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  • Circumnavigating the Globe

    Slocum-2On this day in 1898, Joshua Slocum sailed into Newport, Rhode Island, completing the first single-handed circumnavigation of the world. Slocum's return went almost unnoticed, the Spanish-American War having just begun two months before, dominated the headlines. The voyage, a distance of more than 46,000 miles aboard a 36 foot oyster boat he rebuilt named
    Spray, was later detailed in the book, "Sailing Alone Around the World". In later life, Slocum lectured and sold books wherever he could, but

    by 1909 his funds were running low and he set sail for the West Indies with hopes for another book deal. He was never heard from again and is suspected to have capsized. Despite being an experienced sailor, he had never learned to swim, considering it a useless skill.

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    A Captain Joshua SlocumTimeline:

    • Born February 20, 1844, in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, by the Bay of Fundy.
    • Ran away at age of 14 to be a cook on a fishing schooner, but returned home.
    • Left home for good at 16 (1860) when his mother died, shipped as ordinary seaman on deep-water sailing ships, merchant vessels to Europe and the U.S.
    • Obtained his first command on the California coast in 1869, and sailed for 13 years out of San Francisco to China, Australia, the Spice Islands, and Japan.
    • Married an American girl, Virginia Albertina Walker, on January 31, 1871, at Sydney, Australia.
    • Built a steamer for a British architect in Subic Bay, P.I., in 1874.
    • Bought shares in and commanded the three-skysailyard ship Northern Light in 1882, considered at the time by many to be the finest American ship afloat.
    • Sold the Northern Light and bought the bark Aquidneck in 1884. In the same year, his wife Virginia died (July 25) and was buried in Buenos Aires.
    • Married Henrietta M. Elliott ("Hettie") in 1886.Slocum-3
    • Made several voyages on the Aquidneck before she was lost in 1887 on a sand bank off the coast of Brazil.
    • The Libergade, a 35-foot sailing canoe, built after the stranding; Slocum sails with Hettie and his oldest and youngest sons to Washington, D.C., 5000 miles away.
    • Voyage of the Liberdade published in 1890 at Slocum's expense.
    • In 1892, a friend, Captain Eben Pierce, offers Slocum a ship that "wants some repairs" Slocum goes to Fairhaven, MA to find that the "ship" is a rotting old oyster sloop propped up in a field. It is the Spray.
    • Slocum prints Voyage of the Destroyer from New York to Brazil in 1893, again at his own expense.
    • Slocum departs from Boston Harbor, MA on his famous circumnavigation on April 24, 1895, at the age of 51, in the rebuilt 37-foot sloop Spray. Click for Map of his JourneySlocum
    • Slocum returns, sailing into Newport, RI, on June 27, 1898 in his tiny sloop Spray and after single-handedly sailing around the world , a passage of 46,000 miles. This historic achievement made him the patron saint of small-boat voyagers, navigators and adventurers all over the world.
    • Sailing Alone Around The World published in book form in 1900 by The Century Company. It describes his experiences on this adventurous voyage and became an instant best seller. It has been translated into many languages, and is still in print today.
    • Slocum buys first home on land in 1902, a farm on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
    • Slocum sails each winter to the tropics, 1905 - 1906, returning to New England in the summer.
    • On November 14th of 1909, at the age of 65, he set out on another lone voyage to South America leaving from Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, but was never heard from again.

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  • Recreational boaters and commercial fishermen can both benefit from Marine First Aid

    Marine and Boating First Aid classes are important for recreational fishing, boaters, water sports enthusiasts and commercial fishermen.

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    Many local ports sponsor such classes - an example is the upcoming Washington Sea Grant and the Port of Seattle's Fishermen’s Terminal event - this is a Coast Guard-approved First Aid at Sea class for boaters and fishermen. Topics covered will include preparing first aid kits, patient assessment, hypothermia, near-drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, immobilization, CPR, and more. see more

    Find a class in your area before heading to sea!

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  • Boating with Children - Safety on the waves

    During Water Safety Month, learn these easy tips to make the subject of learning to boat safely interesting and simple.
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     For new boaters, new challenges mean new skills that everyone on the boat must learn. Make it easy on your kids and yourself with a little finesse and these handy online resources.

    No matter how you slice it, trying to teach your kids about boating navigation rules or proper life jacket use has the potential to become a protest session. But young boaters still need to know the basics, so here’s a little help, with easy tips to make the subject interesting and simple to learn — even when parents are doing the teaching.

