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26th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous Pacific Northwest

26th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous

July 8– 12  2015

Port Orchard Marina, Port Orchard Washington

Chris-Craft Rendezvous 2015 

The five day 26th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous will open a day early on Wednesday July 8th 2014!  We are expecting that the low price of fuel will bring more boats to our event, and early arrivals are welcome!

The historic town of Port Orchard, Washington will open its City Marina for the exclusive moorage of more than 80 Chris-Crafts of various makes, models and levels of restoration.  This is the largest gathering of these classic boats in the world.  The event encourages owners of Chris-Crafts to bring their boats in whatever state of restoration they are in.  "We do like to see the boot stripe above the waterline", said Mike Monda who is the Chairman of the event.

The events on the docks are free to the public and hundreds of fans of the classic wooden boats will attend. Many boats will be open for boarding and many owners will be present aboard their boats with stories and history of their Chris-Crafts.  There will be Chris-Crafts from the 1930's to the present. The event features live music on the docks, raffle drawings through out each day, demonstrations, a swap meet, coffee and doughnuts every morning.  On Saturday the Dinghy Dash will delight the crowd as it did last year.  It is a human powered drag race for "Hard Bottom and Soft Bottomed Dinghies and Skiffs of All Kinds".  A Saturday Farmers Market, more fun on the docks and an Awards Banquet and Live Auction for participants will fill out Saturday's event schedule. Awards will be given for People's choice for wood and fiberglass and there will be an award for most improved. 

On Sunday the informal parade out of the marina is a showcase of mahogany and chrome. These timeless motor crafts represent over eight decades of being America's most popular motor yacht.

The 2015 26th Annual Chris-Craft Rendezvous will be held July 8-12, 2015 in Port Orchard, Washington.  Please visit our website for history, great stories and lots of photos.




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Trailer Backup Assist for 2016 Ford F-150


  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist for the 2016 Ford F-150 makes it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back a trailer up to launch a boat or park in a driveway
  • Segment-first technology allows customers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist is the latest example of Ford changing the way the world moves – delivering smart solutions that improve the productivity of customers so they can spend more time on the job or enjoying the lake


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DEARBORN, Mich., May 21, 2015 – Ford, America’s truck leader, pioneers towing innovation again by introducing Pro Trailer Backup Assist for the 2016 Ford F-150 – a segment-first technology that makes the challenge of backing up a trailer easier than ever for both experts and infrequent towers alike. 

Backing up a trailer can be tricky. The truck’s front wheels have to be turned the opposite direction the customer wants the trailer to go. Turn too hard and the trailer can hit the vehicle, or jackknife. Whether working alone or with a spotter, backing up a trailer can be a tension-filled ordeal.

Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps take the frustration out of backing up. It works by letting the customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the truck steers its wheels and limits vehicle speed.

To operate Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the customer rotates a knob to indicate how much the system should turn the trailer. The technology automatically steers the truck to turn the trailer the desired amount. The system may limit vehicle speed to enhance occupant comfort over various road surfaces. The result is less time required to back up a trailer with improved confidence – it even helps towing experts by reducing time lost to maneuvering mistakes.

“Pro Trailer Backup Assist is a smart solution to save time and increase productivity for our customers,” said Doug Scott, marketing manager, Ford Truck Group. “Instead of struggling to back up their trailer, they can spend more time on the job or enjoying the lake.”

Ford F-150 Trailer Assist Display Panel

Leveraging advanced camera technology, Ford engineers developed the trailer tracking system strategy and tested it for almost a decade. Along the way, Ford earned five patents for the technology, with 10 more pending.

Driver-assist features now on F-150

Pro Trailer Backup Assist joins a suite of driver-assist technologies already available on the all-new 2015 F-150. Among these features is Curve Control, developed exclusively by Ford engineers to help in those cases where customers may enter a turn too quickly. Curve Control helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle by automatically reducing torque and applying four-wheel braking. This can reduce vehicle speed by up to 10 mph in approximately one second – assisting drivers in staying on their intended path.

Available lane-keeping system is designed to help prevent a driver from drifting outside of the intended driving lane. The system is designed to detect the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and rearview mirror. A vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver. The system can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed.

Segment-exclusive adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles detected ahead. Using this information, the F-150 can automatically maintain a consistent following distance set by the driver. The speed will be maintained if adaptive cruise control is activated and the vehicle is traveling at least 15 mph. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly.

