Jul 04

Staying Safe While Sailing or Boating

Staying Safe While Sailing or BoatingSailing and boating in the US is an unregulated activity, so anyone can basically enjoy it. Most states don’t have strict rules that require safety courses or even license to do sailing or boating. In fact, many avid boaters and sailors have learned the hobby from friends or just by themselves – and many amateur sailors are unaware of the risks at sea.

It comes not a surprise that there are many people who are hurt or die in boating and sailing incidents every year. In many of these incidents, the mishap could well have been prevented with proper training, a little foresight and preparation.

Here let’s take a look at the essential things to remember to stay safe while on the water.

  • Firstly, know your boat’s capacity. What is the maximum number of passengers and cargo weight can it carry? Never exceed your boat’s capacity or you’ll run risk of capsizing.
  • Know how to operate your boat. If it is your first time, it may be best to have an experienced boater with you through the trip and avoid distant travels.
  • Be sure to know the laws about Personal Flotation Devices (PFD). As soon as you (or any passenger) steps on the boat, make sure to wear PFD. Aside from PFDs, equip your boat with throwable devices that you can use should someone accidentally falls to the water.
  • Equip your boat with other safety equipment such as navigation lights, fire extinguisher, sound signaling and visual distress equipment, and communication gadgets. You can get them from a reliable boat supplies or safety shop. If you can’t find one, you might want to consider using alternative, maybe a good doorbell can be used as a sound signaling device (there are some nice doorbell reviews you can find at http://doorbellbase.com) or a powerful fog light for visual distress signaling.
  • Check your boat regularly. Just like your car or any vehicle, your boat needs periodic inspections and maintenance to keep it running in perfect condition. For instance, you may need to change the engine oil or repair the rudder. Before heading out, always be sure to check the condition of the boat.
  • Always check the local conditions, the weather and the forecast. There are many reliable sources of weather and conditions; some you can access right at your smart phone. Take note of any possible weather changes that can happen while you are on the water.
  • Know the water hazards in the area where you would sail. Chartplotters often show hazard – make sure to read them especially if it is your first time in the area.
  • Make a float plan (or simply an itinerary of your trip) and leave it to someone you trust. It would alarm them in case you’re overdue and can’t be reached. Many sailors have been saved from being stranded on the sea after someone reported they’re unexpected delay.
  • Orient new crew or guests about the boat and any emergency plans in place. This would avoid unnecessary panic in case of unexpected mishaps.
  • Develop your own checklist that you deem appropriate for your boat. Sailors and boaters would benefit much from having a pre-departure check, much like a preflight check that a pilot does.

Sailing and boating is exciting and fun, but never forget to stay safe on the water! I hope these tidbits help make your next sailing trip fun and safe!

Jan 09

Punching Your Way to A Stronger Upper Body

Punching Your Way to A Stronger Upper BodyAs an avid moth sailor, one of the most important physical aspects I need to develop is my upper body strength. I have to admit, I haven’t been doing my homework when it comes to strengthening my upper body. So recently, I looked around for some possible workouts to help me chisel my muscles. And I discovered boxing!

I may have seen (and even wrote about) different workouts and exercise routines for the upper body, I find boxing quite unique. It is not monotonous as the all-too-usual bodybuilding routines and common weight training programs. With boxing, you get to interact with different boxers. It is a high-intensity workout that will not just pump up your muscles but also develop strength, balance, confidence and endurance (a shot at world title isn’t bad either).

Boxing workouts cover almost all muscle groups in the body but focuses on your upper body, particularly the mid-section, torso and upper extremities. Take note that these gloves alone (you can see more of these gloves at http://boxingglovesland.com/) weigh around 20 ounces.

The weight may sound negligible, but just after a good 5-minute round of keeping your arms up, you’ll feel the weight bear down. This counterweight increases the upper body’s exertion which means more action for the muscles. In addition, you also need to beef up your upper body through push-ups, weight lifting and other routines. The mid-section is an important part for the boxer, so you will likely need to do sit ups (of varying difficulties).

