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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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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blank 04/23/14 03:47PM Boat Show, Chrome Boats, Classic Boats, Events, Wooden Boats, Yacht Club

Mahogany & Chrome Boat Show on Grand Lake, Oklahoma, June 6-7
Arrowhead Yacht Club

Heartland Classics invites everyone to enjoy the hospitality and fun of our annual boat show.  Folks and boats will begin to gather on Thursday June 5th for plenty of cruising around Grand Lake on Friday.  The home port for the show will be Arrowhead Yacht Club.  Saturday show hours 9:00 am to 4:00 pm are open to the public.

Friday, June 6-Saturday, June 7, 2014

Arrowhead Yacht Club
32894 South 4507 Road
Afton, OK 74331

Susan Miller
Phone: 703-609-9812
Website: Click to Visit
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blank 04/22/14 12:20PM Boat Show, Boating Lessons, Chicago Boat Show, Classic Boat Show, NMMA

Summer Fun Abounds at 3rd Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show
Midwest’s Largest In-Water Boat Show Makes Waves at Chicago’s Newest Harbor, June 5-8

CHICAGO  – After a winter of record breaking snow and cold, nothing creates more excitement for Midwesterners than warm weather and the chance to enjoy summertime on Lake Michigan. The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is the ideal event to splash into summer with hundreds of boats to browse and buy at 31st Street Harbor, Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina. The in-water boat show returns for its third year bringing Chicagoans food, fun and a chance to get on the water.
The 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show will feature more than 125 power and sailboats for sale, dozens of vendors showcasing thelatest and greatest in marine accessories and gear and attractions for all ages on land and water, including free paddlesports on Lake Michigan, a floating party barge complete with food, drink and live reggae music and on-water boater education for all levels of experience.  
Highlights of the 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show include:
  • Take a boating lesson – Powerboat and sailing lessons offer attendees the opportunity to learn everything from boating safety to advanced docking and precision control. Check our website regularly to register early, as these spots fill up fast!
  • Jump in Lake Michigan! Cool off with on-water activities including kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and demos.
  • Antique and Classic Boat Display. Check out a spectacular in-water display of antique and classic boats from the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.
  • Bike, Boat, Drive. This year’s show offers complimentary transient boat slips for up to 4 hours, free secure bike parking and a new and improved parking and shuttle system to the show.
When:                  NEW! Extended Hours Thursday through Sunday, June 5- 8, 2014
Thursday, June 5:             11 – 7 p.m.
Friday, June 6:                   11 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 7:             10 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 8:                 10 – 5 p.m.
Where:                31st Street Harbor
3155 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Convenient parking is available in Lot B of nearby McCormick Place. This is located directly south of the McCormick Place South Building and immediately west of Lake Shore Drive—just $12 and includes shuttle to and from the show site!
Admission:         $10 – Adults (16 years & older)
FREE – Children (15 years & under)
Web: For more information and to pre-shop the show, To keep up with conversation, win prizes and more become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
About the Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show: The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. 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
About Progressive: The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies is a leader in boat insurance and the largest seller of personal watercraft insurance in the U.S. It offers flexible, year-round coverage so boaters can go wherever they choose, whenever they choose and have peace of mind they’re protected. Specialty coverages which vary by state include On-Water Towing, Roadside Assistance, Personal Effects, Total Loss Replacement, and Pet Injury.
Progressive makes it easy to understand, buy, and use vehicle insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it’s most convenient for them—online at, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent.
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blank 04/16/14 02:56PM Boat Show, Events, Wooden Boats

Lake Arrowhead Boat Show, June 7-8; Lake Arrowhead, CA


The 2014 Annual Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show will take place Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th at the Lake Arrowhead Village

Antique boats will vie for trophies and can be viewed up close at the Lake Arrowhead Village docks.

On display throughout the village will be vintage woodie cars, hot rods, antique wooden boat models and early outboard motors. Antique boats will also be for sale throughout the village.

The feature boat of this year’s show will be Empress, a 1938 Gar Wood 22-foot model 915 Streamliner. Only 9 of these rare beauties were ever built. The Streamliner was intended to revolutionize the runabout market with the practicality of three cockpits forward, with seating for eleven persons in a 22-foot boat. The rear engine and V-drive configuration was very unusual in the 1930s.

The show is produced by the Rim of the World Historical Society with the assistance of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, the Arrowhead Lake Association, the Lake Arrowhead Village, the Up The Hill Woodie Club, Street Rods Forever and the Trompers.

For further information, call 909-336-6666

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