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10 Tips for Choosing Marine Stereos

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Chooseand install wisely, or your new marine stereo probably won't last long.

Marine stereos fail regularly, have poor sound quality, and rarely live up to expectations—know these 10 tips, however, and you’ll be able to choose and install your next stereo wisely.

Take these 10 tips for choosing marine stereos to heart, or there’s a good chance that the expensive sound system you install on your boat will soon be croaking instead of crooning.

1. Never buy anything that says “marinized.” This is code for saying it’s an automotive system with a spray-coated circuit-board, which is being marketed to boaters. Chances are it won’t last long in the marine environment.

2. Mount the head unit belowdecks whenever possible. Then put a waterproof remote at the dash. That will extend the life of the stereo significantly, even though the remote may need replacement every season or two.  more...



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Grand Slam Match Racing Series expands internationally

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Grand Slam Match Racing Series 2012 qualifying events start this weekend in Chicago and Oyster Bay, New York. After last year's successful debut, organizers from the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC), Bayview YC (BYC), Manhasset Bay YC (MBYC) and Oakcliff Sailing have expanded their international slate of teams to compete in this year's Grand Slam Match Racing Series.


In all, teams from eight countries will be represented in this year's series of four consecutive ISAF Open Grade 2 events: Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, US Virgin Islands, and throughout the US.

'What began last year as a series to promote the growth of match racing in the US has grown to be a major international series,' said Oakcliff Sailing's Executive Director Dawn Riley. 'The requests for invitations for our event have come in early and hot, with only a few spots remaining.'  more...


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Even Man's Best Friend Needs A Life Jacket

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ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 16, 2012 - It doesn't take National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25) to remind us that life jackets are important, even for man's best friend. But no matter water dog or a lap dog, the life jacket has to be right-sized - so how will you know it fits? The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has released "Foundation Findings #52," the latest boating safety equipment product testing series now chronicled in the June/July 2012 BoatUS Magazine, "It's a Dog's Life (Jacket)." more

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Runner up at USA Olympic Trials

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We have just finished up the final part of our winner takes all US trials and we finished second. We a very disappointed with how this event turned out, but want to say congratulations and good luck to Anna, Molly, and Debbie for winning the event and getting the opportunity to represent the USA at the Olympic Games this summer.

The event started with a semi final round where we raced Genny Tulloch and team. We knew going into this series that it was going to be a battle, and it was exactly what we expected. The first day ended with us narrowly beating her in the last race of the day, to bring the series to 3-2, her lead. more...


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Learn to sail in 2-1/2 days

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Ever wanted to learn about sailing, but didn’t want to shell out the bucks for private lessons?

The Lake Norman Yacht Club has the perfect solution: the second annual Discover Sailing weekend May 25-27 at the club’s facilities on Yacht Road in Mooresville.

The 2-1/2-day event will cover the basics of sailing with both classroom and on-the-water sessions. All classes will be led by U.S. Sailing-certified instructors.

“The primary thing we’re trying to do is promote the sport of sailing in central North Carolina,” said Mike Robinson, who chairs the club’s Discover Sailing committee.

“We’re really trying to promote people rediscovering the great outdoors, sailing being just a small part of that. … It’s not a membership pitch at all. It’s really all about getting people up to speed on sailing in 2-1/2 days.”  more...


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/05/14/3227620/learn-to-sail-in-2-12-days.html#storylink=cpy


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Summer sailing in Chicago's harbors

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By Matthew Schwerha

Unlike cities that are land-locked, Chicago has the unique distinction of Lake Michigan to provide summer entertainment. Lake Michigan, made possible by the 10 harbors located up and down the shore, is quickly populated with boats for the summer months.

The official Chicago boating season runs from May 1-Oct. 31, while early entry permits allow some people out on the water, starting April 1.

