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February 2012

Take precautions when boating in cold weather

Cold weather boating

Get the most out of winter boating by knowing what to do and what to bring aboard to stay safe on the water.

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Forecasting fundamentals--learn to read the weather

Know your range

You can use a range to safely navigate a narrow channel, quickly check your GPS position and determine compass deviation.

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Know what to do when the Coast Guard pulls alongside

Blue lights flashing

Don’t panic when a Coast Guard patrol boat pulls alongside. Get a vessel safety check, and know what to expect if your vessel is boarded.

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Cook and stay clean in style with a USPS apron!

Mastering Marlinespike

Constrictor knot

The easy-to-cast constrictor knot is frequently used as a secure binding for closing a sack or to fasten a line to another line for in-line pulling.

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