Tuesday, May 21, 2013

30 Days of 30 Gifts

Photo Credit: Jeremy Frechette
Sea Tow is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a month of give-aways...

In honor of Sea Tow's 30th Anniversary and to help kick-off boating season, the on-water assistance company is in the midst of promoting a contest they are calling the 30 Days of 30 Gifts Giveaway.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

SailQuest Boat Show

No Fleet Week? No problem! Final pre-season boat show sails into Connecticut this weekend...  

SailQuest Boat Show
Visit SailQuest Boat Show this weekend in Connecticut
Here's your chance to go to one last boat show before boating season formally kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend. See some of the newest boats on the market, get some good deals on accessories, and have some fun in the sun at SailQuest, an in-water boat show on the waters of Long Island Sound in Milford, Connecticut....

Connecticut's final big boat show of the spring, SailQuest, is happening this weekend...

SailQuest Milford Boat Show
This unique and family-oriented show, which returns to Milford for the second year in a row, features new sailboats, trawlers, downeast-style powerboats, catamarans, kayaks, paddle boards and select brokerage yachts for sale, from 12 to over 50 feet. Additionally, a variety of companies will be on-site offering small boats, personalized boating gear and other products and services; exhibitors include our friends from Boat Name Gear.

Admission and parking are FREE.

Additional details...

What: SailQuest Boat Show
Dates: Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19 
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm each day
Location: Milford Landing, Helwig St., Milford, CT

For more info on upcoming boat shows, check out our boat show calendar!


Boating Deaths Down Last Year

Report from the USCG shows 2012 boating fatalities lowest on record...

Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Coast Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics earlier this week. This is the sobering annual survey that provides a look at boating accidents, their causes, and the resulting injuries and deaths.

The headline news item out of the report is that boating fatalities in the United States for 2012 totaled 651, the lowest number of boating fatalities on record. But a few other facts jumped out at us from the report, including statistics involving alcohol, life jackets and boating safety courses...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Drinking and Boating in Georgia

This week, a new law goes into effect that boaters in the state of Georgia should pay attention to... Especially those that enjoy a couple of cocktails while out on the water.

Photo courtesy of the USCG

Georgia has passed a tough new boating under the influence (BUI) law, and it goes into effect this Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The new legal blood alcohol level of a boat operator has been lowered to the same level that it is on the road - from .10 to .08.

Additional legislation in the state requires younger boat operators to take a boating education course beginning in July of next year, and effective immediately, all children under 13 are required to wear life vests. 

For more on Georgia's boating laws, visit FirstBoat's local boating page for Georgia.

Ancient Log Boat Found in Ireland

Photo source: Wikipedia.org
Boat found submerged on the banks of the River Boyne in Ireland... 

Researchers say that a log boat discovered on the east coast of Ireland could be anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand years old.

Full story: Independent.ie and TheJournal.ie

Friday, May 10, 2013

No Mother's Day Boat Shows

With Mother's Day happening this weekend, there are no boat shows happening in the US...  

"Hey, why don't we spend Mother's Day walking around a marina or convention center looking at fishing boats and outboard engines," said no wife or mother ever.

Boat show organizers realize this. Hence, there are no boat shows this weekend.

Mother's Day boat show
Photo from a recent boat show in Rhode Island. © Nautical Sites Media

Connecticut's big spring in-water boat show, SailQuest, is happening next weekend...

America’s Cup Tragedy

Artemis Racing sailor Andrew Simpson dies in training accident...

The Daily Boater received the following email from the America’s Cup media team last night. There is not much to add other than our condolences to Andrew "Bart" Simpson's family, friends and teammates.
Sent on behalf of Artemis Racing

It is with immense sadness that Artemis Racing confirms the tragic death of crewmember Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson today in San Francisco.

Andrew, a British double Olympic gold medallist, was one of the 11 man crew aboard Artemis Racing’s AC72 catamaran which capsized during training on San Francisco Bay ahead of this summer’s America’s Cup. All other crew are accounted for.

Simpson however was trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.

“The entire Artemis Racing team is devastated by what happened,” said CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”

Monday, May 06, 2013

When Your Boat Is Your Office

If you've ever considered working from your boat instead of at the office, this article from Knots and Boats is for you... 

Working On The Boat
By Peter Kozodoy, Knots and Boats

Why didn’t I think of this earlier?  We’ve all been so wrapped up in working on the boat, that I only just now realized that I could work on the boat! (continues after the pic...)

Photo ©istockphoto/Magdalena Ascough

Friday, May 03, 2013

May Boat Shows Begin

Now that May has arrived, the boat shows are slowing down as boaters prepare to launch...  

The boat show season may be slowing down, but there are still a few good shows around the country and around the world, including Texas, Rhode Island and Ohio.

More of the week's boating events are detailed after the pic...

Brewer Boat Show Westbrook CT

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Marine Product Review: Zipper Wax

In this week’s Marine Product Review, we tested Bees Knees Zipper Wax...

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For the latest installment of the Daily Boater's Marine Product Review, Mark Sutton of MarineProductReviews.com checked out Bees Knees Zipper Wax.

Are you interested in having your product or service featured in a future Marine Product Review on multiple boating websites? Get the details here or contact Nautical Sites Media for more info.

Read on for our review of Bees Knees Zipper Wax...