Detroit Boat Show Feb. 16-24 at Cobo Center
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/30/2013 - 08:29 ] #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...
The Life of a Middle-Aged Boat And What to Do About It
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/11/2012 - 17:17 ] #
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
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Michigan boating business rides wave to recovery
- Editor H2ONotes [ 2/13/2012 - 06:33 ] #
After a six-year downturn, the boating industry is on the rise in the Great Lakes State.
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
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...
Boat Wiring and Exhaust Systems Do Not Mix
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/28/2011 - 07:34 ] #
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...
Is Dry Stack Storage Right for You?
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/28/2011 - 07:33 ] #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
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...
Boaters: Tips For Preparing For Summer Lightning Storms
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2011 - 07:12 ] #
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:
- Editor H2ONotes [ 9/30/2010 - 07:31 ] # 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
Yamaha Debuts 2011 WaveRunners with New High Performance VXR Model
- Editor H2ONotes [ 8/26/2010 - 08:01 ] #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...
Stranded Lake Erie boaters grateful for towing service
- Editor H2ONotes [ 8/23/2010 - 18:33 ] #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...
Boat tricks for team partners
- Editor H2ONotes [ 8/23/2010 - 07:21 ] #Winning two-man ("buddy") tournaments involves more than hooking and landing fish.
It's about teamwork, time management, and proper use of the boat.
one knows that better than Alabama pro Russ Lane, who had a great deal
of success fishing team tournaments before turning pro.
anglers just go fishing, but the successful ones have a system in place
that makes them more efficient, and ultimately more successful," he
Glastron Goes to Cadillac, Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/9/2010 - 07:46 ] # 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...
A Dream Day, a Dose of Reality
- Editor H2ONotes [ 3/5/2010 - 05:17 ] #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...
Business suddenly blossoms for struggling boat builder
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/29/2010 - 07:32 ] #
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.
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."
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...
Eight Ideas To Help The Savvy Boat Buyer
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/28/2010 - 18:25 ] #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...
Your Propeller - the unsung hero of boating
- Editor H2ONotes [ 1/19/2010 - 17:58 ] #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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