Herbert Eldean, Founder of Eldean Shipyard, Dies at Age of 80

Herbert “Herb” Eldean — founder of Eldean Shipyard in Macatawa, Michigan — unexpectedly passed at the age 80 on May 9, 2022. Herb was a lifelong boater, sailor, gardener, builder, developer and entrepreneur. Herb grew up on the waterfront in Chicago where his father founded Monroe Street Harbor. At 8 years old, Herb might be […]

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Heroes Rescue Kids From Epic Boating Smackdown

Shane McDonald couldn’t look away. He and his son Jake were on stand-up jet skis, following a 30-foot center console out of Boynton Beach Inlet. Under certain conditions, the south Florida pass opens into a line of breaking surf, and on that particular day the waves just beyond the breakwater looked like something out of […]

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Coast Guard Completes 351 Dockside Exams on Bristol Bay Fishing Boats

Image via U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard inspectors from Anchorage say that during a two-week deployment to Bristol Bay in mid-June, they completed 351 dockside exams and issued 276 safety decals for fishing vessels in communities throughout the region. Examiners said the exams focused on safety and addressed items such as flares, charts, navigational signals, […]

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Boaters Now Need to Carry a CA Boaters Card

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) reminds California boaters of the requirement to obtain and carry a California Boater Card when boating on state inland and coastal waterways. Applying for one is a simple process, it costs $10 and lasts a lifetime. Operators who are not in compliance with […]

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Coalition Petitions EPA to Update Proposed Rule on Dispersant Use

Environmentalists are petitioning the EPA to amend a proposed rule on how to respond to oil spills such as the one in the above photo. File photo by U.S. Coast Guard. A coalition of Gulf Coast advocates and environmental entities is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to supplement its proposed rule on dispersant use of […]

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Antique Boat Museum to Hold First Summer Session of the Captain School

PHOTO COURTESY OF ABM Registration is now open for the Captain School at ABM. Led by instructors Captain Tom Trovato and Captain Daniel Voth, the school provides the courses necessary to obtain a captain’s license, and offers students the materials needed to apply for a Merchant Mariner Credential through the U.S. Coast Guard at OUPV […]

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Live-Lining for Striped Bass with Lady Liberty

Rockfish Charters gets up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. When I worked on Governor’s Island, the small island just south of Manhattan, I regularly watched fishing vessels cruise by the Statue of Liberty heading to or from the Gateway. I always thought there must be something magical about […]

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2022 Women Making Waves

By Boating Industry Staff Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the multitude of women in the industry who have made and continue to make great contributions to its success, propel its growth and lead their organizations and peers into the future. Now in its fifth year and becoming a part of Boating […]

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Boating Under the Influence: Designating a Sober Skipper

True or false: Boaters average about the same hours on the water as drivers on land. If you answered false, you’re correct. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, most boaters only spend about 110 hours annually at the helm. After all, we typically don’t drive to work by boat. A higher number of less-experienced helm […]

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Garmin and Sea Tow Working to Get You Back Safe

Strategic alliance with leading international marine assistance provider will provide members with Garmin product discounts and safety-enhancing training OLATHE, Kan., June 21, 2022/Business Wire – Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), the world’s largest1 and most innovative marine electronics manufacturer, is excited to announce that it is working with Sea Tow […]

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Desautel Named GAPP Board Chair

Bob Desautel. Image via Global Seas. Bob Desautel, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Global Seas and Nina Fisheries, has been selected to serve as chairman of the board for the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), replacing outgoing chair Mikel Durham of American Seafoods. GAPP CEO Craig Morris said Desautel has plans […]

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How to Run a Flats Skiff in Shallow Water

A flats skiff allows anglers to get to shallow waters. But those same waters can be incredibly unforgiving on lower units and boat hulls. Hang in the deeper channels if exploring new waters. Courtesy Maverick Boat Company The best way to explain running a flats skiff at high speed in shallow water is akin to […]

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Explore the Keweenaw Waterway with Keweenaw Boat Tours

PHOTO COURTESY OF KEWEENAW BOAT TOURS Keweenaw Boat Tours launched this year to provide visitors with a scenic exploration of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the best way you can see it: via boat. Started by retired U.S. Coast Guard serviceman Jason Swain, Keweenaw Boat Tours explores the 25-mile waterway that bisects Michigan’s northernmost peninsula. “The Keweenaw […]

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Teen Boaters Rescue Five From Capsized Boat

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