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Nautical Themed Halloween Costumes


Author: Michael Perulli

halloweenAutumn is a great time of year. The leaves are changing, the temperature is perfect and the holiday season is right around the corner. Unfortunately, for many, that means that the boating season is over for another year. Fear not though, our ideas below will allow you to express your passion for the water with a nautical themed Halloween costume. If you have a costume party to attend this weekend, consider some of these options: Continue reading


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I’d Rather Be Boating… Pacific Northwest edition


Author: Colleen Richardson

IMG_3898Introducing our new blog series, “I’d Rather Be Boating,” where we dive into destinations best experienced on the water. For today’s destination, we explore the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful Washington state.

Enjoy our quick guide from Seattle to the San Juan Islands on how you can get your feet wet, climb aboard a variety of boats and replicate a similar trip.

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Winterizing Your Boat


Author: Nicki Belczak

iStock_000001263919LargeThe days are shorter. The leaves are going out in a blaze of color. And the breeze has a bit of a bite. There’s no denying winter is on its way. In other words, it’s time to pull in the docks, rafts and lifts and close the books on another boating season.

There’s more to getting your boat ready for winter than hauling it out if you want to survive the season of shrink-wrap ready to hit the water full-throttle next spring. Continue reading


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Behind the (Boating) Music: Southern Cross


Author: Kelly Kaylor

Lifestyle Sailing_0109A favorite of many boaters, the song Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills & Nash, seems best suited for cruising a postcard-worthy waterway. Just add the glow of sunset and you have what boating dreams (at least mine) are made of. But, what does it all mean?

Written by Stephen Stills in 1982 with Richard and Michael Curtis. According to Stills, “The Curtis brothers brought a wonderful song called ‘Seven League Boots,’ but it drifted around too much. I rewrote a new set of words and added a different chorus, a story about a long boat trip I took after my divorce. It’s about using the power of the universe to heal your wounds. Once again, I was given somebody’s gem and cut and polished it.” Continue reading


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Fall Pumpkin Boat Races


Author: Nicki Belczak

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Photo courtesy of West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta

Come fall, giant pumpkin weigh-offs are a tradition all across the country. What do you do with these gargantuan gourds after the big event? Do you bake a thousand pies? Carve a jack-o-lantern that’ll illuminate the entire neighborhood? Turns out pumpkins float. This discovery, credited to Wayne Hackney by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, led to the creation of a new autumn tradition, pumpkin boat regattas.

Coast-to-coast “squash-bucklers” hollow out these behemoths and head to the harbor to race for glory —and the chance to be crowned as the top pumpkin pilot.

Here are a few pumpkin fests coming up: Continue reading