Docking Techniques in Boating

Written by Thomas Holley

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You'll have to practice this one over and over. As you get closer torepparttar dock,repparttar 142297 best docking techniques in boating will tell you to start to turnrepparttar 142298 boat. It is at preciselyrepparttar 142299 same time, however, that you will also need to decelerate to a stop in reverse. Again,repparttar 142300 deceleration reduces steering capability. When approachingrepparttar 142301 dock, you are going to have to rely onrepparttar 142302 momentum ofrepparttar 142303 boat to get you over this obstacle. Momentum and speed, however, are notrepparttar 142304 same thing. Momentum is simplyrepparttar 142305 forward motion ofrepparttar 142306 boat that will actually carry you intorepparttar 142307 dock. You will need just enough momentum to get intorepparttar 142308 dock and that will allow you to smoothly makerepparttar 142309 shift to reverse so you can stop. Once you've actually mastered this task, you'll probably agree thatrepparttar 142310 best docking techniques in boating wererepparttar 142311 ones that you learned by trial and error. None ofrepparttar 142312 docking techniques you'll read will ever be a better teacher than practice, practice, practice. The best advice that one could ever receive when looking for information onrepparttar 142313 best docking techniques in boating would be to take it slow, don't get nervous or discouraged and most importantly, remember that every time you try it, will make it a little easierrepparttar 142314 next time.

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Backpacking In The Sleeping Bear Dunes

Written by Steve Gillman

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My down sleeping bag was a 17-ounce Western Mountaineering HighLite. It wasrepparttar first time I would use it below freezing (It hit 25 degrees fahrenheit that night). Fortunately, it wasn't too windy.

Atrepparttar 142251 edge ofrepparttar 142252 forest, behindrepparttar 142253 dunes, I set up my small tarp. I piled pine needles and dead bracken ferns under it, finishing just as it became dark. This made a warm mattress, and I slept well, listening torepparttar 142254 coyotes, and torepparttar 142255 waves pushing ice around inrepparttar 142256 lake.

Inrepparttar 142257 morning I was happy to see only a dusting of snow. My one-pound sleeping bag had been warmer than my three-pounder - and I thought that was light. I poured alcohol inrepparttar 142258 cut-off bottom of a pepsi can (my 1/2-ounce backpacking stove) and made tea. After some crackers I was soon hiking in my mostly-dry shoes, alongrepparttar 142259 Lake Michigan shoreline.

Backpacking Lessons Learned

I ended my trip that afternoon, with a hike torepparttar 142260 village of Empire, seven miles away. I was mostly satisfied. Only two problems: My tarp was too small, andrepparttar 142261 alcohol I brought wasrepparttar 142262 wrong type.

After backpacking in Michigan for years, I know it well. I know where to find dead grass and bracken ferns, for example, to make a warm mattress in a few minutes. Knowledge, obviously, can be as valuable as expensive backpacking gear.

Steve Gillman is a long-time backpacker, and advocate of ultralight backpacking. His advice and stories can be found at

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