Aside from developing your upper-body, boxing cross-training also includes the ability to improve agility, flexibility and overall condition through basic boxing routines, such as sprint training, medicine ball drills and jump roping. As you become more immersed into boxing, you would want to develop new skills.

The entire boxing training is way more motivational and fun than the dull and often boring weightlifting on free weights or machines. And since it is more fun, you are more inclined to follow it and stick to the training program.

What I find great about boxing is that anyone can try and learn it easily. I am totally an outsider in the world of boxing but with just a couple of training sessions, I think I already get the groove. It’s easy to follow the routines and techniques; you won’t feel lost or awkward. Another positive aspect about boxing is that it requires only very few supplies: a pair of gloves, wraps, jumping rope and a pair of shoes. These are all that you need to get started with boxing training. Of course, if you want to try your boxing skills, you would have to get to a gym and find a sparring partner.

I’ve read that a 6-week program is enough to give you the basic boxing skills and techniques, as well as the chiseled upper body. It’s a very interesting sport to learn!

Aug 06

What I Eat Before Sailing

What I Eat Before SailingHi guys, it’s Wade, better known as Water Molecule. Today, I will be discussing something very important to me. As you know, I am a proud athlete. I love to exercise and play different sports while building a camaraderie with teammates. One of my favorite activities is sailing. I love being able to sail by myself, or with friends who I know I can count on when it comes to having some fun. Sometimes, we like to go racing with our boats. Before I go out on the waters, I make sure I have some nourishment; something that will satisfy my hunger before I hit the waters and have fun for a few hours out of my day.

There are many types of foods that you can eat. Some people eat pieces of toast with a glass of orange juice or a mug of coffee or hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows!). Sometimes the venue will be selling some food and sailors do go there for a quick slice of pie or chips. Avoid any surprises by following some steps before spending your dough on cookies or other unhealthy, unsatisfactory treats. First, you need to make a plan.

Plan ahead before eating something. You want to make sure that your body will be filled with enough fuel to get you going for the beginning of the day. You also want to plan food to take with during your sailing and afterwards.

Realize that you are what you eat. You need the right fuel to ready for top shape and performance. Sports dietitians who have worked with sailors will tell you that you need to consider what to eat and drink to stay fueled and hydrated.

Another factor you should consider is eating a large meal in the morning time. Before sailing, eating a large meal three to four hours early will be beneficial for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and reuptake so food will become a usable fuel for the body. Remember–a larger meal takes longer to digest than a shorter meal!

Experimentation is encouraged for sailors. Figure out when in the early day you should start eating. Also, be aware of the type of food your eat before sailing. Your body has to be comfortable tolerating certain foods. Low fat, low fiber, and high carbohydrates should be packed in the type of food you eat. Some people feel uncomfortable before an event because certain foods can cause digestion issues and even make you feel sick when anxious or nervous.

Figure out the type of food you would like to eat. Personally, I like to eat food I grow naturally using the most advanced fluorescent grow lights. I eat a lot of green veggies with eggs and toast. You can learn how to grow natural foods right at home with LED lamps easily. If you don’t want to grow your own food, eat foods such as sports bars, cereal bars, yogurt, cereal with milk, fruit, smoothies, or pasta (or rice) with meat and vegetables. Whichever you decide, be sure it is right for you. See you in the waters!

Jul 16

Good Times The Affordable Way

Good Times The Affordable WayA few years ago, not so long in fact, one was able to go out on a particular day with the intention of having a good time without giving it too much thought. It would be a sunny day in the office at the end of the week and the idea of a road trip or even a trip to the amusement park with the kids could pop into a parent’s head without the dreaded accompaniment of what it would cost.

