blank 09/02/14 03:23PM Annapolis, Boat Demo, Boat Show, Events, sailboats, Sailing Seminars

Sailors Flock to Annapolis in October
October 10-13, 2014

Annapolis Sailboat Show 2014

Annapolis, MD  - Every October sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in the historic seaport of Annapolis, Maryland for the United States Sailboat Show. The upcoming 45th internationally acclaimed sailboat show will open October 9th and run through October 13th and is the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show.


Premiering Boats - The most exciting new sailboats from major manufacturers including many new designs and models make their debut at the United States Sailboat Show.


Exciting High Performance, Racing Section - A new section of the show this year will feature a sexy high performance racing section.


Sailboat Manufacturers - This is the only show in which virtually every major sailboat manufacturer is represented!


Largest Collection of Multihulls and Catamarans Anywhere in the World - All sizes of catamarans. Miles of docks are constructed to display everything from brand new cruising sailboats to kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes.


On-Land Exhibitors - The sailboat show has the latest in navigational equipment and a wide selection of marine equipment, high-tech electronics, boating accessories, rigging, clothing & gear. There are related services such as sailing lessons, rentals, insurance firms, and lending institutions. 


NEW THIS YEAR! Introducing Brokerage Cove

For the First Time in 45 Years the Annapolis Sailboat Show Will Display Previously Owned Sailboats in St. Mary's Cove.


The granddaddy of all sailboat shows, the United States Sailboat Show is expanding its already impressive selection of new and premiering sailboats to include Brokerage Cove. This show within a show will be overflowing with used boats in a floating marina presented by regional boat brokers and available for immediate sale. Admission provides entry into both the United States Sailboat Show and Brokerage Cove.


Preview Day: October 9, 2014 - This is an extra special day for the serious sailor who will take advantage of a day ideal for talking with exhibitors and touring sailboats.


Premier Launch Party - Boat show goers will celebrate opening night and kickoff the United States Sailboat Show with a star-studded cast from the sailing industry during an evening filled with island music, delicious food, cocktails, and fun. 


Special guest speaker Ken Read, considered one of the world's most accomplished and celebrated sailors. 

Presentation of the first annual Sailing Industry Distinguished Service Awardco-sponsored by Sail America.  Separate ticket required.


Vacation Basin: Plan the Dream - Dedicated to chartering, travel, vacations and charter boat ownership in the Chesapeake Bay and exotic island locations.


Take The Wheel: Interactive Workshop & Boat Demo - Perfect for the sailor searching for a special sailboat--an innovative workshop that includes an afternoon of sailing to evaluate a wide range of boat styles. 


Free Seminars on Sailing - Daily programs presented by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Annapolis School of Seamanship and Cruising World Magazine.


Grand Prize Drawing - One week chartered vacation: 7 day, 6 night s charter in the British Virgin Islands donated by The Moorings.

Hendrick's Gin Tasting Barge


Nobilo Wines Tasting Tent


Why Attend a Boat Show? Sailors have the unique opportunity to board and inspect most new models on the market, make side-by-side comparisons, and talk to industry representatives about all aspects of buying and owning a boat.


Show Information


October 9 - VIP Preview Day

10:00am - 6:00pm


October 10 - 12

10:00am - 6:30pm


October 13, 2014

10:00am - 5:00pm


VIP Preview Day $35

VIP Preview plus additional day - $48


General Admission - $18

Children $5 (6 and under free)

Two-Day General Admission Ticket - $31



PARKING in downtown Annapolis is limited. The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is conveniently located and free buses will shuttle attendees from the stadium to the show site at City Dock. Stadium parking fee: $10. Buses run continuously from 9:00 a.m. until one hour after the show closes each day. Parking is also available at the Eastport Elementary School.


This year, as in many years through the show's history, a Navy football game will occupy the stadium parking on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  As always, VMS signs will direct show attendees to conveniently located parking sites on Riva Road.  Free bus service will continue between those locations and the show gates.


Annapolis Boat Shows, a premier event management company, has produced grand in-water boat shows since 1970. Today, more than 130,000 attendees from around the world come to the Chesapeake Bay region to experience these nautical extravaganzas.


