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Friday, January 4, 2019

Too often boat owners think a chip, scratch, or crack can be easily repaired. They buy a can of spray paint or a fiberglass filler kit and sometimes make a small blemish much worse. By the time they have spent an afternoon trying to cover a small spot with a rushed job, the results turn into a major job. It’s a better idea to

by: Capt. Fred Davis

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Paint, Service & Repair

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A little more than one year ago, Le Boat, leader in supplying self-drive river and canal cruise holidays in Europe, announced the company’s expansion into North America, opening their first base in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada in 2018. With a successful season complete, Le Boat is continuing momentum in Canada for 2019 with an

tags: Canada, Charter, Company Expansions, Lake Ontario

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

To keep our nation’s waterways open and safe, the Coast Guard relies on the input of the maritime community to self-report hazards to navigation, such as discrepant buoys and beacons, or debris. The Navigation Center would like to remind all waterway users, whether professional mariners or recreational boaters, of several

by: LT Amy Midgett, USCG

tags: Boating 101, Navigation, Safety

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Question: When is a good time of year to check the coverage I have on my boat/yacht insurance policy? Answer: The off-season is the perfect time to review your boat/yacht insurance policy and make sure you have the coverage and navigational limits you require to protect your investment. Before contacting your agent or carrier to

by: Kristina Cherubino, Senior Underwriter, Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

From Lake St. Clair’s riotous summer boat party ‘Jobbie Nooner’ and world-class game fishing year-round to the colorful light show on Lake Erie during Lake Erie Metropark’s family-friendly fireworks, the metro Detroit region is teeming with water-based activities and events avid boaters will love. And the

tags: Destination

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Nestled at the top of Lake Superior, a group of islands are waiting to be discovered. But first, how do you promote an activity on Superior waters when the biggest story in the last half-century was the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald? Where do you begin when a lake like Superior has many moods? How do you navigate planning in

tags: Destination

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Located two hours north of Chicago and three hours west of Detroit, lies the quaint towns of Saugatuck and Douglas, nestled along the Lake Michigan shoreline. For over a century, visitors have come from near and far to visit Saugatuck/Douglas with it’s stunning natural beauty and vibrant arts culture, and to tour local shops,

tags: Destination

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

One of Canada’s best beach towns is offering more watersports and outdoor activities than ever before, right on the pristine shores of Lake Huron. Located in the lakeside community of Lambton Shores, the village of Grand Bend brims with happy sun-seekers in warmer months and is anchored by its main beach – Grand Bend

by: Emily Baillie

tags: Destination

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

With Northumberland County surrounded by the Ganaraska River to the west, Rice Lake to the north, the Trent-Severn Waterway to the east, and Lake Ontario to the south, boating just couldn’t be any more fun. And, being just east of Toronto makes it an easy two-hour journey to the area. Port Hope Upon arrival at Port Hope,

tags: Destination

Monday, December 31, 2018

In a data-driven world, knowing your “numbers” is a crucial part of achieving success. And in the halls of power of Washington, D.C., and 50 state capitals, credible data carries extra weight when it comes to advancing policies and laws that benefit recreational boaters. That’s why Boat Owners Association of The

tags: Law & Politics, Lifestyle