Your pets are you best friends for life. You would not leave them alone in the house or in someone else’s care while you luxuriously stretch out in your boat off to a perfect vacation. Pets and sailing-boating have something in common- they are both high maintenance hobbies-passions. Having a pet play Skipper onboard is not impossible. In fact, it can be quite fun to dress them up in their life jackets and Gilligan’s Island Hats. Here are some of the tips to ensure your pet’s safety while sailing:
1. Prepare your boats for pets
Check your boat before bringing any animals on board, especially for cat owners. Boats are full of tiny holes and openings perfect for your cat to comfortably sit in (no matter how small it may look). Also, make sure the engine compartment is sealed, and close off any holes leading to it, or in it. You would not want to drag your cat out of the engine compartment while afloat..
For cat owners, you may want to add safety nets or ropes around the side of your boat. We all know cats hate water so if they slip or jump overboard, the nets can save you pet’s life. It is also important for cats and dogs to get familiar with your boat. Let them get comfy onboard before sailing.
2. Pet Safety
Yup! Life jackets do exist for your pets, and it comes in all different sizes and color. Some may even come in bright and vibrant color and a useful handle. You can check your local veterinary store to see if they can order one for you. Dogs can possible go overboard and is advisable for them to wear one. But before you put them on this life jacket, try introducing to them first. For cats, however, the nets are the main safety precaution for them as life jackets can interfere with their mobility.
3. Get a pet microchip
What’s the worst that can happen when traveling with your pet? Well, authorities can take your pet away from you because of insufficient documentations. How to prevent it? Get pet microchips with their vaccination information. These are the most common requirement in most countries (if you plan going on cross country sailing). You may want to put the boat’s information engrave in your pet’s collar.
4. Schedule pet potty stops
Pets need to use a bathroom break too! Most cats are trained to use cat litter. You can simply put cat litter on top of a non-slip mat to avoid it getting on the way. Clean it as often as possible so the boat won’t smell something that came out of a toilet. Dogs, on the other hand, can be trained to use newspaper which makes it easier for everybody onboard. But whenever possible, make marina stops a necessary as throwing poop in the open waters are illegal – everywhere in the world.
5. Keep your pets hydrated
Always keep your pets hydrated. Make sure your pets can hide under a shade or an under an umbrella. Keep them away from the harsh sunlight and keep an eye on your pets. Prepare a bowl of fresh water beside them and refill it as often as possible.
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Boating is a fantastic way to de-stress and rejuvenate in the vitamin sea. Handpicking THE perfect boat, on the other hand, is a daunting task. Don’t worry here is a list of some of the best boats making rounds for the review. Boating enthusiasts are raving about these boats for this year. While Carved Lake Art doesn’t sell boats we do sell THE BEST gifts for boaters on the market. From topographical wood carvings to cribbage boards and clocks.
Four Winns HD 220 OBhttp://carvedlakeart.com/ gifts for boaters
The Michigan boat designer decided to leave a hefty room in the new Four Winns HD 220 OB. Much to the delight of boaters who begged to have extra room for their catch of the day, the designer left a bare space where the engine used to be. Four Winns has a larger cockpit and the all fiberglass boat still feels sturdy. The designer does not only incorporate more room into the boat, the company created a setback bracket which reserves of its swim platform. Even the ride of the boat is outstanding with top rev reaching 500 rpm.
Bayliner Element E21http://carvedlakeart.com/ boating gifts
Bayliner has a new mission on the open seas, and that is to create boats that are both affordable and easy to maintain. The new E21 has a deck boat with the dual console and an optional glass windshield. It features a deep transom platform, wing ports, and a starboard. The cockpit is even self-bailing with storage under each of three seat cushions if ever you need additional space on the boat. The best part in the E21 is the battery and battery switch located just below the starboard, just in case you need to reach it. Also, the backrest provides an interesting detail as it contours and curves which make it even more good-looking.
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Do you want to explore the open waters for fun? Then Glastron GT-180 is the perfect boat for you. The overall design and finishing touches of the boat just spell fun. It is also a great boat for the family; it features good handgrips and high coamings perfect for children who would want to come along for a joyride. If you have teenagers, then give them the keys, it is not too fast as it could only go along a speed of 45 mph, so you don’t need to worry about them cruising in this boat.
Jeanneau New Concept 795
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The Jeanneau New Concept 795 is a popular European style boat which idea is imported from French concept of ‘pocket cruiser’. The inside of the boat offers comfortable seats and ergonomic tilt wheel. It can do wonders on the open waters with its 250 horsepower engine that makes it one powerful boat to drive.
