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Knot your Average Mile

One of the best ways to tell a true captain from just your average boater is the units with which they refer to their location, the wind, and the boat. While most people in the U.S. prefer to use the units miles for distance and miles per hour for speed, seasoned...

How to Take Care of Your Vinyl Seats

If you have ever been out on a recreational boat with friends for a day or even a few hours, you know it’s virtually impossible to keep your vinyl looking brand new. Simply sitting or leaning against the vinyl puts oils onto the seats which leads to them becoming dirt...

4 Tips to Keep Your Vinyl Spotless

The warm summer breeze is gently bobbing the boats at the marina. The sun is beating down and you are so eager to take out your brand new boat that you throw a bunch of random snacks together in a bag (and proper life vests of course...safety first!) and take your...

14 Things to Know Before Your First Hike

Paige Griffith started hiking as a response to developing Chrons disease and Rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctor said that she needed to keep moving to stay healthy. Hiking was the only way she knew how. When it started becoming unsafe for her to hike alone, she reached...

Keenan Abner Interview

Keenan Abner was originally born in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended the University of Central Arkansas. He then worked for a startup company in San Francisco for about two and a half years where he lived on a boat in Oakland, CA. We interviewed him to get advice on...

11 Things to know about living on a boat

You will never have a dull conversation again. Anytime someone asks you how you are liking the city or where you live, you will mention that you live on a boat and instantly get bombarded with questions that will keep you talking for hours.   2. Choose your marina...

4 Hot tips for visiting Lake of the Ozarks

If you are heading to Lake of the Ozarks any time soon, congratulations! It’s a great lake with an exciting culture and so many marine activities. In fact, there are so many things to do that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We are here to help with your lake-cation! We...