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Posts tagged as “Vincent Pica”

Seamanship – Time and Tide Wait For No (Wo)Man

Before reading the weekly tide tables as gospel, let’s take a moment to review a few essentials. First, don’t mistake precision with accuracy. What??? Just because we can predict the tides to the second as far into the future as you could imagine (after all,…

Seamanship – An Act Of God – Just What Is It?

Any school child knows, or at least believes, a terrible storm or other natural phenomena that causes damage to your property, or, causes your property (your boat) to damage someone else’s (another boat), is an Act of God. Behind this “fact” lies protection for the…

Seamanship – Talking on Cell Phones – Part II

Last month, we talked about cell phones aboard boats and the issues thereto. But they are fantastic devices – and therein lay another issue. As the functionality of cell phones starts to rival computers (did I say “rival” – I should have said “outpaces!”), we…

Seamanship – The Good Samaritan – Safety of Life at Sea

Any school child knows, or at least believes, that if you see a person or boat in distress on the water, the “law of the sea” demands that you render assistance. Simple human decency would require no less and, from time immemorial, this has been…

Rescue, Recovery and Re-Warm – The Maritime 3 R’s

When we were kids, it was all about readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmatic. On the sea, especially in cold water environments, it is all about rescue, recovery and re-warming. I don’t expect that there are many boaters out there on our bays, creeks and littoral areas…