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    How to Add an LED Navigation Light to the Bow of Your Boat | BoatUS
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    How to Add an LED Navigation Light to the Bow of Your Boat | BoatUS

    August 18, 2019


    Do any boating at night or in poor visibility,
    you’ve really got to have good navigation lights This boat is somewhat old, and we’ve got cracked
    and crazed lenses on this, and this light really isn’t up to snuff, so we’re going to replace it. Things have moved on a bit since this light
    was fitted. I’m going to fit a modern LED light. If you look in here you can see there’s an
    LED array. There’s no bulb to blow. It’s almost a fit and forget item. Some people might think that you can just
    replace the existing bulb in this light with an LED light, but that you can’t do because
    it’s unlikely to comply with the U.S. Coast Guard regulations. A navigation light has to have 2-mile visibility. Just replacing the bulb isn’t going to work. You’ve really got to replace the whole fitting. So before I actually start doing any electrical
    work, I’m going to make sure that the battery is switched off. I’ve previously turned that off, so now I
    can go ahead and remove the old light. So, I’ve removed the old light, I’ve cut the
    cables. Here’s the new light. I’m just going to connect it up now. I’ve made one connection for the negative. I’m going to make up the positive connection
    now. So, with the two connections made, now what
    I’m going to do is feed them back down below the deck and then mount the lamp in position. Place the new light on the boat. I’ve drilled the holes for the screws, and
    now I’m going to put in the first screw. The first screw goes through the center of
    the light so that I can screw that down onto the boat, and then we can make sure the light
    is directly fore and aft so that we’re not showing the wrong sectors. I’ve lined it up and I’m just putting in the
    final screw now. I want it to be tight but not too tight. We don’t want to crack the casing. And then with that, we can snap the cover
    on. So there you have it. The project took me about half an hour, I
    got rid of the old junky light, replaced it with a new LED light. I never have to worry about replacing the
    bulbs ever again. Looks good, looks classy. Looking forward to using the boat. We’ll see you on the water.

    Dragon Boating is a Sport
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    Dragon Boating is a Sport

    August 18, 2019


    – I always have to explain what dragon boating is. Dragon boat is not really well-known in the world, especially among athletic people who are looking for a new sport to try. It is a big sport for me because I grew up in this community, I travel all over the world and meet all these people. It feels like a very huge community to me. You train hours and hours throughout the whole year, just for a one minute race. When all the hours have led up to that one point at the finish line, that makes it all worth it. Dragon boating is a water sport that is comprised of 20 paddlers on a boat. In Hong Kong and villages surrounding it- that’s where the sport is huge. – Give me more body! – It’s called a dragon boat because at the front of the boat you actually have a dragon head. Dates way back. It’s symbolic of the traditions of dragon boat. I think a guy fell into a river, apparently. And there were monsters in the river, and people had to get into a dragon boat to save him, and they had to beat the drum, which is why they actually make it mandatory to drum. That is my version of it. I don’t connect with the legend. I first learned about dragon boating when I was in high school, actually. I was running track, and track gets very boring. You would run in a circle over and over again, and when I joined dragon boat- The fact that you’re actually also paddling with 20 other people, there’s always new scenery, the workouts are so intense, I think that’s what kept me coming back. I joined one practice, and I basically came back every year after that. Literally every day was dragon boat. (laughs) (horn) The competition in Flushing Meadow Park- I think 200 teams come from everywhere, you have local teams and some teams who travel across the country, some internationally. This is the only race that happens in New York. Thousands of people come out to watch the dragon boat races. I have done this race since 2005. The experience is always going to be a little bit different on race course, because you’re not practicing with the equipment. The boats are different, the course you never know what you’re gonna get on race day, what lanes you’re gonna get, the lake feels a little heavier than when you’re out on open water. The goal is really beating our own time. It’s definitely not a piece of cake. Flushing was my first race I have ever done, and since then I have competed in hundreds of other races. In 2013, about eight years into my paddling career, I decided to try out for Team USA, but when I got accepted, it was like nothing I have ever experienced before. It was just amazing to be able to see people, all around the country, and the world actually, competing with you. It’s so different from the experience of a local race. DCH has been going to Hong Kong I think over eight times now. We sent about 45 people to Hong Kong, and we competed in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. It was the first time I’ve actually ever gone to Hong Kong to race for dragon boat. We came back with a lot of hardware, all the women teams came back with a gold medal, which was amazing. It’s actually hard to recruit women into the team, just naturally there’s just more guys in the sport. So to be able to form a woman’s crew and train for it, and to get to Hong Kong and come back with these gold medals, it was so-super rewarding. Without dragon boat, I’d probably never go to the gym. (laughs) You want to help your teammates, you want to be competitive, you want to get to that competitive level. After you’ve been in it for so long, it’s kind of ingrained in my lifestyle- the people around me, the friends I’ve made. I can’t see myself leaving the sport, because it’s part of my life now. That was a real honest answer by the way. (Laughs)

