Big boats, little boats, beamy boats, tall boats, fast boats, slow boats: If it floats, there’s a good chance you can get a look at it during the Miami International Boat Show.
The Mayflower II, a 1957 reproduction of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago, is undergoing a complete refit at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Among the upgrades she is receiving are all-new stays for her three masts. This video from the museum shows how a rigger fabricates a mouse — an elaborate work of marlinspike seamanship — for each stay.
In the golden age of sail, a ship’s sails were attached to the masts with wooden hoops. Today only a few artisans have the tools and know-how to craft sailing tackle for traditionally rigged ships and other vessels. Ralph Johnson is one of them.
Plenty of people might call friends Stephen Denette and Alix Kreder crazy. The two are building a 38-foot Atkins ketch in their backyard — from the keel up, using trees they felled and milled themselves.
Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute captains.com
Many of us don’t cruise in large trawlers with stabilizers, vast stowage lockers and workshops, yet we do cruise with provisions, spare parts, gear, tools and consumables.
A Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook heavy-weather crew rescued four stranded men from an “unseaworthy” 22-foot boat in Raritan Bay, New Jersey, late last year.
Yachtsmen typically know Maine from the water, as Camden, Brooklin and Jonesport beckon with gunkholing adventures.
Are you strong enough to survive 13 hours in the water? That's exactly what the writer did when he chaperoned an ocean survival course.
If you’ve ever had a day on the water held up by a bridge with a complicated opening schedule, you know how frustrating that sort of holdup can be. Florida boaters could soon experience additional closures at two railroad bridges across the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee rivers if a high-speed rail company gets its way.
“This is a center truly worthy of the Ocean State,” said Rhode Island’s governor, Gina Raimondo. “The state-of-the-art, sustainable design will allow Sail Newport to bring the magical experience of being out on the water to more Rhode Islanders.
A popular target among anglers, the swordfish is a solitary billfish that can be found as deep as 1,800 feet below the surface. Equipped with huge, softball-size eyes that allow it to see in the darkness of the abyss, swordfish use their broad, sword-like bills to slash and stun prey. This NOAA video shows a swordfish at 1,739 feet doing just that.
It’s odorless, colorless and lurks aboard every boat with an engine — carbon monoxide, the silent killer. Read Mario Vittone’s latest Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog to find out how a little knowledge, preventative maintenance and $99 can save your life.
Exploding lava, missing and unlighted buoys, channel shoaling and daymark destruction are just a few things you can find in a Coast Guard Local Notice To Mariners (LNM). Mario Vittone explains why you should check the LNM for your area every week in his latest Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog.
“In my dreams, I am standing a 2 a.m. wheel watch, running down some long, lonely reach of flat water, snow-capped mountains glistening in the moonlight on either side … [cruising] endlessly through the black Alaskan night,” says watercolorist Cooper Hart.
Anyone who has cruised offshore knows the sea can play tricks on the mind.