This is a guest post by BoatUS President Margaret Podlich and AMA President Robert Dingman.
The coming of cooler weather means an end to the boating and motorcycling season for many. Chiefly important in preparing these vehicles for winter is managing the potential for engine damage from the federally-mandated ethanol blend in our nation’s gasoline supply.
Ethanol in gasoline stored for long periods can damage marine and motorcycle engines: “phase separation” of the fuel can leave a corrosive water-soaked ethanol mixture at the bottom of the gas tank. Half of the respondents of a recent Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) survey reported that they have had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol-related damage, costing an average $1,000 for repairs. Continue reading →
I’ve had an awesome time teaming up with Discover Boating again on the road and on the water. I feel so lucky that I get to share my passion for boating with my fans and encourage more people to get out on the water too.
Earlier this summer, we had a blast boating on the Cumberland River in Nashville with a few media and some really cool fans. I’ll never turn down a chance to wakesurf, and it was even more fun that I got to teach these guys to ride—they were all naturals! Rolling Stone also came along for the ride and captured it beautifully in their boating photo gallery.
While I prefer spending my summer days out on the lake, rowing boats in the middle of New York City with the Huffington Post was pretty fun too. It was a nice change of pace from busy days on the road. I’ve also always wanted to try those remote-controlled sailboats in Central Park, so I was pumped when People NOW suggested we try racing them – check out the interview to see who won!
You better believe I spent some time on the water this summer with my friends and family. I was able to visit my cousins in Alabama and nailed a 360 flip on a challenge. I landed another one in Nashville – take a look. But, the summer’s on-water highlight was probably seeing my dad wakesurf for the first time. He beat cancer two years ago, so watching him go from a hospital bed and radiation to wakesurfing like a champ was incredible. Next up is the day I’ll get to teach my daughter Pearl how to waterski and wakesurf!
I’m so fortunate that my job is to play shows for you all. While touring North America this summer with Kenny, we saw so many great cities and met tons of amazing fans. Whether you came out to a show, or caught up with me on social media, being able to connect with my fans is always a highlight.
Protecting your eyes while on the water is just as important as protecting your skin. The sun’s glare off the water and harmful UV rays need to be combated and the best way to do this is by purchasing a good pair of sunglasses. No matter what pair you choose, you want to ensure that the sunglasses you purchase block 100% of UV rays. Below are a few things to consider when purchasing: Continue reading →
Wakesurfing is the fastest growing watersport in the industry and, because of this, there are a lot of beginners out there. We wanted to help get you started on the right foot, so we caught up with Craig Kotilinek from Wakeboarding Magazine to get some tips:
Trolling motors are great for controlling the subtle movements of your boat when you are fishing in shallow water or along the shoreline. The right trolling motor can make a big difference in your fishing experience and there are a lot of things to consider. Ideally, you want a motor that is quiet; however, you also want one that has the right amount of thrust for your boat and one that will match your fishing conditions. Here are the main things to consider before you purchase: Continue reading →