Ford trailering innovations and leadership

Pro Trailer Backup Assist for the 2016 F-150 is the latest in a long line of segment-first and class-exclusive Ford truck innovations and capabilities that make trailer towing easier. Others include:

  • Segment-first integrated trailer brake controller, 2005: The first integrated, factory-installed trailer brake controller for the 2005 F-Series Super Duty, the Ford system ties into the truck’s brakes to activate the trailer brakes by sensing truck brake pressure
  • Segment-first trailer sway control, 2009: The first trailer sway control for the 2009 Ford F-150, the Ford system senses differences in movement between truck and trailer, using the wheel brakes in both vehicles to counteract sway
  • Segment-first smart trailer control module, 2015: First system to the truck’s productivity screen to show the driver which lights on a trailer connected to the truck aren’t working – meaning the driver or a passenger doesn’t have to get out of the truck and walk around the trailer to find lights have blown out
  • Class-exclusive dynamic hitch assist, 2015: A rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display helps customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle
  • Best-in-class light-duty towing, 2015: 2015 Ford F-150 can tow more than any other light-duty pickup truck – up to 12,200 pounds
  • Best-in-class heavy-duty towing, 2015: 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty can tow more than any other heavy-duty pickup truck – up to 31,200 pounds
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blank 05/21/15 12:16PM diesal outboard, mercury racing, OptiMax Diesal Outboard

Mercury Racing OptiMax Diesal


The all-new OptiMax Diesel outboard.
The all-new OptiMax Diesel outboard.

I am excited to share with you information regarding our second “stealth” outboardthat will be rarely seen; the OptiMax Diesel Outboard.

Our latest military engine was released 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in conjunction with the start of the 2015 SOFIC (Special Operation Forces Industry Conference), May 19-21, in Tampa. The engine, displayed in a booth we shared with our OEM boat builder partner MAPC (Maritime Applied Physics Corporation), is  the talk of the show.

The OptiMax Diesel is designed and developed by  Mercury Racing.
The OptiMax Diesel is designed and developed by Mercury Racing.

Developed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), this exclusive spark ignited, direct fuel injected 2-stroke runs on ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, which is readily available around the globe. Mercury Government Accounts Manager Tony Nahitchevansky explains the history behind the development of our latest military engine.

“A Navy ship crash in 1995, which resulted in an explosive gasoline fire, spawned a DoD directive for all gasoline powered engines and gasoline fuel tanks be removed from Naval ships by 2010,” The mandate called for engines to be developed to operate on fuels that meet the following criteria:

1) Improve ship safety by minimizing fire hazards,

2) More economical and more efficient, and

3) Readily available as a single battle space fuel.

The 3.0 Liter V-6 Diesel, which produces 175 propshaft horsepower, shares 95 percent of its components with the gasoline engine from which it derives. And, with only a handful of unique parts, there are minimal additional training requirements necessary for maintenance.

Industry Exclusive Direct Fuel Injected – Spark Ignited Diesel

A cutaway view of our industry exclusive spark ignited diesel cylinder head.
A cutaway view of our industry exclusive spark ignited diesel cylinder head.

A two-stage, direct-injection system uses a small charge of compressed air to finely atomize the diesel fuel as it injects into the combustion chamber. Atomizing the fuel into a fine mist allows for ignition via spark to occur, while delivering enhanced high rpm running quality. A glow plug works in concert with the spark plug for improved cold weather starting and idle quality.  An on-board Propulsion Control Module (PCM) microprocessor optimizes fuel and spark timing for improved running quality and performance throughout the engine’s operating range. SmartCraft® Engine Guardian provides real-time, self-protection engine fault diagnostics and messaging.

Race Derived Powerhead

Verado 400R inspired graphics.
Verado 400R inspired graphics.

The advanced 3.0-liter powerhead, customized with a unique cylinder head designed specifically for combusting diesel fuel, is matched with high performance cylinder liners for maximum horsepower and optimal engine running quality.

Race Inspired Graphics

The OptiMax Diesel features stealthy, tone-on-tone graphics that feature the new Mercury Racing word mark – similar to those featured on the new Racing Verado 400R consumer performance outboard models. Mercury Racing OptiMax Diesel outboards are available with a 25-inch (635 mm) center section and the 2:1 Fleet Master gearcase in both right-hand and left-hand rotation.


