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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dinghies have become a common site around marinas and anchorages these days. The once utilitarian shuttles of mooring ball tenants and serious cruisers, have now become a must-have accessory item for many boat owners. No matter if it’s a simple inflatable with a small motor, or a well-fit hard bottom with seats, steering wheel,

by: Ken Quant, Broad Reach Marketing

tags: Lifestyle, Water Toys

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Since the theme in this Summer Issue is about “Water Toys,” it made me think back on all the money I spent over the past 40+ years buying the latest “new thing” for me and my three boys to try out. It started in the late ’70s when my three sons, ages 7 and the twins 4, were just learning to swim and

by: Captain Dennis J Mykols

tags: Lifestyle, Towables, Water Toys

Thursday, August 2, 2018

If you want pure, clean fun on the water, personal watercraft (PWCs) have long been recreational boaters’ water toy of choice, with wake-and-ski boats likely running a close second. Modern PWCs give families the ability to carry a driver and spotter in comfort while towing a third person aboard a tube, and today’s

by: Scott Croft, Vice President BoatUS Public Affairs

tags: Water Toys, Education, Insurance, Personal Watercraft, Towables

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

SWAGTRON™, the undisputed leader in electric rideables, makes waves today with the launch of the Swagsurf Electric Jetboard. The brand’s first foray into watersports, the Swagsurf is an inflatable eSUP that can reach speeds up to 12.5 mph thanks to a brushless DC jet motor capable of cranking out 2,800 watts at 4,650

tags: Paddleboards, Water Toys

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Participation in water sports is seeing explosive growth as more and more people are enjoying wakeboards, kneeboards, and, the latest craze, wakesurfing. That’s not to say that good old water skiing is out. Hardly. Skiing and tubing are still the most widely-enjoyed water sports. But, wakesurfing is growing fast. So fast, in

by: Norm Schultz, Soundings Trade Only

tags: Lifestyle, Water Toys

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If you don’t own a boat or didn’t pack your boat while visiting the Blue Water Area, no worries. Michigan Boat Rentals is now open. Located in the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes, Port Huron, and on Michigan’s East shore about 60 miles north of Detroit, rental options include tri-toon boats, kayaks, and paddle

tags: Rentals, Water Toys, Canoes & Kayaks, Lake Huron, Lake St Clair, Paddleboards

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

If it seems odd to own a tender for a 22 foot cuddy cabin boat, you’ve never moored off Put-in-Bay on a busy summer weekend. But, for three seasons, that’s how we justified the inflatable Sevylor kayak my wife and I used to get from our designated mooring ball to the dockside party and back. The alternative was waiting for

by: Dan Armitage, Buckeye Sportsman Radio

tags: Travel, Water Toys

Monday, July 30, 2018

Cary R. Wiener is President of Pantaenius America Ltd. and a maritime lawyer who has worked on many famous cases, including the Exxon Valdez. He is licensed in all fifty states and is passionate about safety on the water. Question: We recently purchased a tender for our yacht. It’s too heavy to hoist aboard, so we’ll be

by: Cary R. Wiener, President of Pantaenius America Ltd.

tags: Insurance, Towing, Water Toys

Friday, July 20, 2018

For many enthusiasts, winter layup on kayaks is done quickly; needed upkeep and repairs often wait until next season. The season’s here, so it’s that time again. Fortunately, most kayak upkeep is fairly simple and quick. Usually a simple cleanup with soapy water makes it ready. For those with more pressing issues, read

by: John Tiger

tags: Canoes & Kayaks, Service & Repair, Water Toys

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Warmer weather is here to stay and that means it’s time to get your water gear ready for some fun in the sun! If you’ve been storing your water toys during the off season, they probably have accumulated some dirt and maybe even some creepy crawly friends, too. Before you toss your rafts, kayaks, and other toys in the water

tags: Cleaners, Towables, Water Toys