The Monterey M45 takes pride of its fearless handling and turns even at top speed. With a powerful engine and a smooth digital throttle and a shift that perfectly fits underhand the Monterey M45 is a popular choice for boating enthusiasts. It has a lot of power for watersports fanatics, perfect for those family adventures vacations. The boat can easily tilt and ready for beaching up and it can also drain rapidly for cold-weather sailing.
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It’s not about how many trips you have, or how much boating experience you have in your life. Accidents can strike any minute and anytime during your boating trip. It is always good to come prepared EVERY time. Here are some of the usual yet most neglected boating safety tips:
1. Always follow a Pre-Departure checklist
Make sure to follow a pre-departure checklist every time you leave the pier. Your Pre-Departure Checklist should at least include enough life jackets for everyone onboard, sound producing device (horns or whistles), flashlights, and distress signals (flares). You may also want to add tools and spares for your boat, fire extinguishers and fuel.
2. Know the Weather
The weather is your best ally on the open waters. Always check the conditions of your local weather before and during departure. Tune into radio forecasts because nature can suddenly change its course. If there are any rough changes in the winds or sudden temperature drop, play it safe and get to dry land.
3. Designate a Second in Command person
Another important part of sailing is to have another assistant Skipper or at least another second in command person onboard. This person must be familiar with all another aspect of the boat operations, and general safety. Make sure that you are not just the only person who knows how to handle your boat. Just in case you got injured (hopefully not) another person can take charge of the boat’s safety and can get everyone back to shore.
4. Create a Float Plan
Before leaving make sure someone knows your plan in the open waters. You can tell one of your family member or an employee at your local marina your boating itinerary. For your safety, this can include:
5. Avoid alcohol at all cost
Alcohol and water do not mix in any kind of occasions. The chances of accidents increased ten folds when alcohol is involved during the trip. Alcohol reduces mind logic and you would not want to be on the open seas without proper thinking.
6. Stay vigilant
Common sense is the most important part of your boating trip, it’s all self-explanatory but it is also the most ignored trait. Common sense sailing means operating at a safe speed particularly in crowded areas, staying alert and keeping clear away from large vessels. Always check watercrafts for since some waterways can be restricted when turning or stopping. Another precaution to take is to check for buoys and other navigational aids. Those are safety measures placed for the safety of all boats and watercrafts.
7. Use lifejackets
Most drowning victims are because boaters are not wearing lifejackets. It is important that you stored sufficient life jackets onboard. Make sure these life-saving devices are easily accessible and everyone knows where to get lifejackets. Better yet, fit the lifejackets, make sure each passenger has their own before leaving for the open waters.
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Give you front door a little touch of color and it will make a big difference to your guest. People look for inviting colors like green or yellow, even a homey feeling of orange. Add a green plant beside your doorway this will draw eyes and a good conversation starter. Everyone is a sucker for adorable signs of hello by the door. Also, don’t just say welcome, display it! Or find a quirky sign, like beware of the kids (if you have them). That will surely put a smile on the faces of your guests.
Go crazy with soft textiles, like plush rugs, floor pillows and soft ottomans. These will make your guest more ‘at home’ feeling. You will even notice their favorite spot whenever they visit. Also, it’s a good set up for movie marathon nights. Pillows and a soft carpet makes an ideal setting for guest coming in with their toddlers (for those unexpected bumps, especially if their babies are learning to walk)
A hint of color will draw attention in your house. It’s a simple trick in the book but will do wonders in your home. It pulls the eyes inside your home and it will make your guest wants to go inside and explore more of your home. Try putting beautiful paintings as this adds a little bit fun in sometimes plain wall.
Straight lines even in modern upholstery can look unnatural and uninviting. The trick here is to create soft lines in between and breaking the corner lines. You can drape your couch with fine sheep wool or a unique shawl. You can even put round rugs and more pillows as this will make your space more personal and inviting.
Now, this is fun to do. Concentrate on one piece of furniture you bought from one of your travel or in a popular store. You can personalize it in giving it a reupholstered look using a fun upbeat fabric. This will make your house more like a home and not just a piece from a boring catalogue. Adding some of your favorite color or your favorite piece, you can channel your unique personality into your home. Your guest will definitely remember your home.
It may not be aware, but your stacks of bills, outdated newspaper and magazines look like a mess to your guest. Besides, who would want to come in inside a house that looks like an office? One quick fix is all you need. Tuck those clutters away using a box or an ottoman that has a built in storage inside. It is easy to store and easy to get, so it’s a win-win solution for you.
