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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.

    9 Small Fish That Do Serious Damage
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    9 Small Fish That Do Serious Damage

    August 18, 2019


    From poisonous marine creatures to fish that
    pack a powerful bite, here are 9 small fish that do serious damage:
    Number 9 Boxfish Boxfishes may be small but that doesn’t
    mean they’re easy prey. In fact, few marine predators can actually
    eat adult boxfishes. This is because, whenever threatened, these
    fish can secrete toxins from their skin which act as a chemical defense mechanism. The mucus secreted from the skin of some members
    of the boxfish family contains pahutoxin, a water-soluble, crystalline chemical toxin. This is unique among known fish poisons and
    can break down or destroy red blood cells. When the toxic mucus is released, it dissolves
    quickly negatively affecting fish in the surrounding area. Pahutoxin can be deadly for various biological
    systems and even other boxfishes aren’t immune to it. Number 8 Acanthuridae
    The Acanthuridae family contains more than 86 extant species of unicornfish, tangs and
    surgeonfish. Many of them are brightly colored and therefore
    a popular addition to aquariums all over the world. These marine fish typically inhabit tropical
    seas and they’re most common around coral reefs. Most Acanthuridae species are small with lengths
    of 6 to 15.5 inches. One distinctive feature of the family makes
    these fishes quite dangerous. On either side of the tail, they have scalpel-like
    spines which are extremely sharp. These naturally-evolved switchblades can act
    as a defense mechanism against potential intruders. Some species have additional features that
    make them even more dangerous. The striped surgeonfish, for example, must
    be handled with extra care as its caudal spine is venomous. Number 7 Red Lionfish
    Lionfish are known as fish that can do serious damage because of their venomous fin rays
    that deliver painful puncture wounds. The venom is quite potent and, on rare occasions,
    can be fatal for humans. These fish are easily recognizable by their
    zebra-like stripes, enlarged pectoral fins and elongated dorsal fin spines. Whenever the lionfish feels threatened it
    will spread and present its fins before attacking with the dorsal spines. One common species is the red lionfish, which
    grows about 12 inches long and features red, white and brown stripes on its body. The red lionfish has been designated as an
    invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea and the West Atlantic Ocean. The lack of natural predators has enabled
    the red lionfish to basically decimate local reef fishes in the regions it inhabits. For humans the symptoms of lionfish envenomation
    include extreme pain in the affected area, nausea, dizziness, headaches, fever or breathing
    difficulties. In rare cases it can cause temporary paralysis
    of the limbs, heart failure and even bath. Number 6 Piranha
    No list of dangerous fish is complete without the blood thirsty piranha. There are over 60 piranha species found in
    river systems ranging from northern Argentina to Colombia. Piranhas have deep bodies, saw-edged bellies,
    blunt heads, incredibly strong jaws and razor-sharp interlocking teeth. Most species rarely exceed 2 feet in length. During the dry season, when the water is low,
    groups of piranhas called shoals converge in feeding frenzies to take on large prey. These groups can sometimes consist of more
    than 100 piranhas each charging in to tear a chunk of flesh off their prey. Piranhas are also known to be attracted to
    blood in the water. Attacks on humans have occurred most notably
    in Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. In 2011, a drunken teenage boy from the town
    of Rosario del Yalta, in Bolivia, jumped out of a canoe into a piranha infested river. The teen was almost eaten alive and later
    died from excessive bleeding. Number 5 Pufferfish
    Also known as blowfish or balloonfish, pufferfish are among the most poisonous vertebrates in
    the world. There are around 90 species in the Tetraodontidae
    family and most of them are small to medium in size. They’re found in warm and temperate regions
    around the world, usually in the sea but also in brackish or fresh water, in some cases. They’ve several defense mechanisms. Pufferfish have excellent eyesight and can
    use their tail fins as rudders to generate sudden bursts of speed. Their best known adaptation for survival is
    its ability to fill its highly elastic stomach with air or water until the entire fish becomes
    almost spherical in shape. Pufferfish have sharp spines all over their
    body and these become visible when it’s inflated. Predators that catch the pufferfish before
    or during inflation may choke to bath. However, the most important defense mechanism
    is the tetrodotoxin, or TTX, which can be present in its liver, ovaries, intestines
