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Posted On: January 31, 2019

Ever wonder what the impact of the Super Bowl is on businesses?

I did.

Here's an interesting article by Nancy Wagner on the subject.

How Do the Super Bowls Affect Businesses?

The lure of an economic windfall often convinces larger cities to host the Super Bowl, but the picture might not be as rosy as some would suggest for area businesses. The National Football League says the Super Bowl impacts a host city’s economy by $300-$400 million, but in reality, the economic impact of the big event is more likely less than 25 percent of the NFL’s estimate, according to a study by Williams College. Even so, small businesses able to sell their products and services during the event are likely to see an increase in sales.


Tourism exposure for a city might normally cost millions of dollars to obtain without the aid of a Super Bowl, but hold a Super Bowl, and the city gets a real boost when it comes to future tourism. Studies by the NFL show that Super Bowl influences the city’s future business more than any other event or convention held in the United States. People who watch the Super Bowl and the programming centered around the event might become more interested in visiting the area long after the game is over.

Outsider Spending

Businesses that sell products and services to people from outside of their community, such as fans, competing teams and the media, see an intense period of spending from these newcomers. In 2012, more than 116,000 non-residents spent $295.2 million during the Super Bowl held in Indianapolis. Restaurants, hotels, retail stores, cultural attractions and transportation services all share in the spoils while also adding to the city and state tax coffers. According to Williams College, the 1999 Super Bowl held in South Florida attracted outsiders who spent more than twice that of the average visitor who traveled to the area during the peak tourist months of January and February.

Local Spending

It’s a bit of a toss-up, says Williams College, about how Super Bowl spending by locals affects businesses. The study suggests that spending by people who live in the same city as the Super Bowl might increase because the residents spend their hard-earned money in their own town instead of traveling to another city to watch the Super Bowl. On the other hand, local residents might go out less often to avoid congestion and higher prices during the event.

Job Openings

Some businesses offer more job openings in preparation for and during Super Bowl events, making it necessary for them to conduct searches for, interview, hire and train more employees to handle the influx of businesses. According to Williams College, 2,736 jobs were created due to the Super Bowl held in Atlanta, in 1994. The new job openings help contribute to the local economy as these employees are more likely to spend their earnings in the area.



Posted On: January 29, 2019

Did you go the boat show this past weekend?

This time of year many people begin to feel the itch.

In the Winter, selection can be high.

Prices are a bit lower.

Here’s some advice if you want to buy a boat.


Consider a discontinued model as it may not be all that different than a just-built current model. It costs a lot to redesign boats and build new molds, so the “upgrades” offered on newer boats may only amount to different color schemes, upholstery, or slight changes in the power train. Check with the builder and engine manufacturer to make sure their warranties are in effect. You’ll need a hull ID number and engine serial number. Have the boat surveyed. Leftover models are sometimes cannibalized for parts. Be sure to sea-trial the boat and test operating systems.

Leftover  Models

Boat   dealers   use loans to purchase new product from manufacturers (called floor planning).  Ideally, each new boat sold helps the dealer keep up  with  his  loan  obligation.  The system works well until sales of new boats taper off or dry up, as they have this year. Consider the following when buying a  new  leftover model:  Expect  significant  markdowns  on leftover models and be prepared to negotiate to have extras,  such  as  electronic  gear or trailers, added in to sweeten  the  deal. Dealers who have long given up on making a profit on a sale may be happy to improve their cash flow with a bargain price.

Can't afford a new one, but saw a bargain online?

Salvage Vessels

Rehabilitating a boat that’s been totaled in an accident or hurricane may seem like a good way to get something newer and bigger or to make some money in a flip. But bear in mind: All used boats and their engines should be surveyed before purchase. This goes double for boats sold as salvage. Structural damage can add thousands to repair costs. Few states require dealers to reveal that boats have been totaled in an accident or are salvaged vessels. Used boats are sold in “as is” condition, which means that you’ll have no recourse against the seller if something goes wrong.




Posted On: January 24, 2019

Boat electronics represent a big investment, so it pays to take care of them.

Spray bottle and microfiber cloth

Many multifunction displays (MFDs) have a touch-screen interface, but all those pinches, swipes, and taps can leave the screen with a plethora of fingerprints and dirt that needs to be periodically cleaned off.

While it may be tempting to reach for the Windex or other glass cleaner, these can do more harm than good.

Glass cleaners contain ammonia, and while this may remove fingerprints, it can, over time, damage the underlying screen layer, leading to a cloudy or milky-white screen that can be difficult to see, making those expensive electronics all but useless.

