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Forcola: The Venetian Oarlock

There is no other image that more identifies Venice than the gondola. Its unique design dates back to the 11th century. The gondola has been celebrated in song, art and literature for centuries. Mark Twain observed, “We reached Venice at eight in the evening, and…

When Life Gets In The Way

People who would like to have boats but don’t currently have one usually have a lot of valid reasons why boat ownership at this time would not be a good idea. Taken together, the reasons often boil down to life getting in the way for…

Yuletide Cheer

This time of the year I’m betting there’s a good number of you who break out the Jimmy Buffett CD, Christmas Island. It’s a collection of traditional Christmas songs done with Buffett’s decided tropical flair, plus a few of his own seasonal songs. In case…

The Sailaway Gourmet

How quickly the holidays come upon us. And I am never ready for them. I have to say though that it is probably my favorite time of year for cooking, baking and eating all those cherished holiday foods leaving us heading for the gym in…

Fall Bike Week in Myrtle Beach

As a teenager I was a “gear-head” and a street racer on the highways and byways of North Jersey having ran a ’66 GTO built to the hilt and later-on an SS-396 Chevelle. Next it was piloting a 4200-ton Attack submarine beneath the waves, and…

Fayerweather Island Lighthouse

Whether seen from just offshore or on nearby land, lighthouses, symbols of our navigational past, each have their own special appeal. Of all of the U. S. states, which one has the greatest number of lighthouses along its coast? That will be answered at the…

The Party’s Over

Well, only for six months or so. Looking back at this past season time blurs for me. It came and went so quickly. The weather did not always have our interests at heart, and when it did my family could not always take advantage of…

Boating Safety Tips – Boat Handling

Paddle Craft Safety… Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and rafts comprise a growing recreational boating category that features a variety of manually propelled vessels. Some look like surf boards, while others are small boats such as a rowboat and a dinghy. These economical vessels are much…

LI Fishing Report

October has been a great month offshore and mid-shore and ok inshore. Canyon fishing slowed a little. More due to lack of fishable days to get overnight trips in more than anything else. Couple with an amazing mid-shore and inshore bite, fewer people journeyed that…