    Boating safely in cold weather
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    Boating safely in cold weather

    August 18, 2019


    DESPITE THE COOLER WEATHER — THIS IS STILL A POPULAR TIME FOR BOATERS TO BE OUT ON THE WATER. BUT THE LOWER TEMPERATURES MEAN YOU SHOULD TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS TO STAY SAFE.NEWS 8’S RENEE CHMIEL HAS YOUR BACK WITH TIPS FOR BOATING IN THE COLD. 3 WHEN IT’S VERY COLD OUTSIDE DOING SIMPLE THINGS LIKE PUTTING ON A LIFE JACKET AND MAKING AN EMERGENCY PHONE CALL CAN BE MORE DIFFICULT. RICK ANDERSON IS A DOCK MASTER IN GUILFORD. HE WAS OUT ON THE WATER EARLY THIS MORNING…AND HE DRESSED FOR WINTER TODAY.HE SAYS IT’S BEST TO DRESS IN LAYERS.”TO GO FISHING I WORE LONG UNDERWEAR, I HAVE CARHARTT INSULATED BIB COVERALLS.”LONG ISLAND SOUND…IS ONLY ABOUT 55 DEGREES.AND THE TEMPERATURE DROPS QUICKLY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. BOATERS OFTEN FIND IT FEELS MUCH COLDER OUT ON THE WATER THAN IT DOES AT THE DOCK. BOATING EXPERTS SAY TO DRESS FOR THE WATER TEMPERATURE, NOT THE AIR TEMPERATURE.”THEY OVERESTIMATE THEIR OWN ABILITIES AND ESPECIALLY IN COLD WATER BECAUSE YOU’LL LOSE BODY HEAT 25 TIMES FASTER IN THE WATER THAN YOU WILL IN THE AIR. YOUR BODY STARTS SHUTTING DOWN A LOT FASTER THAN PEOPLE ANTICIPATE.” IF A BOATER FALLS INTO THE WATER, THAT CAN BE DANGEROUS AS THE WATER GETS COLDER.ONE OF THE BEST THINGS BOATERS CAN DO AT ANY TIME OF YEAR IS TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET. “MAKE SURE THEY’RE THE RIGHT SIZE. THIS CERTAINLY ISN’T THE RIGHT SIZE FOR ME.”EXPERTS SAY MANY BOATERS OVERESTIMATE THEIR ABILITY TO SWIM, ESPECIALLY IN COLD WATER.AND GETTING HELP ISN’T ALWAYS EASY IN THE COLDER MONTHS. “THERE’S FEWER BOATERS OUT ON THE WATER IN CASE YOU GET INTO TROUBLE AND THERE’S FEWER PEOPLE THAT WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU.”BOATERS SHOULD ALSO PREPARE FOR WIND…WHICH CAN BE STRONG AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. THAT’LL MAKE IT FEEL EVEN COLDER…AND THE WIND CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. “YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE WIND’S GOING TO PICK UP. IT WAS PRETTY ROUGH THIS MORNING BUT IT FLATTENED OUT AS THE TIDE CHANGED.” BECAUSE OF THE COLDER WEATHER AND THE EARLIER SUNSETS, EXPERTS SAY IT’S NOW ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO LET SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU’LL BE BOATING AND WHAT TIME YOU EXPECT TO RETURN. IN GUILFORD, RENEE CHMIEL NEWS 8. 3 NEW TONIGHT –A NEW LONDON MAN IS FACING CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY CRASHING INTO SEVERAL PARKED CARS WHILE DRUNK OR HIGH.PARKED CARS WHILE INTO SEVERAL ALLEGEDLY CRASHING FACING CHARGES FOR A NEW LONDON MAN IS NEW TONIGHT — 3

