Archives for December 2007

Small Outboard Engine Tilt and Trim: Theory and Practice

My first 15' Boston Whaler, back when I was a teenager, had only manual tilt, and I longed for a hydraulic tilt and trim engine. My current 15' Boston Whaler has a Merc 70 with hydraulic tilt and trim (pictured above), which makes it far easier to … [Read more...]

The Time I Got Thrown Overboard

Or, The Importance of safety mechanisms and kill switches Even a little 10 horse outboard can really fling around a lightweight aluminum boat like this one when no one is aboard. When I was about 13, my brothers and I went out in my dad's old … [Read more...]

Spring Sailboat Races With the Punta Gorda Sailing Club

Sailboat racing in January in Florida means putting on a long-sleeved shirt, and perhaps a hat for protection from the sun. The Sunfish Nationals competition was taking place in Charlotte Harbor during our third race. Race three saw the arrival … [Read more...]

The Big Dolphin Roundup

We did a lot of dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys. Catching a big dolphin fish was always fun, but eating it was even better. Back in the 1970s, my family kept an Aquasport 240 at Tavernier Creek Marina in the Florida Keys. We did quite a … [Read more...]

Losing A Spear To A Shark

The best diving and spearfishing in the Exumas can usually be found in the cuts between the islands. When the tide is flowing, you can drift through and spear any fish you happen to come across, then ride on the boat back to the up current side and … [Read more...]

Hobie Mirage Adventure Island: Her Review

Sailing / Paddling / Pedaling the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island The Hobie Mirage Adventure Island — the kayak that sails, paddles, and pedals. His and Hers Reviews — Her Review See His Review Hobie calls it a 16' trimaran … [Read more...]