    or skin. For people, this neurotoxin can be deadly. Poisoning symptoms include vomiting, dizziness
    as well as numbing and prickling over the body. It’s followed by decreased blood pressure,
    rapid heart rate and muscle paralysis. As the diaphragm muscle becomes paralyzed,
    the victim stops breathing. Number 4 Stonefish
    The stonefish is one of the most venomous fish known to man. These creatures live in mud flats and estuaries
    among rocks or coral formations in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific. The stonefish draws its name from its appearance
    which seamlessly blends with the fish’s surrounding environment. They’ve thick bodies with large heads and
    mouths and bumpy skin covered with wart-like lumps and fleshy flaps. When resting, unmoving on the sea floor, it’s
    very difficult to detect. Swimmers who don’t notice these creatures
    may inadvertently step on them, which can trigger a painful and even deadly sting. Glands which are located at the bottom of
    the fish’s dorsal fin spines secrete potent neurotoxins. As the swimmer steps on it, the fish may inject
    a quantity of venom that’s proportional to the pressure applied to it. Stings may also occur on beaches, as these
    fish can live out of water for up to 24 hours. An additional defensive feature was revealed
    by a 2018 study. According to the report, stonefish can extend
    a lachrymal saber, which is a sharp specialized spine, whenever they feel threatened. If left untreated, the sting of a stonefish
    can be fatal. Hot water and vinegar should be applied to
    the affected area, followed by immediate treatment with anti-venom. Number 3 Stargazer
    The stargazer has been called ‘the meanest thing in creation’. In addition to their terrifying appearance,
    some species can deliver venom as well as electric shocks. Stargazers draw their name from the fact that
    their eyes are placed on top of their heads, as if they’re ‘looking at the stars’. They can be found all over the world in deep
    and shallow salt waters. Stargazers have massive heads, large upward-facing
    mouths and their bodies can grow to almost 3ft, for the giant stargazer. Their killing technique relies on ambush and
    they have weapons in their arsenal that can cause some serious damage. Stargazers camouflage themselves in the sand
    and leap upwards to ambush prey. Some species have a worm-shaped lure, that
    grows out of the floors of their mouths and which they can wiggle in order to attract
    prey. Above their pectoral fins, stargazers have
    two large venomous spines. Stargazer species from the Astroscopus or
    Uranoscopus genera can also deliver electric shocks, in addition to venom. All these vicious adaptations are why stargazers
    are sometimes known locally as the ‘mother-in-law fish’. Number 2 Candiru
    Also known as the toothpick or vampire fish, this parasitic catfish is native to the Amazon
    Basin and found in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. The smaller candiru species are known for
    their tendency of invading and parasitizing the human urethra. Once it enters the passage, the candiru erects
    the short spines on its gill covers and may cause inflammation, bleeding and even bath
    to its victim. One report from the 1800s, talks about a Brazilian
    physician who examined several male patients whose penises had been amputated following
    parasitism by candiru. In 1891, naturalist Paul Le Cointe describes
    an incident involving a candiru that became lodged in the vaginal canal of its victim. Le Cointe removed the candiru himself. First he pushed it forward to disengage its
    spikes and then turned it around and took it out head first. One of the most persistent reports about the
    candiru defies the laws of simple fluid physics. Some locals from the Amazon Basin claim that
    it’s dangerous to urinate in rivers known for the presence of candiru. It is said that the fish can jump out of the
    water and ascend the length of the you’re in column to enter the urethra. Even though fluid mechanics makes this impossible,
    it remains one of the most common myths regarding the candiru. Number 1 Sheepshead
    This deep-bodied flat fish is commonly found on the Gulf and the Atlantic coasts of North
    America. The sheepshead has a silver body with 5 to
    7 broad, dark vertical bands. It has a short mouth, finely serrated scales
    and sharp dorsal spines. The sheepshead can reach 35 inches in length
    and weigh more than 25 pounds, although such proportions are rare. The most unusual aspect about this species
    is its dentition which is eerily similar to that of human beings. Its front teeth resemble human incisors while
    its back teeth look like human molars. This dental pattern enables the sheepshead
    to crush and grind its prey. It can chew through heavily-armored prey like
    echinoderms, oysters or barnacles. The sheepshead is also quite cunning as it’s
    known to steal bait from fishing hooks.

