Sea Tow’s life jacket loaner program opens 1000th location

The Sea Tow Foundation, with support from MarineMax and Sea Tow International, held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the opening of its 1,000th Life Jacket Loaner Stand at the Seminole Street Boat Ramp in Clearwater, FL. The Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program started in 2008 with a single location where boaters could […]

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Kiwis SailGP

While New Zealand sailing is on the return path to a full international sailing program, with some good successes, there have been a few ruts along the way. The roughest ride has come from the performance of the Kiwi SailGP team, which has turned in a very indifferent race record since their launch at the […]

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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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Profiles in Leadership: Dave Marlow

By Wanda Kenton Smith One of Dave Marlow’s most memorable childhood boating experiences involved a sinking boat and rescue mission.  He and his brother were enjoying a fun sightseeing adventure in Norfolk Harbor with their grandfather aboard his small 14-foot aluminum jon boat with a Mercury 9.8 outboard to view the big ships. On the […]

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Surf Shark Fishing Banned in NJ Town

A brown shark on a New Jersey beach prior to release. Nick Honachefsky Things just got bad for shore-bound anglers looking to tangle with sharks in the New Jersey beach town of Sea Isle City. As of August 8, surf fishing for sharks of any kind is banned in the municipality. But before anyone comments […]

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When Northern Right Whales and Boats Collide

A 54-foot sportfisher ran into this northern right whale calf. The 22-foot-long right whale calf was found dead in St. Augustine, Florida. FWC/Tucker Joenz, NOAA Fisheries permit #18786 Over the last few years, there have been consistent reports in the media about certain ocean-related topics. The biggest one, or at least the one that has […]

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Grand Banks 85 Boat Test

  Grand Banks 85 INTRODUCING THE GB85. GRAND BANKS ON A GRAND SCALE! The GB85 is not simply a bigger Grand Banks. True, this exquisite, long-distance cruiser is the largest yacht they’ve ever built. But her most impressive statistics are not to be found in her dimensions but in the best-in-class figures we’re recording for […]

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Coast Guard releases 2021 boating safety statistics

With the pandemic putting more people than ever on the water and consequent rise in boating accidents and fatalities, there’s some better news in the newly released 2021 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. The latest Coast Guard report shows double-digit declines year-over-year across the board in the main boating safety indicators: Boating accidents dropped […]

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