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Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2015


Author: Nicki Belczak

Green-BoatIt’s time to celebrate Earth Day—as well as kick off the 2015 boating season. First recognized in 1970, Earth Day is now celebrated in more that 175 countries around the world.

Of course, as a responsible boater the best way to celebrate Earth Day is to do your part to keep our waterways clean. Actually, the timing couldn’t be better…most of us are busy getting ready for our first launch of the season. So it’s a perfect time to look for ways to minimize your impact on the marine environment.

You can do your part by using environment-friendly paints and cleaners and by doing as much maintenance work as possible on land to avoid releasing chemicals and dirt into the water.

Adopt the motto “Stow it—Don’t throw it” and have trash receptacles on board to control litter and waste. If you’re a power boater, you’ll want to make sure your hull is clean and tune up your engine—both of which are great ways to reduce your fuel consumption.

You can find lots more green boating tips, advice and best practices here


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Spring Freshwater Fishing – Tactics and Strategies


Author: Michael Perulli

Freshwater fishingSpring is officially upon us and the weather is finally starting to warm up in the northern parts of the country, which can only mean one thing: spring fishing! Spring is arguably the best time of year to fish for many freshwater species. In this week’s post, we will breakdown the some of the most prized freshwater fish to target this spring.  Continue reading


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Shark Tank’s Best On-Water Inventions


Author: Colleen Richardson

Zup Watersports Board

Zup Watersports Board

Shark Tank, the popular ABC network reality show features aspiring entrepreneurs making business presentations to a panel of “shark” investors including Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, and Lori Greiner.

We decided to round up “shark tank” products perfect for a day on the water. Check out the ones below & tell us your favorites.

ZUP Watersports Board
The ZUP™ Watersports Board lets you experience all types of watersports on one board, from kneeling, laying, standing, surfing and more! It can be pulled behind any boat or personal watercraft. This product hasn’t made it on Shark Tank just yet, but the show called & asked for a submission video, so stay tuned & see if this product makes the airwaves soon.

Tower Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
Mark Cuban made a deal with this company and its seen great success since Shark Tank. These inflatable stand up paddleboards are easy to inflate, deflate and be rolled up into a small bag. Store one on your boat or bring it along on vacation – it’s portable, reliable and fun on the water.

Oru Kayak
Robert Herjavec made a deal with Oru Kayak and it’s now in retailers around the world. It’s even on display in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This kayak transforms from a box into a boat in just a few minutes. Watch the Shark Tank pitch here.

Liddup
Shark Kevin O’Leary took this business under his wing to distribute the only cooler with built in LED lighting in Igloo coolers. The design uses LEDs that sit in the interior lining of the cooler, produce no heat, and have just the right amount of light to find your beverage. Many boats have LED lighting, now your cooler can too!


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Teach Your Kids to Fish This Summer at a Wildlife Refuge!


Author: Discover Boating

teach your kids to fishThere are few things that can bring a family together like quality time in the great outdoors. This summer, you can enjoy the wonders of nature while teaching your child a time-honored pastime by attending a learn-to-fish even on a wildlife refuge. The full list of events is below and they are happening all across the country, so be sure to plan ahead and mark your calendars now! Continue reading


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Top Family Spring Break Destinations for Boating


Author: Colleen Richardson

It’s that time of year when the kids have school off and parents are ready for a warm weather break. Here’s our list of some of the top spring break destinations perfect for family fun and plenty of opportunities to get on the water.

Carlsbad, California

Photo Credit: VisitCarlsbad.com

Photo Credit: VisitCarlsbad.com

Located 30 minutes north of San Diego, is the SoCal town of Carlsbad, offering pristine temperatures and waterways. Carlsbad Lagoon is similar to a small lake with calm waters perfect for everything from watersports to fishing and more. Plus, plenty of rental and charter opportunities for families looking to fish, wakeboard, sail or ride personal watercraft. Learn more here. Continue reading