Chronicling the Original ChatterBait

Original ChatterBait “If at first the new idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” claimed some chap named Einstein. Or, to paraphrase the dude who founded Amazon: Endeavoring to create something truly new implies a willingness to be misunderstood. Maybe automobile inventor Henry Ford said it best: “If I had asked the […]

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Iconic Hinckley Picnic Boat Now Offers SilentJet Technology

Hinckley Yachts Picnic Boat 40 S is the quietest boat on the water thanks to a new hybrid upgrade incorporating SilentJet technology which allows the boat to run in virtually full silence. “With SilentJet, you glide away from the dock and cruise through the harbor in total silence,” says Scott Bryant, Hinckley’s vice president of […]

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New Podcast to Highlight Shipping Along St. Lawrence Seaway

PHOTO COURTESY OF DOWNBOUND DISCUSSIONS A new regionally-based podcast focused on shipping along the St. Lawrence Seaway launches October 3, 2022, featuring a host of unique individuals, stories and perspectives surrounding the waterway and shipping. “The idea is to bring ship enthusiasts another step closer to the mesmerizing vessels so often seen along the St. […]

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TowBoatUS Vessels Go Pink to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

PHOTO COURTESY OF TOWBOATUS ANNAPOLIS/BALTIMORE For October five red TowBoatUS vessels across the U.S. are going pink to help promote breast cancer awareness. TowBoatUS, an on-water recreational boat towing service, looks to bring the issue of breast cancer awareness to the water and encourage boaters to donate to the Susan G. Komen organization, which supports […]

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Humphree Releases New Lightning Interceptor Trim & Stabilizer System

PHOTO COURTESY OF HUMPHREE Humphree unveiled its newest Lightning interceptor trim and stabilizer system at IBEX in Tampa, Florida on September 27. Engineered for easy installation and featuring built-in WRGB underwater lights that can be controlled externally, the all-in-one system improves performance and comfort on board, and can be installed in boats 25-45 feet, regardless […]

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Limestone Boat Company Goes Electric

Limestone Boat Company has successfully completed sea trials of the first fully electric center console produced in the U.S., and plans to shift into production with a target delivery date to dealers of the second quarter of 2023. “The sea trial results met our expectations, confirming that we can be the first to offer a […]

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2023 Bassmaster Opens Schedule is Out Now

B.A.S.S. Announces 2023 Bassmaster Opens Schedule With New Format For Elite Qualification BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The St. Croix Bassmaster Opens presented by Mossy Oak Fishing have grown exponentially in popularity over the past few years. But the buzz has never been louder than it’s been since the announcement of the new Opens EQ (Elite Qualifiers) […]

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NATDA Trailer Show draws record turnout

The NATDA Trailer Show returned to Nashville, Tenn. for the largest show in the event’s history. The show hosted over 3,000 individuals with approximately 600 North American dealerships in attendance featuring over 310 exhibitors. The show also expanded its international presence, with participants from ten countries outside the United States. “It was great to see […]

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ABM Inducts 2022 Hall of Fame

Jim Ellis Lorraine Ellis (Tony) Lewis Carl Mammel William Morgan Allan Newell PHOTOS COURTESY OF ABM During the 2022 Antique & Classic Boat Society Annual International Meeting & Show, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York, announced the latest inductees into its Hall of Fame, launched in 2019 to honor individuals who have made […]

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Wider Announces Partnership with MarineMax

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARINEMAX MarineMax will serve as the exclusive North American dealer for Italian yacht manufacturer Wider. Five units of the new WiderCat92 in Wider’s catamaran division are already underway and set to be released in 2023 and 24, two of them destined for the American market. “We are thrilled to be working with […]

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Muskegon Country Club Expands

The Muskegon Country Club will welcome a new 39-semi-custom home community named Lakeside Dunes. Located along the golf course and Lake Michigan parks and beaches, the development is set to begin construction later this year. Source: https://lakelandboating.com/muskegon-country-club-expands/

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ACR Electronics Locator Beacons Approved for Sale in U.S.

The ResQLink View RLS and ResQLink 410 RLS Personal Locator Beacons have been approved for sale in the U.S. by the US SARSAT Program. Cospas-Sarsat approved, the beacons utilize life-saving, next generation technology to offer more user-friendly features and functionality that assist in saving lives. “ACR Electronics is proud to bring the Return Link Service […]

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Vision Marine Sets World Record

PHOTO COURTESY OF VISION MARINE On August 28 at the 24th Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri, Vision Marine set a world record for the fastest electric boat. The V32, created in partnership with Hellkat Powerboats, reached a top speed of 109mph, beating the previous record of 88.6mph set by Jaguar.  Designed from the […]

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Sunseeker Wins Innovation of the Year Award

Sunseeker was awarded the “Innovation of the Year” award at the BOAT International Design and Innovation Awards 2022 for its innovative X-TEND system, a transforming sunbed that converts the Beach Club area into a large sunpad perfect for sunbathing at water level. The sunbed then cleverly conceals in the stern when not in use, allowing […]

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Boating Safety Improves Nationally Despite Record Numbers of New Boaters

PHOTO COURTESY OF WATER SPORTS FOUNDATION The 2021 Recreational Boating Statistics Report from the U.S. Coast Guard shows a marked improvement in boating safety, notable during a time when boating sales and participation figures have reached a historic high among first time boat owners. The reason? The Water Sports Foundation credits increased boat safety course […]

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Chicago Charter Company Knot My Boat Announces Membership Program

Chicago boat rental company Knot My Boat Charters has fully rolled out its unique membership program, which provides access to luxury Lake Michigan boating, with no limit to the number of charters that members can book throughout the season. The company offers memberships and single-use rentals for a fleet of 15 sport and luxury yachts, […]

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Freedom Boat Club Adds Five New Wisconsin Locations

As part of its strategic growth plan in the upper midwest, Freedom Boat Club announced the addition of five new Wisconsin locations throughout the summer of 2022 to join its existing 13 locations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. In addition to Freedom’s first location in McKinley Harbor in Milwaukee, corporate club locations will be added […]

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Seakeeper Ride Helps Reduce Pitch and Roll

PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAKEEPER Seakeeper’s newest product launch offers the company’s first deviation from its line of gyrostabilizers. The new Seakeeper Ride eliminates up to 70% of underway pitch and roll motions, allowing for more safety, comfort and control for everyone aboard. “Seakeeper has always been committed to bringing disruptive technology that represents a wholesale […]

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New Research Analyzes Wakesurfing Impact to Shoreline

A new peer-reviewed paper from the Journal of Water Resource and Protection titled “Numerical Study of the Impact of Wake Surfing on Inland Bodies of Water” found wakesurfing at least 200 feet from shore in water with a depth of at least 10 feet posed minimal impact to the environment. The research further found boat […]

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Michigan State Waterways Commission Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Michigan is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the waterways program this year. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, a seven-member advisory commission appointed by the governor, was created in 1947 to advise on how Michigan would place, fund and manage harbors to provide safe, navigable boating on Michigan’s Great Lakes. Celebrate the anniversary with the Michigan […]

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