    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

    Godfrey Pontoon Boats | Sweetwater Premium 240 WB Wet Bar | Rough Water Pontoon
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    Godfrey Pontoon Boats | Sweetwater Premium 240 WB Wet Bar | Rough Water Pontoon

    August 17, 2019


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    Sea Hunt Boats Vs. Tidewater Boats: The Real Deal
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    Sea Hunt Boats Vs. Tidewater Boats: The Real Deal

    August 16, 2019


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    House – boat from Styrofoam – DIY
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    House – boat from Styrofoam – DIY

    August 16, 2019


    Hi Guys! What’s up? I’m the Interesting and I’m Ficus In the last video with the barrel, we couldn’t enjoy sailing much So this time, we decided to enjoy to the fullest And make a floating house On the boat Let’s get started Today we’ve Dima with us again Well, we’re right now at the epicenter and picking up huge piles of Styrofoam Yes, you did it Should I go like this to the cashier? We decided to take two small carts, because for the bigger one need to walk far It seems we’ve got one more place to sit in front, it is between the seats Guys, it’s so nice at the top. I took sunbath. Enjoyed the sunshine What a cool place Yes, this place is awesome. I saw it already from there because I’m at the top Alright guys we’ve arrived to our location and if you remember, we made our stretch film house exactly at this place and today we’re going to make our Yacht Guys, this time we decided not to do this at the sea because the waves are absolutely unpredictable so we decided to sail in this picturesque place Finally we’ll sail today. Yes, finally on our houseboat We’ll make a two-layered bottom because with one layer it won’t be so reliable and after completing the bottom we’ll start making the house and the board We decided not to make the house completely with Styrofoam because the wind can easily torn it apart into pieces so we decided to strengthen the construction Well it’s some kind of But we’ll fix it later. With OSB we’ll screw the floor and attach the Styrofoam on the sides. Therefore, it’ll be reliable. At night I’ll put a grill here We won’t give you anything because you set everything on fire Guys, write in the comments would you like to see this house on fire? Big arrow pointing there Yes, it’s the biggest YouTube sign Now we strengthen the construction from below so that nothing collapse down It’s already getting dark so we’ve to stop our filming and we’ll continue tomorrow I’m a real Surfer Guys, It’s the second day and we’re again at the shop, looking for something interesting for our new house. At the new hardware store, they have such a service. Mr. Dimitri takes you through the departments. It is very cool Alright guys, we are back to our location, it’s the second day and we hope to finish it all by today. We’re strengthening the construction with such wooden angles because there will be strong wind resistance especially when we’ll place the Styrofoam all over Ficus seems to be too busy at work I like to do this Our whole construction seems like it’s divided into 2 parts. There we’ll have the house and here the boat. House- boat Here we should have a pool, just in front of our home I just admire the framework of our house because not only it turned out very classy and beautiful but also very durable As a yin-yang house and boat. House-boat, boat-house House…Boat….Boat- House Guys, in my opinion, we made a huge boat-house or house-boat. I don’t know how to call it Well, write it in the comments how it sounds better and whether it’ll be break down when we immerse it into water As you can see today all the time I’m with an umbrella, because of the scorching heat outside so as to avoid getting sunburns and I feel ill This whole process reminds me of a cartoon about a Hippo and some other animal when they built a raft. This is an old cartoon. If you know what cartoon is this, write it in the comments Guys, some filling foam dripped on my head. Now I don’t know what to do, probably I have to get bald now. Look, here Finally, we have a roof and now have a place to hide from the sun We will have a flag in our house and our YouTube button will be directly displayed on it Welcome to House on the water Oh look, how cozy it’s here Oh look, how cozy it’s here And now it’s time to decorate our house and furnish it with furniture, decorations and make this house more atmospheric Really it has got lot of space I already want to sail on it See what a beautiful view from the shore where the water flowing there, it’s shining in the sunlight and how awesome it’ll be when we’ll sail in the water Guys, I don’t believe that it we’ll be sailing on now. We worked for two hard days to complete this, and now the time has come the moment which we have been waiting for Our anchor is improvised today – a bag of bricks Yes, we wanted to make an inscription on it but we don’t have much time as its getting dark And guys I’ve made such a motor from our driller and propeller and we hope that it’ll pull our house and we will sail across the river Guys, we did it. We are sailing Wow! We’re sailing away. We’re in the middle of the river I was bit worried about the fact that the house is very big and it’ll be difficult to sail on it but everything turned out great! Look how beautiful it is there is a sunset and everything is shining. I’m so delighted sailing on this So captain shall we sail to the shore? Yes Man, it’s really working Finally, that amazing feeling when the work is completed successfully. And you can reap the fruits of your harvest We are at the middle of the river and now we’ll throw the anchor and gonna enjoy the evening and fresh air We have got a fan in our mini apartment that allows us not to suffocate from the daytime heat Now we’ll be welcoming our guests on the board Push it Wow! We’ve got 12 people inside Kids: This is so cool Aren’t you afraid? Kids: No, not really That’s good Guys, we rode with the whole company and I think now we should rest together, the kids would go home because it’s getting dark Let’s drop the anchor Senior assistant Ficus drop the anchor It’s time to celebrate with some firework I’m Harry Porter – Expelliarmus…Alohomora Guys, it was a difficult 2 days but we made a masterpiece, yeah? Yes, these 2 days’ really worth it for such a thing Yes, we got a cool boat-house We finally got what we wanted to make for a long time Precisely something on the river and today in this house as per our tradition, Dima is going to stay overnight Right on the middle of the river As always it’ll be cool video I hope I’ll survive And won’t burn our house So guys hit the likes Leave your comments below- what kind of house who want to see next? Yes, and subscribe to the channel Click on the bell Thanks for watching. See you later Bye

