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Sept. 27, 2010
Vol 9, No 1-10
Gadgets, Gadgets, and More
In October, we check out what's new, what's cool, what could be indispensable
Shiny, clever, sturdy
devices-we love 'em. Which is why you'll find out more than you thought was out
there about new gizmos in the October issue.
Ultra Flip Fortress
Anchor Photos courtesy of manufacturers
What could be better
than anchors to anchor our gadget issue? Kate Godfrey DeMay tells you all about new products that keep our
boats right where we left them. Patti Clausen rounds up cool new marine hardware,
such as Edson's Sport Knob and T-H Marine's CeaCap for through-hull installations.
CeaCap by T-H Marine Supplies
Knob by Edson Marine
Longtime readers know
that Gary Kramer really gets a kick out of talking about the new
products honored by boating writers, which this year were introduced at the Miami Boat Show. And
it's not just an academic overview; Kramer gets his hands dirty. Here's a shot
of him using the Shurhold Dual Action Polisher:
Kramer works with the Shurhold Dual Action Polisher.
Photo by Alan Shay
He really likes the Sea-Doo RXT-X 260, too.
He likes the veteran MacGregor 26 sailboat
so much that he wrote a whole story about it, calling it the "Swiss army knife
of boats" for its versatility and utility in a variety of situations.
MacGregor 26 Photo courtesy MacGregor Yacht Corp
Staying with the
subject of ingenious boats, Patti Clausen reviews a new one, the Rolling Barge, a
large pontoon boat that folds up small enough to be trailered to landlocked
lakes. Here it is in both modes:
Rolling Barge on the
Barge on the road Photos courtesy P Kazmierowicz
The Marina Profiles are
of Cave Springs Marina by Bobbye Kenyon about its big move when Lake
Cumberland water levels abruptly dropped, and Lake Blackshear Resort by Linda Aksomitis. It's inside the state of Georgia's Veterans
State Park. Here are a couple of preview images of the facilities:
Houseboats at Cave Springs
Photo courtesy marina Lake
Blackshear office, Cordelia's Restaurant Photo by L Aksomitis
And, topping it all
off, James and Dorothy Richardson
contribute a dreamy Heartland Reflections about
this most beautiful of seasons along our heartland rivers. Here's a quick
preview, from left, the Land Between the Lakes, along the Tennessee near Knoxville, and a houseboat on Lake Cumberland.
Photos by James and Dorothy
Cannot wait for the new
issue? It won't be long.
NEWS FOR BOATERS
Insurance Now Offered
Sept. 16, representatives of Progressive Insurance announced the company
now offers free pet-injury coverage for boaters' dogs and cats. If a boater's
dog or cat is hurt in a boat accident, the company will pay the veterinary
bills up to $1,000, a Progressive spokesperson said.
"Our new pet injury coverage for boaters
gives them peace of mind their pets are protected if they get injured in an
accident on the water," said Rick Stern, Progressive boat product manager,
in a statement.The
coverage is free for those with comprehensive and collision coverage. It covers
only dogs and cats if they're on a boat and injured in an incident such as a
crash, theft, fire or flooding.
Kathy Gilpin & Tessa on Table Rock Lake; note Tessa's life
vest. She always wears one on water. Photo courtesy K Gilpin
Man Does Great
Loop in a Premier Pontoon
native Lyn Morgan, 63 years old, has completed a 5,300-mile Great Loop journey
in a 24-foot Premier S-Series pontoon. Morgan completed the epic journey in
eight weeks and one day.
sure if anyone has done the Loop in a pontoon boat, but I think this one is
capable," Morgan wrote in his blog on the first leg of his journey. "It is
definitely not your grampa's pontoon boat."
235 S-Series PTX triple-tube pontoon was powered by a Yamaha six-cylinder, 250-horsepower motor.
With a top speed of 40 mph, Morgan kept his cruising speed between 20 and 35
mph. Premier Marine is headquartered in Wyoming, Minn.
Houseboat Assets Auctioned Off
July 27, an auction took place to sell off equipment and fixtures at Sumerset
Houseboats' Somerset, Ky., headquarters, Soundings
Trade Only reported.
Claunch, an executive vice president with Citizens National Bank, which was the company's
lender, said Sumerset ceased operations in October 2009. The bank still owns
the company's building and trade name and is making "active efforts"
to sell those, he said.
bank did not repossess any boats.
