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Oct. 19, 2010
Vol 10, No 2-10

Nominations Needed for BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award

The BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award, has put out the call for entries now through Dec. 15, to shine the spotlight on those who have made significant contributions in helping others become more environmentally responsible. The Award, which comes with $1,000, honors people, organizations or businesses that show boaters how to take better care of their local lake, river or bay. 

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Last year's BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award winner Tim Horton (2nd from R) at the Bassmaster Classic who along with Gary Klein (not pictured) spearheaded a waterway cleanup in advance of the 2008 PAA Corporate Cup on Pickwick Lake, Tenn.Photo by Jeff Aitken, Recreational Boating Fishing Foundation

"Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference is eligible for the award," said Susan Shingledecker, director of environmental programs for the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. The foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating.

"This could be a group from your neighborhood that has cleaned up miles of beaches, a boat club member who has spearheaded a local environmental education campaign or a marina that has led efforts to keep our waterways clean," added Shingledecker. "The bottom line is that we are looking for nominees who have made a real impact."
Applications and more information about the award are available at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation. Entries must be received by Dec. 15. Other questions? E-mail Susan Shingledecker

Apalachicola Downtown Oyster Roast

As the air cools during autumn in much of the heartland, many boaters look to Florida in fall. Well, seafood lovers and oyster aficionados, get ready. More than 90 percent of Florida's oysters and 10 percent of the nation's oysters come from Apalachicola Bay.

The 6th annual Downtown Oyster Roast is scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5, in downtown Apalachicola, Fla.  The celebration of crustaceans is located along the Apalachicola River, or just across Commerce Street.

"If you love seafood, this is the event for you," said Anita Grove, executive director of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce.



Photos courtesy Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce

The event, sponsored by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, features roasted oysters, oyster on the half shell, creamy artichoke, oyster and thyme soup, fresh local shrimp, blue crabs, salad greens and cakes made from scratch.


Apalachicola Bay oysters are recognized by top chefs as some of the best oysters in the country, noted for their mellow flavor, plumpness, and balanced saltiness. Apalachicola Bay, with its warm shallow water fed by the fresh water of the Apalachicola River and undeveloped shorelines, provides an excellent environment for oysters. 


More than just oysters will be available!


Local blues man Joe Hutchinson will provide live entertainment. For tickets, call (850) 653-9419 or email info@apalachicolabay.org.


For the first time, this year the International BoatBuilders Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) and the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) were rolled into one stunning event in the heartland. it took place Sept 28-30 in Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center. IBEX is a show for the boating industry only. The pavilion, with 72 exhibitors, was added to IBEX after the demise last year of MAATS as a stand-alone show. Traditionally, MAATS took place in Las Vegas, although it moved last year to south Florida.


"One trade event for OEM and aftermarket parts and accessories will create a more productive environment, reduce exhibitor costs and time and attract a broader base of attendees," said show co-director Carl Cramer before the show opened.


Twelve companies received Innovation Awards, and one received an Environmental Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI).


The Innovation Awards, organized by NMMA and judged by BWI, recognize products that best meet the following criteria:

Innovative distinction from other products

Benefit to the marine industry or consumer



Availability to the consumer within 60 days of award receipt.


A total of 67 new products were entered in this year's IBEX Innovation Awards program, which comprised 44 percent more product entries than in 2009. Six of the winners are especially interesting to us, and here's a sneak preview of them:


In the Mechanical Systems category, Whale Water Systems won for its Whale Water Systems Gulley IC. Judge Frank  Lanier said, "With no impeller to jam, this compact pump eliminates the hairy, sticky sumps for showers on board."


For Outboard Engines, Yamaha took home the trophy for its new VF250 outboard engine. According to judge Alan Jones, "The V6 is as light or lighter than two strokes, yet with distinct benefits of clean emissions, fuel economy and quietness of a four-stroke."

Kasco Marine  won in the Boatyard Hardware category with its Robust-Aire Marine Diffuser. "This is the Don Ho of tiny bubbles," quipped judge Chris Caswell.

With regulators requiring stricter water quality discharge standards in marinas, this version improves water flow 10 to 40 percent and solves several design challenges other manufacturers face trying to improve aquatic conditions.

 small markQuality Mark Lever Jack

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Garmin GPS Map 7215



Kasco Base Mount Cabinet & Diffuser Photos courtesy of IBEX


In the OEM Electronics category, Garmin is the winner for its GPS Map 7215. "This big and bright 15-inch touch screen chart plotter delivers smooth map panning and zooming thanks to a built-in second processor with double the graphics power of traditional systems," Tom Tripp said.


Quality Mark took the award in Trailers, Parts and Trailer Accessories, for its ingenious Lever Jack. "Using leverage gained from a handle, you can pivot a loaded trailer in any direction to lift it onto the ball with ease," observed judge Zuzana Prochaska.

            It's the same company that makes Rope-A-Boat, the device Gary Kramer has written about in HLB.


And finally, PlasDeck, a favorite of contributor Cliff Steele, won in the Innovation Award for Safety with its new synthetic teak decking that blends phosphorescent technology in the caulk line. After it is charged by normal daylight, it glows a soft azure blue at night. "For an entire deck or just steps from the bridge, this helps you see the boundaries of safe passage," Lanier noted.


Keep reading HeartLand Boating to find out more about these innovative products.




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Let's end with a gorgeous series of sunset shots from Charlotte Ramsey, of West Monroe, La. She writes that they were taken on Labor Day, at Caney Lake, just outside of Jonesboro, La.

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Photos by Charlotte Ramsey

"We had fun on the lake at a Ouachita Sail & Power Squadron monthly event at the home of Johnny & Linda Leggett," Ramsey said. "We saw the sun setting and so we took a break from the LSU game to snap a few photos. LSU won, so it was a perfect end to the day."


Hoping all your autumn days are perfect,


Lee Braff 

HeartLand Boating

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