Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sailing Superstitions and Traditions

Sailing superstitions and traditions have developed over the ages. Some have come from experience, some come from legends, and still others come from tall tales. What was a tall tale suddenly becomes a rumor and they travel fast so many of these things came about in that manner.

There are many sailing superstitions and traditions surrounding starting out on a cruise. Did you know that Friday is never a good day to start out on a cruise because it is the day that Christ died? Did you know a trip should never begin on the first Monday in April? That is when Cain killed Abel.
The second Monday in August is never a good time to start a cruise because that is the day that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Because Judas Iscariot hung himself on December 31, it is never good luck to begin a cruise on this day.

Other sailing superstitions and traditions surround things you should avoid.
Avoid people with red hair when going to begin your cruise because they bring bad luck to a ship but if you speak to a red haired person before they speak to you this can be avoided. Flat-footed people also bring bad luck to a ship. Speak to them before they speak to you and it can be avoided.

There are good and bad consequences in sailing superstitions and traditions. A stolen piece of wood merged into the keel will make a ship go faster. A silver coin placed under the masthead ensures a successful voyage. You will experience a disaster if you step on a boat with your left foot first. On a long voyage pouring wine on the deck will bring good luck, it�s a libation to the gods. Throwing stones into the ocean is said to cause storms.

There are still more sailing superstitions and traditions. Flowers on a ship are unlucky because they can be used to make funeral wreaths. Priests on a ship are unlucky because they wear black and do funeral services. Ladies pay attention to this one - women on a ship are unlucky, yet a naked woman on a ship will calm the stormy sea. This resulted in the naked figure heads seen on ships. There are so many more of these sailing superstitions and traditions.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Getting What You Want - Catamaran Plans

You have looked at a lot of boats and have decided you want to build or have built for you a Catamaran. Catamaran plans can be found on the Internet, at boat shows, at marinas, and from other sailors. You could probably visit a shipyard and talk to ship builders. The advantage of building your own catamaran is that you can get exactly what you want.
You will want to purchase or create your own catamaran plans. Another advantage of custom building your catamaran is that is that you will have a chance to get hands on experience in boat building. You may want to build the boat yourself or pay to have it built for you.

The materials you use in building your boat from catamaran plans and the methods used in building should be part of the plan to create your dreamboat. Primary materials include plywood with fir and pine lumber (ACX - marine grade plywood Monique stressed skin plywood boxes make the shape of the boat. Plywood panels are attached to stringers with glue and screws. Bulkheads, hull bottoms, deck transms, and keels are worked with lines down the centers as you build.

The catamaran�s plans will determine the basic tools you will need to build your boat. Basic hand tools like a hammer, nails, a saw, a screwdriver, and all kinds of wrenches. A drill, circular saw, belt sander, an orbital sander and possibly a router will be needed. You will also need a second drill or powered screwdrivers. Primer, paints, and brushes will also be needed once you have completed the boat.

Other considerations when using catamaran plans are the level of experience of the builder whether it is you or someone else. How long will the building of your boat take? It can be done in weeks or months or years. It will depend on the builder, how often the boat is worked on, the availability of all materials, and whether it is one person or a group of people working on it. Catamaran plans can be difficult to read so you may need help in interpreting them.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sailing Safety Harness

There are a number of varieties of a sailing safety harness. We will take a look at three of them specifically. SOSpenders World Class Automatic Inflatable PFD (personal floatation device) with harness. This one is made with high strength nylon cover that is durable and soft to the touch. It is packed in a zippered and reusable vinyl bag with ventilated mesh backing. Now let us take a look at another sailing safety harness.

A second sailing safety harness is the SOSpenders World Class Manual Inflatable PFD with a harness. This is a water activated floatation with CO2 that is automatically activated with a rip cord and an oral tube back ups. The off-neck fit will not restrict movement and will keep you keep cool in summer. There is a belt in the harness for extra security when the tether is used.

Inflation mechanisms on the sailing safety harness inflates to over thirty-five pounds of buoyancy in five seconds. It has two times the buoyancy of foam vests and are capable of turning most people from a face down position to a face up breathing position. Reflective tape on the cover and has an attached safety whistle.

With the sailing safety harness there are also tethers made of very strong tightly woven nylon that is attached to the belt of the harness and then to a stationery object on the boat to prevent someone from slipping and going overboard and for very young children to prevent them from wandering and getting into trouble or falling overboard. They do of course, come in sizes for both adults and children. There are some style choices and there is a price range available. The features of both harnesses mentioned here are comfort and security and the fact they are USCG (United States Coast Guard) approved and meets ORC requirements.

Be sure you get a sailing safety harness that properly fits to ensure a better measure of protection. If it is too big the person can slip out of the harness or vest. There are choices so be sure you have what you want and that it fits. They can be found online, in boating stores, and sometimes in retail stores.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Read All About It! Boating publications California

Search for a boating magazine is one thing but finding specific boating publications California can be more of a challenge. We have found some directly related to the west; Boating publications California. . You can find these magazines or publications on the Internet, in specialty stores, and probably most bookstores.

America�s Finest Events/Yacht Charters, El Cajon, CA is one of the boating publications California provides information on Charters, boating events, meetings, tours and attractions. Also provided are information on yachts and other special events. This is an easy reading publication.

Boat House TV - Costa Mesa, CA is a magazine/show that talks about everything having to do with boating and is one of boating publicatons California. In print the publication is called The Daily Pilot. This magazine provides boat reviews, feature articles, columns, and book reviews. Mike Whitehead is the owner of this boating publication California.

Another of the boating publications California, is the publication Cal/North Boating, Fishing, Diving, Directory - San Francisco, CA. This publication is an invaluable one because it provides lists of boating sources and boating suppliers. This is addressed to sportsmen in northern and central California, western Nevada. It covers boating, fishing, and diving sports. This magazine also provides bridge listings, fishing reports and trade-lines. Its distribution is free.

Cruising 101: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Paradise is another of the boating publications California of San Diego. Feature articles about sailors and boat reviews are a regular part of this magazine. There are articles on maintenance and upgrade resources. Technical information is provided for sailors.

