It’s pitch black. My hands, the saloon, the cockpit — everything reeks of diesel. The wind is howling outside, and we are being thrown around as Aretha, our 53-foot sailboat, slides off one wave into the next, whitewater crashing over the lifelines, filling the cockpit.
Fluid may be the best single-word description of the Couach 1500.
When we mix exhaust gases with an engine’s discharge water, we cool the water enough to use rubber and plastics in the exhaust system.
Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute captains.com
In 2009, Harvard Medical School professor Atul Gawande published The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right.
In the online postings, the dust jackets on the books are torn and faded, not from lack of care but from love of use
In days of yore, navigators expended great energy and effort attempting to establish their position. When they finally did, it was often with great doubt.
At the engine instrument panel, there are usually alarms for low oil pressure and high coolant temperature, often with monitoring gauges. Although there are new technologies, most gauge transmitters (typically called senders) work on an electrical principle of varying resistance.
As boaters, we can stay out of harm’s way by gaining a better understanding of commercial ships.
At a meeting with 250 boaters last year, I asked for a show of hands: “How many of you have registered your DSC radio and have an MMSI number?
You don’t have to be able to deadlift 400 pounds, but you do need to be able to keep your cool under pressure if you want to become a Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, writes Mario Vittone in this week’s Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
In the database of National Historic Landmarks there are all kinds of boats from throughout U.S. history, including enough fireboats that even a cursory search requires the fingers on both hands to count them. Some of the designated fireboats date back as far as the early 1900s.