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Shallow Water Boating

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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?

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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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Do You Live Dangerously?

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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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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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Have You Planned For Unwelcome Visitors…Such As Hurricanes?

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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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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

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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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Rebuilding the Wharf—Old School Style!

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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?

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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

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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.
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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?

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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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Rewrite!

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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.
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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!

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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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While Preferring the Wild, There is Joy in Urban Sailing

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M.J. Moye

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

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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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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

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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.
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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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Underwater Views Without Getting Wet

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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

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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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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

The Necromancy, Artistry, Beauty and Utility of Traditional Paper Charts

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M.J. Moye

M.J. Moye is an editorial consultant and sailor who lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
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I have long been enamored of nautical charts, by far my favorite navigational tool. And sure, I enjoy the convenience of navigating by GPS chart plotter, but there is no art or romance in it. A chart plotter is all push button and cursor with any resultant specific details available in whatever scale or format you desire. In this age of computerized instant gratification, the paper chart takes a bit of work, but you get to look and touch an artistic canvas, discern subtle details by your own eyes, and use the chart as a backdrop to mentally visualize the transit from point A to B.   Continue reading

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Boating Season Wrap-Up: Memories and Takeaways From This Summer!

Karen Berge

Karen Berge

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As summer winds down, at least on our calendars, I love to reflect on the best parts. I think about what I will remember and would most like to carry with me into the future from these recent, seemingly fleeting, weeks and months. Continue reading

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Wow! It’s Not Your Father’s Pontoon Boat!

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Searching for a new boat for the family can be an arduous task. How do you please everyone? It isn’t easy. Do you need a speedboat for skiing? Do you need something with a lot of room? What about something comfortable for those all-day adventures? Continue reading

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Scale and Perspective

Karen Berge

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The shores of West Seattle had a large, unexpected visitor earlier this month. Although this one didn’t compete in size with the visiting giant in our waters in late February, its impact in our community does have the potential to be bigger and hopefully more long-lasting. Continue reading

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Fathoming The Mysteries Of “Ghost” Docks And Finding A Bit Of Hollywood

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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Perhaps the oddest dock I have ever encountered was located just outside of Greenville, North Carolina in a small pond deep in the woods near my step-grandmother’s farm. And when I say “small” I’m talking quarter acre at most. So small that you could traverse its length in a canoe with a couple of strokes of the paddle. So small that the dock, which only extended about seven feet over the water, seemed like it ended right in the middle of the pond. And ended to what purpose would be the question, as the pond was too small for boating and one could easily fish every part of it by casting from any one spot on the shore—that is, if that dock hadn’t been in the way. Continue reading

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Fishing Lessons

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My father fished commercially as those of you who read this blog regularly may recall. As well, he fished for pleasure starting at a young age. He didn’t have to go very far to find water, as he grew up on a hillside farm in Norway. It was positioned between high mountain lakes above, and Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord, below. The family farm also had a hidden “fishing hole” that was fed by a mountain creek. My father told of learning to swim in the fishing hole: as a very small child, his older brothers tossed him in and left him to figure it out. Fortunately, he did. Continue reading

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Boat Rental Bonanza

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Summer is here and the urge to be out on the water in a boat is overwhelming. But what if you don’t have a boat? You don’t even have a friend or a relative with a boat. In the past, your only options were to save up and buy your own boat, rent a boat from a pricey marina, or just sit and cry. Now there’s a new option: rent a boat from the boat’s owner.

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Buoyancy!

Karen Berge

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Happy summer! Hope you’ve had some great times on the water this past month. Continue reading

Memorable Times

Memorable Times

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The Memorial Day holiday weekend unofficially marks the beginning of summer boating for many of us. Did you get out on the water? Continue reading

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On Adventure, Innovation, and Spring Cleaning…

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Fresh spring weather is here and with it some exciting boating-related news and activities – ahead of Opening Day. Several seemingly unrelated stories caught my interest and imagination in recent weeks. Continue reading

How to Play in the Water Chicago Style

How to Play in the Water Chicago Style

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When you think of fun in the sun and boating, Lake Michigan probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But when you have a city of over 2,700,000 people next to a lake that has 22,394 square miles and the sun starts shining, fun things are bound to happen. Continue reading