The lastof the boating publications California is Trailer Boats Magazine. This magazine reports on boat tests, discusses propulsion, and boat towing.
Technical information is provided for sailors and others. This magazine seems to have something for everyone, the amateur and pro alike.

Boating publications California is certainly not limited to the above publications. There are magazines related to all regions and some talk about such subjects as boating, yachting, and sailing in more general terms. Others are very technical in nature. Your needs will determine the types of boating publications California you choose.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A View of Boating Holidays Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The waters of Victoria and Vancouver Island combined with the Archipelago of the Gulf Islands provide boaters and sailors with some of the most beautiful cruising grounds available. The West Coast is rugged but soothes your soul as the wind and waves challenge you. Boating holidays Victoria will excite you and soothe you.

Boating holidays Victoria has boating and sailing that is a great way to visit Vancouver Island. Whether you are bare boating it or taking a cruise there are many boat charter options to match your interests, needs, and probably your budget. You can be certain of a unique experience.

There are a number of options available in boating holidays Victoria. You can spend time on a luxury craft, tour historic harbors, and/or explore uninhabited islands. Whether you view marine life or go fishing; you can race against other sailors or you can sail off into the sunset on a relaxing and romantic dinner cruise. There are many marine parks and marinas that provide safe moorings and facilities for boats.

Types of trips that are available in boating holidays Victoria include Boat charters that tour the harbors or the Gorge by ferry. These tours run approximately forty-five minutes for the tours of the harbor and fifty minutes for the tour of the Gorge. Sailing trips run for three hours; you can cruise into Juan De Fuca Strait. There is the viewing of wild life and the option of helping to steer the ship or simply relax. Eco tours are available as well as whale watching, fishing and birding (bird watching). The waters are famous for killer whales, sea lions, and bald eagles.

Boating holidays Victoria also offer a cruise of Oak Bay and the Gulf Islands. Close up photography of wildlife, marine birds, mammals, and seals. After all this you can go ashore to explore beaches and uninhabited islands or check out crab traps or fish. As you can see, boating holidays Victoria will provide you with a wide variety of options for your boating or sailing trip.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Custom Catamarans - Finding The Right Design For You

You can�t find an already built catamaran that meets your needs so you turn to thinking about looking at custom catamarans. Your next decision is whether you want to make the attempt at building your own cat or whether you would rather hire someone to do the work for you. Either way, you can obtain plans or you can create your own. Custom catamarans generally come with pre-drawn plans.

There are a number of questions to ask before building custom catamarans. What type of catamaran do you want or need?
More specifically how big do you want the vessel to be? This will be determined by what use you are going to put your catamaran to.

If custom catamarans are going to be a charter will it be a day charter,
a term charter, or a cruising charter? Will you be bare boating it or will you hire a crew? How many people do you anticipate being able to accommodate? Bear in mind that if you anticipate hiring a crew, you will need to accommodate them as well.

The galley is another concern when considering custom catamarans. It�s size and storage will likely depend on how many will be fed from there.
Consider the sleeping arrangements. It might be an idea to separate the sleeping area from the main salon and living area of the vessel. There are all sorts of decisions now to make such as the types of beds and size of the rooms.

Before building begins on custom catamarans you need to determine the length of the vessel. Select a profile. Select a floor plan. Have in mind the thought of any extra weight. Equipment and furniture would add to the total payload of the catamaran.

When considering custom catamarans probably the most important consideration would be your budget. Bear in mind that there will likely be some unexpected expenses so it is strongly suggested that you try to budget more than you actually plan on spending. it�s better to over budget than to under budget your funds.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Buying RC Sailboats

There are two types of RC sailboats. There is a gas engine and an electric one. Before you consider purchasing either of them there are some things to consider. The first thing is your budget. Bear in mind that the initial cost may not be the only expense related to this hobby. In gas powered sailboats you will have the expense of fuel costs and with prices as they are you might want to think twice. Even electric sailboats will have expenses over the initial costs such as batteries and maintenance. Consider repair costs as well as replacement costs should your RC boat be wrecked or damaged.

An electric RC sailboats might be for you and for a cheaper price. It would be cheaper since there are no fuel, such as nitro and gas, costs to worry about. You can use Nicad standard sub-C pack which when fully charged will give a good fifteen minutes run time. RC sailboats with fuel engines might give you more power and can be noisier. There are increased speeds of up to thirty-five miles per hour.

There are particular features to look for when considering RC sailboats. The boat should be one hundred percent durable metal latching mechanism.
It should have professional grade high capacity rechargeable battery pack and an AC adapter. It can have turbo power buster motor. An operating range of three hundred feet away. A fuel powered RC sailboat should have a nitro cooled motor and two channel FM radio frequencies for competitive racing, and most importantly it must have a water proof sealed radio box.

There are model kits for RC sailboats you can choose from a scratch built, kit, or turnkey boat. A turnkey is a boat that has the radio already installed. Although if you want to get your boat into the water quicker, a kit is the only way to go. Before you purchase your radio check with local clubs to be certain that you don�t get a radio with already used frequencies.
Keep in mind that your new boat will not crash and burn. There are a variety of RC sailboats on the market. Your budget, your ability to store and transport your boat will likely determine the type of boat you can buy.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A List of Boating Supplies

When considering the purchase of a boat you need to consider all the supplies you might need to equip yourself and your vessel with what is needed to make you and it seaworthy. Boating supplies are available from catalogs, boat stores, marinas, and boat manufacturers. They can be found online as well.

Safety gear bag will help you organize mandatory safety and emergency gear. It will hold four adult and two child sized PFD�S in the central compartment. There is extra storage in the lid. This bag features heavy web carrying handles, non-skid feet on the bottom and grommet openings for drainage. There are D rings on each end so that you can secure it to a dock or dingy.

