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Detroit Boat Show Feb. 16-24 at Cobo Center

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The "biggest and best boat show in Michigan," the Detroit Boat Show is coming to Cobo Center Feb. 16-24 and is BACK TO TWO HALLS for the first time in four years! Hundreds of exhibitors will fill the exposition space for the premier showing of new boats for the model year 2013 and new, non-current boats for 2010 - 2012.  more...


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The Life of a Middle-Aged Boat And What to Do About It

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 11, 2012 - With people, middle age begins at around 40. With boats, it's about the 10-year mark. And for both, it signals a time when age begins to show. But that doesn't mean life is slowing down - only that more effort is needed to stay in shape. With decade-old boats, that means taking a hard look at things that haven't been checked out over the years. BoatUS has these nine "middle age" maintenance tips on boats: more

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Michigan boating business rides wave to recovery

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After a six-year downturn, the boating industry is on the rise in the Great Lakes State.

The Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center is riding this wave of tentative recovery, boasting more boats, brands and leased exhibit space than in prior years when it opens Saturday, said boat show spokeswoman Nicki Polan.

Sales of luxury yachts, refurbished boats, dock space and maintenance services are increasing, Metro Detroit businesses say. Boat repossessions are diminishing, a local company reports. And yacht club membership is recovering, according to two local clubs.  more...



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Boat Wiring and Exhaust Systems Do Not Mix

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If wiring is too close to the exhaust, it may be affected by heat. Ed Sherman explains.

Question: I recently noticed a large grouping of my boat’s electrical wiring that seems to be routed pretty near my engine’s exhaust system. It seems like this might be a problem as the exhaust system gets pretty hot when the engine is running, even though it is water cooled from the engine raw water system. From the photo, can you tell if I actually have a problem here? It would be a lot of work to correct if it’s not necessary.  more...



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Is Dry Stack Storage Right for You?

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More and more people are using dry stack storage for their boats these days. And there are many advantages to using a “boatel” as opposed to leaving Mom’s Mink in the water or on a trailer. Of course, there are a few down-sides as well. Is dry stacking a good option for you? Let’s find out.

Dry Stack Advantages

First, the positives: Maintenance is greatly reduced when a boat is kept out of the water. Waterlines are a thing of the past, the chance of blisters forming in your bottom goes down, and if the dry stack is under cover (which is common) your boat stays looking good longer. That means you spend less time waxing, and more time boating. Performance also gets a slight boost since bottom paint becomes unnecessary, and in most cases, painting the bottom of a boat shaves off one-half to one mile per hour of speed. Finally, consider cost; a dry stack can be half as much as a wet slip.   more...



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Boaters: Tips For Preparing For Summer Lightning Storms

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 25, 2011 - The weather's power and rage showed itself recently with the devastating springtime tornados that roared through the south. For recreational boaters, summer thunderstorms bring danger not only with wind and waves, but also with lightning strikes. BoatUS' Seaworthy Magazine recently took a look at how to protect yourself from this hazard while boating, sailing and fishing on the open water and has these tips: more

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BoatUS Urges Boaters to Speak Up on Ethanol:

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In a matter of days, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce its decision on whether to approve the addition of up to 50% more ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply, from the current 10% (E10) concentration to a potential 15% (E15). The nation’s largest boat owners group, Boat Owners Association of…more...

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Yamaha Debuts 2011 WaveRunners with New High Performance VXR Model

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Yamaha today announced its 2011 line of WaveRunner personal watercraft that includes the debut of the VXR and VXS models, the industry’s first low priced, ultra high performance personal watercraft, according to the company. Also making news at the company's annual dealer meeting is the announcment that Yamaha is now the market share leader in the PWC industry as of July 31.  more...


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Stranded Lake Erie boaters grateful for towing service

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Captain Neil Lundell spotted the stalled fishing boat bobbing in 50 feet of water off Shades Beach.
He dropped the engine RPM on his towboat and pulled near. Lundell eased close enough to joke with the boater about his misfortune. But he didn't say a word.

Instinctively, he read the 12-mph breeze and the 2-foot waves that rocked Terry Nicholson's 21-foot Sylvan Offshore motorboat. Lundell pulled into position nearby, just upwind. more...


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Boat tricks for team partners

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Skeeter FX Series with Yamaha SHO motorWinning two-man ("buddy") tournaments involves more than hooking and landing fish.

It's about teamwork, time management, and proper use of the boat.

No one knows that better than Alabama pro Russ Lane, who had a great deal of success fishing team tournaments before turning pro.

"Most team anglers just go fishing, but the successful ones have a system in place that makes them more efficient, and ultimately more successful," he says.  more...



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Glastron Goes to Cadillac, Michigan

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They are building Glastron boats in Michigan now. A DS 205 deck boat was the first Glastron to roll off an assembly line in Cadillac, where the brand formerly built in Minnesota now shares a production facility with Four Winns and Wellcraft. The three brands make up the Recreational Boat Group division of Project Boat Holdings, which also acquired Ranger, Champion, and Stratos in the wake of the bankruptcy last year of Genmar.   more...


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A Dream Day, a Dose of Reality

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As the Eleanor P, our new Seaward 26RK, slipped away from its temporary slip in Stuart last December, the gimpy old man at the helm was busy watching out for a harbor-full of holiday boaters, a string of unfamiliar channel markers, and a seemingly endless flotilla of UFO's (unidentified floating objects). What a beautiful morning for our first test run.  more...


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Business suddenly blossoms for struggling boat builder

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DELAND -- As the 2009 Miami International Boat Show approached, John and Robin Cosker found themselves in a bind.

Their business, Mystic Powerboats, was in trouble, and the economic environment held little promise for a company building racing boats that sold for $3 million to $4 million apiece.

"We closed the week before the Miami boat show," John Cosker said. "We realized we had to sell a boat at the show to survive. And we sold one."

That order carried the company through the first half of 2009, and, in June, business picked up significantly. Through the remainder of the year, Mystic set a company record, selling and/or delivering six boats. The company usually built two or three a year, Cosker said.  more...



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Eight Ideas To Help The Savvy Boat Buyer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 27, 2010 - With over half a million members, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) knows how to help prospective boaters find and purchase the right boat or trade up to another model. Here are eight -- mostly free -- ways BoatUS can help you find your dreamboat: 1. Make sure you review the online BoatUS Guide to Buying and Selling a Boat at www.BoatUS.co... more...

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Your Propeller - the unsung hero of boating

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Doesn't a propeller look simple? Visually, the size and shape makes it obvious that a propeller kind of 'screws' its way through the water and to a casual observer, it looks to be one of the simplest parts on the whole boat.

Well, it’s exactly the opposite. Your propeller is the unsung hero of boating. It’s probably the single most complex
piece of engineering on the boat. The size and shape of the blades and their angle to the hub are just the start of the story.  more...



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