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Clean Your Boat to Protect the Water against Harmful Critters

musselsThe South Bend Tribune features a story on a request from the The Indiana Department of Natural Resources on keeping your boat clean.

Animals, plants, and diseases that can cause fish kills, such as Eurasian water milfoil, hydrilla, zebra mussels (pictured left), or emerging viral hemorrhagic septicemia can be transmitted by boats. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Boat News

Racing lobster boats heats up Maine waters
Lobster boats are not known for their speed on the water, but don't tell that to the lobster boat captains who race their boats in an event described as a "Kentucky Derby for the trapping set".

The New York Times features a story on races held by the Maine Lobster Boat Racing Association and how boat captains creatively weight their boats for maximum speed. The races are held near a fishing village on the tip of Deer Isle, Maine.
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Luxury submarines are a secret of the seas
Having a big yacht is not enough for some wealthy boat owners. Once you have a big boat that rules the seas, the next step is to conquer the depths. features a story on private submarine owners and the market for luxury subs.
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Alexandria Bay hosts antique boat show features a story and video of the 30th annual vintage boat show in Alexandria Bay, New York.

If you have a preference for boats made from polished wood rather than fiberglass, you might want to check this out.
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Whaler at 50 -- a slideshow
The iconic image of Boston Whaler founder Dick Fisher driving�only half a boat has become synonymous with the company, which turns 50 this year. Soundings editor Bill Sisson�-- who recently passed a similar milestone -- recalls what the boats meant to a generation that grew up on the water ... and on Whalers.

Nor' Easter:
Southbound Where To Rent A Boat
Nor' Easter surveyed regional east-coast boat rentals to locate where the best deals are and what to look out for.

NMMA Marine Industry Certification Program

When buying a boat, the dealership you visit has a lot to do with the service and treatment you receive. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has taken a lot of the guesswork out of choosing a dealer. The Marine Industry Certification Program is designed to ensure that buying and maintaining a boat are pleasant experiences. When you visit a Marine Industry Certified Dealer you can feel confident you are choosing a business that is committed to your satisfaction.

You can expect to find friendly, knowledgeable employees, quality products, and reliable service. To become certified, a dealership must demonstrate their commitment to excellence by meeting high standards in the key areas of operations, facilities, professional sales and service processes, and employee training in customer satisfaction. The criteria the National Marine Manufacturers Association requires for a qualifying dealer will make your choice of a dealer an easy one by setting the standard by which they must perform. Enjoy your boat buying experience and use a NMMA Certified Dealer.

Featured Boat:
Catalina 270

The Catalina 270 starts with a stable hull form with generous beam, the fine entry forward delivers a hull that is wide at the sheer for maximum deck space. The deck is highlighted by a "big boat" cockpit with Catalina's hallmark full length contoured cockpit seats. The aft stateroom features a large double berth athwartships.

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Featured Destination:
Treasure Island (FL)

Treasure Island, Florida is located on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast and is blessed with miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that boast that "Old Florida" feel yet Treasure Island is part of the Tampa Bay region, one of the nation's fastest growing metro areas. Treasure Island offers you and your family a quiet "laid back" atmosphere while being just a short drive from Florida's major theme parks.

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Boating Tips: Digital Selective Calling Radios

Technology Update: Digital Selective Calling Radios
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radio is the latest in marine radio technology. Digital Selective Calling is part of a global upgrade in maritime distress communications. Satellite and digital technology used for several years on commercial ships is now available to the recreational boater. DSC radios allow boaters to make ship-to-ship private calls and the DSC distress channel is currently being monitored by commercial ships.

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