However as years have gone by, the economic stability that was previously there seems to have been gone by with them. More people are cutting down on their leisure time as a result of the economic downturn. This has left people looking for cheaper alternatives to replace what can now cost an arm and a leg to experience.

However, just because things cost more does not mean that one has to remove them from their budget altogether. There are other alternatives to getting an end result of a simple nature and one of these is by not relying on the commercial service industry. The main costs that are incurred during events such as family fun days or even a night out with the boys/girls are accrued outside the home at whatever destination that has been chosen to host the hurrah.

Going out for barbeque for example sounds like a wonderful way to spend the Sunday afternoon but the rise in food prices means that one might have to pay almost double of what they could have enjoyed a few years back for the same experience. But if one had a BBQ smoker, like those reviewed here, buying the meat and grilling it yourself in the backyard is a cheaper solution to get the same desired result.

Turning a night out with your friends to a simple game or poker night cuts down on the costs of all the expensive drinks on offer in comer establishments. One can get the same drinks from the store than they could at a hip coffee house that charges double the original price for a can of soda.

The new add-ons in most cable network packages allow an individual to rent a movie and it is pretty much a guarantee that a bucket of homemade popcorn will not cost nearly as much as one bought from the theatre. The advances that have been made in technology have enabled individuals to enjoy new technology such as 3D animation from the comfort of their homes through the use of 3D glasses.

One should still take the time to go out every now and then for special occasions, but there is no need to reduce the leisure time that one is able to experience simply because it is no longer affordable on your budget.

Necessity is the mother of invention and one is able to dream up multiple home alternatives to the activities that they used to take part in when everything was more affordable. If a number of individuals join forces, the ideas for these alternative “good times” can be more than forthcoming for a good period of time.

Jan 08

Why Mixed Martial Arts is So Popular These Days?

Why Mixed Martial Arts is So Popular These Days?Since Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was launched in 1993, mixed martial arts have become the new trend in the fitness world. Mixed martial arts combine the techniques of boxing, Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jeet Kune Do. More and more individuals, male and female alike, are now enrolling in different mixed martial arts training camps and clubs. And there are many reasons why many get easily hooked to this sport. The action, the adrenaline, the excitement, and the health benefits are just some of the many good things you get from training mixed martial arts.

And like any other sports, martial arts have its own set of rules, discipline, restraint and regulations. For instance, you may need to wear a certain fighting suit (such as a fighting bjj gi reviewed in this site) during a bout.

While it may appear that the sport will teach you to fight, it actually does not. Once the other fighter is done for, the bout is done and you don’t have to continue pounding on your opponent. It’s a sport guided by rules and not intended to teach you how to harm others. That said, let’s see what other people love about mix martial arts training.

  1. Builds confidence. By knowing how to fight, you feel a little more relaxed, calmer and freer. You are confident that you can defend yourself or a loved one in case there is a threat.
  2. Teaches discipline. As a sport, MMA entails a lot of discipline both of the body and mind. It also trains you to live a healthier life such as through sleeping and eating right.
  3. Excellent physical workout. A good 3-5 minute rounds of grappling or sparring is already a great cardio workout.
  4. Promotes self-defense. While you don’t ever want to use your MMA skills outside the cage, it would help to know the basic skills so you’ll be ready to defend yourself against possible attackers.
  5. Expression of inner feelings. Many people need an outlet for all the kept emotions and frustrations. With MMA, you can let go of your inner yearnings through physical expression. It is a legal way of releasing your aggression (but of course you have to put restraint to avoid overly hurting the other fighter).
  6. Teaches competition. In MMA, you are taught to strive well to achieve success at the same to be humble to accept defeat. Mixed martial arts will bring that winning spirit and drive which you will definitely find helpful in other aspects of your life.
  7. Stress reliever. After an hour of MMA training, you’ll likely forget about your worries and stress. It is a perfect means of releasing all the stressors in your life.
  8. Rather inexpensive and worthwhile hobby. Unlike other hobbies, MMA trainings will not normally cost you a huge sum. You may need to pay registration, membership and training fees, some gears and supplies, but considering the many health benefits of MMA, you will certainly find all these expenses worthwhile!
Nov 28

My Favorite Moth Sailing Destination

Last weekend I travelled to one of my favorite moth sailing destinations – Hayling Island Beach. Not many people actually go sailing in this part of the ocean on ordinary days, although it usually hosts many moth sailing events throughout the year.