Nearly every manufacturer says the best thing for screen cleaning is a little water and a clean microfiber cloth — no fancy chemicals or additives required.

Distilled water is best as it's free of impurities. For a clean spot-free shine, just spritz the screen with a little water and wipe carefully with a clean microfiber cloth.

I keep a small spraybottle in a drawer close to the nav station specifically for this purpose — 2 or 3 ounces of water lasts a whole season.

For best results turn off the display and allow it to cool for several minutes prior to cleaning, this is especially important if you have had backlighting turned up to full brightness.



Posted On: January 22, 2019

based on a NY Times article

After a month of relatively mild winter weather, the Midwest and the East Coast are bracing for what is becoming a seasonal rite of passage: the polar vortex.

The phrase has become synonymous with frigid temperatures that make snowstorms more likely. A blast of arctic air is expected to herald the vortex’s arrival on Monday.

If it seems as if these polar freezes are happening more often, you’re right. “They are definitely becoming more common,” said Jennifer Francis, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. “There have been a couple of studies that have documented that, ”according to Judah Cohen, a climatologist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a weather risk assessment firm. 

Monday’s high temperature in New York City was predicted to reach just 16 degrees, 20 degrees below average, according to the forecasting service Weather Underground.

Polar Vortex. The term refers to circular bands of winds near the poles that are strongest in wintertime and well above the jet stream in the stratosphere. The stratosphere is an atmospheric layer that extends roughly seven to 31 miles above the earth.

Usually, those circular bands act as walls that keep the teeth-chattering cold air locked at the poles. But, every so often, the winds break down and allow the cold air to escape. That’s what happened at the beginning of this month, when the polar vortex split into three separate bands.

As the Arctic gets warmer and warmer, the severe weather picks up.



Posted On: January 17, 2019

So You Have A Boat Now, have taken a few classes, and you think you know everything.

You feel good about yourself and think you are a "Salty"

Think again, Here are some characteristics of what true boys(and gals), of the sea say makes them seasoned sailors

A sailor…

         Knows what phase the moon is in                                                  

  • Can tell the wind speed by feel
  • Can light a cigarette no matter the weather conditions (French sailors)
  • Has lost a digit in a winching accident
  • Dresses in primary colours
  • Gets upset when people call the British national flag the Union Jack
  • Always passes port to the left (unless he’s in America)
  • Can sleep anywhere
  • Has an eclectic collection of yacht club-branded T-shirts
  • Sports sun-yellowed eyebrows
  • Is not afraid of seasickness
  • Does not carry an umbrella
  • Sniggers when hearing someone say ‘Over and out’ in a movie
  • Can always find a parking space
  • Drinks beer/rum/whisky for breakfast (after a long trip)
  • Never uses a wheelie suitcase
  • Finds it acceptable to eat and drink out of plastic
  • Owns a spork
  • Can fix anything (usually with epoxy or duck tape)
  • Can throw a great party in the smallest of spaces
  • Can make friends in an instant that last a lifetime
  • Is good at keeping in touch
  • Is adept at sewing up holes (in sails, in clothes)
  • Is good at whipping 
  • Daydreams of adventure
  • Actually goes on adventures
  • Shies away from botox, knowing that lines speak of a life well lived
  • Never goes for a manicure
  • Does not use the word ‘hurricane’ lightly
  • Is not daunted by third world lavatories
  • Is open-minded and big-hearted
  • Knows the name of a good pub or restaurant in every port town in the western hemisphere (and much of the eastern)
  • Has a friend in every port town in the western hemisphere – often a bartender
  • Can whip up a hearty meal consisting entirely of tinned and packet foods
  • Is not phased by the idea of making tea at 30° (whether lat, long or angle of heel)
  • Knows the difference between latitude and longitude – and is always aware of where he or she is
  • Has seen more sunsets and sunrises, dolphins and views of the Milky Way than anyone else they know
  • Is not afraid of the dark
  • Knows that lists like these are for desk-based landlubbers who aren’t busy off having adventure



Posted On: January 15, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.

King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.



Posted On: January 10, 2019

Wondering how to keep warm in frigid, soul-shattering temperatures? You're not alone.

Thanks to Chris Gayomali the science and technology editor for

Here are a few practical, science-based tips for keeping warm:

  1. Stay dry

THE GOLDEN RULE to stay warm is "Don't get cold in the first place."