“When the weather got warm, people were jumping the gun and getting out,” said Guy Whitney, an employee of Montrose Harbor. “Then it cooled off a little bit, but the last couple of days people have been getting out steadily.”  more

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New Boater-Assistance Service Opens on Lake Superior

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Black Warrior Marine in Bayfield, Wisconsin, Joins the BoatUS Fleet

BAYFIELD, Wis., May 14, 2012 - Capt. Tucker Culberson, who has been boating on Lake Superior since he was a young boy, has turned his passion for Northern Wisconsin waters into a career. Culberson earned his USCG captain's license when he was still in high school and has been working on boats ever since. Now he has launched his own business, an on-the-water towing service that will be a boon to boaters who need a jumpstart, run out of fuel, have a mechanical breakdown or run aground. 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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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE B.O.D.! The Bayiew One Design Regatta that is!

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The ALL NEW B.O.D. will be held June 1st through June 3rd, 2012 on Lake St. Clair.

 

Highlights include:

  • 4 Courses - closer locations - including one directly in front of the club for lawn spectator viewing
  • Live Music each day from 4:00 p.m. to Midnight
  • Class Sponsored Events  
  • A la Carte dinner and late food stations throughout the evening
  • Daily and Overall Awards
  • Moth Races  
  • Plenty of safe parking for you and your crew
  • Valet Parking during the party

SAVE THE DATE!


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Michigan Boating Industries Association encourages safe boating practices during National Safe Boating Week May 19-25

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May 9, 2012, Livonia, Mich. - National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25, raises annual awareness of safe and responsible boating in Michigan. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), there are almost 3,300 miles of Great lakes coastline, more than 10,000 inland lakes and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams in Michigan. Michigan competes with other top states such as Florida, California and Minnesota, as one of the ideal locations to register a boat. more

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50 Years of Icebreaker – Paul Reilly Wins Big Scow Event

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2012 Icebreaker Champion, Paul ReillyCedar Lake, Indiana has been the site for the famous Icebreaker C scow regatta. Every spring sailors travel from around the USA to visit this fantastic regatta.  This year was the 50th anniversary and over 40 boats were in attendance.  

In 1962 Lou Morgan from Lac Labelle, Wisconsin won the very first Icebreaker Championship racing his C named Hull No. Fifty years later another C scow legend won the Icebreaker event: Paul Reilly from Big Cedar Lake, Wisconsin. Reilly popped open a brand new Melges C for the season and was out of the box fast with a 1-3-1 scorecard to win! Bob Biwer from Pewaukee was 2nd, Mark Smith from Okauchee was 3rd, Tim Schmidt from Okauchee was 4th and Andrew Bohl from Lake Beulah was 5th.    more...


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Team Maclaren Will Represent The USA At The 2012 Olympic Games!!

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It was an incredible series, especially today, but we rallied hard at the end and won the series 6-3 over Team Barkow. The day started with rain and pretty good breeze and waves. This didn't deter the race committee who got started right on time and race one was underway.

We had a very good start in race one. Team Barkow hit us from behind and got a penalty as we approached the start line. We were able to take the right hand side and we extended to a two-length lead at the top mark.  more...

Photo: copyright Richard Langdon/Ocean Images 2012


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2012 Melges MC Scow Cowtown Classic

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Three days of sailing for this year's spring classic on Hoover Lake near Columbus, Ohio. We actually had two events over the course of the three days. We had a practice regatta and clinic hosted by Ron Stryker and Richard Blake with Ted Keller and Eric Hood instructing. For that event we had 15 boats participate in the 7 race short course series. Peter Comfort of Torch Lake won that practice event. Then for the regatta we had 32 MC Scows sailing for the Cowtown Classic.  more...


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DNR: Searchable fishing regulations tool now available

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MADISON -- Just in time for the opening day of the 2012 inland fishing season, anglers have a new and easier way to figure out what fishing regulations are on their favorite inland lake.A new searchable database allows anglers to search by lake, by county and by multiple counties to pull up an interactive map and a listing of the fishing regulations for that water.  more...


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Keewatin to leave Kalamazoo Lake on June 2

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The historic steamship Keewatin will be leaving its home of more than 40 years at the beginning of June.

Work continues on the vessel and in Lake Kalamazoo in Douglas for a departure date of June 2.

“It depends on the weather,” said Eric Conroy, spokesman for ship owner Gil Blutrich of Canada. Blutrich is chairman and president of Skyline International Development Inc., a private Canadian investment and management company.  more...



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