blank 08/15/14 08:37AM Boating Award, BoatUS, BSA Sea Scouts

BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award
Goes To Sea Scout Ship 1942, S.S.S. Dragonlady, From Arlington, VA

Sea Scout Ship 1942, S.S.S. Dragonlady, of Arlington, Virginia, winner of the 12th BoatUS Sea Scout National Flagship Award.
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ARLINGTON, VA, August 4, 2014 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) awarded its 12th Sea Scout National Flagship Award to the Arlington, Virginia based Sea Scout Ship 1942, S.S.S. Dragonlady. The Sea Scouts and their adult leader Tom Ballew, the skipper of Ship 1942, accepted the award in a ceremony held Saturday at Solomons, Maryland. Keith Christopher, national director for BSA Sea Scouts, presented the Flagship trophy on behalf of BoatUS. This is the second time Ship 1942 has received this prestigious award – it earned its first Flagship Award in 2007 and is considered the “hometown” Ship by nearby BoatUS National Headquarters staff.
Ship 1942 was founded in 1992, is sponsored by St. George's Episcopal Church and is one of the most active Ships on the East Coast. Like all Sea Scout units, Ship 1942 uses boats, seamanship and nautical skills to develop character and leadership qualities in young people, ages 14 to 20.
The fleet ranges from day sailers and small cruising boats kept nearby on the Potomac River to five cruising sloops from 27 to 39 feet on the Chesapeake Bay at Solomons Island, MD. Activities range from formal training in boating handling, rules of the road and safety drills to boat maintenance, electronics and engine repair, with a good measure of fun thrown in. The program strives to let the youth lead the activities and make the decisions to the fullest extent possible, with support from a strong cadre of adult leaders.
To earn the Flagship recognition, the ship and its crew compiled an impressive record of accomplishments, with 68 days of on-the-water activities last year, including a 9-day summer cruise, plus hundreds of hours of community service projects and numerous other achievements.
Operated by the Boy Scouts of America, Sea Scouting has 6,500 youths, about one-third female, participating in 475 Ships nationwide. For more information about Sea Scouting, visit:
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blank 08/12/14 01:51PM Boat Show, Events, NMMA

Norwalk Boat Show, 9/18-21, 2014 - Connecticut

Summer Fun Continues as Thousands Flock to the Water for Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show September 18-21

See and Shop the Best in Boating, Enjoy Interactive Boating and Paddlesports Lessons, and Bring the Kids for Activities including Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure

NORWALK, CT – The Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show®, the northeast’s premier in-water boating event, docks at Norwalk Cove Marina September 18-21, 2014, offering visitors and local residents an all-access pass to discover why life is better with a boat. With boating participation at a record high – 89 million Americans went boating in 2013 – thousands of novices and lifelong enthusiasts are expected to cruise the show for exclusive specials and competitive bargains on hundreds of the latest luxury motor and sailing yachts, sport fishing boats, family cruisers, performance boats and sailboats, plus the largest selection of marine accessories.

Beyond the best in boating, visitors have the chance to try their hand at paddlesports and power boating, bring the kids to experience the new Nature Nick's Animal Adventure, or kick back and relax at the Water Club Lounge and enjoy the final days of summer.

“After a summer filled with boating fun, enthusiasts are anxious to extend their time on the water and plan their next purchase,” said Show Manager Jon Pritko. “Whether it’s a new GPS system, the latest and greatest fishing rod, or a new boat, boaters will find what they are looking for at the Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show.”

Here are the boat show highlights for serious shoppers, casual dreamers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to cap their summer on the water.