Other boating supplies includes the Kwiktek telescoping paddle has a floating rig aluminum construction that extends to forty-four inches. Stows in only 19 inches. A high impact plastic paddle offers efficient paddling and screws off for stowing. The comfortable handle ensures a good grip. Kwiktek inflatable buoys are used for marking hazards and can also be used for marking out a racecourse.

Kwiktek boating supplies offers a life jacket storage bag (4-6) keeps life jackets organized and clean. There are four mesh vents on the sides of the bag and it is made of vinyl coated fabric.

Other Kwiktek boating supplies in boat kill switch keys. The keys, six of them, are made to fit the most of the following boats. They fit all/most Al Johnson, Evinrude, Mercury, Yamaha, and Honda kill switches.

Seasense boating supplies has a telescoping flagpole that mounts into most two pronged flag bases. It telescopes twenty-six inches to forty inches. The flag and base included in the purchase of the flagpole sorry.
Choose boating supplies that will fit with your boat in particular. Note well that not all equipment is the same for every boat. You want to be sure that particular engine parts are for the engine of your vessel. If it isn�t it can severely damage your boat and end up costing you more than you want to even know about. Do your homework.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Boating Safety Resources

Boating safety resources are available from many sources. Publications can be found by performing an Internet search. Going to your search engine and typing in the words boating safety or boating safety resources do this. Thousands of sites will come for you to browse through. Publications include magazines, owner�s manuals, boating handbooks and these can be obtained in some cases from the Coast Guard, marinas, boat dealers, from Met Life, or from boat builders handbook.

Boating safety resources can also be obtained from taking boating safety courses. The United States Coast Guard, The United States Power Squadron offers these courses, from some marinas and some yacht clubs.
Organizations such as the YMCA might also offer very basic boating safety courses. Some after school programs are sponsored by local yacht clubs and offer mini courses to children. As might be expected you might more easily find these types of courses in coastal areas although you could find them just about anywhere.

You can search for boating safety resources surrounding a particular issue such as alcohol and boating. You will learn among other things that you need to know the effects of alcohol, the dangers of BUI- boating under the influence, and to be able to judge impairment. You must know the laws and penalties of BUI. Bear in mind here, that boating under the influence means any illicit substance not just alcohol.

There are boating safety resources regarding carbon monoxide as well.
Who would think on the open water you would need to worry about it but read on. You probably know that carbon monoxide can be deadly, but did you know that it could be deadly both indoors and outdoors. It can affect you anytime but beware that you can�t see it, smell it, or taste it.
Know the dangers of CO and where it can build up and know how to protect yourself and others from it. There are safety checklists available from any of the previously mentioned boating safety resources. The United States Coast Guard is an extremely good source of information.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Annapolis Sailing Charter

Annapolis Sailing Charter does charter out yachts and is an independent agent. Their yachts can be chartered by corporate outings, can be used for entertaining clients, dinner cruises and sunset sailing. They will accommodate your unique affair that is set up for your needs and your budget. Annapolis Sailing Charter can handle weddings, crab fests, and dinner cruises.

This Annapolis Sailing Charter will also help you with event planning.
They will help you finalize your charter booking, provide catering, a bar, music and flowers. They will help you find a photographer as well. They will make restaurant reservations, help you find accommodations onshore will make a valiant effort to provide you with everything you need.

Another Annapolis Sailing Charter is Schooner Woodwind Cruises. This company specializes in private charters for corporate groups, company picnics, and family gatherings such as anniversaries. They will also handle reunions and cocktail parties. The Woodwind sails from the historic waterfront, past the Naval Academy and out into Chesapeake Bay.

South River Boat Rentals is another Annapolis Sailing Charter. The offerings of South River Boat Rentals are slightly different from the other charters.
They use power sailboats for rentals and charters in Annapolis, Maryland.
Their boats are generally rented for, a half-day, overnight, or even by the week. It handles corporate charters and team building events. You will have the option of visiting various ports along the way.

When considering an Annapolis Sailing Charter it is suggested that you first determine your needs and your budget. An event planner will help you with everything from booking your charter, helping you choose the right boat for your needs, to choosing music, flowers, and/or a photographer. Every charter is slightly different than one another so it is advisable for you to check them out. When you find the right charter you can go ahead and plan your event.

When choosing your Annapolis Sailing Charter keep your budget in mind and the reasons you are hiring a charter. How many people will be joining the charter? How long do you desire the rental for? Also what ports if any you want to visit? Check out an Annapolis Sailing charter and you will be able to plan your event. Have a great time and relax!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The History Of The San Francisco Yacht Club

The San Francisco Yacht Club was founded in 1869 on the Pacific Coast North America. The original anchorage and clubhouse were located in San Francisco near Mission Rock. Low water depth and increasing industrial growth the San Francisco Yacht Club moved to Sausalito. A new clubhouse was built but was destroyed by fire almost thirty years later.

The San Francisco Yacht Club made another move that was necessary in nineteen twenty-six. There was a huge debate about whether the club should go to Belvedere Cove. This group was led by Commodore Clifford Smith. The opposition was more in favor of moving back to San Francisco, lease land from the city on the marina. Eventually it was decided to make the move to Belvedere. The opposition left that club, moved back to San Francisco and created the San Francis Yacht Club in 1934. A small building on the Belvedere site is still a part of the present complex.

The planning for the present one hundred ninety berth harbor for the San Francisco Yacht Club began in the nineteen thirties and it was completed in nineteen fifty-seven when there was enough money available. The San Francisco Yacht Club is held by many to be the premier yacht club facility in the west coast because of the serene setting of Belvedere Cove and its magnificent harbor.

The San Francisco Yacht Club is a year-round facility. It includes the harbor, a dry sail area, and full service restaurant and bar. There is a program for juniors as well. All members are committed to the Corinthian traditions of yachting whether or not they own a boat.

