Protecting Pontoon Boat Decks

Written by Thomas Holley

The deck of your pontoon boat is often susceptible torepparttar elements when your boat is left outside for storage and otherwise is subject to some exposure and wear and tear while you haverepparttar 137409 boat out onrepparttar 137410 water. In order to make sure your pontoon boat deck stays just as lovely asrepparttar 137411 day you purchased it, you will want to purchase some sort of device to allow you to protect your pontoon deck.

The most common choice for pontoon deck protection is purchasing a deck cover to coverrepparttar 137412 deck ofrepparttar 137413 pontoon boat whenrepparttar 137414 boat is not in use. You can purchase pontoon boat deck covers that will only partially coverrepparttar 137415 boat, or covers that will coverrepparttar 137416 entire boat, protecting every inch againstrepparttar 137417 elements.

When your pontoon boat is continuously exposed torepparttar 137418 elements it can become damaged easily, and wear out much more quickly than it would if you continuously use a pontoon boat cover overrepparttar 137419 duration of your ownership ofrepparttar 137420 boat.

Pontoon boat deck covers can be purchased in a variety of different sizes, designed to fit each individual pontoon boat perfectly. When purchasing a pontoon boat cover make sure you are purchasing a cover that is designed forrepparttar 137421 particular brand, model, and size of pontoon boat that you have. It is important for a pontoon boat cover to fit your pontoon boat well in order to ensure that it is as protected as possible byrepparttar 137422 cover.

Rafters Rapture - Chiriqui Panama River Running

Written by Jim Hollister

Rafters Rapture: Chiriqui Panama River Running Read Jetsetters Magazine at To read this entire feature FREE with photos cut and paste this link:

Hector Sanchez hasrepparttar style and good looks of a man who has spent a lifetime outdoors. Held together by a wiry, near six-foot physique he appears every bitrepparttar 137408 “best river guide in Panama ” as touted by Lonely Planet and other travel guides. Before starting Chiriqui River Rafting in 1994 Sanchez spent two decades as civilian Director of Outdoor Recreation forrepparttar 137409 U.S. Army South in Panama. As a young man he receivedrepparttar 137410 Carnegie Medal for courage and outstanding bravery when he saved a drowning swimmer in Rockaway Beach , California. Today, he is standing in front of four new clients beginning his talk on safety with a company video featuring rafts and kayaks careening down Chiriqui River waterfalls. Three minutes intorepparttar 137411 video he switches it off and informs us that “you won’t need most of this instruction.” The four novices, here for a day’s outing with Sanchez’ company, breathe a sigh of relief and take this as a sign they didn’t makerepparttar 137412 wrong decision after all.

Sanchez moves through a demonstration of paddling technique and a review ofrepparttar 137413 commands his guide will use duringrepparttar 137414 trip. “All forward” he says firmly. “All back” he calls out. “Left forward, right back, right forward,” he commands. He tells us about “high side” which isrepparttar 137415 order for all rafters to move to one side ofrepparttar 137416 raft if it is forced up byrepparttar 137417 rapids and in danger of going over. Because we are raftingrepparttar 137418 Esti River with mostly Class II rapids, we don’t expect to hear that instruction. We learn, however, why whitewater rafting in Chiriqui isrepparttar 137419 biggest in Central America . The majestic Baru Volcano peaks out at 11,490 feet on a ridge of mountains that run from Costa Rica throughrepparttar 137420 center of Chiriqui province. Panama is a very narrow country and from atoprepparttar 137421 volcano is a breathtaking view of bothrepparttar 137422 Pacific and Atlantic on either side ofrepparttar 137423 isthmus. Whenrepparttar 137424 rains come andrepparttar 137425 waters rush downrepparttar 137426 mountainside, they have a very short distance to travel before reachingrepparttar 137427 sea. The steep descent becomesrepparttar 137428 fast moving Chiriqui, Chiriqui Viejo, Esti, and Gariche rivers.

Finally, Sanchez goes throughrepparttar 137429 procedure one uses if a rafter goes overboard. He explains how not to get tangled up inrepparttar 137430 lifeline and be sucked under and how to scramble back to safety if you’re tossed intorepparttar 137431 rushing current. Hector Sanchez is known for his safe approach to rafting and his students are paying very close attention. It’s as if their lives depended on it, which, in fact, they do. He has never “lost anybody on his trips” he says by way of reassurance, andrepparttar 137432 neophytes begin to wonder who might berepparttar 137433 first. We have signed our liability releases and indicated beneficiaries for our life insurance policies and we are, well, sort of ready to go.

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