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Spending a day out on the water is a great way to relax and recharge your batteries. Whether you’re swimming, fishing, jet skiing, sailing or just taking a leisurely spin around the lake, the sunshine and water will brighten the day.

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the brain to react positively, according to Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, a bestselling novel on the scientific connection between water and happiness. What’s more, boating is more accessible than you may think. In fact, more than 142 million Americans go boating each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “Modern technology can make it more difficult to fully disconnect and relax, and boating is one of the few activities that can take you away from daily distractions to a place where you can reconnect with friends and family, relax and enjoy the outdoors,” says Carl Blackwell, president of Discover Boating. There are easy ways to get on the water, no

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ooking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover Boating survey. Americans are working longer hours, dealing with stress and constantly connected to technology, with just 46 percent taking their full vacation time, according to Project Time Off’s 2017 study, The State of American Vacation. One easy solution? Get on the water and go boating. Whether close to home or on vacation, being on, in or near the water is good for you. In fact, the human brain consists of 75 percent water, so when you see or hear water it triggers


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• Relax and recharge matter where you are or whether your interests lie in fishing, watersports, sailing, personal watercraft or simply cruising with loved ones. Use these five tips to help you find your way on the water this summer.

Join a boat club

Find a boat club near you to access a versatile fleet of boats. You’ll pay a monthly fee and be able to book your time on the water online. Most boat clubs take care of docking, cleaning and maintenance, with members responsible for fuel. Plus, most offer boat-training courses as part of the membership.

Rent a boat

Rental options are available on most waterways and provide hourly, daily or weekly access to a variety of boat types. Rental outfitters give tutorials on operating a boat, share safety instructions and offer suggestions on destinations. Another rental option new to market is peer-to-peer rentals, where you can locate boats online by entering your zip code, allowing you to rent someone else’s boat, which usually includes insurance and captains for hire to help you set sail.

Charter a trip

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with family or friends. Chartering offers several options – bareboat (with no captain) or crewed (with captain and crew), and can be as short as a few days or weeks long. Pick your preferences and get your feet wet.

Take a class

Sign up for a boating lesson to hone your powerboating, sailing or watersports skills by mastering the basics while having fun along the way. On-water training courses, watersports camps, youth boating programs and more are offered across the country.

Float your own boat

Chart your own course to boat ownership by visiting DiscoverBoating. com, where you’ll find a boat selector and loan calculator tool to help determine your budget and identify types of boats that fit your lifestyle and interests. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, the site can connect you with manufacturers whose boats best fit your needs and wants. Get off the dock and climb aboard a boat this summer by using DiscoverBoating. com’s Go Boating Today interactive tool – just enter your zip code to find boat clubs, rentals or charters close to home. (BPT)

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In cold climates, winterize engines every fall to protect cooling systems where water might be trapped and freeze. At the same time, treat engine inner workings with fogging oil to prevent corrosion. Except for a few outboards, engines require an oil change, along with new oil and fuel filters, every year. Annual service also includes a comprehensive, though fairly simple, list of places to lubricate and inspect. Engine-cooling pump impellers last for two or three years, but change them more frequently if you often operate or dock in shallow, silty water, which abrades rubber impellers.

Underwater paint and hardware

Change sterndrive or outboard gear-case oil every fall, or at least check for water intrusion while winterizing the engine. Send propellers

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that hatch, and sometimes onto equipment that shouldn’t get wet. When you notice a bit of metal looking rusty or dull, take five minutes to polish it with wax that protects stainless steel and aluminum and cleans minor corrosion before it permanently etches into the finish. That time pays off at the dock, when your boat sparkles brighter than your neighbors’. And finally, the adage a stitch in time saves nine holds particularly true on boats. If you notice fluid leaking or salt deposits forming anywhere in the engine space, for instance, take care of those small things when you see them to avoid a bigger job to work on later. Use more than your eyes too. As you spend time aboard your boat, you’ll learn what noises and vibrations are normal. Pay attention when anything seems different, since that is often the first indicator of something amiss. Beyond that general advice, here’s a quick list of maintenance items you’ll need to address during your first year:

