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Thursday, March 26, 2020

After visiting the winter boat shows, we have seen the latest products and equipment that we want for our boating season. In spring, timing becomes very important if we are to realize these improvements. To ensure they are not lost as unrealized dreams, we must make them goals. After all, a goal is just a dream with a

tags: Boating 101, Spring Commissioning

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Download a PDF and print your copy of this checklist Getting the boat ready for the summer boating season is an exciting time for America’s nearly 12 million recreational boaters. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right, along with a new

by: Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS)

tags: Boating 101, Spring Commissioning

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With recreational boats now waking up from their long winter’s nap and their protective shrink wrap covers coming off prior to spring launch, a new video from the Ohio Clean Marinas Program shows boaters everywhere how to prepare boat shrink wrap for recycling in six easy steps. Essentially plastic, shrink wrap is an effective

tags: Do It Yourself (DIY), Environmental Impact, Spring Commissioning

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Boatyards, marinas and clubs are waking up after a long winter’s nap, and boaters have begun preparing their vessels for the season. While the boat needs to be looked at and readied for a summer of fun, so does your safety. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water says that doing these four free or low-cost

tags: Safety, Spring Commissioning

Friday, March 29, 2019

Committed to helping shrink wrap users recycle their wrap, Dr. Shrink announces their 10th Annual Recycling Run Program in partnership with Bay Area Recycling for Charities of Traverse City, Michigan. This program offers an environmentally friendly option to all Michigan boat storage facilities, marinas, and boat owners, asking them

tags: Environmental Impact, Spring Commissioning

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Question: Do you have some suggestions for things I can do to help ensure trouble-free boating this season? Answer: Regardless of whether you haul out for the winter or are fortunate enough to live in a climate with year-round access to the water, whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or hire marine professionals to work on your yacht,

by: Kristina Cherubino, Senior Underwriter, Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Insurance, Spring Commissioning

Monday, March 25, 2019

With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right: Before You Launch Inspect and replace hose clamps as necessary. Double-clamp fuel lines and exhaust

tags: Spring Commissioning

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Are you a do-it-yourselfer that just needs help finding a part? Or do you need a professional to take care of it for you? Spring is on its way and we only have a few weeks left to get things completed before the launch period. No matter if you need supplies and parts, a little guidance, or want to schedule a tech to take care of your

by: Jeff Wilson, Co-Owner & General Manager of Marine Tech Concepts

tags: Engines, Spring Commissioning

Monday, March 18, 2019

A nationwide survey of some 2,000 boaters conducted by Progressive Insurance last season resulted in some interesting differences between boaters in various parts of the United States and the mishaps they experience while on the water. It’s a little unsettling to see how well-represented boaters in Great Lakes states are in the

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Spring Commissioning