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Jan. 24, 2011
Vol 1, No 2-11

Upload Your Boating Photos, Win HLB Gift Package  


Plus your memories appear in print


It can be hard to tell, what with all the rain, sleet, and snow, but the first day to put the boat in the water really is getting closer. We thought a good way to get in the mood would be to share your photos with other boaters, and so, it's time for . . . the First HeartLand Boating Online Photo Contest.


Just upload your favorite photos to this e-mail address , and tell us your name, hometown and phone number. Remember, digital pictures need to be at least 800 Kilobytes in size in order to print at a suitable size. Or, you can mail photo prints to: HeartLand Boating, 319 N Fourth St, Suite 650, St Louis, MO 63102, and let us scan them.


ACBS pic

Share a memory like Shake Rattle n' Roll, a 1954 Lyman lapstrake outboard. Photo courtesy Antique and Classic Boat Society 


The best five photos will appear in HeartLand Boating magazine during 2011. The photographers who send in the top three pictures will also receive a HeartLand Boating gift package of soft-sided cooler, calendar, gift subscription, and a pair of complementary tickets to the St Louis Boat & Sportshow.  

But hurry! The deadline is Friday, Feb 4! Winners will be announced in the next newsletter on Feb 7, just before the St Louis Boat & Sportshow opens.

Russell Newberry to Appear at

St. Louis Show


Ellen Hopkins of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) writes to say that it "will offer an escape to summer fun." To help along the fun, this year's host is the Discovery Channel celebrity Russell Newberry, from the program "Deadliest Catch."


Here he is, along with something from the sea that looks appropriately deadly.



Russell Newberry with catch. Photo courtesy NMMA


For a complete listing of his show schedule, click here


What else will be there? Do you love the wet pooches like we do? DockDogs Competitions will appear once more, running 40 feet to plunge into a pool to compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and SpeedRetrieve contests.


Also, members of the Mississippi Valley Chapter

of the Antique and Classic Boat Society of America will bring their vintage beauties for the rest of us to ooh and ahh at. Talk about history; these glorious babies are what we call history.


The nice folks at Allstate want us to learn more, so the company is presenting a boating and outdoor classroom

series--boat show as education--plus an Archery Room allows the 3-D Pop-up Bowhunters Challenge to take place, and of course there's turkey-calling and owl-hooting workshops and contests.Yes, really.


Whoops! I almost forgot about the great big Texas Bass Tank. At 12 feet tall and 40 feet long, it's the biggest moveable aquarium you ever saw.

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This Boat Really Floats 
Things are not always what they seem
 love sinks
Oh no! But don't worry, things aren't as bad as they seem.

French artist Julien Berthier built a boat in 2007 that functions just fine as it looks like it's sinking. Here's how his Love Love looks in a gallery.


                     lovelove on dry land

Feel better?  

A 21-foot (6 meter) yacht needed to be cut in half, then a new keel and motor added so that it stays in the "sinking" position. Berthier described it as "the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object."


Berthier crossed the English Channel to London and also has toured Europe with the boat, getting plenty of offers of assistance.


      Lovelove in port


  it stands out


And as it chugs out of sight, we see:


in open sea

Florida Poker Run Schedule Announced 

If you must get to a poker run in the warm, the Florida Powerboat Club (FPC) has announced its schedule for the next few months. Call the FPC at (954) 545-1414 if you need more information.


Winter Poker Run, Hawks Cay Resort   Jan.28-30         


18th FPC Miami Boat Show Bash         Feb. 18            


Miami Boat Show Poker Run                Feb. 24-27


St Pete-Tampa Bay Poker Run             April 1-3


1st Annual Naples Poker Run               April 29-May 1

For membership information, e-mail Laura Schrader at FPCServices@gmail.com.


1972 Pearson


1972 43' PEARSON -  

14.10 beam, twin 340 cu. in. engines, radar, chart plotter, dual air/heat, 7.5kW, three staterooms, two heads, 9 ft. Whaler with 4hp outboard. $64,900 OBO, may consider

small trades. Gary, 651-303-2469.



2001 Gibson





Exceptional boat in immaculate condition.

Twin 454s, only 260 hours. $118,500.

See www.gibsonhouseboat4sale.com

for photos and more information, or call 270-885-3454

or 270-881-2802.

Share Your Ideas for a Better Life Jacket

Design an improved PFD, win $5,000

The BoatUS Foundation announced last week that it is teaming with Underwriters Laboratories and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Associationto seek out the new technologies and designs that could rethink a 100-year-old design. But there's only 10 days left to do it, because the deadline is Feb. 1.

"The interest in new, more comfortable designs is always important to waterway users," said BoatUS Vice President of Boating Safety Chris Edmonston. "While current models of life jackets save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant to wear them. This competition hopes to challenge that mindset."   

The Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition 2011 challenges entrants to "Build a Better One."

"This is the time to be unconventional in your thinking about what a life jacket has to look or feel like," Edmonston said.

The four criteria for judging are wearability-that is, comfort-reliability, cost and innovation.

In a change from previous life-jacket contests, video of all entries will be posted online in early February at the BoatUS Foundation's channel at YouTube.com. Members of the public will select a group of finalists. A special panel of judges will then review finalist entries at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Savannah, Ga., on March 6-9. The winning designer will receive a $5,000 cash award.

To enter, video footage of an actual working prototype must be submitted by providing a URL link to the video. No actual prototypes are to be submitted. The video must clearly demonstrate how the design floats a person in the water. For more information on how to enter and for contest rules, visit here. Or, call Chris Edmonston at (703) 823-9550, ext 8356.


Good luck!

Lee Braff 
HeartLand Boating

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