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You bought a boat. Now how do you maintain it? Just keep the following three points in mind, and the first year with a new boat should be smooth sailing. First off, engines, steering equipment, water pumps and anything else aboard that moves will benefit from use. Turn everything on and use it at least a couple of times a season. Raise and lower your anchor at the dock, for instance, if you never anchor out. Turn on a seldom-used air conditioner for at least 10 minutes every week or two. Let your circuit-breaker panel and the switches at the helm be your guide to be sure you don’t miss anything. This also ensures that everything is in working order if you ever need it. Next, keep it clean. This isn’t just aesthetic. If the engine space is clean, you’ll see an engine-coolant or steering-fluid leak right away, so you can have it taken care of before it gets worse. Debris in the waterways around deck hatches can clog drains. Then when it rains, if the water can’t drain, it finds its way into


Don’t let kids drown – Teach them to swim Cooling off in a pool, lake or ocean can be a refreshing idea—but only if you know how to avoid the dangers. Drowning is a leading cause of death in children under 14. One reason is that 70 percent of African-American and 60 percent of Hispanic children don’t know how to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation reports. Minority children are also less involved in competitive swimming when compared to their white peers, comprising only 1 percent of USA Swimming membership. To help close the gap in swimming safety, the YMCA created Safety Around Water, a program that teaches children of all ages and backgrounds – and their parents – that water should be fun, not feared, as long as you know how to stay safe. The children learn fundamental water safety skills that include what to look for in a safe place to swim, what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly, and how to swim a short distance on their front, roll over onto their back to rest, and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.

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Water safety

If you know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Here are six things you should know: • Never swim alone. Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty. • Supervise children whenever they are in or near water. Whether it’s a bath, the ocean or anything in between, stay within arm’s reach of the child at all times. • Don’t hold your breath. When swimming, children should avoid holding their breath for any length of time. This can lead directly to drowning and other severe physical side effects. • Wear a life jacket. Novice and nonswimmers should wear Coast Guard–approved life jackets. • Don’t jump in to save someone struggling in deep water. Even if you’re a great swimmer you can be overpowered by a panicked person, pulling you underwater. The Y teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for the swimmer and pull him or her to safety. • Enroll in water safety classes. Families interested in further information about enrolling a child in Safety Around Water or Y Swim Lessons should visit www.ymca.net/ watersafety. (NAPS)

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Learning the various swimming strokes can give people a physical edge and make swimming safer.

Expand swimming styles for increased safety and fun Knowing how to swim is one of the most important tools a person can have in warm weather, when people are most inclined to go swimming in pools, lakes and oceans. Swimming is a fun yet potentially dangerous activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day roughly 10 people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. That makes drowing the country’s fifth-leading cause of unintentional death. Knowing how to swim is essential for people who plan to spend time in the water. Swimmers are urged to learn as many different swimming techniques as possible to strengthen muscles in their body and prevent fatigue in the water. The most common swimming styles include freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly stroke.

Freestyle

The freestyle, or front crawl, is a popular stroke among seasoned swimmers. When doing the freestyles, swimmers alternate their arm movements and a flutter kick to propel them through the water. People who need to reach a distressed swimmer or cross a body of water quickly rely on the freestyle to do so. Freestyle swimming offers a fullbody workout as well.

Breaststroke

The breaststroke originates with a sweep out of the arms from the breast and then back in to the starting position. A frog-like kick complements arm movements. The

breaststroke is one of the first swimming strokes taught to beginners because individuals can keep their heads above the water. The breaststroke may be efficient, but it is slower than other swimming styles. The legs and back work hard when performing this stroke.

Backstroke

The backstroke is similar to the freestyle except the body is supine. The back gets an excellent workout during this stroke, which can help straighten and lengthen the spine. Physicians may even recommend the backstroke for those dealing with back pain.

