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The Ultimate Low Down On Sit-On-Top vs. Sit-In Kayaks

Ah, that age-old question: Which is better, sit-on-top or sit-in kayaks? It’s a particularly wrenching debate for me, as I own both types. Both a sit-in touring Old Town Castine 140 (check price on Amazon)  and a sit-on-top Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal (check price on Amazon) rest beside my house. And I …

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13 Exceptional Southern Lakes for Boaters to Explore

Come on down, the water’s fine! Honestly, there’s nothing quite like boating in the south. Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and more—they all have their own unique culture of boating that makes them hard to miss out on. Not only that, but the beautiful weather (almost all year long in …

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The Beginner’s Guide: How to Drive a Narrowboat with Grace

Narrowboats are long thin tubes of steel. Heavy, slow and awkwardly shaped… they’re easy to drive, right? Well, actually, yes. And quite gracefully, once you master a few basics. Standing on the stern of a 70-foot narrowboat can be a terrifying experience. But never fear. They’re slow, so you get plenty of …

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The Ultimate Guide to an Unforgettable Key West Sailing Vacation

Balmy temperatures, Caribbean flavors, 800 islands to explore and 6,000 reefs—the Florida Keys is where it’s at. The Florida Keys, also called simply “the Keys”, is home to thousands of miles of reefs, beaches, six-toed cats, a national park and the southernmost point of the continental United States. But with …

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Spraying Gelcoat: Do It Right and Protect Your Vessel for Many Years

Gelcoat is essential to maintain your boat’s look and sea-worthiness. Gelcoat isn’t just a pretty resin that makes the vessel look nice; it protects the fiberglass surface and acts as a barrier to water absorption. It’s like the paint on window frames: Over time, weather fades the paint and it starts to flake …