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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Boating safety” usually means preventing injuries or accidents while on the water. Boats in winter storage have some unique safety concerns for boat owners who make periodic checkups over the long winter season. Here are five tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to help boaters stay safe

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The thought of doing engine maintenance is enough to keep anyone up at night. But it is a necessary part of owning a boat, and can be made easy if you spend just a little time planning for it. The best place to start is to follow your manufacturer's guidelines designed to keep your boat running well and make each component last

tags: Boating 101, Engines

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program continues to promote environmentally friendly habits to the recreational boating community. In 2017, the Program partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to produce a series of YouTube videos on clean boating tips. The videos offer brief, educational content on Great Lakes boating best

tags: Boating 101

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trailer towing doesn’t need to be a harrowing experience. To the contrary, when a trailer and tow vehicle is setup properly, and the driver uses the proper precautions and drives defensively, towing a trailer can be pretty uneventful. There are many thousands of experienced “towers” — including yours truly

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101

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

Grand Isle - Winter 2018