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blank 08/29/14 09:19AM Boaters, Boating Services

App for on-demand boating services

is launching in Lauderdale- 1st app for on-demand boating services! Boaters can sign up at #muscleboats
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blank 08/22/14 08:50AM BoatUS, Life Jackets, NMMA, PFDMA

Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
Contest Calls for

Life Jacket Design Competition

Print and share this Life Jacket Design Competition flyer with friends, armchair inventors, boaters and schools.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 21, 2014 - Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” which kicks off today. “We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas,” said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to
“Waterway users are always looking for more comfortable life jackets,” added Edmonston. “While current models of life jackets save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant to wear them. This competition hopes to challenge that mindset.”
Entries that embrace new technologies and non-traditional thinking are being encouraged from individuals or groups, such as high school science clubs, collegiate design programs or even boat and fishing clubs. There are no rules regarding types of materials to be used or whether the design meets any current US standards. Entries can be as simple as hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes.
The entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. "Wearability" relates to the level of comfort. "Reliability" will take into account the chances for potential failure, while "cost" will look at the affordability of the design. "Innovation" will take into account originality or the utilization of new technologies. Additionally, the BoatUS Foundation will post entries on their website and Facebook page for public voting. The winner will be announced at the September 2015 International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and additional cash prizes are offered for second and third place.  For more information or to enter visit
About the BoatUS Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to
About the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association:
The Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) is an affiliate of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the leading trade organization representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80% of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications. For more information about PFDMA, visit and visit to learn more about NMMA.
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25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, October 11-12, 2014
Along the Banks of the Scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, LA


Visit the Wooden Boat Festival website.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Announces 25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival

The 25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival, presented by Michelob Ultra, will again be held along the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, LA. Attendees will enjoy live local music, mouth-watering food, arts and crafts, Children’s Village, the ever-popular Toyota Quick ’n’ Dirty Boat-Building Contest and a classic car show.


October, 11 and 12, 2014, gates open at 10:00 am. Water Street closes at 6:00 pm. Bands run Saturday night from 6:30 until 10:00 pm.


Banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, La. Water Street at Highway 22.


The family-friendly, fun-filled event is the primary fundraiser supporting the educational and cultural programming and exhibits of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.


The 25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival along the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, La. on October 11 and 12, 2014.  “The 25th Annual Wooden Boat Festival is on track to be our best festival!” said Don Lynch, Museum Executive Director. “The excitement level is building and the boaters are more anxious than ever to get the festival underway!”

Acoustic Americana and Blues performer Patrick Cooper accompanied by Dwight Breland with kick off the musical festivities at 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 11. Then, at 7:30 pm, the “World’s Greatest 80’s Experience” will begin as The Molly Ringwalds take the stage!

Children’s Village, will feature both fun educational activities and amusements like mini boat races, science experiments, robotics demonstrations, a bounce house, inflated maze, and storytelling. At the ever-popular Toyota Quick ’n’ Dirty Boat-Building Contest, attendees can witness the hilarious antics and cunning carpentry skills as 20 teams blitz build a wooden boat, with the hopes of being the first to glide across the finish line. A team consists of a four- to six-member crew. The crews bring a Mardi Gras feel to the festival as they pick themes, name their boats, and dress up in costumes. The crews will parade from the ball field to the river, where the ultimate contest begins, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.

On Water Street, view and tour the more than 100 classic and wooden boats on display, enjoy regional delicacies and specialties foods, and shop for fine wares being sold by our artists’ and marine vendors.

A limited supply of the highly-coveted annual Wooden Boat Festival collectible posters created by well-known local Louisiana artist Peter Briant will be sold at the festival.

As part of a unique Wooden Boat Festival tradition, the St. Tammany Woodworkers Guild will be at the south end of Water Street where children can build small wooden boats from precut pieces. For antique car enthusiasts, the classics of the water will meet the classics of the road as the Classic Car Cruise-In, which is expected to attract over one hundred antique and classic cars from across the region.


For more information about the 2014 Wooden Boat Festival call the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at (985) 845-9200 or

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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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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

Want up-to-the-minute information and fun? Follow the Show on TwitterFacebook andInstagram.

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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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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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