    Anchoring: How to Drop Anchor and Retrieve Your Anchor | BoatUS
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    Anchoring: How to Drop Anchor and Retrieve Your Anchor | BoatUS

    August 16, 2019


    At some point you’re going to want to anchor
    your boat, so let’s take a look at what you’ll need. You’ll have an anchor on board that’s big
    enough for the boat, of the right type, so it’ll hold in the bottom that you operate
    in, and you’ll need enough anchor rode — the chain and the line combined — to give you
    a 5:1 scope. The scope is the distance from the bow of
    the boat to the bottom, say is 20 feet. If you want a 5:1 scope, you’ll need 100 feet
    of anchor rode. And what we’re going to be covering today
    is anchoring in fairly benign conditions for a quick lunchbreak or maybe overnight with
    moderate wind and current. So let’s take a look at how it’s done. OK, we’re approaching our anchorage now. The depth of the water is 20 feet, so with
    a 5:1 scope, I’m going to let out 100 feet of anchor rode. When I get to the anchorage, I’m going to
    stop the boat, and I’m going to back down until I have a little bit of sternway on,
    then my assistant in the bow is going to let the anchor out until we have 100 feet of line
    out. And then we’re going to tie it off to the
    cleat, let it come tight, and then I’m going to back down for 45 to 60 seconds to set the
    hook really well. While I’m backing down, once the line is tight,
    I’m going to look off my beam, I’m going to pick out a spot or a range on either beam
    to make sure that I’m not moving. And I can also see based on buoys that are
    close to the boat or whatever’s nearby. But you want to make sure that anchor’s holding. OK, we’re going to drop the anchor now. We’ve got the bow into the current, we’re
    going to let go of the stopper, we’ve got some sternway on, and we’re going to let out
    about 100 feet of anchor rode. Here we’ve got 20 feet or so from the bow
    of the boat to the bottom. So we’re letting out the line now. So we’ve got about 100 feet out now. I’m going to take some of that sternway off
    so when Charles ties off the anchor line to the cleat he’ll be able to do so easily and
    safely. OK, we’re now tying off to the cleat. You’re taking most of the sternway off to
    make it easier. We’re tied off, now with the bow still headed
    in the right direction, right into the current, I’m going to wait until I have slack out of
    the line, then I’m going to start backing a little bit harder with both engines. For this boat, I’m going to go back at about
    1500 rpm, and what I’m doing right now is I’m looking off the beam to see if I’m moving,
    either in relation to other objects or find a range on the shore on either side. The anchor appears to be holding from the
    bow, in other words, the line isn’t jerking around and I’ve got no motion on the beam
    here. So we’re good. The anchor’s been set. I’m going to go a total of about 45 to 60
    seconds to make sure it’s well set, and then we’ll set our anchor line. Now I’m going to take it out of gear, and
    we’re ready for a bite of lunch. OK, we just had a great lunchbreak and now
    we’re getting ready to haul the anchor back in, so we’re going to drive ahead using the
    engines. We’re not going to use the windlass or somebody
    else sitting in the bow of the boat to haul the boat toward the anchor. We’ll let the engines do that. And then once we’re up and down, directly
    over the anchor, we’re going to tie the line off to the cleat, and we’re going to let the
    weight and the momentum of the boat break the anchor free, then we’re going to go back
    to either hauling the anchor in by hand or using the windlass, depending on how your
    boat’s equipped. We’re going to start driving ahead on the
    anchor. We’re going to haul it up. Charles on the bow is pointing in the direction
    the anchor line is tending, and I’m going to head right in that direction. As soon as he’s got some slack in the line,
    he’ll take it off the cleat, and he’ll direct it back to the windlass and start heaving
    around the windlass. But the engines are doing the work, not the
    windlass. OK, we’re directly over the anchor right now,
    give ourselves a little slack, tie off the line to the cleat. Good, it’s tied off. Now we’re going to drive ahead on it and let
    the boat break the anchor free of the bottom. The anchor’s tending a little bit to port. OK, we can feel it break free, so as soon
    as we get a little bit of slack there, we’re going to untie it from the cleat and pass
    it back to the windlass and heave the anchor the rest of the way in. The person in the bow is still pointing in
    the direction the anchor line is tending making sure we’re not drifting down on another boat
    or a buoy here. Now we’ve got the chain coming through the
    hawsepipe. We can hear that. The last 15 feet is chain on this boat. OK, it’s all the way aboard, going to pass
    the stopper, and we’re ready for sea.

