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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Boaters and anglers in Michigan have some new rules to abide by, based on changes in Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) that went into effect in late March, but they are guidelines that anyone who enjoys fishing and boating in any of our Great Lakes should consider adopting. Boaters in the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wearing a life jacket, avoiding alcohol, and taking a boating safety course tops the list of things you can do now to improve your chances of a long, safe summer of boating. For this year’s National Safe Boating Week (May 18-24) here’s three timely safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Thursday, May 9, 2019

It’s almost prime-time boating season, and manufacturers are reporting that freshwater fishing boats, personal watercraft and pontoon boats are top sellers. What steps do you need to take to arrange financing for your dream boat? Here are 10 tips from the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners

tags: Boating 101

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Seasoned boaters know first-hand that weather conditions on the Great Lakes can change from pleasant to terrifying very quickly. From dangerous lightning to high winds, thunderstorms can ruin an outing in many ways. However, reading your local marine forecast before leaving the dock and regularly checking weather radar along the way

by: Mark Thornton, LakeErieWX Marine Weather

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Software & Apps

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Capt. Fred Davis is a retired charter captain and nationally published author of boating articles. His “Boat Smart” articles are published online at Man overboard incidents are difficult to handle for both the people aboard the boat and rescue personal. Response to an actual incident is never

by: Captain Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Safety

Friday, April 12, 2019

Safety recall, service bulletin, product correction bulletin, service advisory: What do these terms mean to you? Some use the force of law to require manufacturers to repair defects. Some are manufacturers’ goodwill offers for free repairs, and the others are simply internal notifications that may not be much more than an

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Service & Repair

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Getting your rig ready for another season’s use is one of the joys of springtime. Lots of great emotions are awakened; it’s a heady time, as the possibilities for new boating adventures seem endless. Making sure your boat is ready for all the fun is a great responsibility. Even if you’re on-the-money when it comes to

by: John Tiger

tags: Boating 101, Spring Commissioning

Friday, February 15, 2019

The first couple months of the year are down time for most Great Lakes anglers who fish from boats – for obvious reasons. This time of year the closest we can get to participating in our passion is attending winter boat and sport shows and living the catching vicariously through presenters of fishing seminars, standing atop the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Fishing, Service & Repair

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

One of the most vital features on any sailboat is your standing and running rigging. They should be inspected on a yearly basis either by going aloft or by removing the mast — which, by the way, should be done every three-five years, regardless. Once inspecting, what should you be looking for? Standing rigging has many failure

by: Jon Duer, Doyle Sailmakers Cleveland

tags: Boating 101, Lake Erie, Sailing, Service & Repair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

There are a lot of ways a day out on the water on your boat can be unexpectedly ruined. Damaging your prop is just one of the ways, but it’s a big one when it happens. If you run aground, hit something in the water, are in need of some repairs from customary usage, or if your prop wasn’t setup right, you’ll want a

tags: Boating 101, Propellers, Service & Repair

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