A nice smelling house means a great house. Or at least make sure it does not smell like rotten eggs. Take a mini-vacation, or some time away from your home, you can smell what your house smells like when you first enter the door. Its smells stuffy get rid of the odor or buy a home deodorizer. An indoor fragrant plan is the best way to fix a smelly house.
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Remember the old days? When cars had dramatic lines, and burgers were brought to you on roller skates? Well, don’t fret you can always go back in time in The Automobile Gallery. The gallery offers a wide variety of vintage cars with an amazing mix of car models from different eras. The cars are displayed casually which makes it easy to go around and appreciate its vintage beauty. The recent renovation matches the theme of the museum; it makes the visit worthwhile for the tourists or even with the locals.
If you are lucky, you can even bumped into the owner! He may even tell you about the priceless stories behind each car and their restoration process.
If you want to delight your senses, then head on to the Meyer Theatre. It can hold around 1,000 people and the great thing about Meyer Theatre is that there is no bad seat in the house. So, even if you booked in the last minute, you can still enjoy their show. The theater is still a great place to enjoy concerts or even watch locally produced plays.
This 47-acre botanical garden offers a lot more than the display of numerous amazing flowers and plants. Green Bay Botanical Garden also houses great architectural buildings great for dramatic selfies.
For the Lord of the Rings fans, a trip to Green Bay Botanical Garden is a must. They have their own hobbit house known as The Les & Dar Stumpf Hobbit House. That will save you a huge amount of time from travelling all the way down to New Zealand. Another great innovation added to The Les & Dar Stumpf Hobbit House are the solar light tubes and water efficient equipment, proving that as their name suggests, they went green.
Green Bay also offers programs like photography, cooking, and even hiking. Don’t miss out the Garden Fair and WPS Garden of Lights event, where you can walk along their creative display of 250,000 lights during the Holiday festivities.
For sport fans, particularly football fans (who doesn’t love Football?) The Oneida Nation Walk of Legends in Green Bay is a walk to take. It can make you burn calories, so you feel like you’re in “THE GAME” (just kidding)- but you will enjoy the scenery at Green Bay, and perhaps get to know more about the locals. The Walk of Legends is comprisesdof 24 monuments which immortalize the football history in the area.
A trip to a new destination isn’t complete without a visit to a local museum, especially if you have kids. Neville Public Museum can tell you all about the Northeast Wisconsin history. They have exhibits ranging from ice age to the present day. They also have diverse subject of art, science and their local history.
Neville Public Museum takes pride of their permanent exhibit called “On the Edge of the Inland Sea.” Their objective is to educate visitors about the country’s history as the Great Lakes Region.
Since 1958, The National Railroad Museum preserved the history of railroad travel in the country. Their advocacy leads to a collection of more than 70 engines and train carriages. The kids will surely enjoy the “Thomas the Tank Engine” train tour around the museum. Visitors can watch educational films about the history of railroad travel in the country. They also have an impressive collection of old photographs and other transportation mementos; some are from Hindenburg and Titanic.
For appreciate the beautiful scenic view of Green Bay, the Fox River State Recreational Trail is highly recommended. It starts in downtown Green Bay area and runs along the Fox River in the northeastern part of Wisconsin. The popular 20-mile trail goes to the Brown County Line filled with hikers who want to enjoy the Green Bay picturesque view of the Great Lakes Region.
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QuietKat FatKat Hunting Electric Bike Review
The QuietKat FatKat is a powerful electric bike that is specifically designed for the purpose of hunting. There are two almost identical versions of the FatKat, the 1000W model and the 750W model. The only difference between the two versions is the size of the motor (1000W vs 750W) and the brakes (Hydraulic disc brakes on the 1000W, Mechanical disc brakes on the 750W).
Among the gear designed to make your hunting trips more successful, the QuietKat FatKat Hunting Electric Bike (that’s quite a mouthful – let’s just call it the FatKat from now on) is a pretty cool one. When you’re out hunting, if you are going to add another piece of gear to your arsenal, you want it to be worth your while, something reliable, useful, something which makes the job of hunting more efficient and more enjoyable.
As we shall see in this review, the FatKat improves your hunting experience in the following ways: It extends the area you can cover, allows you to maintain a quiet approach towards your prey, minimizes the scent you leave behind, and lets you hunt in all kinds of weather and on all kinds of terrain. Let’s scope this thing out.