There are a lot of reasons why I find this spot the best. For one, it is the most accessible from my place. The beach is just a couple of hours away from my home. This comes in handy especially if I want to spend short weekend retreats. I could simply hop on my truck and drive to the resort when I want to.

The road leading to the resort is well-paved. While driving, you can bask on the fresh sea breeze at the same time let your eyes enjoy the lush scenery. You can take your truck directly to the beachfront but there are designated parking spaces, especially if you want to stay much longer. On certain occasions, the beach swells with people. There are a many happenings that have been staged on the beach. On one of my moth sailing trips, there was a beach volleyball event; the following week, a concert. Usually, these are rare occasions and have always found them a pleasant surprise. They simply make the place much livelier.

I’ve seen countless beachfronts but I could personally say that this place has one of the most stunning views of the great Hayling Beach. At sunset, one can enjoy the panoramic view of the sea, complete with a silhouette from tall palm trees. It’s as if the palm trees have been meticulously trimmed, perhaps with a pole saw like the ones reviewed at PoleSawReport.com, to enable you to capture picture-perfect stills.

The place seems to be enveloped by the vastness of the seas. The soothing gush of water, the fresh sea breeze and the calming waves make the resort a personal favorite. Trust me, for someone who loves the ocean, I know you’ll love this place too.

But more than the scenic view and other features of this resort, the things that has drawn me back to this place for countless times are the memories I have with this place. It is here where I first learned sailing with my dad. Summer sailing excursions with my dad were among the happiest days in my life. He did not only teach me how to sail but also the love of the ocean. I remember riding my dad’s sail. It was just an ordinary sailboat but with some really colorful sail. He wasn’t really into speed or action instead he just wanted to leisurely cruise the seas. He loved the feeling of freedom that sailing offers. And this is one thing I’ve learned to too from him.

Looking back, I could say I’ve learned a lot of values in life in this picturesque beach. This strong personal connection makes me crave for moth sailing at Hayling Island even more!

Nov 27

Why it is good to try new things

Why it is good to try new thingsUnlike people who enjoy the routine, I enjoy trying new things. Every new thing I try makes me richer for the experience, and I can really recommend you to try something new every day. Here’s why this is good.

You can enjoy new things. How to know that fishing or sailing with moth boat are not for you if you have not tried? How do you know that caviar is a great and tasty dish? Trying new things in life allows you to enjoy life. Life is more beautiful when you have more things you enjoy. We just have to find them. There is only one reliable, good way to do it.

You’re killing boredom. The same routine is great in some situations but often can lead to the fact that each day seems like a Groundhog Day. Trying new things is an effective way to deal with boredom.

It awakens curiosity. Trying new things, especially those that you enjoy, definitely will awaken your curiosity. In this way, you’re more interested in the world around, you learn and grow. I can say that you become a better man in this way. I became interested in woodworking and realized how easy it is to make and repair something when you have a good tool like this.

It provides a new perspective. Adopt a new routine and try something new every day. This routine will open a new perspective and a number of doors for which you thought they were locked. Sometimes you will discover in yourself the qualities for which you thought you do not have them. Sometimes it takes courage, sometimes confidence.

You are learning new skills. Every new experience is new knowledge or new skills acquired. True, you may not master them all to perfection, but you are going to try at least. You never know when you may need them in your life.

