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Thursday, February 1, 2018

If a boater has an emergency on the water, there’s no better way than to call for help than with a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio which can give rescuers critical GPS location information. But that doesn’t mean these technologies come without a few quirks, especially when buying or selling a boat with DSC-VHF

tags: Boating 101

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Boat shopping is a fun, albeit daunting, task. Which boat is right for my family? What options do I need versus what options do I want? Do I need a full cabin; how will I actually use the boat? Will I do overnight trips? How many motors and what style should I get for our use? All of these are common lingering questions everyone

by: Megan Straw-Meisler, Sales & Marketing Director of Loadmaster Trailer

tags: Boating 101, Trailers

Monday, January 29, 2018

You may have received some new equipment for your boat for Christmas and it’s a good idea to learn how to install it. If you want to DIY, check out these tips. Electronics and Wiring Electronics vary in size and application but regardless of the size of your vessel, if not properly installed, major problems can occur. Before

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

When a watercraft is purchased or used in Ohio, it is subject to state and local sales and use tax. A boat can either be titled with the State of Ohio or documented with the United States Coast Guard. The purchase of either type is taxable at the current state tax rate of 5.75%, plus the applicable local tax rate, which varies. The

tags: Boating 101, Lake Erie

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter boat and sport shows are great places to discover new or noteworthy fishing tackle and accessories that you may not see anywhere else. Or ever again. Through the years, attending a half-dozen shows a winter, I’ve accumulated a closet full of odd tackle that never made it beyond the local sports show exhibition aisles.

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boat Show, Boating 101, Fishing

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Many boaters are beginning to make the boat show circuit. The purchase of a new boat can be a trying experience. Matching up desired power, size, and design can be a tedious undertaking when selecting a new or used boat, and the endeavor can be very time consuming. Most purchasers of used boats know a survey or value condition report

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair

Friday, December 1, 2017

Practical, affordable, and easy to take anytime If your boating takes you through crowded harbors, across shipping lanes or on foggy seas, then you know the feeling in your stomach when you have to ask yourself, “What’s that vessel doing?” Automatic Identification System, or AIS, can give you the answer, but is this

tags: Boating 101, Education, Safety

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thanks to the number of boat shows held this time of year, winter is a great time to begin shopping for a new boat — whether you are in the market for one or not. Some of us veteran owners are always on the prowl for an upgrade, and walk the show aisles as a matter of habit to see what’s new. If you are a first time buyer,

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101

Friday, October 6, 2017

In the winter, in northern states where freezing temperatures are the norm, boaters who put their boats into heated indoor storage have it made. With their boats warm and dry, they may have little concern for freeze-related damage to their engines. Winter storms can knock out power and heat, however, leading to ice forming inside the

tags: Boating 101, Insurance, Winterization

Friday, September 29, 2017

As the season nears an end for many boaters, one of the most important tasks arrives: proper preparation for storage. Proper winter storage should be as important as spring fitting out. The job should not be approached with a quick “get it over with” attitude. Make a checklist to include the following: Proper engine

by: Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Storage