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Dixieland/Lake Guntersville(AL) Yacht Club 3rd Annual Rendezvous
Thursday, May 14 to Sunday May 17, 2015

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Dixieland/Lake Guntersville Yacht Club 3rd Annual Rendezvous

Event held at Yacht Club on Gunteersville Lake (TN River) in Guntersville, AL.  Yacht Club Members put their welcome out on the same dates as the Guntersville City Festival.  A beatiful and senic venue.  Two for one when you attend this event!  Free Shuttle Bus service to move participants and spectators between the City Festival and the Yacht Club.  Morning and Afternoon cruises with a surprise or two.  All capped off by a gala dinner with LGYC members on Saturday evening in the Club Dining Room.

Lake Guntersville Yacht Club   
498 Yacht Club Rd.
Guntersville, AL 35976


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blank 04/10/15 08:08AM Charter Yacht, Road Trip, Sailboat, Yacht Show

Top Five Reasons to Charter a Yacht in New England this Summer



If you need a good reason to book a charter yacht vacation in New England, experienced brokers at the Newport Charter Yacht Show have come up with not one, but five of them. Scheduled for June 22-25, the annual event takes place on the historic harbor in Newport, R.I. and is the only show of its kind in the U.S., inviting industry professionals and discriminating consumers (attending with brokers) to explore the world of luxury chartering and tour a selection of world-class yachts available in the Northeastern United States this summer.

Reason #1: A Yacht for Everyone
Looking for the classic elegance of a sailboat? The modern glamour of a motor yacht? Whatever your preference, there is a charter yacht in New England that fits. Try on the 116-foot sloop Whisper or the 98-foot motoryacht Sima for size at this year's show. Compare amenities of 80 footers with those of superyachts from 150 to 225+ feet. All come with the same comforts found at luxury hotels; most are equipped with a variety of water toys, such as jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, dinghies and motorboats; and some boast extra perks such as top-of-the-line entertainment systems, personal gyms, hot tubs and rooftop bars.

Reason #2: Ultimate Summer Destinations
There is no shortage of charming colonial towns and scenic islands gracing New England's intriguing coast. The region boasts an abundance of historic landmarks and museums for exploring while also offering beautiful beaches, world-class shopping and lively nightlife and entertainment.

Reason #3: Five-Star Hospitality and a Private Chef
From the moment a charter yacht is booked, its team of highly trained professionals - from the broker to the captain to the crew - begin planning every lavish detail of your preferred vacation. During the Newport Charter Yacht Show, invited guests can immerse themselves in the onboard experience by participating in a festive "Yacht Hop," where captains and crewmembers entertain onboard their respective yachts, serving signature cocktails and exquisite hors d'oeuvres. And no luxury yacht's crew is complete without a chef who is available to tailor menus around specific food preferences and dietary restrictions. During the show, the chefs also demonstrate their culinary prowess in a series of much anticipated shore-side competitions.

Reason #4: Customized Itinerary
Of course, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to planning the ideal vacation, which is why each individual charter vacation is crafted around the tastes of the guests onboard. Whether one wants to explore the quaint resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, the bustling cities of Portland and Boston or never leave the comfort of their floating "home," the yacht's professionals will customize accordingly, charting a memorable course from one waypoint to the next.

Reason #5: Unmatched Experience
In addition to setting up excursions to towns and surrounding islands, charter yacht crews intuitively plan all sorts of bonding activities for both adults and children, from kayaking and fishing to games and sing-alongs. Whether it's a family vacation, a romantic getaway for two or a reunion with old friends, it's the attention to details and the crafting of little surprises in between that give guests the ability to unplug and physically detach from land and life's stresses.

For more information, go to http://www.newportchartershow.com

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BoatUS: 2015 List of Top Ten Boat Names

Top Ten Boat Names from Boat Owners Association of the United States
The Top Ten Boat Names for 2015 from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30, 2015 – Big and small, power or sail, there are many different kinds of boats and so many different kinds of boat owners. But the one thing they seem to agree on is how boating makes them feel, at least if your looking at a boat’s name on the transom. “Serenity” has been named the #1 boat name for the second year in a row with the release of the 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). It is also the name’s tenth appearance on the popular list of boat names issued annually since 1992 by the recreational boat advocacy, service and safety group. “Calm, peaceful and untroubled is what boating is all about for so many boaters,” said BoatUS spokesman Scott Croft.
 
