How to Avoid “Dock Sins”

By World Wide Marine Training We’ve talked about “passing” etiquette before. That is, not waking the @#$%& out of the boat that you are passing. You have all observed some of our fellow mariners during lapses in courtesy while passing. But, what about dockside etiquette? More to the point, let’s talk about “the seven deadly […]... Read More

Understanding Bridge Lights

By World Wide Marine Training Did you ever wonder what the red and green lights on the underside of highway bridges mean? First of all, they mean nothing to the drivers on the road. Those lights are intended only for mariners. The U.S. Coast Guard regulates the placement of lights and clearance gauges on bridges […]... Read More

Personal Watercraft Safety

The advent of “Personal Watercraft” in recent years has heightened our awareness to the issue of speed on our waterways. In general, PWC are operated at greater speeds than powerboats, and infinitely greater speeds than sailboats. To some degree, speed is essential on a PWC since it is nearly impossible for operators to keep their […]... Read More

Know How to Tow – Safely

Has your vessel ever been towed? Have you ever towed another vessel? There are several things that you may not know regarding towing safety. Towing another vessel safely is done in the normal course of business for a professional towing captain. They routinely follow procedures that keep you safe. The operator of a towing vessel […]... Read More

The Weakest Links

We’ve all heard the expression “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” When it comes to boating safety, a few items on your boat come to mind that fall under the “weakest link” theory. How about anchor lines, mooring lines and mast stays, just to name a few? A failure of a […]... Read More

The Nautical Mile – Defined!

If the Neuse River is 18,714 feet across between Windmill Point in Oriental and Winthrop Point at Adams Creek, how many miles wide is it?   Well, it’s both 3.1 “nautical” miles and 3.6 “statute” miles.   A nautical mile is 6,076.1 feet and a statute mile is 5,280 feet.  A nautical mile is roughly 15% greater […]... Read More