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Thursday, February 15, 2018

What began as a one-man mobile operation in 1979 has grown to a 35,000 sq. ft. facility with several divisions and one hundred employees. Owner John Bowen began in a men’s clothing store constructing leather products along with the clothing in the tailoring department. His knowledge led him to launch Dockside Canvas and he

tags: Canvas & Upholstery, Flooring, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Detroit Boat Show will cruise into Cobo Center February 17-25, celebrating the 60th “Diamond” anniversary of the event. The show, like the boating industry, is growing again this year, covering 420,000 square feet with everything boating. After another successful boating season in Michigan, exhibitors vie for the few

tags: Boat Show, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program has continued its voluntary certification program, which recognizes marinas that choose to adopt best management practices to improve the environmental, educational and economic aspects of their operations. Seven marinas in Ohio were newly certified in 2017, and three marinas were recertified for

tags: Awards, Boat Club, Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Lake Erie

Friday, January 19, 2018

In mid-January, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will mail letters to property owners along Ohio’s Lake Erie coast whose properties are located within a preliminarily-identified Coastal Erosion Area (CEA). The letters will initiate a 120-day comment period for coastal erosion maps that have been updated since the

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Erie

Friday, January 19, 2018

Tucked in Ohio’s most northeast corner is a place where the land is so bountiful that locals can tell you where “the ducks walk on the fish.” Ashtabula County has long been known as an affordable lakeside destination with its 26 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. In the early 20th century, it was a favorite annual

tags: Destination, Lake Erie

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Catawba Moorings is proud to announce the addition of World Cat to their new boat lineup. World Cat is a builder of express, dual console and center console catamarans, built for the rugged water of Lake Erie. They range in sizes from 23’ to 32’. See the new 2018 295 DC World Cat at the Progressive, Mid America Boat

tags: Catamaran, Company Expansions, Lake Erie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Calling Kelleys Island “Ohio's best kept secret” might sound cliché, but it’s certainly not far from the truth. Many have never heard of Kelleys Island, despite it being America’s largest Lake Erie island. That’s especially surprising given its location, between Cedar Point and Put-in-Bay, in the

tags: Destination, Lake Erie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Voted as the network WDIV’s “Best of Best” in 2016 and 2017, Belle Maer Harbor marina is a 60 acre full service marina located on Lake St. Clair, Michigan. Since 1983, Eric Foster has served as General Manager and Jim Krause, who joined Belle Maer in 1984, has served as Harbormaster. Belle Maer Harbor marina was one

tags: Awards, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Marina

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

There are some key questions to ask yourself about your boat's propeller(s). Is (are) the propeller(s) on my boat sized correctly? Are the vibrations I feel normal to every boating experience? Is my boat using more gas than it should? Is (are) the engine(s) producing the correct RPMs? If you are uncertain about the correct answers to

by: Ray Treudler, Owner of NorthCoast Prop Tech

tags: Lake Erie, Propellers