The BoatUS 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names:
1.             Serenity
2.             Seas the Day
3.             Andiamo (Italian for “let’s go”)
4.             Aquaholic
5.             Second Wind
6.             Island Time
7.             Happy Ours
8.             Journey
9.             Serendipity
10.          Relentless
 
Croft says boaters frequently come to BoatUS to get ideas for a name by taking a peek at the Association’s online list of over 8,000 boat names, then use the free and easy layout program to, “Start playing around with a boat name to get an idea of what it will look like, picking letter styles and colors.” Boaters can then choose to either order online or if they want some more creative help, may use the BoatUS Premium Boat Graphics service that offers the talents of a professional designer. An online photo gallery can also help boaters also narrow down a choice.
 
“Picking a boat name can be harder than naming one’s own child,” said Croft, who has had to name several of his boats through the years. “Boat names can reflect your lifestyle, your relationship to loved ones or what you do for a living. And that’s only the beginning.” For the record, Croft’s first boat name was “Constitution” because, “We happened to name her on a July 4th weekend and I had only a limited choice of ugly hardware store letters.” For his second boat name, Croft chose “Aiden R.” after his only son and used the BoatUS graphics service.  “Kids sometimes think it’s pretty cool to have their name on a boat. It’s also a real safe bet for parent to choose – but only if you have one child,” he said with a smile.
 
The BoatUS Graphics service also offers easy video instructions on how to remove or add a graphic to a boat as well a 30-day “Oops Assurance Guarantee” that allows the buyer to receive replacement decals free of charge if the graphic was damaged during installation.
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blank 04/08/15 02:11PM Boat Racing, Events, Readers Videos, Sprint Boat

American Sprint Boat Pro Racing Series

Get Ready for Race Season!



American Sprint Boat Pro Racing Series - Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asb-racing
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blank 04/07/15 10:33AM Boating Tips, Safety Checklist

Three Boating Tips Just For Springtime

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 6, 2015 – Across America at boat launch ramps, the familiar growl of boat motors waking up from their long winter nap heralds the start of the boating season. But what makes boating, fishing or sailing this time of year different from all others? When it comes to safety, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has three tips to answer that question:

1. The water is still cold. Darn cold. Even though the white stuff is gone and you’re in a T-shirt and can feel the sun’s warmth on your face, lurking beneath your boat’s keel is water that could make breathing difficult or disable you in minutes after an accidental fall overboard. It’s a good idea to wear a comfortable life jacket, and if solo, rig a self-boarding ladder that can be deployed while in the water.
2. Have backup plans. For a routine breakdown while underway, having an on water towing plan from BoatUS can help. However, most important is to leave a note, or “float plan,” for friends or family members advising them of your expected return. That’s because early in the season there are way-too-few boaters out there who could provide aid if something unexpected happened, and if no one knows where you are, you could be in a heap of trouble. A sample float plan can be found at: BoatUS.com/floatplan.
3. The number one reason why boats sink in the springtime is being in a hurry to get in the water. Check every engine hose and clamp. Remove leaves in scuppers and clear clogged cockpit drains. Check to see that freezing water didn’t crack the sea strainer or seacock/valves. Go to BoatUS.com/springchecklist to get a copy of a Spring Fitting Out Safety Checklist.


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An accidental slip into the water this time of year could mean big trouble.

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blank 04/06/15 10:12AM Boat Parade, Boat Show, Events, Marina Del Rey, Road Trip, Tall Ship Tours

Marina Del Rey 50th Birthday Bash; April 10-12

MARINA DEL REY CELEBRATES 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH WITH EVENTS, HOTEL PACKAGES AND DINING PROMOTIONS L.A.’s Marina and Popular Waterside Destination Kicks Off MarinaFest Weekend, April 10-12, 2015
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MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – Celebrate and discover Marina del Rey (visitmarinadelrey.com) as it marks its 50th birthday as L.A.’s Marina with MarinaFest April 10-12, 2015, a weekend of events and special activities. In addition, locals and visitors can take part in the celebration by enjoying special 50th birthday promotions and deals from participating hotels and restaurants.

