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There is already an answer that gives the basics, and this official page from the Coast Guard adds several details, so here is my summary. The system of ratings for Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) was developed jointly by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and has been in use for many decades. USCG had announced they ...


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With a large enough canoe, you can simply put the bike in the canoe, albeit somewhat precariously. What's more common though is for people to bike their canoe to an input, lock up the bike on shore, then return to it. A good alternative is a folding bike. They're not as efficient to ride for long distances, but can easily be fit inside a canoe. For ...


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If you want to remain stationary, you need a solid anchor, and the best option is going to be to attach to a tree or something that you can securely fix to on the bank. Not knowing that river, I can't say whether that would work or not, so I'll discuss anchoring to the bottom. This is the same procedure for anchoring in a tide or a river, except in a river ...


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I want to rent a boat (not a pontoon, but one with a sleeping area, bathroom etc.) which I can use for an overnight stay in open ocean. I am an absolute beginner about boats and don't know anything besides that boats run on water. For virtually all skill levels this is a very poor idea. You should not under (almost) any circumstances spend the night in ...


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Given you mention "type x" I guess you are referring yourself to the US classification. In other countries (like Canada or Europe) classification, requirement and approval is different. So, for The USA, they vary in terms of application and buoyancy. Type 1 has about 22lbs (~100N) of buoyancy and it should right you face up. Rescue wont be immediate and ...


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I would suggest not sleeping on the boat. Apart from the safety issues this will bring up - the boat could slowly lose air, or could start drifting away, the water could rise, ... - it will not protect you against wind or rain. So in any case, the least I'd suggest for you to get is a good tarp or a rain-proof bivouac sleeping bag. A tent is obviously even ...


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Thank you to nhinkle who posted the answer that showed it is possible to put a bike in an canoe. I have something over 100 miles of canoeing with a bike and a dolly in my canoe now. I started with the bike and the dolly laying in the bottom of the canoe. But it took up lots of floor space and everything tended to get tangled together. I put the dolly in ...


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There is not a definitive guide for all locks, however most of the major locks in the US are run by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and they do not charge recreational boaters to pass through them. To my knowledge, all locks on the Upper Mississippi are accessible via paddling. As for the Ohio river, you can try calling McAlpine lock and dam, and they'll be ...


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Wile the faint of heart might find this answer disturbing, Yes it is fine to sleep on an inflatable boat, if it is durable thick rubber like a Zodiak. I have done so many times, and find it quite relaxing even on the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers. These after all are life raft level construction. You are actually safer in a boat on the water than in a ...


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John Montgomery here, designer of the Autocanoe. I think that with a careful build and a few modifications for taller freeboard and a small forward cabin a long trip would be quite viable. Especially if you have some previous experience with this kind of trip. The main thing being to foresee and plan for the mitigation of contingencies. My friend Colin ...


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You've got quite a bit of study before you are ready for this kind of voyage. I am not how far off shore "open ocean" means to you, but if it's anything beyond swimming distance to shore, you're going to need more training. What is the kind of boat called? Generally it is called a bareboat charter. To my knowledge, most bareboat charters are for sailboats. ...


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To get the complete answer, you would need to study up on your Navigation Rules, International and Inland, also known as NAVRULES and as the 1972 COLREGS (Collision Regulations). This book is the size of a small novel, and has the force of a treaty within those nations that have agreed to it. NAVRULES describes things beyond just giving way, like ...


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Overall I think you should be okay with just making sure that the contact points on the oars are a bit padded, or at least, the contact point is not sharp. That way it shouldn't rub on the oar and degrade or scratch the finish. Rubber is a common way to keep oars in place without scratching the finish. You could consider using guitar hooks to keep them in ...


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I can't help you with exact configurations. But as usual this kind of thing has a basic rule. The less it's activated, the less it will use it's battery. Standby mode (time it spends counting the seconds to next use) will use almost no power at all. As soon as it comes to life it will aquire a GPS signal, Triangulate it's position and send it to a server ...


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Some considerations I can think of: Legality As long as it is not a nature reserve or a military restricted area, it should be allowed. You could probably check with some authority if it applies to the smaller islands as well. I would just try to contact Naturvårdsverket or Gothenburgs tourist agency. Safety Since its in the blatic sea, tides aren´t that ...