That's obvious, you say. But is it? The cold can sneak up on you, especially if you're tromping through icy puddles or sweating in that big parka. So stay dry, especially by dressing in layers. Try layering with a "synthetic, wicking base layer to pull the moisture off your skin." Then on top of that, you'll need a layer that insulates. "Heat tech" base layers — tights, leggings, form-fitting undershirts, etc. — are lightweight, easy to throw on underneath your normal work clothes, and most importantly, keep you toasty with minimal discomfort. Try not to let cotton (which can absorb sweat) touch your skin, if you can help it. Sorry Mom.

2. Protect your core
The average human core temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; hypothermia occurs when body temp dips below 95 degrees. Obviously, keeping your torso insulated is the best thing you can do to keep the rest of you warm and humming along, especially if you pack on a few extra winter pounds.

For example, when people lose fingers, toes, and other extremities to frostbite, at work is one of the body's natural self-preservation systems: It simply stops

sending blood out in order to protect the vital organs. So, as counterintuitive as it sounds, keeping your torso warm is the number one way to keep your hands and feet feeling warm, too. (More on that in a bit.)

3. The "winter hat" might be a myth
Good news for people with great hair: The assumption that 70 percent of a person's body heat escapes through their head is patently false. University of Michigan professor Andrew Maynard debunks the popular "dancing naked with a winter hat" myth, and explains that body-heat loss relates to "how much skin is exposed, not which part of the body you're exposing." That said, wearing a warm hat can and definitely will help you keep warm. (The more skin you cover up the better.) But a hat shouldn't be depended on in lieu of down coat or jacket with good insulation.

4. Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves
Protecting your core should be your number one priority. But you need to cover your skin to keep it from getting frostbitten. Remember: The less skin you have exposed the better. If you don't mind having less mobility in the cold, mittens may be preferable to gloves, since clustering the fingers together helps to produce more insulating body heat.

5. Drink water
Summit-trekking adventurers agree: Water is actually amazing for retaining body heat. Simply put, the more you have in your system, the easier it is to keep warm. Stay hydrated — especially before you dash out into the frozen slush every morning.



Posted On: January 08, 2019

Here's an article by Charles Fort on how climate change is impacting our world.

Here's how stronger storms, varying water levels and currents, and more weather anomalies are affecting the pastime we love.

Hurricane satellite view

We've all seen headlines such as "Last Year Hottest on Record," "Record Low Arctic Sea Ice," "Hurricane Patricia the Strongest Eastern Pacific Storm Ever Recorded."

Here's what's happening.

First, there's a difference between "weather" and "climate." Weather is what's happening today and maybe the rest of the week. Climate refers to weather over long periods of time. While there may be some political disagreement over why changes have been occurring in the climate, nearly all climatologists and meteorologists agree on one fact: The wild weather is occurring because Earth is warming.

Warm air holds more moisture. Scientists at the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have accurate records going back to when modern record keeping began in 1880 showing the Earth's average surface temperature increasing by about 1.8 F since the early 20th century. Sounds like nothing. But it makes a major difference in the way our weather operates: About 6 degrees Fahrenheit is all that separates our current climate from an ice age.

As an example of current trends, 16 of the 17 warmest years in recorded history have occurred since 2000, and according to NASA, 2016 was the warmest ever recorded with 2017 coming in a close second. At the rate the climate is warming, NOAA forecasts a 3- to 7-degree increase by the end of this century.

When the planet warms even a degree or two, fundamental weather patterns change in counterintuitive ways, exacerbated by cyclical factors including El Niño and the oscillating jet stream. This creates more severe cold snaps and record snows in some areas. For instance, the spring of 2017 found California's drought-prone Sierra Nevada mountains at 200 percent of normal snowpack. On the other hand, last year Birmingham, Alabama, went a record-breaking 61 days without rain. During June a couple of years ago, temperatures in many parts of California, Arizona, and Nevada surged to record highs.

The Effects, Through Boaters' Eyes

The slow heating of the Earth creates visible changes, such as sea levels rising about 4 millimeters — roughly the thickness of four dimes — every year now. That doesn't sound like much. But residents of Miami can attest to how serious it is.

In the U.S., Miami is at one of the highest risks for rising water. Minor random "nuisance street flooding" (not from storm or tide) is becoming more common.

For boaters, over time, this means swampy areas begin to get covered, and rocks and sandbars that were visible become submerged. Couple that with potentially excessive silting due to runoff caused by heavier-than-normal rains and you begin to see how these changes affect boating.

Plus, sea level rise isn't only from rapidly melting ice caps. Water expands as it warms; about half the rise in sea level is due to thermal expansion of the water. As the Earth warms and more polar ice melts, that rate increases faster.