A marine salvage operation involves the rescue, repair, and refloating of a ship, its cargo, crew, and other properties from imminent danger. In order to repair, remove shipwrecks, clear out the passage for further navigation, and reduce marine pollution, salvage operations are mandatory and...more
When fueling your boat, take care to avoid spills and the spread of gasoline fumes to prevent fires and explosions. The bilge area is often clogged with gasoline fumes.
Follow these fueling guidelines to avoid potentially dangerous, even explosive situations for...more
What is Running Aground?
When there is not enough depth of water to float a vessel, it runs aground. There may be times when this is done intentionally, for instance during maintenance or to land cargo, but most often it is a result of misinformation about water depths, operator error, or...more
Properly protecting and storing a boat is an important part of boat ownership. One way to do this is to cover the boat with a tarp, which can help protect against the elements, dirt, and debris. Additionally, a tarp can add a layer of insulation and reduce condensation which can help extend the...more
With the warm weather in full swing, many boat owners will be eager to get their boat in the water and enjoy hours of scenic boating. However, before you can do that, you will need to ensure that your boat cover is clean and ready to use. A boat cover is a necessary piece of equipment for any...more
Boat tow lines are an essential tool for any boat owner. They can be used to tow another boat, rescue a stranded boat, or to pull a boat onto shore. Knowing how to properly use a tow line is an important skill for any boat owner, regardless of experience level. Using a tow line correctly will...more
One day, you may well come across a stricken vessel that may be suffering some kind of mechanical failure, so knowing how to tow safely and effectively is essential seamanship.
Long tow – with a functioning rudder
Towing depends on where you are and why you need to do it. In open...more
Hundreds of boaters discover the difference between contract towing and salvage every year. The boat owner is often surprised when he receives a bill for a salvage reward instead of a bill for towing services, and the difference can be enormous. A typical towing bill is based on the hourly rate...more
Boat owners who value their boats know how important it is to have adequate insurance coverage in case something were to happen to them. Boats, just like cars and homes, can be involved in accidents. In the event of a mishap, such a valuable investment should be...more
A flock of birds is like a flock of birds. Another boater will gladly assist a boater in need. It's the same with rendering aid and towing a fellow boater in need, isn't it? Here are some reasons why it is not necessarily the case.
It is important to temper your immediate reaction to help...more
Watersports towables can be like choosing which thrill ride to take at a theme park. If you want to laugh and scream as your waterborne joyride is towed behind the boat, then it depends on your level of courage.
What makes towables so cool? As opposed to skiing and wakeboarding, they do...more
Several types of anchors are available for boats. With this range of options, you can address the needs of different bottom materials, boat sizes, weather conditions, and holding power. The best choice for your boat can be made based on these factors. The first step to selecting a suitable boat...more
Around boat owners, you might hear a joke you've never heard before. Buying a boat and taking it out on the water can be fun, but it also takes work. The day I bought a boat was the second happiest day in my life, and the day I sold it was my happiest. Having a boat is fun but also a lot of...more
Many boaters do not own lakefront or oceanfront properties, so they must transport their boats to and from the water -- often involving a trailer and a road trip.
Towing a boat, like any type of towing, is a delicate process. A seasoned pro might make it look easy,...more
There are two conditions under which boats can salvage. According to the type of damage, the first condition must be met. A boat is damaged to the point where it would cost more to repair it than its market value, or repairing it would not restore the boat to the condition it was in before it...more
Boat Towing Carrier or Broker?
Most boat towing companies specialize in smaller or large power boats. However, if you have a big boat, it requires extra handling and loading. Ensure they will transport your boat versus just acting as a broker. Second, find out if the driver they intend to...more