Monday, September 16, 2019

Norwalk Boat Show Now

What a way to spend the last weekend of summer! Visit Connecticut's biggest in-water boat show this week and see more than 300 luxury yachts, center consoles, watersports boats and affordable family cruisers.

boats docked at norwalk boat show

The Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show also offers live music on the water, free boat rides for the whole family, on-water paddlesports and more - all of these activities are within reach at Norwalk Cove Marina this Thursday through Sunday, September 19-22, 2019. With a full selection of boats for every budget and lifestyle, including boats that can be financed for less than $250 a month, there is no better place to shop and compare boats side by side.


· Free Boat Rides & Fun for the Family – Relax and enjoy a free powerboat ride on Long Island Sound, courtesy of Rex Boating Club & Carefree Boat Club of Southern CT. Plus, bring the kids to hop aboard hundreds of boats and play captain, build their very own toy boat, splash around in a paddleboat lake & much more!

· Live Music by Land and by Sea! Immerse yourself in waterside fun with live music on and off the docks. Stop by the Waterclub Lounge (at the head of Dock B) or the Sandbar (next to the food court) and enjoy live performances by Christine Sweeney and Chelsea Takami.

· SUP & Kayak amidst hundreds of boats: Get your feet wet at Try-it Cove, the ultimate on-the-water experience featuring a variety of paddlesports including kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. Learn to paddle, demo a new board or simply take in the show from the water and enjoy the last days of summer.

· Shop, Save & Win Big on “Super Thursday” – Elevate savings, shopping and boat show fun to superstar levels at our annual “Super Thursday” on Thursday, September 19. Super Thursday deals include even deeper savings on the best in boating, discounted food & drink specials, and giveaways throughout the day. Plus, tickets are just $5 after 5pm – Thursday only!

· Virtual Boating at Progressive® Boat Club – Attendees can take the helm at Progressive’s Oculus Rift virtual reality experience and race against the clock as they master their captain skills. Plus, those looking to improve their nautical know-how will find an array of hands-on boating courses and a docking pool with remote control model boats from the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

· Boat U.S. Hands-On Boating Courses – All levels of on-water experience can sign up for boating courses to hone skills or learn new ones with Boat U.S. experts and captains. Visit for full schedule and to reserve your spot.

Purchase tickets online and save! Order your tickets online by September 18 and save $2 each.

For more information, visit

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Let's Clean Up Our Shores

We are big fans of keeping our oceans and shorelines clean, so when West Marine sent us the following announcement about their clean up initiative, we decided to share it with you immediately.

Yes, we recognize the fact that West Marine is partially using this to get people to come into their stores, but we do appreciate any effort to clean up our beaches.

West Marine Coast Clean Beach Cleanup

Keep the Coast Clean with West Marine on Sept. 21
West Marine encourages everyone to participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Sept. 11, 2019 – Between producing more than half of the earth’s oxygen to providing a place for the activities we love, the health of the ocean impacts us in more ways than imaginable. That is why on Saturday, Sept. 21, West Marine is encouraging customers to participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day in one of two ways:

Pickup a Complimentary Beach Cleanup Kit
Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 18 customers are invited to stop in any West Marine location for a complimentary beach cleanup kit. The kits are available while supplies last and includes a detailed guide on how to hold a beach cleanup in the local community as well as:

·      Biodegradable trash bash bags and gloves
  • Mineral sunscreen lotion
  • A reusable bag
  • Hat
  • West Marine “Thank You” Coupon

Participate in a West Marine Sponsored Beach Cleanup
Thirty West Marine locations will host a beach cleanup with partners in their communities. Participants will receive a cleanup kit, swag and a West Marine coupon for their efforts. 

Customers can sign up at the following West Marine locations to support in their beach cleanup efforts:

·      Annapolis
·      Aventura
·      Bellingham
·      Braintree
·      Bremerton
·      Buford
·      Charleston
·      Crystal River
·      Deerfield Beach
·      Fairhaven
·      Ft. Lauderdale
·      Hermitage
·      Jacksonville
·      Marco Island
·      Miami
·      Morehead City
·      Mt. Pleasant
·      Myrtle Beach
·      N. Charleston
·      Naples
·      Pembroke Pines
·      Plymouth
·      Pompano Beach
·      Port Royal
·      Portland ME
·      Spring Hill
·      Vero Beach
·      West Islip
·      Wilmington
·      Winthrop Harbor

"This initiative not only helps take care of our beaches and oceans, but it also supports our mission to outfit, educate and inspire boaters. By hosting these cleanups and providing tools that make it easier to get involved, we hope to inspire participants through education about the importance of a clean coast,” said Aaron Carpenter, chief marketing officer for West Marine.