blank 08/28/15 08:56AM Mercury Marine, New Product, Outboard Motors, Propeller Hub System

Mercury Marine to release new Flo-Torq propeller hub system

Mercury Marine Flo-Torq propeller hub system

Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, introduces the Flo-Torq SSR HD, a propeller hub system designed to improve shift noise and vibration on high-horsepower outboards that use a heavy-duty 1.25-inch propeller shaft.

This new hub system is the first of its kind to employ Mercury’s new SSR technology. SSR stands for Soft Shift Rubber, which delivers a 25 percent improvement in shift noise and vibration during shifting events. The SSR hub delivers these benefits without sacrificing the strength and durability of a solid hub designed for high-performance marine engines.

The SSR system starts off with a traditional solid steel hub, but adds a bonded rubber sleeve to one end of the hub that provides cushioning to the system. The bonded rubber sleeve cushions the propeller during shifting events, absorbing shock and vibration. As soon as the propeller is under load, the stainless steel end of the hub engages the core of the propeller, creating a solid hub that can reliably transfer the significant power generated by today’s FourStroke outboards.

“Propeller hubs are an integral part of the full marine propulsion system,” said Jared Reichenberger, brand manager for Mercury Propellers. “This product provides the strength of a durable solid hub with the cushioning of a rubber hub for quiet operation. It is a win-win for boaters – particularly those with high-horsepower Verado like the 350 and 400R.”

The Flo-Torq SSR HD hub can be purchased at all Mercury dealers beginning in August.

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blank 08/26/15 08:10AM Boat Cruise, Events, Family Boatbuilding, Traditional Small Craft Association, Wooden Boat Festival

Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival
October 16 - 18, 2015; Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival 2015

Make plans now to attend the 2nd Annual Port Aransas plyWooden Boat Festival in beautiful Port Aransas, Texas

October 16th - 18th, 2015

Farley Boat Works, Duckworks Boat Builder's Supply and the Traditional Small Craft Association are once again teaming up to put on this grand event. If you've ever dreamed about building a boat you owe it to yourself to attend. This is your chance to see a lot of boats and talk to the builders and some famous designers; take a cruise to the historic Aransas Pass Light Station; try your hand at rowing a variety of skiffs; enjoy presentations about boat building; build a boat yourself during the Family Boatbuilding event. Bring the whole family; there will be activities for the kids!

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blank 08/20/15 08:26AM ACBS Annual Meeting, International Boat Show, Readers Videos

40th Annual Meeting and International Boat Show
September 23-26, 2015; Peninsula Brainerd, MN

40th ACBS Annual Meeting and International Boat Show

September 23 - 26, 2015

Madden's on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach 
Peninsula Brainerd, MN 56401 
(888) 450-5189

Registration Now Open!

Annual Meeting and Boat Show Registration Form

For complete pre-event details visit the Woods and Water Website

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blank 08/19/15 03:05PM Maritime Museum, Readers Pics, Wooden Boat Festival

2015 Wooden Boat Festival
October 10-11, 2015; Madisonville, LA

2015 Wooden Boat Festival will be held October 10th & 11th, 2015!
Wooden Boat Festival Madison LA

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, LA 70447
(985) 845-9200

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The Boats:  
Cruiser I
Cruiser II
Museum Built
Skiff Oar
Skiff Power
Work Boat

Artists & Vendors
Quick 'n' Dirty Boat Building
Children's Village
Kid's Boat Shop
Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In
Beer Garden
Maritime Mania Party
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blank 08/18/15 08:47AM Boater Prep, Boating Safety, Hurricane Boat Safety, Marina, Readers Pics

Three Pieces of Hurricane Prep Gear You Forgot to Get, but Should Now

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Using a simple tie-down system for their Hurricane Club members, Sebastian River Marina & Boatyard in Sebastian, FL has been successful in preventing hurricane damage to boats.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 18, 2015 – According to the to the National Hurricane Center, Monday, August 10, marked the date by which boaters typically have seen the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. And while early predictions for this year’s hurricane storm activity were well below the 30-year average, that doesn’t mean the entire season will remain that way as we get closer to peak season one month away. So what hurricane gear did you forget to pick up at the beginning of the storm season in June? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says there are three, must-have pieces of hurricane prep gear for boats that you may have forgotten about – but should get now as they could have a big impact if a hurricane strikes.

For a boat stored in a slip: If you’re not in your marina’s “hurricane club” for priority haul-out service and all else fails, you may have no other option but to leave your boat in the slip. Keeping the boat “alive” during a storm requires a strong web of lines with plenty of chafe protection. Don’t skimp on either, as they are your primary line of defense. To learn more about lines and chafe, go to

For a boat stored on land: In storm after storm, the BoatUS Catastrophe (CAT) Team has found that boats are more likely to survive if they are out of the water. That’s because when something goes wrong during a hurricane, boats left in the water are more likely to sink and end up as total losses. One of the most effective ways to protect your boat on land is tying down the boat while on jackstands to screwed-in anchors or fixed tie downs. This works especially well for large sailboats that present a tall profile to the wind. Look for a marina with hurricane storage that offers this option, or talk to your marina about whether or not you can do it yourself. To see how tie downs work, go to

For any boat: If you don’t already have one, get a boat insurance policy that’s designed to protect you in the event of a hurricane – it’s your last backstop. To meet this standard, BoatUS says it should include full salvage coverage, meaning separate salvage coverage up to the insured value of the boat that is in addition to any payments to fix the boat or replace equipment. A good hurricane policy also includes hurricane haul-out coverage and offers a high level of post-storm service from an insurer experienced in salvage. The best place to find this out is to ask friends for their experience with hurricane claims.

For more on hurricane prep or get an insurance quote from the BoatUS Insurance Program, go to

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blank 08/17/15 12:04PM Boating Festival, Events, Outdoor Festival

6th Annual Boating and Outdoor Festival
9/17-20, 2015; Harrison Township, MI 48045

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Lake St. Clair Metropark
31300 Metro Parkway
Harrison Township, MI 48045

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blank 08/12/15 08:09AM Events, festival, Maritime Model Expo, MASCF, Mid Atlantic Small Craft, Small Craft

33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival & 11th Maritime Model Expo
Oct. 3-4, 2015 - Michaels, Maryland

213 N. Talbot St., Michaels, MD 21663 United States
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Hundreds of amateur and professional boat builders, model boat builders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their skiffs, kayaks, canoes and maritime models. Check out the model pond and boats on land or watch many of these one-of-a-kind vessels race along the Miles River along CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus. The event is free for CBMM members or with general admission and features small craft both on and off the water, a demonstration pond, model races, engaging exhibits, kids’ activities, food and more.

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blank 08/10/15 08:46AM ACBS, Antique Boat Show, Boat Parade, Classic Boat Show, Events

Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show
September 26-27 at The Abbey in Fontana, WI

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Geneva Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show presented by

Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society

September 26-27 (with pre-events on September 25) at The Abbey in Fontana, WI

The Geneva Lakes Boat Show is an annual event held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Scheduled this year for September 26- 27, the Show will feature classic and vintage boats from all over the country. Browse our website for a sampling of participating boats from the past few years. Boats are on display Saturday and Sunday and viewing is free to the public. A boat parade is also scheduled for Saturday.
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