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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It’s not about the boats. Sure, there are hundreds of them and thousands of people from all around the world who come to see them, but the boats are secondary to the show. For local sailors, the Annapolis Sailboat Show begins before the gates open the Thursday of Columbus Day weekend. It begins when we see the fence start to go

by: Molly Winans

tags: Sailing, Boat Show, East Coast, Feel Good Story

Monday, September 23, 2019

Visitors to the Keweenaw, whether by air, car, bike, foot, or boat, don’t come by accident. Located hundreds of miles from the nearest interstate, the region is known for its abundant natural beauty, copper mining legacy, spectacular waterways, and vibrant fall colors. For those who make the trek, their journey is rewarded with

by: Brad Barnett, Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau

tags: Destination, Lake Superior

Friday, September 20, 2019

At the Fort Lauderdale International boat show in 2013, I met a young boat building company out of Miami called Belzona Boats. I was shocked that a boat builder would have started to manufacture a whole new concept of boat so shortly after the recession, but, when I looked at the models in the water, I was floored by their innovation

by: Erik Kyle, Publisher, Great Lakes Scuttlebutt

tags: Company Expansions, Great Lakes, New Boat Models

Friday, September 20, 2019

SkipperBud’s will now represent the MasterCraft Boat Company in Northern Illinois. The operations will be split between two locations, Volo and Antioch, Illinois. The primary showroom will be at the Sequoit Harbor location, which will provide an on water site to best serve the current and future MasterCraft owners. Jim Schultz,

tags: Company Expansions, Dealerships, Lake Michigan

Thursday, September 19, 2019

In May, the MJM 53z was launched for seatrials in Boston where the boat was built. With quad Mercury Verados, it is expected to reach speeds of 50 mph. The 53z offers boaters the benefits they’ve enjoyed from smaller sport boats: shallow draft, easy maintenance, and easy handling around the docks. “But, most of all,”

tags: New Boat Models

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Yacht Boarding Systems, Inc. recently shipped its thirtieth 12ft Steadi-Plank boarding ramp (the Travel Brow) to the Coast Guard for their 154’ FSC Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter. These vessels perform various Coast Guard missions which include, but are not limited to, PWCS (Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security), Defense

tags: Accessories, Boat Docks, Safety

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The July 4th weekend brought the Tall Ships Challenge, an annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals geared towards celebrating maritime history, to the Port of Buffalo for four days of parades, tours, exhibitions, and festivities. Mid-afternoon on the 4th witnessed a parade of 12 majestic and historic tall ships

tags: History, Sailing

Monday, September 16, 2019

Everything about this historic, walkable village says Americana: 1800s homes adorned with signs marking their year of construction, white picket fences with bunting and patriotic flags running along the sidewalk in front of art galleries and antique stores, and al fresco dining under shaded trees and harborside decks. It’s no

tags: Destination, Lake Ontario

Friday, September 13, 2019

The latest addition to the Maritimo fleet, the X50, has continued to make the innovative X-Series line one of the most successful product launches in Maritimo’s history. Mirroring the astounding international response to the release of the X60 a year prior, the X50’s May debut at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat

tags: New Boat Models

Friday, September 13, 2019

Australian-crafted luxury motor yachts have made their way into the Great Lakes, and we’re more than okay with it. Despite being made with the oceans in mind, with its country of origin being surrounded by three of them, Maritimo’s line of motor yachts continues to adapt seamlessly to the unique ports and marinas of the

tags: Company Expansions, Great Lakes, New Boat Models