USPS Compass

The Ensign magazine

The Ensign

Lessons learned during the haulout

On the hard

Within months of buying our first boat, a 1981 Cooper Pilothouse 353, the through-hull valve for our toilet discharge broke in the closed position, making the toilet unusable. The valve sits below the waterline, so it was time for our first haul out.

I wanted a boatyard that would allow me to do my own work, and a fellow boater recommended …more »

this issue:

Crew salvages stormy crossing

Have you ever felt momentary weightlessness as you went over the top of a roller coaster while the safety bar held you snug in place? …more »

Sailor learns the hard way

We began our cruise from Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass., to Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard on a sunny Saturday morning. … more »

Leadership workshops build a bright future

Faced with the faltering economy, instantaneous communications and generational differences, USPS is taking steps to adapt …more »

Youth poster contest gets under way

The 2009 Boarman National USPS Youth Poster Contest runs from fall 2008 to fall 2009 and is open to all children ages 6 to 14. Entries will be divided into three age groups: 6–8, 9–11 and 12–14. The theme of this year’s contest is “Boating is Fun!” more »

make your money last

Many of us have spent decades enjoying USPS activities, attending classes, squadron social and on-the-water events, and spending time with boating friends. Our membership provides a wonderful respite from the daily grind, leaving us refreshed …more »

free service keeps boaters

A new service from OceanGrafix, which makes print-on-demand nautical charts, automatically notifies boaters when new NOAA chart editions are available.

Called the OceanGrafix Club, the notification service is free …more »