A Case for Mandatory Boater Education

A Case for Mandatory Boater Education

Recreational boating is one of the most popular and growing family leisure time activities in this country. It can also be one of the most dangerous family activities. In New York State all it takes is the desire and the expendable income to become a boater. A lot of...
Swept 80 Miles Out to Sea in a Kayak

Swept 80 Miles Out to Sea in a Kayak

On July 29th, 2002 John Stockton, went out for a short row in his new kayak. Some twenty-four hours later, after a Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter, C-130 jet and a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft went searching for him, he was plucked out of the water. During this time period,...
Play it safe: Life Jackets are Vital

Play it safe: Life Jackets are Vital

If there?s a callus on my tongue from going ?tsk, tsk, tsk,? it got there from reading newspaper articles and law-enforcement reports about people drowning while just trying to have a little fun. I picture people in boats or on a beach, their laughs turning to screams...
Anchor Right to Stay Put

Anchor Right to Stay Put

In the years I’ve been sailing, I’ve witnessed countless anchoring antics: There was the Caribbean bare-boater who heaved a spaghetti jumble of hook, line and chain over the bow, then jumped into the dinghy and disappeared ashore while the yacht drifted...