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Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day is fast approaching and the summer solstice is right behind. That means boating season is near with lots of activity on the water. Now is the time to check your navigation equipment and make sure it’s good to go. It’s especially important to prepare for situations where you or someone on your boat could be

by: Robin G. Coles

tags: Boating 101, Safety, Travel

Friday, May 15, 2020

National Safe Boating Week, which begins this Saturday, May 16, and runs through Friday, May 22, is the traditional early boating season reminder to help recreational boaters embrace safety all season long. However, the important National Safe Boating week recommendation urging life jacket wear is now joined by an equally important

tags: Boating 101, COVID-19, Safety

Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate uncharted waters, including boaters. In honor of National Safe Boating Week, held May 16-22, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the National Safe Boating Council encourage boaters to follow social distancing guidelines for safe outdoor recreation. “Year after year, state

tags: Boating 101, COVID-19, Dept of Natural Resources, Safety

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"America’s Boating Channel™ LIVE" will preview the upcoming National Safe Boating Week (NSBW) in the video series Episode Six, which premieres this Wednesday May 13. Also in Episode Six, viewers will glimpse future Vessel Safe Checks (VSCs) performed remotely using smartphone video cameras. The weekly online magazine

tags: Boating 101, Education, Lifestyle, Safety

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dragging a bait behind a moving boat is a technique known as “trolling,” one of the Great Lakes’ most common fish-catching tactics for our most popular gamefish. In some circles, it’s considered the lazy man’s way to fish. I admit, its hands-off, plop-a-rod-in-a-holder-and-see-what-happens attitude is

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Fishing

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

I’ve been a Great Lakes boater my entire life and have plenty of wild storm stories to tell as a result. During a boat trip home from Cedar Point in 1978, my dad piloted us across Lake Erie during what he recalls as the worst lake storm he’s been in. I, as my dad’s 11-year-old co-pilot and chart-reader, remember

by: Melissa Walsh

tags: Boating 101, Education, Navigation, Safety

Friday, April 24, 2020

For recreational boaters who are staying off the water during the coronavirus pandemic, there’s certainly more free time during what should be the busy spring launch season. So if boaters can’t get to their boats, what are they to do? Here are eight ways from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) to keep

tags: Boating 101, Coupons & Discounts, COVID-19, Education, Service & Repair, Spring Commissioning

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Despite the spring-like temperatures April may bring to the Buckeye State, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft wants Ohioans to know that water temperatures in lakes and streams are still very cold, and even the best swimmers could experience complete exhaustion in just 15 minutes.

tags: Safety, Boating 101, Dept of Natural Resources

Friday, April 3, 2020

Electric and hybrid propulsion systems for boats have been on the horizon for years but how close is a real and affordable mass-market solution? The green movement gets a lot of attention but it’s the need for energy independence that’s driving the need for alternate propulsion. So far, the market has been developing in

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: Boating 101, Engines, Environmental Impact, Generators

Monday, March 30, 2020

We’ve all become familiar with the Toyota Prius and seen increasing numbers of Teslas zipping around the roadways. We’ve been hearing about “green” technology as a solution to make the environment cleaner and better, and, while these cars are celebrated for being revolutionary, this technology is also being

by: Jordan Tilton

tags: Boating 101, Engines, Environmental Impact, Generators

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