The New Wave is a committee of the San Francisco Yacht Club that receives new members between the ages of 21 and 40 and present members of similar age. This helps to ensure that members share in the objectives of the club. It�s quality time not the quantity that is important.
This also includes participation in boating and sailing activities. They encourage members to enjoy social events at the San Francisco Yacht Club.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tips For Home Built Sailboats

The first step to take before you consider Home built sailboats, is choose a suitable plan, preferably wait though before purchasing the plans. You should consider your budget. How much do you expect to spend? Be honest and realistic about your finances. If you plans are common you might want to take a good look at whether it will really be cheaper build your boat or to buy a new boat. Whether you buy a pre-built boat or a home built it is best to over-budget in the event there would be some overage costs.

Home built boats take up your time. Think about your time as it is right now. What kind of time do you really have? Do you have a family? Do you have a job? Building a boat by yourself is time consuming and the projects have a habit of taking more time than planned.

Planning is a crucial part when considering home built sailboat. Compile a list of supplies and materials you will need for your boat. When you order the wood for your boat make sue you know whether the wood needs to be dried or treated. Finding this out later than sooner can delay your project for about six weeks or more. Have a list of suppliers so that if your supplier doesn�t have an item then you have a back-up plan in place.

When considering home built sailboats good communication is a must with suppliers and others who might be helping you. Keep your goals in mind. Do you want to be a boat builder or a sailor. What sometimes ends happening is that the project takes a long time and by time its completed you have lost interest in sailing. Knowing what you�re goals are will help to express them to others.

Skills are important when you are thinking about home built sailboats.
Do you really have the skills necessary to pull this off. You will learn some skills while doing the project. Are your skills strong enough to keep you going? At some point in the project you will either need to consult a professional or hire one. Space is another consideration. Make very sure that wherever you build your boat the space has to be long enough and wide enough to accommodate the vessel. Separate your living space from the project area. This will give you a break.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Aftermarket Boating Accessories Resources

After market boating accessories resources can be found online through boat dealers. Listed below are some aftermarket boating accessories and a brief description of the product and its use. Within each product is a list of other products available through the line. Look around and check with other boat owners or local marinas. After market boating accessories resources are out there. You should be able to find these resources on the Internet as well.

Aftermarket boating accessories resources and products are listed below and can be found online and possibly from boat manufacturers.
Anchor Buddy - Ropes that stretch as you go to shore and retracts as you pay out the bowline. It comes in different colors to match your boat.
�Cipa Mirrors - They are well designed mirrors that are found on most newer inboards along with mirrors for PWC�S; other parts and equipment are also available.
RAD Designs - Aftermarket boat ladders that fold for storage. Product lines with descriptions are available here.
Heater Craft - Extensive line of heating and other different equipment for almost any type of marine application.
Aqua Performance Boarding Steps - Retractable boarding steps for everything from personal water craft to every other kind of boat.

It has occurred to me that you the reader might not understand what aftermarket boating accessories resources actually are. You have bought your boat now you want to add accessories, thus any products you purchase are �aftermarket� after the sale has been completed. All resources have product descriptions and some with photos. Contact information for the company is available as well as other vital information such as pricing. You may have to do some searching for aftermarket boating accessories resources but you should first try your boat dealer and then other sources such as the internet. There is one note of caution though be sure the parts you are purchasing are actually for your boat. There are people who will generally describe a product and get you to buy it and its not for your vessel. Be wary. That being said, Bon Voyage!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

California Recreational Boating - Be Happy, Be Safe

As in any sport, California Recreational Boating requires knowledge and a certain level of skills. The knowledge base that you have should include how to operate the vessel in any situation, how to maintain the vessel for maximum performance, and possibly how to do minor maintenance. You should also know what to have on board that would enable you to react to almost any emergency. Your skill base should include safety skills, emergency procedures, and basic operation skills to enjoy California Recreational Boating.

There are items that you should have available on board a vessel used for California recreational boating. These items will help keep you and your vessel or the vessel you are on safe and comfortable. The list of suggested items includes things directly related to the mechanical operation of the vessel, things to aid in the safe and proper navigation of the vessel, emergency items and some practical items for comfort and for safety.

In California Recreational boating some of the items you should for the safe operation of the vessel include a bilge pump or something to bail out the boat if it should be necessary. Also on board should be oars/ or paddles in case of engine problems, an anchor with a chain and line that is the right type for the vessel, and extra fuel, oil, and lubricants.
There should be spare parts, a tool kit, a flashlight, spare light bulbs, and spare navigation lights. There should be compass charts and maps as well.

Vessels used in California recreational boating should have a radio or mobile phone to call for help if needed, a throw rope in a bag, visual distress signals such as flares, and a first aid kit are imperative items to have available. Last but certainly not least you should extra clothes, a sun hat, and sunglasses for sun safety protection. Do not forget to have sun block lotion with you. Life jackets and a lifeboat of some kind maybe an inflatable raft should be available in case you have jump ship.

Vessels engines used in California recreational voting should be kept tuned up, all fluids such as oil need to be monitored, and the oil must be changed according to the boat�s maintenance schedule. All of the battery connections should be tightened and cleaned and the battery power level checked. If the battery is weak it may need to be recharged or replaced. The external engine must be clean and free of grease and oil build up. Check anything that needs to be tightened and repair and replace hoses, nuts, bolts, belts, and screws. A word of caution for maintenance of any vessel but especially those used in California recreational boating. Never use auto parts in your boat, use only marine parts.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Fun of California Boating Events

Where would you find California boating events listed? Listing of events could be listed in your local newspaper, in boating magazines, at the marina, and/or in postal mail flyers. Boat dealers may also have information on California boating events. They shouldn�t be difficult to find.

Most newspapers and magazines will have listings of community events including California boating events in an event calendar. An event calendar will provide a list of such events as boat shows, races, regattas, and even equipment demonstrations. Events dates are listed and briefly described, the times may be given, and contact information provided. The locations of such as events are listed as are directions sometimes.
Events such as these are held in such cities as Marina Del Rey and Los Angeles among others.

California boating events include dinner cruises, various types of fishing trips, sunset cruises, and/or whale watching cruises. Other boating events include kayaking. Also listed are various races such as regattas (sailboat races). When vessels such as the Queen Elizabeth II arrive in ports of call tours are sometimes allowed. The Tall Ships coming into port is a fantastic sight and so are the America�s Cup Races. They also include corporate charters, wedding charters, and other types of party cruises.