Increased Range & Area Coverage
Imagine this: it’s the morning of the hunt, you have arrived at your destination, decked out in your outfit, eagerly anticipating the tasks ahead, tasks like tracking, scouting, checking trail cameras, not to mention preparing yourself for whatever weather confronts you, be it wind, rain, or snow. You will need to cover lots of ground, perhaps miles of ground. That’s where the FatKat helps you cover a lot more ground quickly and more easily, while conserving your own energy in the process.
A proven workhorse when it comes to extending your range, the FatKat’s 48 volt, lithium-ion battery, when fully charged, covers a distance of 18 miles in throttle mode, without any pedalling required on your part. If you use one of the pedal assist modes (there are 5 modes in total), you can increase the battery range to between 30 to 40 miles. With a top, unassisted speed of 24 mph, you can accomplish in minutes what would have taken you hours to do before. With the FatKat powering you through the expanse of wilderness you need to cover, you can concentrate on hunting, and let the FatKat take care of the distances involved.
A Stealthy Approach
So we know the FatKat helps you cover a lot of ground. But what about enabling you to approach your hunting area quietly, stealthily, without alerting the animals to your presence? You’d probably think an electric bike with a motor would take away the element of a silent approach.
Some electric motors would likely scare the animals away, but not in this case. The FatKat’s mid-drive motor, whether it’s the 750 or 1000 watt version, is sealed to enable silent operation of the bike. So not only does the FatKat enable you to cover more distance, more quickly, it also lets you proceed quietly while doing so, preserving the serenity of the environment while you scope out your target. No need to worry about the noise you would make by rustling leaves or snapping deadwood with your boots. The FatKat’s wheels will silently roll you into position.
As with noise minimization, it is also important to limit the scent you leave behind when you are trekking through the fields. Even if you can approach quietly with a silent-running FatKat, if leave a trail of odor behind you, you’re still detectable to its sensitive sense of smell. But the FatKat helps in two ways when it comes to reducing your scent:
First, because you will be approaching the animals while riding, your feet will not have contact with the ground. Thus, you won’t have to worry about depositing scent from your body directly onto the ground.
The second way the FatKat reduces scent is by keeping you from sweating, another source of human scent detectable by animals. In pure throttle mode, you can simply cruise on your bike while comfortably sitting down, enjoying the scenery, not breaking a sweat until the real action begins. By relying on the FatKat to get you there, you are taking one more method of detection away from the animals – their ability to smell you.
Weather & Terrain
What if it’s snowy or rainy or windy? Would using the FatKat be problematic in inclement weather, or on rough, wet ground, or on steep inclines? As a hunter, you need gear that withstands whatever Mother Nature will throw at you. The FatKat has several features which help you tackle the challenges facing you in the midst of a battle with the elements.
First, let’s look at the tires. The 4-inch, knobby tires are resilient to the rocks, stones, sticks, and uneven ground you will encounter in the course of off-road exploring. Speaking of uneven ground, one hunter has successfully used the FatKat to ride through the snow. He deflated the tires slightly so that they would stick better to the surface. This is an example of creative defiance to whatever Nature throws at you.
A second feature which makes the FatKat useful regardless of the weather is the braking system it employs. Both the 1000 watt and 750 watt models feature front and rear disc brakes, with the 1000 watt model having hydraulic disc brakes. You are bound to come across wet ground during your excursions in the woods: muddy paths, rain-soaked trails, fields still moist with morning dew, valleys damp with newly-melted snow, and swampy, boggy, marshy wetland areas. With disc brakes, due to the nature of the braking mechanism, stopping the bike is not affected by the ground being wet. You can confidently and safely apply the brakes whenever a quick stop is required.
A third feature of the FatKat which helps you navigate difficult areas is the gear set-up. Its 7 gears help you negotiate elevation changes, whether they are uphill or downhill. The gears will be especially helpful if you are hunting in a hilly or mountainous area. What is so useful about the FatKat is that you always have the option of using only the throttle if you want to conserve your energy – and this becomes even more important if you are faced with mountainous terrain.
When you’re out on a hunt, you don’t want to waste any time. You want to enjoy the spoils of your labour. The best kind of gear to help you accomplish this is the kind that you don’t have to worry about. Charge it the night before, load it in your vehicle, then just ride. But ride far, ride quietly, maintain that stealthy, scent-free approach, and don’t worry about weather, rough terrain or steep hills. Happy hunting.
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Whats up. Im Todd. I like my dog, boats, the open water, the American flag and guns. Some might describe me as a "basic bro", but I'm really just a down home country boy. And a country boy can survive! Im usually out on the water in my fishing boat or canoe with my dog drinking a beer. Stuff on here is stuff I like. Cheers.