Words and Phrases with a Nautical Heritage

The English language is a rich and varied language that developed over centuries, borrowing words and terms from other languages. England’s strong maritime culture also played a large role in shaping language, with many common terms being used today tracing their origins to Britain’s nautical history. For fun, we highlight some of those below: Read more

This 28 minute documentary-style safety video is the culmination of two years of filming. The content was collected by five individual boating sub chapters: The Pilot, The Paddlers, The Sailors, The Motor Boaters and Operation Clear Channel.

Along with Liberty Yacht Club’s Vice Commodore, Jim Chambers, the video seeks to tell the first-hand story of how to operate safely and how to work together as one tribe of mariners in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The video originally appeared on thesafeboating.us website and was made using a grant from the State of NJ Dept of Transportation Maritime Division IBoatNJ Program. John Rako was the Executive Producer.

DON’T FORGET THIS IMPORTANT DOCUMENT!

Photo appeared in Tampa Bay Times

So, you have finally fulfilled your dream of having a boat!  Or, you have been crew on your friend’s boats for several years.  If you own a boat you have the vessel registered with the U. S. Coast Guard, a port of call has been secured, and the boat has been insured. You have a ships log, i.e. trips, repairs, and more recorded in a notebook of some kind.  You know what PHRF stands for, and have a copy of the U.S. Sailing Rules of Racing. But do you have a sailing/racing profile?

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What Are Your (Float) Plans?


How often have you experienced someone going out for a sail or a fishing trip and you don’t know where they went or how long they would be gone? Sometimes, you’re waiting a long time and you haven’t heard from them. Is their phone dead? Are they out of cellular or VHF radio range? Did the boat breakdown? Did something worse happen? These are thoughts that may be coursing through your mind – or your family’s mind if you’re the one who’s out, and they think you are overdue back.

A float plan can help to reduce the stress and anxiety of people who may be waiting onshore and should be an important safety item of anyone venturing out for a cruise, a fishing trip or an offshore passage. Even if you’re just out for a harbor cruise, letting someone know where you are going can work wonders if something unexpected happens while you are out on the water and have no communications. It’s all about a focus on Safety First! Read more