Butterfly stroke

The butterfly tends to be a challenging stroke that can work the core and upper body while providing a great cardiovascular workout. When performing the butterfly, swimmers raise both arms above their head and then push down into the water to propel their bodies forward. The legs are positioned like a dolphin or a mermaid and will flap to kick down, states CureJoy, a health and wellness resource. These strokes are used in swimming competitions and are widely taught at swim schools. The sidestroke is another style that only requires one arm and can be used in swimming rescues, which also can be handy to learn. People new to swimming or who want to increase their skills can work with certified swimming instructors to learn proper swimming techniques. (METRO CREATIVE)


Exercise, fresh air and enjoying the open water are just some of the many draws of kayaking. The sport has gained popularity in recent years, attracting people of all ages to the local waterways.

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Kayaking is a water sport that can be beneficial to the mind and body. Just about anyone willing to spend a day on the water can benefit from learning about kayaking and how to get started with this rewarding activity. The history of kayaking is interesting. The word “kayak” means “hunter’s boat,” and the Inuit used to rely on these small vessels to catch food by sneaking up on their prey from the

from fatigue. Novices should practice on calm waters until their technique is honed. Lakes are a great place to learn, as rivers and places with mild currents can overwhelm those new to the sport. One of the easiest ways to get introduced to kayaking is to go with an experienced paddler or tour company. Such companies charge a set price for an excursion that will provide transportation to the drop site as well as the equipment needed for the voyage. Tours may include travel down several miles of a relatively calm waterway, allowing novice kayakers to get a feel for paddling and take in the scenery. Getting in and out of a kayak can be challenging for beginners. The resource Kayakpaddling.net offers helpful illustrations and animated tutorials about entering and exiting kayaks as well as paddling techniques and safety. Kayakers should bring some essentials along. A dry pack can keep electronics, food and equipment dry. Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat to keep safe from the sun. A life vest also is essential.

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This summer, stay cool with the right gear and habits. Be sure to bring along plenty of water and sunscreen to stay hydrated and protected.

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Beat-the-heat tips for summer ant to beat the heat this summer? Staying cool in hot weather can be easier with these top tips.

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regulate your body temperature. While it certainly helps to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go, you don’t have to stick to plain water in order to quench your thirst. Summer is all about fresh fruit and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, berries and pineapples. Add slices of these juicy summer favorites to a pitcher of water, or simply make a fruit salad or smoothie.

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Want to keep both your home and yourself cooler? On the hottest days of summer, skip laboring over a hot stove or opening and closing a blazing oven. Instead, opt for light, cook-free meals. Gazpacho, creative salads, lettuce wraps, summer rolls, hummus and grape leaves are all great options for lunch and dinner, as are sweet or savory yogurt and cottage cheese parfaits for breakfast.

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• Boat maintenance with more than a couple of minor nicks to the prop shop to be reconditioned. The paint on your boat’s bottom prevents marine growth, such as barnacles and sea grass, but its effectiveness varies by paint type, climate, region and even local water bodies. Ask around, but expect to repaint the boat’s bottom every one to three years. Unpainted metal anodes attached to sterndrives or inboard prop shafts and rudders are there to prevent corrosion. Replace them when they’re 50 percent deteriorated.

Batteries and electrical systems

Maintenance-free batteries should last for three years or more. Never ignore a hardto-start engine, though, as even brand-new batteries occasionally fail. Fully charge batteries after each trip and before winter or prolonged storage, and have batteries load-tested every spring – a simple procedure done aboard the boat. Immediately address any signs of water dripping onto electrical panels or junctions, and don’t store gear where it might damage wiring.

Fiberglass

Rinse your boat thoroughly after each outing, and wash it once a week with mild boat soap – one that won’t remove wax. Northern and freshwater boaters might wax only once a season. You’ll know it’s time

(Continued from page 5) when grime becomes harder to wash off the boat. Between wax jobs, use a cleaner wax that scours the dirt, but also leaves behind a protective wax coating, to quickly touch up trouble spots.

