Hurricane season has been in effect as of June 1st. Now is the time to be prepared! Proper storage and dockage for your boat is extremely important. No matter how attached you are are to your boat you should never under any circumstance, stay aboard during a hurricane. The best thing to do is to make arrangements to store your boat. When storing your boat during a hurricane, keep in mind the level of the storm and the sea level anticipated so you can know how high to store your boat. Another option is to moor your boat in a hurricane hole. These are deep and narrow coves surrounded by trees to block the strong winds. If these two options are not available, you can always store your boat at a marina or dock. But always make sure that the marina or dock offers reasonable shelter and is protected by a high sea wall. Use fenders to protect your boat from any collisions. Do not put excess fuel in your boat. Do not forget to automatically set your bilge pump and open cockpit drains. Shut and seal all openings such as hatches, windows, doors and vents with duct tape. Lastly, remember to cut off shore power to your boat.
The 38th annual Newport Boat Show starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. Over 5,000 attendees are expected at this exhibition which takes place at the Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. Boat lovers can check out more than 300 luxury yachts, sportfishing boats, cruisers and motor yachts. There will also be a huge variety of exhibitors with marine products, services and boat parts. A premiere event on the west coast, the Newport Boat Show is sure to be a success.
While today is Earth Day, but many in the boating industry have been considering more environmentally-friendly boats for years. The rise in gas prices has also resulted in a drive for lighter and more fuel efficient options. Similar to the car industry, some boat manufacturers have begun to focus more on producing hybrid and electric models. For example, Ski Nautique is developing a pure-electric boat that has a range similar to eight gallons of gas. Ski boats have seen success with electric motors due to their ability to great amounts of torque fast. While hybrid and electric boats are more costly than their counterparts, many in the boat industry expect that they will be more prevalent in the near future.
Those looking for something to do this weekend may check out the Cabo Marine Show, one of the best international boat shows on the Baja California peninsula. A wide variety of boats will be on display, from small fishing boats to comfortable luxury yachts. In addition, there will be a massive display of marine products and services, including those from the growing Baja California Sur marine market. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the show which takes place April 21-23 at the Marina Cabo San Lucas.
Boat lovers in the area may want to check out the 28th annual Vero Beach Spring Boat Show this weekend. Taking place at Riverside Park, the event will feature a large selection of boats from bass boats to large deck boats. Those looking for personal watercraft will also find the latest in canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. In addition, dozens of exhibitors will be at the event to offer a variety of boat products and services. The ultimate event for the outdoor enthusiast, the boat show will showcase a number of new boat models from popular manufacturers such as Grady White and Hurricane.
While the 19th Boat Asia will not take place until May 12-15, boating enthusiasts around the world are already gearing up for the nautical event. One of the most prominent boat shows in Asia, this one showcase a large variety of boats including several luxurious superyachts. Horizon boats will display two superyachts, the E90 and the EP105. In addition, the Pershing 80 will be making its Singapore debut when Boat Asia takes place at the Marina at Keppel Bay. Those who attend will have the opportunity to see the latest in marine technology and design.
Boating enthusiasts can check out the Texas International Boat Show which kicked off on April 7. An outdoor event, the boat show will feature a large variety of boats from ski boats to sport cruisers and bay boats. In addition to great deals on boats and marine equipment, there will be lots of boat demonstrations and wakeboarding practice sessions. The show runs until April 10 at bayfront.
Every year, boaters take to the ocean for recreational or commercial purposes, unaware of all the damage that is done on the ocean every day. Overfishing and marine pollution are some of the biggest problems jeopardizing the ocean ecosystems which we rely on for natural resources, climate control and other reasons. In January 2011, a commercial trawler in North Carolina accidentally netted around 4,000 Striped Bass. Due to fishing limits, the captain kept 50 Stripers and dumped the rest back into the ocean. While incidents like this are not often reported, there is reason to believe that overfishing is a common practice. Changes in fishing equipment and methods have also put a strain on our oceans. Fortunately, many activists such as the Pew Environment Group are working with the government and the National Marine Fisheries Service to put an end to overfishing and protect the ocean ecosystems. In the meantime, recreational and commercial boaters can help by increasing awareness of the situation and promoting environmental conservation.
With rising gas costs, many boat manufacturers are focused on fuel efficient models such as hybrid and electric boats. Some are also finding that buyers are more interested in smaller, lighter models. CraigCat and Chris-Craft are just two manufacturers that have utilized hybrid boat fuel systems. Chris-Craft is also developing a completely electric boat, as is popular ski boat manufacturer Ski Nautique. While hybrid and electric boats are not widely accessible right now, some believe that it is only a matter of a few years until they become widespread. Meanwhile, those manufacturers who are sticking to traditional boats are aimed towards more lightweight materials. Whether or not the boating industry follows the auto industry’s move towards greater fuel efficiency, it will be interesting to see where the industry is five years from now.
Boat lovers may be interested in checking out the Mobile Boat Show taking place this weekend at the Mobile Convention Center. Boat dealers and exhibitors from the Gulf Coast and around the country will be available for those who are looking to buy a new boat or boat equipment. This event will also feature activities for the whole family such as a dog jumping competition and live touch tanks. In addition, there will be fishing seminars and boat safety demonstrations throughout the boat show.