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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I don't know why it is, but there are a lotta folks out there who say they want to take off on a major voyage, but in reality, have no desire whatsoever to actually take off. You know them. You see them every day on the dock, people who have been planning a voyage and keep setting the departure back because their new kathorple valve

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Travel

Thursday, June 4, 2020

In our current world, far-flung adventures are limited but boating is still here for us, satisfying the adventurer in us while still keeping our distance from the new realities that face us. So, let’s have some fun revisiting the pioneering adventures that Avalon & Tahoe Pontoon boats have taken over the last 15 years.

tags: Lifestyle, Travel

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Currently we are all experiencing something incredibly different than our normal way of life: having regulations as to where we can travel and whom we can socialize with. With so many regulations and restrictions in place, it’s easy to begin to feel trapped, isolated, and lonely. The feeling of being limitless is what we are all

by: Megan Meisler, Co-Owner of Loadmaster Trailer Co. Ltd.

tags: Hauling, Lifestyle, Trailers, Travel

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

Monday, May 4, 2020

We were anchored in a beautiful bay just a few kilometers northwest of Naples, Italy. We'd been there for over a week, waiting for some parts that were coming in from the States to repair our poor overworked generator after we'd picked up some bad fuel in Gibraltar. We’d been "out" from our last stop at our home base in

by: Bob Bitchin

tags: Feel Good Story, Lifestyle, Sailing, Travel

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: COVID-19, 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: Beyond the Lakes, Decorative, Lifestyle, Rentals, Service & Repair

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

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