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blank 05/20/15 12:49PM Classic Boat Show, Nautical Swap Meet, Readers Pics, Vintage Boat Show

White Bear Lake Classic & Vintage Boat Show

White Bear Lake Classic & Vintage Boat Show
4450 Lake Avenue South
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN Saturday, June 27, 2015
Location: White Bear Shopping Center (Lakefront)
Time: 10 am - 4 pm

No Fee to Attend or Display a Boat
Vote for Your Favorite Boat Awards
Arts & Crafts Fair with 25 Artisans
Nautical Swap Meet
Live Music

The 10th Annual Classic & Vintage Boat Show on Lake Avenue at the White Bear Shopping Center. Featuring all classes of boats that have plied the waters of White Bear Lake over the last century along with outboard motor displays, a nautical swap meet, an arts and crafts show and live music. Contact: Pat Oven, or (651) 308-1792 or visit the website
Classic wood, glass, aluminum and unique boats: Inboards, Outboards, Sailboats, Row & Paddle Boats, Canoes

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blank 05/19/15 03:08PM Boat Safety, Boat Safety Online Course, BoatUS, Hurricane Safety

New Online Course Helps Boats and Marinas Survive Hurricanes

Atlantic Hurricane Season Starts June 1

Hurrican Prep for Boaters Online Course

The new Hurricane Prep for Boaters online course can be taken at your own pace at home.

ALEXANDRIA, VA,  – History has proven that when hurricanes and recreational boats get together, the result isn’t pretty. But what if every boat owner was armed with a specific plan to prepare their boat for an approaching storm? An online course, “Hurricane Preparation for Boaters,” available from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the United States Power Squadrons, aims to do just that. Conveniently available online, the course is $24.95 and can be taken from a desktop, tablet or smartphone by going to

“The BoatUS Marine Insurance damage avoidance program has shown there are measures that boaters can take to reduce hurricane boat damage and improve their chances with surviving a storm,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. “The most important thing for boaters to remember is that early planning is key and if you wait until a storm has formed or a watch or warning has been issued, it’s often too late to put some plans into place. This course is just the latest from us to help boaters get ahead of this timely task.”

Boaters taking the course will be able to create a hurricane plan for their boat, with specific solutions for boats stored in the water such as docks, moorings, hurricane holes, canals; on high ground at the boatyard or club; or even on a trailer in your own backyard. They will learn to evaluate the storm protection provided by a marina or storage area and determine if, when and how a boat should move before a hurricane. It also shows the steps needed to take before a hurricane makes landfall and how to secure a boat for hurricane conditions, including diagrams for tying lines.

BoatUS also offers many other hurricane planning tools at, including downloadable, no cost hurricane preparation guides for boaters and marinas, boatyards and clubs.

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blank 05/18/15 09:04AM Personal Watercraft, Readers Pics, Recreational Boating, Sea-Doo Spark

The All New Sea-Doo SPARK
Personal Watercraft

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Say hello to the Sea-Doo SPARK, the latest Sea-Doo breakthrough watercraft. It makes your family’s dream of great days on the water possible right now. The Sea-Doo SPARK is playful and easy-to-ride. It boasts the most fuel-efficient engine available and is light enough for many popular compact sedans to tow. Plus, with so many color and customization options, creating the perfect watercraft for your family is now easier than ever.

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2015 ASB Racing Schedule

ASB Sprint Boat Logo

The ASB Pro Series Championship And, the inaugural ASB World Championship
June 20    Webb's Slough
St. John, Washington
ASB Pro Series Race #1
July 4    Riverdale Raceway
Toutle, Washington
ASB Pro Series Race #2
July 25    Extreme Sports Park
Port Angeles, Washington
ASB Pro Series Race #3
August 8    Riverdale Raceway
Toutle, Washington
ASB Pro Series Race #4
August 22    Extreme Sports Park
Port Angeles, Washington
ASB Pro Series Race #5
ASB World Championship #1
August 29    Webb's Slough
St. John, Washington
ASB Pro Series Race #6 - FINALS
ASB World Championship #2
Note: Both the ASB Pro Series Championship and
the ASB World Championship are sanctioned
by ASB Racing LLC
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blank 05/07/15 08:38AM Boat Show, Readers Pics, Wooden Boats, WoodenBoat Show

WoodenBoat Show 2015
Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT

WoodenBoat Show 2015 Poster

WoodenBoat Show
Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT

Friday through Sunday, June 26th – 28th, 2015

The 24th Annual Wooden Boat Show is shaping up to be the best show yet, with many of your favorite exhibitors returning, and many new exhibitors attending. Please join in June 26th-28th at Mystic Seaport Museum and immerse yourself in everything related to wooden boats. Speaking of wooden boats: The docks will be filled with them, including the 64′ double-ended sardine carrier/cruising vessel GRAYLING, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday at the Show.

There is truly something for everyone at the WoodenBoat Show, from the latest and best products, to live skills demonstrations, to building your own boat with Family BoatBuilding, to getting out on the water in beautiful boats, to simply admiring the craft on display. Come for the day or come for the weekend, but don’t miss the 24th Annual WoodenBoat Show!

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