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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The boating season is drawing to a close, but the cold weather buying season will heat up soon. On snowy nights, potential boat buyers will hunch over computers and cellphones looking at boats for sale, dreaming of sugarplums and their first boat, while current owners with two-footitis seek a larger boat and look to sell. Nearly all

tags: Boating 101, COVID-19, Education, Financing, Safety, Used Boats

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Back in the 80s, I lived in the Florida Keys working for The Key West Citizen newspaper and fishing out of what was then called Boog Powell’s Anglers’ Marine, owned by the former MLB star and Miller Lite pitch man (“Less Filling” v. “Great Taste!”) of the same name. Boog had a part-time welder and

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Boating 101, Cleaners

Monday, September 21, 2020

During these uncertain times, the United States Power Squadrons® – America’s Boating Club® has provided a way for recreational boaters to make use of their time, while improving their skills for a safer and more enjoyable boating experience. The organization now offers an online boating safety course that allows

tags: Boating 101, COVID-19, Education

Friday, September 18, 2020

The summer of 2020 will go down in history as the great staycation, with rocketing boat sales and a spike of first-time boat buyers. Baird Equity Research’s reports reveal this season’s unusually strong sales. Dealers, surveyors, and mechanics felt the boom, scrambling to meet overwhelming demand and also facing customers

by: Melissa Walsh

tags: Boating 101, Brokerage, Dealerships, Financing

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Oswego, N.Y. With the significant increase in boat sales and new boat owners this year, New York Sea Grant is encouraging all boat owners to be thinking ahead about boat storage and winterizing needs. New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. "Dave" White II suggests that, even while boaters are still

tags: Boating 101, Lake Ontario, Safety, Storage, Winterization

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A new video from Wildlife Forever, funded in part by a BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant shows watersport boat owners how to easily follow “Clean, Drain, Dry” at the boat ramp to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Support for the video also came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

tags: Water Toys, Boating 101, Environmental Impact

Monday, August 10, 2020

It’s a message that bears repeating, especially during the final stretch of Michigan summer. When swimming, kayaking, boating or fishing, put safety first and never underestimate weather, water conditions or the value of a life jacket. Strong currents can happen in all water types and depths, even shallow water. Lt. Gerald

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Safety, Boating 101, Canoes & Kayaks

Sunday, August 9, 2020

More first-time boat buyers are getting on the water this season than in summers past. Along with the boat, many new owners also find themselves shopping for boat insurance for the first time. What are the most basic things new boat owners should know about buying a boat policy? BoatUS, the nation’s largest advocacy, services,

tags: Boating 101, Insurance

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

So now that you have figured out the best boat for your specific interest and needs, how do you know if you have the best propeller for your application? Your new boat will typically be equipped with the right propeller… for general use… by the average user. This starting point is necessary to provide the best overall

tags: Retrofitting, Service & Repair, Boating 101, Propellers

Monday, July 20, 2020

Most boaters don’t like making mistakes, especially when it comes to safety. With the recent release of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recommends avoiding these three common boating mistakes to increase safety for all aboard. 1. Using

tags: Boating 101, Safety

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