Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 20, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

How to Maximize Family Fishing Time

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“Lack of time” is a major reason families do not go fishing or boating together. Although there are only so many hours in a day, it may be possible to “find” some free fishing time for these stress-relieving, fun, family activities. Here are a few ways to make family fishing time: Stay Organized. Utilize “down-time” (any time not fishing or boating) and make sure all of the fishing lures are sorted (by size, type, or…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
July 17, 2015

2015 Fishing Statistics

2015 Special Report on Fishing

The 2015 Special Report on Fishing shows important fishing statistics. Over 46 Million of people are hooked on fishing in the U.S. which shows that fishing remains among the most popular outdoor activities for adults. Another great fishing statistics found in the report is that the traditionally male-dominated activity now welcomes a greater high percentage of female participants. Spending time with family and friends continue to be the largest reason to participate in fishing, but…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
July 10, 2015

LOVE TO BOAT? JOIN THE CLUB!

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For those who are either not quite ready for boat ownership or who prefer a different point of entry, boat clubs offer a relatively new solution that  provides many  attractive benefits to boating newcomers. So what do you need to know to get started? There are a few national-based boat clubs as well as regional and local clubs. Some have educational  training programs to  help club members understand how to operate a boat. They may…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 7, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials Part 2

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Last week we covered a few basics that are part of running successful sea trials, and this week we’ll get into greater detail.  Here are 5 more considerations, some of which are overlooked. The view from the helm:  A visit to a boat show is a great first step towards boat selection, but follow it up with a view from behind the center console on the water.  Your sight is different when running the boat,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Sea Trials: Part 1

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  One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.  Here are 4 points to check out quickly:       Speed: Check out how the boat comes on and off plane,…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 26, 2015

What’s Covered By a Typical Boat Insurance Policy?

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By Cristel Mohrman, Allstate Every trip out on the water is an opportunity for adventure. And the more prepared you are, the better experience you’ll have. That’s why, beyond  following safe boating practices, you can also help protect yourself — and your boat — with boat insurance. Here’s a breakdown of the protections you  may find in a typical policy.  Protections Offered By Boat Insurance Loss or damage to your boat. Boat insurance typically helps…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 10, 2015

Tom Keer

Great Outdoors Month

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Great Outdoors Month is upon us, and without question Great Outdoors Month is a thoroughly American idea.  The month celebrates our country’s natural heritage by encouraging us all to take advantage of the open space that we all enjoy. One attribute that makes USA such a unique nation is that we have the opportunity to explore the natural resources of open-to-the-public land. This month we’re celebrating National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 2, 2015

2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat!

Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S.

We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S! More than 23,000 outdoors enthusiasts cast their votes and helped us to develop this year’s list. The America’s Top Places to Fish and Boat Sweepstakes received over 280,000 votes for almost 250 parks across the country. The criteria for the Top 100 places included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 27, 2015

Tom Keer

De-winterize your boat

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Your buddies stopped by the house and just told you they stung ’em; time to de-winterize your boat.  Haste makes waste, so here’s a partial list to help you move through the process without missing a step. Check your water pump and thermostats. The impeller on a water pump goes bad about every 200 hours, and this little rubber part is what keeps water flowing to cool your engine.  The thermostat regulates the water temperature,…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
May 13, 2015

Tom Keer

National Safe Boating Week 2015

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  National Safe Boating Week comes along at a good time of year.  Mechanical failures are common, particularly if you use your boat a lot.  Here are a few pre-launch considerations to elevate your level of play.       Have enough life jackets for the individuals on board. There are different types of life jackets for different activities. The Safe Boating Campaign is a great resource for determining if a life jacket is right…




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