close by sailboat, but every now and then I get a kick out of urban sailing. That is, exploring the architecture developments, maritime activity, and man-made shoreline of cities. Continue reading

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Late Winter Musings…on People, Passions, Pirates, and Podcasts

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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I’m fascinated and inspired, and sometimes a bit jealous, of those who can get away for long adventures or take epic voyages. Their stories, photos, and insights sometimes prompt additions to my own bucket list. Continue reading

Don’t Let the Choices Make You Dinghy

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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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When it comes to sailing and cruising, most boaters put in a lot of time and effort finding just the right vessel that will fit the needs of their family and friends. The dreaming, planning and anticipation of finding the perfect boat is arguably the most exciting part of the process. However, when it comes to finding the perfect dinghy, well………….that tends to fall under the “stuff you have to have” category. It’s very important, very practical and fairly boring. Continue reading

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Looking Ahead

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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Have boating-related activities started to come aboard your 2017 calendar? Continue reading

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Always In Search of Waterways and a Boat With Which to Ply Them

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
M.J. Moye

Whenever I travel to an unfamiliar area I always try to get out on the water. It’s not enough to just feel a sea breeze on my face while taking a walk along a city’s waterfront or by strolling barefoot on a beach. I need to experience the feel of water passing under a boat’s hull. I need to experience the area from the perspective of a sailor, and take regard of the shoreline from the sea instead of regarding the sea from the shoreline. I want to get a feel for the lay of the waterways, a sense of what it might be like to ply these unexplored waters on a regular basis. There’s also my sense that there is more likely “adventure” to be found on the water then there is on land.   Continue reading

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Uncharted Territory

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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Happy New Year! Is it just me, or does it seems like this year has gotten underway very quickly? Continue reading

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Underwater Views Without Getting Wet

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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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If you live in North America this time of year, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re, at least, slightly chilly. For those of us who live closer to Canada than Mexico, it’s darn chilly. Bleak, cold, short days in the winter can leave you hankering for some warm weather fun.  Continue reading

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Fleeting Thoughts

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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Out on the water, at any one point in time, you’ll see a few boats that appear to be stationary or drifting. Perhaps, they are fishing? Perhaps, they are taking a break? Perhaps they’ve dropped anchor or have paused for some other reason. Continue reading

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With the Boat on the Hard and Winter Coming, It’s Time to Hit the Books

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
M.J. Moye

My boat lies on the hard, enshrouded in canvas and all but indistinguishable from the hundreds of other lonely boats hibernating in the yard. Her truckload worth of gear is piled in disarray in the garage, awaiting some sort of organizational storage skill to put things in order and make the space usable again. Her books and finer instruments are in boxes in the office, while her charts lie on my office couch. Little doubt that I’ll sit beside them sometime in the coming weeks and peruse voyages both past and future. Continue reading

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Politics, anyone?

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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No? If this timely topic seems out of place here, I assure you that the SlideMoor Blog has not been hacked by any of the political parties! I just thought we might delve in to what just might be The Bermuda Triangle of topics – something strangely fascinating to contemplate, yet it could be very nerve-wracking to actually go there. Continue reading

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Don’t Transport Hitchhikers

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It’s everyone’s job to prevent the spread of invasive species, but the boating community has a special responsibility. These plants and animals can invade a new ecosystem in an amazingly short amount of time because the new ecosystem may offer no natural predators for the critters hitchhiking a ride on your boat. The incoming species wreaks havoc by bringing in disease, by consuming native species, and creating competition for resources. Continue reading

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October Winds!

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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Shortly after my September blog post, I wrote down a few thoughts and ideas for this October one. Since then, some things have changed. Continue reading