Last summer, Sumerset, with an excellent
reputation for building high-quality houseboats, announced a three-month
shutdown to allow a glut of finished inventory to clear out. That shutdown had
been expected to last through Nov. 1, 2009.
Publicity shot of
Sumerset's houseboat, High Limit Photo courtesy Sumerset
correct name of one of the companies listed in Capt Fred Davis'
Boat Smart column in September is "Duroboat."
regrets any confusion.
Cool and Green-Tips for Winterizing Your
Trailer And Boat
both your trailer investment and the environment with these ideas from the BoatU.S. Foundation and its Trailering Club.
Select a certified clean marina to make green winterizing easier. Clean
marinas in more than 20 states follow established environmentally friendly
practices. Visit this site to find a clean marina.
2 Don't park under trees. Some boaters think
storing the boat under a tree will protect it, but the opposite is true. Ice,
snow, and howling winter storms bring limbs crashing down. Falling leaves and
needles stain boat covers and gelcoat, or can make their way inside to block
3 Spray lubricants such as WD-40 on metal
trailer roller assemblies, winch gears and electrical connections to keep away
moisture and rust. It's also best to take care of any rust spots now on the
galvanized metal trailer frame.
If you plan to pressure-wash your own boat, ask your marina where the best place is
to do it. Many marinas have washpads designed to prevent contaminants from entering the
water. If none is available or if you are at home, use a tarp under the boat to
capture any debris. Use an environmentally friendly boat soap before you
put her away.
5 Keep boat and trailer rig in a bow-up
to let water drain out the transom drain hole. (Just don't forget to
remove the drain plug and tie it to the ignition key where you will find it in the
6 Winterizing a boat's motor and outdrive
creates quarts of waste oils. Collect and save these fluids for your marina's or local
gas station's oil-recycling program. It's all right to put all of these oils in
the same container, but ask where it should go. Also have a supply of absorbent
materials to handle drips when winterizing the engine, outdrive or gear
Winterize with safe, non-toxic "marine" or "RV"
antifreeze that contains propylene glycol. This fluid is often
pink, but can also come in other colors. Never use automotive antifreeze,
ethylene glycol, which is toxic and can cause illness if used in freshwater
If you leave the boat on the trailer in your driveway for the winter, face
the hitch away from the street, and put a lock on the trailer hitch. Make your
rig as difficult as possible to steal.
Remove the trailer tires and store them inside to prevent sun damage. With the tires
off, it might be a good time to repack the bearings. Block the frame and secure
contractor-grade trash bags over the hubs and brakes to keep them dry. If tires
won't be removed, position the tires on a plank to prevent dry rot, and cover
them. To avoid flat spots, move the trailer a few inches now and then.
Shrinkwrap recycling starts now. Installing shrinkwrap in the fall generates waste
material. Ask your marina or club to set up a recycling program to recycle the
scrap leftover from covering boats. Any time shrinkwrap is recycled, it must be
"clean." Ropes, tie-downs, zippers, or plastic vents should be
more information about services the club provides, visit this site or call 1-800-395-2628.
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| A Fun Photo Contest
Best Fall Foliage Photos and You Could Win!
you a leaf-peeper? Does fall foliage along the rivers have you reaching for
your camera? The Smarter Travel newsletter folks want to see your seasonal
Smarter Travel conducts many photo
contests. Sponsored by Smarter Travel Media LLC, 500 Rutherford Ave, Boston, MA
02129, for this one, the photo that Smarter Travel editors choose as their
favorite will be become this contest's album cover. It also will win the
photographer a SmarterTravel TSA-compliant travel kit-complete with four
bottles (including one spray bottle) and a funnel for transferring liquids. One
kit per person.
Beautiful, eh? Sorry, not the U.S. It's Britain's Lake District.
deadline for all entries is 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 31. Entrants must be 18 years
old or older. Go to this site to submit up to three
photos by clicking the "Add your Photo" button. Photos must be in
jpg, gif, or png format, with a 2MB maximum file size. Limited to three
submissions per person/e-mail address. Entries will not be acknowledged.
Judging criteria are focus, lighting, composition, and theme.
Purchase Necessary. Sponsor reserves the right to refuse to post any entry for
any reason, and of course, photos cannot violate copyright, privacy, or defame
any person, place, business, or group.
The winner will be announced on Nov. 1 and
posted on the Web site.
Photos courtesy of Smarter Travel Inc
get clicking! We cannot wait to see what you come up with.
HeartLand Boating Editorial Office