Other California boating events include boat shows, auctions and boating demonstrations. Yachting demonstrations are also held in some places. Harbor tours are offered in some coastal cities. Yacht clubs, marinas, and boat dealers are available in most cities.

You can find California boating events on the internet as well. All you need to go is go to one the search engines and type in california boating events. A list of various websites will appear and you might have to wade through some junk before you find what you are looking for. Other sources for finding California boating events are radio and television advertisements. Many tourism/visitors bureaus of cities will have this information as well or will be able to direct you to it. The information about California boating events is out there you just might have to dig a little bit to find it. When you do find it, enjoy your adventure on the water.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Going On a Boat Trip? California Boating Destinations

There are multitudes of California Boating Destinations however we will look at four of the most popular. They are the Point Loma Sport Fishing trip, the San Francisco Adventures, Whale Watching Tours and finally California Coastal Exploration. These California Boating Destinations are a good way to have a special date or an outing with your family. Let�s take each of these destinations by themselves and look at what they have to offer.

The first of the California Boating Destinations is The Point Loma Sport Fishing trip has a variety of trips that you can take. There is the famed daily double, which allows you to spend half of the day at Point Loma and half of the day at local areas. Nu lo-an full day free lines trips include fishing for albacore, yellow tail, and other fish. Tru -line offers two half days from August 2nd through August 21. They are limited to eighteen people and there is no food.

San Francisco Adventures is the second of the California boating destinations that is located in Sausalito, California. This destination offers a variety of services and trips for people. They offer charter yachts and they charter larger sailing boats and motor yachts. They provide various marine events and they will help you plan any special events. They will take you from choosing a theme to planning menus departing dates and even help you decide on ports to visit.

Whale Watching Tours is the third of four California Boating Destinations. The popular destination for these tours is the Farralon Islands that are located in the Gulf of Farralone. It is a marine sanctuary that is home to 37 types of endangered species, 400 types of sea birds, and this is the migrating area for many types of whales and sharks.

The fourth and final of the California boating destinations is California Coast Exploration. There are rough waters in the area that can prevent trips to the Farralon Islands. These trips explore the coves of the Californian coast and goes north past Fort Cronkite, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Double Point, Point Reyes National Seashore and Point Reyes Lighthouse.

These California boating Destinations offer many exciting trips and events for those who are interested. I would love to see a whale or dolphin break the water, see endangered birds in their habitat, and see sharks, at a safe distance of course. The Farralon Islands offers all of that and more. These California boating destinations are a fantastic opportunity to ride the seas and learn about marine life and boating.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Catalina Sailboat Replacement Parts

Catalina sailboat replacement parts can be found online, from the manufacturer or even from some used boat dealers. As with anything, be sure you have the right parts. If you can have the model number of the original part it would be so helpful in getting the right part. There are some places that may try to get you to purchase �generic� parts but make sure
though that it says somewhere on the packaging it will fit your make and model.

There are all kinds of available Catalina sailboat replacement parts. They include but are not limited to winches, mastheads, spinnaker cranes, and custom anchoring rollers. There are channels, glazing, and standard rigging kits.

Other available Catalina sailboat replacement parts include rub rails, pop top power lift kits, and pop top mast locks. Stanchions and furling jib socks can also be replaced. You can also almost always get a replacement owner�s manual or handbook.

Consider that Catalina sailboat replacement parts may not necessarily be limited to parts of the boat or its engine components. Consider that plumbing, electrical components and even furnishings. Unless you sell it within a relatively short time you can get away without replacing something on your vessel. Replacement things don�t just happen when making repairs you could be replacing furniture, light bulbs, cushions or other things. You could be replacing furniture coverings or draperies and these should obviously be the right color and size. The concern should always be whatever you are replacing that they truly be Catalina sailboat replacement parts or parts that are compatible. You can order these parts online, through a catalog, or you can contact a manufacturer or dealer for assistance and technical support.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Advantages Of The Easy Sail Catamaran

The Easy Sail Catamaran is an ultra- light craft. It has inflatable floaters, a double patented collapsible construction. This makes it easy to disassemble a big boat into a small package. Owning it removes the problems you would have with a bigger solid boat such storage, difficult transport, and manipulation. It is a full service catamaran. Some models of the Easy Sail catamaran exceeded the service of solid floaters.

Sailing an Easy Sail is easy and safe. It is meant to take much more stress than normal usage would give it. It has been proven by it having been sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. This boat then, is definitely one I would consider. If you are the type of person that likes new and romantic adventures, loves being on the water, who likes to be more active than lying around on a beach. If you like romantic weekends or vacations with family, friends, or coworkers, have a small car and has enough space to fit three pairs of skis with boots, than at the very least you have space for a folded up Easy Sail. You might then consider it rather pointless to buy an expensive classic boat because it isn�t worth the investment especially looking at the need for marina and slip fees, general expenses, and where to store it. For those of you for those few weeks during the season, especially when you consider all the problems that go along with it.

The Easy Sail is easy to transport because it fits easily into a trunk and on top of the car. It is easy to assemble and takes just about an hour. It is almost as easy to disassemble in approximately forty minutes. It is easy to board your family and your friends, actually it can take from six to eight people. The Easy Sail is easy to board and disembark from, easy to sail, to anchor, to store, and to buy. It is ideal for family vacations, outings with colleagues, and short trips. It�s ideal for sporting events, for firefighters (the motored version), and for summer camps. It is also a great first boat, even children can learn to operate it.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Yacht Salvage Takes the Good from the Bad

Before getting into yacht salvage let me ask you, What do you think of when you hear the word salvage? I think of the junk trucks that I used to see as a kid going around picking up old broken furniture, bikes, and cars. Yacht salvage is gathering parts of yachts from either damaged boats or inoperable yachts.

Yacht salvage value is what someone might pay for something that is otherwise useless but may have useful material, (i.e. working engine parts or unbroken furniture). Some people would rather use salvaged parts as they can be cheaper and they work almost as well as the original part its replacing.