You’ll have something to talk about. New things create great new experiences and adventures. In this way, you will have certainly something to talk about. You’ll be able to fit in various societies, find a common theme with various people. When you get older and when it is easier to live with the routine, you will have at least something for retelling and something to remember. Of course, the age is not a sign that you should stop surprise yourself. You are never too old to try something new.

What new things you can try:

  • Try a new dish
  • Try some extreme sport
  • Go to the opera if you’ve never been there
  • Try to create a work of art
  • Write a poem
  • Try to be smiling all day
  • Go on a journey

You see, trying out new things is not necessarily always something big or physically strenuous. It is enough to enter only a small change to make life a little different every day. Perhaps your life will not be easier, but it will be much nicer and more fulfilling.

Nov 23

The Best Tools For Boat Maintenance

ship-831795_1280Having my own boat gives me a lot of pleasure, but it’s also a lot of work. I go sailing every now and then, and the experience itself is worth all the trouble, but the fact is that owning it is a job that never ends. Apart from having to make sure that it never sails off without me and that it doesn’t get stolen, there are plenty of other things that I need to take care of on a monthly basis.

Since I’ve accumulated a lot of experience over the years, I’ve figured out some things that make maintaining my boat a lot easier. They all include specific tools, and I plan on sharing their benefits with all of you who either already own a boat, or are planning to get one. So here is the list of tools I believe every boat owner should have.

Digital multimeter

This one is great when you have to do precise measurements on the engine or electronics. Among other things, it can test DC current, AC/DC voltage, both transistor and diodes, batteries and resistance. What makes it even better is the fact that it has an LCD display that’s very easy to read. It’s definitely one of the must-have tools for boat maintenance.

Reciprocating saw

Although it’s not among the tools specifically designed for maintaining a boat, I’ve found it extremely useful over the years. It’s great for quick cutting jobs, especially when you don’t need it to be very precise. I personally like this one best: http://jasonsawreviews.com/dewalt-bare-tool-dc385b-18v-cordless-reciprocating-saw-review/, but there are plenty of other choices out there.

Air compressor

Now that you’ve finished reading Jason Saw Reviews, we can start talking about air compressors. These are essential for jobs like stapling, brad nailing and air brushing. If you want to do any of those things right, you’re going to need one of these babies. And you don’t need to worry about maintaining them, because they come with thermal overload protection.

Utility pump

Let’s face it, if you own a boat, there will come a point when you’re going to have to pump water in order to keep it dry and clean. And there’s nothing better to help you with this than a utility pump. Most can pump at up to 200 gallons per hour!

Boat trailer

Can you imagine moving your boat without one of these? I personally own a trailer that can accommodate a boat that’s up to 14 feet long, and it’s enough for me, but you can get an even bigger one. Most of them are equipped with rear signal lights that you can link to your car.

Trailer jack

While on the road, a boat trailer is not all you’re going to need. If you plan on leveling and stabilizing your trailer at some point, you should get yourself a trailer jack. My jack can lift a 1000 pounds in no time, and can be mounted to the trailer’s tongue as well, without making it hard to fold it away while traveling.

Nov 20

Building A Boat From Scratch

node-961743_640Building something from scratch can be really rewarding, especially when you’re looking at a finished product. This is why, after some serious thinking, I finally decided to build my own boat. As you probably already know, I’m passionate about boats and water sports, so I have an additional motive for doing this, but I really believe that it’ll pay off even if you don’t intent to set your foot in that boat ever again.

The whole process of building is, of course, quite demanding and time consuming. You’ll also need some powerful tools. But to make it a bit easier for you, I’ll describe the basics of the process, just so you know what you’re getting into.

Decide on the type of boat you want to build

You can’t do anything before you’ve done this. There’s a huge difference between building, let’s say, a kayak and a sailing boat. If this is your first time, maybe you should choose the simplest option.