Canvas and upholstery

Polyester or acrylic fabric covers and sunshades need just a good freshwater rinse, plus an occasional light scrub with Woolite or natural-soap flakes. Once or twice a season, rejuvenate stain and water repellency with fabric sealer. Use only manufacturer-approved cleaners on window-like clear panels. Wash cushions with mild boat soap to remove sunscreen, food crumbs and dirt, and deep-clean and protect the fabric as needed with vinyl cleaner and protectant. Store cushions on their edge when you’re not using the boat.

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Use only recommended cleaning products aboard – many boats use plastic vanity mirrors, for instance, which are damaged by alcohol in household glass cleaners. Water dripping from leaking hardware on deck can be hard to see, but if you find that one particular storage compartment smells musty, look around that area with a flashlight the next time you’re aboard during a rain shower. Some water invariably finds its way into the boat, which collects in the bottom of the hull, or the bilge, in nautical terms. Bilge pumps keep that water level low, but there is always a bit of water left that can’t be pumped out. Add biodegradable bilge cleaner wherever that water collects to keep the boat smelling fresh.

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Wax is the best protectant and cleaner for metal, particularly aluminum. Whatever you choose – spanning bright, glossy varnished trim to just soap and water on teak, letting its natural oil protect the wood – stay on top of it. Stripping old varnish once it starts to crack and peel is expensive, but a coat of varnish midseason, as soon as the finish dulls noticeably, is a quick, simple job.

If your boat has air conditioning, consider using the dehumidifier mode while you’re not aboard, but only if you’re able to check on the boat every day or two. Clear debris from air conditioner’s seawaterplumbing strainers at least weekly, or anytime the air conditioner’s cooling-water stream coming out of the side of the boat seems to be weaker than normal. For more information, visit www. discoverboating.com.

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Making landscaping improvements to your yard can be a fun and rewarding project provided you follow a strategy that makes the best use of your time and money.

Home improvement projects aren’t constrained to a single season, but during these warmer months, your focus is no longer simply on your home’s indoors. Now there’s outdoor yard work to do as well, and if you’re looking to recreate your outdoor space, your outside projects may include some landscaping. If you have landscaping as part of your to-do list this season, the right strategy can ensure that you get the most benefit from your landscaping goals with the least amount of headache. To that end, here are five tips to simplify your landscaping projects this year:

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When developing your landscaping strategy, you need to be aware not only of your home but the other vital components outside as well. Many homeowners are not mindful of their

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How to clean and prepare outdoor furniture for the season

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s temperatures rise, people increasingly venture outdoors to soak up the sun, enjoy the mild breezes and entertain under the open sky. Clean and comfortable furniture can make outdoor entertaining that much more enjoyable. After months in storage or nestled under protective tarps, outdoor furniture likely needs a good cleaning before it’s put to the test once again. Mildew may have formed, insects may be hiding out within cushions or other crevices and

dirt may have accumulated – even if the furniture was cleaned before being stored away. Before cleaning, determine the material your furniture is made of, as some cleaning products may not be safe for all materials. When in doubt, read the care tags on cushions and other products or refer back to the original packaging for cleaning instructions. Always test a cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area first. The following are some additional general furniture cleaning guidelines:

Wood

Wood comes in many varieties, from hard and softwoods to wicker furniture. Mild oil-based soaps and products geared especially to cleaning wood can be handy. On wicker and painted woods, it may be best to dilute the solutions before use. Hardwood furniture and built-in decking structures may benefit from annual sanding and then reapplication of a protective finish to maintain the look of the wood for long periods of time.

Plastic resin

Commercial cleansers may be too harsh to use on plastic resin furniture. Before risking discoloration or scratching, try some ingredients that are may be lying around the house. For example, use a wet sponge dipped in baking soda as a mild abrasive to clean resin. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse off the powdery residue

afterward. Automatic dishwasher detergent mixed with a gallon of warm water also may do the trick. The detergent contains a mild bleaching agent that will not cause damage like straight bleach.

