How To Multi-Year Renew USCG Vessel Documentation

It seems to be not very widely known, but recreational vessels can now renew their USCG certificates of documentation for a five year period.

How to get Weather Fax on Mac

Yesterday I received my first weather fax! I might be a nerd (ok, replace “might be” with “am”), but it was pretty exciting.

USCG Now Offers 5 Year Renewal for Recreational Vessels

USCG Certificates of Documentation can now be renewed for up to five years at a time.

The Best Emergency Cutters for Standing Rigging?

Since reading Rescue in the Pacific by Tony Farrington, I’ve been thinking about how to cut away steel wire rope standing rigging in an emergency situation.

Is This the Best EPIRB?

The McMurdo Smartfind G8 AIS EPIRB is designed to transmit its emergency distress signals for a minimum of 48 hours, and offers 5 ways to help Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel locate it:

How to Change Your Boat’s Name With the Coast Guard: Step by Step

When I wanted to change my boat’s name, I could not find a simple set of instructions online. The USCG instructions weren’t 100% clear either.

So here’s what I did that worked, step by step.

How To Change Fuel Filters and Bleed Yanmar 3JH2E Marine Diesel

Change Primary Filter

These instructions are appropriate for the Parker Racor 500 series primary filter system. The details may differ for your situation, but the general principles apply.

Pros and Cons of a Full Keel

When looking to purchase a sailboat, one big consideration that faces buyers is whether or not the boat should have a full keel.

And there’s no shortage of steadfast opinions available on the internet.