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Sail Into The Wind To An Upwind Destination

Sail a heading that is close to upwind in the direction of your destination with good speed, a close reach. Close-hauled will be the main and foresail pulled tight along the boat centerline and will allow the boat to sail closest to directly upwind, but speed will be smaller. On most sailboats this will be […]

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Plan Your Route In Advance For Longer Trips

You can find most charts online and it will help if you have a working knowledge of the body of water before hand. If you’re considering a “bareboat” charter, especially in saltwater, where you are the captain, you must meet basic standards the companies set for experience and competence on the size and type of boat […]

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The Different Kinds Of Sailboats

In general, if you are a beginning sailor you will most likely not be operating your own schooner. You will probably be working with a catboat, cutter, or sloop. Sloop: Sloops are the most common type of sailboat (when you think of a sailboat this is probably the one you picture in your mind.) It […]

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Gain A Basic Knowledge

Know the different parts of a sailboat. It is important to know the different parts both for safety reasons and to be able to sail your boat as efficiently as possible. If you don’t know what to do when someone suddenly yells, “prepare to tack” or “watch the boom!” you may be in trouble. Block: […]

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How To Pick A Boat

Look at the cost. This is the first thing to consider about a boat. Typically, people buy their s replacement value is $50,000 you can generally expect to pay between $5,000 and $7,500 per year in maintenance and slip fees. The range is given because if you trailer your boat, you will likely spend around […]

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Review Boat Safety Procedures

Especially if you have children on board. You should always have an emergency float plan. A boat livery is a boathouse or dock on a lake or other body of water, where boats are let out for hire (rental), usually on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Boats may bepowered or sail craft or human powered […]

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What Kind Of Boat You Want To Rent

Boat rentals come in a variety of forms, from hourly and daily rentals to weeks-long charters. Rental operations may not offer a wide range of boat models, but they can provide a range of boat types for you to try. Rental fleets tend toward basic models, nevertheless, they can give you and your family a […]

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Determine The Wind Direction

If your boat doesn’t have some kind of wind direction indicator (windex) at the top of the mast, tie a couple nine-inch pieces of old cassette tape, VHS tape, or oiled yarn to the shrouds—the rigging cables that hold up the mast. These will show you from which direction the wind is blowing. Some sailors […]

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Hire A Captain Or Captain The Boat Yourself

Most boats are relatively simple to operate, although state regulations regarding powerboat operator licensing and certification may apply. A dock attendant will provide brief boating instructions to you before you set out. Consult your state Department of Natural Resources for listings of rental operations. If you are not comfortable driving the boat yourself, most rental […]

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Our Operators And Crew Are Responsible

Safety is our number one priority. We want our Operators and crew to be responsible for their actions and respectful of our fellow boaters, anglers, kayakers, rowers, marinas, etc. Earning the Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education certification is a good way to learn the rules of the river and the basics of boating. We recommend that everyone take […]

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