Glass

Dish detergent and general home cleaning solutions work well on glass surfaces. Remember to clean all sides, including bottom-facing areas. After cleaning, use vinegar or a glass cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to produce a streak-free shine.

Outdoor cushions

Outdoor fabrics are derived from different materials. However, this general-purpose recipe, courtesy of the DIY Network, may help clean many outdoor fabrics. Mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon borax together. Saturate a sponge and use it to wash the cushions. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then spray it off with a high-force hose. Stand the cushions on their edges to dry outdoors. Remember, vinegar can help inhibit mildew growth. Therefore, keep a bottle of diluted vinegar around to spray on plastic mesh and furniture that gets wet from the rain or a pool. Store outdoor furniture away from inclement weather whenever possible to prolong its life. (METRO CREATIVE)

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Experts recommend cleaning outdoor furniture between three and four times per year to keep it in optimal condition.

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A freshly cooked garden-totable meal and a summer-inspired tablescape are the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or just a quiet evening with friends. Bringing the garden’s bounty to the table is one of the great joys of gardening. STOCK PHOTOS Lake Living

Tips to pull together a garden-to-table meal this summer

Refresh your summer cocktail recipe with garden herbs Herb-infused cocktails like juleps and mojitos are not only delicious, but the herb leaves also give off a refreshing fragrance when they’re freshly snipped from your garden. Make sure to harvest their delicate leaves properly, so you can enjoy their bounty all summer long. The Non-stick Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snips allow you to make precise trims on these smaller plants and they won’t jam from sticky resin. If you have leftover leaves, don’t toss them. Instead, use them to make herb-infused ice cubes; these can make cold summer drinks extra flavorful and refreshing.

Let nature inspire your table design A great party always features thoughtful design that sets the mood. Whatever you create, Lambton recommends using quality scissors like the iconic Fiskars scissors. They’re comfortable to use and have blades that cut all the way to the tip, making crisp corner cuts and curves a cinch. To complete the look, add a homemade felt runner with a personalized design and colors that complement the outdoors and tie the table together. Try crafting customized place settings and trendy succulent napkin rings for a stylistic touch! Given the countless hours spent planning and planting your garden, it’s equally important to enjoy the creations from your harvest. (BPT)

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Adorn the table with beautiful blooms A centerpiece of colorful flowers is the perfect décor accent to a garden-to-table meal. After

choosing your favorite blooms, look around your yard for additional texture to add to your table that will command attention. Opt for slender branches with leaves, smaller blooms, berry stalks and grasses. Before placing the stems and branches in water, remove excess leaves and snip the bottoms at a 45-degree angle to keep the bouquet looking fresh and healthy. Use a tool that is powerful enough to make a clean slice through tough woody stems, like a Fiskars pruner.

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Play around with the party theme What makes homemade pizza taste even better? When it’s topped with fresh ingredients grown in your garden! Make it memorable by setting out personal-sized pizza dough so your friends can customize their own. Include plenty of garden goodies, like freshly-sliced tomatoes and eggplant, basil, and chopped peppers and onions, along with some artisanal meats and cheeses.

Summit Knives are great for preparing this part of the meal, as their pinch grip design guides your hand into the ultimate cutting position each time. After adding the toppings, it’s time to pop it in the oven. Use a tool like the Fiskars Non-scratch Kitchen Shears to cut the final result; its handle keeps your hand away from the hot dish and won’t scratch the cutting surface.

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The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you’ve worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it’s time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal. Chris Lambton, garden and yard care expert, suggests letting the bounty of your yard inspire a summer party. “Invite some good friends and just let the blooms, herbs, produce, and outdoor setting guide you,” Lambton says. “When you let your yard and garden take center stage, the possibilities really start to emerge.” To help inspire you, Lambton shares his ideas on how to bring fullness and life to your garden-totable gathering.


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