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Boating January 2017

Boating is the world's foremost magazine for boating enthusiasts. Written by experts for those who love the sport, the editorial covers the waterfront -- from runabouts to sportfish convertibles to luxury showpieces, and everything in between.

United States
Bonnier Corporation
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10 Issues


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hoosier daddy

I GREW UP ON THE COAST. I CUT MY teeth boating with the tang of salt. But, over the last two decades, my post at this magazine has afforded me the opportunity to boat extensively on fresh water, from private lakes to the Great Lakes.Boating on inland waters is different from the coastal boating I grew up doing. There are no tides, for one thing, so a fixed dock provides easy boarding any time you use it, and corrosion concerns are minimized, of course. Fouling? It’s more an aesthetic concern than the briny boater’s worry of a performance-robbing ecosystem forming on underwater surfaces. Docking in a current is hardly required, except while river boating.For all those differences in boating, boaters themselves remain the same. Spring brings the anticipation of a…

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lt. justin church u.s. coast guard rescue pilot

(PHOTO: COURTESY LT. JUSTIN CHURCH)MORE ONLINE!To read the full interview, scan this tag or go to boatingmag.com/rescuepilot.What do you use for flying?We fly a French-made helicopter, the MH-65D Dolphin. The mission of our unit is search-and-rescue. Since 9/11, we’ve also been a part of Homeland Security.How does airborne rescue work?We generally fly with a crew of four: two pilots, a flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer. The flight mechanic operates the hoist: He’s strapped in but free to move; he’s giving the pilot conning commands. The swimmer, he’s on the cable, the hoist hook. He wears a harness and different rescue devices, and he hooks up to the passenger so you don’t have the risk of dropping them.Describe a big mission.One big rescue was over the summer of 2015. F/V…

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skeg guards

SkeggardTHE SMOOTH: Skeggard claims to be the original skeg guard, and it’s available for virtually every brand of outboard and sterndrive on the market today. It’s made of 316 marine-grade stainless steel and has a substantial skid plate on the bottom to better protect the skeg and propeller. It requires no welding and comes pre-drilled with two ¼-inch mounting holes and hardware for easy installation.THE ROUGH: If you like to go to a dealer to buy things instead of ordering online, Skeggard’s network is a little on the light side, compared to the others.PRICE: $89.99;skeggard.comKeelGuardMegaware Skeg GuardTHE SMOOTH: Also made of 316 stainless steel, it comes with a reinforced wear tab/skid plate on the bottom to provide better protection for the bottom of both outboard and sterndrive skegs, just like…

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marine insurance

(Answers below)1 Which of the following is a consideration when purchasing insurance for your boat?A. The boat’s ageB. The boat’s speed and horsepowerC. The number of ownersD. All of the above2 Which of the following policies takes depreciation into account?A. Agreed valueB. Actual cash valueC. Agreed cash valueD. MSRP valve3 Would a 27-foot express cruiser require a “boat” or “yacht” policy?A. Either oneB. BoatC. YachtD. Neither4 Options can be added to a policy. Which of the following is not an available option?A. Medical paymentsB. Uninsured boater’s liabilityC. Poker-run participationD. Towing and assistance5 Navigation equipment added after the boat was purchased requires specialized coverage.A. TrueB. FalseAnswers1 D. According to the Discover Boating website, there are 11 total considerations.2 B. Because it takes depreciation into account, an actual cash value policy costs…

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from boat to bar

Deep Ocean Apparel sent a pair of boardshorts my way, and after one wearing, they quickly became a go-to pair for all of my preferred water-related activities. Why? They are not straight-up surf britches, the kind that dry quickly after a boarding session or clean easily after fishing. These do that too, but they also look presentable enough to wear with a clean shirt to the reputable dining establishments closest to the marina.The boardshorts I received fit the Deep Ocean mission statement of designing clothes “that allowed us to wear the same outfit from the boat to the bar.” They are actually called the Boat to Bar Grey. They are made from quick-drying, stainresistant material in a surf style, but they also have front and back pockets to hold your…

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inadequate dock lines

(PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK)MY WIFE AND I WERE DOCKED AT A FAVORITE WATERING hole. It was a busy Sunday afternoon and the dock hands were already committed to helping other boats, so when a 30-something go-fast came rumbling in across from us without waiting for assistance or instructions, another boater and I got up to help. The lady on board passed a bow line to the other guy, at which point the driver shut down the engines. The stern was still about 5 feet off the dock. There was a slight breeze blowing him off, so by the time the driver got up and found another dock line, the stern was about 10 feet off the dock. His line looked to be 15 feet long, at best. He tried to toss one…