Boating Trips on Loch Ness, Scotland

With its deep, dark, and murky waters, Loch Ness is the largest freshwater lake in Scotland by volume due to its depth. With more than 20 miles of water surface area, it has become a popular tourist destination for a variety of reasons such as boating, fishing, and most importantly, spotting the legendary monster named “Nessie”. According to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, there have been more than 1,000 reliable sightings of the creature ranging from eyewitness accounts to photos and videos. With its deepest point reaching approximately 755 feet along with the low visibility due to the surrounding soil content, these details only add to the mystery. Boating trips have become big business for the relatively small towns surrounding Loch Ness, and they can provide easy transportation to beautiful vantage points as well as aid in a personal search for “Nessie”.

Villages on Loch Ness

There are only a handful of villages in the vicinity of Loch Ness, with many of them in rural areas. With more than 200,000 annual visitors, Drumnadrochit is considered the Loch Ness focal point with many boats leaving the northern shores of the lake. The equally beautiful southern area of Loch Ness can provide …

Combine Whale Watching with a Boating Vacation: Corporate Sailing Trip Opportunities for Naturalists

Any time spent at sea provides the opportunity to observe wild animals, from enormous whales down to the smallest plankton.

Watching Whales from Boats

Whales, and their smaller cousins the dolphins and porpoises, can pop up (literally) almost anywhere in the ocean. It can be very frustrating if a pair of binoculars are not ready to hand. The best solution is to keep them constantly around the neck.

Seals and sea-lions can often be spotted closer to shore, and often hauled up on the rocks.

Seabirds will be constant companions on any sea trip, sometimes in vast numbers. There are so many species that it is useful to carry a local field guide, or a notebook and pencil (still writes when wet!) to jot down descriptions for later identification.

Find Out Where to Watch Whales

  • Obviously anyone owning a moored boat will be restricted to trips in the location of the moorings. Local knowledge will be available about possible sightings at different times of the year.
  • Trailing a boat from home to the coast on holiday will open up many more opportunities, and a little research will uncover likely places.

 

  • Hiring a boat for a family holiday naturally gives

NTSB Chairman Comments on Boating Safety Demands: States Still Need to Make Important Regulatory Improvements

The Legal Requirements Of Boating - ppt downloadIn the USA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responsible for boating safety. Speaking to a gathering of the Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA) on June 23, 2009, Mark V. Rosenker, Acting Chairman of the NTSB, made a number of points to WSBAA members present about the state of boating safety efforts by the Board to date.

The Chairman noted the good working relationship that exists between the NTSB and WSBAA. The WSBAA has historically supported the goals of the Board over the past 15 years. Among these goals are mandatory boating safety education, wearing of lifejackets by children, off-throttle problems with personal watercraft (PWC), alcohol safety programs, and safety education for renters of PWCs.

Rosenker emphasized that recreational boating safety is an important focus area for the NTSB and noted the Board highlighted the topic in its “Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements for 2009” list. Three current areas of focus for boating safety improvement include mandatory wearing of lifejackets by children in all 50 states, promotion of mandatory boating safety education courses, and that safety instruction be provided by liveries that rent out personal watercraft. The NTSB’s goals for improving recreational boating safety can be viewed at …

Boating ideas and tips

There’? no d?ubt ?bout ?t that boating ?s ? r?creational sport. It’s ? soothing, restful way to ditch th? tensions ?f lif? and co?st al?ng ? smo?th plate glass ?f water whi?e ?avoring t?e sig?ts and sounds of nature around y?u. Wh?n you are into boat?ng, t?ere are ? l?t ?f ?ports you can explore f?r recreational value.

Wate? ski?ng is ?ne ?f the m?st popular boating rec?eation sp?rts that boaters do. It’? fun to do and d?mands little in the ?ay ?f gear although t?e gear can be a little hig?-priced. A ni?e ?air of water skis ?an ?un upwa?ds of ? couple hundred dollars, and ? good slal?m s?i can b? ?ven mo?e co?tly. However, w?en ?ou se? ?ll ?ou rea?ly need i? skis and ? t?w rope, it’s no ?onder that water skiing i? a popular boating recreati?n sport.

Anot?er fun r?creational s?ort to d? while boating i? wake b?arding – al?o known a? boogie boarding. T?is call? f?r taking a bo?rd mu?h lik? a surfboard but sma?ler ?n size. A ?erson ?neels ?n th? ?oard w?ile keeping ?old ?f the tow r?pe and plan?s ac?oss t?e w?ter leaping w?ves.

Inner tub?ng ?s also another ?ecreational bo?ting …

Houseboating on Glacial Shuswap Lake

A vacation of a different sort, houseboating on Shuswap Lake, a trip for everyone. Even the geography buff in the crowd!

When I lay my head back on the edge of the hot tub, I could see the stars without straining my neck. And wow, were there stars! I felt so close to those celestial bodies, I felt as though I could see every detail one can with the naked eye. Nothing could tear me away. Nothing was going to. I was floating on a lake, sitting in a hot tub, in comfortable silence shared only with my animal neighbours. I couldn’t see them but I knew were there. I could memorize the stars, and enjoy the silence, in peace. It was a place of timelessness, a deep history of which only scientists could unravel, but I could belong to despite its element of mystery. It seemed I had been given the gift of relaxation.