Choose the hull material

After you’ve decided on the type of boat, you’ll need to do some research about the material that you’re going to need to use. And regardless of whether you’re building a boat that you’re going to use, or one that’s going to be just for show, you should pick quality materials.

saw-667135_640Cut the wood into previously measured pieces

This is where the heavy machinery comes in. If you’re opting for unprocessed wood, you’re going to need a log splitter. This is where I found mine: http://logsplitterpro.com/. It’s basically a tool that allows you to cut large pieces of wood into smaller ones. But before you start cutting, find a design online and get all the necessary measurements.

Make cuttings where the pieces will be connected

Even if you buy a quality log splitter, it won’t help you with this. You’re going to need a finer tool to make the cuttings. But before you do anything, make sure you’re planning on cutting at the right spot.

Fine-tune the pieces

I’ve personally used a shaving tool to get this done, but if you’re working with processed materials, you could even try sanding them down. Just remember to keep on going until the pieces fit perfectly. It’s important since there’s no coming back after the next step.

Use waterproof glue to connect them

My decision was to use only glue to connect the pieces, but you could also use nails. All surfaces need to be clean and dry before you start applying it, otherwise it will all fall apart in a matter of days.

Sand down the surface

After you’ve put all the pieces together, it’ll be time for some fine-tuning. Sanding it down allows your boat to glide through water and achieve a higher speed. It’s, of course, also a part of getting it to look good.

Apply paint and finishing

Both paint and finishing need to be applied to protect the wood from getting damaged by water. So choose your paint wisely, and apply it in generous, but not too thick layers.

Nov 16

The Many Benefits of Fishing

The Many Benefits of FishingWho doesn’t love the ocean? The cool breeze, the fresh air, the calming wave, the warm sun, the soothing sound of water – there’s just so many things to love about the ocean. And it’s not surprising why I find moth sailing the best adventure ever!

But recently, I discovered another adventure the ocean has to offer – fishing. While I may have spent countless days afloat, I haven’t really tried fishing in the open sea. And I actually find it the most rewarding feeling ever. Hooking and eating your own catch at sea, what could be more satisfying than that?

Having been a sea-lover for years, I wonder why I discovered fishing just now. Had my friend not given me his old saltwater spinning reel, I wouldn’t have found the satisfaction of fishing. I was really excited with my first saltwater fishing escapade and prepared for it well. I even read about the best saltwater spinning reel from this site. I find reading tips about basic fishing tools and techniques definitely helpful. I guess the day wouldn’t be as fun (or it could even be dreadful) if I didn’t do some reading.

After a full day of fishing, I’ve realized some benefits you can get with fishing:

  1. Stress relief

Being afloat in the vast seas gives you a sense of freedom. It allows you to detach from your worries and releases you from the highly stressful, everyday routine. Fishing also enables you to interact with nature which brings on a sense of life.

  1. Health benefits

Being active and being outside will help you stay fit and also encourages a healthy lifestyle. Burning 102 calories per hour during fishing is not bad, right? Also, fishing will usually entail swimming, sailing and walking. You get to burn additional calories with these side activities. Best of all, you get to eat fresh, low cholesterol fish which is good for your health.

  1. Recreation

Having no catch after a bad day of fishing is still better than watching TV or browsing through the net. Perhaps, the most common reason why people love fishing is that it is fun!

  1. Socialization

Along the way you get to meet and learn from a lot of people. On my first fishing trip, I met a guy (an old-time fisher) and had a nice chat about fishing and life as well. He reminded me of some nice practical and inspiring lessons that I must have long forgotten. You can also tag along your family and friends as fishing gives you plenty of opportunity to strengthen social bonds and relationships.

  1. Self satisfaction

The Many Benefits of FishingAfter spending hours waiting for a fish, finally I got one.  My first real catch gave me a thrilling and satisfying feeling. The spinning reel I used was the same as the one I read about at SpinningReelPro.com. It was a good day for fishing as I got a few more before I finally retired for the day.

If you haven’t tried fishing, you better try it! It’s a great lifetime skill and activity that is beneficial for you!