Schedule of Activities: Celebrants will enjoy on-board Tall Ship Tours, cannon battles, day sails on the Santa Monica Bay, historic harbor tours, Kids activities, a boat and classic car show, local food trucks, fireworks, and a free live concert at Burton Chace Park by Three Dog Night. Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292. For more information, directions and information about parking, visit www.MdR50.com.

About Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization that promotes leisure and business travel for Los Angeles’ premier waterfront destination. Situated along the Los Angeles coastline and only 4 miles from LAX, Marina del Rey is the largest small craft manmade harbor in North America and is the gateway to Southern California with sparkling marina views, on-thewater recreation, waterfront dining and contemporary hotels just steps from the water’s edge - all walking distance from world-famous Venice Beach.
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blank 04/01/15 09:59AM Correct Craft, Marina, Road Trip, Watersports

Miami Watersports Complex Grand Opening Celebrated

ORLANDO, FL (March 30, 2015) – This past weekend Aktion Parks’ newest premier boat and cable park, Miami Watersports Complex (MWC), celebrated their grand opening and kicked off the first stop of the 2015 Monster Energy Wake Park Triple Crown competition.

Miami Watersports Complex Grand Opening

Aktion Parks, Correct Craft, Miami Dade County, and MWC employees

MWC had visitors from around the globe that came to the celebration including eighty-four year old Bruno Rixen, inventor of the cable system who traveled from Germany and skied for the crowd. There were also dignitaries from the water ski and wakeboard industry as well as from Miami-Dade County this past weekend.

Correct Craft’s President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “I could not be more thrilled with MWC – our team worked very hard and the end result is one of the world’s premier boat and cable parks.” Yeargin added, “Throughout the weekend we had guests from around the globe join us at the grand opening and the comments were incredibly positive. It was a fun time for all!”

Miami Watersports Complex is located at Amelia Earhart Park located in Northwest Miami at 401 E. 65th Street and is situated on a 90-acre fresh water lake equipped with two full-size cables and one two tower cable. The park also offers boat lessons behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23. The park is open year round with summer hours of 10:00AM – 8:00PM for the cable and boat lessons hours are from 8:00AM – 8:00PM

.Ribbon Cutting and MWC Grand Opening

Ryan Malone, Jeff Trudeau, Sean Marrero and Bill Yeargin cutting the ribbon at MWC grand opening


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National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22

National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22, Kicks Off with Reminder for Boaters to Always ‘Wear It!’

National Safe Boating Poster 2015

Wearing a life jacket is the simplest life-saving strategy for safe boating Manassas, VA – Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water, during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 16-22, 2015.

National Safe Boating Week is the launch of the 2015 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It! “What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if you end up in the water,” said Rachel Johnson, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council, the lead organization for Wear It! “You can have a great time while choosing to always wear a life jacket and being a responsible boater.”

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. “Each year hundreds of people lose their lives, and they may still be alive if they had been wearing a life jacket,” said John Johnson, chief executive officer of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. “You never know when there may be a boating mishap, so it’s important that everyone onboard always wears a life jacket.” New life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the bulky orange style most boaters know. There are innovative options, such as inflatable life jackets, allowing mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, paddling or hunting, and are much cooler in the warmer weather.

Throughout the campaign, Wear It! will remind boaters of the importance of boating safely, including consistent life jacket wear, boating sober, knowing navigational rules and having a proper lookout. Partners will host local events, teach classes, offer on-water training, distribute educational materials, and perform free vessel safety checks. Wear It! unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, including the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and Canadian Safe Boating Council with the National Safe Boating Council. It is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. Follow Wear It! on Twitter at @boatingcampaign, like on Facebook at facebook.com/safeboatcampaign, and share your boating story at safeboatingcampaign.com.
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