Marine Life

Agents seize U.S., Canadian boats in Mexican marinas

MEXICO CITY — When heavily armed marines and government tax agents stormed eight marinas on Mexico’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts, boaters thought they were witnessing a major drug takedown. The mostly American and Canadian retirees found out that the target was actually them — couples spending their golden years sailing warm-weather ports in modest 40-foot […]

Waterway Bill that passes House could have benefits for boaters

ALEXANDRIA, Va.: A bill that the US House of Representatives just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, has Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) seeing seeing potential benefits for recreational boaters. “We have national highway and air transportation systems,” said BoatUS Government Affairs […]

New Florida Law Will Benefit Marine Industry

The bill includes pieces of legislation from non-marine industry groups also, and was classifed as an Environmental Regulation bill. It contains the following provisions that are important to Marine Industries: * Managed Public Mooring Fields – Provides for general permitting of mooring fields not exceeding 100 vessels ; removes availability of a general permit for […]

New Mobile App Provides Free Nautical Charts for Recreational Boating

MyNOAACharts, a new mobile app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was released this week for Android tablets. The app has built-in GPS capabilities to allow users to find their location on NOAA charts and will be in a beta test until Labor Day weekend. At that point the NOAA will evaluate usage and […]

The adjustment to a shrinking boating universe

The downward trajectory in boat registrations comes as no surprise to people such as Jack Ellis, who makes his living working with numbers and spotting trends and patterns. Resgistrations for boats fell for the second consecutive year in 2011, to about 12.17 million boats. That represents a decrease of about 265,000 from 2010, when the […]

Tips For Boating In Shallow Water

One of the best bits of boating advice I’ve ever heard was from a crusty old fishing guide as we headed out of a marina near Key West, Florida. As we carefully navigated through the notoriously shallow waters, he pointed to a group of birds walking in the water only a few yards away from […]

Awash in the ocean hanging onto your boat and a brush

href=”https://usedboatyard.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/quikgrip.png”> I’ve been on the losing side of getting thrown about while attempting to clean my boat. Odd angles and swimming while the currents are trying to carry me away from the boat while I’m attempting to scrub any buildup from her hulls. I’ve tried hanging a rope off the side of the boat and […]