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Buying the Right Tender

Many people assume that once they've purchased a yacht, fixed up anything below their standards, and obtained all the necessary safety and navigation gear that they're set and ready to go. For some people this may be true, but for many a dedicated yacht tender or dinghy is invaluable. A tender allows you to get on the water quickly witho...
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Taking Care of Your Lines

We all have lines on our boats. Sailboats tend to have many more than motor yachts by virtue of their need to control their sails, but it's important for motor yacht owners to pay attention to the condition of their lines. The las thing any skipper wants is for a line towing a tender to snap, or for the lines rafting two vessels together to ...
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Throwing a New Year's Party on Your Yacht

As the New Year approaches, many of us are planning events for our friends or family. Chances are that if you own a yacht, your vessel will be the preferred party space for your guests. After all, what's classier or more luxurious than ringing in the New Year with a couple (or many) bottles of champagne while listening to the waves? However,...
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Powered Catamarans vs. Monohull Motor Yachts

Two hulls or one? It's a debate that's existed since the Polynesians first started exploring the Pacific Ocean in catamarans. Nowadays, our catamarans are much more refined. They can be powered both by sails or by diesel, but in this article we'll only be comparing motor cats to other monohulled motor yachts, as sailing a catamaran i...
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Yachting Gear: Necessities and Nice-to-Haves

Once you've pulled he metaphorical trigger and purchased your yacht, what comes next? Before you get out on the water, you should stock up on all the nautical necessities, some of which are required by law, and some of which are creature comforts.  Everyone knows that you need to have lifejackets on board. But how many you need and ...
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The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, filled with love, hope, and joy. What could possibly make it any better? Boats, of course! If you've never seen the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, you have to check it out this year. It's sure to get you in the holiday mood, and beyond that, it's simply beautiful.  Every year, yach...
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Choosing the Right Liveaboard Yacht

So you've decided to pursue the liveaboard lifestyle. You've read up on everything nautical, you've decided which belongings to bring along and which to leave onshore, and you saved up enough to buy the perfect boat (and hopefully a bit extra for coustomization and maintenance). The next step is to choose the vessel that will become ...
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Thanksgiving as a Liveaboard

Cooking on a yacht can be tough. The galley is oftentimes not as fully furnished as a land-based kitchen, the space is usually small, and most of all, the boat rolls with the ocean! It's difficult to put together a full dinner on a yacht sometimes, much less a giant Thanksgiving feast. So, in the spirit of the holidays, here's all the pl...
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Speaking Like a Sailor: The Essentials

Nautical vocabulary might seem silly at first, but it cn be incredibly useful! Besides sounding like you know what you're talking about, in case of emergency using the right term can save valuable time. If you plan on spending time on the water, you should take a minute to learn about the words of the sea.  First, directions on boar...
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Cleaning Your Tender

We've all seen them before: slightly deflated, dull, and dirty tenders alongside otherwise pretty yachts. Taking care of and cleaning your tender isn't a glamorous job, but it is necessary. In this article, we'll give you some tips for keeping your tender looking ship-shape.  First, you should know what not to use to clean t...
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