    1. Set The Example. Kids learn best by following the leader, so be a good leader. You’ll never convince them to wear a life jacket if they feel it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do. So, wear your own. When the kids see you put it on out of habit, they’ll do it too — just like you do with your seat belt in the car. Click your life jacket buckle and ask them to make it click too.

    And really, life jackets aren’t so bad to wear anymore. When I was a kid, there would be six of those cheapie orange horse-collar style vests on the boat. They never fit right, and when you went in the water, they rode up around your neck, which prevented you from drowning but made you feel like you were being strangled in the process. Today, life jackets are made to fit the human body and allow easy movement, plus many of those made for kids sport fun designs or popular cartoon characters. You can even buy them at discount stores, often for as little as $15 bucks. It’s the best — and cheapest — peace of mind you’ll ever get.

    2. Enlist Older Kids as Allies. Keeping kids inside the boat is a common problem. It’s way more fun to hang your arm over the side and play with the wake splashing up alongside. And while that may be safe enough in open water, it’s risky business in the marina. You might not even notice what’s going on until someone cracks an arm on a piling — or worse, when the youngest passenger soon realizes he can’t join in the fun with his older siblings, cousins or friends without leaning over the side. The best way to manage this situation? Engage the older kids who started it.

    Clue in older kids to your concern and ask them to help keep the little ones safe. Kids generally like to be helpful, and they especially like to feel trusted by parents or other adults, so when they ask what they can do, just say, “Little Ben thinks he can do everything you can do, so if you don’t keep your arm in the boat, neither will he.”

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    3. Establish Common-Sense Safety Procedures. Many parents have an irrational fear of the prop, but what they should have is a rational fear of not keeping everyone aware of its potential for danger. Even at rest, a boat propeller can cut a foot or leg severely. Just keep away from it. Today, most boats designed for recreational skiing and swimming have a swim platform over the sterndrive and prop. This affords a margin of safety for swimmers, but everyone still needs to beware that kicking it while treading water can be painful at best. (I bumped mine on dry land in the garage one day and it took seventeen stitches to close the wound.)

    Even adults do dumb things. I once watched as a boat came into the marina with a woman sitting on the platform, dragging her legs in the water. The force of the water kept her legs high above the prop and she was enjoying a relaxing foot message. Suddenly a boat unexpectedly entered the channel from a canal and the captain had to pop the boat in reverse to avoid a collision, which pushed the woman’s legs down toward the prop. She escaped injury — and likely never even realized the danger she was in — but she was really just lucky, and so was her captain for not noticing her dangerous behavior.
    USCG-Boating-SafetyWhen swimmers are in the water, the keys should be out of the ignition. I keep my keys in a cup holder near the transom, which forces me to check for prop clearance when we head out to sea. And nobody rides on the gunwales or transom when the boat is under way.

    Your family automatically obeys the rules of safety in the car, and they should do the same in the boat, too. Even though it’s a different environment with many new pleasures and a few reasonable risks, these are easy enough to mitigate when a few clear rules are understood. For more help teaching your kids the rules, here are some helpful websites that will give your kids rainy-day activities to prepare for those sunny boating days.

    BoatSafe Kids: Features activities and games such as Life Jacket Tic Tac Toe, as well as boating trivia questions ranging from how many knots are in a mile to how the boat’s bathroom became “the head.”

    DiscoverBoating: Weaves together kids’ games with sage advice on life jacket wear, navigation and other safety topics geared toward children.

    Safe Boater Kids: This cool graphic short story is embedded with lessons about boating safety procedures and life jacket wear, and is accompanied by “Kids Don’t Float,” an info-packed boating safety lesson disguised as a coloring and activity book.

    Waypoints: Presents games, puzzles and other challenges for kids ages 10 to 12 that cover important topics such as proper safety gear, life jacket types and rules of the road.

    Boating Safety “Sidekicks”: Offers a number of colorful and dynamic games designed to teach young boaters about many aspects of boating safety in a variety of watercraft, from kayaks to PWCs to powerboats. Sooner or later, your young boaters will want to take the helm, which in most states, can start in the teen years once they pass a boater education course. Many states accept the courses offered at, and while there’s a fee for formal certification, the study material and testing is available for free. I took it — and learned from it, too.

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    The U.S. Coast Guard is asking all boat owners and operators to help reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage, and associated healthcare costs related to recreational boating accidents by taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of their passengers. Essential steps include: wearing a life jacket at all times and requiring passengers to do the same; never boating under the influence (BUI); successfully completing a boating safety course; and getting a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) annually from local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Power Squadrons(r), or your state boating agency's Vessel Examiners. The U.S. Coast Guard reminds all boaters to "Boat Responsibly!" For more tips on boating safety, visit

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  • Water Sports and Beach/Water Skiing/Boat/Marine Safety

    During the long months of winter, it's hard to imagine ever stepping foot outside, but summer will be here before you know it. If you're one many who enjoy water sports in times of warmer weather, it's time to brush up on your water sport safety.


