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The Art and Artistry of Docking

M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye

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

Docking a boat is an art, and a person who easily and smoothly brings a boat up to the dock or into a slip is generally a good boater overall. But docking should not serve as a litmus test to discern someone’s boat handling abilities, nor should boating skills serve as an indicator of one’s docking ability. In fact, there are plenty of skilled mariners whose boat hulls sport the dings, chafes and marks that serve evidence that docking skills may be less than stellar. And there are also plenty of skilled boaters who consistently depart and arrive at their own dock with ease, but who can utterly bollox things up when confronted with someone else’s dock.   Continue reading

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Karen Berge

Karen Berge

I enjoy living in Seattle, where boating opportunities abound. My goal is to take advantage of them all!
Karen Berge

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I attended my high school reunion in Seattle this past weekend, an interesting experience for many reasons! I enjoyed the reminiscences, laughter, and conversations about families, careers, and news about fellow students. And, of course, I also managed to have a conversation about boats. Continue reading

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SlideMoor at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show

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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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Please come see us at the Miami International Boat Show, February 12-16, 2015, in the Outdoor Accessory Tent, Booth 4255, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. We will be happy to answer any questions you have on SlideMoor, voted docking product of the decade by Sail Magazine!

Place your order at the Miami International Boat Show and receive free shipping (up to $200) and a $100 paid Visa card to spend as you like. Also available is an upgrade from nylon to stainless cleats. Not to mention we are giving away sunglasses, ChapStick, koozies and more!

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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.
John D'Orazio

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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

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SlideMoor is More Than Just a Docking System

Most folks think about SlideMoor as a very simple and effective way to secure a boat against a dock while autonomously compensating for tide and seaway conditions.  And it certainly does all of that very well.  But did you know that the SlideMoor system is considerably more versatile? Continue reading

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Spanish SlideMoor Boat Docking Opportunities

SlideMoor

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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Last week our team attended the Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boating Market 2014 webinar put on by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The webinar put the emerging Spanish boating market on the map for boating industry companies who are interested in further developing their businesses. This got us thinking about our Spanish users here in the U.S. and how we can better service them. We decided to have our webpages professionally optimized into Spanish so that our Spanish friends can learn about the wonderful SlideMoor systems! Continue reading

7 Popular Nautical Terms Explained | SlideMoor Blog

7 Popular Nautical Terms Explained

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

Wharf Rat: (Iidem decanus et murem) – Mammalian life form usually with 4 legs, pointed snout, beady eyes, and a long tail. However, two-legged varieties have been reported in and around establishments that serve alcoholic beverages near waterfront piers, wharves, and docks. The breeding habits of the two-legged variety are suspect at best. They most often can be observed after midnight or at closing time searching for a mate. Continue reading

The Sailboat Infestation Continues! - SlideMoor Blog

The Sailboat Infestation Continues!

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 week I talked about the dreaded polyester mite. However, I forgot to include its brother – the insidious Vinylester Mite. This mite is a far worse scourge than its brother. Unfortunately there is no known cure or remedy for this infectious bug. Continue reading

The Dreaded Sailboat Infestation!

The Dreaded Sailboat Infestation!

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

This week we will discuss a strange little creature that infests boats. We all know how mold and rot are related. But did you know about other creatures that lurk in the shadows of the bilge, behind the galley stove and in the head? Yes, it’s the dreaded Polyester Mite otherwise known as Polyesteratum Miteism. This insidious creature has been known to dissolve and ingest fiberglass, leaving a fine white powder as a by-product. Continue reading

Tips on Sailboat Electrical Maintenance SlideMoor Blog

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!
Jesse Pariseau

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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A Midnight Sailing Mystery Guest

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 love sailing offshore at night under the stars. It’s quiet and very serene. Other than getting wacked by the occasional flying fish, sometimes you see things that defy the imagination. On one particular voyage, we were about 200 miles out of Bermuda. With the autopilot on, we were sitting on the starboard side having a cup of coffee enjoying the panorama that is the Milky Way. Continue reading

Sailing Trick to Calculate Set and Drift! - SlideMoor Blog

Sailing Trick to Calculate Set and Drift!

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

How many times have you set a heading to a distant turning mark only to find that the closer you get, the further off the rhumb line you are? This trick requires a chart, or full sheet of paper. Draw the rhumb line course to the mark, noting the compass heading. Continue reading

Evolution of Boating Navigation

The Evolution of Boating Navigation

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’ve been asked to get serious again so here goes. In previous epistles I’ve talked about everything from installing boat cleats to being over served after a Bermuda race. So it’s time to get back to the practical side of things, navigation. Continue reading

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A Fun Activity that Energizes Dull Sailing

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 sailors, especially racing sailors, tend to be just a bit strange if not downright nuts. After all, who in their right mind wants to sail around the ocean always cold and wet, forget about the bad food or lack thereof. In addition, the lack of suitable adult beverages for an extended duration can also lead to problems such as loss of sleep, decreased concentration, and a complete absence of a sense of humor. One solution to dealing with these issues is using something called a funnellator. Continue reading

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How to Sail the North Cut at Night

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

For those who have sailed the Northern Abacos, a side trip to Man-O-War Cay is always on the hit list. A word of caution is don’t run the north cut at night. Sailing weather in November can be spectacular. Bright blue skies, a Northwest by North wind, and big following seas makes for a heck of a ride. 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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Don’t Ignore a Green Radar Screen

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

The trip from Marblehead to the Northern Abacos can be a fun time, except when you are trying to cross the gulfstream with NW winds blowing over 30. The sea state was chaotic with a short wave period so we were getting pretty beaten up for about 2 days. I sent the crew below to dry off and get some rest. 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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Dubious Sailing Maneuvers

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 were always looking for ways to get a leg up on the competition in the many sailing races we participated in. During one brainstorming session my team produced a brilliant idea for when we would be flaking the spinnaker. Continue reading