    Boating in Singapore – Kairos Boats
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    Boating in Singapore – Kairos Boats

    August 18, 2019


    It’s more for my family and also for some of my business friends, you know, when they come by. This is
    a boat that has a huge fly bridge. That means, on top of the
    boat itself, you can sit 10 person comfortably. If you look at the lower saloon itself, there are
    two rooms. One V-berth as well as two bedrooms on the other side. In terms of having all this space we have also put in a LED TV and karaoke for the kids to sing and on the top, I’ve got my fly bridge where I can do
    a lot of entertainment up there. This boat carries three water toys. Basically the kayak boat, the sit on-top kayak boat as well as an
    inflatable surfboard so my kids can enjoy. When we go boating, when we reach
    our place of destination. All these toys are down and my friends enjoy or my family enjoy these water toys you see.

    Boaters trying to find safe ground before Irma
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    Boaters trying to find safe ground before Irma

    August 18, 2019


    FLIES, BUT MOTORISTS SHOULD EXPECT rtHIGHER PRICES BECAUSE OF THE REFINERIES HIT BY HURRICANE Jhh[BKUY÷HARVEY.>>>AND PEOPLE ARE PREPARING THEIR HOMES SHOULD IRMA rtIMPACT SOUTH FLORIDA. THIS INCLUDES BOAT OWNERS WHO ARE CERTAINLY OUT THERE GETTING BOATS OUT OF THE WATER TODAY. WANDA MOORE IS rtFROM A BOOT RAMP IN RIVIERA BEACH.>>Reporter: IT’S BEEN BUSY HERE ALL DAY, AND YOU CAN rtSEE BEHIND ME, PEOPLE ARE PULLING OUT BOATS, MAKING SURE THE BOATS ARE SAFE AS rtPOSSIBLE. LINING UP — TO GET THEIR BOATS ON DRY LAND.>>BETTER TO HAVE THE BOATS OUT OF THE WATrtER THAN IN.>>Reporter: TODAY, WE BROUGHT IN 30 BOATS.>>IF YOU BRING IT OUT, IS THERE A PLACE FOR YOUR BOAT?>>IF YOU FIND A PLACE, GOOD rt LUCK.>>Reporter: THE PHONE HAS BEEN RINGING OFF THE HOOK.>>I’VE BEEN HEARING FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE.>>Reporter: THE CAPTAIN TOLD ME THE BEST ADVICE IS TO rtGET YOUR BOAT OUT OF THE WATER, BUT MANY MARINAS ARE FILLING UP.>>I WOULD DO, I WOULD START AT THE TOP OF rtTHE LAKE, AND CALLING EVERY MARINA GOING NORTH. WE HAVE HEARD THAT A NUMBER ARE FULL.>>Reporter: HE SAYS HE AND @

    O22çz=-y-HIS NEIGrtHBORS ARE TAKING IRMA VERY SERIOUSLY.>>VERY MUCH SO. YOU LIVE ON THE WATER, YOU SAW THIS IN TEXAS, WE HAVE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS.>>Reporter: HrtE FOUND A SPOT FOR HIS w

    CfhpF1XBOAT. EXPERTS SAY YOU BETTER DO THE SAME, FAST. IF YOU’RrtE YOUR DRIVEWAY, EXPERTS SAY THE BEST WAY WOULD BE TO HAVE IT ON A TRAILER, AND TIE THAT DOWN. I HEAR MANY rtLARGER YACHTS HAVE HEADED UP NORTH, EVACUATING THE AREA. ALSO, THE PORT IS GETTING READY AS WErtLL, AND EXPECTING THE SEVERE WEATHER WARNING FROM THE nmbúo QdKEEPING YOUR BOAT IN

