Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SailQuest Boat Show This Weekend

Mystic, CT. The New England weather looks perfect for this weekend's SailQuest Boat Show at Mystic Shipyard in Mystic, Connecticut...

SailQuest Boat Show
According to its website, SailQuest is "a unique boutique boat show that focuses on buying and selling sail, trawler, and down east style boats."

We've been attending the show each year at every location since WindCheck Magazine first launched the show in Mystic, CT, several years ago, as it moved from Mystic Seaport to Milford, Connecticut the past two years. The 7th annual edition of the show returns to its Mystic roots, but in a new location...

This year, SailQuest lands at Mystic Shipyard, which gives the show an opportunity to offer free admission and plenty of convenient free parking, so that visitors can easily navigate dozens of boat brokers and accessory vendors, with boats both in the water and on land.

DSC_0422Come to the show to see Nordic Tugs, award-winning sailboats, and more - even a few fishing boats and Standup Paddleboards will be on display. Come to shop for unique nautical items such as personalized boating gear, cannons, and more - maybe you can even do some Mother's Day and Father's Day shopping. You can even learn about both adult and junior summer sailing programs along the CT shoreline from multiple vendors at the show this year.   

SailQuest Boat Show Details:
WHEN: Friday - Sunday, May 2 - 4, 2014, 10am - 5pm each day
WHERE: Mystic Shipyard, 100 Essex St., Mystic, CT, 06355

For more information about the show, visit

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Latest on the Ferry Disaster

There are no words to describe the horror of the ferry tragedy in South Korea this week. In the disaster's aftermath, there will be lessons to be learned by captains and boaters everywhere that will hopefully prevent the future loss of life.

Scanning the multiple headlines this morning, there are reports that only one of nearly fifty life rafts was deployed; announcements were made warning passengers to stay put instead of abandoning ship; students on board were trapped behind windows that could not be opened. 

As of this writing, the most recent insights into the ongoing rescue mission can be found on the BBC and CNN, and Reuters.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top 10 Boat Names 2014

What are this year's top ten boat names? Read on to find out...

For the past two dozen years around this time, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has released their annual list of top ten boat names, and we usually pay attention to see if any boat names jump out at us.
Personalized bamboo cutting board from Boat Name Gear

The 2014 BoatUS list of top ten boat names are...
  1. Serenity
  2. Second Wind
  3. Island Girl 
  4. Freedom 
  5. Pura-Vida 
  6. Andiamo 
  7. Island Time 
  8. Irish Wake 
  9. Happy Hours 
  10. Seas the Day
Maybe you've seen these boat names before. Heck, if they are popular enough to make the top 10 list, you've probably got one or more of these boat names in your marina. Maybe your boat name is even on the list.

Some folks use lists like these to come up with boat name ideas, while others peruse them to decide what NOT to name their boat, as they would prefer to choose something more unique. 

Let us know if your boat name is on this list, or if you've seen any of them around on the water.

List is courtesy of

Additional boat name ideas can be found at the Boat Name Blog -

Photo of the bamboo cutting board with the 2nd most popular boat name of the year was provided courtesy of


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Biggest Spring Boat Show in New England

The biggest boat show of the season in the Northeast is in New Hampshire this weekend…

Great Northeast Boat Show New Hampshire

The 5th annual Great Northeast Boat Show is not only being hailed as the largest boat show ever held in the state of New Hampshire, but it is also expected to be the largest boat show in all of New England this spring.

Come see it for yourself this weekend, from Friday April 4 through Sunday April 6, 2014, inside the 94,000 square foot Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH.

The show covers more than a football field with 25 boat dealers from across New England, with more than 150 Boats on display, as well as dozens of boating lifestyle exhibitors offering products and services ranging from boat insurance to floating docks to personalized boating gifts and gear.

Show hours are:
Friday, April 4th: 12 noon to 7pm
Saturday April 5th: 10am – 6pm
Sunday April 6th: 10am – 3pm

Admission is $9, but there are plenty of ways to save. If you’re 65 or older, it’s only $8, and kids under 12 are free if they are with an adult. And if you “like” the boat show’s facebook page, you can get a weekend pass for just $7.

For more information, visit the shows website:

This article originally appeared on our sister site,


BoatUS Angler Catch of the Month Contest

One Fish Photo Could Make You a Big Winner with BoatU.S. Angler's Catch of the Month Contest...

Courtney Bacco of Orlando, Florida, was one last year's BoatUS
Angler photo contest winners. Photo courtesy of BoatU.S. Angler.
Remember to take your camera with you when you go fishing this year. This week marked the start of the annual BoatUS Angler "Catch of the Month" photo contest, which runs monthly through October, 2014.

Monthly winners will receive a one-year basic BoatUS Angler membership which includes $50 on the road and $50 on the water towing, a $50 Visa gift card and a “prize pack” filled with fishing and BoatUS Angler gear. In addition, winning photos will appear in BoatUS Angler Magazine and Tacklebox fishing e-newsletter.

Monthly winners will be automatically entered to win the grand prize in November: an upgrade of their BoatUS Angler membership to include Unlimited on water towing and on road towing assistance from Trailer Assist, a high-quality fish replica of their winning catch from and a $50 gift certificate from BoatNameGear.

To enter, submit shots of your catch at between now and October 31, 2014.