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Jan. 5, 2010
Vol 1, No 1-10
NASHVILLE BOAT SHOW OPENS IN TWO DAYS
Old favorite kicks off busiest part of boat-show season
When it snows and sleets, what's a boater to do? Attend boat shows, of course. The 24th annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow runs from Jan. 6, Wednesday, one of the earliest dates it has ever begun, to Jan. 10, Sunday. Please note that the HeartLand Boating booth is No 159, not the incorrect number printed in the last newsletter. Stop by and say Hi!
Here's a picture of Jeff York, Vicki Davis and Shawn Bell on the floor of the 2003 show.
Photo by Krista Grueninger
Checking the listing of 2010 Boat Shows
on our Web site reminds us that the New Orleans Boat Show, originally
scheduled to run concurrently with Nashville, has been postponed to
next year. The 55th Kansas City Sportshow runs Jan. 7-10, and the Toronto International Boat Show starts Jan. 9, running for more than a week, to Jan. 17.
Remarkably, the Atlanta Boat Show; Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show and the Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show in St Paul, all run from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17-quite an exciting group to choose from!
The very next week brings an even bigger crop: Cleveland Boat & Waterfront Lifestyle Expo; Quad City Boat, RV, and Vacation Show; the 11th Annual Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport, & RV Show; The Boat Show Fishing and Outdoor Expo in St. Charles, Mo.; and the Mid-America Boat Show in Kansas City all run Jan. 15-17. (Mid-America runs the following weekend as well.)
So, don't just stare out at the snow. Get organized, get going, and admire those sleek beauties. They're waiting for you.
WEAR IT! GOES WORLDWIDE
Recently the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) announced that the North
American Safe Boating Campaign's Wear It! message is making its way around the
world, as other countries begin to promote the safety campaign that encourages wearing a lifejacket whenever someone
goes boating. The North American Safe Boating Campaign is produced under a
grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) has been working with its partner, the NSBC, for
years. Now the council is stressing National Safe Boating Week, with an entire
section of the CSBC Web site devoted to it. Canada is bilingual, so a click of
the mouse translates the page to French.
In June, the
NSBC learned that in Australia's province of New South Wales, New South Wales Maritime began featuring Wear It! on its Web
site. On pages that display the Wear It! logo, the logo links to lifejacket
information. In November, the rest of Australia, plus New Zealand, have joined
the campaign. in Australia alone, 640,000 boaters have registered with the
government, so it's an opportunity to reach hundreds of thousands of boaters
Safe Boating Council (is) thrilled to see that the 'Wear It!' message is having
such a positive effect outside of the U.S.," said Virgil Chambers, executive
director of NSBC. "We look forward to continued efforts at home and abroad,
helping to get people into life jackets and saving lives."
reveal that in 2009, www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com was visited by people in Japan,
Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ireland. During National Safe Boating Week 2009,
people from 23 countries found the Web site.
information about Wear It! and what you can do, click here or e-mail the NSBC Outreach Manager.
NEWS FOR BOATERS
Kansas City Boat &
Sportshow Inaugurates Passport Fair
first time, the Postal Service will offer visitors to the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow the opportunity to apply for a passport or just for
the new U.S. Passport Card. Visitors can complete applications, pay fees and
get their passport picture taken.
excited to be working with the U.S. Postal Service to help make international
travel simple and convenient for our visitors," said Mark Adams, show manager.
early in 2008, all travelers entering the U.S. through air, land and sea ports
of entry must present documents denoting citizenship and identity. Formerly,
many U.S. and Canadian citizens could cross the border by oral declaration
Check the Web site for a list of times the Passport Fair will be open. The Kansas City Boat & Sportshow is produced
by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). It runs Jan.
7-10 at H. Roe Bartle Hall.
Scuba Regulators Recalled by Cressi
USA, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) have announced a voluntary
recall of the Cressi Ellipse Black MC5 Regulator, which divers use to control the flow
of air while scuba diving. Scuba divers should stop using this product
immediately and return them to a Cressi authorized dive shop for a free repair.
Consumers can also return the product to Cressi at One Charles Street,
Westwood, N.J. 07675.
Partial obstruction of the High Pressure port can produce an
inaccurate reading on the pressure gauge, resulting in a slow descent of the
needle in the pressure gauge. The inaccurate reading poses a drowning hazard to
divers. For information, call Cressi at 1-800-338-9143 or visit the firm's Web site.
report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at
1-800)-638-2772.Click here to join a CPSC e-mail subscription
And Now for Some
As we slog and suffer
through sleet, freezing rain, and snow, perhaps these photos from 1911 will
make everyone feel warmer.
Yes, you read it
correctly--it's Niagara Falls, frozen solid. Feeling warmer?
ONLINE UP CLOSE SOLVED
Even though we knew that
Photo by Warren Lloyd
would be a stumper, we
were still surprised that only Gene Cabot and John R. Butler guessed correctly that it
is a speed wand, a pre-electronic device to measure a boat's speed.
Mr. Lloyd explains: "Back then not very many small boats
had speedometers. The angled part at one end is a pickup point with a hole
in it. There is a small ball inside the tube. By holding the piece
vertically just below the water line as the boat moves forward, you can read
your speed by how high the ball rises in the tube. There are graduated
marks on the side of the tube to indicate your speed. The faster you go, the
higher the ball rises. The bobber on the line is to keep the wand afloat in
case you drop it in the water."
Now you know. Turns out,
every person who knew what it is, had used the machine at one time. I guess you
just had to be there. Thanks to everyone who entered and soon you can read the
next print version of this contest in your March issue.
On a sunnier note, the
folks at Summer Sailstice remind
us that it's only 167 ½ days to the longest day of 2010. Nice to know that once
again, there's a little more light every day.
Hoping for lots of light
in your life, I am