Posted by: Tom Keer
October 14, 2015

Tom Keer

5 Online Boating Safety Courses You Can Take Right Now

Safe Boating

Taking an online boating safety course is an easy way to pass time the non-boating time of year while getting ready for the upcoming season. Some of the classes are free while others cost a short amount of money.  And while many of the courses are essential for new or for young boaters, many courses serve as good refreshers for seasoned operators as well. Here are 5 online boating safety courses that are available from the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows in October

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A buddy of mine attended several fall boat shows, and after a pretty good search he just texted me a picture of his new vessel. She’s sleek, she’s new, and she is gorgeous.  After test rides in numerous boats he finally took the plunge. I asked him if he needed help tricking it out and he said he was already done. How’d he do that so fast? Fall boat shows have an additional benefit in…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 16, 2015

Tom Keer

2015 Fall Boat Shows: Find Next Year’s Boats

Boat Shows

I attended my first of many fall boat shows a long time ago.  It was after I had a fishing and boating season beyond frustration, for I spend far more time working on my outboard, hull, electronics and trailer than I did on the water.  Mine was an old boat given to me by (I guess I could call him a friend), and he was desperate to get it out of his yard.  We all…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 13, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Reasons Why It Pays To Attend Fall Boat Shows

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As one of the growing number of women who love boating and fishing, I’m always thinking about the most productive ways to spend my time so that I can be out on the water as often as possible while also balancing work and family commitments. I’ve found that attending fall boat shows is one of those ways because boat shows offer potential boat buyers the chance to compare, learn, network and take advantage of special…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Boat Anchors: Essential Boat Equipment

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A boat is a magnificent craft, allowing us to reach remote fishing spots on the water that are well beyond casting range from shore. Once the boat arrives there however, the next issue becomes how to remain there. You can turn off the motor or stop paddling, but it isn’t like parking a car. Wind and currents have other plans. Creative Ideas for Fishing Boat Anchors Anglers often create simple anchors out of handy materials such…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 19, 2015

Tom Keer

Kayak Fishing is a Quiet Ride

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Saltwater fishing takes on a whole new dimension with a fishing kayak.  Not only can you get to places you previously couldn’t reach by boat or by boots, but the quiet ride makes them perfect for getting up close and personal.   Fishing Kayaks Offer Freedom There are two types of hard-chine fishing kayaks.  The first features an open cockpit with either one or two seats.  Water stays out of the boat.  In the event…




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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!

Boat clubs

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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