Notes From the Skipper

  1. The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Galley Pests

    The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Galley Pests

    For those of us who are lucky enough to have a galley on board, food presents another point of contact for insect pests. Keeping your galley clean helps a lot, but even clean kitchens get bugs sometimes. There are some tricks you can try to keep them out or, if they’ve already invaded, to destroy them.

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  2. The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Wasps

    The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Wasps

    The insect world is filled with beauty: colorful butterflies, elegant dragonflies, and cute ladybugs. It’s also home to less beautiful but mostly harmless creatures like ants and crickets. And then there are the wasps. Wasps are just straight-up jerks.

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  3. The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Spiders

    The Buzz on Boat Bugs: Spiders

    We boaters talk a lot about big pests like raccoons, squirrels, and seagulls and the damage they can cause. Trouble, however, comes in all sizes. 

     

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  4. Sew a Simple Hammock

    Sew a Simple Hammock

    Nothing says "relaxation" like a hammock. It's surprisingly easy to make your own, too. No sailor knot skills needed! 

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  5. Great Gifts

    Great Gifts

    Free Shipping Day is coming! On December 14, Great Lakes Skipper will offer up to $50 in FREE shipping! Details below. 

    We're all about saving you money, so here are some of our favorite stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

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  6. The Ghostly Palatine Light

    The Ghostly Palatine Light

    It's late October. The leaves are falling and darkness comes early. It's the perfect time to bundle up and gather around a bonfire on the beach to swap ghost stories. There are many nautical spine-tingling tales, but here's our most recent favorite: the ghostly Palatine Light of Block Island. 

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  7. Fall Fun

    Fall Fun

    Some folks are lucky to live in kind climates with warm temperatures year round. Here in the upper midwestern USA, we know winter is on the way, but the end of summer doesn't spell the end of boating season. As the leaves and temperatures start to fall, we bundle up and boat on!

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  8. Kristine Fischer's Adventurous Life

    Kristine Fischer's Adventurous Life

    In May 2019, Great Lakes Skipper sponsored kayak angler Kristine Fischer in the Hobie Bass Open Series tournament on Kentucky Lake, and we were thrilled when she placed first

     

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  9. Make (Safe) Waves This Summer

    Make (Safe) Waves This Summer

    Tubing and water skiing are summer fun at its finest. While water skiing and wakeboarding take practice and a certain amount of bravery, riding a towable tube is easy for almost everyone. Like so many other fun things, though, water sports are not without risk. With a little knowledge and some common sense, you and your friends can stay safe while you have fun.

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  10. Bimini Season!

    Bimini Season!

     

     

    Summer at Great Lakes Skipper is bikini bimini season! Did you know that, as long as the size is right, almost any bimini top can be installed on any boat? Here's how to find your bimini top size, whether your boat is big or

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