    Low water levels causing issues for boaters on Lake Okeechobee
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    Low water levels causing issues for boaters on Lake Okeechobee

    August 18, 2019


    3 OKEECHOBEE WATER LEVELS – CAUSING ISSUES FOR BOATERS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.NOW THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – AS WELL AS LOCALS ALONG THE LAKE – ARE SENDING A WARNING- FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.NEWS CHANNEL FIVE’S ALEX HAGAN JOINS US NOW WITH MORE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU’RE HEADING OUT ON THE WATERALEX?JON – TANIA— THE U-S ARMY-CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAYS LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATER LEVELS ARE JUST OVER ELEVEN FEET.TONIGHT – THE CORPS AND BOATERS ARE SENDING OUT A WARNING IF YOU’RE HEADING OUT ON THE LAKE THIS WEEKEND. 3>3 BOATERS SAY THEY HAVEN’T SEEN LAKE LEVELS THIS LOW- SINCE 2007.ALEX HAGAN WPTV NEWSCHANNEL FIVE. 3

    How to Sell a Boat | Boating
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    How to Sell a Boat | Boating

    August 17, 2019


    Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I’m captain
    with Out in the Water Sailing. We’re an adventure sports sailing company,
    providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at www.out-sailing.com. We’re here today in Liberty Harbor to talk
    about boating. On that day you decide to sell your boat,
    you want things to go as smoothly and quickly as possible. Following a few simple steps will make that
    transition easy. First, make sure your boat is in the best
    possible condition it can be, even before it gets on the market. No one wants to come and look at a boat and
    discover it has problems. If your boat is not in the best of shape,
    make sure you list it reasonably. Ask a fair price and be straight up front
    before anyone comes to look at that boat that it’s got problems. A smaller boat can go in a local newspaper,
    or an online service such as Craigslist, or even E-Bay. For larger boats a lot of times people employ
    brokers, listing agents similar to a real estate agent to sell their boat. When you hire a broker make sure that broker
    has the resources where they can come and show your boat regularly, on a whim when anyone
    sees it and wants to see it. Also, make sure that they have similar boats
    in their inventory, that they know the type of boat you have, and that they have the resources
    to get it onto the online websites you’re going to want to have it on. On the day someone comes to look at your boat
    make sure everything’s out in the open. You don’t want to hide anything, because it’s
    going to come up later when someone has the boat inspected for survey. Any misrepresentation about the condition
    or operation ability of your boat can cause problems later down the road. Make sure all your paper work is in order. You don’t want any surprises there either. That could potentially delay the transfer
    of your boat up to a month or even more. Following these simple tips can make selling
    your boat as easy and painless as possible.

    Garmin inReach Explorer Review (Satellite Tracker / Communicator)
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    Garmin inReach Explorer Review (Satellite Tracker / Communicator)