  1. Boat hop and shop sales: See, board, and compare hundreds of new boats ranging from 13-foot runabouts to luxury yachts 75-plus feet.Visitors in the market to buy will benefit from an early visit on Thursday or Friday to walk the docks, talk with dealers about new product introductions and competitive bargains. Dreamers can also benefit from “boat hopping” and plan ahead for a future purchase with the boat budgeting experts at the Welcome to the Water Center.
  2. Upgrade tech and water toys: Boaters on the hunt for the latest marine electronics, accessories and gear will delight in thousands of the latest and greatest GPS and radar systems, fishing equipment, design finishes, all-weather apparel, water sports gear and more from top outfitters and brands.
  3. Learn to boat, sharpen skills behind the helm: The show’s educational opportunities are unparalleled. Boaters of all experience levels can take advantage ofworkshops on Long Island Sound at Discover Boating’s Hands-On-Skill Training series, featuring lessons on Close Quarters Powerboat Handling, Open Water Boat Handling & Seamanship, Anchoring and Rafting Up with Other Vessels and more! Attendees can also participate in daily on-land seminars covering a variety of topics including DIY sessions at Fred’s Shed.
  4. Fitness and fun on the water: Grab a paddle and head to Try It Cove to take a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) or kayaking tour, enroll in SUP yoga classes and more. Visitors can also enjoy free boat rides on Long Island Sound for a glimpse of what the boating lifestyle has to offer.
  5. Dive into family fun with Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure and more: Families will love Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure, which allows kids of all ages to get up close and personal with exotic rescue animals including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more! Kids can alsobuild a nautical masterpiece at the Toy Boat Building tent; navigate a mini-lake in paddleboats; and meet Dora the Explorer. Plus, don’t miss the chance to check out the famous Miss GEICO race boat (a catamaran that reaches speeds of 180 mph!) before heading to the Water Club Lounge with live music by Eric Stone to relax and unwind.

Tickets are $15 for adults; children 15 and under get in FREE when accompanied by an adult. Enjoy a $3 discount per ticket for groups of 10-30 people and a $5 discount per ticket for groups of 31 people or more.

For more information, to order tickets online, and too see updated features, seminar and event schedules, visit

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blank 08/06/14 09:24AM Boat Rentals, Lake Mead, Lake Mead Sailing Club, Las Vegas, Marinas, Nevada Yacht Club

Las Vegas boating trips pick up


LAke Mead Boating

It seems that the call for visitor boat trips out on Lake Mead is becoming louder and the wakeboard and jet skis rentals are being surpassed by those who want to enjoy a sail in one of the many muscle boats that go out on a good day.

Boating on lAKE mEAD

Boaters are enjoying increased customers from visitors who have decided to take a break from the activities on the Strip, enjoy a bit of fun in the sun and want to take to the water in style. Day trips, sightseeing trips and short rides are all in demand, and after a lull in activities boat owners are once again benefitting from their boating purchases and earning some money from their investments.

Being out on Lake Mead is a pleasure and although Vegas may be in the middle of the desert, this Hoover Dam overflow offers a great alternative to the heat of the concrete jungle. Visitors don’t seem to entirely leave the Vegas lifestyle behind though, with many of them lying on the lakes shore or enjoying a boat ride while playing games at sites like, perhaps brushing up their skills for when they head back in to town.

While the paddle steamer may get plenty of attention it’s the smaller boats that are in huge demand as they can get right up close to the shore, hit high speeds and explore the smaller waterways and narrower sections of the lake. Muscle boats that can take 2 or more people are also very popular, as many of the visitors seem to be in groups.

Racing a Jet Boat on Lake Mead

It’s taken a while for customers  to pick up again after the recession and boaters were hit hard, but Lake Mead seems to be benefiting from a new influx of visitors this year. Despite the quagga mussel infestation, the waters are ideal for muscle boats to perform at their best and showcase their power and prowess, impressing those who are aboard and on shore. Both the Nevada Yacht Club and Lake Mead Sailing Club offer moorings, so it may be a worthwhile pursuit to check out the feasibility of taking your boat out on these waters and enjoying a profitable sideline while doing what you enjoy.


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blank 07/22/14 02:06PM Best Boatyard, BoatUS