The types of damage found in yacht salvage are from boats that have severe mechanical failures but the rest of the yacht is fine. Boats are known to run aground and get holes in the hull, broken rudders, or propellers. Damage from fire and weather disasters like the recent hurricanes.

You have acquired a boat through yacht salvage and now you must decide what you are going to do with it. You can both repair the boat and put her to sea again or you could choose to disassemble her and sell the parts for use in building or repairing other boats. You can do the repair work yourself and keep ownership of the boat or you can hire someone to help you with the work.

Buying a boat or boat parts from yacht salvage has its risks. It is almost always a �as is� sale. There is never a warranty which means it is gives you no recourse if something goes wrong. Financing can be next to impossible to get. If you are willing to take the risks go for it.

After reviewing the risks and the possible advantages of yacht salvage you need to know where to find it. You can look on the Internet, boating magazines, and you could try visiting marinas and talking to some of the boat captains. You might find them at auctions. You might have to do some looking before you come up with some thing so my advice to you is
�Don�t give up the ship.�

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Escape to Paradise - Yacht Charters in Bahamas

There are three types of vessels that are used in yacht charters in Bahamas. The first of the three vessels are luxury yachts whose length ranges from 120 feet to 180 feet in length. This vessel can support six to ten people. The second type of vessels is sailing yachts that range in length from 47 feet to 73 feet. It holds 6 to 8 people. The third type of vessel used in yacht charters in Bahamas is bare boats that are approximately six meters in overall length.

Yacht charters in Bahamas go to the islands. There is the Grand Bahamas, Nassau, Bimini, Harbor Island, Abaco, and other smaller islands.
There is a choice of a wide variety of things to do such as snorkeling, sun bathing, shopping, and biking tours of the islands. The islands offer all kinds of activities, white sandy beaches, exotic tropical escapes, food, and nightclubs. Nassau has an airport that is only an hour away from Miami. You can also go by power yacht, catamarans, and bare boats. There are tons of choices to make.

How do you get to the islands? What type of vessel will you choose for yacht charters in Bahamas and finally, are you going to run the boat yourself (self-sail-without a crew) or are you going to have a crew? Having a crew has one very obvious advantage- all the work will be done for you? Self-Sailing can also have advantages in that you can spend your own amount of time on the islands or stay on one. You can make your charter be what you and your guests dream about in every way possible. Imagine it and you can probably make it happen.

During your yacht charters in Bahamas you can expect the following; exquisite meals and beverages, the use of water sports equipment, full crew services and guided tours of the islands and grand tours of the water. Yacht charters in Bahamas as I said offers an exotic and relaxing paradise. It�s a great escape. When you go to your yacht charters in Bahamas absorb the tranquility of the untouched islands

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sailing - Is It for You?

I know what you are thinking, me on a sailboat? Yeah right! Sailing - is it for you? Don�t be too hasty; think it about it. There are some questions you need to ask yourself, especially if you think that you want to get into sailing. There are a lot of things to consider. Understand that within the questions you ask yourself, there will be more questions. For this reason we will only mention a few questions and some sub-questions. Let�s see if we can determine, sailing - is it for you?

In looking at sailing - is it for you; Are you the outdoor type? Do you like the water? If not sailing is likely not an option for you. How do you react to the weather? If you can�t tolerate the unpredictability of weather on land you might have a problem on the water? Do you suffer from motion sickness?
This probably is the least of your concerns because if you really want to sail motion sickness can be treated effectively.

Do you like challenges- this is an important question in making a decision about sailing-is it for you? You can learn the basics of sailing in a day trip or on a long weekend but know that learning is ongoing. Sailing is constantly challenging you to use your skills. How do you feel about this?
Are you humble? If not sailing especially in rough waters can make you humble. Can you take personal challenges? Are you a patient person?
There is no place for impatience in sailing? A quick miscalculation due to impatience or taking a short cut because you are in a hurry could be deadly.

Sailing - is it for you; will cause you to ask yourself things like Can I take orders or follow directions? Can you take orders from a stranger or a friend? How about from you partner? It is vital that you listen closely and follow directions exactly because in a crisis it could mean saving lives including your own. Are you goals realistic? Don�t be thinking you will be circling the globe in a week or sail in a race like the America�s Cup.

Other considerations in deciding about sailing - is it for you? Do you have the time and/or money to get into sailing? There are all kinds of fees and expenses, have a budget in mind. Who else do you have in your life? If you have a family you might consider involving them in your interest in sailing other wise you might have to choose another sport or hobby.
Sailing - is it for you?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Special Needs Sailing - The Royal Caribbean

Some might think that people who are disabled cannot do things like go on cruises. Royal Caribbean will disagree with that. Some of the support services such as early boarding, assistance in boarding if needed, early boarding. The Royal Caribbean has clearly taken on the challenge and they are succeeding in providing special needs sailing.

Special needs sailing is a challenge. Royal Caribbean has extra wide passage ways that allows a one hundred eighty degree turn for wheelchairs. Most decks are accessible through automatic doors.
All public rooms feature entrances with gradual inclines.

The Royal Caribbean provides the following services to those who have special needs sailing. Special accommodations are provided for those who may need special equipment. Early boarding with assistance, cruise transfers that uses a specialized van with a lift, and boarding and departure are provided. Scooter access, hydraulic lifts for one pool and a Jacuzzi throughout the fleet. An accessible tender system, accessible Black Jack tables in the casinos and accessible guest relations desk, deck plans that show the accessible paths of travel onboard, which is very helpful.

The Royal Caribbean provides special needs sailing with accessible staterooms. The features of these rooms include doors with thirty two inch to thirty four inch widths (vessel dependent) and Bathroom doors with thirty two to thirty four widths (vessel dependent). There is no doorsill to the entrance of the stateroom. The bathrooms have ramps leading to them and they have grab bars. The bathrooms have lowered sinks and vanities, roll in showers, hand held showers, and raised toilet seats.

