June 30, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

California fishing restrictions to take effect in October

The California Fish and Game Commission Wednesday voted that a network of Marine Protected Areas off the Southern California coast will go into effect
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June 29, 2011
News
BoatUS

Recreational boating traffic expected to peak this weekend

It's not a Thanksgiving holiday traffic jam. However, for America's boaters, it may as well be. Boat Owners Association of The United States says the
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June 29, 2011
News

What floats your boat?

Look out over Lake Superior on a beautiful summer day and you'll see a number of boats littering the deep blue of the lake. Do you prefer the lazy cr
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June 28, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Take Me Fishing debuts updated app

The Take Me Fishing campaign is rolling out an updated version of its Boat Ramp application for iPhone and Android phones. Designed to help boaters a
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June 28, 2011
News
Vera Chinese - riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com

Video: Cardboard boat race draws thousands downtown

Why would two grown men dressed as fairies float down the Peconic River in a cardboard boat emblazoned with the logo of a women's lingerie company, on
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June 28, 2011
News
Lori Carlson - www.plamerican.com

What's up for the Fourth? Fireworks, boat parade on the calendar

Prior Lake has several Fourth of July activities to offer, including multiple fireworks shows, a concert, and a boat parade and competition. Check
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June 27, 2011
News

Avoiding The Dead Battery Blues

According to statistics, the average battery life for the non-sealed lead acid batteries typically used in boats is somewhere between 24 months to 48
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June 27, 2011
News
Brady Kay

PDB TESTED No. 82 - Steadymate by Kinedyne

I started last season with some cheap tie-downs that were a step up from rope, but that's about it. For short runs to the lake I was okay with this se
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June 27, 2011
News

Shootout Results -- Avalon Paradise 2485 Elite

Our First Impression We can always count on Avalon to go the extra mile with its high-end models, and this Paradise Elite is no exception. The loaded
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June 25, 2011
News
Boating Industry

Bill seeks to tie catch limits to scientific data

A bill introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Fisheries Service is r
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June 25, 2011
News
Pat Ferrier - www.coloradoan.com

Friends launch outdoors store

When Josh Soholt and Tyler Matthews were randomly paired as roommates their freshman year at the University of Wyoming, the two were unaware they woul
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June 24, 2011
News
Trade Only Today - Aarn D. Rosen

Boat sales show increase in May

Dealers got a dose of good news in May as sales of fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot category rose 7 percent from the same month last yea
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June 24, 2011
News
Boating Industry

EPA approves new ValvTect additive

Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum, announced today that ValvTect has received formal approval for the registration and sale of ValvTect
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June 24, 2011
News
Frank Weaver, Jr. - The Suburbanite

Outtakes around the lakes, boat show and Light Up The Lakes Night Parade

The 36 annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held on Saturday, June 25, commencing at 9 a.m. at the docks of the Olde Harbor Inn and Hook Line
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature
By Charlie VanLeuven, Photos by Greg Larson

Because Catfish Is His Business: Williams finds success on his G3 pontoon

If you've driven by a pontoon boat on the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, Okla., and noticed that inside the boat is a man holding up a huge catfish, and
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June 23, 2011
News
Boating Industry

Makeover green-lighted for Fort Lauderdale Boat Show site

The Bahia Mar resort will get a $250 million makeover, as the city gave the green light to developers. The sponsors of the Fort Lauderdale Interna
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature
Ted A. Thompson

Once A Captain

Hard to believe it has been almost a year since we sold our boat, The Phoenix.
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June 23, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Operation Dry Water starts Friday

Operation Dry Water, which begins Friday, is a national weekend of boating-under-the-influence education and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay, PDB Editor

Product Test No. 89: SkiffDaddy Portable Drink Holder

For every pontoon boat out there with nearly 20 cup holders, there seems to be just as many with only two.
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay, PDB Editor

Product Test No. 90: 5.11 Tactical: Rechargeable LED Flashlight

What would you say if someone told you there was a flashlight that floats on water, lasts for two hours and fully recharges in 90 seconds? My response
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
PDB Tested
Brandon Barrus

Product Test No. 91: Grease Monkey: Cleaning Wipes

Working on anything mechanical is virtually guaranteed to be a messy experience.
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
PDB Tested
Brady L. Kay, PDB Editor

Product Test No. 92: Ratcheting ReadyWrench: 16 Socket Sizes, One Wrench

When the original ReadyWrench came out, I reviewed it in our PDB TESTED section and I had a lot of great things to say about it.
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June 23, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature
Brandon Barrus

Putting Dollars to Horses: Outboard engine price comparison

We know the readers who take the time to turn to the back of our magazine to read the Power Profile feature each month are the devoted boaters.
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June 23, 2011
News
www.masslive.com

With start of summer, heed water safety rules

There are few things more inviting than a boat ride on a lake or a dip in a pool when the summer season comes rolling along. But pleasure can quic
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Industry
PDB Staff Report

10 Years of Consoles: The evolution of the helm

Elegant. Highly-functional. Cheap. Basic.
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June 22, 2011
News
Terry Brown - wired2fish.com

