Thursday, June 27, 2013

Drinking While Boating This Weekend? Bad Idea!

Drinking while boating is a bad idea any time, but especially during Operation Dry Water weekend!

Operation Dry Water
Law enforcement boats are lined up and ready for Operation Dry Water.
We want you to be a safe boater for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that we are on the water, too, and we don't want you running into us. That's why we are alerting you to the fact that this weekend, June 28-30, Operation Dry Water 2013 is in full force.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dogs Ahoy

Have fun and keep your dog safe while boating this summer...

A new online store has crossed our radar screens that we're sure you're going to love - especially if you love your dog as much as (or more than) you love your boat. was launched this week with the goal of helping you enjoy your furry friends, on and off the boat.

We checked out and found that it is a fun and easy place to buy must-haves like doggy life jackets and water ski rope inspired leashes. They also have lots of stuff for land lubber dogs, including personalized pup blankets as well as toys that your dog will enjoy while giving his or her friends a good laugh.

According to a recent press announcement about the website, they are planning on adding many more products over the next few months that your dog will be sure to enjoy. If you're like us, and you can't wait, you can check them out now at

Friday, June 21, 2013

First Boat Shows of Summer

Welcome to the water on this first weekend of the summer of 2013! Boat shows in San Diego, Houston and more kick off the summer season! 

San Diego Boat Show
San Diego This Weekend! Photo courtesy of

Today is not only the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, but also a great time to check out the first boat shows of the season in places like California, Texas and Michigan. Read on for details...

Friday, June 14, 2013

Chicago and other Father's Day Boat Shows

Second annual Chicago in-water boat show is happening this Father's Day weekend...

Chicago in-water Boat Show
31st Street Harbor is home to this weekend's boat show in Chicago. Photo:
After a long winter, nothing creates more excitement than warm weather and the chance to enjoy summertime on the water, especially somewhere like Lake Michigan. The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is the ideal event to dive into summer with hundreds of boats to browse and buy at 31st Street Harbor, Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina.

For more on this and other boating festivals and boat shows this Father's Day weekend, including Southern California and Michigan, read on...

Saturday, June 08, 2013

World Oceans Day 2013

June 8th is World Oceans Day!

World Oceans Day Whale
Happy World Oceans Day! Photo © Nautical Sites Media

According to the World Oceans Day website, on World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. This is an especially important day for us boaters. In addition to all the benefits of the oceans that non-boaters take advantage of, we also use the ocean as our playground and our passageway for fun and adventure.

Besides boating, the world’s ocean:
  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe 
  • Helps feed us 
  • Regulates our climate 
  • Cleans the water we drink 
  • Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines 
  • Provides limitless inspiration!
Take part in World Oceans Day events and activities this year and help protect our ocean for the future!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Boating Gifts for Father's Day

If you're reading this, you probably know a dad who would love a personalized nautical gift for Father's Day...

For those of you on Island Time, Father's Day may seem like a long way off. After all, June 16 is over a week away.

But to get a boating dad cool gifts like these, engraved or embroidered with his boat's name, you have to order early. Like, today.

Even though it is the last minute, you can still get personalized boat name gear delivered in time for Father's Day. Check out these great gift ideas for Father's Day 2013...

Boat name travel mug
Boat Name Travel Mug
Spill-Proof, Unbreakable, Personalized

We think this Boat Name Travel Mug would be perfect for Dad to sip his favorite morning beverage on his way to the boat or to the office. The mug includes his boat name (or any text, such as "World's Greatest Dad") laser etched across the top. More info

Continue reading for more gift ideas for Dad...