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Whatever you call them, life jackets, life vests or PFDs (personal flotation devices), they save lives.
Back in the days of sailing ships, and even today in some parts of the world, hull cleaning was a major operation. You had to pull your boat up on the beach and wait for the tide to go out. When the tide was low enough, the boat rested over on one side and you could reach the hull and work.
There are a great many terms and phrases in general usage that have their origins in ships of the past and nautical tradition. The square-rigged ships of old had a bewildering array of sails, sheets and halyards. The first job of a new ship’s boy was to get to know them all.
Another holiday weekend is upon us. Weather permitting; there will be a lot of boats out on the water. Boating accident statistics show that 15% of all mishaps occur on holiday weekends, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. If you are boating this Fourth of July, boat safely.
Heard the latest scuttlebutt? Scuttlebutt is the traditional nautical term for gossip, rumor or the latest news. Do you know where the term came from? On old sailing ships, the freshwater cask, where sailors went for a drink of water, was called the scuttlebutt.
The U.S. Coast Guard has released a new, free app for boaters. The app includes many convenient features that you will find useful. They include boating information, a checklist of safety equipment, requests for free vessel safety checks, navigation rules and float plans.
Waz, the creative spark behind ClickDiver, as many of you know from our travels and visits to boat shows over the past couple of years, is from Australia, Waz from Oz, if you will, and we think that his having spent so much time down under is directly responsible for his clean hull obsession.
National Safe Boating Week has just ended, and we at ClickDiver want to remind you that in addition to our concerns about the marine environment, we care very much about the boating community. States across the country have enacted new boater education laws.