Four Tips for Picking the Best Boatyard

Four Tips for Picking the Best Boatyard

How can you tell if a boatyard is good to work with? BoatUS has some tips.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 24, 2014 – While boatyards are busy, summer may be a better time to have repair work done on the boat. Why? The typical boatyard and shop warranty on labor is 90 days, giving boaters the time necessary to use the boat and ensure a correct repair. But where does a boater go to get repairs done right? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has some tips:
Use what your eyes are telling you: Sometimes it’s the little things that give you a sign that the yard you are entering isn’t the best. One BoatUS member took his boat to a repair facility and thought that the abundance of boats in the lot meant that the boatyard was popular. It wasn’t until after the yard started giving odd excuses for delays and then made him pay for hundreds of dollars of ineffective engine repairs before releasing the boat, did the member notice that few, if any, of the boats in the lot had been moved in years.
All recommendations aren’t the same: Online recommendations are a mish-mash of good and bad: more reliable ones have real names attached and specific details in postings. Fellow boaters are likely the best folks to recommend a yard, but go one step further: be sure that the repairs are similar to what you need. Another option is to ask a marine surveyor. These professionals are often knowledgeable about the quality of work in local repair yards, as long as they’re impartial and unaffiliated with any shop or boatyard. Look for a boat surveyor having SAMS or NAMS credentials as these surveyor associations require their members to be independent. Another good sign to see is a shop that follows American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) guidelines for repairs, which ensures that crucial safety standards are met. ABYC technicians also get specialized certification in a range of boat systems.
Dealerships may offer more, but don’t write off independents: There are certain benefits to taking an out-of-warranty boat or motor to a dealership, with the best training and equipment being at the top of the list. Dealerships also enjoy better parts connections. On the other hand, most well established independent repair facilities also produce high quality work – especially those run by former or current factory-trained technicians. And unlike a dealership, they must compete on repair business alone and their prices are usually lower.
Look for shops that specialize: Boats vary in type, size and complexity and so do repair facilities. Don’t bring a 34-foot trawler for repairs to a shop that mostly works on trailer boats, and don’t expect the guy living in a van down by the river to fix your high-tech outboard.
“Always check around first before doing business,” said BoatUS Director of Consumer Affairs Charles Fort. “Many boaters only have the summer to enjoy their boats, so any problems could lead to a premature end of the boating season.”
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blank 05/21/14 03:16PM Boat Show, Events, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Yacht Club, Wooden Boats

The Lake Tahoe Concours D'Elegance

In 1972 a group of Tahoe Yacht Club members and friends got together to share their passion for wooden boats. From this modest beginning, the Lake Tahoe Concours d' Elegance has grown to play a significant role in the wooden boat community, as well as the Lake Tahoe maritime community. Since its induction in 1994 the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation has hosted the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance focusing on the continuing growth of the show, the quality of boat exhibits, the highest of judging standards and practices, and most importantly sharing the passion of wooden boats between exhibitors and public.

Each year the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation raises money for charitable donation which is exclusively focused in providing educational opportunities originating in the Lake Tahoe area that enhance expertise or understanding of maritime skills. Along with last years donations totaling $31,000 the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation has been able to make grant donations totaling more than $250,000 since 1994.

Each year this event grows in popularity. In 2011, the event moved back to August which brought in the largest crowd in the event's 39 year history.

This year the show returns home to west shore and the birth place of wooden boats to Lake Tahoe, Obexer's Boat Company. With the move, the demand for the show is bigger than ever.

We hope you will come and enjoy Lake Tahoe's great historical treasures. We truly appreciate all who participate in events and contribute to what has become one of the most highly acclaimed celebrations of wooden boats in the United States.


Show Location
Homewood, Lake Tahoe- California
Obexer's Boat Company
Click here for directions

Concours d'Elegance Times:

Friday August 8th

Show - 10am - 4:30pm
Awards Ceremony- 6pm

Saturday August 9th
Show- 9am - 4:30pm
Roar-Off 4pm

Social Event Info:

Thursday August 7th
Opening Night Dinner - 6pm
West Shore Cafe

Friday August 8th
Exhibitors BBQ and Awards Ceremony- 6pm
Obexer's Boat Company

Saturday August 9th
Sponsors Dinner- 6pm

Monday August 11th
Ladies Luncheon- 11:30 am
David & Diane Paul's Lakefront Estate
2020 West Lake Blvd
Tahoe City, CA 96140 (closer to Sunnyside)

Monday August 11th
Men's Grill- Noon
Turner Playtime Estate
4860 West Lake Blvd.
Homewood, CA

WOODY OVER THE BOTTOM (Tahoe Yacht Club Sponsored Event)
Sunday August 10th
Boat Check in 8:30am. Race begins 9am
Over-The-Bottom power boat event
Sugar Pine Point State Park Pier

Mahogany Magic- TBD
Free Beer and Wine
Contact Tahoe Yacht Club for more information

Where to Stay:
Coming Soon!

Judging Information:

Judging Boats
Qualifying a Judge
2011 Scoring Guide
2011 Safety Items

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blank 05/12/14 01:54PM Boat Show, Classic Boats, Events

Lake Wawasee Boat Show in NE Indiana; 6/27/14

Please plan to join us at the beautiful Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee in northern-eastern indiana.  Lake Wawasee is home to the third Chris-Craft dealership in 1929, and is still home for many classic boats.  The Oakwood Resort is quite stunning with views of the lake from nearly every location on their twenty-seven acres.  All new docks, restaurants, and grounds make this one of the truly outstanding waterfront resorts in Indiana...and the midwest.  Last year we entertained more than sixty boats on water & land displays, exhibiting a vast array of classics from the 1920s thru the 1970s.  

