Standing Before The Mast Podcast episode 03 - Dave from Clean Ocean Access

In this episode, I speak with Dave McLaughlin. Dave is the Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access. Clean ocean access is a non-profit environmental group that works to promote a healthy ocean that is free of marine debris and water that is safe for all, as well as ocean activities and a shoreline that is accessible to the public. You can learn more and get involved with Clean Ocean Access by visiting their website at

Posted on April 3, 2018 .

Standing Before The Mast Podcast - episode 02

In this second episode of our new Podcast series, I sat down with Capt. Kent Dresser founder of Confident Captain, a professional training and education company based in Rhode Island. We learn about his company and his experience on everything from small recreational boats to commercial tugs in New York. We talk seamanship and what it's like to be boarded by the Coast Guard for the first time after 28 years on the water.

You can learn more about Confident Captain by visiting


Posted on March 27, 2018 .

New Podcast series

We have a new Podcast series called Standing Before the Mast. This is the first episode. It's a fun and relaxing talk with Chris Heaton from Newport Nautical Supply about the waterfront, marine businesses, important groups, events, boating, sailing and interesting characters.

For our inaugural episode, we chat with Capt. Eric Pfirrmann from Save The Bay in Rhode Island. Eric gives us an overview of the mission of Save The Bay, his role there and a bit about his maritime history.

You can learn more about Save The Bay by visiting


Posted on March 20, 2018 .

Winter break


Newport Nautical is taking a winter break.


The store will be closed from:

Monday, January 30th to Friday, February 3rd.

The store will reopen on Saturday, February 4th

 from 8:00 to 4:00.


We can preorder any items you might need during that time for pickup by the 28th.


Thank you for your patronage.

Posted on January 12, 2017 .

National Boating Safety Week: May 21-27, 2016

National Boating Safety Week is May 21-27, 2016

As many of us rush to get our boats in the water - often under pressure from marinas and yards - it’s easy to find yourself on the mooring or in your slip having failed to quickly take inventory of your safety equipment.

Boating Safety, Life Jackets, Top Priority of National Safe Boating Week:


Manassas, VA (May 16, 2016) – Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear during recreational water activities, during National Safe Boating Week to be held from May 21-27, 2016.  

For More information, visit:

You can also keep up with current information by following their Facebook page at:

Life Jackets Required in Rhode Island

According to the Handbook of Rhode Island Boating Laws and Responsibilities, you are required to have the following PFD’s aboard:

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
All vessels must have at least one U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III life jacket for each person on board.

In addition to the above requirement, one U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type IV PFD must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer.

Children under 13 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved PFD (life jacket) while underway in a recreational vessel less than 65 feet in length unless below deck or in an enclosed cabin.

Each person being towed behind a vessel on water skis, a surfboard, or other device must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket.

Each person riding on a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, or III life jacket.

A Type V life jacket may be substituted for any other type if it is specifically approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for the activity at hand.

Besides being USCG–approved, all PFDs must be:

    •    In good and serviceable condition.

    •    Readily accessible, which means you are able to put the PFD on quickly in an emergency.

    •    Of the proper size for the intended wearer. Sizing for wearable PFDs (life jackets) is based     on body weight and chest size.

Your life jacket won’t work if you don’t wear it. Protect yourself and others—“wear your life jacket.”

In addition to identifying the required PFD’s, this link will also provide you with all other safety equipment you are required to carry based on your vessel size. The page contains helpful pictures that clearly identify the different types of PFD’s mentioned above:

Additional Resources:

Does your Rhode Island boat registration need renewing?

Need to take a boating safety course? According to DEM, you need education if you will be operating a PWC or if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1986, and will be operating a motorized vessel over 10 hp in Rhode Island. Information on those requirements and how to prepare for and take the test, visit:

Our friends at Confident Captain / Ocean Pros also offer a 2-day course that is ideal for the eager 10-16 year old in your family. It's called Youth Powerboat Camp and you can learn more by visiting their page here:

And for a comprehensive listing of Recreational Boater Training by seasoned professionals:

If you’re already a seasoned boater and would like to take your learning further by obtaining a USCG License or other advanced certifications, visit our friends at Confident Captain:

So have fun on the water, and be safe while doing it!


Posted on May 18, 2016 .