A few brief tips for those who are new to the world of boating.
Life and leisure on the water can be an enormously rewarding experience. Whether you love the serenity of a beautiful sunrise or sunset, the placid and hypnotizing sound of the water gently lapping the side of the boat, or you prefer the screaming engine propelling you over the surface of the water with the wind tugging at your hair, boating can provide it all. For those new to boating, a few tips are in order.
First, safety should be paramount to all things. It should go without saying that all of the safety equipment and flotation devices should be onboard and accessible. It is also a good idea to take a local boating course covering safety as a topic to better prepare you for time spent on the water. If you are not sure of what safety and flotation gear needs to present on your boat, check with the nearest Coast Guard or local waterborne law enforcement unit to prevent both mishaps and the issuance of citations for lacking the proper equipment.
Assuming the boat you intend to use will be your own and recently acquired, be sure to familiarize yourself with all of its features. Become intimate with its capabilities and limitations and spend time with the owners manual, if available. As mentioned earlier, make sure that all of the requisite items are onboard and accessible and if not, obtain them before getting underway.
Whether you will be boating on the open ocean or inland lakes and waterways, obtain local charts and look for shoal, or shallow areas that could inhibit your passage and damage your propellers, leaving you stranded. Familiarize yourself with the chart legend and make sure you understand the symbols used to warn boaters of potential trouble. Look for underwater obstructions jutting up from the bottom. It is always wise to know what the color and shape of the channel buoys mean as they are provided for your safety and the safety of your fellow mariners. Buoys indicate which side of the channel you should be traveling on, where the shoal water is, and indicates the location of other channels.
As with most things, alcohol and boating do not mix, particularly if you are entrusted with the lives of others riding in your boat. Alcohol impairs judgment, which should be entirely unencumbered when the potential hazards present when boating could mean disaster. There is ample opportunity to enjoy adult beverages once onshore when the boat is secured to the dock or pier.
Communication equipment is an important element in safe boating and primary and secondary means of speaking to the shore and fellow boaters should be present. Marine-band radios are the most commonly used while on the water, but cellular phones are a handy and reliable back-up.
A complete and amply supplied first aid kit should be secured to the bulkhead of your boat in case unforeseen accidents occur.
Enjoy your boating experience and share the wonders of the water with others. Be prepared before getting underway and keep safety in the forefront of your mind.
Choosing Between Regular, Pima and Egyptian Cotton Sheets & Towels
Without knowing exactly what to look for, consumers may end up buying inferior towels and sheets instead of getting linens that are soft to the touch and durable!
Not all cottons are created equally, and this certainly becomes apparent when shopping for towels and bedroom linens. By paying special attention to packaging and tagging, savvy consumers can quickly detect the exact quality of what they are about to purchase.
When towels and linens are made of 100% cotton, there are several noticeable advantages; the first and most important is easily seen in the softness of the fabric. By touch alone, shoppers can feel that pure cotton is much more supple and smooth to the touch than those made of a cotton blend.
The next advantage comes in the level of durability: 100% cotton sheets withstand years of washing, unlike their combo counterparts, which tend to break down over time. Cotton/poly sheets tend to ?pill?, when they are frequently washed and get those little balls of fabric that itch and irritate skin.
The third advantage comes in ?breathability?. 100% cotton allows for air to flow through the spaces between the stitches, which allows for natural body heat to regulate the temperature in the bed. On the contrary, the cotton/poly blends trap in body heat, which causes discomfort while sleeping. Although cotton/poly blends tend to be less wrinkled upon removal from the dryer, it is preferable to deal with a few wrinkles than to have to sleep on sheets that feel like stiff sandpaper and wear thin after a few washes.
For towels, these issues tend to be a bit more minimal than with sheets, but the main advantage to purchasing 100% cotton towels is that they are considerably more absorbent are softer to the touch, and they, as the sheets, have an increased level of durability.
For starters, as stated above, when purchasing towels and linens, always choose those that are made with 100% cotton as opposed to those created with a 60% cotton / 40% polyester blend; yes, it's cheaper, but it won't last nearly as long or feel nearly as luxurious when it touches your skin. The benefits will heavily outweigh any difference in price.
Once a shopper has determined that their towels or linens are, in fact, 100% cotton, it is time to differentiate between the types of cottons. Generally, there are three common types of cotton: regular, 100% cotton, pima cotton and Egyptian cotton.
The regular cotton, although it is the lowest grade of the cottons, still offers amazing quality. Regular cotton is easy to detect and is usually billed simply as ?100% cotton? on packaging or tags.
Pima cotton is grown in Arizona and other arid climates, and it is one step above the regular cotton; it offers additional softness and durability.
At the top of the cotton heap, so to speak, is Egyptian cotton. This cotton is by far the softest and the most durable, and the most sought after by those in search of a good night's rest or a soft towel with which to dry off.
In conclusion, shoppers should be sure to carefully read the packaging and/or tags to ensure that they are buying what they think they are buying! Not paying attention to this detail may mean that consumers end up with inferior quality products that are designed to be the closest to their skin. In addition, once shoppers can identify the differences in the quality of cotton, they can better understand the price differences and rest assured that a higher price tag does, indeed, mean higher quality.
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