Docking Techniques in Boating

Written by Thomas Holley

Whilerepparttar docking techniques in boating are always going to be dependent uponrepparttar 142297 weather conditions, there are a few simple things that you should always keep in mind. First of all, in this particular case practice makes perfect. Although we can provide tips, please remember thatrepparttar 142298 docking techniques in boating are going to be something you will have to personalize to your experience, your particular boat and of course,repparttar 142299 dock itself. Secondly,repparttar 142300 most common mistake boater’s make when attempting to dock their boats is to try and approachrepparttar 142301 dock in a straight line. By approachingrepparttar 142302 dock from an angle, however, it will much easier to get close without scraping and to hitrepparttar 142303 spot you're aiming for. Thirdly,repparttar 142304 speed at which you come in torepparttar 142305 dock must be controlled. Anything you've ever been told aboutrepparttar 142306 best docking techniques in boating probably mentioned that it requires you to run your boat in atrepparttar 142307 slowest possible speed. This however, is not as easy as it sounds. Often, even idle speed on a boat is too fast. Coasting, however, as a docking technique in boating, causes problems in and of itself. Coasting reduces steering capability, which makes it even more difficult to accurately line up withrepparttar 142308 dock. The best way to counter this problem is to alternate between power for steering (short shots of forward gear) and coasting for speed control. Being able to userepparttar 142309 best docking techniques in boating is not automatic.

Backpacking In The Sleeping Bear Dunes

Written by Steve Gillman

I was backpacking inrepparttar Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was March, so when I made it throughrepparttar 142251 woods and overrepparttar 142252 dunes, I'd have miles of beach to myself. It was an over-nighter, a chance to test new ultralight backpacking equipment. I hikedrepparttar 142253 wooded hills quickly, enjoyingrepparttar 142254 cold air.

Halfway throughrepparttar 142255 forest, I stopped to cook noodles. The cheap 3-ounce pot was from a dollar store, and it worked fine. I was happy, because fromrepparttar 142256 catalog descriptions,repparttar 142257 expensive titanium pots are all heavier, probably because they're too thick and with too many gadgets.

I had to use a small twig-fire when my homemade alcohol stove didn't provide enough heat. I later learned that isopropyl alcohol doesn't burn as hot asrepparttar 142258 alcohol used for a gas additive, butrepparttar 142259 twigs worked in any case.

Backpacking On The Beach

After eating, I hiked to Lake Michigan, and sat up on a large sand dune. I watchedrepparttar 142260 waves push ice up ontorepparttar 142261 empty beach. Coyotes began to howl inrepparttar 142262 distance, andrepparttar 142263 clouds rolled in. I was onrepparttar 142264 beach looking for petoskey stones whenrepparttar 142265 snow began. Backpacking in March has its risks.

I was in running shoes, and it would be below freezing that night. In northern Michigan, March is definitely part of winter. My feet stayed warm while I hiked, but I hadn't planned on them getting wet. At least I had a pair of warm, dry socks for sleeping.

Ultralight Backpacking Equipment

It wasrepparttar 142266 first time I used my GoLite Breeze backpack, which weighed only 13 ounces. I was hiking with about nine pounds on my back, and that only because I threw in some canned food. I was going light, but I knewrepparttar 142267 forests here and felt comfortable with my abilities.

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