blank 12/15/14 08:38AM Barecat, Boating, Yachting

The Benefits Of Going Boating And Yachting


Whether it is about a planned holiday or you are simply looking for an interesting way to get away from the daily grind of life, boating or yachting are water sports options you can consider. Luckily, this is not something that is too hard to arrange since there are plenty of companies providing yacht and boat charters to ensure you have the best holiday experience of your life.

You must be wondering why boating and yachting are so popular. It is because of the benefits they offer.

  • Improves the quality of life:

Recreation boating has a way of improving the quality of your life making it worth living. The action of boating has an impact on the mind. This is a constructive way of reducing stress and enriching opportunities at self-discovery. It is precisely for this reason that people take holidays and yachting will give you the holiday rewards that you truly deserve by adding quality and value to your life.

  • It offers bonding opportunities for families:

This is considering that there are charter boats and yachts which are sizable enough to accommodate families. Apart from ensuring that you have private getaways just reserved for you and your loved ones, these charters offer you the chance to bond with your family. This is a very valuable benefit considering that most families have no time to bond and be together as a result of busy lifestyles we live. When you choose boating and yachting, you can be sure to enjoy the amazing bonding session away from the crowds and in breathtaking surroundings.

  • It is a convenient recreation activity:

This is especially true for people who live in areas that are closer to water bodies. It therefore eliminates the need to travel far and wide just to enjoy the fun that comes with boating and yachting. You will get a chance to enjoy fresh air and water whenever you have the need to do so without stressing too much about traveling to far off destinations.

  • It is engaging:

This is considering that it can help children develop self confidence during activities such as fishing during the boating session. You will also be equally amazed by how rewarding the experience can be for you. It is more rewarding for you to enjoy a fresh fish that you caught yourself during the activity than it is enjoying fish caught by others. The rigorous sailing can also turn this leisure activity into very good exercise. It can actually strengthen your constitution to levels you did not know is possible.

  • It offers motion comfort:

This is especially in the case of yachts that have mass concentration and smooth hull sections that promote comfortable motion out in the sea.

Yachting and boating holidays are some of the most rewarding for you and also for your family. If you are planning a holiday to the British Virgin Isles, you can booksa yacht charter with Barecat charters.

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Washington Sportsmen’s Show
& Sport Fishing Boat Show

Washington Sportsmen's Show, Puyallup, WA

January 21 – 25, 2015
Puyallup Fair & Events Center Directions
Puyallup, Washington

Washington Sportsmen’s Show® is Washington's largest Sportsmen's Show.

This year, the show opens
with a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers and past crowd-pleasers at the Washington State Fair Events Center.

Western Washington’s only sportsmen’s show spotlights the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more.

It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.


The largest outdoor adventure show in the state offers a one-stop shopping experience, with great values on fishing and hunting gear, clothing, camping equipment, sport fishing boats and RV’s . If you’re planning a special adventure for 2015, it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with top professional guides and outfitters, and representatives from leading hunting and fishing lodges and resorts.

For anglers, this show boasts new luminaries and returning favorites sharing their tips for producing “tight lines” during your next fishing adventure.

With prizes on the line, the show’s “Head & Horns” competition attracts upwards of 200 heads, horns or horn/antler sheds brought to the show by showgoers. The entries are measured and scored by Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young representatives at no charge. Prizes are awarded for all three methods of harvest: rifle, archery and black powder.

The youngsters aren’t left out of the action: the “Kid’s FREE Trout Pond” provides kids 12 and under with the opportunity to catch-and-keep or release two trout. All the gear is provided at no charge—including fishing poles, bait and take-home bags.

Wilderness survival and outdoor safety expert Peter Kummerfeldt returns to the show for his 19th year with a rucksack full of new and updated presentations.

The “Fred Meyer Camp Cooking Tent” returns as celebrity camp cooks share tasty recipes for easy-to-prepare meals. Stop by and watch Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen and Dutch Oven guru “Cee Dub” Welch prepare tasty, no-fuss recipes in hourly presentations all five days of the show.
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Portland Boat Show, January 7-11, 2015

Portland Boat Show

January 7 – 11, 2015

Show Hours

Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.

Show hours are subject to any necessary change without notice.


The big annual show will feature hundreds of boats and accessories!

 The 55th Annual Portland Boat Show is gearing up for launch on January 7th.  If you are looking to find an outstanding selection of boats and want to shop and compare dozens of brands, lines and styles then the Portland Boat Show is the place to be this January. This year’s 5 day event has plenty to offer boaters with all kinds of interests and will satisfy your next on-the-water adventure!  Look for fishing boats, ski boats, yachts, sailing vessels, and personal watercraft.  The 5 Days of boating excitement is this January 7 through 11 at the Portland Expo Center!