Historical Evidence of a Glacial Deposit

You may have to know what you’re looking for but it seems to be of no surprise that the glacial advance didn’t neglect the interior of British Columbia. Much of the landscape in and around Shuswap Lake is dominated …

Omc Sea Drive Power Packs

Though they are becoming more and more rare, parts for OMC S/D engines, such as OMC Sea Drive power packs, are still available through commercial outlets. There are still dealerships that specialize in OMC genuine parts, providing factory-direct quality for OMC outboard or sterndrive owners. OMC Sea Drive power packs are available, as are OMC carburetor kits, propellers, and shop manuals, among others.

The power pack on an outboard engine is a key component of the electrical system of an engine. It is a computer-controlled box that distributes power to each of the spark plugs in turn, firing them to ignite the fuel in a cylinder and initiate the power stroke. OMC Sea Drive power packs are located in the power head of an outboard, adjacent to the cylinders.

 

Testing for Damaged OMC Sea Drive Power Packs

Occasionally, an ignition system part may become damaged by corrosion, age, or some other factor. If your engine doesn’t seem to be receiving any spark from the spark plugs, the power pack could be at fault. The wiring and connections may also be dirty or damaged, or it is possible that the stator, ignition switch, or amplifier coil may be damaged somehow.…

Virgin Island Sailing

Virgin Island sailing is one of the best ways to explore all the inlets, bays, cays and beaches of this magical part of the tropics. It’s no accident that one of the world’s largest fleet of charter vessels makes its home in the Virgin Islands. Year after year experienced sailors and newbies alike return to find relaxation in the private waters, and enjoy a freedom hard found in work-a-day life.

Unlike other parts of the world, there is virtually no “off-season” for Virgin Island sailing. The waters are gentle, warm and inviting nearly year round. In fact, the best months for Virgin Island sailing and snorkeling are actually May, June and July, after the official “high season” ends in mid-April.

Virgin Island Sailing: Takes Me Away, To Where I’ve Always Heard It Could Be

The sailing in both the U.S. and British Virgin islands is gorgeous, and simultaneously relaxing and stimulating. But for even more peace and quiet, you may opt for the BVI. There are no direct flights from the United States (it’s a quick puddle jump away), which keeps the BVI islands less populated. Plus, with a very forward thinking environmental policy, much of the entire area remains …

Invasive Species Threaten U.S. Waters: Boat and Seaplane Owners Mobilize to Fight Bilge Water Alien Species

Invasive species of aquatic plants and animals enter the U.S. daily without detection. They come from Europe, Asia and South America; stowed away deep in the bilges of large seagoing vessels. Once they arrive at U.S. ports they quickly invade to turn native aquatic plants and animals into endangered species. They cost billions in damage to commercial and recreational industries. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially calls them aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and considers their threat so ominous, an ANS task force of hundreds of federal, state, and municipal agencies has been mobilized to stop alien species by adding new steps to clean boating practices. A new form of border control helps water recreation enthusiasts clean up their act to avoid spreading ANS infestations.

Alien Species are Sinister Stowaways

Aquatic invasive species have stowed away to U.S. shores on ships from around the world since the 1800s and have now spread to over 40 states. As large merchant and cruise ships dock in U.S. harbors for refueling purposes, they drain bilge tanks, used to maintain a vessel’s stability as fuel is expended. Bilge water containing aquatic species from foreign countries is deposited into freshwater harbors, like that of the …

How You Can Get Boating Insurance

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it will help you to identify potential problems wich you do not know before now.

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it will help you to avoid an unwanted accident and enven avoid you break down on sea water.

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From what i know about marine surveyors,they can help you to identify problems,and also give a sugestion on how to solve such problems.
they help boat owners to know the potntial risk plus a preventive measure such boat owners will be taking should be incase of any disaster will occur

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The cost of a marine survey:
From my finding,the cost of marine survey is different because this depends on the extent of work you need to do on your boat.For example, a lager vessle do take long time to inspect and as a result,such will be more expensive to survey than the smaller craft.

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How ever, i want you to know that the cost of survey is small when compare with the risk you as owner of vessles will incure if such is not taking in consideratio…

Omc Sea Drive Parts Books

OMC Sea Drive parts books are most likely the primary resource material for any OMC Sea Drive owner. Since OMC declared bankruptcy in 2000, their Sea Drive (S/D) line of outboard engines has become discontinued. That doesn’t mean, however, that parts or OMC Sea Drive parts books are discontinued, but the engine itself is no longer in production.

The main source for parts and information regarding S/D engines may be certain dealers themselves. Many online vendors have physical retail locations as well, and have often been in the outboard business for a respectable amount of time. Such dealerships can help you find parts for your Sea Drive, and often have OMC Sea Drive parts books for sale as well.

 

Using OMC Sea Drive Parts Books

OMC Sea Drive parts books are, in general, organized similarly to most outboard engine parts books. The core of the book is detailed instructions regarding the disassembly of the engine, in two forms. Exploded-view diagrams document the teardown graphically, and accompanying text can explain more precisely the location and function of engine components.

S/D parts books also contain maintenance information, and specific, empirical information about certain engine components. For example, peak voltage information for …