Boating Basics

Boating Basics is just that, the basic facts you should know about boating before making a boat purchase.

Semi V-Bottom Boats Explained – Hull Design, Where To Use And Avoid

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Are Catamarans Safe In Rough Seas?

Catamarans are known to be reliable and fun to operate. From the personal watercraft sized cats to the massive superyacht class of catamaran, all are great ships of the seas. But are catamarans safe in rough seas?

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Do Catamarans Have Bow Thrusters?

When you are trying to navigate a boat like a catamaran into or out of a tight dock slip or other space, sometimes it can seem like it is nearly impossible to navigate. It is especially true when trying to get a boat to move sideways towards either the port or starboard side. It seems crazy to drive a boat like a catamaran forward and backward to get the vessel into position. So, do catamarans have bow thrusters to help with maneuvering?

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Do Catamarans Have Bathrooms?

Heading out on the water for the weekend has its benefits, especially if you’re cruising in style on a catamaran. If you’re anything like me, you get excited about the adventure and sometimes forget to think of the obvious. Well, if you’re a man and you’re about to take your wife out on a catamaran for the first time, I bet one of the first questions she’ll ask is, ‘Does it have a washroom?”. And that is a perfectly reasonable question, especially if you intend to spend some decent time out on the water.

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Nautical Beacons And Markers Guide By Boating Guide Magazine

A Complete Guide To Boating Buoys And Markers

Driving down the road, we’ve all seen the various signs that help direct traffic. But how do you know where to go when you’re in a boat? Boat buoys and markers, that’s how. Boating buoys can be confusing, though. There are many different types and many meanings, including telling boaters where the rocks are so they can be avoided, for example. You can see that the importance of knowing your boating buoys is not only vital for safe boating but could save you from being involved in a shipwreck.

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