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The Ashley Book of Knots (published 1944) references the outside bowline as "inferior" but just says weakness nothing specific. In America the "outside" bowline is often called the "Dutch" bowline or Cowboy Bowline. So since, you ask, why is the bowline on Outdoor Stack Exchange tied with the end on the inside? because that is the classic bowline. End on the ...


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When I built my canoe, the front and back keel stems needed to be bent. I steamed the wood by putting it in some ABS pipe and putting that over a kettle. It's been over 25 years, but I think there was cloth stuffed at the top of the pipe to keep the steam in, or something like that. I left the wood steaming until it was warm and soft, and then clamped it in ...


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A quick google search turned up a reasonable answer. The following looks like good general set of rules, but it may vary depending on where you are, which you didn't say. Source for the following ... Sailboats under sail power only are always the stand-on vessels in crossing and meeting situations, so look out for them when you’re under power. ...


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Winterizing a boat. The issues are 2 fold at a minimum. 1 freeze protection. 2 element protection. Freeze protection - two basic areas engine and water tanks. Water tanks hoses, and fixtures can be protected two ways, evacuation of all water or mixing the existing water with polypropylene glycol or vodka. ONLY. It is EPA FDA safe...anything else is ...


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If you are bottom fishing with a bait that needs to stay on the bottom you want to anchor. If you drift while dragging the bait. You are likely to hook up to something on the bottom like rocks or weeds and your hook is going to get fouled from lighter weeds anyway. In this circumstance you want to anchor and let the bait be. Drifting is good for jigging the ...


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To supplement the points in Escoce's answer: NOTE: The following is salt-water-centric. It may or may not apply to fresh water. Anchor when: you are chunking or chumming - the fish will follow the scent trail to the source. Wind or currents would move the boat into an undesirable or dangerous position. Drift when: There is a hot area to fish over - ...


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Sleeping in an inflatable boat could be very similar to sleeping on a water bed. Water beds have heaters for the water, or else it is rather cold. Check the temperature of the river before you decide on this. (Other answers already providing other forms of safety advise, but non mentioned temperature.)


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On the Ohio in Newburgh Indiana small boats enter and pull the rope for the signal bell. You must tie off before the lock master will begin closing the lock. There is no fee for pleasure boats and you will wait for the larger traffic.


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Interactions with other boaters This is probably the top thing that I would consider when anchoring. Key questions include: Am I allowed to anchor here? If I am using a single anchor, and the winds or currents change where will my boat swing? Are other boats using a single anchor or multiple? You should do the same thing, so that your craft moves ...


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Variety and number of boats. Added price for fuel/weekends. Level of upkeep (how to check that?) Members to boats ratio, to know how easy it is to find an available boat. Special rules/limits (of people on the boats, maximum rentals per month, night rentals, etc...). Club activities. Membership cancellation/freeze policies.


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So, there are a number of challenges you face. Firstly, what is the reason for wanting a mizzen? It will change the sailing characteristics significantly, as well as require a lot of work. tl;dr - this is a fair old undertaking to do for no obvious reason. If you do decide to add one, you have 2 real options - a small, unstayed mizzen off the transom, or a ...


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This is based on what we did for ours, and may not be specific to your model (but should hold true) Take off the prop and grease every season When storing drain all fluids I actually find that mine works better if the first tank of the season is premium, good quality gas. Take out the spark plug and store separately. I apply a tad of oil to the plug ...


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A bowline is not recommended for tying a boat to a pole because it can work itself loose over time, or when bounced. Instead, the recommendations are an anchor bend or a double bowline - and as an anchor bend can become impossibly tight over time, a double bowline might suit you best: from Wikipedia In saying that, if you must use a bowline, having the ...


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From the link @Amine posted, the following areas are key: For the keel area check the joints between planks and frames visually, looking for gaps or any sign that the plank is not tight against the frame. Then use a screw driver to test the wood for softness on both plank and frame near the mating surface. Try to slip the pry bar under the frame and pry ...


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The manufacture's user manual will specify the SAFE number of occupants. If the actual number is not available the rule of overall maximum weight capacity / 200lbs yields the maximum number of people. Failing that information a cross comparison of an equivalent sized boat with the same layout/ features will be a good estimate. Canoes 2-3 max row boats 2-3. ...



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