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: Tom Keer
June 3, 2015

Tom Keer

National Fishing and Boating Week: the 3F’s

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My trailer tire was flat, just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week.  I figured that when I cranked on the lug nut it’d pop off with rust.  I was shocked when it spun effortlessly, and I smiled.  Although I did not remember treating it with anti-seize paste I was pleased that I had and I got on with the boating and fishing much faster. We celebrate lots of days and weeks these days, and National…

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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 2, 2015

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

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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: Debbie Hanson
May 10, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Don’t Forget These 5 Things When De-Winterizing A Boat

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The day you’ve been waiting for all winter long is here — it’s that day following the official onset of spring when you can finally take your beloved vessel out of storage and go through the steps of de-winterizing a boat. Before you head out on the water for your first trip of the season, there are some important tasks you’ll want to check off your list in order to make sure that your boat…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
April 5, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Local Fishing Information Sources

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“90% of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.” – Noted Fly fisherman, Lefty Kreh, from 1001 Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood   Bait or tackle shops are known to be a great source of fishing information, but other businesses may provide a wealth of information as well. In my neck of the woods, it is a rare local business owner or employee that doesn’t go fishing and boating. Patronize an establishment in a “Just Keep…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Buying a First Boat

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I remember buying my first boat like it was yesterday.  Perhaps it’s because all I have to do is to walk to my driveway and see her.  It’s been 20 years since I bought her and over that time we’ve become old friends.  We’ve spent a lot of time on the water together, left a lot of fish scales on the bow and stern, and even come home fishless on occasion.  When I bought her I…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
March 2, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

3 Tips for Planning Fishing Trips

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Staring out the office window at my rapidly shrinking driveway surface area and ever growing snow banks, thoughts turn to when this annoying stuff finally melts and transforms into enough oxygenated liquid to support my finned friends. Can’t wait! This year I’ve got big fishing plans. For the last two years, I explored and fished from shore or kayak. Only a couple of small streams with limited shore access have been crossed off. With the…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 9, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

“Fish here often?” A non-traditional date on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and the candy and flowers stores are hopping. Dinner and a movie also are traditional date choices. But, what if you are looking to spice things up a bit? 2/3* of all relationships enjoy the “non-traditional” dating of fishing or boating because it is “relaxing, playful, exciting, and romantic.” That’s right, romantic. What do fishing and boating have in common? Water. Think of all of those gift card covers and…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 4, 2015

Tom Keer

The Miami International Boat Show

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Most of you know why I’d like to be at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  The “storm of the century” is raging outside with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, seas jacked to 20 feet, and two feet of snow that needs shoveling.  We’re only 15 years into the century but you can see why I’d like to be at the Miami Boat Show. The show is really cool.  It’s such a big…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 20, 2014

Tom Keer

A Boat for Every Budget

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There is no shortage of boats that cost as much–if not more–than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that  few of us will ultimately own.  But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle.  Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well…




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