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Saturday, September 16, 2017

VesselVanguard, the leading maintenance management solution for boat owners and manufacturers, announced today the launch of its 24/7 customer support center manned by service professionals – the Customer Technical Assistance Center or CTAC. This new program had been previously launched for owners of Formula Boats with great

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair, Software & Apps

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Whether it be to stay put in that perfect cove for a lunch aboard, sleep overnight on the hook, keep a disabled boat from washing aground, or simply to keep anglers aboard within easy casting range of a productive fishing spot, it’s important you have the equipment and know-how necessary to securely anchor your boat in place. In

tags: Anchors, Boating 101

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering boating and boating education opportunities to help celebrate the designation of June as 'Ohio Goes Boating Month' by the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. The House Bill 84 designation highlights Ohio’s thriving boating and tourism industry. In an effort to

tags: Events, Lake Erie, Boating 101, Dept of Natural Resources

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Fenders... no, not bumpers. They’re for your boat and the word is fenders. Fenders are something every boat must have and, in this case, bigger is always better. However, this is one area of boating equipment that is often overlooked. And, unfortunately, many boat builders and suppliers tend to provide insufficient fenders

tags: Accessories, Boating 101

Friday, April 28, 2017

By: Mark Pocock, Rocna Anchors, Anchoring can be stressful! But with the right ground tackle and a bit of preparation, it opens up a whole world beyond the marina experience. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your next cruising adventure. 1) Start with the right gear and setup. Next generation anchors,

by: Mark Pocock, Rocna Anchors

tags: Anchors, Boating 101

Saturday, April 15, 2017

All life vests have one thing in common - they don’t work if you are not wearing them. Automatic inflatable vests were developed to combat this shortcoming. They are lighter, more comfortable and provide greater freedom of movement, encouraging more frequent use. The first inflatable life vest was patented in 1928. They were

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Monday, March 27, 2017

The next time you are in the market to replace that dingy or ripped up carpet on your boat, you can approach the chore with some extra knowledge and facts and be assured you are getting what you want and need. Sparta Carpets, headquartered in Dalton, Georgia — the leading center in the production of carpet manufacturing in the

tags: Boating 101, Flooring

Monday, March 27, 2017

In-season or in storage, your boat should absolutely be covered when you’re not using it, to protect it from the elements. In any weather, the cover protects the boat’s finish, interior, and instruments from weather degradation, and helps keep critters out as well. In summer, the cover also helps keep water out, so if your

tags: Boat Covers, Boating 101

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weems & Plath, manufacturer of fine nautical instruments, adds to their line of safety products with the release of the Man Overboard Wheel. This easy to use, quick reference, safety tool can save lives. The two-sided quick reference Man Overboard Wheel made of durable PVC, shows the 5-step instructions for the Williamson Turn

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the boating season. The reminder coincides with the national Spring Aboard – Take a Boating Education Course campaign that runs March 19-25. “Educated boaters will have a safer, more enjoyable experience on the

tags: Boating 101, Education

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