A day of fishing to best all my days of fishing

I try to get out on the water whenever possible. Like most of the Wired2Fish readers, it's when time allows or if we have products to test. Most of th
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Product
Brandon Barrus

Apex Goes Ultra-Green: New pontoon is entirely people-powered

Apex Marine president and owner Mark Dupuie has always been about providing sensible, quality pontoons to boating families.
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June 22, 2011
News
Alex Paul - Albany Democrat-Herald

Boaters fret over logs, limbs

Steve and Danielle Yarbrough of Lebanon are proud of their recently purchased pontoon boat. Although it's five years old, the 20-foot-long Sun Tracke
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
News
Brady L. Kay

Captain's Chair: Pontoon Appreciation Day

Someday you may be invited to ride in the backseat of a performance deck boat that is capable of doing speeds you'd never think were possible.
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature

Father's Day Gift Guide: 9 Ideas for Dad

Fathers do so much for us when we're growing up.
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature
BoatU.S.

Fishing Week: Five ways to celebrate

With National Fishing and Boating Week June 5-13, BoatU.S has five easy ways to celebrate the week and inspire families and friends to head out to the
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature

From The Forums: Excerpts from recent PDB Forum exchanges at www.pdbmagazine.com

The forum at www.pdbmagazine.com isn't always serious business and solving problems.
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Product

Lowrance Announces New Elite: DownScan Imaging Sonar Series

Lowrance recently announced its new Elite series of color fishfinder and fishfinder/GPS-chartplotter combination units.
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature
Brandon Barrus

Making Waves: Your guide to boat music

Considering the humble beginnings of the modern pontoon boat, it's no surprise that sound systems onboard were an afterthought for decades.
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June 22, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

NMMA reports boost in wholesale shipments

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported that U.S. wholesale shipments of outboard-, inboard- and sterndrive-propelled recreational boat
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Ask The Expert

Pump Up The Performance: Turning Point's latest aluminum prop

The right propeller can make all the difference on a pontoon boat.
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Product

Shaking Up The Marine Industry: Scope Seating unveils its 5-8 warranty

Scope Seating Technologies has been in the seating business since 1922, and building premier marine seating for more than 30 years.
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June 22, 2011| Published in the June 2011 issue
Feature
Brandon Barrus

Stairway To Heaven: Double-decker from Premier sure to turn heads

After my experience testing the speedy Hurricane 2000 SunDeck, I was given the assignment to go off for a weekend and put the new 310 Boundary Waters
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June 20, 2011
News
Barbara Wieland - www.lansingstatejournal.com

Boating industry rides recovery wave

Triton Industries is doing more than simply staying afloat. Amid worries about a double-dip recession, the Delta Township manufacturer of pontoon b
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June 20, 2011
News
Lindsay Knowles

Kids get hands-on learning at summer marine life camp

Dozens of students got a hands-on experience with marine life at a summer camp offered by the Institute for Marine Mammal Study in Gulfport. The summ
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June 20, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Online vote to decide Yamaha video contest

The finalists for the best independently produced Yamaha boating video are "Fish" and "Falling for a Yamaha," and the winner is now in the hands of Ya
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June 17, 2011
News
Boating Industry

New boat sales continue to climb

Despite a 13.3 percent increase in new boat sales, a nearly identical net operating loss was recorded in the first four months of 2011 for the average
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June 17, 2011
News
Jordan Langer - New Richmond News

Pontoon event caters to local seniors

Around 72 seniors took part in the Seniors' Pontoon Ride on Cedar Lake, June 8, an annual event sponsored by the Star Prairie Fish and Game Associatio
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June 16, 2011
News
blogs.thehour.com

Boat owners: Avoid waiting, get to DMV early to register vessels

Summer is starting. Boaters can enjoy the open waters of Long Island Sound. They can troll for fish on ponds. They can motor a pontoon boat or use a j
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June 16, 2011
News
Patrick Gabrion - Times Record Business Editor

Captain Ed Rice provides a different look at Maine's beauty

For one's viewing pleasure, Maine has plenty to offer. Rivers. Lakes. Wildlife. Sunrises and sunsets. Miles of coastline. Picturesque villages. Mou
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June 15, 2011
News
Lory Mitton - www.lacdubonnetleader.com

Celebrating 25 years of fireworks with boats!

Canada Day is just around the corner, and with it the dazzling display of fireworks Lac du Bonnet has grown a reputation for. This year, to commemo
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June 15, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Pump warning label approved for E15

The White House signed off on a new gasoline pump label that would warn consumers when they are about to fill their vehicles with a fuel blended with
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June 15, 2011
News
Boating Industry

Recreational boating fatalities hit record low

The U.S. Coast Guard released its official 2010 Recreational Boating Statistics today, which show total fatalities fell to 672, the lowest number on r
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June 14, 2011
News
Boating Industry

ACMA President responds to Styrene listing as a carcinogen

The American Composites Manufacturers Association released a statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inclusion of
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June 14, 2011
News
Matt Kettmann - www.independent.com

I'm on a boat!

