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Jan. 10, 2011
Vol 1, No 1-2011

Busiest Part of Boat Show Season Arrives


Nashville Boat & Sportshow kicks off the

   New Year


Now that snow and icy air are well dug in for most of the heartland, it's time for that popular winter pastime, wishing, hoping and dreaming about a new boat. And there wouldn't have been a better place to indulge it than at last week's 2011 Nashville Boat & Sportshow at the Nashville Convention Center.


 Birdsong display
Mike (Tank) Barnes at left with Tommy Bland, professional fisherman. Barnes is the firm's sales manager. Photo by Mark Gentry

Last year, Foresight Research conducted an in-depth survey on 3,295 boat buyers to figure out how they got their information and what they did as a result. It turned out that 61 percent of those buyers worked out what boat they would buy during a boat show, and 95 percent visited a display of the brand they ultimately selected while attending a show.


Not surprisingly, respondents said they enjoyed the chance to compare prices, features, and models side by side that only a boat show permits. They told the pollster that they liked touring boats and finding out about brands they'd not been aware of, too

All good, solid reasons to go. But don't underestimate the fun factor. Right now it seems like January and February will drag on forever.  A boat show reminds all of us that yes, summer will come again. And with it, boating. For complete listing of boat shows, click here.

Teresa Hamm

Teresa Hamm of Westan Insurance attended the

 Nashville show. 

Photo by Mark Gentry

Check These Out on Facebook 


Have you seen our HeartLand Boating Facebook page? Click here if not, to see photos taken by Jim Conlin. Here's one of the six he sent us.


Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach, Ore. Photo by Jim Conlin


Gorgeous, but doesn't look much like the heartland to you? Actually, there's a reason it doesn't. Click here to find out why.


News For Boaters

Grafton Ferry closes


   G Ferry        JW Cannon
    Grafton Ferry closed Nov 27.          The John W Cannon   

                                 Photos by Laurie Skrivan


Laurie Skrivan of the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported last month that the Grafton Ferry, already closed since Nov. 24, will not re-open. Derrill and Karla Machens, owners of the ferry, had provided crossings for eight years at a price of $8 one way or $15 round trip.


Tom Foster, one of the captains who piloted the ferry, said the owners had attempted for more than a year to persuade the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to

dredge the silt between Mason Island and Island 526, but without success. Foster said silting had added as much as 15 minutes to each crossing, a trip that normally took six to seven minutes.


In a statement to Alton (Ill.) Telegraph, Grafton's mayor, Tom Thompson, said he hoped that Grafton could obtain a grant to perform the dredging and do other waterfront projects. The city owns the right to license a ferry.



Ohio Dept of Natural Resources seeks

    watercraft cadets


In its December newsletter, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced that it is

searching for as many as 24 watercraft officer cadets. The department began accepting applications on Jan 3. Because the hiring process is rigorous, the process could take up to 11 months. The ODNR Division of Watercraft administers Ohio's boating programs.


"We seek highly motivated individuals who wish to make a positive difference in the state's boating safety efforts," said Pamela Dillon, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft.


An applicant must be at least 21 years old when the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy training is done, be a high-school graduate, and possess a valid Ohio driver's license. Background checks, drug screens, and psychological examinations will be conducted; and in addition, some physical fitness tests must be passed. To see the requirements and file an application, click here. More information is available here. 



Photo by Elliot Free



Tsuneyoshi to lead U.S. Power Squadron


Former California Department of Boating and Waterways director, Raynor Tsuneyoshi, has

accepted the newly created position of national program director for the United States Power Squadrons. Tsuneyoshi accepted the new position effective Jan 1.


 "I am extremely excited about the prospects of helping the Power Squadrons continue to be the leader in boating safety education," Tsuneyoshi said.


The United States Power Squadrons is the nation's largest non-profit recreational boating organization, with more than 40,000 members in 400 squadrons and 33 districts worldwide.



PowerBoat Guidebook resumes publication


Carver 44

 Photo courtesy of Carver Boats


 Following an 18-month interruption attributed to the recession, officials of American Marine Publishing

announced on Dec 27 that it would resume publication of a print version of the its annual "PowerBoat Guide." Boat brokers, surveyors, and marine lenders use the reference book.


"Although we offered the 2010 and 2011 editions on CD-ROM or as a download from our Web site, our  customers made it clear that they preferred the physical book for its portability and convenience. With the economy showing signs of strengthening, we decided this was the right time to put it back into production," said Ed McKnew, president of American Marine Publishing.


American Marine Publishing has produced the PowerBoat Guide annually since 1989.


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Fun Event in the Heartland


Come to the Quad Cities MLK weekend


QC coupon
Graphic courtesy of QCCVB

Weather too cold? Bored after the holidays? Well, the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) has a suggestion for you.


On Jan 14-17, it suggests you "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard." For the 10th year, more than 50 Quad Cities businesses and organizations have issued coupons good for this special weekend and that continue for several months. Almost 20 hotels and motels in the Quad Cities area are offering special rates and packages for the weekend. More than 30 other area attractions, businesses, spas, and restaurants offer great discounts, too.


"With Monday, Jan 17, a holiday for many parents and students, that weekend is a great time to be a tourist in your own backyard and enjoy an affordable hotel stay," said Joe Taylor, President and CEO of the QCCVB. "People don't have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have a great weekend getaway."


Click here for a list of all the specials and discounts for the weekend, and to print the coupons that you'd like to use. Although all participating businesses have coupon booklets, supplies are limited. So it would be a good idea to print them from the Web site. Call (309) 277-0937 for more information.


Rig Your Boat With $10,000


Sound good? Here's how


Sea Tow Services International plans to give $10,000 to one lucky boater. The company launched its "Rig Your Boat With $10,000" Sweepstakes on Nov 15. Enter here

through Jan 31, and find official rules. The sweepstakes is open to boatowners who are at least 18 years old; no purchase needed.


"We believe there's no better time than now to generate some renewed excitement about boating," said Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow's chief administrative officer. "It's been a challenging couple of years for boaters and the boating industry. We believe that giving a fellow boater $10,000 will be the perfect pick-me-up."


The winner of the sweepstakes will be announced at the Miami International Boat Show, which runs from Feb 17 to 21.Click here for a complete listing of boat shows.


  This fellow might help rig your boat when you win.


"This contest is very important for all of us at Sea Tow," Frohnhoefer said. "We want the winner to truly feel special and understand how deeply we care about people's ability to continue enjoying the boating lifestyle we all love so much. In the current economy, that has been tough."

Sea Tow now serves more than 160,000 members in more than 106 locations throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


Here's hoping for a lucky 2011! With best wishes, I am,

Lee Braff
From the HeartLand Boating editorial offices