ICW Tips from a Seasoned Captain

Written by Captain Ben Cashen Ben Cashen, Dockmaster at Wayfarer Marine in Camden, Maine and a delivery captain in the off-season, recently crewed on a boat from Baltimore, Md. to West Palm Beach, Fl. Here are some of the things he learned on his trip down the ICW. 1. Before cruising into unfamiliar waters, it’s Read More

Anchoring Techniques for the Active Boater

Written by Captain Chuck Baier The subject of anchors and anchoring techniques generates passionate discussion. Here is what has worked best for us in thousands of miles and at countless anchorages, in almost every bottom type and sea condition. Try and choose the best anchor for the bottom conditions you’ll be in. Consider if you’ll Read More

Basic Principles: Planning a Passage

Written by Captain Juan Watson During my time as a professional captain and first officer I came across a wonderful acronym APEM. You may be thinking..huh?! Simply this stands for: Appraisal, Plan, Execute & Maintain. It is the basis for all thorough passage planning from commercial vessels to the coastal cruiser. So let us examine Read More

Get the Most from your Electronic Charts

Updated Features Like Aerial Imagery and Detailed Marina Charts Provide Useful Info, Enhance Navigation Close to Port Most cruisers are aware of themany advantages GPS/chartplottersand electronic chartsoffer when it comes to navigating safely and efficiently.This is true whether they’re sailing along the coast for the day or spending the winter cruising from one tropical Bahamian port Read More

Insurance Hints

What am I Buying??? Insurance coverage details are often overlooked, misrepresented, or simply ignored despite there being very important differences between marine insurance policies. Our job is to provide you with Insurance that is appropriate to your needs, within your budget, and balanced appropriately to your tolerance for the risks you face in your boating Read More

Docking or Divorcing

How many times have you wondered whether the couple on the boat coming into the marina would be docking or divorcing first? Sometimes I think they are ready to call the attorney before they call the dockhand! There is an alternative to this embarrassing display. Just like in our relationships, communication is the key and Read More