Posted by: Tom Keer
February 3, 2016

Tom Keer

Winter Boat Shows for the Family

Get ready for boating and fishing season at a winter boat show.

  I suspect our homes are similar during the winter.  Save for a few trips on the ice, our fishing has come to a screeching halt.  Our boats are in the yard or they’re perfectly shrink-wrapped.  It gets dark early, it’s cold, wet and windy, and cabin fever has set in.  The dogs bark non-stop, the kids are cooped up, and taxes are due very shortly.  We all need a break from the weather, the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 27, 2016

Tom Keer

Get Ready for a Winter Boat Show: February, 2016

winter boat show display

Thoughts of attending a winter boat show helped me through last week’s two feet of snow. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights were fun; shoveling not so much. Winter boat shows call for early ordering for spring delivery. And businesses carrying inventory are motivated to sell through their stock (think show discounts). You’ll also find deals on last year’s models, or get an opportunity to purchase a boat few people own. The efficiency of seeing…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 24, 2016

Debbie Hanson

February Boat Shows Can Teach Kids These 5 Things

Kids Learning Boat Safety

February boat shows may not be the first idea that comes to mind when planning an educational trip or weekend activity with the kids, but there are actually several good reasons to include boat shows on your list of winter learning experiences for kids. One of the largest February boat shows is the Miami International Boat Show that takes place from February 11–15, 2016. A trip to the Miami International Boat Show (or any boat…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 17, 2016

Debbie Hanson

Why We Love Winter Boat Shows

Pilar Miami Boat Show

Winter boat shows are one of the best ways to boost your spirits if you are a water-lover and feel as if you’re coming down with a case of cold weather crankiness. I mean think about it — you can travel to a warm destination this winter to look at all of the latest boat models or find an indoor venue that will give you the opportunity to compare a number of different boats all…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
January 4, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Cold Water Safety Tips for Kayaks

boy wearing pdf for cold water safety

While some parts of the country may be ice fishing, others are experiencing a winter that is much warmer than last year. So far. The moving water of many streams and rivers will remain open even when the ponds and lakes freeze over with a foot of ice. This means there is still the opportunity for some fun kayak excursions, as long as the following cold water safety tips are followed. Check the weather. Cold…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
December 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Holiday Boating Gifts at the Last Minute

holiday boating gifts of service

There is always a scramble for purchasing last-minute holiday boating gifts.  That said, the solution is quick and easy.  Here are a couple of ways to get done with the buying and get on with the celebrating. Easy Replacement Items:  Boaters wear out, lose or outgrow lots of products.  Bow and stern lines can get frayed, plugs or fenders can get lost, and if you feed your kids they’ll outgrow their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

Fall-River-Shore

There are some fantastic fishing and boating locations in the United States. In fact, this summer Take Me Fishing™ released their Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. But despite the abundant water resources, these waters must be shared by people pursuing different recreational activities. Shore Fishing Can be Ruined by Wake Recently, my son and I experienced a situation on the Allegheny River where a boater shut down our shore fishing. A…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 28, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Boater Safety Courses That Prevent Common Accidents

Boating Accidents

    A boater safety course might not remind you to put the plug in your boat to keep her from filling up with water.  But one might help you in other ways.  Here are five reasons to take one, even if you’re an Old Salt.     All About Marine Radio.  Most of the time we use a radio to chat up other anglers, but unless we’re in the United States Navy or Coast…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 19, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boat Show or No?

Two-boats-happy-garage

A boat show can be a great source of information if you are in the market for a boat. For example I recently noticed that there is a power and sailboat show on December 3-6 in St. Petersburg. It will have a sailing clinic and “free children’s fishing lessons.” Unfortunately, it is in St. Petersburg, Florida and not our tiny St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania… which I guess makes more sense. Another boat information option is to…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 18, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Clues That It’s Time to Take a Boater Safety Course

us-coast-guard-pfd

When you sign up for a boater safety course, you’re taking an important step toward being a responsible boater. It doesn’t matter if you have been a boater for years or if you are new to boating, you can brush up on your existing knowledge and learn the current rules on how to practice safe boating. Think that you or someone you know might need to sign up for a boater safety course? Perhaps one…




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