The news earlier this year that kayaks and canoes would, for the first time ever, be allowed to explore the waters of Cachuma Lake set off a mini-hurr
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June 14, 2011
News
Boating Industry

Sheffield expands BRP coverage to Evinrude engines

Sheffield Financial has expanded its coverage of BRP powersports products to include Evinrude outboard engines, according to a release from the compan
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June 13, 2011
News
Alanna Thiede - Jackson Citizen Patriot

Jackson man with 0.15 BAC hits dock, arrested for allegedly driving pontoon boat

A 35-year-old Jackson man was arrested after allegedly driving a pontoon boat while intoxicated and striking a dock. The man initially called polic
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June 13, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Mercury Marine employees hold food drive

Employees at Mercury Marine's facilities in Fond du Lac, Wis., raised more than $10,000 in food and monetary donations for the Fondy Food Pantry durin
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June 13, 2011
News
www.marinebusiness.com.au

Stabicraft to launch 1750 at Sydney

STABICRAFT Marine will launch its new 1750 Frontier to the Australian boating public at the upcoming Sydney and Brisbane Boat Shows. Designed with
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June 10, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Manitou gains patent for pontoon design

Triton Industries, builder of the Manitou brand of boats, was issued a U.S. patent (No. US 7,950,340) for its V-toon style pontoon boat. The design is
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June 10, 2011
News
Ted Escobar - The Chronicle

Resorts owner sees good year

Crescent Bar Resorts owner Tom Park is looking forward to a good year for his business in 2011. But he says the future is iffy. He can adjust to the
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June 10, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Simrad gears chart plotters toward small boats

Marine navigation electronics manufacturer Simrad Yachting hosted an on-board press event Tuesday in Boston Harbor to promote its newest products, whi
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June 09, 2011
News

Designated Operator Passes First Test: Havasu reports more sober operators

According to initial reports from multiple law enforcement agencies who patrol the waters of Lake Havasu, the grass-roots, privately-funded Designated
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June 09, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

Former boat dealer sentenced in fraud case

A former Wisconsin boat dealer who spent years on the run in Brazil was sentenced this week to five years in prison in connection with fraud schemes,
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June 08, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

NMMA statistical report available online

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced that its 2010 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is available online for NMMA members t
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June 08, 2011
News
Boating Industry

Obama proclaims June Great Outdoors Month, National Oceans Month

President Obama recently signed proclamations designating June as Great Outdoors Month and National Oceans Month. "Both proclamations are an excep
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June 07, 2011
News

U.S. Merchant Marine saluted on four forever stamps July 28

The Postal Service will salute the U.S. Merchant Marine on four forever stamps July 28 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY
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June 06, 2011
News
Wes Murphy - T&D Outdoors Columnist

A gift that will keep on giving

My brother, Mark, and his wife, Stephanie, have, for the last several years, treated the men in our family to some sort of outdoor-related activity as
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June 06, 2011
News
Brad Meyer - www.yourhoustonnews.com

Private ponds, community lakes and water displays drying up

Evaporation and an ongoing lack of rainfall are forcing many business and property owners to reconsider their use of a common resource that was once c
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June 06, 2011
News
Boating Industry

This weekend is National Marina Day

National Marina Day is this weekend, and more than 125 marinas representing 29 states have registered for the event, according to a release from the A
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June 03, 2011
News
www.bizjournals.com

Boat makers see a rising tide

The boat business has been tough for years, but retailers and manufacturers say 2011 is looking better. Crystal Pierz Marine, for example, reported t
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June 03, 2011
News
Joseph Carro - www.boatingworld.com

BUI enforcement gets a boost

At a bend in the river, a powerboat heading downstream slams into the port side of a pontoon boat headed upstream. One passenger on each boat dies in
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June 03, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

MarineMax secures new floorplan financing

MarineMax, the nation's largest recreational boat retailer, announced today that it has increased its existing financing facility with GE Capital from
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June 02, 2011
News
www.thedanielislandnews.com

Great local boating & suggestions for improvement

We asked our readers to share information about great places to fish and boat, photos, and suggestions for improving the boating community.
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June 02, 2011
News
Trade Only Today

MRAA forms opposition to life-jacket mandate

The Marine Retailers Association of America is urging its members to let Congress know they oppose proposals to make life-jacket wear mandatory. Seve
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June 02, 2011
News
Andrea Galabinski - www.northfortmyersneighbor.com

Update from the Great Loop 'toon voyage

The May 25, 2011, edition of The North Fort Myers Neighbor reported that a local resident had launched a 6,000-mile voyage to raise funds for veterans
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June 01, 2011
News

PWR-ARM Hydraulic Bimini Top

Your TV has a remote. Your stereo system has a remote. Isn't it about time your bimini top gets one? No matter how comfortable the couch is, it's much
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June 01, 2011
News

Shootout Results--Aqua Patio: 240 Sun Lounger

Some would argue that it's the dual rear-facing lounges in the stern that help make this boat so appealing, while others would say it's the stylish ra
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June 01, 2011
News
Brady L. Kay

The SOLAS Challenge: Hunting for the right prop

When the boss comes to you and complains about the performance of his boat, he's doing more than just making water cooler talk. In this case Jason Har
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