blank 03/30/15 12:23PM , Boating Safety, Life Jacket

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, and share your boating story at
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blank 03/26/15 10:18AM Events, In-Water Boat Show, Marina Show, power boats, sail boats

Charleston In-Water Boat Show April 17-19
Bristol Marina

The Charleston In-Water Boat Show takes place every April at the Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.  JBM took the helm of this show in 2014, after a five-year hiatus.  Under JBM, the show celebrated a very successful comeback, thanks to the support of the City of Charleston and the Bristol Marina, as well as the best boat dealers and manufacturers from all over the Southeast and beyond.  The Charleston In-Water Boat Show is the largest of its' kind between Annapolis, Maryland and Tampa, Florida.


 The Charleston In-Water Boat Show attracts a high-end visitor and due to the unique location is able to attract a wide variety of boat lines and types, from small fishing boats to grand yachts.  It features a combination of power boats and sail boats.  With Charleston being named the number one city in the world by Conde Naste, this incredible marina and adjacent park, the hospitality of the city and of course the outstanding boat companies, this show will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

Charleston In-Water Boat Show 2015

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blank 03/23/15 02:57PM Bassmaster Elite Series, Fishing Boat, Mercury Marine

Mercury pro Chris Lane wins Sabine River Elite
Mike McClelland second after epic 1,000-plus-mile run

ORANGE, Texas — The first 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series event was a tale of different approaches by the two Mercury Marine anglers who claimed the two top spots – Chris Lane stuck close to home, Mike McClelland went on an epic 1,000-mile journey.

In the end, it was a 3.5-pound largemouth bass caught within sight of the launch in the last 15 minutes of the tournament that powered Lane to the win on the challenging Sabine River system. Lane bagged 50 pounds over four days to McClelland’s 46 pounds to earn his fourth Elite win and his seventh major BASS title in a 10-year career.

"I’ve learned not to make the same mistake twice over the past 10 years, and (Sunday) was a case of me making a move that really paid off in the end," Lane said of his decision to fish close to the City of Orange launch ramp in the waning hours of the tournament. "What I had been doing all week wasn’t working for me: We got so much rain on Saturday that it muddied up the canals I had been fishing, so I came back downriver and picked up two fish that turned out to be difference-makers. I came down here and fished hard, knowing I’d get the bites. You just kinda have to be determined that you’re going to make something happened."

"Determined" also describes McClelland’s week on the Sabine.

Just as he had done two years ago when the Elites last visited the fishery, the Arkansas pro cranked up his 250 OptiMax ProXS and blasted his Stratos across Sabine Lake and Galveston Bay to fish two small dead-end canals near Houston. Depending on the route he took, the journey was between 114 and 137 miles one way, meaning he pushed his OptiMax from 900 to 1,100 miles over the course of the four-day tournament.

"I basically went as far as you can conceive running a boat this week, but I just felt like my chances of catching keeper fish over in Houston was significantly better than it would’ve been over on the east side of the Sabine," McClelland said. "The fastest I could make the run was two hours. On Saturday when it was so rough, it took me two hours, 47 minutes. It was absolutely brutal.

"You have to have confidence in your equipment to even attempt it. I’ve run nine days – including the last time we were here and one day in practice – going over 114 miles one way, running 70 to 75 miles an hour the whole way. That’s the thing about the ProXS: they’re built to run. They don’t want to be idle."

Lane’s pattern pays off - The Elite field entered the week knowing that the cypress-filled Sabine, which empties 360 miles into Sabine Lake, would be muddy, and that filling a daily five-fish limit of 14-inch keepers would be a challenge.
Lane fished most of the tournament in a series of slightly clearer canals and ditches 40 miles from the City of Orange, flipping and pitching to hydrilla.

"It’s the kind of fishing I love," Land said. "The fish I was targeting were real shallow, in spawning mode. Finding that clearer water was key for me."


Mercury pros occupied the top eight spots in the tournament: Lane, McClelland, Aaron Martens, Brandon Lester, Greg Hackney, John Crews, Shaw Grigsby and Scott Rook … Mercury pros Jacob Powroznik and Jason Christie currently hold the No. 1 and 2 positions in the Bassfan World Rankings … the next Elite Series event is the Diet Mountain Dew Elite at Lake Guntersville, Ala. (April 9-12).

About Mercury Marine
Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land ‘N Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils. More information is available at

About Brunswick
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Brunswick Corporation endeavors to instill "Genuine Ingenuity"(TM) in all its leading consumer brands, including Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrives and inboard engines; MotorGuide trolling motors; Attwood and Whale marine parts and accessories; Land 'N' Sea, Kellogg Marine, Diversified Marine and Bell RPG parts and accessories distributors; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris FloteBote, Lowe, Lund, Meridian, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray and Uttern boats, and Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment, and Brunswick billiards tables and table tennis. For more information, visit

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blank 03/19/15 10:24AM Boat Show, Lake Havasu, Ski Boats, sportboats, wakeboard, Watercraft

Lake Havasu Boat Show
April 10-12, 2015




LOCATION:  Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, London Bridge Road between Hampton Inn and Motel 6


