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June 7, 2011
Vol 6, No 1-11  

 

Have Fun While Pinching  

        Those Pennies  

   

July writers explore ways and means of summer boating 

 

The other day, I heard a radio commentator talk about how our economy had suffered a "major heart attack" in 2008, and although we were now out of intensive care, how the battered economy is "still in the hospital." A good metaphor, that helps explain why many of us find it's still wise to remember basic economies. Our July issue will help.

 

Contributing editor Kate Godfrey-DeMay talks about how

some former liveaboards are now finding it better to live for some part of the year on the hard, due to finances. She calls them CLODS-Cruisers Living On Dirt Sometimes! Here's a picture of one of the couples she profiles, Patrick and Patti Dwyer, aboard Salty Dawg:

 

CLODS

Photo courtesy Patrick and Patti Dwyer

 

Looks to me like they're managing to enjoy themselves. 

 

Of course, big bargains abound if you have cash to buy a boat. For everything else, Sandy Lindsey suggests renting might be smart. She gives tips about how to find fishing and boating accessories, including personal watercraft rentals.

   

Not to be outdone, Gary Kramer reviews some of the boats

built by the owners themselves, and then suggests what devices can carry bicycles on your DIY boat. Talk about the ultimate way to save money, this one might be it. Here are Glenda and Tom Smitherman next to Knot-So-Fast. Yes, Tom Smitherman built it. Here's also a shot from Bikes on Boats displaying their product.

 

 Smithermans       Bikes on Boats 

  Glenda & Tom Smitherman           Brackets made by Bikes on Boats 

Photo by Tom Smitherman       Photo courtesy manufacturer  

 

Newcomer Joe Keck gives the ultimate money saving mode  of power a humorous slant when he relates how he personally pulled a pontoon boat--yes, a pontoon boat--when the engine stopped. It's the Cruise of the Month, "Don't Worry, Tugboat Aboard." In Art's Tips, Art Lee suggests a good use for recycled tires. Joe and Bobbie Marchese return to reminisce about when they cruised the Alabama River in their houseboat. Here's how the river looked by daylight: 


Ala River 

Photo by Joe Marchese  

 

Reader Ron Richardson sent in this picture of how a Brandenburg, Ky., city park amphitheater looked after Ohio River waters receded. He said it was impossible to convey how it smelled! Cleanup has already begun.

 

 post flood scene

Photo by Ron Richardson


Speaking of cleaning up, Bob Duthie's Handy Hints gives

detailed instructions about how to treat your isinglass curtains to keep them looking clear and sparkling, which means fewer expensive replacements. Here are two pictures of Cindy Brinker demonstrating the process.

 

gloves  spraying

 Brinker begins                                               A crucial step  

Photos by Bob Duthie       

Keep Your Boat's Isinglass Windows Looking Like New
Keep Your Boat's Isinglass Windows Looking Like New

For more, click on the arrow above to see a video of Brinker in action.

 

Nor have writers neglected close-to-home spots to visit for a change of scene that isn't far enough to burn loads of gasoline.Jane Ammeson writes about Clark's Landing Marina at Hamilton Lake in Hamilton, Ind., and we return with Kathy McBride to Lake Barkley, this time to visit Moon River Marina.     

Clarks Landing  Moon River

Clark's Landing storage               Moon River covered dock  

Photo by J Ammeson            Photo by K McBride 

 

 

Nancy J Nicholson details why the Quad Cities-towns in Iowa and Illinois, united by the Mississippi, is a great destination. Here's one reason, the annual Tug Fest, conducted this year Aug. 11-13, across the river. The score stands so far at Illinois 14, Iowa 10. 

 

Tug Fest 

Photo courtesy Quad Cities CVB  

 

It's summer at last! Rejoice, and join the (inexpensive) summer fun.

 

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Ohio River Sweep Calls For Volunteers

 

Extensive flooding means more people needed

 

This year's River Sweep, an annual shoreline cleanup along the whole length of the Ohio, is scheduled for June 18.Call 1-800-359-3977 or click here to volunteer, and score a free T-shirt.


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Coast Guard Closes Missouri River

 

The Coast Guard closed the entire length of the Missouri River on Friday, due to high water levels and flooding. From Mile Marker 0 to Mile Marker 734 is closed to recreational traffic. Vessels in business along the Missouri have temporarily ceased operations.

 

"Due to the high water in the Missouri River, the decision was made to close the river to vessel traffic," said Capt. Steve Hudson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi. 

 

"This measure will be in effect until the water levels decrease in order to ensure the safety of the boating public," Hudson said.

 

Additionally, the state of South Dakota has issued an Emergency Declaration in anticipation of flooding in areas along the river. The Coast Guard is staging one Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assist with any Search and Rescue operations that may occur. DARTs consist of crewman trained in flood response, who can navigate in shallow floodwaters.

What's "Marine Synergy?"

  

The best helping hands are our own

 

Here at HeartLand Boating, we think we're detecting a mini-trend of boating organizations in various places voluntarily banding together to spread the word about the terrific boating lifestyle.

 

National Marina Day, which this year takes place on June 11, might have been the first example of this kind of thing, and is still one of the best-known. This year, 125 marinas from 30 states have registered events with the central clearinghouse--and many more are no doubt planning festivities.

 

Heritage Harbor

One 2010 Marina Day activity at Heritage Harbor, Ottawa, Ill.

Photo courtesy of Heritage Harbor 

 

What's your local marina up to? Click here to let us know, please. The festive day has fulfilled its goal of publicizing marinas as the gateways to the nation's waters.

 

On the same weekend, in Fort Myers, Fla., the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association is livening up the usually slow summer season with a Welcome to the Water presentation at the Fort Myers City Yacht Basin.Here's a view of it.

 

yacht Basin

Fort Myers City Yacht Basin

 

This large public event strives to introduce newcomers to boating in many ways, including boat rides, casting contests for children, boats on display, boating accessories, and how-to seminars.

 

Along the same lines, last week the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance, a regional marine building industry sector partnership involving seven of Wisconsin's marine manufacturers and three higher educational institutions, launched its new Web site. The organization's creation was made possible by an Industry Sector Partnership Convening Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Participating companies are ACE Marine LLC, Bay Shipbuilding Corp., Burger Boat Co., Cruiser Yachts, Marinette Marine Corp., Marquis Yachts and Palmer Johnson, that joined with Lakeshore Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Marinette to form the partnership.

 

A news release from the group notes that "The North Coast region includes nearly 11,000 miles of coastline and over 94,000 square miles of inland sea with access to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway and to the Gulf of Mexico via the inland waterway system."

 

It shouldn't be confused with Cleveland's North Coast Harbor Boating & Fishing Fest that takes place during the same hectic June 11-12 weekend.

north coast harbor 

As the whimsical logo indicates, the group strives to present waterfront events in a safe, but fun way. Its Web site credits grants from the Greater Cleveland Safety Council, the National Water Safety Congress, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft and Division of Wildlife, for its funding. LEMTA  (Lake Erie Marine Trades Association), Mid-America Boating, and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District help sponsor the weekend.

 

Whew! That's a lot of hands to join together, helping to introduce folks to boating. Let's hope it's a genuine trend that gathers steam in future.

 

Here's to beautiful June,

 

Lee Braff

HeartLand Boating Editorial Offices