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Thursday, August 2, 2018

For recreational boaters, sailors, and anglers, having a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radio aboard to call for emergency help will always be the fastest way to summon assistance from your closest rescuers. That means that going without one can hurt your chances for a safe summer on the water. Here are three common mistakes boat

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Industry leading online chart service fugawi.com, announced today that in collaboration with world-renowned OpenCPN (opencpn.org), that their extensive portfolio of raster charts is now available to OpenCPN Android App users. Building upon its experience in computer software, OpenCPN is now offering its quarter million OpenCPN users

tags: Software & Apps, Travel, Company Expansions, Navigation

Thursday, August 2, 2018

If you want pure, clean fun on the water, personal watercraft (PWCs) have long been recreational boaters’ water toy of choice, with wake-and-ski boats likely running a close second. Modern PWCs give families the ability to carry a driver and spotter in comfort while towing a third person aboard a tube, and today’s

by: Scott Croft, Vice President BoatUS Public Affairs

tags: Personal Watercraft, Towables, Water Toys, Education, Insurance

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

SWAGTRON™, the undisputed leader in electric rideables, makes waves today with the launch of the Swagsurf Electric Jetboard. The brand’s first foray into watersports, the Swagsurf is an inflatable eSUP that can reach speeds up to 12.5 mph thanks to a brushless DC jet motor capable of cranking out 2,800 watts at 4,650

tags: Paddleboards, Water Toys

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

On Monday, October 1st, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, Soundings Trade Only will host a roundtable event during the IBEX show at the Marriott Tampa Waterside followed by a reception. The roundtable will focus on the future of marine aftermarket, boats and components. It is being sponsored by Mercury Marine and Attwood Corporation.

tags: South Coast, Education, Events

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Participation in water sports is seeing explosive growth as more and more people are enjoying wakeboards, kneeboards, and, the latest craze, wakesurfing. That’s not to say that good old water skiing is out. Hardly. Skiing and tubing are still the most widely-enjoyed water sports. But, wakesurfing is growing fast. So fast, in

by: Norm Schultz, Soundings Trade Only

tags: Lifestyle, Water Toys

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If you don’t own a boat or didn’t pack your boat while visiting the Blue Water Area, no worries. Michigan Boat Rentals is now open. Located in the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Port Huron, and on Michigan’s East shore about 60 miles north of Detroit, rental options include tri-toon boats, kayaks, and paddle

tags: Lake St Clair, Paddleboards, Rentals, Water Toys, Canoes & Kayaks, Lake Huron

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If it seems odd to own a tender for a 22 foot cuddy cabin boat, you’ve never moored off Put-in-Bay on a busy summer weekend. But, for three seasons, that’s how we justified the inflatable Sevylor kayak my wife and I used to get from our designated mooring ball to the dockside party and back. The alternative was waiting for

by: Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman Radio

tags: Travel, Water Toys

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

More than 2,000 pounds of live, illegal red swamp crayfish recently were seized by Department of Natural Resources conservation officers – the largest aquatic invasive species seizure by the Michigan DNR. Red swamp crayfish are prohibited in both Michigan and Canada. They burrow and create shoreline erosion, creating

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cary R. Wiener is President of Pantaenius America Ltd. and a maritime lawyer who has worked on many famous cases, including the Exxon Valdez. He is licensed in all fifty states and is passionate about safety on the water. Question: We recently purchased a tender for our yacht. It’s too heavy to hoist aboard, so we’ll be

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Water Toys, Insurance, Towing