    August 17, 2019


    [MUSIC PLAYING] Shurhold, clean and simple. Hey, guys. Barry Berhoff with
    Shurhold Industries back here with you again. And today, we’re going to
    do a little bit of a product review– one of my new,
    favorite gadgets on the boat. This is the Garmin
    Explorer SE Plus. And this is a two way
    satellite communication device. I mean, we’re right now between
    Eleuthera and Cat Island, really in the middle of
    nowhere in the Bahamas, having a fabulous
    afternoon fishing out here. And we were supposed to be
    back in a little while ago. And we want to make sure that
    the wives back home aren’t worried about all of us
    guys out here on the boat. And out here, there’s
    no cell service. And this is a great thing,
    because not only can they see where we are because it’s
    sending signals up and down and they’re tracking us,
    but this has the ability to send SMS text messages
    to either their cellphones or their email, and they
    could respond back to us. Now this is the Plus
    version, so that means it also has a compass,
    the topographical mapping, an altimeter, and a couple
    of other fancy features. But either one of them
    will do the safety features we’re talking about here. And I’ve got to tell you, we’ve
    had this about a week now, and I really, really enjoy it. There are a couple
    of downsides to it. In this style boat, we’ve
    got this beautiful hard top. Keeps us out of the sun– doesn’t shoot the signal
    through the hard top. But Garmin has a
    solution for that. So if you had a center
    console, it works great. For us, we keep this outside. It’s [? marinerized, ?]
    weather proof, not a problem. And they have an iPhone
    app called Earth Mate. And through Bluetooth, you
    can communicate with this. So we can keep this
    outside where it needs to be and use that to text. So we’re telling them we
    want to do about another hour of fishing before we head back. So we’re going to
    let everyone know we’re about an
    hour out before we pull the lines and
    another half an hour in. We’re going to text that and
    no one’s got to worry about us. Of course, if you
    had an emergency, you could text that, too, a
    really, really great device. There is a subscription
    service needed for this. But they do a nice job that
    you could do a minimum fee, and just turn it on and off
    for the months that you use it. So again, the Garmin
    Explorer SE Plus. Totally give it a
    thumbs up from Shurhold. If you have any questions,
    hit our website. We’re going to have a
    little write up on it. Again, Shurhold here to keep
    your boat clean and simple. Come on, guys. Who left mud on my
    [INAUDIBLE] screen? We’ve got to keep this
    place clean around here. That’s better.

    How to do a three point turn with Alistair McGlashan
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    How to do a three point turn with Alistair McGlashan

    August 17, 2019


    Al McGlashan: When it comes to driving a boat,
    maneuvering it in tight spots, it can be very daunting, but I’m gonna show you a few little
    tricks to make it really easy. And even in a tight spot like this, we can
    turn a boat this size around on its own shape. Al McGlashan: In the scenario like this, if
    you need to turn the boat around, say it’s rough off shore, or you’re not comfortable
    going in reverse, you can actually turn it around in a tight spot doing a three-point
    turn. Al McGlashan: So the first thing you must
    understand, and this is, be aware of your surroundings. So, you’ve got tide, wind, other boats. But more importantly, the depth. That’s critical. So you need to be conscious that it’s shallow
    in there, it’s shallow up there, that’s something that’s very important. Al McGlashan: And I’m just turning the wheel
    slightly. Out of gear, reversing and turning the wheel
    at the same time. So you’ll start bringing the boat round. Pull the boat out of gear while you’ve still
    got full lock on the wheel. Then, turn the wheel the other way, and then
    touch it in gear. And you’ll find you’ll actually start turning
    the boat. Pull it out of gear into neutral. All you do is just in gear, out of gear. You don’t have to rev it at any stage. Out of gear, you’re still turning. What I’m doing is I’m spinning the wheel the
    other way, and I’m turning the boat. Out of gear. So I’m just conscious there’s a wharf there
    on the corner. I want to go forward a touch. Al McGlashan: So now you can see I’ve actually
    turned the boat, which I’ve got six and a half meters of boat, basically, around in
    its own length, and I’m now facing the other way. Al McGlashan: Even a boat like this, six and
    a half meters, you can turn it round a tight little spot like that on top of itself. Just in gear, spin the wheel hard, out of
    gear, turn it. Just in and out of gear, and you’ll find that
    you’ll keep turning it. You don’t need a 3-point turn, you can do
    it in a 5-6-point turn. Forward turn, and you’ll just edge the boat
    around. Al McGlashan: The key is when you do it, just
    do it slowly. In and out of gear. Use the throttle and the steering in sequence,
    so it’s in and out of gear, turn the throttle, touch it, it’ll turn the boat naturally. Al McGlashan: Now, we get nervous doing things
    like this, particularly at a boat ramp, so people are watching, but, the only way you’ll
    get better is by practicing. Al McGlashan: And, probably just one other
    little point. While you’re practicing, if you are in those
    tight confines, get someone down there to support you, so if you do go too close to
    a wharf, too close to the edge, they can help fend you off and make the whole job a little
    bit easier, and that way, you’ll have better boating.