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Jan. 5, 2010
Vol 1, No 1-10

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. 

2nd version 2003 Nashville people
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


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 worldwide.


"The National 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."


Web analytics 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.


For more information about Wear It! and what you can do, click here or e-mail the NSBC Outreach Manager.

Kansas City Boat & Sportshow Inaugurates Passport Fair

For the 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.

"We're 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.

Since 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 alone.

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


Cressi-sub 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.

To 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 list.

And Now for Some Historical Perspective

As we slog and suffer through sleet, freezing rain, and snow, perhaps these photos from 1911 will make everyone feel warmer.

frozen falls

Yes, you read it correctly--it's Niagara Falls, frozen solid. Feeling warmer?



Even though we knew that this picture,


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 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

Lee Braff 

HeartLand Boating
Editorial Department

Jan Feature Boat

1985 C-YACHT 51' X 14' - Original owner. Twin Crusader V-8/v-drives; 6.5 kW Onan. Customized for living aboard and extended cruises. Built-in cabin heating; separate overhead A/C units, new 2008. Closed cooling, engines and generator. Well instrumented.

$69,000 OBO.

Wm. Watkins. AP10

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