All Aboard (April): Boat Names & Nautical Charts

Welcome to GS Products latest boating round up. Every month we’ll be serving up a platter of the best articles, news and views from the worlds of boating and sailing. This month, discover the top 10 boat names of 2015, consider a seafarer’s code of conduct, learn to read nautical charts and find out how your clothes could save your life at sea…

Top 10 Boat Names of 2015


What’s in a name? Well, for boat lovers, rather a lot. This interesting post from the First Boat blog shares the top 10 names for US boats in 2015. The results are surprisingly interesting. ..

It’s clear from the poll that, for most of us water-lovers, our vessels are all about relaxation, with names like Serenity, Island Time and Happy Ours topping the charts. Puns too, appear to be a popular choice, although we’re pretty confident that a UK chart would be even punnier!

  • What’s your boat called? What does its name say about your passion for boating? Share your names & thoughts below.

5 Ways Your Clothes Can Save Your Life


In an ideal world we’d all keep our life vests on all the time, but in practice, this just doesn’t happen – especially when the weather is good. But falling overboard can be frightening in an weather. This helpful blog from Sea Tow‘s Captain’s Classroom section offers 5 clever ways your clothes could save your life should you find yourself in the water without a life vest.

How to Read a Nautical Chart


Whether you love the thrill of getting back to basics, or want a back up option should your satellite navigation pack in, learning to read a nautical chart can be a huge advantage – and it’s a pretty straightforward skill to master.

Boating Magazine is a fantastic online resource for tips and advice, including this handy how to guide for anyone keen to learn a little more about deciphering nautical charts. From understanding depths and dangers, to identifying navigation age, this quick, concise guide will give you the basics.

The Seafarer’s Code of Conduct


Marine Cafe is a very interesting corner of the seafaring world online, offering editorials, news and views from a very distinctive point of view. This post is all about creating a seafarer’s code of conduct in a bid to take some of the bad behaviour out of sailing; from swearing never to buy a safety certificate without undergoing training, to promising never to stray while at sea. We’re not to sure about Marine Cafe’s particular codes, but we do love the idea of a seafarer’s code. What would you include in it?

What are the rules of your own personal seafarer’s code? Do you use nautical maps? Share your ideas and experiences with other boat lovers below.

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