Thursday, November 30, 2006

Weekend in Paris

From December 2nd to December 11th, the premier marine event in Paris is scheduled at the Porte de Versailles.

The show will have 1,200 exhibitors and 1,400 brands for an attendance of more than 271,000 visitors.

Go to the show.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Boat of the Week - For Kids

How much would you bid on a 30 year old sailboat?

What if I told you it was donated to a charity that helps raise money to send needy kids to college?

What if this 26' sailboat, with a 9.9 Evinrude outboard motor that runs fine, and that all the sails and rigging are in good condition?

And what if you could get it for just a few hundred dollars?

When I last checked, the bidding was up to $100 - so act fast!

Bid on the boat now.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Merry Christmas Captain

Or, Happy Holidays if that makes you feel better.

In any event, your holiday gift recipients will love a shirt, sweatshirt or hat that let's everyone know who is in charge of the boat. And at 15 to 30 bucks each, these items won't break your bank - so you can save your money for the holiday regatta.

Check out all the gear here.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Caution: Machine Gun Fire

Floating debris; other boats; large animals; icebergs; rocks; low tide; pirates.

The list of things to worry about running into while you are boating are endless, but when you are sailing on the Great Lakes in the United States of America, bullets from machine guns should be one of them.

Unfortunately, if the US Coast Guard moves forward with its plans to resume live-fire training exercises on the Great Lakes.

Read more here, here and here.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Enjoy the week, and check back for new content on Daily Boater after Thanksgiving weekend, 2006.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sea Songs: All At Sea

No, I'm not actually addicted to YouTube, but seriously - how cool is it that I can google "sea songs youtube" and come up with a great tune like this:

Really, I may have never come across a hot young artist like Jamie Cullum without the wonders of Google and YouTube. Like last week's featured artist on Daily Boater, David Hasselhoff, this Cullum guy is HUGE in Europe.

But the real question is, which performer do YOU think is more likely to have a hit music career in the United States?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Weekend in St. Pete

This weekend, visit the 29th Annual St. Petersburg Boat Show in Florida.

It's happening at the Bayfront Yacht Basin in St. Petersburg, FL, now through November 19th (Sunday).

For show hours, directions and more, visit this site.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BOTW (boat of the week)

This week's Boat of the Week is...


A couple of weeks ago we marked the end of the summer, and many people are now considering selling their boat in hopes of buying a new one next spring, or perhaps taking a year off from activity.

We're always looking for interesting new or pre-owned boats to post on DailyBoater's Boat of the Week each Wednesday, and there's no reason next week's featured boat can't be yours.

Simply list your boat for sale at, here, and it will be considered the following Wednesday for the DailyBoater Boat of the Week.

Why else should you sell your boat at Well, FirstBoat itself has some pretty great visitors. In fact, a survey we conducted a few months ago told us that 31% are planning on purchasing a boat within 6 months. You won't find that many boat buyers in your local newspaper, and on a big site like Yahoo your boat will get lost.

Best of all, every boat listed for sale on FirstBoat is also sold on a network of other boating sites, including, and

Sell your boat here, now, and YOUR boat could be the next Boat of the Week!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Floating cans and other garbage

I was surprised to read this sentence in the article about a bathroom that has been built upon a docked boat for use by people at a Hilton Head marina:

"Another grant was issued to the marina for a pump-out boat to transport waste from the floating restroom's two 750-gallon tanks into a sewer system."

I thought for sure they would say the boat simply went out to sea and flushed.

Here's some advice. Print this story out and read it in your own head... it makes it more interesting.

Monday, November 13, 2006

New Zealand Rescue of "Foolish Fishermen"

I love this story because the author, Patrick Crewdson, is so condescending towards these saved souls that it makes you think they likely teach boating safety right along side reading and arithmetic in New Zealand grade school. Hey, who knows, maybe they do!

Read on...

Here's a more dragnet version.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Sea Songs: Hooked

I came across this video on YouTube today, and couldn't avert my eyes. It's such an intentionally whacky video, that it should be bad, but it's actually quite good.

Luckily for Daily Boater, I believe David Hasselhoff is actually standing on the bow of a boat at one point towards the middle of this video. In any event, he's definitely holding a fish, so we've got that excuse to put it on this site.

See for yourself, it's whacky:

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Weekend: Queensland Boat Show

This weekend, why not visit the North Coast International Boat Show and Fishing Classic?

When? 10th - 12th November 2006
Where? Quad Park - KAWANA , Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Visit the show's web for more info, mate.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Boat of the Week: Dinner Cruiser

Now you can go on one of those dinner cruises every night in your very own paddlewheel dinner cruiser.

Make an offer, and you can be hosting your own dinner cruise tonight!

More info.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Gone Fishing

No new Daily Boater today, as we took the day off to go fishing. While we still can.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Planning to retire and go fishing? Not so fast.

Many of us dream of retiring after 40 or 50 years of hard work to a cottage near the ocean, with days spent fishing instead of pushing paper or pencils or whatever your boring job is. Well, there's one more thing you might not have to look forward to anymore.

Or so warns a team of ecologists and economists in a report in Friday's issue of the journal Science. These dream-bashers suggest that if current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of virtually all seafood will be gone by the year 2048.

In 2048, I'll be in my 70's, and was hoping to use "fishing" as an excuse to go relax on my boat at least four days a week. Now what am I going to use as an excuse?

Read more about this research at SlashDot and at CBS.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Sea Songs: The Beach Gets Cold

It sure does this time of year, at least up here in New England.

I found this song by Michael Leviton, and I think I like it as much as I like finding tunes and videos on YouTube. Check it out below, and if you like it, go buy it at iTunes or Amazon.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Weekend: Barcelona (All Next Week, Too)

The 45th Barcelona International Boat Show (Salón Náutico Internacional de Barcelona) kicks off this weekend, and expects to receive over 175,000 visitors to view yachts, boats and accessories for sailing, fishing, surfing and scuba diving.

The show will occupy all five pavilions of Fira de Barcelona's Gran Vía exhibition centre from November 4th through the 12th.

While you're in Barcelona, visit the Port Vell On-Water Show, which will feature 231 large boats.

Interested more in what's going on UNDER the sea? You're in luck, because the 45th Barcelona Boat Show will host the first ever BCN Dive, dedicated to the underwater world, during November 4-7.

Before you go, visit the boat show site here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Boat of the Week: Coast Guard Ship

I scoured the web today and found the most unique boat for sale I have ever seen: A Coast Guard motor life boat.

This 44' ship has a characteristic that you find from your run-of-the-mill Bayliner or Viking: She's a self righting ship.

That means that if she is overturned, the vessel will return to an upright position in 30 seconds or less.

This ship was designed to operate up to 50 miles offshore in 30 foot waves and 20 foot surf close into shore. They have room for 21 survivors below decks and have approximately a 250 nautical mile cruising range. This ship was also designed to tow up to 125 tons.

More info about this boat