This is a guest post by Christin Camacho. This post originally appeared on the Redfin Blog and has been re-posted with thanks to Redfin and Weather.com.
With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, millions of boat owners will be fueling up their tanks in preparation for the last big hurrah of the boating season. According to Discover Boating, an estimated 89 million Americans go boating each year. If you’re one of those boaters, you’ve probably dreamed of owning property on a river, lake or ocean and living the ultimate American Dream. To help guide you in the right direction, Redfin worked with our friends at Discover Boating andThe Weather Channel to determine which major metropolitan areas have the most waterfront property for sale, the longest boating seasons, the most boat vendors and the largest boating communities.
But before diving in to waterfront homeownership in one of these areas, be sure to talk to a Redfin real estate agent. “There are a few things to keep in mind before buying a waterfront home,” said Cyndy Stewart, a Redfin real estate agent in Austin. “Most properties will require flood insurance, which increases your overall monthly costs. You should also research how much the water ebbs and flows; if the water levels have been declining due to drought and overuse, your home might not be on the waterfront in 10 years. If your dream is to build a private dock, you’ll need a permit, so you should also do your research on that first.” Continue reading
Summer is coming to a close but there is still plenty of fun to be had on the water. We’ve assembled a list of the towables that we’ve enjoyed the most this season. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
One Person Tubes
This is a versatile tube that allows the rider to sit or kneel with four different handles. This tube should probably be reserved for riders with a little more experience but will be able to handle some decent speed and waves. Continue reading
This is a guest post by Steve Rosenberg
Any fisherman that has ever been skunked before will tell you that they’ll do whatever it takes to have a better chance at reeling in the big one. Though it may run contrary to the idea of fishing to keep you phone nearby, if it can help a little, who are we to say no?
FindMeFish (iOS and Android) – Free
Hiring a professional fishing guide can cost hundreds of dollars a day. With FindMeFish, you get the experience of a fishing guide at a fraction of the cost. Guides upload their fishing tips, with GPS coordinates, and allow you to download them for a fee. Continue reading
On August 7, 1789 the United States Congress had the bright idea to approve an act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.” It only took two hundred years for Congress to have another bright idea—and in 1989 it passed a resolution to designate August 7th as National Lighthouse Day to celebrate the anniversary of the lighthouse act.
Originally erected to enhance safety and boost trade along our country’s coasts, lighthouses were once important landmarks and critical navigation aids, casting brilliant beams to guide ships safely to harbor through fog, storms and the dark of night. While modern technology has decommissioned most of these shoreline sentinels, the beacons hold a special place in American history. The tales and maritime mythology that surround them are fascinating lore, and the structures are iconic symbols of safe harbor.
Today many of these towers have been transformed into museums, parks and attractions that both celebrate and preserve maritime history. Many feature tours that offer you the chance to relive the past and enjoy the panoramic views that were once the sole domain of lighthouse keepers.
In celebration of National Lighthouse day, here’s a look at a few of the most historic lighthouses in the United States.
1. Boston Light—Little Brewster Island (outer Boston Harbor), Massachusetts
The Wakestock festival will be held in Muskoka, Canada August 7 through August 10
August is the busiest boating month of the year in North America and with all that boating, it’s easy to overlook some of the great events that are happening. Fear not, we’ve assembled the major events happening this month in the list below. Did we miss any of your favorites? Continue reading