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Friday, April 3, 2020

We've Launched #DocksideChatswithSteve On Our Social Media Channels We hope you are well. Steve and Doris Colgate have produced a new video chat series from their home, based on their vast sailing experiences over the years. We thought you might enjoy some entertaining stories from their many sailing adventures, as we wait out C-19.

by: Offshore Sailing School

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

When you have a lakeside home, a waterfront business, a marina, or a beautifully manicured grassy knoll alongside a pond, you have a gorgeous view, but you also have a problem: BIRDS. Seagulls, geese, and other birds are just part of the package, right? “Not any more!” explained Greg Thompson, the Founder and CEO of

tags: Decorative, Lifestyle, Rentals, Service & Repair, Beyond the Lakes

Friday, March 20, 2020

I grew up in “Boat Town USA”—Harrison Township, Michigan. In my teens, my classmates manned the fuel docks my dad used to gas up our boat. For many of the kids I grew up with, the first job they had was in the marine industry in the boatyard or as dock hands, marine store clerks, seawall builders, or as canvas and

by: Melissa Walsh

tags: Employment News, Job Opportunities, Lifestyle

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Take a trip across Lake Superior in an Avalon pontoon. Explore this beautiful area and pay respects to the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

by: Jim Wolf, President of Avalon Pontoons

tags: History, Lake Superior, Lifestyle, Shipwrecks, Travel, Feel Good Story

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

I woke up to the tinkling of water against the hull of the Lost Soul and, as I came out of my stupor, I remembered where I was – anchored in Pago Pago, American Samoa. We’d been there for about a week and were planning on leaving in a few days. I pulled on my shorts and walked out of my aft cabin into the galley and threw

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Sailing

Friday, January 17, 2020

Boats and how we use them has led to some interesting changes that are improving the overall boater experience. Boats today offer more comfort, safety, convenience, and fun so let’s take a look at the evolution that got us here. 1) Outdoor Living We boat because we like to spend time outside so boats have morphed to make the

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: Lifestyle

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Beyond the fuel asset feature, however, boat shows are a great resource for boaters who are looking for new dockage and destinations. Many show producers offer separate blocks or aisles of travel exhibitors offering information about boat-accessible destinations for guests who are seeking an interesting place to go, be it with their boat in tow or via an extended cruise.

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Travel, Boat Show, Lifestyle

Monday, January 6, 2020

There comes a time in every sailor’s life when they must decide if they’ll go over to the dark side and purchase a power boat or just get out of boating all together. For some, the latter is not an option; being out on the water is too important. What better time to start looking and get answers than at a boat show?

by: Robin G. Coles

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing

Thursday, January 2, 2020

A “short” seven-hour drive from Toledo, Ohio, landed us at the State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland – the houseboat mecca of the world! Fifteen of my family members met here, from all over the Midwest, to start our weekend adventure on the water. Lake Cumberland is located in southern Kentucky, just west of Daniel

by: Melanie Kyle

tags: Travel, Inland Boating, Lifestyle

Monday, December 30, 2019

As any sailor knows, some of the best times we have are when we gather with other cruisers and it's time to, as they say in Hawaii, "talk story." It usually starts very innocently, with a, "Ya know, I was off the coast of Malibu when..." and the first story rolls out. Most sailors will listen attentively, but in their mind they are

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Lifestyle, Sailing