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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

Friday, February 1, 2019

With Ohioans experiencing the roller coaster of temperatures throughout the state, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is encouraging residents and out-of-state visitors to prioritize safety while participating in winter recreational activities outdoors, such as hiking or ice fishing. With the recent cold temperatures, it

tags: Boating 101, Dept of Natural Resources, Fishing, Safety

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Capt. Fred Davis is a retired charter captain and nationally published author of boating articles. His “Boat Smart” articles are published online at www.tipsforboating.com. Winter months are tough for boaters and anglers. They’ve finished putting their boats away and caught up on back issues of boating articles in

by: Captain Fred Davis

tags: Boating 101, Service & Repair

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Boating enthusiast and marketing expert Terry Krieg, President of Advantage Marketing Solutions, provided his perspective on websites related to boating in the Great Lakes area. “Websites are one of the most important assets of any organization,” stated Krieg. “The needs are somewhat similar across all generations.

tags: Boating 101, Company Expansions

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Learning how to drive a boat takes practice. That’s not always an easy or affordable thing to do, according to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water – especially if you’ve never owned a boat or have a professional instructor to show you the ropes. After completing a successful pilot program in

tags: Boating 101, Education

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