The Portland Boat Show happens only once a year and is the only boat show for Oregon – so don’t miss it.  Each year, boaters from all over the Northwest want to see what’s new in boat lines, technology and accessories — and the 2015 Portland Boat Show will be ready to go and we’ve made the entry fees and opportunities to attend easy.

Each year hundreds of boats are brought to Expo Center, including sailboats, sport boats, wakeboard boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft, off-shore vessels, and personal watercraft – all inside 250,000 square feet of boat filled exhibit space!  The top local and national manufacturers, associations and dealers will be in attendance – along with local boating retailers, accessory suppliers and experts. Remember: manufacturers and dealers are ready to make great deals and offer financing – right on site!

Portland Boat Show
January 7 – 11, 2015
Portland Expo Center
Portland, Oregon

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Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow®
Advance Tickets on Sale Now

Annual Progressive® Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow® Transforms the Kentucky Exposition Center into Outdoors Paradise January 21-25, 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY (December 4, 2014)— While winter temperatures are keeping the region chilly, the 2015 Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow is gearing up for outdoor adventures, returning to the Kentucky Exposition Center Jan. 21-25, bringing with it hundreds of new boats, RVs and hunting and fishing accessories for sale, plus a variety of activities for all ages – for those that want to get their feet wet or stay on dry land.
This year’s event also offers a variety of opportunities for family fun, including the chance to try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), canoeing and kayaking at Paddlefest; brush up on nearly any outdoors skill through an extensive seminar series with topics ranging from RV Bootcamp and Boating 101 and hunting for wild game and fishing. Racing enthusiasts can also check out the Oberto/Miss Madison Raceboat, winner of the 2014 Gold Cup, the oldest trophy in motorsports.
The show’s youngest visitors can get up close to creepy crawlers and learn how to identify venomous and non-venomous snakes with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, or try their hand at fishing at the catch-and-release Kid’s Trout Pond, free for children 12 and under.
Boating, fishing, hunting and RV enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to view and compare hundreds of the newest boats and RVs, plus hundreds of booths showcasing the latest outdoor gear, gadgets and destinations. The event features competitive deals from more than 190 regional exhibitors. Sportsmen can also enjoy a one-stop shop for 2015 fishing, hunting and sportsmen’s licenses and elk permits.
Advanced tickets are on sale now and available through  Adult tickets are $12, and senior citizens admission is $10. Children under 15 and active military (with military ID) are free.
Event show hours vary by day:
Wednesday, January 21- 5 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 22 – Noon – 9 p.m.
Friday, January 23 – Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 25 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
For more information visit, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; #LouBoatRVShow
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Nashville Boat and Sportshow
January 8-11, 2015; Nashville, TN

2015 Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat and Sportshow Anchoring at Music City Center Jan. 8 through 11
Dive into summer early with deals on hundreds of boats and accessories, plus new attractions for all ages including Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

Event Calendar Listing
NASHVILLE  – Tennessee’s premier boat and sportshow is docking at Nashville’s Music City Center for four days of winter relief. Visitors can warm their engines for summer from Jan. 8 to 11 with a chance to shop the best in boating and get a taste of outdoor fun with a variety of new attractions for all ages.
·         Show visitors can view, get on board and buy hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers, plus take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics.
·         Watch professional wakeboarders demonstrate flips, twists and stunts on the new Wakezone-Trampoline Wall.
·         Sharpen boating and angling skills, and get tips from the pros during an expanded seminar lineup, and enjoy a rare underwater view of fish reacting to different lures and baits at the large demo bass tank.
·         Visitors can put their boating knowledge to the test and new boaters can learn the ropes at the new Progressive Insurance Boat School featuring hands-on instruction, a boating simulator and more.
·         Get on the water indoors! Try paddleboarding, kayaking or SCUBA diving in an indoor pool. Experts will demonstrate the advantages of these healthy outdoor activities, and visitors can try out stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.
·         Watch Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel zig and zag his way behind a Twiggy-sized boat in a kiddie-sized pool.
When:             Jan. 8–11, 2015
Thursday, Jan. 8          2–9 p.m. 
Friday, Jan. 9               12–9 p.m. 
Saturday, Jan. 10         10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11                       11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where:            Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Tickets:           Adults (ages 16 and older) – $12
                        Children (15 years and younger) – FREE
                        Purchase tickets here!
Specials:          $2 off with advanced online purchase until midnight, Jan. 7.
Web:     , Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)
January 28-30, 2015 Tampa, FL

International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)

IMBC is the leading marina and boatyard conference. It is geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners, operators, and managers as well as dock masters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, and industry consultants. IMBC is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).

