Safe Boating: The Dos and Don’ts When Your Boat is Dockside

Recreational boating can be a great time with friends and family that provide life-long memories. One mistake due to lack of knowledge or poor judgment can change all of that. For this reason, it is very important to know the safety rules involved in boating. Become Educated The best way to ensure boater safety is to become educated by taking …

How Water Affects Sound Waves

Purchasing a marine sound system is not the same as choosing a new home or car audio system. Water and the space it creates affects the way sound travels and can even change the sound we hear. Read on to find out how water affects sound and what to consider when buying your marine stereo receiver and speakers. Space and …

DOCKSIDE AND BOAT LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for dockside lighting will vary by State and local jurisdiction and, whichever is the most stringent, is the regulation you must follow. Boat lighting requirements are under the control of the U.S. Coast Guard. Recent changes to the Inland Navigation Rules make U.S. regulations nearly identical to the International Rules. Dockside Lighting The intent of all jurisdictions is for …

Top Safety Upgrades for Your Boat

You may be a cruiser, offshore angler, or weekend wakeboarder. Whatever your boating style, there are “must have” and “want to have” electronic safety upgrades to consider. In days gone by equipment was mostly stand-alone without needing various devices to interface with each other. Today’s safety is much more about instruments with the enhanced ability to share common data streams. …

LED Lights for Boats

Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs make the ideal marine lighting systems. In the marine environment, LEDs standup to vibration much better than the alternatives. These also use much less energy, stay cool to the touch, last far longer than incandescent bulbs, and are less vulnerable to water damage. LEDs are used for much more than backlighting electronic devices (although they …

How to Choose a VHF Radio for Your Boat

A quality VHF radio could save your life if you ever find yourself in trouble out on the water. Unlike past models, newer VHF radios offer a range of additional benefits that are worth considering. VHF radio lets boaters have two-way contact with other vessels, rescue services, and anyone else using VHF radios. While they used to be a one-size-fits-all …