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Thursday, July 19, 2018

More than 11,000 inland lakes, 3,200-plus miles of Great Lakes shoreline, and rivers that stretch over 51,000 miles – that’s a lot of reasons to love the Great Lakes State. In fact, there’s no spot in Michigan more than 6 miles from an inland lake or wetland. These inland waters, like other natural treasures, must

tags: Boating 101, Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact

Thursday, July 19, 2018

For the past 28 years, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Dispute Resolution Program has gone to bat thousands of times for BoatUS members seeking help after disputes arise with boat purchases, repairs, or other service issues. This free service offered to BoatUS members often gets successful

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Used Boats

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Just about everything that drops on to the deck of your boat is apt to end up in the bilge, including excess water spray and rain water. However, regardless of the very important nature of the bilge, skippers often overlook checking it regularly. During my years of marine salvage experience, I had many calls to recover vessels that

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

If you own a boat that’s trailerable, a major perk is the ability to take your vessel with you when you vacation. For Great Lakes boaters, if those travels involve a trip to the coast with the family boat in tow, a learning curve you will face is as inevitable as the setting of the sun. In fact, it is caused by the sun —

by: Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman Radio, www.buckeyesportsman.net

tags: Boating 101, Travel

Monday, June 4, 2018

Families often acquire a boat and enjoy using it near their home. However, it is not often that the purchase also considers taking the boat along on a vacation. But, with a little experience under the belt, one will find that there are many destinations to choose, and the outcome of the venture will change if you take your boat. If

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Travel

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

When trying to explain to people why the acrylic windows and hatches on their boat do not appear to keep the integrity it once had, I say: “It’s all in the care.” Allow me to explain. With over 30 years in experience with customized marine made parts, I often have clients come to me asking for advice on how to care

by: Jeff Hood, Owner of Allied Plastics

tags: Accessories, Boating 101

Thursday, May 24, 2018

About this time each spring, I am reminded that my wife is what I call “reverse challenged.” That’s a PC way to refer to a condition that my wife suffers, along with thousands of other drivers, who just can’t seem to get a handle on steering any direction but forward. She’ll park a block away to avoid the

by: Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman Radio, www.buckeyesportsman.net

tags: Boating 101, Hauling

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Your new rig sits proudly in your driveway - the outboard shining brightly in the sun, even the trailer is sleek and polished. You haven’t even had a maiden voyage, and yet you’re already thinking “How can I keep it looking and performing at least close to how it does now, fresh from the dealership?”

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Spring Commissioning

Monday, May 21, 2018

Cleaning boat canvas and boat windows — sounds simple. Yet, as with everything, there is a back-story. Rest assured I will give you quick answers for cleaning products and methods later in this article, but, for those who like back stories, read on, as I also explain what products not to use when cleaning your boat canvas and

by: Russ Griffin, Co-Owner of Northcoast Marine Specialties LLC

tags: Boating 101, Canvas & Upholstery

Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Intro to Boating’ and ‘Women Making Waves’ courses to be offered at Freedom Boat Club Annapolis Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water together with Freedom Boat Club Annapolis offer a choice of two fun on-water

tags: Boating 101, Education, Events