The Lake Havasu Boat Show has an established 24-year tradition of success in the recreational boating industry, started by members of the Lake Havasu Marine Association.  Originally conceived as a boat show to help promote marine businesses in and around Lake Havasu City, today, the Lake Havasu Boat Show has grown and diversified to become one of the premier boat shows throughout the entire Southwest, and the largest consumer show for new and used boats in Arizona and Nevada.  In 2014, the Lake Havasu Boat Show attracted over 9,800 visitors, in excess of 115 exhibitors and more than $50 million in boats (over sixty different brands of new and used boats) and marine accessories including fishing boats, pontoons, family runabouts, wakeboard/ski boats, personal watercrafts, and the hottest high performance sportboats the country has to offer.  And because the boat show is located on the lake, demos are available on a by-appointment basis for prospective buyers.

The Lake Havasu Boat Show is conducted in cooperation with the Lake Havasu Marine Association.



Legends by the Lake Car Show

IJBSA Jettribe PWC WaterCross Racing/Gary Hart Memorial

3rd Annual $5,000 Lake Havasu Chili Cook-Off

Lake Havasu Cornhole Championships

Southwest Hovercraft Rendezvous
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blank 12/29/14 08:32AM AutoRama, Events, piston power, Readers Pics

Piston Power Auto Rama – March 20-22, 2015 – Cleveland, Ohio

Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto Rama Presented by Rad Air

March 20-22, 2015I-X CenterCleveland, Ohio(Click HERE for PDF)
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blank 12/26/14 09:11AM Boat Show, Fishing Boats, Off-shore Vessels, Personal Watercraft, Pleasure Craft, sailboats, Sport Boats, Wakeboard Boats

2015 Boat Show Lineup

Progressive® Insurance and National Marine Manufacturers Association Announce 2015 Boat Show Lineup, New Progressive Boat School
Boater education takes center stage with new exhibition featuring interactive learning opportunities in a boat-like setting

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Dec. 10, 2014) The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies® is continuing its longstanding partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to sponsor 20 of the country’s premier boat shows. Progressive and NMMA are making boater education a top priority and bringing a completely new and interactive experience to the 2015 schedule.

The Progressive Marina experience includes the Progressive Boat School, developed with the Annapolis School of Seamanship to help consumers learn to boat confidently while having fun. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in engaging sessions on watersports safety and proper docking procedures, and have the opportunity to earn discounts on boat insurance as a result.
“We’ve teamed up with NMMA and the Annapolis School of Seamanship to create a new and engaging experience around boating education and safety, to maximize your experience on the water,” said Rick Stern, Progressive Boat Product Manager. “We feel so strongly about safety on the water that we’re offering a policy discount for visitors, new or current Progressive customers, who complete our onsite course and some supplemental online material.”
Progressive Boat School seminars include:
  • Gateway to Boating - get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit various boating lifestyles.
  • Watersports Safety - gain the know-how needed to keep everyone safe on the water while having fun.
  • iNavigation - learn how to use the new innovations available to boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics and mobile devices.
  • Boat Systems - learn how to manage boat systems from stem to stern.
  • Docking & Line Handling – learn the ropes with tricks and techniques that can make docking easy.
The Progressive Marina will also include an interactive boat replica with an indoor pool for instructional demos, a boating simulator and a see-through motion sensor digital floor.
In addition to the Progressive Boat School, NMMA shows offer complimentary daily DIY maintenance seminars at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, fishing seminars, the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training series and more.
“An educated boater is a safe boater, and our goal as a boat show producer is to arm boaters with the knowledge needed to boat confidently and enjoy a lifetime on the water with family and friends,” said Ben Wold, NMMA Vice President. “We’re thrilled to further our partnership with Progressive and provide an educational area that will provide a solid foundation for new boaters and allow seasoned captains to polish their skills in a fun, interactive environment.”
The upcoming NMMA Progressive boat shows include:
Jan 8-11
Nashville, TN
Jan 15-18
Atlanta, GA
Jan 14-18
Chicago, IL
Jan 21-25
New York, NY
Jan 21-25
Louisville, KY
Jan 22-25
Kansas City, MO
Jan 22-25
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 22-25
San Francisco, CA
Jan 29- Feb 1
Baltimore, MD
Feb 4-8
Atlantic City, NJ
Feb 12-15
Miami, FL
Feb 12-15
Miami, FL
Feb 14-22
Boston, MA
Feb 19-22
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 4-8
St. Louis, MO
Mar 25-29
Minneapolis, MN
June 18-21
San Diego, CA
To find out more about Progressive Boat Insurance, talk to your independent agent, visit or call 1-800-PROGRESSIVE.
About Progressive
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach it whenever, wherever and however it’s most convenient—online at, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, on a mobile device or in-person with a local agent.
Progressive also offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, as well as home insurance through select carriers. It’s the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller ofmotorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at
Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, Snapshot® and Service Centers.
The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at NYSE:PGR.
About NMMA
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit
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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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blank 12/12/14 08:59AM Boat Show, Events, Sport Fishing, Sportsshow

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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