The special needs sailing also provides assistance for the visually impaired. This includes Braille or voice recognition software when possible. Braille and tactile signage is available as is Braille on all elevators.

Assistance for the Hearing Impaired is provided for in special needs sailing on the Royal Caribbean. Sign language interpreters are available for you upon request and this should be sixty days prior to sailing date. Other special needs are accommodated such oxygen tanks, let Royal Caribbean know how much you need and what kind of tanks you need as well as the delivery schedule. Special needs sailing accommodations are a challenge that has clearly been met by the Royal Caribbean.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Southwest Florida Boat Charters

On Southwest Florida boat charters you can use sailboats or powerboats and they are the best way to explore the islands of the golf coast of Florida. There are many types of boats available so it is very likely that you will be able to find the size and type of boat that meets your needs.

There are two types of southwest charters Florida boat charters available; a crewed charter if you are new to sailing or if you wish to just simply relax. If you are an accomplished sailor and are qualified you might choose to go with a bare boat charter. This would allow you to skipper a vessel on your own. The sailing cruise grounds are from Marco Island to Venice on the Gulf of Mexico provides real and protected sailing areas or offshore sails.

The Southwest Florida boat charters hold that Fort Myers is the best place for sailing or powerboat charters has natural and unspoiled beauty and ease of navigation. There is something for everyone from beginner to the experienced sailor or cruiser.

The cruising are of southwest Florida boat charters extends from Cape Romano (Marco Island) to the south to Arnica inlet to the north and includes Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island Boca Grande, Gaspirilla Island, Cayo Costa, Usepa Island, Caboy Cay, Pine Island, Naples, Labell, Clearwater and Lake Okeechobee.

If you are planning a southwest Florida boat charter for a couple or a family you will be able to find something to meet your needs. Think about relaxing and enjoying a spectacular sunset or getting to see some unique wild life. Check with your charter company you will be able to plan a wonderful trip you deserve it. When planning our southwest Florida boat charter you will need to know what type of charter you need , your proposed travel dates, and the type of boat that will best meet your needs. As has been said your charter company will help plan your adventure.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Small Class Sailboats

Small class boats are generally considered to be under twenty feet long including the dinghy, the inflatables, rowboats, and kayaks. Let�s take a look at a specific model of small class boats called the Porte bote. It has a hull that ways less than seventy pounds. It folds flat for transport.

The Porte-bote, a small class boat, is made from four sets of polypropylene joined by a patented and mysterious hinge , a keel and chines. The hinges are capped with three-quarter round polypropylene tubing and it is treated to prevent damage from ultra-violet rays.

This small class boat, the porte-bote has 3 sets of supports. Each set comes with fold-down center supports that fit into clips beneath the gunwhales. These give the boat shape. There are locking pins that make sure they stay in place.

One could argue that this small class boat can�t possibly be safe and neither can it be that simple to put together. Let�s look at how you fold the boat first and then we will unfold it. Now when this boat is folded it�s only about four inches thick. The boat folds flat with the gunwhales into the keel then in half at the keel. As a brief side note, you certainly don�t want to carry your boat to the water so there is a device called a portadolly that will enable you to bring your boat to the water. When folded you can store it hanging from your garage ceiling or on the side walls. When transporting it, it will fit nicely in a station wagon or on the top of a car, van, or truck.

Now it�s time to look at how to unfold this small class boat. Place the hull flat on the ground with the keel away from you. Then step on the chine hinge of the lower half than unfold the upper half. The seats would be inserted and put in place with locking pins. If you question the stability of this boat, consider this; it is said by many people say its stability rivals that of a barge. There�s a lot of boat in this small class boat - porta bote.

Monday, February 1, 2010

San Diego California Boating Regulations

San Diego California boating regulations apply to Mission Bay and the ocean area of the city. There many regulations in a variety of categories.
The categories chosen for this article are specific to some areas and also give general regulations. San Diego California Boating Regulations are for the protection of all and so they must be adhered to at all times.

The San Diego California Boating Regulations for general vessel speed state that a vessel shall not be operated at a speed greater than five miles per hour with one hundred feet of a swimmer or a surfer, or within two hundred feet of a beach.

There are specific San Diego California Boating Regulations regarding the ocean speed of any vessel. No person will operate a vessel at speeds in excess of five miles per hour within one thousand feet of the oceanfront coastline of the city of San Diego. There are separate regulations for the area of Mission Bay.

The San Diego California Boating Regulations regarding Mission Bay vessel speed. The speed limit in Mission Bay from sunset to sunrise is five miles per hour. At other times certain areas have a designated speed limit of five miles per hour or less. These include wherever buoys are posted with a five miles per hour speed limit, near buildings, within one hundred feet of swimmers, within one hundred feet of another vessel.

San Diego California Boating regulations also covers equipment. The requirement varies depending on the size and type of the boat. Most pleasure boats are required to have the following equipment on board while underway. They must have throw-able flotation devices, one wearable flotation device for each person on board. There must also be one marine type fire extinguisher for motor boats of a closed hull construction as well as navigation lights if the vessel is operating after sunset and one sound producing device. There must be appropriate registration cards, numbers, and stickers. There is a minimum age, Mission Bay boating , ocean front beaching, anchoring, in Mission Bay, and special use or areas regulations. There are regulations in San Diego Boating regulations for other items as well. The most obvious fact is that these regulations are in place for everyone�s protection.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sailing Waterproof Gear Bags

There are a wide variety of sailing waterproof gear bags available. With more demand for ample storage and bags that are easily stowed away aboard the ship. We will take a look at only a few of the waterproof gear bags that are available.

One of the water proof gear bags a water proof duffle bag. This duffel bag is great for adventure, travel, and water activities. It is great to take along on diving trips as portable storage. Everything is kept dry even when dumped overboard. The features of this particular bag include dual non-slip compression straps. Outside zippered pouches are for small items you want to get to want to get to quickly. Outside pockets also hold a first aid kit and sun block. Inside carriers hold extra warm dry clothes for everyone on board.