    Top 5 Boating Violations | Indiana DNR
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    Top 5 Boating Violations | Indiana DNR

    August 16, 2019


    Hey! Did you get the life jackets from the truck before you came down? I forgot to bring them down with me, but I’m not going to walk all the way up there back to the truck. We’ve got a cushion – it floats – we’ll be fine. Yeah, that seat cushion will work for the two of us, and besides which – who’s going to notice, right? Life Jacket violations is the most common boating violation in Indiana. You know, you need one wearable life jacket per person on your boat. Any boat 16 feet and over, you need a type IV throw-able. Life jackets save lives. Hey did you renew the boat registration when we got the stuff from the BMV this spring? I didn’t do that. I put that on your
    desk in your office. I thought you did it, so I didn’t do it. that’s always your job. I didn’t do that. You know what? That means we’re not registered and we’re not valid. That’s not a big deal. We’ll be all right. You’re probably right, it isn’t that big of a deal. Who’s going to see us? Let’s just go! Registration violations is the second most
    common boating violation in Indiana last year. Just like your automobile, your boat is required
    to be registered through the BMV. oh… Finished with that one babe. We got any more in there? I think we got one left out of that whole 12 pack. Might as well, give me another! you operate a boat while intoxicated you
    will go to jail. Can we not go a little faster? No, we can’t. We’re in an idle zone. There’s nothing under here you can see. No logs, trees, there’s nobody even out here. It’s going to be dark by the time we get back to the ramp. All right, fine, we’ll go fast. Indiana Conservation Officer. The reason I stopped you is you were going too fast in a marked idle zone. It’s one of our most common boating violations. And also remember that after sunset, there’s a 10 mile per hour speed limit on all inland waters. Hey! I’m about ready to go tubing, it’s hot! Hun, we’re supposed to have somebody else in the boat – somebody needs to keep an eye on you. We didn’t bring this tube along for nothing! You can drive the boat and watch me at the same time. I’ll yell if I fall off! All right, go ahead and throw it in the water. Yeah! That’s what we’re talking about! You’re going to do it anyway, you always do what you want. You know, Indiana law requires that anytime you are towing somebody behind a boat, you must have an observer on board. It is the boat operator’s responsibility to concentrate on driving the boat. [laughing] Oh no! I’m lucky I didn’t have my cell phone with me!

    How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS
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    How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS

    August 15, 2019


    Hi, I’m Mike Vatalaro, Executive
    Editor at BoatUS Magazine. I’m here today on my boat to show you a real simple
    method for bringing your boat alongside a dock or bulkhead. This is for stern
    drive or outboard power boats. There are basically four simple steps and I’m going to take
    you through it right now. Okay, so, I told you there was four simple steps. Step one
    is to line up your approach. Step two is to come in slow. Step three is to time
    your swing. And step four is the flourishing finish. Here we go. Step one:
    lining up your approach. This is where your judgment comes in. If you’ve got
    wind or current behind you, you want to come in fairly shallow to help you stay
    off the dock. If you got wind or current against you, you’re going to need to come
    in a little steeper in order to carry more momentum to finish the docking. So
    if you notice I’m bumping the engines in and out of gear. I’ve got a fairly stiff
    wind behind me today so it’s going to help me along. So I’m just bumping an
    engine in and out of gear to keep my headway pretty limited. So, step two: come
    in slow. Never approach a dock any faster than you’re willing to hit it. So, with
    this wind behind me, that’s probably about all the headway I need. Now I’m
    aiming for about the center of where I want to tie alongside the dock. This
    wind is carrying me in pretty good. I’m just gonna give it one more little bump.
    And step three is to time your swing. I’m about a boat length away and I’m going
    to swing the wheel hard to starboard. Now this is all for a port side tide,
    so this starboard turn – a little kick of engine just to get it to swing. Now my
    stern is going to port, and as I’m about parallel with the dock, I’m going to roll
    the wheel all the way back to port. That’s the flourishing finish, step four.
    Throw that engine in reverse. And if you notice, I’m now coming right along
    side and I’m parallel to the dock. Now, with this little bit of breeze, it’s
    gonna carry me right in to where I wanted at the dock. You can reach out, grab a
    piling, grab a line, and I’m all set to tie up. Thanks for watching. For more
    videos, go to BoatUS.com/magazine.