    Something romantic about boating draws people to the water. Maybe it's the feeling of the wind whipping around your body, or watching the shore grow smaller behind you. Boating is pure bliss for some, but boating accidents can take all the fun out of the experience.

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    Here are some tips to help you and your kids stay safe on the water:

    • Get licensed and take a Boat Safety Course. According to the The State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, anyone operating a water craft powered by a motor on fresh, non-tidal waters must possess a boat license. The boat license is easy to obtain. You'll need to pay an $18 fee and pass the 6 point ID requirements. The New Jersey DMV website states that all "power vessel operators, regardless of age, must hold a boating safety certificate from a state-approved program."
    • Wear life jackets. Young children can outgrow life jackets quickly. Check your life jackets every year before going on the water, to ensure they still fit.
    • Practice good judgment. Don't mix alcohol use and boating.

    Jet Skiing

    ShoreJet skiing is an exciting activity for young and old! Many of the same hazards that apply to boaters also apply to jet skiers. Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe while you participate in this thrilling sport.

    • Get licensed and take a Boat Safety Course. Sound familiar? According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission website, anyone operating a personal water craft—and this includes jet skis—must have a boating license and must pass the New Jersey Boat Safety Course. What does your State say?
    • Wear life jackets. This is no less important for jet skiing than for boating.


    Fishing is generally seen as a safe, peaceful sport. It's a great activity to pair with a family picnic along the shore. Like any sport, fishing has some hazards that can be avoided with the right precautions. These tips, found at, will help prevent accidents.

    • Handle equipment wisely. Look behind you before you cast to avoid catching your hook on a person or plant. Don't leave hooks in places where kids and adults can step on them.
    • Learn to swim. You may not be planning to swim where you fish, but even if you're only planning to wade into the water, you should still know how to swim. If you do go swimming, do so in the presence of others.
    • Practice boat safety. If you're fishing from a boat, all the same safety rules that apply to normal boaters will also apply to you.
    • Wear life jackets. This can't be reiterated enough, so let's say it together: "Life jackets save lives".

    No matter what you're doing outdoors, whether you're boating, jet skiing or fishing, remember to wear sunscreen, and put it on the little ones as well. If you're new to a particular sport, start simple. Take a class. Go with friends or family members who have experience. And don't forget to talk to your kids about water safety before taking them out for fun in the sun.

  • Winter Boating

    Creative Commons image by Robbie 1Many people think that falling through ice is the ultimate winter danger. However, being on a boat surrounded by unnavigable ice is also potentially dangerous. Whether you are an experienced boater or it's your first time going out on an icy lake, it is important that you know how to get yourself, your boat, and your passengers out of an icy situation.

    If you will be boating at latitudes of 40 degree North or higher, it is very possible that you will encounter ice. Boating in or through ice presents some challenges. If the ice is thin, then you will probably be able to just plow right through it. However, when the ice becomes too thick (4 or more inches), you may have to try these two tactics.

    • Rise and Slide — This tactic involves approaching the edge of the ice slowly, which allows the bow of the boat to slide on to the ice. Allow the weight of the boat to break the ice. Just continue this process until your reach your desired location.Be sure not to crash the running gear against the solid ice.
    • The Wave — This strategy depends on where you are located in relation to other boats, local geography, and your experience. Make sure you take your time and use proper judgment. Once you have decided that the ice is thick, back off the edge, get the boat moving and start going in circles. The wake will travel under the ice with ease. After a few minutes the ice will break due to the stress of the wake. The ice will break and a path should open up. At the very least, the ice should be broken up to the point where the water is navigable.

    When coming to shore

    You also need to take precaution when coming into shore that has iced over. Here are two safe strategies to break ice:

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    • Tilt Your Engine Down — To keep your outboard's gear case from freezing, keep it down in the water. It seems counterintuitive, but when it is freezing outside, water is warmer.
    • Keep a Shovel Handy — Keep a shovel aboard to help break up ice. You can also use it to knock off excess snow and ice that has accumulated on your boat.

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    Boating can be tons of fun, but it can also be dangerous. Make sure you have all the proper ice fishing tools, Boating first aid and safety equipment. A great way to learn how to properly handle ice emergencies is to take a boating license course. This class is not only required in many areas, including Canada, but it will also give you the knowledge you need to handle any emergency situations.


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