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Sail & Power Squadrons: Having Fun, Saving Lives

Sail & Power Squadrons: Having Fun, Saving Lives :Pompano Beach’s Monthly Raft up Lake Boca. Courtesy of James McEntee

Florida is a boater’s paradise, with approximately 8,250 miles of tidal coastline, 1,700 miles of rivers and streams, and 3 million acres of lakes, but for the unprepared, it can also be a boater’s nightmare. Nationwide, eighty percent of boating …

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Avoiding the Boatyard Blues

Plan, and avoid the boatyard blues

We had hauled our boat at a DIY-friendly boatyard and left her on the hard for a few months to dry out. We returned to prepare the bottom for fall cruising only to find a half-dozen new signs in big, …

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Making DIY Canvas Seam Sew Easy

Ann Eichenmuller

Arms full of groceries; we rushed down the dock and huddled under the Bimini just seconds before the sky unleashed a deluge of rain. As we were congratulating ourselves on our perfect timing, the drops began to seep through our …

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Being Half of the Y in D.I.Y.

Women, tools, and tight spaces. Photo by Ann Eichenmuller

A few years ago I was cleaning the bottom of a sailboat at a local marina. My husband and I are both teachers, and we ran a part-time diving business on the side to help fund our family of five. …

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Stop Yelling at Me!

Electric-first out, last in. Photo by Ann Eichenmuller

It is a Saturday in spring, and the marina is alive with boat owners scrubbing decks and leaning over lifelines getting reacquainted with neighbors. The tranquility is abruptly shattered by a perfect storm of colorful language; the couple on E …

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