A welcome reception and cocktails are planned for those arriving Friday, with the public display and judging on Saturday.  A fabulous awards banquet overlooking the lake will cap a wonderful day of antique and classic boating.  Special rates have been provided for rooms and even meals.  Help will also be provided for launching, mooring, and re-trailering.

Contact Jeff Funk or Carol Roop for additional information and registration information.

Jeff:   260-414-0016    

Carol @ Oakwood Resort:  Desk Phone: 574-457-7100   email:

Oakwood Resort Website:

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blank 05/08/14 02:14PM BoatUS, Owning a Boat

In Recession's Ebb, Boaters Embrace Frugality

In Recession's Ebb, Boaters Embrace Frugality

About three in four boat-owning families have household incomes of less than $100K annually.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 8, 2014 – Nearly five years after the recession’s arguable end, the summer recreational boating season in America has returned, and with it, the country’s boat owners have embraced a new sense of frugality. There’s a large misperception that boaters are “rich”, but hard data proves that boat owners are mostly middle class – at least in the US – says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). And now, more than ever, boaters are doing everything they can to save on the family boating budget.
“When the recession hit, the reality was that most owners didn’t get out of boating and instead, chose to save by making shorter trips or running the engine less, teaming up with friends for fishing trips, or other cost-saving measures,” said Scott Croft, BoatUS vice president of public affairs. As part of its membership program the advocacy and services group offers discounts on fuel, slips, repairs and other marine services, and Croft said the discount program has become a top member benefit.
“Our members tell us that looking out for their interests on Capitol Hill, or providing boat towing services, has always been important,” said Croft. “However, helping them stay in boating by saving money is now more valuable to a larger group of boat owners.”
BoatUS members pay less for gas – from $.05 to $.10 off each gallon of fuel at 375 “BoatUS Cooperating Marinas.” Croft says the cost of a BoatUS or BoatUS Angler membership ($24/year) can sometimes be recouped after just one fill-up. BoatUS’ Cooperating Marinas also offer discounts on up to 25% off transient slip fees – essentially four nights for the price of three – and up to 15% on boat and engine repairs. About 1050 businesses and service providers, from sail lofts and engine shops to fishing guides offer a BoatUS member discount.
Local BoatUS membership discounts can be seen on a map at For BoatUS membership information visit, or, for anglers,
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blank 05/02/14 11:11AM BoatUS, Buying a Boat

Must Do Springtime Boat Buying Tips From BoatUS

Must Do Springtime Boat Buying Tips From BoatUS

Photo Caption: Springtime boat buyers need to take care of a few key things first before they consider a boat purchase, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16, 2014 -- With the number one boat buying season of the year kicked off, springtime boat buyers are on the prowl. The nation’s largest recreational boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owner Association of The United States (BoatUS), has some must do tips before you sign on the dotted line.

The Internet is your friend and foe: Of course it’s always good to research a boat you’re considering online, first. While the Internet is not always 100% accurate, you may learn about serious problems other owners have had. Check owners group chat boards or online boating, fishing or cruising discussion groups for the kind of boat you’re looking at. BoatUS has the only national consumer complaint database for boats as well, searchable by members. Also be aware of Internet scams if you’re buying online. Any whiff of something odd and you should proceed with caution.

Always get a professional marine survey: Surveys will uncover potential problem spots and can help with price negotiations. On a boat with expensive engines or generators, a separate engine survey could save huge headaches later. Make any purchase contingent on the survey. For a list of accredited surveyors, visit

Take the boat on a sea trial: You wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a drive, and you should treat buying a boat the same way. It doesn’t matter whether it’s 16- or 60-feet.

Give yourself some reasonable protections: Make sure that any deposit is 100% refundable if any contingencies such as a survey, financing or insurance are not met. Get it in writing. If there is a warranty or promise to fix something as part of the sale, get it in writing. Did we say get it in writing?

“Who am I talkin’ to?”: Before getting too serious about a boat, verify that the owner (or brokerage/consignor) has the title and registration on hand. Any liens will have to be paid before transferring title.

BoatUS has additional resources at including a free buying guide and boat evaluation checklist.

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