A backpack is also one of many waterproof gear bags. These are used by the USCG - United States Coast Guard as the best in day packs for protection of gear in bad weather while boating. The features of the backpack include a fixed internal watertight section and compression straps. The front panel of the backpack, whether cycling or kayaking helmets. The vented mesh rear panel for maximum comfort. There is a detachable accessory pouch with a shoulder strap. It gives easy access to necessary items for complete watertight security a full ran flap covers the main compartment.

A unique waterproof gear bag is the waterproof waist wallet and pouch.
The function of this bag is its triple compartments that are great for all sports enthusiasts. It features an internal fixed sealed tight closure, a watertight pouch for added protection of larger items and a zippered compartment for easy access items.

A water proof cell phone case that floats is another waterproof bag. It is one hundred percent watertight, it floats, and your cell phone will still receive and send calls. There is also room for spare batteries and fits both left and right antennas. It is submersible without any leakage. These water proof gear bags will protect much of what you can put in them.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lake Champlain, NY Rules of the Waterway

Lake Champlain, NY Rules of the Waterway have rules for giving the right of way to other vessels. Vessels passing head on shall keep to the right. Any vessel overtaking another one may do so on either side but must grant the right of way to the vessel being over-taken. Vessels passing at right angles, the vessel on the left will yield right of way to the vessel on the right. Motor boats though shall yield right of way to non-motor powered boats except in the following situations, when being overtaken by non-powered vessels, for deep draft vessels that have to remain in narrow channels and when a vessel is towing another vessel. Motor boats must maintain a direct course when passing sailboats. There is other right of way rules in the Lake Champlain, NY Rules of the waterway.

The Lake Champlain, NY Rules of the waterway covers the right of way in other situations as well. Any vessel nearing a pier or landing dock will give right of way to any departing vessel. A departing vessel must yield to through traffic and any vessel that is coming up to a shoreline or tributary must allow passage to through traffic and any vessel that is coming up on a shoreline or tributary. No vessel will suddenly alter their course, unless it has been determined that it is safe to do without colliding with any other vessel. If for some reason someone does not understand the intended actions of another boat he must slow down immediately to a speed slow barely strong enough for steering the boat until the other boat passes.
If your vessel is yielding right of way, you need to slow down, stop, reverse, or change your course to avoid collision. The vessel that has the right of was needs to maintain speed and stay on course. If a collision is possible all vessels must slow down or stop or go in reverse until the danger has passed.

Vessels traveling Lake Champlain, NY Rules of the Waterway must issue some kind of warning signal in fog or thick weather. No mechanically propelled vessel will be operated in a circular course around any other vessel or any person swimming. While in narrow channels all boats/vessels should stay o the right of mid-channel. When coming upon another vessel or passing it, a vessel will be operated in such a way and a reasonable speed so that a dangerous wash or wake is not created. No vessel of any type should be operated in such a way as to interfere with the taking off, landing, or taxiing of an aircraft. All vessels must operate at a reasonable speed for any situation and must be kept under complete control by the operator at all times. There will be no speeding with any vessel.
All vessels must keep a minimum of one hundred feet distance from a displayed diver�s flag. Lake Champlain, NY Rules of the Waterway expects all operators to keep a good look out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

All About Sailboat Racing Vancouver,BC

Vancouver, British Columbia offers you a great place to go sailing. It is reasonably priced and you will meet people from Vancouver. The sailing races are very popular. There are several races every week in Vancouver during the summer. There are races for every skill level, even for those who have never sailed before.

The emphasis of sailboat racing Vancouver, BC is that everyone has fun.
Having a sense of humor in an integral part of sailing. There is so need for sailboat experience or racing experience for that matter. The evening races will generally begin around 5:30 p.m. and lasts generally until sunset.

One thing that you can be assured of is that no two races are the same. In fact, oftentimes there will be a bunch of short races compiled as one race. Flexibility is a quality that is also valuable in sailing not just sailboat racing.

Sailboat racing Vancouver BC will take in drop in racers. The drop in races is available. The prizes can vary from day depending on the sponsors of the day. Racers will meet in Granville Island just before start time. Any drop in racers must pay cash. A party follows every race evening. The evening party is for club members to attend.

Be aware of the following things while sailboat racing Vancouver, BC. Races as we previously said, will be different, no two are alike. You can bring food and beverages on board. You should wear light color soled shoes and bring a backpack with rain gear or sun block. Remember to dress in layers. What makes sailboat racing Vancouver BC unique is the fact that the races are all different and no sailing experience or racing experience.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Swift A Military Wave Piercing Catamaran

The United States Navy have discovered the assets and the versatility of a catamaran through the use of wave piercing catamarans. The fact of a catamaran�s ability to slice through the waves was evident. The Navy was looking for a high-speed vessel that would enable them to provide even more support to national security as well as troops serving in other parts of the world. This catamaran has been dubbed The Swift and it is a commissioned wave piercing catamaran.

The three hundred twenty-one foot wave piercing catamaran has a top speed of fifty knots. Since the catamarans hull draws only about eleven feet of water, it makes it ideal for military missions in shallow water. The Swift as it is called left the naval station at Norfolk, Virginia for active duty in the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

This unique wave piercing catamaran had onboard about thirty commercial enterprises and command representatives who explained a wide variety of new systems that are on or might be installed on The Swift.
The technology is definitely advanced and complex.

Systems on the wave piercing catamaran range from combat vehicles to small boats. Also, there might be unmanned aerial vehicles for targeting and reconnaissance. Unmanned submersible that would be used for underwater minesweeping might be available on this cat.

There are currently two versions of this wave piercing catamaran. The first is used for mine warfare command and support. The second ship is used for special wartime and marine expeditionary type roles. There are two forty manned crews that are well maintained with one being at The Navy Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Virginia and the other at the Naval Station at Ingleside, Texas.

This wave piercing catamaran has automated controls including a docking system that lets the Swift to tie up without aid of tugs in winds of less than fifty knots. The Navy is exploring all kinds of future uses for this wave piercing catamaran and is considering all kinds of missions for this vessel. This is definitely not a recreational catamaran.