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Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show
January 14-18, 2015 : McCormick Place, South Hall

Chicago Boat, Sports & RV ShowView on lineProgressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show, January 14-18, 2015 at McCormick Place South Hall


  • The shows you know—bigger & better than ever!

    NEW! Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show®

    Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail ShowThe Best in Boating, Sailing & RVing—All Under One Roof

    The Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show and Strictly Sail Chicago shows are joining forces in 2015 to create the Windy City’s BIGGEST marine and outdoors sale. We're moving into the South Hall of McCormick Place and adding 25% more exhibit space to bring you MORE…

    MORE to DO
    NEW! Progressive® Insurance Boat School—Interactive boating courses led by crew from the Annapolis School of Seamanship
  • RV Handyman Campsite—Programs for RV enthusiasts hosted by David Solberg
  • PaddleFest—Test drive kayaks, stand up paddleboards and more
  • Sailing simulator—Take a free sailing lesson without leaving the show floor
  • Boat and motor DIY seminars at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center
  • Comprehensive line-up of paid and free sailing seminars

MORE to LOVE. The show will feature three distinct areas to make it easy for you to explore and gear up for your favorite outdoor activities:

  • Powerboats for every lifestyle, activity and budget
  • The latest in RVs, campers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and trailers
  • Sailboats, sailing gear, services and special attractions

PLUS, travel, charter and resorts, and outdoor, camping and fishing gear will be showcased in a central location on the show floor.

Watch your email for show updates or visit

Thank you sponsors  Thank you sponsors  Thank you sponsors  Thank you sponsors


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blank 11/13/14 09:21AM boat maintenance, BoatUS

True or False? Take the Boat Winterizing Quiz

This boat was "winterized" by placing a space heater in the engine room. While afloat in the slip, it caught fire when the extension cord used to power the heater shorted.
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 20, 2014 – You’re putting the boat away for winter. So what half-truth, wive’s tale or tall story have you heard about winterizing a recreational boat? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) helps to set the record straight.
Ethanol (E10) fuel and engines: If a boat has a built-in gas tank, it’s recommended to leave the tank as full as possible over the winter with a smidgen of room for fuel expansion.
TRUE: Leaving the tank nearly full limits the amount of moisture that can potentially condense inside on the tank’s walls as outside temperatures fluctuate, preventing phase separation of ethanol (E10) fuel. Note one caveat: If your boat is stored in a rack system or indoor storage, check with the marina. They may require you to empty the tank to minimize the risk of fire. TIP: Never plug a fuel vent. Ever.
Ethanol and phase separation: Come springtime, any phase-separated gasoline in the tank can be fixed by adding a fuel stabilizer or additive.
FALSE: Once gasoline phase separates, that’s it. Kaput. End of story. The only solution is to have a pro remove the contaminated fuel and water mixture and start anew -- a difficult, hazardous and costly task for boats with built-in fuel tanks. However, it’s critical to use a fuel stabilizer each fall to help keep fuel fresh over the winter, keep corrosion at bay and to help prevent the onset of phase separation. TIP: Put the stabilizer in before you nearly fill the tank for its long winter nap. This will allow stabilizer to fully course through the fuel system as you run the engine when filling with anti-freeze.
Freeze damage: Because it’s cold up there, BoatUS insurance claims for engine block freezing come from northern climates.
FALSE: While there are quite a few claims from the colder climates, many boat insurance freeze damage claims also come from southern, temperate states hit by an unexpected freeze or when space heaters fail due to sudden storm power loss. In the northern climes, storm power outages also are to blame for engine block freeze related claims, however, both areas of the country have their fair share of winter freeze claims due to one reason: the failure to follow winterizing procedures. TIP: Don’t let your buddy do the job – it’s a common refrain BoatUS claims staff hears every spring after a cracked block is discovered. Having your marina winterize your boat and systems may offer better protection if there is an issue come springtime. Another option is adding ice and freeze insurance to your boat insurance – most insurers do not charge much for it, but there are deadlines to purchase (BoatUS offers it for as little as $25 to its insured members until October 30).
Space Heaters: It’s okay to “winterize” the boat by leaving a space heater running onboard.
FALSE: In addition to the sudden power outage problem, every winter BoatUS sees fires from heaters, plugs and cords, and from heaters that were left running on unattended boats. Unless you live in Hawaii or the Florida Keys, BoatUS recommends winterizing your engine if you will be laying up the boat for even a few weeks to lessen the chances of sudden freeze damage. TIP: Save time and make winterizing easier by installing an engine flushing system -- typically a simple valve with a connection for a garden hose along with an anti-freeze pick-up hose/strainer -- on your engine.
About BoatUS:
Boat Owners Association of The United States ( is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at
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