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How to Balance Weight on Your Boat


By Control of people and weight ensures safety and better handling. Photo: Gordon Leggett / 2021-09-02_Maine_Marine_Patrol_Boat_at_Ellsworth_ME_USA Wikimedia Commons Managing the load aboard your boat begins before you set out and continues throughout the day. Keep an eye on your boat’s load, and you’ll enjoy greater safety, increased efficiency and improved handling.… SEE MORE

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How much microplastic do whales eat? Up to 10 million pieces per day, Stanford research finds


By Analysis of ocean plastic pollution and whale foraging behavior tracked with noninvasive tags shows whales are ingesting tiny specks of plastic in far bigger quantities than previously thought, and nearly all of it comes from the animals they eat – not the water they gulp. BY JOSIE GARTHWAITE… SEE MORE

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Extreme "Grinch" Winter Storm Blasts Country


By Andrew Freedman. Bomb Cyclone and Nationwide Arctic Blast put 300 Million Under Alerts An extraordinary stretch of extreme winter weather is blasting the Lower 48 as a powerful Arctic cold front sweeps south out of Canada, unleashing howling winds and sparking a bomb cyclone forming in the Midwest. The… SEE MORE

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Boating 101: What to Do in a "Man Overboard" Incident


By Understanding the factors involved in “man overboard” incidents is a good first step in preventing them. Below are a few potential scenarios. Turbulent waters: always check the weather and try to avoid variable waters. High speed: slow down and make sure passengers stay seated. Balance issues: keep an… SEE MORE

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Boating 101: Interpreting Wave Forecasts


By Jim Hendricks for Checking and interpreting wave forecasts proves critical to safety and comfort. First, let me plead, “Mea culpa.” I’ll admit to fixating on marine wind forecasts before venturing out to sea, sometimes to the exclusion of wave projections. That shortcut has more than once come back to… SEE MORE

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How to Help Puerto Rico Rebuild


By NPR’s Juliana Kim  Hurricane Fiona slammed into southwestern Puerto Rico on Sunday, wiping out the power grid and cutting off clean water to most of the island’s residents. President Biden declared an emergency in Puerto Rico, calling on both the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management… SEE MORE

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Night Sailing Without Fear


By iNavx. Sailing offshore under a sea of stars is an experience beyond compare. On a clear, moonless night, you’ll never see more stars from anywhere on earth. With nothing but the wind in the sails and the sounds of the boat for accompaniment, it’s a peaceful yet exhilarating experience.… SEE MORE

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Red Tide in San Francisco Bay Causing Unprecedented Fish Kills


By SF Baykeeper. SF Baykeeper continues to advise caution against contacting the murky, discolored waters or eating fish and shellfish from affected areas; a heat wave over Labor Day weekend may exacerbate the situation. An algal bloom, or “red tide”, that emerged in late July has grown and now affects… SEE MORE

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Boating 101: Navigating a Strong Current


By BoatUS. Whether you’re docking your boat, in a crossing or passing situation, or you’re at the boat ramp, if the waters you’re in have a current, the job before you can seem challenging. Currents can knock you askew, hit the hull when you least expect it, and turn a… SEE MORE

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Progress Seen in Repairing the Ozone Layer


By NOAA. An annual analysis of air samples collected at remote sites around the globe that is tracking a continued decline in the atmospheric concentration of ozone-depleting substances shows the threat to the ozone layer receding below a significant milestone in 2022, NOAA scientists have announced. In early 2022, the… SEE MORE


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