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February 2011

Maintain your boat safely.

Healthy fixes

Learn how to protect your health and the environment from dangers posed by routine boat maintenance projects.

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Coast Guard issues PFD safety warning.

PFD safety alert

The U.S. Coast Guard warns that incorrect strap assembly on some PFDs could prevent proper donning in an emergency.

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Communicate clearly over VHF and SSB radio.

Talk radio

When communicating over VHF or SSB radio, speak clearly and slowly, using correct radio procedure words and the international phonetic alphabet as needed.

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Roughing it is easy in a breathable, durable explorer shirt from the USPS Ship's Store

Mastering Marlinespike

True lover’s knot

Also called the clover or cross knot, this knot has three loops at right angles to one another. It’s stable only if the load is equally distributed on all three loops with the working part and bitter end leading away in the fourth direction.

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