Marine Trivia

Southern Boating is your source for all things boating and marine. As any well-salted cruiser will tell you, the seas are full of fun facts, miscellaneous trivia and interesting ephemera. As the saying goes, the captain cannot be concerned with the minutiae of shipboard frivolities. But we can. Check back often for more Marine Trivia.

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Optis Opportunity

Optis Opportunity Everyone who loves recreational boating is painfully aware of the demographics of the average boat owner. Boating needs young people. Can Optis fix that? It’s interesting that Major Clifford McKay of…

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Largest Sea Creatures

The ocean is an amazing place. We’ve talked before about how deep the ocean is, but never explored how some of the planet’s largest sea creatures find refuge in the depths below.…

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Fascinated by Tall Ships? Get Onboard!

Big, beautiful and majestic, there’s far more to Tall Ships than meets the eye. I know exactly when I first fell in love with tall ships. It was 1976, and I was…

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10 Facts about the Caribbean

The Caribbean is full of fascinating islands. Cruising the seas in the Caribbean is a unique multicultural experience. From Cuba to Caicos and beyond, the Caribbean is brimming with good eats, secret islands, and beautiful…

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Cruise to Your Favorite Movies

Cruise to the movies What’s better than watching a movie? Cruising to the locale where the movie was filmed, of course! We rounded up five movies featuring cruise-able destinations. From the Keys…

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Your Pig Pictures

Once again, the readers of Southern Exposure DELIVERED. Thank you all so much for the pictures and videos of the famous swimming pigs. I had a blast looking through these wildly fun…

Top Five Boat Books

Top Five Boat Books

Top Five Boat Books Summer is coming to an end and nothing is more bittersweet than those last days aboard. Say goodbye to the season by curling up on the sundeck with…

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QUIZ: Are you a safe boater?

It's Safe Boating Week! Are you a safe boater? Find out with our Safe Boating Quiz. We all know that what looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous…
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How Deep is the Ocean?

Just how deep is the ocean? Deep. The ocean contains 95% of living space on the planet but is woefully under-explored. This remains true despite the vital functions the ocean provides, such as supporting…
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Common Nautical Phrases

Common Nautical Phrases Do you know the origins behind common nautical phrases like ‘cup of Joe’? What about ‘as the crow flies’? ‘Shake a leg’? It may come as a surprise that…

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Mating Season for Groupers

They do WHAT during the full moon?  Every year from November to March, Nassau Grouper spawn (mate) during the Full Moon.  A spawning aggregation site may attract hundreds and sometimes thousands of…
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Why does Port mean Left?

The origins of port and starboard If you are an ardent boater or frequent guest of anyone who owns a boat, you become exposed to an array of confounding marine jargon: head,…

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Best Boat Quotes

Best Boat Quotes Here at Southern Boating, we appreciate witty sentences worthy of repeating. The following is a list of our best boat quotes about boating, sailing, and the sea selected for your…