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 .

Standing Before The Mast podcast episode 01 - Capt. Eric and Save The Bay

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 .

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 .

Our Winter Project

Every now and then you get cabin fever and feel like knocking out a wall or two. This winter was no different for us as we found an opportunity to re-arrange and display our products through a bit of interior expansion, a fresh coat of paint and some new lighting.

Our improved product display space adds 350 square feet for cleaning and maintenance supplies, the Shurhold line of brushes, tools and accessories. With this additional shelf space, we’re also adding to the product lines: Collinite, 3M, StarBrite and Sudbury.

The improved area also accommodates our Trident hose selection, complete with a display board showing all available hoses and their designated application.

So this spring when you stop in, you’ll find our selection has more to offer and it’s easier to find what you’re looking for.

Posted on March 29, 2016 .

It's our busy season for good used gear and winter projects.


December and early January has been a busy period in our consignment shop. We've received several sizable deliveries of quality used equipment that include some quality anchors and self-tailing winches. One lot brought in a wide variety of items... featuring everything from Magma Grills to a Forespar Motor Lift and three complete windlass units.

Our retail store and marine consignment shop both receive a fair amount of foot traffic, and some items have already moved on to new homes. To preview a list of available items, click on the link below to be taken to our online publication.   View List

If you see something of interest, please call or e-mail to verify that it is still here. This list is accurate as of 11 January, 2016. We will also be happy to answer any questions on condition, size and other specifications you may have. We frequently head down below while on the phone with customers, armed with a tape measure in hand.

Upstairs on our main level, we've been busy with many customers who are engaged in their winter projects. If you have a winter project, we can help source products and keep you going.

Featured product Friday: Semco Goldtone Sealer

Featured Product Friday:

semco goldtone

Semco Teak Sealer - Goldtone - gives wood the reddish-brown luster of freshly sanded teak and offers long lasting, natural looking protection which sustains throughout the season. Once your teak has been cleaned and sealed with Semco, it will not have to be cleaned again for many years - just apply regular maintenance coats. 

In most cases, two coats should be sufficient. If your teak is older or more porous, it may require more coats. Once the first coat is applied, the second coat may immediately follow. Both coats should be applied in the same day. 

 Semco repels water without leaving the surface slippery, is known the world over as the best protection for teak, and is also used on teak furniture.

  • Waterproofs decks
  • Quick Drying
  • UV Protection
  • Eliminates need for deep cleaning
  • Prevents mildew
  • Sustains throughout the season

Also available in Natural and Cleartone.

Posted on April 3, 2015 .

Online Catalog & Interlux Rebate

The calendar says Spring and so do we! While the weather in New England may not feel like it today, we've already been seeing a dramatic increase in activity from our commercial & trade customers.

Our 2015 Boating & Marine Accessory Catalog is now available for viewing on line. Most items are in stock or available at our store the next day. Feel free to call us at 401-847-3933 or e-mail us at with any questions.

View the catalog by clicking here:

Also, if you're a trade customer or just planning a major project, then our Master Catalog is available to you. Please inquire for details.

If you're an Interlux paint user, their rebate program is available again this year. We have all the rebate forms in our store to go with the associated products. 

If you're an Interlux paint user, their rebate program is available again this year. We have all the rebate forms in our store to go with the associated products. 

Posted on March 20, 2015 .

Treat your gas

Ethanol - untreated - strikes again!  At the beginning of this summer, this carburetor was clean and the engine was running smooth. Although we reminded the customer to add Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment to his gas every time he filled the tank, he admittedly forgot to and problems arose by the end of August.

It's important to treat all fuel, especially gasoline containing ethanol, to protect the inner components of your engine. As soon as 20 days after adding fresh gas to your tank, untreated gasoline containing Ethanol can experience 'phase separation'.

Additives like Star Tron reduce the affects of phase separation by dispersing water throughout the fuel as sub-micron droplets that are safely eliminated during normal operation. Regular use will keep fuel injectors and carburetors clean.

As Fall approaches, it's important to ensure that your tanks are topped up for winter storage, and the proper ratio of Star Tron treatment is added to all your tanks.

The example pictured is the carburetor of a small outboard motor, the extent of damage that could result on a much larger gas engine's internal parts shouldn't be underestimated. We've also seen the damage untreated gas causes on older fuel lines - including the breakdown of the internal liner of the hose. Those pieces of hose break off and travel into the fuel system of the engine and also cause carburetor and injector failure. 

Preserve your investment & equipment with a simple, low cost additive.

Posted on September 16, 2014 .

Interlux Spring 2014 rebate program


Interlux offers a paint rebate program on their most popular paints & coatings. If you use Micron, Ultra, Pacifica Plus, Act, VC, Fiberglass Bottomkote, or Cetol products, you are entitled to a discount. Purchase must take place between February 1st, 2014 and May 31st, 2014, and postmarked no later than June 30th, 2014. 

Savings can be up-to $40 in total if you purchase 2 gallons of either Micron® 66®, Micron® Extra, Micron® CF, or Micron® CSC! Lesser rebate amounts available for other products.


for full details and to print rebate form. We also have rebate forms on our shelves with the product for customers purchasing in our store.

Posted on April 10, 2014 .

Family with sick child rescued from disabled sailing vessel in Pacific.

SAN DIEGO - An ailing 1-year-old girl was improving Sunday after being rescued from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast.

U.S. sailors rescued a family with an ill 1-year-old baby from a sailboat that broke down hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast -- boarding them Sunday onto a San Diego-bound Navy ship so the girl could get medical treatment.

Judging by some of the comments, the 'expectation of rescue' question will probably start circulating again in the cruising publications and blogs.

Posted on April 7, 2014 .

Expert solutions: Running Gear Antifouling Paint

This is one of the most asked questions in our store during Spring Commissioning - "What do I use on the prop / shaft / rudder?" While many don't want to hear the answer for the correct way and prefer a quick fix, it's worth noting that doing it right from the start can save you time and money in the long run. 

Here Scott Townsend from Interlux explains how to protect your running gear, using both InterProtect HS and Micron CF.

Navionics, community works to improve intercoastal waterway charts

 Navionics, the leader in content and location based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today its community initiative to enhance the data accuracy of the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW).

Harnessing the power of mobile user edits as well as its community generated soundings data, Navionics represents a great example of crowdsourcing for the benefit of all.

full story: Navionics, community works to improve intercoastal waterway charts

Boats that rocked: cinematic ships and their watery fates | Film |

The only one that left us scratching our heads is the fate of the Orca. Perhaps there were more than one vessel used during the filming, but we recall one being left on the beach by Menemsha where it remained for years - being picked a part by enthusiasts seeking a souvenir - until it was finally cut up and removed.

Full story here:

Posted on February 25, 2014 .